Saturday Afternoon Sessions

Discussions and Demos at the Guild

Introducing our October Saturday Afternoon Series of discussions and demonstrations. We invite you to join us and discover stories behind the Guild’s origins and the opportunity to gain valuable insights and inspiration from our co-founder Marilyn Moriarty’s expert critiques. Immerse yourself in awe-inspiring demonstrations by two exceptional artists, Arne Casavant and Bill McLane. Don’t miss out on our Saturday Series this October.  Secure your spot now and explore your creativity with us!

These afternoon sessions are sponsored by Clements’ Marketplace and are free and open to the public, however, seating is limited.  Please register through the Registration button below.  
Light refreshments will be served. 
Each sessions runs from 2 – 4pm at the Guild Hall
2679 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI
Donations for this event are encouraged, and can be made at the event     

Saturday, October 14th

An afternoon of coffee, conversation and critique with Guild co-founder Marilyn Moriarty.

Marilyn has enjoyed an extraordinary career in the arts.  In addition to her bachelors degree, she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Pittsburgh Art Institute, traveled to Europe and studied for a summer at Georgia O’Keeffe’s homestead.

She founded the art program and taught for 23 years at the high school level in Pennsylvania, painted murals for Marriott Hotels, exhibited in galleries, and lectured in art history at Salve Regina University in Newport.

In 2000, Marilyn co-founded the Guild with fellow artists and friends Kris Perkins and Eileen Shanley.  In 2016, the Guild was delighted to host an exhibit of Marilyn’s work.  Please read about that experience in the Providence Journal. 

Marilyn Moriarty, Portsmouth Arts Guild

In addition to her talk, Marilyn has kindly invited those who attend to bring a painting and she will share a critique with each artist.  

We look forward to this chance to connect with Marilyn and speak with her about the early days of the Guild. We will also learn more about her own artwork and have the opportunity to discuss our work with her.

Saturday, October 21st

Demo and Discussion with Arnie Casvant


As both a studio and plein air artist, Arnie adheres to the old adage “light is the bringer of beauty“.  His work has a strong emphasis on light, most obvious in his representational paintings. “Chasing the light” is the best description of his journey.

We are delighted to announce a special demo and discussion with Arnie that celebrates the spirit of light as a catalyst for artistic growth.

Not only is Arnie an inspiring artist, but he has devoted the main part of his professional life as a teacher.  Arnie spent more than thirty years as an art instructor and Department Chair at Oliver Ames High School in Easton, Massachusetts,  Upon retiring, Arnie continued his love of teaching at Northeastern University’s Professional Development Institute, where he stayed for seven years. 

Arnie grew up in Tiverton, Rhode Island, and we are delighted to welcome this native Rhode Islander to the Portsmouth Arts Guild.

Join us for an educational and inspiring artist demo Saturday, October 21st.


Arnie Casavant -Portsmouth Arts Guild

Saturday, October 28th

Demo and Discussion with Bill McLane

We invite you to experience the world through the unique perspective of Rhode Island artist Bill McLane. William “Bill” McLane embarked on his artistic journey at the age of 16.  Searching for an apprenticeship in the style of the Old Masters, Bill traveled to Munich, Germany, where he studied the techniques, palettes, and styles of the Old Masters in private ateliers.

As a primarily self-taught artist with over five decades of artistic exploration, Bill’s work has continuously evolved while remaining true to the expressive power of oil and acrylic paints.  

In addition to Bill’s Old Masters work, his paintings center around local landscapes, interiors, seascapes, and still life.  That work has earned him international recognition and can be found in galleries across the United States. Through his skilled use of color, composition, and personal interpretation, McLane breathes life into each painting.

We are excited to invite you to spend an afternoon with Bill McLane.

In The Classifieds, Bill McLane, Portsmouth Arts Guild


P.O. Box 463
Portsmouth, RI, 02871
(401) 215-0122