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Newsletter                                GUILD INK                             November 2021   

President's Message

We would like to welcome new board members Jan Burling, Kathleen Tirrell and Penny Carrier. We are excited to have them join us and are looking forward to their valuable ideas concerning the Guild's future. We want to sincerely thank board members, Wendy B. Davis and Susan Graham who will be retiring from the board. Their relentless energy, genuine enthusiasm and support for the Guild has helped us navigate through these difficult times.
The end of the year finds the Guild in great shape and ready to move into the new year. The Holiday Show will be held at Common Fence Point. See the intake notice on the website and  below. The show will remain up during the Christmas season to encourage people to think about giving art this year.

The Guild hall will be opening for shows in the new year and shows will run concurrently with shows at Common Fence Point.  A show schedule will be posted soon. December sees the return of Thursday Open Studios!  Beginning December 9th, all are welcome to paint from 10am - noon. Our fund raiser, The Great Art Heist, is back on the calendar post Covid. This will be a very enjoyable event and will benefit our organization immensely. Remember membership renewal is due on  March 1st when we start our fiscal year. Tis the season!  Consider gifting a membership to the Guild this holiday season.

Looking forward to another art filled year at the Guild. 

Sarah Oesting
Portsmouth Arts Guild
Center for the Arts

Wendy Berube, A Winter Forest
Portsmouth Art Guild


In Person and Virtual Show

All are Invited


Opening Reception:  Friday, November 19th

6 – 8 pm

Common Fence Point Arts, Wellness and Community Center

933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI

On view from November 19th  - January 12th

This is a virtual and in-person show! ALL Members and Non-Members are invited! Submitted works MAY have been previously exhibited at the Portsmouth Arts Guild for this show.

Intake and show location will be at Common Fence Point Community Center at 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

This is a Non-Juried Show so all works submitted will be accepted and shown.

Art makes a great gift. Artists are invited to submit up to 3 works in any medium to this show. Work must be less than 16 by 20 inches and must

 be priced at less that $300.00.

Intake information:

In-person intake for the show is Tuesday, November 16th, 3 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, November 17th, 6 to 8 p.m. Pick-up for unsold works will be during intake of 2022's first show.
Virtual Show information:
NOTE: artists who do not email images will not be included in the virtual show!
Email photos of your submission, in jpeg format, no larger than 5 MB, to Please include the dimensions, medium, artist, and selling price. Purchaser pays costs of shipping or arranges pickup. Intake for the virtual show is from November 13th to November 17th. The show will premiere on the Guild’s YouTube channel and various social media platforms after November 19th.

Entry fees cover both the in-person show and virtual show. Entry fees for Guild Members are $15.00 for the first entry and $5.00 each additional. Non-Members pay $20.00 for the first entry, $10.00 for the second and $5.00 for the third.

Artwork in any media, paintings, drawings, photography, digital, sculpture, ceramics and more are accepted and encouraged.
All work must be for sale. The Guild percentage is 25%.
2-D works MUST be wired for hanging--NO SAW-TOOTHED hangers




Friday Night Gallery Nights

Meet the Artist(s)
4 - 6pm

Visit the current exhibition and speak with a Guild artist each Friday
 Common Fence Point Arts, Wellness and Community Center 
933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth  

November Sunday Plein Air
Winter hours in full effect as the sun sets so much earlier than anyone could want.  Beginning with our first date in November, it’s (definitely) fall back for the November 7th meeting.  Join us to paint each Sunday – either in true plein air style OR from our cars.  It’s definitely that time of year. Paint from 2 - 4 then gather from 4 - 4:30 to share our work.  Questions?  Email
“Nature surrounds us, from parks and backyards to streets and alleyways. Next time you go out for a walk, tread gently and remember that we are both inhabitants and stewards of nature in our neighborhoods.” – David Suzuki
11/7 -  Church Street Wharf and the Firefighters Memorial Park 147 Thames Street, Bristol: Paint from the park: the town pier and marina, home of the Harbormaster’s office, the Prudence Island ferry and several commercial fishing and clamming vessels. Public parking and street parking available.

11/14 -  Wayland Square, Providence: Paint the charms of a classic New England neighborhood from coffee shops to bookstores to restaurants (and even a patisserie) from the sidewalk or the warmth of your car. Street parking available throughout the Square.

11/21 - Sweet Berry Farm, Middletown 915 Mitchell's Ln, Middletown: A farm market, café, and a pick-your-own farm (although we’re a bit late in the season for that) centered around a classic post-and-beam barn. From humble beginnings as a hobby farm to the current farm stand extraordinaire, there is plenty to paint. Come paint the architecture and the harvest. Plenty of parking on site.

11/28 -  Adamsville (Little Compton): Where else could you paint a variety of scenes in a village that is situated in three towns and two states? Historic buildings, Gray’s Mill Pond, the “Spite” tower and the incomparable monument to the Rhode Island Red. Parking in Westport or Little Compton!

Fall Classes

Register here for our fun and creative fall classes!

Painting with Wool - Needle Felted Cardinal
With Wendy Anctil
Saturday, Nov 13th 9:30-12:30
PAG members $80, nonmembers $110
Limited enrollment
In this class you will learn how to use a felting needle and dyed wool to create a cardinal on a felt background, mounted in a 6” embroidery hoop. Learn proper felting needle handling and use, color blending techniques and more as you work on a small-scale design. No experience is necessary. All materials will be provided, but do bring reading glasses if you need them as we will be working up close and with a sharp instrument.
Wendy has been exploring fiber arts since 2019 and is mainly self-taught in the art of wool felting. She creates beautifully textured paintings and sculptures using wet and dry felting methods. Wendy’s felted landscapes and felted wool sculptures have been featured at HeARTspot Art Center and Gallery in her home town of East Providence, and she won the People’s Choice Award at the Bristol Art Museum’s “Cold Snap” gallery show in November 2019. Wendy also received second place in the Portsmouth Arts Guild’s “Imagine Fabric” show in August 2020 for her piece, “Pink Sky”.
You can find her art on her website at, on her Facebook page, Azure Moon Art Studio, and on Instagram @AzureMoonArtStudio.
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