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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

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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

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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

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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

Mini Art Show Opens Saturday at 2pm!

 

blinkminis_igPlease join us from 2-5pm, November 12 at Blink Gallery  for another fun and vibrant reception filled with creativity!

“A close-to-home feel with a wide variety of artistic flavor”

Last year, we gave you the first Annual Mini Art Show. This year,
we return with another fantastic group of artists of all ages and
mediums who have worked hard to bring you their unique pieces
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Staying true to the first Mini Show, this year’s show curates work from an all-inclusive pool of artists, with no requirements to enter. Each artist has a connection to Newport, however they all have varying styles and approaches to their work. The Mini Art Show exhibits a close-to-home feel while simultaneously offering a wide variety of artistic flavor. In the spirit of a ‘mini’ show, the pieces are scaled on the smaller side and have been mostly priced under $150.

We hope to see you on Saturday to celebrate and appreciate
our community’s local talent, and to support some truly
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Mini Art will be on display until January 8th, or its sold out!

 

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Waves and Woods – John and Pamela Redick

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Saturday, October 1st
6-9pm

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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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

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

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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
AT THE COURTYARD ON THAMES

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.

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A little grit and glamour…new show Aug 21

Woman in a colorful robe, island of Sal, Cape VerdeA little grit and glamour…

and a good excuse to have a party

Friday, August 21st
6 PM – 9 PM

Featuring adult beverages with a chance of snacks

Summer is winding down before we know it, so we’re seizing the moment to break out the Rose and Prosecco one last time and pretend like its not going to happen.

We haven’t had the time to curate a whole new collection to show you, but we do have a few new things in store. We’ve coordinated our event with Kevin Duris at Duris Studios who is having a reception next door. He will be showcasing great new jewelry that celebrates pearls. So that got us thinking. A pearl starts out as a bit of grit yet turns into something glamourous…and our show idea was born!

Blink’s owner, and resident photographer, Alexander Nesbitt has a penchant for traveling to some extremely gritty locales. So we’re going to dust off some of the badass (excuse our language) images from places you’d probably be afraid to go, just for your viewing pleasure.

For the glamour? Think of it more in terms of presentation. If you came to our last event, or have visited the gallery in the last few months you may have seen the dye sublimation metal prints. Well, we’ve added to the collection with two of Sandy’s best-selling Newport images. If you haven’t seen a dye-sub print yet – it’s basically like looking at a photograph in hi-definition, it puts your television to shame. A glittering and glamourous image presentation, you have to see it to believe it!

Along the way, we have discovered there is a magical intersection of grit and glamour that exists in some of Sandy’s images, like the one above. So let’s also celebrate that magic – to grit and glamour!

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Framed or Unframed?

It used to be that when you bought photography you generally had two choices. “Would you like that framed, or unframed?” Unframed was generally matted and sold in a clear sleeve. The framing part was then completely up to the customer. While this still seems to be pretty much the standard, we can’t help but notice that additional presentation options are growing in popularity.

Most people have seen stretched canvas photo prints in galleries or available on online photo sites. You may be saying “yeah, yeah…canvas prints are old news by now.” And you’d be right, but they are still a great and popular option. Especially for customers who are looking for a large image. As once you have anything larger than a standard piece of mat board, framing becomes infinitely more difficult.

And what about wood, or metal?

A few years ago we started selling small photo prints adhered to fine-quality wood. Each one is made by hand, but thats not the point here. The point is people really like them. Its hard to pin down exactly what feature they respond to so well. Is it the clarity of the image, the novelty of a wooden block, the choice to hang on a wall or sit on a shelf, or is it because it needs no framing?

On the horizon is the rising popularity of metal prints. We’ve made some in-house prints on aluminum and they look pretty cool. But there are companies able to produce incredible prints on metal using a different process. (Trust us, its cool…we’ll be selling these soon.)

I guess at the end of this post we are left with curiosity. Is “framed or unframed” a question answered by practicality? Are you buying a photo in a gold frame because that’s what matches your existing art collection? Is it a choice influenced only by your taste?

. . . Or is it more philosophical, is the migration towards unframed pieces a response to modern technology implementing further change on a traditional art medium – much like the conversion to digital photography changed the landscape of expectations of what photography is?

We’d love to hear your feedback. What guides your choices when buying photography?

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Photo Block Options

Blink Gallery’s photo blocks are handmade by Newport, Rhode Island based photographer Alexander Nesbitt. The process has been perfected over the last two years, and involves a really big printer (printing awesome photos), a super cool glue machine, the finest quality baltic birch plywood, and a finish coat of lacquer applied by hand. Of course, its much more technical than that…the point is, these are little mini art objects. Its explained with a little more finesse on our photo block page.

What the block page doesn’t completely explain are the size options! As with most things, one size doesn’t fit all. So we expanded the line to give you more options. Regular, Large, Jumbo, Panoramic…all fitting together pretty well due to a carefully calculated size ratio.

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A few block combos, showing panoramic, large and regular sized blocks
How big are photo blocks?

Regular: 5″ x 8″

Large: 8″ x 12″

Panoramic: 15.75″ x 5.25″

Jumbo : 15.75″ x 11.75″ (not pictured)

It important to note that not all of the pictures can be cropped to panoramic. Some images just don’t work that way…or they won’t look good. If you have an idea, and you don’t see it listed as an option its best just to ask. We’ll tell you if we think it will work or not!

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Best Gallery?! Thank you!

Last night we went to a fabulous party…where we got an award!

You’ve voted for us – again. We’re so ecstatic, and humbled. Blink Gallery has been chosen as the “Best Gallery” by the readers of Newport Life Magazine for the second year in a row. Whether it was 10 votes, or 10,000 we don’t care. THANK YOU. We work hard at keeping this small business alive, and recognition like this goes further than you will ever know. So pat yourselves on the back, your vote keeps a shop open in the community, artists and others working, and a legacy growing.

Our promise to you is that we will continue to bring to you the work of creators. We will produce and select the best. And we hope you’ll think of us when you want to treat yourself to something nice to adorn your walls, give to others, or just smile. We’re sending positive vibes your way. Cheers! best gallery

So again, THANK YOU!

Sincerely,

Sandy & Nichole

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Choosing The Right Size for Artwork

Deciding on the size of artwork

A size toolkit for filling the empty space above your bed, couch, mantle…

We have all experienced the times after moving to a new house, apartment or condo when we have unpacked all of our things and felt satisfied with what we have accomplished. But then we realize…the walls are bare! We endeavor to find just the right thing to hang in that space, but the task seems unreasonably difficult. What size is the right size to hang there??

At our photography studio, we have heard this question come up quite often. So we decided to help you out by creating this chart.

choosing the right artwork size for your space

You can download the PDF here – Viewing Distance chart

If it still seems complicated, try thinking the same way you would when you buy a television. How close will you be? Do you want to have to squint? If you’re very close will you be able to see the middle and edges at the same time?

Now that you’re armed with information – good luck with your search for the perfectly sized piece!