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10 ways to spend a Winter Weekend in Newport, RI.

We all know Newport is the place to be during those hot summer months, but what about the other half of the year? Contrary to popular belief Newport doesn’t just fall into hibernation as Labor Day Weekend comes to a close. This seaside city offers a variety of hidden gems to endear even the most stubborn seasonal traveler. Here’s our winter guide from a year round perspective.

Start your day with a hot beverage at Empire Tea & Coffee.

Empire is a Newport staple and a great way to start your trip with a much needed caffeine spike. Empire is known for fresh coffee and a modern vibe. Sip your morning latte in the bustling cafe before heading out on the town. The “3rd Degree Burn” latte is a must try!

Take a drive down Bellevue Ave

Bellevue Avenue in Newport is home to some of the most extravagant estates on the East Coast. Queue up your favorite playlist and take a slow drive as you admire the rich history and impeccable architecture of these well preserved homes. Those itching for a peek behind the gates are in luck as several mansions offer walking tours year round. Continue on and you’ll be treated to unobstructed ocean views as you travel down famous Ocean Drive.

Photo: Alexander Nesbitt

Visit Trinity Church

Trinity Church is a National Historic Landmark and even more beautiful in the winter. The Church has appeared in several films such as “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Evening”. The Church carries a rich history dating back to the 1700s. A must stop spot for any history or architecture buffs in the group!

Grab lunch with a view on Bowen’s Wharf

Bowen’s Wharf is home to a handful of scrumptious restaurants each with their own unique offerings. Diego’s offers Mexican street food and a variety of libations, the Cranberry Bog cocktail is a personal favorite in the winter months! The Wharf Pub offers a cozy rustic setting with lots of exposed wood. Don’t leave without trying their homemade tater tots!

Explore the Newport Art Museum

You didn’t think you’d make it through this guide without some art recommendations did you? The Newport Art Museum is housed in the Historic Griswold House and offers exhibitions of all different mediums from sculpture to photography. This museum may look small from the outside but it’s packed with over 2600 works of art. Keep your eyes peeled for iconic works by Andy Warhol & Roy Lichtenstein.

Trek the world famous Cliff Walk

Bundle up and set off for the Cliff Walk where you will be delighted by unobstructed Newport ocean views and three miles of walkable trail. Adventure down the famous 40 steps and watch the waves crash against the the coast. Explore the stunning attraction with a friend or loved one, but be sure to bring some good walking shoes for the rocky areas.

Tour the Audrain Auto Museum

Got a car fanatic in your life? This is the spot for them. This museum showcases over 200 rare and exceptional automobiles. View cars from the 1890s all the way to present day in immaculate condition. The exhibited cars are ever changing so there is always something new to admire.

Slurp Ramen at Boru Noodle Bar on Broadway

Boru Noodle is a cozy spot for a warm lunch. They have delectable appetizers like their signature pork buns and basil chili wings. It is also BYOB so make sure to bring your favorite bottle! For the main course they offer a variety of ramen dishes such as spicy miso and thai seafood. The portions are large so bring your appetite.

Retail Therapy on Thames Street

Boru Noodle is a cozy spot for a warm lunch. They have delectable appetizers like their signature pork buns and basil chili wings. It is also BYOB so make sure to bring your favorite bottle! For the main course they offer a variety of ramen dishes such as spicy miso and thai seafood. The portions are large so bring your appetite.

Photo: Alexander Nesbitt

End your trip with an Awful Awful from Newport Creamery.

It doesn’t matter how cold it is out, you can’t drive back over the bridge without an Awful Awful in your cup holder! The awful big and awful good beverages are a beloved favorite of generations of Rhode Islanders. These tasty milkshake like concoctions are made with whole milk, syrup and their secret ingredient: frozen ice milk. The Choco-Nutter flavor is not to be overlooked.

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Artwork Size Guide: Fit and Impact

A few years ago we wrote a post with some pointers on choosing the right artwork size for your space. Since its a challenge as old as. . . homes. . .we’re visiting the topic again.

So go pick up your tape measure, pencil, and a scrap of paper. We can do this together.

To decide what size artwork will be best for your space there are two key ideas to focus on. First, how big is the space you want to fill? Measure it, width and height. This could be a floor to ceiling wall space, or just the area above your couch. If you’re looking to place something over a couch or bed, for example, measure the area that relates to this – use the width of the couch or headboard as your width, and for height measure from the top of the couch or headboard to the ceiling. Write these numbers down.

Second, how big of an impact or statement do you want to make with your artwork? This part is somewhat subjective. You can make a big impact by picking a bold piece that takes up a lot of your available space, or you could take the subtle approach by picking a soothing piece in a smaller size. If that seems straightforward, you’re right. The more complex piece of this puzzle comes in terms of the viewing distance.

Viewing distance is literally that. How far from the artwork will you likely be when looking at it? For example, in a narrow corridor, like a hallway, you will never be very far from the artwork. So you’d want to choose a smaller size. The reverse is also true, you may have a smaller wall space at the end of the corridor, but you’d be viewing it from a much greater distance, so a large size would be recommended. If you’re placing work above your sofa in a small living room, smaller is probably ok, but if you have an open concept floor plan then you’ll see if from greater distance and likely want the large one.

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Open concept room – demonstrates how a large piece of artwork can fit the space perfectly

If that still seems confusing, try thinking about it the same way you think about buying a television. How close will you be? Do you need to squint? Or if you’re very close, is it possible to look at the middle and edges at the same time?

For quick reference here’s some size recommendations for common wall sizes/viewing distances (listed as height x width):

Wall Size/Viewing Distance: 6 feet

  • Big impact – 20″ x 30″
  • Medium impact – 16″ x 24″
  • Subtle impact – 13″ x 20″

Wall Size/Viewing Distance: 12 feet

  • Big impact – 32″ x 48″
  • Medium impact – 24″ x 36″
  • Subtle impact – 20″ x 30″

Wall Size/Viewing Distance: 20 feet

  • Big impact – 50″ x 75″
  • Medium impact – 36″ x 54″
  • Subtle impact – 32″ x 48″

Of course choosing artwork is often personal. There is no one size fits all approach. (Ha! See what we did there?)

A quick list of other things to consider once you’ve mastered the size:

  1. What style is your home and furnishings? A contemporary aluminum print might look out of place in a Colonial cottage, while a framed watercolor print might look odd among modern architecture.
  2. How much natural light does the area get? Some mediums are very sensitive to UV light, and glossy prints or artwork framed with glass could have issues with reflectivity.
  3. Will it be exposed to moisture? Its always a good idea to check with the artist or someone knowledgeable about how a piece was made to find out if it will be affected by moisture. Anytime natural materials are involved there will always be some level of expansion/contraction – some fair better than others.

Lastly, there’s no reason to go it alone! Gallerists and artists are always on standby to help. We love nothing more than helping people place artwork that they love in their homes, and its even better when everyone is confident that it will fit.




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New Year, New Art

Your house deserves it, and you do too. Click here to read more about our end of the year specials and custom orders.

Your house deserves it, and you do too.

Keep the new year feeling bright with a gift to your home! Swap out those holiday decorations for something inspiring and beautiful. You’ll love it and your house will too.

Newport Bridge Canvas-custom size art

A little love for 2018

Filling your home with artwork you love will bring you joy all year long. We choose the homes we live in and spend years nurturing them, shaping them into spaces that make our hearts full. We dress them up for special occasions and show them off to our friends and relatives. They are the backdrop to the slideshow of our lives. When was the last time your backdrop got a facelift? When you allow yourself to choose artwork that speaks to you, you get warm feelings every time you look at it. What if you gave your home, and yourself, a gift for the new year?

dye sublimation print

Make it custom

Don’t let small or unusual spaces stop you from finding something you love. You’re not alone in your spatial challenges – about 50% of our projects are custom made. We’re happy to chat with you about the best print material, size and hanging options to make sure you get it right. On larger projects we can even provide you with a digital mock-up of your room with the image you love. These services are included in our regular prices. Consider it a test drive! Read more about custom work projects here.

Modern living room interior 3d rendering. All images, photos, pictures used in this interior are my own works, all rights belong to me.


Have questions? Let us help! We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and the ability to figure out fantastic solutions for any space. Here’s how to get in touch.


Wishing you a Happy New Year!

-Sandy, Nichole, Rachael & Allee


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You need art!

You need art. You can invest in something that tells you every day that you have what you need. Something that says life is more than a struggle and in some measure a product of your aspirations and dreams. You can declare that you have room beyond the bare necessities to enjoy life.

Those walls don’t just hold up the roof, they surround you and make your experience of home, family, work, or career what it is. But what are they? Blank? Naked? Lame? Noncommittal? Make your walls a testament to your inspiration, a record of your interaction with your town and the creative outer limits of your people!

-Alexander Nesbitt 2017


You need art! - Colossal Buddha, Wat Si Chum, Sokothai, thailand
Colossal Buddha, Wat Si Chum, Sokothai, Thailand

Drop by the gallery or browse some of our collection here:  The photography collection is here and the paintings are here.  Let’s see if the walls around you can speak to you.

A sunset ride down pristine Mamoli Beach, Southern Mozambique


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Our Tips on Newport’s Best Beach

Sunset at Second or Sachuest, often voted the best beach
Sunset at Sachuest Beach

Newport’s Best Beach?

Its true Newport is known for its world class sailing but sometimes we all need to take a break from being on the water to being in the water. Luckily, Newport offers some great beaches for relaxing, walking, playing and swimming. Each beach has something that’s a little special just about it. So read on to discover which beach might be the best beach for you. (listed, not ranked)


1. Easton’s Beach (a.k.a. First Beach)

Newport, RI - Number nine lifeguard chair - first beach. the best beach to walk to.If you find yourself in Newport without a car, Easton’s beach is an easy choice. You can walk there from most parts of town, the road features bike lanes, and the sidewalks are wide enough for strollers. If its a family outing the kids will love a break from the sun to grab a snack at the snack bar, explore the Save the Bay touch tank or take a ride on the old carousel. And if sandcastles and carousels aren’t their thing – there is also a pretty nice playground. Easton’s Beach is a cove beach, with an awesome view of the famed Cliff Walk. Most days the surf isn’t too rough, but has enough movement to let you know you’re definitely in the ocean. If you’d like an adult beverage to wash the salt out of your mouth, there are a number of great bars nearby (I like Flo’s Clamshack and Easton’s Point) to cap off your beach day.

2. Sachuest Beach (a.k.a. Second Beach)

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Del’s Lemonade truck at Surfer’s End

Winter Sunset - 2nd Beach 1

The largest of the beaches, Sachuest Beach has a bit of everything. If soothing views, long walks on the beach, boogie boarding, building 3′ sandcastles, surfing or kiteboarding, and slammin’ sunsets are your thing then Second Beach is the place for you. What’s that? You don’t think all those things go together? They do! The south end of the beach, “Surfer’s End” is often populated by locals, and beginners at surf camp. The north end of the beach, not only joins the beautiful Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge, but is also the place to see skilled kitesurfers late in the day. Everywhere in between is packed with families and people looking for that traditional beach experience. Pack up your chairs, umbrellas and coolers and head out for a day at the beach. Note that this beach does have a public restrooms but the snack bar is an on again off again thing- so you’ll want to bring a lunch, and keep it really contained lest the seagulls eat it before you do. Feeling thirsty? Take a walk down to Surfer’s End and grab a Del’s Lemonade, you won’t regret it.

3. Third Beach (actually called Third Beach)

No fancy name needed for this small no frills beach. A favorite of local families, Third Beach is a great place to take anyone who prefers pools or ponds to ocean adventures. A rare northeastern facing beach, there is basically never any surf and no steep drop off. Rumor has it this is the best place to try SUP, and it offers nice calm waters for kayaking, or a training swim. A public boat ramp is available to anyone who pays for parking, or has a season pass. The beach area has a few pavilions with barbecue pits, but they are hard to snag. You can also make reservations for private parties. No public restrooms or concessions.

4. Gooseberry Beach

Dune fences at Gooseberry
Dune fences at Gooseberry

Gooseberry Beach is a family-friendly beach situated off the Ocean Drive. With paid parking primarily for season members.  You can try your luck early with a paid parking spot or can visit on a bike and enjoy this sheltered cove beach with views of the open ocean.  The beach has virtually no surf because of the sheltering islands which, like a carefully placed folly in a garden, offer excellent views.

5. Reject’s Beach

Reject's Sunset 1

A favorite of the younger adult crowd, Reject’s Beach is a wonderful “unofficial” beach in Newport. Situated between the southern Cliff Walk access and Bailey’s Beach (private, members only) is this great spot for hanging out, reading a book, or taking a swim. It’s got no amenities – not even a parking lot, but it does have plenty of room to lock up your bicycle, and the town trolley has a stop nearby. If you’re looking for a spot to meet up with friends, play some games, or relax on your own without a pile of children kicking sand nearby this is a great choice. Just don’t cross the line in the sand or you’ll get growled at by the Bailey’s guard.

I can’t let it pass without noting that two of the beaches on the list are not located in the 02840. When it’s all said and done, if your best beach is Second or Third, then maybe Newport’s best beach is actually in Middletown . . . Hi, neighbor!

General rules to remember – there is no smoking or alcohol permitted on any of the beaches, glass containers are not allowed and frowned upon, and your pets need to stay at home. Always expect to pay for parking (although you’ll occasionally get lucky if you just drop in for an evening swim.)


Post contributed by Newport resident Nichole Smith

All photographs ©Alexander Nesbitt Photography

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2nd Annual Mini Art Show – A Call for Artists

Mini Art – Call for Artists

Our 2nd annual Mini Art show is right around the corner! We’re soliciting small work from local artists who feel they have new, interesting, and beautiful things to share and sell over the Holidays.

Registration Deadline: Nov 1, 2016

Show dates: November 12, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Entry Fee: $5 per artist – Why? Because organizing all of you is more than a labor of love and we need to know you are  serious about submitting your work.

The Quick Details

  • Must be original artwork, or made in a limited edition. All work must be signed. All mediums that meet this criteria are accepted.
  • The artist must have a Rhode Island connection
  • 2-D work should be no larger than 9×9, 3-D work between 2x2x2 and 6x6x6 – pieces reasonably close to these limits are welcome. Pieces must be marked with artist name and some sort of name or ID number.
  • Work should be presentation ready (framed or hangers included, or able to stand on its own)
  • Retail prices should not exceed $150 (but we’re ok with some exceptions to this).
  • Must submit at least 3 but not more than 8 pieces.
  • Work must be dropped off during a designated time slot – or mailed with return postage. While this is an open call for artists it is a semi-curated show, so please understand if we don’t immediately display all of your work. We also reserve the right to tell you your work isn’t the right fit for us. Sorry, we cannot accept jewelry.
Heard enough?
Register now!

Mini Art Entry Form 2016

Fields marked with an * are required

Read on for all the in-depth info.

Submission Criteria

You, the artist, need to actually make the thing.

All works must have some level of evidence of the artist. This means we can’t accept prints of a scanned thing that you once made and now mass produce. We are looking for hand made art. In the case of photography, digital prints are accepted, but they must be signed, and ready to hang on the wall in a frame or some other permanent presentation. Ideally, you have printed them yourself, or carefully instructed the person printing them.

All two dimensional work must be presentation-ready. Three dimensional work should be able to stand on its own, or have the proper support.

There has to be a Rhode Island connection.

While we feel it is too limiting to say you have to physically live in Rhode Island to submit work to our show, we do need you to demonstrate a connection to Lil’Rhody. (Maybe you grew up here, and moved away, but you come back often to visit. Maybe you live here all summer long and source materials and inspiration from the Ocean State before wintering in the Caribbean.) Tell us your story.

Size (and price) Matters.

We’re defining “Mini” as any artwork smaller than 9” square. Two dimensional work, framing included, cannot exceed 9” on the long side (if your thing must go in an 8×10 frame, we’ll accept it, but please be mindful – space is at a premium!). Please also note, we’re not veering into micro art just yet – please keep the small dimension 3” and above. For 3-D work let’s try to stay around 2”x2”x2” and above, but less than 6”x6”x6”, if you feel your work demonstrates a reasonable exception to these rules please include your reasoning on your application.   

We need to cap retail prices to under $150 per piece. As the goal is to sell your work, we want the prices to be in an attainable range for the broadest customer base. Sales follow the traditional gallery agreement. The artist will get 50% of the sale price. Please be reasonable with your expectations.

Quantity & Labeling

Artists must have a minimum of three pieces, and a maximum of 8. If work sells quickly, you will be given the opportunity to provide more pieces. Each piece needs to have your name and some sort of title or ID code on it.

You need to register to bring your work in during a designated time slot, or mail it to us with return postage.

Unfortunately, not everyone will have the right work for our show. We know you tried hard to make it, and we want you to keep making things, but we can’t automatically show it all. We reserve the right to show or not show the work as we decide is best.  When we accept your work we will give you all the details in writing. Please know that if you send us things without following the rules we might not be able to send it back or keep it around forever in hopes that you will come for it.

Accepted Mediums & Eligibility

As we mentioned before, to be eligible you have make it yourself. When it comes to medium, we don’t want to put anyone in a box. The standard things like painting, works on paper, mixed media, ceramics, and glass are perfectly acceptable. Unfortunately, we cannot accept jewelry.

Other Perks
Exhibition Opening Party

The opening for this show will have a reception. We’d love to have as many of the artists present as possible, along with your friends and family – come celebrate, see the show and meet the people looking at your work.

Chance of a long term agreement or a solo show

Like many galleries, we have a handful of artists whose work is always available at Blink. If we really like your work, and our patrons do too, we may ask to have some of your work available year round. If one of you just completely blows us away then we may opt to offer you a solo exhibition with bigger work and another party sometime in the next year. It would be fantastic if we could find an emerging artist and give them an opportunity.  If you’re an established artist, it gives you an established gallery to share your work with locals, collectors and the mysterious masses.

Sign up online here!

(When you arrive at your drop off time we’ll collect the fee, note how to pay you, get the details about your work, and schedule time to return it to you if we can’t sell it)

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Waves and Woods – John and Pamela Redick

Redick-Card frontRedick Opening Reception

Saturday, October 1st

Blink Gallery is excited to welcome the works of husband and wife artists John and Pamela Redick. Through two vastly different and distinct approaches to painting, they each achieve a meticulous recreation of the natural world.

John’s ocean waves utilize the liquid properties of paint to simulate the movement of moving water while Pamela mimics the details of the forest by recreating each tiny shape.  Each artist thoughtfully applies or forfeits control of the materials to generate life-like works of beauty.

We hope you’ll join us for an opening reception on Saturday, October 1st at Blink.


John Redick

“I use the natural properties of flowing paint with just enough control to create works that capture the energy and mystery of the ocean.”

Pamela Redick

“I paint landscapes that are not just recognizable places but instances of being someplace out of the ordinary . . . about that ephemeral sense of connecting with something greater that comes when we are in and at one with nature.”


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New Works by Kris Offill

New Works by Kris Offill at Blink Gallery

Stormy Seas

Opening Friday, April 8, 2016

Kris is a local oil painter and Navy Corpsman. He is self-taught and known for his moody seascapes and award-winning figurative works. Kris’ paintings straddle a line between abstraction and representation while impressively recreating the emotion and intensity of a stormy sea. All works on view are locally inspired. The show will run Thursday, April 7 – May 15. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, April 8 2016 from 6-9.

Kris received the “Best in Show” at the Newport Art Museum Annual Juried Member’s Show in 2014.



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Artwork Submissions

Sunlight streaming into Blink Gallery
Blink Gallery interior
Kris Offill painting
"Storm" by Kriss Offill - oil on canvas painting 48" x 48"
Newport coasters sample
Diana Hall- Carbon finger bangle with diamond
Carbon fiber Spiral Wrap bracelet by Diana Hall

Are you an artist either from Rhode Island or with a strong connection to Rhode Island? Do you feel that your work would be a good match for Blink Gallery?

If you answered yes, then please let us know by filling out the form below. You can submit up to six images of your work. Please only submit finished pieces that are good examples of your larger body of work. We love all mediums of art! Once we have received your submission we will review it and get back to you within a week. Thanks for your interest in Blink Gallery and good luck!

Artwork Submissions Form (not already in Gallery)

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Salon de Refusés

Salon de RefusésBlink Gallery will host a show of beautiful works which did not make it into the 2016 Newport Annual Juried Members Show at the Newport Art Museum.  Join us for an opening reception Saturday February 6th from 5-8 as we celebrate the work and creativity of over 40 artists from the Newport Area.

Every year there are countless pieces that don’t appeal to the Juror so we’re hanging the walls with 40 plus fantastic pieces that we think were overlooked. Join us and see what else Newport’s artists have created!

The show will be hung in traditional Salon style and showcase an eclectic mix of subjects, styles and sizes all with a fantastic vitality.

Join us to celebrate the tradition famously started when Napoleon offered a Salon De Refusés to those excluded from the Annual Paris Salon show in 1863.

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Join us at Blink gallery for Sunday Gallery Sunday


Sunday Gallery Sunday is a new arts initiative in Newport. It’s on an easy to remember day at a time when locals and visitors alike can make time to enjoy the towns diverse galleries.  I’m excited to have Blink a part of this right from the beginning.

Here are the details: Join us for a monthly gallery hop on the first Sunday of every month in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island. We recommend starting at Stone Acre Pantry, 515 Thames Street at 11:00am for a delicious brunch. A guided tour will commence at 1:00pm from the restaurant. Every month the tour will highlight different galleries. No registration needed and a map can be printed from here for self guided tours. Wrap up the day with a lively Salon hosted by the Newport Art Museum Contemporaries and moderated by Rupert Nesbitt at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue.

Here is more about Sunday Gallery Sunday on the website


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Small Business Saturday – Two Reasons to Visit


Small Business Saturday: A Rare and Wonderful Sale!

This Saturday only all in-stock photo prints on metal, paper, and canvas are 20% off!

Burn off those surplus Thanksgiving carbs by getting out and taking a stroll around town – making plenty of stops at your favorite local merchants in support of Small Business Saturday!

Blink will be open 10-7, and serving light refreshments all day 🙂

Can’t make it to the store? Shop online with coupon code shopsmall for 15% off your order. (Expires Monday, some exclusions)

First Annual Tree Lighting

The perfect way to top off your Small Business Saturday shopping trip. Together with Duris Studios, we’ve decked the boxwoods & bricks, and replaced our lovely fountain with a lovely tree!

Join us at 6pm when we officially flip the switch! 

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First Annual Mini Art Show

Please join us 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, November 14, 2015
at Blink Gallery, for a special night!

Join us in celebrating our 1st Annual Mini Art Show. We are excited about the great bunch of artists
we have participating and we think you will be too.

The Mini Art show displays a wide range of works from over twenty young, artschool-hopefuls,
curious hobbyists, and seasoned professionals who live in or near, or have a strong connection
to Newport. Photography, painting, ceramics, collage and more will be on view in this
salon-style show.

In an effort to mobilize our creative community, Blink’s Call for Artists was all-inclusive.
The no-barrier-to-entry approach has created a startlingly vibrant collection. The work
presented showcases a snapshot of the diversity and talent of our local creative community.
In the spirit of all works being “mini” the work has been priced under $150. The Mini Art Show
will remain on view until January 9, 2016.


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Hidden Gems – The Darkroom Print Collection

In conjunction with the “Uncommon Gems” show at Duris Studios,

Please join us 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Blink
Gallery, October 17, 2015 for a special night

Celebrating a collection of hidden gems from deep in the archives. We will be showing 35mm photographs from Alexander “Sandy” Nesbitt’s early photographic career. This collection showcases Sandy’s innate ability to capture the feeling of a moment in a single frame often with a wry irony. All of the black and white photographs in this collection were printed in a darkroom by the artist himself between 1989-2004.

It has been a decade or more since this collection has seen the light of day. Many are one-off prints, others are in tight editions of 5 and 10. With the darkroom gone and the color labs closed, these will never be printed as analog silver prints again.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy some of Sandy’s early work and celebrate a simpler, more hands on approach to photographic art making. We have such a tight collection of these analog darkroom prints that they will only be available, first come-first serve, during the one month run of this show.