Concert by Jim McGrath and
Official BridgeFest Art by William Heydt

jim-mcgrath-william-heydt_smallJuly 2, 2014: BridgeFest Salutes Newport’s Musical Heritage with a concert by Jim McGrath, Official BridgeFest Art Unveiling & Book Signing by William Heydt.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
5:30pm Reception, 6pm Concert
Redwood Library, Newport

Price $20 (limited seats)
RSVP Required – Ph 401-847-0295 ext 112
Wine & Cheese Reception
Book included in ticket price

The 6th Annual Newport BridgeFest is a local, live music & music education festival that “bridges” the gap between the prestigious Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals for a continuous 10 days of music in our community. BridgeFest incorporates the arts community through a series of collaborations, reaching a variety of audiences at an affordable price. BridgeFest 2014 dates are July 28th – 31st.

Known for his series, “Newportant People,” watercolorist William Heydt’s subject matter often focuses on people, their interests and environment. As the 2014 Official BridgeFest Artist, Mr. Heydt chose to Celebrate Newport’s Musical Heritage by honoring legendary local entertainer, singer & songwriter Jim McGrath! Active for decades, McGrath is known for his sea chanteys, ballads and other poetic songs. He has performed internationally, but can still be found in the heart of Newport. For more, visit www.JimMcGrathRI.com.

The painting will be on display in the Redwood Library from July 13 – 28 in preparation for this year’s festival. It is currently Mr. Heydt’s only available original work on the market, and is valued at $7500. For more on the artist & his work, visit www.WilliamHeydt.com.

The Redwood Library & Athenæum is a National Historic Landmark and the first public Neo-Classical building in America. Founded in 1747 by 46 prominent citizens of Newport, its mission of making knowledge and useful learning as lasting and widespread as possible continues today. In addition to six original Gilbert Stuart paintings, the Redwood’s museum collections include a fine collection of 18th and 19th-century portraiture, sculpture, furniture and other decorative arts. The Library is open to members and to the public daily and offers a wide selection of new and used books, and unique gift items.

Radio personality Ryan Belmore of What’s Up Newp & 1540 AM WADK will introduce the guests. Tune in to 1540 Live weekdays from 4-5PM to hear about all of Newport’s live events.

Reservations are required, and seating is limited to 90. Please call the Redwood Reservation at 401-847-0295, ext. 112 to reserve your seat.

SPONSORS: 1540 AM WADK; Redwood Library & Athenaeum, What’s Up Newp, Newport Mercury

If you are interested in joining the Newport Arts and Cultural Alliance, please click here to download the membership application form. You can pay for your membership through the ACA’s website