weather and the ambience of Newport's Bellevue Avenue, coupled with
three new exciting exhibitions and an upcoming book signing by acclaimed
children's book illustrator Mary Jane Begin make the beginning of
Summer Season 2013 definitely auspicious.
Mary Jane Begin's book signing for her recently published book My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea is Saturday, June 29th at the NMAI, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.Many
of Mary Jane's original illustrations from the book will be on exhibit
in the NMAI's Lower Level galleries where the book signing will take
place. Each artwork is available for purchase in the Museum Shop, with a
portion of the proceeds benefiting NMAI's nonprofit organization,
American Civilization Foundation. For further details on Under the Sparkling Sea, please click here to read our recent newsletter.
clockwise from the top center: The Rose Garden, Four Horse Garden, and Forecourt with Lions________________________________________________________________________
Throughout this summer, NMAI offers
three concurrent and unique exhibitions:
The American Muse focuses
on the illustrative works of Charles Dana Gibson, Harrison Fisher,
Howard Chandler Christy, Walter Granville Smith, James Montgomery Flagg,
Albert Beck Wenzell, and others of their Gilded Age illustrator
colleagues, each demonstrating their own particular notion of classic female American beauty.
clockwise from top center: Walter Granville Smith, The Promenade, Central Park, 1897; Albert Beck Wenzell, At The Piano, 1890;Philip Boileau, Woman With Long Stemmed Rose, 1900.
Maxfield Parrish: The Retrospective continues due to popular demand, featuring works from Edith Wharton's notable book, Italian Villas and their Gardens, Edison Mazda calendar works, andextraordinaryexamples
from each phase of Parrish's oeuvre. NMAI has the largest Maxfield
Parrish Collection of original artworks extant, including his largest
commission, the Florentine Fete murals, 18 paintings each measuring 10ft 6in tall, and his smallest, The Tallwood Pearl, a 1 1/2in landscape scene on a Mother of Pearl button.
clockwise from top center: Maxfield Parrish, A Florentine Fete, 1910-1916; Venetian Lamplighters, 1922; Tallwood Pearl, 1955; Griselda, 1910.
Howard Pyle and His Brandywine Studentsfeatures works by Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, and others of the Brandywine School.
clockwise from top center: Howard Pyle, Washington at Mt. Vernon, 1899; N.C. Wyeth, The Frontier Trapper, 1920;Howard Pyle, LaSalle Christening the Country 'Louisiana', 1903;Frank Schoonover, The Little Wet Foot, 1914.
National Museum of American Illustration 492 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 T: 401-851-8949 ext. 18, F: 401-851-8974 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday though Sunday, 11am to 5pm for general admissions. Open year
round Fridays from 11am to 5pm, with a guided tour at 3pm. Open all
other times for group tours by advance reservation.
$18; Seniors (60+) & Military: $16; Students: $12; Children ages 5
to 12: $8. Children ages 5 to 12 are permitted only if vouchsafed by
parents or guardians as being 'well-behaved.'
National Museum of American Illustration is a nonprofit, independent,
educational and aesthetic organization. It is located in Newport, RI, on
Bellevue Avenue at Vernon Court (1898), a Carrére and Hastings designed
Beaux-Arts adaptation of an 18th century French chateau. It is the
first national museum devoted exclusively to American illustration art.
Illustration consists of original artwork created to be reproduced in
books, magazines, newspapers, and advertisements. 'Golden Age' paintings
by such luminaries as Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, NC Wyeth, JC
Leyendecker, and 150 others are displayed in 'Gilded Age' architecture,
creating a unique union of architecture and art - a national treasure.
The Museum is administered by the American Civilization Foundation, a
nonprofit organization with the goal to present the best possible venue
for appreciating the greatest collection of illustration art - the most American of American art.
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