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Newsletter                                GUILD INK                             January 2022   

President's Message
Portsmouth Arts Guild is ready for 2022!  We have discovered the key to resiliency during changing times is to be flexible. Over the past two years, we have created many ways to keep the Guild active and provide interesting classes, exhibits and activities such as the weekly challenge. We have increased our social media presence. That being said, we are starting the year by going virtual again. The Sights in RI Show will be a virtual show and the first two classes for the year will be zoom classes. Also, car plein air is continuing through the winter. Paint in the warm comfort of your car, but then have a great meet and critique outside to hear quick feedback on everyone’s art. We are scheduling a Member’s Meeting on February 7th at 6:30pm. This will be a zoom meeting. You will be receiving a postcard soon with the details and invitation. Since we did not have a meeting last year, we urge all to attend this meeting so we can reconnect and discuss the future of the Portsmouth Arts Guild.
Sarah Oesting
Portsmouth Arts Guild
Center for the Arts

Sarah Oesting, Manchester Street Power Station, Providence

Rhode Island Sights

January 14th – February 9th


Virtual Only Show


Due to ever increasing Covid numbers in Rhode Island this show will be seen online only. There will be no physical intake.


Here’s your chance to show the uniqueness of living in Rhode Island. Show your favorite sites, sights, activities or oddities.


Artists are invited to submit up to 3 works. Artwork in any media:  paintings, drawings, photographs, digital, sculpture, ceramics and more are accepted and encouraged.  Dimensions of the art and prices must accompany intake. 


Email Intake


To submit your art via email, please follow this two-step process:

1.  Complete your entry form by one of the following methods:

ONLINE ENTRY:  Click the button below,  complete the form online and pay online by credit card through paypal




Print and mail the form below to Portsmouth Arts Guild, P. O. Box 463, Portsmouth, RI 02871, enclosing a check for the entry fee.




2.   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.

All work must be for sale.  Guild commission is 25%.

The show will premiere on the Guild’s YouTube channel and various social media platforms starting the weekend of November 1st.

Entry fees:  Members –  $15.00 for the first entry and $5.00 each additional entry, up to three total

Non-Members – $20 first entry, $10 for the second and $5 for the third


Sponsored by our Supporters

Jerry’s Artarama Providence

Bank Newport

GMI Architects

Prudence Island Quilters

Sacucci Honda





January Sunday Plein Air – 2022
Paint from 1:30 – 3:30 then gather to share our work from 3:30 - 4pm

Should “auld acquaintance be forgot?”:  decidedly not!  With that in mind, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet and revisit some favorite locations for car-based painting this January, 2022.  Ringing in the New Year with homage to “auld lang syne”.  Dates and locations subject to winter weather conditions.  Please check the website for any chances in locations and subscribe to the weekly updates at
Sunday January 9th
1:30 – 4:00 pm
Tiverton Four Cornersnoted “Intersection of History and Style.” Choose to park in Gray’s Ice Cream parking lot (16 East Road, Tiverton) or at any painterly vantage point along Route 77 coming into the main intersection.  As an alternative, park behind the Four Corners Art Center (3852 Main Road) for a glimpse of the Sculpture Park – possibly shrouded with snow.  Meet at 3:30 in the Gray’s parking lot to share our work.

Sunday January 16th
1:30 – 4:00 pm
Bristol Ferry Town Common, Portsmouth. Located at the northern end of Bristol Ferry Road at Bayview Avenue, the Bristol Ferry Town Common was established on March 12, 1714 by the Portsmouth Town Committee.  This 1.5-acre space was originally used by farmers and others to keep their livestock and other goods while waiting for the ferry to Bristol. This historic common is currently maintained as a public park, with great views of Mount Hope Bay.

Sunday January 23rd
1:30 – 4:00 pm
The Narrows, Bristol.  Bay side parking at the entrance to the Kickemuit River.  Park and paint from our cars.  Views to the distant, Warren shores and a picturesque dock. 

Sunday January 30th
1:30 – 4:00 pm
Poppasquash Road, Bristol. The road hugs the shore of  Bristol Harbor.  Park and paint along this historic stretch of pavement.  Meet at the Colt State Park entrance (parking lot) on Poppasquash Rd to share our work.  


Upcoming Classes and Workshops


Zoom Session Workshop with Gary Graham
Wednesday, January 19th, 10:00 – 11:30
Tuition: $35 Members, $65 non-Members
Perspective: noun:  the art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.
Join architect and watercolorist Gary Graham on this Zoom workshop and enhance your drawing skill with this “retrospective perspective” class.  Zoom link emailed prior to the class.

Gary Graham, architect, is the principal of a GMI Architects and the proprietor with the artist Susan Graham of the Graham Gallery in Bristol, Rhode Island.  You can find his art on the Graham Studio website and on Instagram at @grahamgalleryri

Your First Picture Book
This class, led by Thea Ernest, is designed for artists who have a vision of creating their own child’s picture book. This is a fundamentals class beginning with Thea’s own experience illustrating Billy the Rescue Dog, authored by Susan Joyce and designed by Jeanette Chow. Our goal is for you to finish with a rough draft of a book of your own. 
Dates: Two Sessions
February 1:  9:30 – 12:30
February 22:  9:30 – 11:30
Tuition: $115 PAG members/$145 nonmembers

Day One: 
Discuss Thea’s collaborative work on Susan’s children’s book. This will include:
  • The roles of author, illustrator, designer
  • Contracts
  • Team communication, negotiating changes and the effect of the pandemic
  • Practical influences on illustration and design to make a better book
  • Publishing Billy the Rescue Dog
Day Two (3 weeks later):
Review, as a class, each student’s rough draft of their story and artwork.
Thea Ernest arrived in Rhode Island in 1983 ready to surrender to art at Rhode Island School of Design. After receiving her BFA in Jewelry and Light Metals in 1987, she created custom cabinet hardware and decorative metalwork both for private homes and historic properties. In the past several years, Thea has gravitated toward the immediacy, color and portability of plein air watercolor. Throughout the year, no matter what the weather, you may see Thea in her AutoStudio – a 2010 Honda Fit – or outdoors capturing scenes across RI. Thea has taught and presented workshops at Portsmouth Arts Guild, What Cheer Flower Farm, East Bay Bikeway Art Day, Providence Art Club and the Seekonk, Rehoboth and Washington Park Public Libraries. She was an Artist in Residency at the Whiterock Conservancy, Coon Rapids IA, in the fall of 2021. Her commissioned home portraits grace walls in several states.   
You can see Thea’s work online: 
Instagram @theaernestdesign 


Mixed Media Abstract Collage

Online Zoom with Mellissa Morris
                                                             Dates: 5 Mondays, beginning February 14
                                                             Times: 2-4pm Online Zoom
                                                             Tuition: $130 PAG members/$160 nonmembers

Through a series of demonstrations, technique shares, and lectures students will learn how to develop and employ color, texture, transfers, collage, mark making, and mixed media techniques and applications to build a rich visual vocabulary. We will create a notebook/sketchbook/ART-BOOKS full of ideas and techniques that can be used in larger pieces of art or as pieces of art themselves. Wether working in abstraction or realism this class will open up many unexpected ways of getting interesting visual information onto the page.  Zoom link emailed prior to the class.
About Mellissa:  “I am a mixed media artist with a focus in drawing and painting medium. I live and work on Cape Cod.
I have a Masters Degree in Fine Arts Painting and Drawing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I do consider myself a life time learner/student and I am always taking new classes and learning new things.  Currently, I have a working studio at 46 Pearl Street at the HyArts Campus. I teach drawing, painting, and mixed media courses with a bent towards expression and abstraction at the Cape Cod Art Center, Falmouth Art Center, and The Cotuit Center for the Arts.  I also hold my own Energy and Creative art workshops offered Nation wide through A creator platform called PATREON.COM/MELLISSAMORRIS.
Portraits with Gina Croce
                                                  Dates: Monday, March 21st and Tuesday, March 22nd
                                                  Time: 10:00am-3:30pm
                                                  Location: Portsmouth Arts Guild
                                                  Tuition: $225 Members/$255 non-members
Join us for an educational two days with Master Watercolorist Gina Croce as we learn how to paint convincing and realistic skin tones with a fun and simple method!  
On day one we will be painting a portrait all together with a pre-drawn line drawing of Frida Kahlo using just three or four colors!   On day two, you will bring a drawing of your favorite person and we will then apply all of the techniques that we have learned on day one!  
We will also be covering basic drawing methods for individual features such as eyes, noses and mouths.  With these basic skills, your confidence will soar and your will have the self-assurance to create your own beautiful portraits! 
Both days will begin at 10 am and finish at 3:30 will a short break for lunch. 
A materials list along with the drawing for day 1 will be provided upon registration. 
Gina Croce is the past President of the International Watercolor Society of the USA and a signature member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society.  Her National Award Winning work has been shown here in the United States as well as internationally.
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2022 Portsmouth Arts Guild Exhibition Schedule

Exhibition                                             Intake                                          Opening

Rhode Island Sights
Virtual Show Only
Intake January 7th – 12th
Email Intake
Online Show
Members Showcase
Common Fence Point
Intake February 8th and 9th Reception February 11th
Youth Art  Show
Portsmouth Arts Guild
Intake March 8th and 9th Reception March 11th
Quilters Showcase
Portsmouth Arts Guild
Intake March 29th Reception April 3rd
Challenge Showcase
Portsmouth Arts Guild
Intake April 20th Reception April 22nd
Imagine Color:  Juried
Common Fence Point
Intake May 10th and 11th Reception May 13th
Sea, Land and Sky
Common Fence Point
Intake June 7th and 8th Reception June 11th
Faces and Figures 
Common Fence Point
Intake July 5th and 6th Reception July 8th
All Photography
Common Fence Point
Intake August 9th and 10th Reception August 12th
Inspired by Great Artists
Common Fence Point
Intake September 6th and 7th Reception September 9th
Salon des Refuses
Portsmouth Arts Guild
Intake October 4th and 5th Reception October 7th
Holiday Showcase
Common Fence Point
Intake November 15th and 16th Reception November 18th
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