Newsletter – May 2013



Portsmouth Arts Guild 

Center for the Arts 

2679 East Main Road

Portsmouth, RI   


Dancing with Fire  

Claire Tremblay


People’s Choice Award 

Members’ Non- Juried Show








May 2013 

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Artists and Friends,


thinking “green” for the next show?  Intake for
is Monday May 20 and
Tuesday May 21, so begin preparing your work for this exhibition,
which will be juried by Nancy Bredbeck (artist and instructor at the
Newport Art Museum).


June 1, the Guild’s Board of Directors and committee members will be
participating in a retreat to begin planning for the months ahead.
What is our future? How can we support our arts community more
effectively?  How can we reach out to the non-artist?  These
are some of the questions we will be considering.  Do you have
your own questions you’d like us to consider? As a member, we value
your voice and opinions.  Please send me an email at
with your question/suggestion.  I look forward to hearing from


April’s vote by Portsmouth Town Council to delay any decisions
regarding the Arts Center project until October 2013, I believe we
can utilize this time to build our organization, increasing
membership and community offerings. To that point, our Education
Committee has worked hard over the last few months to put in place a
full line up of summer programming for youth at the Guild (see full
list of programming below).  In addition, we have applied for a
grant to support a Fall Performing Arts program at the Guild.
Let’s continue to consider the Guild’s original mission: an
arts organization that supports and explores all facets of the arts!


a wonderful weekend,

Ruiz, President

Arts Guild


Meet & Bake Sale


Sunday, June 9th

a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Arts Guild

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This quarter’s Members’ Meeting will be held as an Art
Swap!  It’s a great way to “share” some unneeded,
unwanted, or slightly  used artists’ supplies with fellow
artists. Start collecting things you want to swap!

We’ll supply the tables and chairs as well as coffee,
tea and lemonade. For your donation of $1.00 you can walk away with 1
wonderful find; $2.00, 2 wonderful finds; $3.00, 3 finds and so on.

All proceeds to benefit the Guild.


Members and Non-members welcome! 

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Members’ Monthly Meeting

Gallery News

Members Around New England

“Imagine Green” Juried Show

“Imagine Green” Juried Show


New Members Welcome

Summer Classes


Gallery News


Notice to Members! 



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is available to all PAG members.  Four pieces max,
each priced at $100.00 or less. Works must be original – no laser
prints or color copies.  Giclee and high quality ink jet prints
are allowed.  All works must be matted or mounted and must be
protected with shrink wrap or a clear envelope. The PAG gallery
commission is 25%.  If you have any questions, please email Janet
Dassau at jdassau@msn.comTake advantage of this
wonderful opportunity!

  • Docents needed
    May 25, 31, June 7, 21, and 28 from
    1-5.  Please email Paulette at
    if you are available.   
  • We are selling cards! We would like to fill the card rack with
    your wonderful art work.  Guidelines for the greeting card


    • Must
      be original greeting cards.

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member may submit up to 6 cards.   

    • $4.00
      for each card.  
    • 25%
      commission to PAG
    • The
      card cannot be any larger than 5×7
    • Work
      must be protected – shrink wrapped or clear envelope











 Members Around New England  




David Sebert was out West attending the Plein Air Convention
in Monterey, CA. Speakers and attendees from around the world attened
as well as notable artists such as Scott Christensen, Jeremy Lipking,
Alexey Steele, Mian Situ, Lori Putnam, Jean Stern (Irvine Museum), and
many others. The four day event from April 10-14 culminated with Plein
Air painting at Asimolar Beach, and Monterey Harbor on Saturday and
Sunday.  David also attended  an Artist Residency in Northern
CA at Whiskeytown National Park as part of the National Park Sevices
“Art In The Parks” program.






Janet Dassau and Paul Murray  each have
three photographs displayed at the  Jamestown Town Hall with the
Conanicutt Island Art Association.  




Jay Egge
is  exhibiting five works in the exhibit “The Best and
Brightest” at Alta Luna Gallery @297 Hope Street, Bristol,
RI with a Reception on Thursday, 5/30, 6-9 PM which is also Warren
and Bristol Art


 Can of Corn











Green” Juried Show

Juror: Nancy

Opening Reception: Fri. May 24, 6-8pm

Show Dates: May
24 – June 30








Sign up now!


Papermaking with
May Babcock

Date: Saturday,
June 8

Time: 10-5pm

$100/$90 members( includes materials)


from Photos: Figure in the Environment with Elizabeth Hutchinson

Date: Saturday,
June 15

Time: 9-4pm

Tuition: $85/$75


See below for





The following people sold their artwork during the
Members Non-Juried Show: 

  • Martha MacNaught
  • Jonathan Small
  • Wayne Collins
  • Kerry Hood
  • Hildi Rezendes
  • Peggy Matherson 




New Members Welcome!

David Pinkham


Deborah Pinkham


Arnie McConnell



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Classes 2013

Papermaking with May Babcock


Learn the craft,
fine art, and joy of making paper by hand from pulp. First, learn how
to form basic sheets from recycled fibers and a mould and deckle. Paper
pulp can also be pigmented to create “pulp paintings”, where
imagery is actually part of the paper. Experiment with various pulp
painting methods, including direct painting, collage inclusions, and

May Babcock graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BFA in
painting and printmaking. Directly after, she joined the graduate
printmaking program at Louisiana State University, earning her MFA in
2011. She has taught courses in all forms of printmaking, papermaking,
and drawing.

Date:          Saturday, June 8th 

10-5 PM

Tuition:          $100/90
members (includes materials)



Painting from photos: figure in
the environment with elizabeth Hutchinson


Do you have photos of people from your travels or special
events that you have always wanted to turn into paintings? Learn how to
see and paint the human form using simple shapes and integrate the
figure into the environment. This course emphasizes the joy of
painting. All levels welcome. Oils and acrylics.

 Instructor: Elizabeth Hutchinson received her
MFA cum laude from the New York Academy of Art in 2000. She also
studied at the Art Students League in NYC. Since then she has been
teaching art in her native Ontario, Canada as well as taking students
on art trips to various locations around the world. See examples of her
work at


Saturday, June 15

Time:          9-4 PM

$85/$75 members  





The class will
come up with 30 words or phrases 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 to
establish a daily drawing practice. We will share our drawings in class
each week. Open to all media and skill levels.  


Wayne has a BFA from Pratt Institution with an emphasis on
Drawing and Illustration. 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  


5 Thursdays,  June 20, 27 and July 11,18,


Tuition:         $75, $65 PAG




  Watercolor Workshop with John Tolley


This workshop will
introduce you to the special qualities of watercolor. You will learn to
mix colors and apply washes and glazes. We’ll work from a still life
set up. You will come away with one or two finished paintings.


John Tolley didn’t pick up a paintbrush until later in life but has
gone on to become an award winning watercolorist. Become inspired to
embark on your own journey to becoming an artist.

Saturday, June 22nd        


Tuition:         $75, $65 for
PAG members




painting in oil…pastels! with Dawn temple  


How many times have you said to yourself “I wish I
could do that” while admiring a a painting or drawing? Perhaps you
feel you don’t have the time, or the experience to imagine even where
to begin. With this workshop, and it’s fun medium, you will be amazed
at what you are able to accomplish in one session. Oil pastels have
been used by great masters, including Picasso, and have endless uses.
This class will meet on location TBD.  


Dawn Temple is a visual artist and photographer whose work has been
featured at various exhibits in Rhode Island. She has a BA in painting from
RI College and has been instructing adults for years at various museums
and art associations.


Saturday, July 13


9:30-12:30 PM

$50/40 for PAG members



Solar Plate printmaking with Suzanne lewis


workshop will introduce you to the process of solar plate printmaking,
in which the sun etches the printing plate. This is a non-toxic process
which avoids the use of solvents and acids. No printmaking experience
necessary but some drawing experience helpful.


An award-winning printmaker, Suzanne Lewis has a Master of Arts in
Teaching from RI College and a Certificate in Drawing and Painting from
RISD Continuing Education. She has been studying and practicing all
forms of printmaking for many years.


Saturday, July


$70, $60 PAG  $15
material fee to be paid to instructor




Enjoy a day of
sketching in the scenic village of Tiverton Four Corners. We will learn
sketching techniques in pen and ink and watercolor that will enable you
to capture the scene quickly and with a minimum of equipment. This is a
valuable skill for travel and every day. We will also draw and sketch
our lunch in the historical Provender Restaurant.

Margaret Owen received her BFA from the University of Georgia and an
MFA from the NY Academy of Art. She has led sketching trips to Morocco
and teaches a popular sketching class at Tea in Sahara in Providence.




Saturday, July 27th

10-4 PM

Tuition:         $75/65 PAG






New Guest Artist


no Fear painting with mary Giammarino

Have you always
wanted to paint in the out of doors but were afraid to try? Conquer
your fear in this fun, low key class and experience the joy of plein
air painting. In this course we will study the techniques of plein air
painting, including the effects of light and how to translate that onto
our canvas. In this class there is no “correct” way to paint
and no such thing as a mistake. Open to all levels. Oils and acrylics.




Mary Giammarino is drawn to the beauty of nature and plein air
painting. Having discovered the “Cape Cod School of Art” she
returns  to Provincetown to paint every spring since 1989. She
teaches on Cape cod, Vermont and on trips to Italy. She is represented
by the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown and the Elizabeth Rowley
Gallery in Orleans, Ma.  See her work at

Sunday and Monday August 25 and 26

10-4 PM

Tuition:          $250/225
PAG members




Youth Classes (ages 6-15) adult classes open to ages 13 and up with permission of




Cyanotype Photography (something Blue) with alyssa Wood


photography is the process of contact printing a picture without a
camera. A photogram is made when you place objects directly on a piece
of paper and let the rays from the sun make shades and shpes. You can
make a picture from anything, feathers, pearls, lace, flowers, etc.


Alyssa Wood is a freelance photographer in Rhode Island and gallery
manager at the RI Watercolor Society. She enjoys introducing people of
all ages to the joys of cyanotype photography



Date:      Saturday July 6, for ages 12-15

Time:      10-2PM

Tuition:   $50/45 PAG members  $10 material fee to be
paid to instructor



Japanese Fish Prints with Suzanne Lewis  


Learn the ancient
Japanese art of fish printing. Ink is applied to a real fish and the
image is transferred to rice paper. This is an art you can practice at
home with no special equipment. Have fun in this unique workshop and
preserve your own catch for prosperity. Fish will be provided.  


Suzanne Lewis (see Solar Plate Printmaking above)

Saturday July 13, for ages 9-12


Tuition:          $45/40
PAG members,   $10 materials fee to be paid to instructor


Summer art Camp for young and creative with Joanne Murrman


Each morning, a
variety of art materials  and techniques will be introduced and
children will complete two dimensional as well as three-dimensional
projects to bring home. The art lessons will have a fun theme as a
point of departure to explore painting, drawing, printmaking, collage,
paper mache and plaster. The principles and elements of art will be
covered as well as famous artists and their work.


Joanne Murrman is an experienced artist and art teacher with a
BFA from Massachusetts college of Art and a M.Ed from Boston
University. She has 40 years of experience in teaching K-12 art and
Adult Education.        

Monday-Friday, August 5-9  for ages 8-11

Monday-Friday, August 12-16 for ages 6-8

9-12 noon

Tuition:         $125/110 PAG
members   $15 materials fee to be paid to instructor


Shake, Rattle and Roll with Paulette LaParle  


This music camp is
designed for children who are interested in exploring music through
playing and creating their own instruments, movement and singing with
fun and exciting activities planned. The goal is to enrich each child’s
understanding of the basic principles of music.


Paulette has worked in Barrington as high school chorus Director
for 32 years. She also worked in Bristol/Waren afterschool program for
K-5 as their music specialist. She currently conducts the URI
University Chorus.

Monday-Friday, August 5-9 for ages 6-8

Time:          1-3 PM

Tuition:      $90, $80 PAG member


comics and sequential story telling with Wayne Quackenbush


Class will work on
combining words and pictures to tell a story. The language of comic
books and graphic novels will be discussed. Class will work on
character design, how to outline a story, thumbnail sketches, dialogue,
sound effects, drawing and writing.


Wayne Quackenbush  (see Creative Writing above)


Monday-Friday,  August 12-16 for ages 12-15

1-4 PM

$125/$110 PAG members


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