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The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), marks its 50th anniversary with two special exhibitions; Designing for Doris: David Webb Jewelry and Newport’s Architectural Gems, and To Preserve and Restore: Newport Restoration at 50.
The two programs—running simultaneously—a first for the organization, will be open to the public during their regular season; until November 11, 2018.
Designing for Doris is a collaboration between the NRF and jewelry designer David Webb of New York.
Known for the artistry he provided Doris Duke and other legends such as Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Barbara Streisand, his hand-crafted jewels often included animal or whimsical inspired bespoke originals. While his popularity grew during the late 40’s—and continuing until his untimely death in 1975, the business bearing his name still reigns.
In addition to the brilliant displays of Webb’s work found inside the “jewelry box gallery,” images of Duke, accompanied by archival materials and architectural plans, demonstrate the heiress’s depth of understanding art, design, and preservation.
Complementing this important collection is a look back at Duke’s love of community. Under the umbrella of saving the past for future generations, her efforts, and insight—decades ahead of her time—was responsible for the protection of over 80 buildings in the town.
To gain insight into her passion, you’ll need to answer these three questions posed by the foundation; what did Newport look like in 1968, (and why was there a need for NRF), who were the people who made it happen, and how did the work of NRF change over time?
By learning what motivated Duke, and those who continue with her legacy, you begin to understand the mission and importance of the foundation and its members.
As you tour the palatial compound, you can’t help but to contemplate Duke’s intuition and her vision for the future; visitors become acquainted with her larger-than-life personality. You’ll also become enchanted with the altruistic and philanthropic endeavors Duke pursued throughout her life.
Guests will be elated to learn how she viewed the future of Newport and that she was determined to maintain its significance and heritage long after her residency.
The Newport Restoration Foundation is in full swing to celebrate its 50th anniversary and highlight the people, and inspiration that has made Newport a top destination for the traveling public worldwide.
Visit NewportRestoration.org or call (401) 847-8344 for more information.