The summer show exhibits antiques, jewelry, midcentury art and other works from more than 40 unique dealers
The Newport Show St. George’s School
375 Purgatory Road Middletown, RI 02842 t: (401) 846-2669 www.thenewportshow.com
Originally dubbed the Newport Antiques Show, The Newport Show has opted for a new name to better reflect its vast repertoire of art coming from more than 40 diverse dealers.at the 2018 show, which runs July 28 and 29, attendees can still admire and browse fine art, antique furniture, jewelry and other vintage accessories while also exploring photography, design and midcentury art.
“We’ve changed our standards.
This generation is very interested in contemporary,” says The Newport Show manager Diana Bittel of Diana Bittel Antiques, which deals in marine art and American furniture. Bittel explains that painting dealers are in high demand, including exhibitors like Carole Pinto Fine Arts and Louis Dianni in the 2018 roster. Other dealers include Arader Galleries,the Cooley Gallery, Port ’N Starboard Gallery, Rehs Galleries, Inc. and William Vareika Fine Arts, Ltd., one of The Newport Show’s original sponsors for years, Bittel says.
Set up on the indoor ice skating rink at St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island, this is
The Newport Show’s 12th year running. “In this day and age, to have a show of this caliber—for a summer show it’s really impressive,” Bittel says.this year, the show will include a brass dealer,whitman Antiques, which is a medium they haven’t featured in years, Bittel explains. She adds that they will also showcase garden dealers like Village Braider Antiques and Schorr & Dobinsky, items of which include “wonderful fountains, statues, urns,
19th-century benches, gazebos and other outdoor metal things.”
“As with any show or fair, meeting new collectors is always very important. However, one of the nicest aspects of this show is how well they treat their dealers,” says Howard L. Rehs, president of Rehs Galleries.“it is a real pleasure to exhibit in Newport and we look forward to being there for years to come.”at the Rehs Galleries booth, visitors will find paintings spanning from the 19th century to today, with some of its historic offerings from Emilio Sanchezperrier and John F. Herring Jr.
Port ’N Starboard Gallery owner Michael Leslie says The Newport Show is the ideal setting for his gallery, which specializes in maritime paintings and folk art.“i will be bringing seascape, yachting, ship portrait and beach paintings along with nautical weathervanes, whirligigs, dioramas and sculptures,” Leslie explains. “I look forward to Newport every summer.”
The Newport Show chair Anne Hamilton, right, and Newport Historical Society executive director Ruth Taylor, center, chat with a guest.
Guests browse the booth of William Vareika Fine Arts.
John F. Herring Jr. (ca. 1820-1907), Horses, Goat, Cow, Pigs and Poultry in a Farmyard. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in., signed. Courtesy Rehs Galleries.
Duncan Mcfarlane (ca. 1818-1866), The Ship William Penn. Oil, 26 x 36 in. Courtesy Diana H. Bittel Antiques.
Willard Metcalf (1858-1925), Nantucket Reverie, July 1875. Oil on panel, 11 x 9 in. Courtesy Port ’N Starboard Gallery.