March 2021
Portsmouth Arts Guild
Members Non Juried Virtual Show

This show is sponsored by BankNewport
Berkshire Bank

If you have any questions please contact us at gallery Shipping cost is not included in the price. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer.

Vote for "People's Choice Award"

Click on the video link below, view the Members Non Juried Virtual Show and chose your favorite artwork. Email your choice to We will feature the artist and his/her work in a future newsletter.


Join us!!

The Weekly Challenge continues in 2121. Check our Website( or on the Portsmouth Arts Facebook page each Wednesday for a new reference photo.

Juried All-Photography Show

March 26 – April 2

Mark Peacor, Singing in the Rain

Sponsored by
Berkshire Bank
Bank Newport
GMI Architects
Saccucci Honda
Prudence Island Quilters
Jerry's Artarama Providence
March 17 – March 23
Janet Dassau
Juror's bio below

This is a virtual online show.

This show is dedicated to the memory of Photographer and Guild Member Mark Peacor.

Enter your work in the Portsmouth Arts Guild
Juried All-Photography Show. All may enter. There is no set theme. This is a Juried show so not all work will be accepted.

Intake for the show begins Wednesday, March 17 and continues through Tuesday, March 23. 

Artists are invited to submit up to 3 photographs no larger than 5 MB. Dimensions of prints and prices must accompany intake. All work must be for sale. Artists will be contacted if their work has not been accepted for the show.

Show prizes are $100.00 for First Place, $75.00 for Second Place and $50.00 for Third Place. Honorable Mentions will also be acknowledged in the show and on social media.

The show will premiere on the Guild’s YouTube channel and various social media platforms starting the weekend of March 26th.
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

To submit your art, 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.

Janet Dassau

Janet Dassau, an award winning artist originally from New York, works in mixed media and photography. Her work has been exhibited at Newport Art Museum, Spring Bull Gallery, Imago Gallery, Deblois Gallery, South County Art Association, Westerly Co-op, Conanicutt Art Association, Gallery X, Wickford Art Association, New Bedford Art Museum, Gallery North NY and Portsmouth Arts Guild . She has a degree in Art and Design and has done commercial art- designing everything from invitations to menus. Janet also worked for years in photography studios in NY .
Leaving NY and moving to Newport, she redesigned her 100 year old house along with her husband. Recently they made the decision to live in a converted 1856 mill /studio.

Janet Dassau

Congratulations to PAG Member Gary Graham!
Congratulations to Gary Graham whose PAG Weekly Challenge 2021-7 watercolor, “Man on a Bench”, has been accepted into the RI Watercolor National Juried Show, “Painting Through the Pandemic”!!! Gary is an architect, turned amazing watercolor artist and we look forward to many more recognitions of his work to come! Way to go Gary!


Portsmouth Arts Guild Show at the
Barrington Library Mar 2 – Apr 30
Visitors to the Barrington Public Library during the months of March and April will be treated to a curated collection of art work by members of the Portsmouth Arts Guild (PAG) in Portsmouth, RI. The exhibit titled “Connections”, showcases work done by the PAG members during an online or plein air (outdoor) class or event since June 2020 in an attempt to foster creativity and safe socialization during an isolating and uncertain time. The show features watercolors, oils, acrylics, pen and inks, collages, printmaking, and multimedia artwork all done while maintaining safe practices outdoors, or learning via Zoom. Supporting artists and encouraging people interested in art was the focus of our classes, workshops and online galleries during the pandemic. If nothing else, artists are adaptable when facing challenges and our commitment to thrive is evident in the gallery of work at the library. 

Sunday Plein Air Painters

Join us to paint plein air (outdoors!) on Sunday afternoons in March and April from 2-4:30. All levels and media welcome! There is no instruction but we will share our work following the session (optional). Fees are $3 a session or $12 for all 5 weeks if you pay online in advance. These are
drop-in sessions. Rain cancels. For more information,
We will obey any Covid restrictions in place at the time. Due to the changeable weather in March and April, the first 4 locations have the option of painting from your car or in plein air.
March 21 - Cutler Mills on Child Street in Warren. Plenty of parking if you wish to paint from your car. Several old mill buildings to paint. We will meet in front of Tom’s Market at 4:30 to share our work.
March 28 - Roger Williams National Memorial, North Main Street, Providence.
Urban park with views of the State House and historic church and buildings along North Main Street. To reach the parking area turn left on Smith Street and take a left into the parking lot.
April 4 - no meeting due to Easter Sunday
April 11 - The Stables at Glen Farm, Portsmouth. Turn left at glen Farm Rd off of RT 138 S (East Main Rd) This is the entrance to the Polo Grounds. Turn left at the end of the road to enter the Stables area. Old stone barns and stables to paint.
April 18 - Second Beach/Surfer’s End, Middletown. Surfer’s End is the small beach area just before Second Beach. If this lot is full, you can park and paint from Second Beach. No fees in April. We will meet at 4:30 at the far right end of Second Beach to share our work.
April 25 - Newport Art Museum/Touro Park. We will meet in Touro Park, across from the NAM. Touro Park is the site of an old stone tower with mysterious origins. You can also paint the Griswold House at the NAM which is a prime example of the 19th century “Stick Style’. It is a National Historic Landmark and was designed by William Morris Hunt. Parking available on Bellevue Ave and surrounding streets. We will meet at 4:30 in front of the Tower to share our work. This is also the last day for ABSTRACT at the NAM which features an array of modern and contemporary American artists exploring ideas and emotions through Abstraction.

Calling all Artists – “Let’s Talk Art”
Portsmouth Arts Guild Monthly Online Discussion Group

Joan Brown, Nun with Staffordshire Terrier
1961, oil on canvas, 59 7/8 x 60 inches

Henrietta Berk and Joan Brown are the March featured artists in honor of Women’s History Month. Both women artists were part of the Bay Area Figurative Artists movement of the 1960’s. Discussion and presentation will be led by Suzanne Lewis and others as part of the monthly online art discussion group, “Let’s Talk Art”. This is a free online forum open to all. Each month there will be a presentation on an Artist or Art Movement with plenty of time for discussion. We will meet on Wednesday, March 24th from 5 – 6pm. For more information and to receive a link to the event please email

 Join us!
Henrietta Berk, Picnic
ca. 1960 – 1962, oil on canvas, 45 x 55, private collection
Take a class with PAG!
Coming Soon in April/May…..
Watercolor with Wendy Soneson
details to follow!
Painting Plein Air Landscapes
with Bill Lane

Date: June 16-17, 2021 (rain date: June 18)
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Wickford, RI (2nd day TBD)
Tuition: $200 Members/$240 non-members
Enjoy the delightful village of Wickford painting boats, harbors and historic buildings and then venture out for a second day painting in a location to be determined. Bill will expertly give a demo in the morning and then will set you loose to paint the scene that captivates you.  He provides individual attention throughout the day and is happy to answer any questions you may have.
You will learn to:
Find an alluring scene that speaks to you
Plan a powerful composition
Create the mood of the moment
Bill Lane is a signature Artist Member of the New England Watercolor Society and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. He is also an Artist Member of the Copley Society of Art and Exhibiting Artist Member of the Providence Art Club.
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.
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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Portsmouth Arts Guild
PO Box 463
Portsmouth, RI 02871