Community & Arts

hammett’s bell

Bells have long been a symbol of significance in maritime history. They are used to note the arrival of notable guests, mark the daily routine aboard naval ves sels, and serve as warning signals in the fog. The Hammetts Bell was manufactured in 1872 by Vanduzen & Tift at its Buckeye Bell Foundry in Cincinnati, and likely hung in a church steeple. Vanduzen was founded in 1837 and produced cannons during the Civil War to support the Union war effort. The company made thousands of bells until it closed in the early 1950’s, and has the distinction of founding the largest bell cast in America.

The bell has its original clapper, but is rung only on special occasions. Our neighbors and guests need their beauty sleep!

ARTS

Art is an essential part of what we’re all about. We’ve carefully curated work from artists with strong Newport ties that grace our rooms and public spaces.

A balance of beauty and grit, these pieces capture and celebrate the true spirit of Newport.

COMMUNITY

Engaging with our Newport community is a priority for us. We do this through active outreach and collaboration with organizations and individuals who make up the rich fabric of this incredible place. If you have an idea, or an event, or a way for us to further our mission, please get in touch!

Randi Milewski is our general manager and can be reached at Randi. Milewski@hammettshotel.com.

 

CURRENT ARTIST

Daniel Denton

Picture of artist's work Egg and Dart

Daniel Denton is a self-taught, multi-disciplined artist who grew up in the Catskill Mountains in Woodstock, NY. He moved to Rhode Island in the early nineties and currently lives and works in Portsmouth, RI.
Primarily a sculptor, Dan’s current work is characterized by his interest in exploring the artful possibilities of diverse materials. He sees the importance of craft, a need to work with his hands, and an innate drive to create as steady forces that propel his work. With his 27 years of experience in the stone fabrication industry, including 12 years with his own shop, you would have to consider stone his primary medium, but his fabrication and materials more generally provides constant inspiration. A self-described, “materialist with minimalist tendencies” Dan expresses himself not so much through his intuitive use and manipulation of materiality, form, space, color, line and texture.

Artists work on display in gallery

His style is clean and contemporary, and he avoids heavy alteration of the material(s), choosing instead to play with what’s given so that his pieces can speak directly to and through what they are made of. Dan’s architectural education from New York institute of Technology and Boston Architectural Center and his years of working in and around the trades provide a solid foundation. The conceptual side of architectural design is a well that he draws from regularly.

Ultimately, Dan believes that it’s the artist’s job to see things differently, to look for the relationships, to fell the physical and not physical environments essentially, to hear the spaces between the sounds, to feel the stillness in the dynamics and to recognize whenever possible the incredible phenomena that affect our lives in the most profound but subtle ways. He believes that its only through this awareness that Art can be made and therefore, the pursuit of Art is never ending.

Artists wrok Green Space

To some extent Dan has flown under the radar, never looking for the spotlight or overly concerned with resume building. Still, he has been making quality work for years and has work in private collections in California, Miami New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island and has exhibited work in Philadelphia, PA, Providence, RI, Boston, MA, Newport, RI, and now Wellfleet, MA.

A percentage of sale proceeds benefit the MLK Community Center of Newport.

In partnership with Newport Curates & Jessica Hagen Fine Art

Price list available upon request.

INQUIRIES

newport.curates@gmail.com

Picture of artist's work Egg and Dart
Artists work on display in gallery
Artists wrok Green Space

Daniel Denton is a self-taught, multi-disciplined artist who grew up in the Catskill Mountains in Woodstock, NY. He moved to Rhode Island in the early nineties and currently lives and works in Portsmouth, RI.
Primarily a sculptor, Dan’s current work is characterized by his interest in exploring the artful possibilities of diverse materials. He sees the importance of craft, a need to work with his hands, and an innate drive to create as steady forces that propel his work. With his 27 years of experience in the stone fabrication industry, including 12 years with his own shop, you would have to consider stone his primary medium, but his fabrication and materials more generally provides constant inspiration. A self-described, “materialist with minimalist tendencies” Dan expresses himself not so much through his intuitive use and manipulation of materiality, form, space, color, line and texture.

His style is clean and contemporary, and he avoids heavy alteration of the material(s), choosing instead to play with what’s given so that his pieces can speak directly to and through what they are made of. Dan’s architectural education from New York institute of Technology and Boston Architectural Center and his years of working in and around the trades provide a solid foundation. The conceptual side of architectural design is a well that he draws from regularly.

Ultimately, Dan believes that it’s the artist’s job to see things differently, to look for the relationships, to fell the physical and not physical environments essentially, to hear the spaces between the sounds, to feel the stillness in the dynamics and to recognize whenever possible the incredible phenomena that affect our lives in the most profound but subtle ways. He believes that its only through this awareness that Art can be made and therefore, the pursuit of Art is never ending.

To some extent Dan has flown under the radar, never looking for the spotlight or overly concerned with resume building. Still, he has been making quality work for years and has work in private collections in California, Miami New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island and has exhibited work in Philadelphia, PA, Providence, RI, Boston, MA, Newport, RI, and now Wellfleet, MA.

A percentage of sale proceeds benefit the MLK Community Center of Newport.

In partnership with Newport Curates & Jessica Hagen Fine Art

Price list available upon request.

INQUIRIES

newport.curates@gmail.com

Permanent Collection