In the Ballroom, a mobile design was described: “American Automobiles….tireless. America has been in love with the automobile since Henry Ford’s assembly line made it possible for most Americans to own a car. Ford’s invention make this conveyance commonplace.” These were hanging designs which featured all sorts of automotive parts and accessories.
Great American Novel – fearless was a tribute to Newport’s own Edith Wharton, America’s most celebrated female author, who summered here at Land’s End. The class description read “ to complement a named book title authored by the legendary Edith Wharton, who managed the difficult feat of being worldly, morally scrupulous and fearless all at the same time”. The First and Second winners feature Ethan Frome and Summer, respectively.
In the center of the ballroom was a white painted wooden arbor with photographs of Jackie and Jack Kennedy on their wedding day in Newport in 1953. It was the centerpiece for the staging of American Wedding Gown – peerless. The exhibitors were asked to create a cascade design to celebrate Jackie Kennedy’s wedding. This lovely design is seen in two views, cascading down with vibrant roses and Ruscus.
It was a thrilling day for two Southern exhibitors, new to the Newport Show, to capture not only first in American Painting –wordless, but to go on to win the Newport Novice Award and ultimately Best In Show!! And, no, the photo behind it has nothing to do with it. Of this underwater design, the judges said “Creative, original interpretation of class enhanced by choice of pattern, color and texture for a cohesive design.” Bravo!