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Kentucky Art Outpost Returns to Newport With Music & Food

Southbank Partners and the World Peace Bell are excited to host the Third Annual Kentucky Art Outpost on July 25, July 26, and July 27 at the World Peace Bell Park in Newport.

This annual event showcases many regional artists and features shopping and entertainment for the entire family. The hours for the event are: Friday from 5-9 p.m., Saturday from 12-9 p.m., and Sunday from 12-7 p.m.

During this unique festival patrons will have the opportunity to engage with the artists, watch them work and purchase pieces for sale. The Kentucky Art Outpost is a perfect place for local artists to engage with the community. Booths will be set up under and around the World Peace Bell showcasing many regional artists and their work.

The World Peace Bell Park is a unique venue for the outpost. Located in the heart of Newport on the corner of 4th and York St., it is home to one of the largest swinging bells in the world. The Bell will ring each day of the event: Friday at 7:30 p.m.Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

One of the many artists featured is Northern Kentucky’s own Tom Gaither. Gaither uses pen, ink and watercolors to produce art prints. He and his wife, Gee, are owners of Tom Gaither’s Studio/Gallery, a 27-year old business in Ludlow, offering Tom’s artwork, corporate and retail framing. Gaither’s work is well known all over Northern Kentucky.

There are many new additions to the Kentucky Art Outpost this year.  Musical performances will take place right below the Peace Bell and will feature local musicians such as Wes Smith, musicians from the Northern Kentucky Music School and the Cincinnati Music Foundation.

In addition to the art sale, there will be local food vendors from Newport selling meals and snacks including: Packhouse, Kona Ice, Sis’ on Monmouth, and Southern Smoke BBQ. Stonebrook Winery will also have a booth.

Southbank Partners is excited to welcome Lauren Driver to the Kentucky Art Outpost this year. Driver is a local author of children’s books and she will do readings on Saturday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The outpost expects many children to come and hear Lauren’s stories.

About South Bank Partners:

Southbank Partners is a coalition of government, business, and community leaders in the Northern Kentucky Ohio River cities of Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Ludlow, Newport and Fort Thomas. For more information, visit