Paintings, Woodblock and Glassblowing

Things to Do — By Mike Virgintino on September 24, 2010 at 11:03 pm

In case it isn’t obvious, Newport is much more than sailing and waterfront dining. The arts have been an integral part of the culture for the town for several centuries.

The Lady Who Paints

Catch a glimpse of award-winning artist Rosemary Kavanagh O’Carroll as she paints Newport scenes with oils from the front of her gallery and studio. With more than 30 years of work as a professional artist, her work also includes paintings from travels through Europe and the U.S. that document historic events. She also has a series of oil on copper incorporating wool roving.

Rosemary Kavanagh O’Carroll has participated in countless exhibits worldwide, wining numerous awards in group and solo shows.

Studio and gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment. She is located at The Walker Building, 9A Bridge Street (near America’s Cup Avenue across from the Goat Island Connector.

Telephone is 401-450-4791 and e-mail is

The Third & Elm Press

Since founding The Third & Elm Press more than 45 years ago, Ilse Buchert Nesbitt has produced an outstanding personal collection of woodblock prints, books and note cards. Her work ranges from subtly colored prints of Newport scenes and her beloved garden to compelling landscapes.

Visit and watch the artist at work, making paper, cutting a block, or printing on her 19th century presses. Take home an original woodblock print, a limited edition book, or some note cards.

Located at 29 Elm Street, shop hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. Telephone is 401-846-0228 and e-mail is

Thames Glass

The glassblowing studio and gallery has featured hand blown glass by Mathew Buechner since 1981.

Watch skilled glassblowers shape molten glass into vases, ornaments, fish, fruits, vegetables, snowmen, shells, paperweights, perfume bottles, bowls and penholders. In the gallery, the glass available for purchase is made on the premises but also includes glass from other artists.

Try the skill of glass blowing by making an ornament of paperweight with help from a skilled glassblower. It will take less than half an hour and costs $30-60. Return two days later after the glass has cooled for pick up, or arrange to have the finished item shipped.

Thames Glass is located at 688 Thames Street. Telephone is 401-846-0576.

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