The Backyard Summer Art Series

I was invited to an art shindig tonight in Newport by Catherine Druken, the sister of a good friend of mine. I wasn’t sure what to expect, beyond the usual experience of running into lots of people I know (an inevitability in one’s home town), but what I found was an amazingly low key, yet classy set up.

The invite!

The invite!

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Kim Gardner

Held in the charming backyard of an old Newport house, the artists utilized the garage and fence as their “gallery” wall space. Catherine had her aluminum prints on the fence, displaying subtle yet familiar moments. Inside the garage one could find a ceramicist, a jewelry maker, and one who combines both. Indeed I was so tempted by the glazing of a small ceramic cup that I purchased it. Living with a ceramicist who has a mighty collection of gorgeous wares has prompted me to start building one of my own.

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Natalie Squillante

Anne Jenkins

Anne Jenkins

there were a few musicians playing on and off over the course of the night and the food they provided was tasty (there was a curried chicken dip that was absolutely DIVINE!). Much mingling was to be done and the benefits of being outside were much appreciated. On a cool, early summer’s eve, what better place is there to be than amongst nature, art, and music. Hoping that I’m not too busy so that I can swing over to the next arty shindig they put together.

Catherine Druken

Catherine Druken, “Lunchbreak”, Direct Print on Aluminum, 9″x9″

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