Newport Art Boat Leaves Town

photo/SeaFair

NewportNow: Less than 1 week after [Newport, Rhode Island] City Councilors gave their approval to a series of special event permits that would have allowed SeaFair, a one-of-a-kind megayacht art venue to remain in port until September, organizers for the event have announced that they plan on pulling anchor later this week.

In a letter to Mayor Stephen C. Waluk, David Lester, of International Fine Art Expositions, said that “Unfortunately, our exhibitors have requested [a] ‘break’ in our planned 10 weeks of Newport operation.”

Citing lower than expected attendance and recent controversy over their seasonal stay, Lester said, “In retrospect, the concept of 10 weeks was too long. We found the 10 week period vs. our traditional one and two week period reduces the immediacy of attendance and purchases.”

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