The Portsmouth Historical Society

The Portsmouth Historical Society provided these circa 1904 local photographs as inspiration for a Guild Weekly Challenge.  Guild artists brought these photos to life.

The donated artwork was auctioned July 15th at the Thriving Tree Coffee House in support of the continuing Historical Society preservation of our past.  

Photos are courtesy of Town Historian Jim Garman and the John T. Pierce, Sr. Collection. 

Boyd's Mill, Circa 1904, Portsmouth Historical Society
Boyd’s Mill, Circa 1904
Boyd's Mill, Bradford Sherman, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Bradford Sherman, Boyd’s Mill
Debra Duggan, Power Plant, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Power Station, Debra Duggan
Power Station, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Power Station, circa 1904
Trolley, circa 1904, Portsmouth Historical Society
Trolley, circa 1904
Wendy B. Davis, Trolley, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Trolley,  Wendy B. Davis
Susan Graham, Trolley, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Susan Graham, Trolley
Debra Duggan, Train Depot, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Debra Duggan, Train Depot
Train Depot Circa 1904, Portsmouth Historical Society
Train Depot
Cuff's Bridge, Portsmouth Historical Society
Cuff’s Bridge, with Oak Glen, home of Julia Ward Howe in the center
Alexandre Sasha Kouznetsov, Cuff's Bridge, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Alexandre “Sasha” Kouznetsov, Cuff’s Bridge
Christian Union 1900, Portsmouth Historical Society
Christian Union Church, 1900
Gary Graham, Christian Union, 1900 Church, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Gary Graham, Christian Union Church
Gary Graham, Christian Union, 1900 Church, Portsmouth Ar
Gary Graham, Christian Union Church
Gary Graham, Clarke House, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Gary Graham, Clarke House
Boyd's Mill, Circa 1904, Portsmouth Historical Society
Clarke House, Anna and Louise Chase with Zoe Clarke
Island Park, Portsmouth Historical Society
Island Park
Wendy Berube, Island Park, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Wendy Berube, Island Park
Wendy B. Davis, "Firetruck", Portsmouth Arts Guild
Wendy B. Davis, Firetruck, 1922
Train Depot Circa 1904, Portsmouth Historical Society
First Fire Truck, 1922 Combination Ladder Co. on a 4 Cylinder Model T
Jan Burling, Firetruck, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Jan Burling, 1922 Firetruck 

New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary Foster Parrots

Foster Parrots, Portsmouth Arts Guild Art for a Cause

At our Exhibit opening on May 21, there will be a preview of our fundraiser for Foster Parrots. Original paintings of birds will be offered for free with any donation to Foster Parrots. Please donate whatever you think is a fair price for the art. A full exhibit of bird paintings will be available at our Exhibit Opening on June 18.  We plan to present an online auction of any remaining paintings after that date.

Foster Parrots, New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, is a 501c3 charity, located in Hope Valley, Rhode Island, dedicated to the rescue and protection of unwanted and abused companion parrots and other displaced captive exotic animals.

On April 1st, 2021 they suffered a devastating fire, losing the lives of nearly 100 beloved animals, who each had beautiful and unique personalities, and who were loved dearly by staff and volunteers. Half of the facility burned to the ground, destroying habitat, equipment, and supplies. The sanctuary is still caring for over 300 animals, and plans to rebuild.

Founded in 1989 Foster Parrots, Ltd. is the largest avian rescue organization in the northeast U.S.A. Foster Parrots has worked collaboratively with organizations like The Jane Goodall Institute, Born Free USA and World Animal Protection in our quest to bring assistance to captive parrots who have long suffered the consequences of pet trade exploitation and public misinformation.

Please help us support this extraordinary organization.  Email questions to

Wendy B. Dvis, Parrot
Wendy Davis, Parrot Plumage
Jan Burling, Reflection, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Jan Burling, Reflection
Susan Graham, Parrot, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Susan Graham, The Thoughtful Parrot

Ashes to Art

The 2021 Ashes to Art Project co-founded in 2012 by Lori Joseph and Tim O’Hara after the High Park Fire, asked artists across the country to donate art – ranging from paintings to jewelry to sculptures – to be sold in an online auction. Charcoal from the wildfires is incorporated into each piece of art.  

Guild artists donated paintings that were successfully sold on May 15th to benefit the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District and the Rist Volunteer Fire Department – two volunteer fire departments that were financially devastated working tirelessly for months to contain and extinguish the summer wildfires.

Carol Gordon, Ephemerals
Carol Gordon, Ephemerals
Sarah Oesting, Prometheus Bringing Fire to Man
Sarah Oesting, Prometheus Bringing Fire to Man
Susan Graham, Out of the Ashes
Susan Graham, Out of the Ashes

Artists for World Peace

For Mother’s Day of 2021, Artists for World Peace held a virtual PEACE WALL OF LOVE auction.  All proceeds to go towards bringing the Native American population of Rosebud Reservation free eye clinics, warm clothing, and other necessities.  Guild members responded to the Call for Artists by submitting these paintings.

With thanks to our generous sponsors

Berkshire Bank, Portsmouth Arts Guild Sponsor
Prudence Island Quilters Guild