Art represents the triumph over chaos, just as pulled-pork donuts represent the triumph over dignity. Expand your tastes with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $8, you get two tickets to the Newport Arts Festival at the Newport Yachting Center on Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or Sunday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children under 12 are admitted for free.
The harbor front in downtown Newport transforms into a kaleidoscopic canvas on which contributions from regional and national artists converge with the sounds of live bluegrass and jazz. Pairs can meander through a marketplace gallery of glassworks, mixed media, and ceramics that represent the greatest confluence of refinement and functionality since the jewel-studded Swiss Army knife. Bare necks and wrists become portable museum exhibits with wearable art from some of the festival’s homemade jewelry vendors. As guests continue their circuitous journey through the Newport Yachting Center, the live sounds of saxophones, steel guitars, and bongo-playing seagulls waft from the stage in an auditory complement to the vibrant paintings photographs lining shops’ walls.
A variety of children’s activities spark the imaginations and soothe the finger-painting angsts of younger artists, while families can stop in for some summery snacks at the festival café. Proceeds from the festival benefit Looking Upwards, a nonprofit agency that supports adults and children with developmental disabilities.
Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed from August 27 and August 28 to September 24 and September 25. For more information, visit newportartsfestival.com.