Rhody Gem: Newport’s Oldest Art Gallery is a Welcoming Cooperative on Bellevue

October 2023

What it is:

Spring Bull Gallery is an artist-owned and -operated cooperative.


Where to find it:

Find the gallery housed inside the brick Thomas Building, next door to the mysterious Miniature Occasions and Dolls shop and across from Redwood Library and Athenaeum.


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

“Our modest brick storefront might be easy to miss, but once inside, visitors will be wowed by the work of 17 outstanding artist members,” says artist member Linda Davey of Newport’s oldest gallery, named when it resided at the corner of Spring and Bull streets. Davey attributes the success and longevity of the gallery to exceptional fine art in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. “Since we are an artist cooperative, each of our members takes turns working at the gallery. The guests get to speak to the artists themselves, and we enjoy the opportunity to both meet new people and chat with our regulars.” Visitors can expect to find fine art in a wide variety of media and styles, along with themed shows open to area artists. “We like to support and encourage the work of local artists, providing them with an opportunity to exhibit.”



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