Portsmouth Art Guild Combines Classical and Modern Styles in a New Exhibit


The Portsmouth Arts Guild Center for the Arts continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary with one of the gallery’s best shows yet, Abstract IV. The exhibit, running from July 5 to August 18, incorporates works from a wide range of media, everything from oils to textiles. According to the curators, the exhibit, “deftly proves that the everyday may become extraordinary when given the right amount of attention.”

Artists such as Dr. Marc A Jaffe and Kathleen Gendreau manage to transform everyday sights, like the reflection in a puddle or the cracks in a pavement, into exceptional works of art. In addition to this new “everyday” approach, the gallery displays other works that represent an unconventional approach to classical media. Judith Chaves’ Reclining adds dimension and color to the time-honored figure study. Similarly, Janice Smyth’s Binary Code couples the digital with the traditional through a hand-sewn quilt.

Additionally, the show gives you an opportunity check out some of our homegrown, Rhode Island talent. Christina Sieben, a recent Portsmouth High School graduate and the recipient of PAG’s Eilieen Shanley Scholarship, is displaying a series of agricultural pieces that give us a modern day twist on Americana.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see a unique show that couples the classical with the modern, and the everyday with the exceptional.

Open to the public Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm. The Gallery is situated on the grounds of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 2679 E. Main Rd. in Portsmouth.


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