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Arts Fest 2010 in Slater Memorial Park – applications available

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Arts Fest 2010 is a weekend of music and art that will showcase some of the finest artisans in the country.  This arts and crafts show, as part of the annual Pawtucket Arts Festival, will be held in Slater Memorial Park on Newport Avenue in Pawtucket, on September 11 & 12, 2010. The event is free with plenty of parking in beautiful Slater Memorial Park.


We expect up to sixty vendor booths exhibiting and selling their artwork from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  Merchandise will include photography, jewelry, oil/acrylics/watercolor, woodworking, hand-made woven articles, kid’s arts and crafts, and much, much more.  Dew Claw Studios will provide interactive raku firing (pottery) display. Participants enjoy taking home their very own piece of pottery. Face painting with Fran Slade will be part of the festivities for children. Performing on stage will be three musical groups per day starting at 1:00pm.

Come be a part of one of the region’s largest arts festivals and experience a true New England affair!


Applications are available on the website www.partucketartsfestival.org. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2010. Please note this is a juried show.


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Two Day Stone Carving Workshop – August 14th and 15th

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Taught by Adam Heller:
     In this two day class we will be exploring the techniques involved in carving beautiful “V” cut letters and numbers!  All skill levels welcome, no experience needed.  Each student will work on carving an address or house number to bring home. 

Cost for the class is $325 for the weekend, only five spaces available.  Tools, stone, and lunches will be provided.

For more details visit www.samaritancarvers.com 

e-mail Adam at info@samaritancarvers.com  or call his home studio, 401-826-2622.

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2011 Conservation Assessment Program Applications Available This Fall

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Heritage Preservation is currently celebrating the Conservation Assessment Program’s (CAP) 20th year of helping museums obtain general collections assessments. To mark the occasion, we have created a special feature on our website (www.heritagepreservation.org/CAP) called “Twenty Years of Conservation Improvements through CAP.” It showcases one museum from each year in the program’s twenty-year history, and demonstrates how each museum used their CAP recommendations to improve collections care.

From the Quincy Art Center in Illinois, to Iolani Palace in Hawaii, to the Beartooth Nature Center in Red Lodge, Montana, we have brought together stories of preservation improvements that involve everything from careful restoration of historic buildings, to extensive fund-raising for collections storage furniture, to innovative methods of volunteer recruitment for collections projects, to the construction of new habitats for living animal collections. Gain inspiration and valuable ideas for collections care improvements from the examples of these dedicated museum professionals.

CAP funds a professional collections assessment for small to mid-sized museums of all types, at a minimal cost. In addition, CAP funds historic buildings assessments for institutions with buildings that are 50 years or older. The assessment process helps museum professionals better understand and improve their institutions’ policies and procedures, learn conservation and historic preservation best practices, and forge relationships with conservators and historic structures assessors. The resulting CAP report can help your institution to develop strategies for improved collections care, long-range planning, staff and board education, and fund-raising.

In 2010, 107 museums in 40 states were selected to participate in CAP, including Pettaquamscutt Historical Society in Kingstown. To view the entire list of current CAP participants, visit www.heritagepreservation.org/CAP/10recipients.html.

The 2011 CAP applications will be mailed on Friday, September 3, 2010, to museums on the CAP mailing list and will also be available on Heritage Preservation’s Web site at www.heritagepreservation.org. The postmark deadline for applications is midnight on December 1, 2010. Participants are identified on a rolling basis, and site visits for participants can begin as early as January 1, 2011. Final reports must be submitted to Heritage Preservation by November 1, 2011. CAP is administered by Heritage Preservation and supported through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

To be added to the CAP application mailing list, or for more information, please contact CAP staff at cap@heritagepreservation.org or 202-233-0800.

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Artist Feedback Requested – Artist Contracts?

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I’m a journalist looking for artists in the Newport area who have written contracts or have experience with contracts that they’d like to share with me for an article in the Newport Mercury. i’d appreciate if you could pass this along.

They could contact me by phone, at 615 479-4105, or simply shoot me an email, mhdekm@yahoo.com, if they have questions.

I would probably need to chat with them by Monday evening to get it into the article.

Thanks so much.

Marianne Messina
General Arts Curator

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Two Maine public art projects – call for artists

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

The Maine Arts Commission currently has two Percent for Art competitions open to all artists living in the United States.

The Ridge View Community School Percent for Art site in Dexter, Maine has an approximate budget of $50,000 and a deadline for submissions of June 14, 2010

The Falmouth Elementary School Percent for Art site in Falmouth, Maine, has an approximate budget of $50,000 and a deadline for submission of June 1, 2010.

Both prospectuses are attached to this email in PDF format. You can also access the full detail of both calls, including images and floor plans from both sites, by visiting Mainearts.com using this link: http://mainearts.maine.gov/percentforart.aspx

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national/international call-for-entries

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

SPACES announces a national/international call-for-entries open to all established or emerging artists, curators and cultural producers who are 21 years old or older. Proposals must show promise and strong conceptual grounding.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2010 (not a postmark deadline)

APPLICATION & GUIDELINEShttp://spacesgallery.org/main/call/

Please visit  www.SPACESgallery.org/main/call/  before calling or emailing with questions. There you will find an extensive FAQ.


WHO WE ARE:  SPACES  is  an experimental contemporary art space located on the western edge of downtown  Cleveland. The only organization of its kind in  Northeast Ohio, SPACES supports the creation and exhibition of work by developing and experimenting artists.

OUR  MISSION: SPACES advances the artist’s vision. By providing freedom, resources and an audience, SPACES enables artists to engage the public in a vital dialogue about contemporary art.

WHAT WE DO:  SPACES interacts directly with artists, promoting excellence and experimentation to produce challenging gallery exhibitions, public programs, residencies, and publications.

Please pass this  information along to your colleagues. We are eager to work with innovative and conceptually driven cultural producers!

Thank you,

Nicole Edwards

Communications Manager


Phone/Fax 216.621.2314

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Call For Artists – Vending Opportunity at Monthly Market Bazaar!

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The Market Bazaar in Greater Kennedy Plaza is seeking artists to join us this season!

The Market Bazaar will be held every first Tuesday of the month from 11am – 5pm on the sidewalk along the Washington Street side of Burnside Park.  At $15 the Market Bazaar is an affordable opportunity to reach new customers.  We encourage vendors of all kinds to present their wares in this exciting, urban setting.  Delicious food, treasured antiques, vintage books, crafty art, handy merchandise, and fun!

Download an application here:

Questions? Please contact Jen Smith at jen@kennedyplaza.org

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Seeking Fine Artists and Master Artisans

Monday, May 24th, 2010

for a new gallery in Newport, RI.

It’s by jury process only.
Please contact:
_trez88@aol.com_ (mailto:trez88@aol.com)
Gallery selection will begin the second week in June and will  finish up by the second week of July.

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Colonial Architecture: Real, Revival, Survival

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Preservation in Collaboration with The Providence Preservation Society  The Annual Salve Regina University Conference on Cultural and HistoricOctober 20-23, 2010Since the founding of our nation, Colonial architecture has been used to connote American values. Its revival has been a constant theme in American architectural production and although dismissed by modernists, it continues to be a major force today. In its day, Colonial architecture functioned as the center for social and economic practices, expressing race and gender relationships, gentility, and mercantile standing through its forms. In later periods, it played a role in restating, rebalancing, or even revising such practices, particularly as seen in the present-day Postmodern movement. As such, the flexibility of Colonial architecture seems to capture the best—and worst—of American society.

Salve Regina University’s 14 collaboration with The Providence Preservation Society will explore the history of Colonial architecture and all its versions from the founding era to the present day. Proposals for papers or panels may examine such subjects as: Colonial Architecture in Rhode Island or New England; early preservation efforts in New England; Colonial or Colonial Revival construction methods, iconography, decorative arts, and landscape; social, racial, and gender relationships in Colonial architecture, Colonial Revival (1876 to present) interpretations of the Colonial era, preservation challenges in Colonial or Colonial Revival structures, etc. This conference will be a unique collaboration between Salve Regina University’s Department of Cultural and Historic Preservation and Providence’s leading preservation advocacy organization. Salve Regina University, steward to many significant 19 buildings in Newport, RI, is actively engaged in preserving the splendor of its Gilded Age properties, while also adapting them for educational use. The Providence Preservation Society, a non-profit membership organization, was formed in 1956 to respond to the proposed demolition of a number of 18 celebrating its 54 city-wide preservation organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the city of Providence through historic preservation and enhancement of the built environment.

We welcome submissions from practitioners, preservationists, and scholars of all academic disciplines, as well as from younger scholars and graduate students. Proposals should include 250-word abstracts and CVs. Please send proposals by June 15, 2010, to: Catherine Zipf, Salve Regina University, 100 Ochre Point Ave. Newport, RI 02840


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Friday, May 21st, 2010

A joint project of the Rhode Island Center for the Book

at Providence Public Library

and the RI Office of Library and Information Services



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   

RELEASE DATE:   5/21/10

CONTACT:  Louise Moulton – 401.455.8134 or Cheryl Space – 574-9309


News Release


Young Readers Invited to Make a Splash into Summer Reading 2010

with author Kate Klise at RI State House on June 12


Event Kicks Off First-ever Youth Reading Across Rhode Island


PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island third through sixth graders and their families are invited to the kick-off of the first-ever Youth Reading Across Rhode Island on Saturday, June 12 at the Rhode Island State House, 12 Noon – 3:00 pm.  The event marks the beginning of 2010 Summer Reading activities coming to libraries statewide.  This year’s summer reading theme is Make a Splash – Read and event planners have loads of fun activities for attendees, including a book talk about Regarding the Fountain by author Kate Klise.

Spearheaded by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services and the Rhode Island Center for the Book at Providence Public Library, Youth Reading Across Rhode Island is patterned after the Rhode Island Center for the Book’s very popular Reading Across Rhode Island — which just completed its eighth successful year as the state’s one state, one book project.  Youth Reading Across Rhode Island will be implemented by children’s librarians from around the state.

The project is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services with a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services; the RI Center for the Book at Providence Public Library; McDonald’s local owners/operators of RI; the RI State Council on the Arts; the RI Educational Media Association; the Rhode Island Library Association; and author Kelly Easton with Michael Rubin.




Author Kate Klise to speak; each family to receive a free book (Regarding the Fountain)

  • Popular author Kate Klise will speak at 1:00 pm; a book sale and signing will follow.
  • Children and families can participate in crafts and games led by children’s librarians from around the state.
  • Festivities include music from Joe’s Backyard Band, a visit with PawSox mascot Paws, displays and information from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and balloon creations from Mr. Twister.
  • Vendors with sandwiches, popcorn and ice cream will be on hand to sell lunch and snacks.


About the Author & Book

KATE KLISE has written picture books and middle-grade novels, all illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise. She has also written two young adult novels and is a freelance reporter for People magazine. Kate lives and writes in Norwood, Missouri.

In Regarding the Fountain, replacing a leaky water fountain proves to be much more than a simple plumbing problem, and the mystery is revealed through a torrent of letters, memos, and fanciful sketches that fly among Flo Waters, a zany fountain designer with a heart of gold, a group of creative fifth graders, their dedicated teacher, gruff school principal, crafty school secretary, and mysteriously panicky school board president.

Join in the fun at the Youth Reading Across Rhode Island kick-off or participate in a book discussion or activity at your local Rhode Island public library this summer.  For up-to-date information, visit http://yrari.blogspot.com or call 401-574-9309 or 401-455-8134.


Tonia Mason

Marketing & Communications Director

Providence Public Library

150 Empire Street

Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-455-8090

Fax: 401-455-8001

Email: tmason@provlib.org


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CHECK OUT…Live Online Homework Help Available from the Library —

FREE to all RI students, including adult learners at www.homeworkhelpRI.org.

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Arts Grade Span Expectations Professional Development Event

Thursday, May 20th, 2010



Saturday, June 5, 2010Mt. Hope High School, Bristol

8:30 AM -3:30 PM


workshops, share student work, review arts policy regulations, and

problem-solve creatively with arts educators statewide.

A chance to follow up on the Spring Arts GSE introductoryWho:

Education Professors; K-16: School Teams encouraged

all RI arts educators and their supporters, Higher Education Arts and ArtsCost:

$25 for individual attendees;

Central Office and School Administrators may attend the morning

policy/assessment presentation for no charge.

Check should be made payable to the RI Alliance for Arts Education.

Mail payment and registration to:

Janice Stavros, 8 Apple Tree Lane, Greenville, RI 02828

NO LATER THAN Monday, May 24, 2010

First-come, first served.

Questions: Call Janice Stavros at 349-3116

$15 per person for a school team of 3 or more;REGISTRATION

(Deadline: Monday, May 24, 2010)

Name of School, College or University

Individual or Team Members Names & Contact Info (required to confirm registration):

Name Grade


Content Area Contact Information

Phone Email

Payment enclosed

I/we are bringing laptops with student work samples to discuss. Yes ___ No___ How many?____

Team may bring one or more pieces of work to discuss together.

Your registration will be confirmed by e-mail.

: $_____ for ___ registrations ($15 for team of 3 or more; $25 per individual)

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RICH Seeks Administrative Coordinator

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

HOURS: Part-time – 25 hours/week

While there is some flexibility in the schedule, we expect the Administrative Coordinator to be in the office each weekday, during normal business hours.


The Administrative Coordinator serves as the hub for a small, energetic office, acting as the first point of contact for a range of inquiries by phone, email, and in-person. This position provides a high level of administrative support to all the major functions of our office:


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Classes through the RI Film Collaborative

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Classes enrolling now:

The first run of our grant-funded filmmaking class was a tremendous success, so RIDOT is sponsoring students who would like to sign up for the second run. The class size is limited and first come, first served – the first class was over booked, so sign up soon.

With the RIDOT sponsorship, this class is fully reimbursed! The next session starts May 24th!

Also, some specialty approaches to screenwriting!

All registrations and more info at www.rifcfilms.com/education.aspx

Grant-Funded Filmmaking
Create a funded short and learn the basics of video production

Instructors: Richard Griffin and Ted Marr

When you’re looking to fund your filmmaking, don’t forget about grants. Many public and non-profit initiatives exist to further a cause or champion a message. In this course, ten students will fulfill an existing grant to create a short film of their own design, from start to finish, with an experienced instructor to guide the way.

Our current mission is fully funded by a grant from the RI Department of Transportation. Each class will create one in a series of short films that aim to decrease drunk driving in 18-35 year old males. For each of several sessions, this grant provides full tuition reimbursement to ten students who complete the course, plus a production budget and a screening at the 2011 SENE Film Festival and a special screening event in September.

Students will also be featured in a co-documentary highlighting the mission-oriented impact of their filmmaking experience, which will be presented alongside the student shorts.

Each student will receive a dvd copy of the finished product and a certificate of completion.

Classes will meet on Monday and Thursday, May 24th through June 21st. There will also be a shooting weekend on Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th.
Locations will be in or near Providence, RI. Classes will be from 7pm to 10pm, except for the shoot, which is TBD. 

Classes are limited to 10 students and are first-come first-served, so sign up early!

Writing TV Sitcoms:
Instructor: Jenn Dlugos

Whether you have an idea for an episode of The Office, or have a hilarious idea for the next viral Internet webisode series, this class will show you the ins and outs of writing episodic comedy. Learn how to develop your unique style of humor writing, build memorable characters, structure your plot, and market your work.

Class will include information about contests and submission procedures for getting your sit com out there.

5 Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm, $225
June 16th through July 14th
Providence, RI

Writing the Short Film:
Instructor: Michele Meek

This course is an exploration of the unique characteristics of the short screenplay with the goal of learning ways to craft ideas into short films. Participants gain perspective on classic short films and the modern short by watching and analyzing historic short films, films from the modern festival circuit, and the Internet. Group discussions help students work through their own short screenplay to develop character, structure and pacing for a short film. The goal of the course will be for everyone to have written and workshopped a complete short script.

Just in time to prep for the 48 Hour Film Project! Go figure!

1 Weekend, July 10th and July 11th, 9 am to 1 pm each day.
$99 (includes book if you register by June 15th.)
Providence, RI

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On the Road with Fuller Craft: RI Studios Tour

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Don’t miss this great opportunity!

On the Road with Fuller Craft:
Rhode Island Studios Tour

Rhode Island is home to a number of established and emerging craft artists.
Fuller Craft invites you to board the bus and head out for a day full to the brim with wonderful and exciting artists that you’ll meet and talk with in their own studios.  Our first stop will be in Kingston at the studios of John Dunnigan and Wendy Wahl. We’ll then head to Providence to visit with Steve Easton, take our lunch break in the studio of Dan Clayman and stop by Joshua Enck’s. We’ll wind up our day in Pawtucket as we meet Rebecca Siemering and visit her studio. Relax and enjoy yourself as we handle all the details!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Members $85 – Non Members $110

To register please visit www.fullercraft.org <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103399471544&s=929&e=001i7efNX7zNEDabI_naM2GiEWwrZqa9HZqizCn2yP4h6V4V45LNZV_pWskW7PZGkWxIQwzTfRcS1K–aizCDoZrEwla05cG2A71-1U4U-_AZgVT5tbBAEM9DbDxxMqLpO0EPvscHFq1f6IamAKN0_Z4A==>   or call 508.588.6000 x125.

The bus will depart the Museum at 7:30am and return at approx. 7:15pm. Cost includes coffee and light breakfast, box lunch, and snack and water on coach bus.

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Shady Lea Mill Studios Available

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Come join us at the Shady Lea Mill.  At present we have two studios available.  Both are on the first floor.   One is 198 sq ft.  It is totally renovated, charming brick wall, refinished hardwood floor.  The rent is $275 and that includes electricity.  The second studio  is 991 sq ft.  All new construction, well insulated  with high ceilings and 3 skylights, the light in this space is truly amazing!   Rent is $875.  Both spaces can be used for office space as well as small business, artists and artisans.  Verizon Fios for HIGH SPEED INTERNET is available through out the mill.  Check out our website www.themillathadylea.com and our Facebook Page (The Mill at Shady Lea) to learn more about us and our incredibly gifted and talented tenants.

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National Poetry Out Loud Champ Testifies in Support of RISCA

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

We were very pleased to have Amber Johnson, Rhode Island student and National Poetry Out Loud champion for 2010, testify on behalf of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts less than a week after the national championship competition in Washington, DC.

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010
Important information for all nonprofit arts organizations with budgets under $25,000…

Protect your tax exempt status and file! 

What you need to know:

  • Tax-exempt organizations with annual receipts of $25,000 or less are required to annually file an electronic notice Form 990-N (e-Postcard).
  • If a tax-exempt organization has not filed with the IRS for three consecutive years (2007, 2008 and 2009), then its federal tax exemption will automatically be revoked. Under a provision in the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the IRS does not have discretion in this matter.

  • You do not need a CPA to help your organization file Form 990-N.  Andrew Burke of the IRS in Washington offers some reassurance to late filers.  “The e-post card is very simple and takes less than ten minutes to fill out. It’s not a tax return, it’s an information return,” he says.

  • Form 990-N is due on May 15 but since that date falls on a Saturday this year, the deadline is actually Monday, May 17.
  • Nonprofits that lose their tax-exempt status and wish to have their exemptions reinstated will be required to re-apply to the IRS, a process that can take several months. Check out the IRS guidelines for reinstatement.
For more information:
  • The October 2008 issue of Arts Law Memo provides an overview of the revised IRS 990. Small organizations should read page 4.”  Download the Arts Law Memo October 2008 issue.

  • Story by Arts Law Memo , News for NonProfit Arts Organizations (5/19/2010), St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts www.vlaa.org

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NEFA Grants!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010


NEFA logo

Upcoming Deadline for NEST and
Meet the Composer/New England:
June 1, 2010

Erin Johnstone
Program Associate,
Presenting & Touring, Native Arts
617.951.0010 x533

Adrienne Petrillo
Program Manager,
Presenting & Touring
617.951.0010 x527


Read more about NEFA.

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June 1, 2010 is the next deadline for NEFA’s
New England States Touring (NEST) and Meet the Composer/New England grant programs.


NEST provides support to nonprofit organizations based in New England for performances and activities by select New England performing artists from outside of the presenter’s home state.  

NEST artists are performing artists from New England who meet the NEST Artist Requirements on MatchBook.org. They represent a wide range of disciplines, such as chamber music, contemporary dance, opera, spoken word, puppet theater, and storytelling.  

There are currently over 300 artists eligible for NEST and any New England performing artist who meets the NEST Artist Requirements can become eligible.

More information on NEST

Meet the Composer

With support from Meet the Composer, Inc., NEFA offers grants to nonprofit organizations in New England to provide interaction between New England-based composers and audiences, related to specific performances of the composer’s work.

More information on Meet the Composer/New England

New England Foundation for the Arts | 145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor | Boston | MA | 02111

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
All memberships to RI Citizens for the Arts are being matched by the RI Foundation through Sept 1st! So, your membership purchase is automatically doubled! Support a great cause, double your money and the first 100 people will be sporting very cool “Creative Corps” dog tags! http://ri4arts.org/
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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The Portsmouth Arts Guild is requesting submission of artwork for its “I Got Rhythm” show on June 7 and 8.

“I Got Rhythm” – Open Juried Show, All Media

Juried by William Vareika, William Vareika Fine Arts, Newport

Opening Reception: Friday, June 11, 6-8pm

Drop off dates: Monday, June 7, 3-6pm & Tuesday, June 8, 6:30-8:30pm

End of Show pick up dates: Monday, July 12, 3-6pm & Tuesday, July 13, 6:30-8:30pm

Entry Fee: 1 Entry – $15, $5 for each additional (non-members)

                  1 Entry – $10,  $5 for each additional (PAG members)

Maximum – 3 Entries

Cash prizes awarded to first, second, and third place winners.

All media accepted; no size  limitation. Art must be framed, wired and ready to hang. No sawtooth hangers allowed. There will be a commission of 25% on all sales.

Artwork should be dropped off at The Portsmouth Arts Guild Center For The Arts located at 2679 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI next to St. Paul’s Church. The gallery is handicap accessible. For more information visit our website at www.PortsmouthArtsGuild.org or email: info@portsmouthartsguild.org.

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