One of the aspects that differentiates Newport Sailing Week from other National and International regattas is the cultural tie-in. Our aim is to reach out to sailors and the local community alike and offer a different prospective on sailing and whatit represents through the eyes of world’s best photographers.
In 2010, Cory Silken, known for his unmistakable dynamic sepia-tone panoramas, held a breathtaking exhibit at the Village called “Color of the Wind”. Brilliantly saturated, the images exhibited were some of the most stunning ports of call, including Grenada, Newport, Palma de Mallorca, Porto Cervo, and St. Barths.
In 2011, Franco Pace presented “The Sails of Franco Pace” exhibit. The exhibition summarized the fantastic body of work from the photographer during the last 30 years in the field of yachting. Franco’s large spectacular images brilliantly portray the magic of sailing on different seas around the world.
In 2012, Onne van der Wal accepted our invitation to display his “Best of the Best” collection. Onne van der Wal’s award-winning nautical photography is recognized by its unique composition, brilliant colors, tack-sharp details, and his attention to the technicalities of digital photography.
In 2013, we hosted and presented an “America’s Cup” photography exhibit by nautical photographer Cory Silken. A memorabilia of the most important milestones of one of the oldest regattas in the world.
In 2014, we worked with Cushy Gigs, a Wynwood based creative team, engaging ten local street artists to create ten custom-tailored white canvasses shaped as jibs showcasing sailing through their imagination. The sails were displayed at the iconic premier open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment destination in Coconut Grove.
Sailing Dreams is the title of SM Sailing Week Annual Art Exhibit presented in conjunction with the Miami and Newport sailing events. For 2015, we invited to Miami light painting forerunner Vicki DaSilva. The exhibit will be open daily from 10 AM to 7 PM from June 28th to July 5th and will be located at Bowen’s Wharf – Newport.
In 2016 In collaboration with Wooden Boat Magazine we created a New England style boatbuilding workshop and constructed, in a week time, an 11’LOA wooden boat Shellback sailboat. In addition Italian artist Roberto Fiorentino displayed in a popup gallery sailing inspired paintings while in the courtyard Mall goers admired photographs of the competing sailboats.
In 2017 for the first time, music was the cultural component of both the Miami and Newport Sailing Weeks. In both cities, local bands were invited to showcase their best tunes and get sailors and the community to dance under the starts.