Thursday, August 31, 2006

St. Paul's Parish Hall is new home for Portsmouth Arts Guild

We signed our agreement with the Arts Guild last week at the PAG members meeting in the parish house. We thank God for opening this opportunity to us, and pray that we grow in this partnership with grace and abundance. Also, we thank all of you who have shared in the conversation that led to this agreement. Further information on our exciting new partnership is provided below.
Aug. 16, 2006: For immediate release

The Portsmouth Arts Guild, which has been in search of a permanent home since its founding in January 2003, has found a home in the parish hall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2679 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI.

In an agreement signed yesterday with the senior warden of St. Paul's vestry, The Portsmouth Arts Guild will occupy the 19th-century parish hall for exhibitions, lectures and meetings, and art classes and workshops. St. Paul's will continue to use the space for weddings, funerals, and its other usual gatherings, and groups such as AA will continue to meet there. The church itself, adjacent to the parish hall, where two masses are celebrated every Sunday, will also be available to the Arts Guild at other times for poetry readings, musical and theatrical performances.

The parish hall provides some 1,200 square feet of gallery and meeting space, plus a kitchen and basement area suitable for art classes and workshops.

"This is definitely a win-win," said Guild president Eric Broudy. "The church has acquired a partner who, like them, has a real interest in improving life in the community, and the Guild for the first time has its own space for art shows, meetings and classes. And the parish hall is ideal for a community arts center; it's centrally located, with parking and handicapped access."

"It warms my heart to envision a lively arts center in this same space that holds our parish gatherings and events," added Linda Remington, senior warden at St. Paul's and new Arts Guild member. "Creative expression and viewing artists' work are both so inspiring - how perfect. I'm very excited by what this partnership will bring to our parish and community."

The Guild hopes to inaugurate its new space with an open, juried show in the late fall, Broudy said. "We have some work to do first to transform a meeting hall into a proper gallery, but we're optimistic that working together we'll be ready for a show in the fall."

The Portsmouth Arts Guild has 100-plus members, nearly all of whom are artists working in oils, watercolor, pastels, mixed media, photography, fiber arts, ceramics, sculpture, wood carving, and print making. About half are Portsmouth residents, with most others coming from the surrounding towns of Tiverton, Middletown, Newport, Barrington, Bristol and North Kingston.

St. Paul's Episcopal church was founded in the summer of 1833, built by parishioners between September and December, with the first service held on Christmas Day of that year. The little church has always been deeply-rooted in the Portsmouth community.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Urn Garden Dedication

We had a very nice visit last Sunday with the Reverend David Jenkins, rector at St. Paul's from 1961 to 1969. Following the 10:00 service, in a ceremony led by Jr. Warden Priscilla Harrison Bates, we dedicated our new Urn Garden to Fr. Dave. Afterwards we enjoyed a potluck brunch, listening to stories about St. Paul's in the 1960s and sharing visions of St. Paul's in the 21st century.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Saint Anthony's Parade

This year marks the return of Saint Paul's parishioners as active participants in the colorful parade that is a part of the Saint Anthony's Feast held by our neighbors at Saint Anthony's Catholic Church. This year's Feast is the 78th such celebration held by Saint Anthony's.

Thursday, July 6, 2006


Early morning rain gave way to partial clouds then sunshine for our car wash today at Clement's Market to support CARE and OXFAM, humanitarian organizations working to end global poverty. We are especially thankful for the efforts of our guests from Landmark Volunteers whose hard work among the suds helped make our day a success.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Peter Harris Memorial Service

Peter Harris Memorial Service: A memorial service was celebrated Saturday, April 29, 2006 in memory of Peter H. E. Harris, former senior warden, and forever a member of St. Paul's parish family.

Before the service, a delegation of local Masons honored Peter's memory with a Masonic Memorial Service of readings and responses.

The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by The Reverend Hebert W. Bolles, assisted on the altar by The Reverend Deacon Ann D. Pelletier, Linda Remington and Scott Sherman. Marilyn Hambly and Sara Oliveira provided the music along with a small but beautiful choir of friends/performing hymns chosen by Peter.

After the service all adjourned to the recently restored Lady Garden for a dedication of that place where Peter had worked faithfully and well for so many years. Many were wiping their tears as Peter's wife Peggy unveiled the new stone and read the following inscription:


Afterward, all walked to the parish house for a feast prepared by Shirley and Tom Sylvia and family. It provided an opportunity for family and friends of Peter to meet and share their memories. It was a beautiful ceremony and a spectacular day. Peter would have smiled.