2017-01-05 / Front Page

'Art After Dark' Stirs Creativity for All


Full bodysuit-clad figures handmade by Polish crochet artist Olek are highlighted in the film "Yarn." Fashion designer Joseph Aaron Segal will lead the post-film discussion and Q&A on Thursday, Jan. 12. Full bodysuit-clad figures handmade by Polish crochet artist Olek are highlighted in the film "Yarn." Fashion designer Joseph Aaron Segal will lead the post-film discussion and Q&A on Thursday, Jan. 12. The Newport Art Museum's monthly late-night affair "Art After Dark" is back on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 5-9 p.m. with unique programming for the whole family. Give a new medium a whirl during instructor-led demonstrations held in the galleries and studios. Try your hand at elaborate paper cutting with Ingrid Lavoie, settle into a popular portrait drawing class with Peter Dickison, learn those tricky watercolor techniques with Mandy Howe, experiment with seaweed printing and pressing with Mary Jameson, and keep the kids engaged with Danielle DeBrule's Children's Art Club. Music will fill the galleries, scavenger hunts are offered for the little (and not so little) ones, and Gallery Games will keep you puzzling.

The Providence Art + Design Film Festival is back with the perfect film to wind up the night of inspired creating. “Yarn” (Iceland, 2016, 76 minutes) follows several artists who are redefining the tradition of knitting and crochet. Yarn graffiti, soft sculptures and performance art are bringing yarn out of its traditional past and into the 21st century art world.

Discussion and Q&A with Joseph Aaron Segal will follow the film. Segal is an industrial knitting professor at RISD, freelance knitwear designer, lead designer for his own brands, and frequent collaborator with a variety of fashion designers, artists and yarn companies. In 2009, he launched his first high-end apparel collection, JAS, which features handmade clothing created with specially knitted and printed textiles. JAS is sold in boutiques worldwide. He will bring one of his many industrial machines to demonstrate knitting processes, as well as several pieces from his collection.

This event joins the ranks of the many events and educational programs the museum currently offers in its galleries at 76 Bellevue Ave. The best news is that Art After Dark is free or admission is by donation, but tickets are required for the film and are available online at newportartmuseum.org and at the door for $10.

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