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Newsletter                                          GUILD INK                        April 2020

Portsmouth Arts Guild is going digital to better serve your needs during this  difficult time. The current exhibit, "Members Non-Juried Show",  can now be viewed online. Please support our members by viewing the show and voting for the "People's Choice Award".  Our next show "Flora and Fauna" will be online as well. All information is below.

Presidents Message

COVID-19 is here and the Portsmouth Arts Guild is taking action as recommended by the state to protect its members. At the same time we can use these circumstances as an opportunity .We will be moving to online social media to showcase our shows and gain a wider audience. The current show can be viewed by clicking on the link provided below. Please consider sending your vote for "Peoples Choice" to Paulette at Members can pick up their artwork on March 31 from 6:30-8:30. The Flora and/or Fauna show will be a virtual show on social media platforms. Explanations of how this will work are in this Guild Ink. This is a great way to increase the visibility and interest in the guild in this difficult time. Please take the time to read all the news in this edition of Guild Ink.

Sarah Oesting
Portsmouth Arts Guild
Center for the Arts

Vote for "People's Choice Award"
Click on the link below, view Members Non-Juried Show and chose your favorite artwork.  Simply email your choice to Paulette at  
We will feature the artist and his/her work in our next May issue of Guild Ink.

Important Information!
Call for Artist
Flora and or Fauna
Intake April 6 & 7
Online exhibition!
Scroll below for exciting new details!

"The Great Art Heist 2020"
Portsmouth Arts Guild Fundraiser

 See below for details!


We are working on our website. Unfortunately, at the moment we cannot update the website. We will send out emails keeping  you posted with all the current news until we have competed all upgrades.


Members Non-Juried Show





March 13 - April 5


Members non juried show
Members non juried show


Members non juried show 2
Members non juried show 2

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Special Announcement!

Call for ALL Artists

Flora And Or Fauna Show

This show is sponsored by BankNewport, Saccucci Honda and People's Credit Union

Due to concerns about social gatherings, the Portsmouth Arts Guild has decided to make this announced show a Virtual Gallery Show. This means that there will be an intake but it will be by email only. There will be no physical handling or transporting of art works.

The theme of this show is animals, human or otherwise, that's the Fauna, and, or plants, vegetables, weeds, trees and more-that's the Flora! Everything counts down to the bacteriological level. Imagination is encouraged. All work is welcome from both Guild Members and Non-Members. Show us your cat, your garden, your backyard, your significant other or something else.

This is a non-juried show so all work submitted will be accepted and shared.

Members and Non-Members are invited to submit up to three images of art for this show.  Due to the digital nature of this show, most work will be two-dimensional, though photos of 3-D work will also be accepted.

Here's where intake differs from the usual Guild shows:

Intake is the week of April 1 st to April 7 th .  Artists must email pictures, in jpeg format, to the address.

The Virtual Opening Celebration , meaning the show will be online, will be Friday, April 10th.   The show will be visible to hundreds of people on the Guild social media sites, Facebook and Instagram.   A selected sampling of the show will be on the Guild website.

Artists Take Note--SHOW ENTRY INFO--
Members: $15 first entry, $5 each additional, again, up to 3 entries per person

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

Payment can be by mailed-in check (check must be received by April 7th ) or thro ugh Paypal. There will be a small service charge for credit card payments. Details for procedures will follow soon. We understand that these are difficult times and we want everyone to participate. If there is a financial hardship, the entry fee will be waived.


Great Art Heist Fundraiser - Postponed

Given the current coronavirus precautions and its unforeseen future course, our fundraiser, The Great Art Heist, is postponed. We thank our generous members who have already committed to gift art and to those who planned to do so at the April intake. Please hold on to your treasures. We will need you when we reschedule! 


This trip is canceled. 

Sunday Open Studios are discontinued for now at the Guild. However, if the weather is conducive, with temps at least in the 60's, we will meet on location to paint, keeping a safe distance from one another. Please check the website on Fridays for location or contact

Spring/Summer 2020
Open figure Studio with Wayne Quackenbush
Join this 4 week open figure studio. Open to all media and skill levels. No instruction-simply an opportunity to paint or draw from live models in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The models may be clothed or nude. There will be a series of short and longer poses depending on the wishes of the group.        
             Date:     4 Wednesdays, April 29-May 20
           Time:               6-9 PM
           Tuition:           $50/40 members (tuition is to pay models)
This class will come up with 7 words or phrases each week to stimulate the imagination. These prompts will form the basis for daily drawing. In class we will learn techniques for creative drawing, including visualization, blind-folded drawing, using the non-primary hand, etc. This class will help you establish a daily drawing practice. We will share our work each week. Open to all media and skill levels.
        Instructor: Wayne has a BFA from Pratt Institute with an emphasis on Drawing and Illustrtion. He owns and runs Annex Comics in Newport. This class is based on the popular Art and Writing Challenges offered by Annex comics on Facebook. See
        Date:                              5 Fridays, April 24-May 22
        Time:                             9:30-12
        Tuition:                         $95/$85 members
Alcohol Ink differs from other fluid mediums as they flow, intermingle and create unique textures, often with unexpected results . This workshop offers opportunities to explore the characteristics of these inks and the accessories and tools used in the process. There will ample opportunity for creating many paintings and discovering the endless possibilities of this exciting and unpredictable medium. . All materials will be provided. Bring a paint shirt or apron to protect clothing. Open to new and returning students.
Instructor: Mary , a retired visual arts teacher , received her BFA degree from the University of Connecticut. Most recently, she has expanded beyond her realistic boundaries and works experimentally with expressive color in her new paintings using alcohol inks. Mary is currently represented by Gallery 31, Orleans , MA. and True Grit Gallery. Middleburgh, Ma. See her work at
Date:                      Saturday, April 25
Time:                     10-3:30
Tuition:                $75/$65 members
For the Beginner or Intermediate painter, this course will teach fundamental painting techniques that you can apply to any subject from materials to brushwork, color mixing, texture and tonal value. A great place to start if you are new or returning to oils or acrylics.
Instructor: Lynne DeBeer is a Fine Arts graduate of Skidmore College and has been teaching painting and creative exploration for over 25 years. She has been an arts administrator , a fine arts consultant and has worked with artists for over 30 years to develop and market their work.
                Date:                      5 Thursdays, April 30-May 28
                Time:                     6-8PM
                Tuition:                $125/$115 members
This 4-week course is open to those who have some experience in drawing the portrait. Each 2 ½ hour session will begin with a live model. Learn how to set up the structure of the face in paint, while mixing the flesh tones. Students will practice using a simple color palette and discover how to paint the effects of light and shadow on the face. You will discover a myriad of possible color combinations while your powers of observation increase.
Instructor: see below
               Date:    4 Tuesdays, May 5-26
            Time:      10-12:30
            Tuition: $150/$140members
Painting from Photographic references with Eileen Mayhew Meet at various This 4-week course will be dedicated to techniques using photographs to complete a painting of the student's choosing, and learning how to set up the structure of the image using the grid method of the old masters. This is especially helpful when establishing the perspective of buildings. The grid method will also enhance the student's drawing skills and produce an accurate and original image. The reference photo is important, but the painting can be altered according to the student's imagination..
                Instructor: Eileen Mayhew is an award-winning artist. She is a graduate of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art with a BFA in Painting. Eileen has been painting since 1995. Her online portfolio and bio can be viewed at
               Dates:              4 Tuesdays, June 2-23
Time:               10-12:30
            Tuition:           $150/140 members
botanical Drawing and Watercolor with Elizabeth O'Connell
What better month to be painting botanicals  than June? Join us to enjoy nature's beauty together! We'll be examining, drawing and painting peonies, foxglove, iris and other seasonal flowers, and learning about color mixing, deepening values, and using both wet on wet and dry brush techniques. All materials included! Beginners welcome, returning students will bring their skills to the next level
Instructor: Elizabeth O'Connell studied fine and graphic art at Boston's former Garland Junior College and watercolor painting with Natalie Phanstiehl and Richard Grosvenor. She exhibits her work at local shops and galleries and at Made in Warren Artist Cooperative Store, Warren, RI
               Date:                      4 Fridays, June 5-26         
  Time:                     1-4
               Tuition:                $160/150 members (all materials provided)
Watercolor and Colored Pencil- Plein Air Sketchbook with Suzanne Lewis
Watercolor and colored pencil work beautifully together to get crisp, colorful images. Both media are portable and work well in sketchbooks. We will be traveling the East Bay with our sketchbooks and depicting local scenes and flora and fauna from the beach. Some drawing experience recommended.      Instructor: Suzanne Lewis has a Masters in Arts in Teaching from RIC and Certificate in Drawing and Painting from RISD Continuing Education Program. She loves traveling and sketching.
                Dates:             3 Wednesdays, June 10-24
  Time:               9:30-12
              Tuition:           $100/90 members
The reduction method is a printmaking technique where a multicolored print is made from a single linoleum block. You will be amazed by the results you will get! No printmaking experience required, just a creative spirit and a desire to experiment with a new medium.
        Instructor: Suzanne is a Rhode Island based artist who has worked in a variety of creative mediums but loves printmaking for its spontaneous and unexpective results. (see above)
               Date:         Saturday, June 13
            Time:         10-4
            Tuition:     $70/$60 members ($10 materials fee to be paid to instructor
                       on 6/13)
Join Watercolorist Joel Popadics on a plein air workshop in picturesque Rhode Island. Learn how to capture the feeling of light and atmosphere in your paintings in this 3-day workshop for all levels. Each day we will meet at different location in Jamestown and Newport, including Beavertail and Ocean Drive. Morning and afternoon sessions will begin with a painting demonstration on how to paint the rocks and ocean in watercolor. After the demos you will have the opportunity to paint and apply the concepts presented. Individual instruction will be provided throughout the day.
Instructor : Joel Popadics is Vice-President of the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and a Past-President of the New Jersey Water Color Society. He's been featured many times in American Artist, the Artist's Magazine, Watercolor Artist and Watercolor Magic Magazines. He's been teaching watercolor for over 30 years and is a popular workshop instructor. He has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. To learn more about Joel and to see his watercolors on line visit his website at
             Date:              Monday-Wednesday July 20-22
Time:               8:30-4
Tuition:           $325/$300 members



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Return to: PAG Workshops, P.O. 1181, Bristol, 02809, or contact Suzanne Lewis, Registrar, at 401-254-1668,
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