2016-06-23 / Mainsheet

Collaborative Show at Redwood Honors Tennis Icons


Ronna and Fran Donnarummo Ronna and Fran Donnarummo There was a lively turnout on Wednesday, June 15, at the opening reception for “Tennis in Newport: The Casino and Jimmy Van Alen,” the current show in the Peirce Prince gallery at the Redwood Library & Athanaeum.

The early history of the Newport Casino and Van Alen’s role in establishing the International Tennis Hall of Fame are being explored in a collaborative effort between the Redwood and the ITHF.

Redwood Executive Director Benedict Leca welcomed the guests. Having just completed his first year at the library, he remarked that the exhibit, curated by ITHF Librarian Meredith Miller Richards and Curator of Collections Nicole Markham, is the result of an initiative to encourage collaboration between the directors of the two cultural non-profits.

“The International Tennis Hall of Fame is pleased to partner with the Redwood Library to showcase the early history of the Newport Casino,” said ITHF Director Doug Stark. He also paid tribute to Van Alen’s role as a founder of the ITHF.


Allan and Carol Hodges with Jack Jeffries Allan and Carol Hodges with Jack Jeffries The show will run through Aug. 30. Admission to the exhibit is $10. However, visitors under 18, students, and Rhode Island public library cardholders are all admitted free.

Next on the Redwood calendar is its annual summer gala, “Future Retro: 2016,” on Saturday, July 9.



Benedict Leca and Jay Page Benedict Leca and Jay Page

Nicole Markham and Gretchen Markert Nicole Markham and Gretchen Markert

John Rok and Kathleen Shinners John Rok and Kathleen Shinners

The International Hall of Fame has partnered with the Redwood Library to showcase the early history of the Newport Casino and Jimmy Van Alen’s role in establishing the Tennis Hall of Fame. 
Photos byAllan MilloraPhotography The International Hall of Fame has partnered with the Redwood Library to showcase the early history of the Newport Casino and Jimmy Van Alen’s role in establishing the Tennis Hall of Fame. Photos byAllan MilloraPhotography

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