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Free writing and storytelling event for teens and adults through the Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum invites the public to another free event in collaboration with The Public’s Radio. Mark the beginning of the New Year with an evening of micro-memoir, fiction writing and live storytelling called That’s My Story…and I’m Sticking to It!

Radio host John Bender and writer and educator Eve Kerrigan will host a virtual evening of reflection, hilarity, truth telling and tall tales inspired by artwork currently on view in the Museum’s “Call & Response” exhibition.

This storytelling and writing event is appropriate for teens to adults and will take place virtually on Zoom January 28, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm EST.

Writers will be provided with a variety of evocative writing prompts and visuals to guide them in mini free writing sessions and will then be invited to share their poems and prose in a live storytelling session that will be edited, recorded, and broadcast by The Public’s Radio.

That’s My Story…and I’m Sticking to It!
January 28, 6:30-8 pm
Live on Zoom
FREE, Registration required to receive Zoom link
Featuring hosts John Bender and Eve Kerrigan
Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

John Bender photoJohn Bender started in 2013 at the Public’s Radio as the Morning Edition producer; researching stories, interviewing newsmakers, and writing scripts for stories every morning. Plus, special projects and regular reporting on major events. In early 2017 he became the station’s general assignment reporter. Whatever’s happening in the news today? That’s what John is covering.

Eve Karrigan photoEve Kerrigan is a writer of fiction and personal essays. She is the mother of an exuberant youngster and the caretaker of several small animals. Eve has recently returned to Southern New England after a very long absence.

Eve’s short fiction has been published in L’Allure Des Mots, The Oddville Press, 521 Magazine, and other literary journals. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in such online forums as The Narcissistic Anthropologist and Sociology of Style. Eve is currently at work on her first novel.

Eve has a BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Creative Writing. She co-founded and was a head producer at Los Angeles-based arts collective, The Woodshed Artist’s Community for which she also was a writer, principle actor and workshop leader. Eve has works as an adjunct creative writing teacher at School One, an alternative learning high school in Providence, RI. She also conducts creative writing workshops for tweens and teens, as well as multigenerational storytelling classes as part of programs established by School One in collaboration with Write RI and Goat Hill Writers. Eve has worked as a culture journalist, writing consultant, editorial assistant, public speaking and acting coach.

Photos: Curtesy of Newport Art Museum

About the Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum was founded in 1912 on the belief that art is a civilizing influence and an essential component to creating vibrant communities. Charter Members included Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Maud Howe Elliott, Helena and Louisa Sturtevant, and Edith Wetmore. The first exhibition featured art works from local artists, as well as those with international reputations, including George Bellows, Mary Cassatt, and Childe Hassam.

By 1915, the organization’s founders had purchased a suitable building for their art classes and exhibitions—the John N.A. Griswold House on Newport’s famed Bellevue Avenue. This exceptional example of “stick-style” architecture was Richard Morris Hunt’s first commission in Newport and was completed in 1864.

In 1920, a second gallery building designed by the New York architectural firm, Delano and Aldrich and dedicated to the memory of artist Howard Gardiner Cushing, opened just to the south of the Griswold House. The Sarah Rives lobby and Morris Gallery were added in 1990 providing the Museum additional gallery space as well as a climate-controlled collection storage area.

In 2005, the Art Museum embarked on a decade-long renovation of the historically significant Richard Morris Hunt building. Today, the Art Museum’s beautiful 3-acre campus includes the Griswold house, the Cushing Building, and the Museum School housed in the Coleman Center for Creative Studies. Visitors from around the world enjoy the Art Museum, its public programs and special events each year.

The permanent collection includes over 2,700 fine art objects with a focus on American artists from the 18th century to the present. Rotating exhibitions are installed annually and over the years have included artists as diverse as Winslow Homer, James McNeill Whistler, William Trost Richards, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andy Warhol. Recent temporary exhibitions have featured artworks by Diane Arbus, George Condo, Lalla Essaydi, Shara Hughes, William Kentridge, Sally Mann, Rania Matar, and Tony Oursler, to mention a few.

Highlights of our historical collection include paintings by Gilbert Stuart and John Smibert, George Inness, Fitz Henry Lane, Lilla Cabot Perry and twenty-five works by William Trost Richards. In addition, the Museum owns works by Winslow Homer and George Bellows, iconic sculptures by William Morris Hunt and Paul Manship, and a number of works by John La Farge. The Museum also owns photographs by Aaron Siskind and wallpaper by Andy Warhol, as well as prints by Philip Guston, Corita Kent, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Philip Pearlstein, and Ad Reinhardt, as well as glass art by Dale Chihuly and Toots Zynsky.

The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays April – December until 7 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays. Museum membership levels and benefits, art school classes and registration, exhibition schedules, public programming, and more can be found at www.newportartmuseum.org. Phone: (401) 848-8200.

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