The Ukraine Relief Project

The Portsmouth Arts Guild is happy to support this worthy cause.  Please read below for detailed information on how you can help.  Please send images of your donated artwork to and we will post on this page.

Ukraine Relief Project


Information for Artists and Donors to Silent Auction

Who we are: Ukraine Relief Project – Aquidneck is a chapter of the Jamestown Ukraine Relief Project, a 501(c )3 organization founded in 2022 to help the citizens of Ukraine who are enduring the war. To learn about our “parent organization,” Jamestown Ukraine Relief Organization, please check this website:

Why we chose to do a silent art auction: At our fundraiser last June we raised over $20,000. Of that, nearly $10,000 was from the silent auction. This, combined with previous donations, provided enough to completely renovate a room in an old building in Lviv to create an art studio for children who have moved to this relatively safe city to escape the worst of the war. The studio will be used for art therapy.

What our proceeds from the art auction will support: We are continuing to raise funds to benefit Ukrainian children who are struggling through this prolonged war. Our current focus is funding camperships to a children’s recovery camp in Ukraine and iPads for children to use for remote learning, since so many school buildings have been bombed and cannot be used. To learn about the Ukraine Children’s Action Project where we are donating our proceeds from the art auction, check this website: Ukraine Children’s Action Program

How to donate: Our upcoming silent art auction will be held from 3-6pm on October 14 at the Elks Lodge (141 Pelham Street, Newport). Please request a fillable electronic form from

Please deliver your art between noon-2 pm on October 14 to the Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham Street, Newport. At the entry desk you will be given a number which should be put on the entry form, on your artwork (side or back is OK), and on the bidding sheet. If you are unable to deliver art on October 14, let us know to make other arrangements.

Please call Linda at 401-842-9827 with any questions.

We and the children of Ukraine thank you for your donation.

Four Hearts Foundation

In conjunction with the Emerging Artist Show, we will also be holding a Silent Auction on Mar 12th 2-7pm to benefit the Four Hearts Playground Foundation.  This organization has been working tirelessly to raise funds to build a new all-inclusive playground in Portsmouth RI. This innovative playground will be designed and curated to include fun, challenging and handicap accessible features to foster an environment where all children are accepted and nurtured.  Members of the Portsmouth Arts Guild are invited to donate ONE piece of art where all proceeds will be sent to this amazing fundraiser.  Intake for this silent auction will be held at the Portsmouth Arts Guild Hall until March 10th. There is no entry fee.  For more information on this project see .  Scroll down on this page to view  our past Artists for a Cause projects. Hope you will consider donating some amazing art for this worthy cause!

Rendering of the proposed Portsmouth Playground

Artists for World Peace

Artists for World Peace held an auction on November 12th and 13th, 2021.  In addition to the work funding their free NATIVE EYES clinics, providing eye care and glasses to Native Americans,  and warm clothing drives for Native Americans, they are also providing education and housing to Children of Peace- a family of 24 children living at their PEACE HOUSE in Tanzania.

Debra Duggan, Boots for World Peace
Debra Duggan, Waiting for Rain

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.  Examples of their paintings are below.

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

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

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
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
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

New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary Foster Parrots

Jan Burling, Reflection, Portsmouth Arts Guild

At our exhibit opening on May 21, “The Country and the City”, original paintings of birds were available with a donation to Foster Parrots, New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary.  

Founded in 1989, Foster Parrots, located in Hope Valley, Rhode Island, is 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.

Thank you to all who supported this extraordinary organization.  Email questions to

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.  Proceeds went to bringing the Native American population of Rosebud Reservation free eye clinics, warm clothing, and other necessities.  Click the photo to view the Guild members’ paintings.

With thanks to our generous sponsors