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Newsletter                                GUILD INK                                 July 2021   

President's Message
The next show is a juried show with the theme, "Imagine Water”. Our “Imagine Exhibits” are always exciting and we look forward to this exhibit as we “Imagine Water”.  See the intake announcement below for details.

 It is still possible to make a donation to the Foster Parrots Wildlife Sanctuary by purchasing a picture created by a PAG artist. If you should be interested please go to our website and click on “Artists for a Cause”. Thank you to everyone who has bought a picture in support of this great organization.

There are spaces available in Joel Popadics watercolor class. See our summer classes below for details.

Finally, we are excited about the work we are doing in the guild hall. We are preparing a new look for our September reopening.  Just a few months away as we enjoy our great New England summer!

Portsmouth Arts Guild
Center for the Arts


Portsmouth Arts Guild's
"Artists for a Cause"

Portsmouth Arts Guild is teaming up with the Portsmouth Historical Society
for our "Artists for a Cause" endeavor. If you wish to participate, please see below for details.

Call for Artists
Juried Imagine Water Exhibit
July 16 - August 10

See below for details!

Portsmouth Arts Guild
Weather and Seasons Show

This show is sponsored by BankNewport
Jerry's Artarama/Providence, GMI Architects,
Saccucci Honda, Berkshire Bank & Prudence Island Quilters

If you have any questions please contact us at Shipping cost is not included in the price. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer.
Portsmouth Arts Guild Call for Artists!

Juried Imagine Water Show

July 16th -  August 10th

Opening Reception is Friday, July 16th from
 6pm - 8pm  

This is a virtual and in-person show!

Common Fence Point Community Center at 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Juror: Heather Stivison

Please visit Heather's website for more information.
Art Matters interview with Wayne Quckenbush and Heather Stivison

Cash Prizes

Living on the South Coast of New England gives an advantage to artists who love to portray water. But water is everywhere, all around us and required for life.

Guild Members and Non-Members may submit up to 3 works in any medium to this show. All are invited. This is a Juried Show so all works submitted may not be accepted.

Awards are $100 for First Place, $75 for Second and $50 for Third Place. There will also be Honorable Mentions chosen.

Intake information

In person intake for the show is Tuesday, July 13th, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, July 14th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Virtual Show Information

To submit your art via email for the virtual show please follow this process:
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 July 12th - July 15th. The show will premiere on the Guild’s YouTube channel and various social media platforms starting July 21st.

Times for open gallery will be announced.

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 and for Non-Members, $20.00 for the first, $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.

2-D works MUST be wired for hanging--NO sawtooth hangers
Submitted works must not have been previously exhibited at the Portsmouth Arts Guild.

Portsmouth Arts Guild Members Donate to

Artists for a Cause


Artists for a Cause, a new endeavor of Portsmouth Arts Guild, is making a difference! On June 18, as part of our Weather and Seasons Show Opening, we presented a fundraiser for Foster Parrots, Ltd. Guild members and others donated paintings of parrots and other birds, all of which were offered for a goodwill donation. All proceeds were sent to Foster Parrots in Hope Valley, RI, to help them rebuild after a horrible fire damaged their sanctuary in April, when nearly 100 birds perished. We offered a preview of the fundraiser at the May opening, as well as a post-event at the guild Yard Sale on June 19. The result was a total donation to Foster Parrots of $921.  We still have a few bird paintings left, which will be available at the next opening on July 16.  

Each Wednesday, the Guild posts an art challenge on the PAG website and on Facebook at “Friends of Portsmouth Arts Guild”.  

This week’s Challenge,  #21-26, is in conjunction with Portsmouth Historical Society as part of our “Art for a Cause” mission. 

We hope you will be inspired by the many local circa 1904 photographs posted on the PAG website and Friends of Portsmouth Arts Guild on Facebook.   Imagine bringing these photos to life! Challenge artists are encouraged to donate their work to the Historical Society to be auctioned on July 15 at the Thriving Tree Coffee House to raise funds to support the continuing preservation of our past. Photos are courtesy of Town Historian Jim Garman and the John T. Pierce, Sr. Collection. 

To donate please email Debbie Duggan at or bring your art work to intake for the next show “Imagine Water”.  Intake dates are July 13th 3-5pm and July 14th 6 -8 pm at the Common Fence Hall, 833 Anthony Rd, Portsmouth. 

The Clarke house brought to life by PAG member

       Gary Graham for the Portsmouth Historical Society silent auction as part of Portsmouth Arts Guild weekly challenge. Come bid on this and many other historical photographs brought to life by artists taking the challenge.


Event: Portsmouth Historical Society Festive Fundraiser on Blue Bill Cove


Thursday July 15, 2021 5:00 - 8:00 PM on the lawn at Thriving Tree Coffee Shop, 706 Park Avenue, Portsmouth


Open to the public.  Free to members, $10 donation for non-members.  Society memberships available at the door - $25 individual; $35 family.


The Portsmouth Historical Society invites you to join friends in historic Island Park for an evening of fun.  Bring a chair and blanket and enjoy music, food, a lecture by Jim Garman and a silent auction on beautiful Blue Bill Cove!  Alexus Lee, a singer and keyboard player, kicks off the entertainment at 5:00 followed by town historian, Jim Garman, who will share some of the history of Island Park starting at 6:15.  Miraj 3, featuring singer Rachel Raposa, and the Silent Auction will round out the evening.  Wear your Best Summer Hat to be eligible for a prize.


In addition to a cash bar, food will be available for purchase:


Reservations are not required but, to help obtain a headcount for food, please sign up on the Society facebook page, or email

Summer Plein Air Painting

July Session
   Gary Graham, United Congregational Church

Summer Hours Begin!


We will meet on Sunday afternoons beginning in June from 4-6:30


Paint from 4 – 6;  gather from 6 – 6:30 to share our work.

            All levels and media welcome

There is no instruction but we will share our work following the session.

Fees are $3 a session or $12 a month if paid online in advance.  Online payments can be made through the Donate button below.

These are drop-in sessions.  Sunday rain reschedules to Saturday where possible.  

We will obey any Covid restrictions in place at the time. 

For more information, go to or contact


Sunday July 11th 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Bristol Narrows, at the end of Narrows Road.  Prep for the July “Imagine Water” juried exhibition by painting at the cove area with its boats.

Sunday July 18th 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Bristol Ferry Town Common, 789 Bristol Ferry Rd, Portsmouth, small park near the underside of the Mount Hope Bridge.  Coastline views including the Mt Hope Bridge from the Portsmouth side.


Sunday July 25th 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Paradise Valley Park, 265 Prospect Ave, Middletown – A scenic little treasure with walking trails and a most unusual windmill. Boyd’s Wind Grist Mill was originally located in Portsmouth for 185 years where it was built in 1810.  Parking at the Park.





Sketch Around Town


Two Sessions Workshop with THEA ERNEST


Thursdays, July 1st and 8th  9:30 – 12:30 (Friday rain dates)

Bristol and Warren Waterfront and Town

Tuition: $125 Members, $155 non-Members


Join us for a plein air painting class with a twist! Sometimes weather, bugs, changing light or bored companions may limit the time you have to capture a scene. This class will help you find ways to work quickly with great results. We’ll focus on finding your interest in a scene and visually editing to help you work efficiently. There will be both natural and architectural or marine elements in our locations to suit all interests. Suitable for watercolor, gouache, pen and pencils. 


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. (If you visit the Isaac Bell House in Newport, you will see her reproductions of original lamps and decorative work on the main floor). Her artistic pursuits during these years included found object metal sculpture and whimsical wire sculptures. 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 What Cheer Flower Farm, East Bay Bikeway Art Day, Providence Art Club and the Seekonk, Rehoboth and Washington Park Public Libraries. Her commissioned home portraits grace walls in several states. 

You can see Thea’s work online on Instagram @theaernestdesign or at her website







Watercolor with Joel Popadics


Date:    Wednesday – Friday, July 21 – 23, 2021

Time:    8:30am-4pm

Location:  TBD

Tuition:  $300 Members/$325 non-members


Learn how to capture the feeling of light and atmosphere in your paintings in this 3-day plein air watercolor workshop suited for all levels. Each day we will meet at a different location. Sessions begin with a painting demonstration and topics include: how to paint boats, harbors, water reflections, skies, moody weather, trees, etc. After the demos you will have the opportunity to paint and apply the concepts presented.  Individual instruction is provided throughout the day.


About Joel Popadics

Joel Popadics is Vice-President of the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and a Past President of the New Jersey Watercolor Society. He has been featured numerous times in American Artist and the Artist’s Magazine. 



Interested in Teaching a Class for the Portsmouth Arts Guild?
The Portsmouth Arts Guild offers a wide range of classes and workshops for all levels of art. Each class is presented by an artist who has extensive knowledge and skills in the subject he/she presents.  We offer instruction in painting, drawing, abstract art, and many others for families and individuals of all ages and abilities. If you are interested in teaching at the Portsmouth Arts Guild, please fill out the form on our website found at the bottom of the Classes and Workshop page.  Thank you for your interest!
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