2018-09-06 / Front Page

Creative Canvases

“I never felt at home until I moved to Newport. It will always be home to me,” says artist Chris Wyllie. For the past 14 years, Wyllie has been collecting everything from refrigerator doors and architectural remnants to vintage license plates and truck tailgates and turning them into art. Almost every “canvas” he has transformed was found on the streets of Newport, including a pair of doors that are now in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Wyllie credits most of his friendships and Newport’s uniqueness, more than these found objects, with his success. “This art show is my opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me over the years. I couldn’t have done it without them.” On Saturday, Sept. 15, he will host one last exhibition from 5 to 9 p.m. to close his studio at 7 Merton Road for a permanent move to Los Angeles. Everyone is welcome. (Photo by Jen Carter)

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