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COMMUNITY & ARTS

Like Nothing Else On The Newport Waterfront

Born of the desire to forge the working history of the wharf into the very pulse of
Newport, we’re part of the fabric of this community. Our aim is to be a welcoming port
for visitors, as well as Rhode Island locals; always giving as good as we get.

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OUR NEWPORT COMMUNITY IS A PRIORITY FOR US

A large bell mounted at the center of a paved area with benches, illuminated by warm lights at dusk, near several places to stay in Newport.

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 vessels, 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.

A woman in a floral dress standing in an art gallery surrounded by colorful paintings in a Newport RI hotel.

Kristen Coates is the Art Curator of the permanent collection at Hammetts, with each selected piece capturing the unique spirit of the City-by-the-Sea. You can learn more about Kristen here.

Named for the only female owner of the wharf in history and open to the public, The Sarah Langley Gallery collection is curated by Newport Curates and changes on a seasonal basis. We feature artists from around the world with ties to Newport, who work in dynamic and varied mediums. Watch our social channels for upcoming shows and events in the gallery.

This show is presented by: Newport Curates in collaboration with Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design Inquiries: newportcurates@gmail.com
A percentage of sale proceeds benefit the MLK Community Center of Newport.

Discover the latest exhibition, “Fortunate Stowaway,” featuring photography by Mark “Wick” Sweeney. 

“Wick,” an adopted Rhode Islander for close to 25 years, began giving photographic gifts to the closest people in his world. In return, he received and listened to their encouragement to dive deeper into this passion of photographic fine art. Over the past 8 years, he has thoughtfully completed over 60 commissioned works. He credits his trusted network of friends & clients with affording him the opportunity to meet more people who enjoy the process of creating art together. He notes, “the results of intentional collaboration is incredibly fulfilling.”

Wick’s artwork is part of the original curation for Hammetts Hotel and is part of our Permanent Collection today. He resides just across the bridges in Wickford, with his wife and three children. We welcome Wick’s debut installation, Fortunate Stowaway.

Close-up of a spiral seashell with a vibrant orange interior on sandy ground near hotels in Newport RI.

PERMANENT COLLECTION

Maaike Bernstom

LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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A woman in a denim shirt and hat smiles, looking upward, with a rocky landscape in the background near hotels in Newport RI.

Known primarily for her storytelling through lifestyle photography, Maaike Bernstrom
captures both the casual elegance and the grit of coastal living in her work Using mostly natural light, her carefree and easy style celebrates relationships and beauty, fresh air and nature, love and life.

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Three people in waterproof gear pulling in a large fishing net from the sea near a popular hotel in Newport, RI.
Person sitting on a dock in Newport, RI with their feet dangling above the water, beside a green and red boat.

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A woman in a denim shirt and hat smiles, looking upward, with a rocky landscape in the background near hotels in Newport RI.

Known primarily for her storytelling through lifestyle photography, Maaike Bernstrom
captures both the casual elegance and the grit of coastal living in her work Using mostly natural light, her carefree and easy style celebrates relationships and beauty, fresh air and nature, love and life.

Website

Mark P. “Wick” Sweeney

ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY

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Man with gray hair wearing sunglasses in the foreground, a rural road and a tower near Newport RI hotels in the background.

Wick, as his website Intentionally Wick suggests, takes photographs with an intention to capture a moment that is truly meaningful to the viewer on a personal level. His focus on bold colors gives a unique perspective to the underlying story of Newport.

Stacked yellow lobster traps on a dock with a fishing boat in the background on a cloudy day, near Newport RI hotels.
A blue boat labeled "resilient" moored on a body of water near Newport, RI, with a focus on its bow and the visible rope tied at the front.

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Man with gray hair wearing sunglasses in the foreground, a rural road and a tower near Newport RI hotels in the background.

Wick, as his website Intentionally Wick suggests, takes photographs with an intention to capture a moment that is truly meaningful to the viewer on a personal level. His focus on bold colors gives a unique perspective to the underlying story of Newport.

Onne Van der Wal

YACHT RACING PHOTOGRAPHY

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A smiling middle-aged man holding a camera with a long lens, wearing a white jacket, sitting by a body of water near a Newport RI hotel.

Internationally celebrated photographer Onne van der Wal is widely known for his yacht and yacht racing photography. His eye for detail in the surrounding boating world makes for stunning imagery that can be found throughout our hotel.

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Aerial view of a large sailboat tilted dramatically while navigating through rough, blue ocean waters near popular Newport RI hotels.
Aerial view of a large sailboat with full sails racing through ocean waters near Newport RI, creating a wake.

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A smiling middle-aged man holding a camera with a long lens, wearing a white jacket, sitting by a body of water near a Newport RI hotel.

Internationally celebrated photographer Onne van der Wal is widely known for his yacht and yacht racing photography. His eye for detail in the surrounding boating world makes for stunning imagery that can be found throughout our hotel.

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Christian Harder

EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

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A man wearing glasses, a black cap, and a gray hoodie gazes upwards. The image is taken from a low angle with the clear sky of Newport in the background.

Christian Harder is a fine artist as much as he is a commercial editorial photographer and his work shows the beautiful blending of these two aspects to create visual storytelling in a very contemporary way.

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Black and white photo of a submerged boat with visible ladder alongside another boat near Newport RI hotel, reflecting in calm water.
Black and white image of a calm sea with a sunken ship partially visible near the shore under a cloudy sky, close to hotels in Newport RI.

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A man wearing glasses, a black cap, and a gray hoodie gazes upwards. The image is taken from a low angle with the clear sky of Newport in the background.

Christian Harder is a fine artist as much as he is a commercial editorial photographer and his work shows the beautiful blending of these two aspects to create visual storytelling in a very contemporary way.

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Rob Migliaccio

YACHT RACING PHOTOGRAPHY

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Man in glasses and a black jacket holding a drone controller in a forested area near Newport RI hotels.

Rob Migliaccio has a knack for capturing the action of yachting and other sporting events. Taking a fine art approach to his subjects produces images that could be used in room as part of the larger collection of work.

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Sailing team racing a yacht with a blue sail on choppy water near Newport RI hotels.
Black and white image of sailboats racing near Newport, RI, with large, billowing spinnaker sails decorated with symbols and logos.

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Man in glasses and a black jacket holding a drone controller in a forested area near Newport RI hotels.

Rob Migliaccio has a knack for capturing the action of yachting and other sporting events. Taking a fine art approach to his subjects produces images that could be used in room as part of the larger collection of work.

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Alma Davenport

EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

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A smiling woman wearing glasses and a black and white striped turtleneck, sitting indoors with framed pictures in the background at a hotel in Newport RI.

Alma is a photographer and archivist with a trained eye for images that tell a unique story. Her displayed collection was actually gifted to her. She has archived and collected historical details about each image.

Black and white historical photo showing a steamboat named "Connecticut" docked at a pier in Newport, RI, with a man walking and a woman standing by the shoreline.
An elderly couple happily conversing on a pier in Newport, RI; the man in a swimsuit and the woman in a dress, with water and boats in the background.

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A smiling woman wearing glasses and a black and white striped turtleneck, sitting indoors with framed pictures in the background at a hotel in Newport RI.

Alma is a photographer and archivist with a trained eye for images that tell a unique story. Her displayed collection was actually gifted to her. She has archived and collected historical details about each image.

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