Sunday Plein Air

Car Studio Season

Sundays 1:30 – 4:00

Paint from 1:30- 3:30 and then gather to review our work.

Join us to paint each Sunday – either in true plein air style, weather permitting, OR from our cars.  It’s definitely that time of year.  Here’s to a New Year!

“The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer.  Minute by minute they lengthen out.  It takes some weeks before we become aware of the change.  It is imperceptible even as the growth of a child, as you watch it day by day, until the moment comes when with a start of delighted surprise we realize that we can stay out of doors in a
twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour.”  –  Vita Sackville-West

Wendy Berube, Car Studio, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Wendy’s Car Studio
photo by Jan Burling

All levels and media welcome

There is no instruction but we will share our work following the session

These drop-in sessions are free and open to all artists.  Sunday rain reschedules to Saturday where possible.  

We will obey any Covid restrictions in place at the time. 

For more information, contact

Scenes “From our Car Studios”

Joan Bartram, Car Studio, Sunday Plein Air, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Sarah Oesting, Car Studio, Sunday Plein Air, Portsmouth Arts Guild
Thea Ernest, Car Studio, Sunday Plein Air, Portsmouth Arts Guild

Sunday January 2nd

1:30 – 4:00 pm

Colt State Park.  Route 114, Bristol.  No better place to begin the year than at this perennial favorite.  Meet at the first parking lot on the left once you reach the water – just past the sign for the boat ramp on the right. Paint the ocean, bridge, and the marsh.

Sunday January 9th

1:30 – 4:00 pm

Tiverton Four Cornersnoted “Intersection of History and Style.” Choose to park in Gray’s Ice Cream parking lot (16 East Road, Tiverton) or at any painterly vantage point along Route 77 coming into the main intersection.  As an alternative, park behind the Four Corners Art Center (3852 Main Road) for a glimpse of the Sculpture Park – possibly shrouded with snow.  Meet at 3:30 in the Gray’s parking lot to share our work.

Sunday January 16th

1:30 – 4:00 pm

Bristol Ferry Town Common, Portsmouth Located at the northern end of Bristol Ferry Road at Bayview Avenue, the Bristol Ferry Town Common was established on March 12, 1714 by the Portsmouth Town Committee.  This 1.5-acre space was originally used by farmers and others to keep their livestock and other goods while waiting for the ferry to Bristol. This historic common is currently maintained as a public park, with great views of Mount Hope Bay.

Sunday January 23rd

1:30 – 4:00 pm

The Narrows, Bristol.  Bay side parking at the entrance to the Kickemuit River.  Park and paint from our cars.  Views to the distant, Warren shores and a picturesque dock. 

Sunday January 30th

1:30 – 4:00 pm

Poppasquash Road, Bristol.   The road hugs the shore of  Bristol Harbor.  Park and paint along this historic stretch of pavement.  Meet at the Colt State Park entrance (parking lot) on Poppasquash Rd to share our work.  

Thursday Open Studio

Debra Duggan, Tea Time

Thursdays 9:30 – 12:30

Currently on hiatus due to ever increasing Covid numbers in Rhode Island


Portsmouth Arts Guild Hall

2679 East Main Street, Portsmouth

Join fellow artists for an Open Studio every Thursday,

9:30 – 12:30

All are welcome; any medium!

Free to Guild members

$5 for non-members


With thanks to our generous sponsors

Prudence Island Quilters Guild