Rhody Gem: The Third & Elm Press

December 2020

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What it is:

A historic printing press turned artist studio where visitors can browse a collection of woodcut cards, art prints, and books, all designed and hand-created by Ilse Buchert Nesbitt.

 

Where to find it:

Blocks away from the water in Newport’s historic Point neighborhood, watch for the red door appropriately situated on the corner of Third and Elm Streets.

 

What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Similar to the woodcut designs Nesbitt stamps onto paper, the space itself is imprinted with history – from the 19th century printing presses still operated under its roof to the classic Newport architecture recreated in prints. The gallery shop, originally founded in 1965, showcases images inspired by Nesbitt’s childhood in Germany and Japan, lines of American literature, and her love for nature, all distilled in one-of-a-kind woodblocks. But the real experience is witnessing Nesbitt at work firsthand and seeing the Industrial Revolution era iron printing presses in action. For now, guests are welcome during limited store hours or by appointment to ensure safety, but holiday cards and gifts that showcase Newport’s beauty are also available online.

The Third & Elm Press29 Elm Street, Newport • 401-846-0228  • @thirdandelmpress

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