Events and Shows

Events & Shows

Spring Open Juried Show: Surface Matters

April 28 through Sunday, May 6, 10 am to 4 pm.
Opening reception: Friday, April 27, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Prizes Awarded at 6:30 pm.
Westport Art Group, 1740 Main Road, Westport Point, MA 02748

*Call to Artists*

Surface Matters: Artists are invited to focus on the concept of surface with a unique and personal interpretation of the subject, expressed but not limited to any one aspect of its possibilities as well in the physicality of the artwork itself.

Open to all New England artists working in 2D and 3D artwork: Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastel, Photography, Mixed Media (encaustic, photography and painting, artwork with more than one medium applied), Collage (assemblage of different forms), Prints (one of a kind, hand pulled) and Digitally Assisted art. No Giclée reproductions.

For details, please read the Prospectus: Spring_Show_2018_Prospectus

Intake form: Spring_Show_2018_IntakeForm

Drop off dates are Tuesday, April 24, 4 – 6 pm and Wednesday, April 25, 9 am – 12 Noon.

Our judge for this year’s spring show, Surface Matters, is award winning, local artist Dora Atwater Millikin. Dora holds two BFAs from Tulane University and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and is a painting teacher at the Providence Art Club.

Dora’s work concentrates on coastal New England scenery with an emphasis on the gritty industrial aspects of the fishing industry and the increasingly more urban nature of local towns. She has been the recipient of Edwin Gould Foundation Award, the John Stobart Fellowship Award and the Joseph Hartley Memorial Award, among many others.

Dora currently participates in local and national competitions and exhibitions. Her Westport studio is always open by appointment. Dora was intrigued by our theme focusing on surfaces. As a painting teacher the subject is a fundamental part of her syllabus and an area students often overlook in the painting process. We are excited to have her expertise!

Westport Meets Newport

WAG Artists will be exhibiting for the month of May at the Spring Bull Gallery in Newport, RI. See details in the Prospectus. (Deadline now past, no more entries accepted.) SpringBull_Prospectus May 2018

WAG Artists exhibiting are Mary Benefiel, Mary Benton, Janet Dubuc, Sarah Desjardins, Janet Gendreau, Heide Hallemeier, Barbara Healy, Sarah Miquelle, Jennifer O’Keefe, Sue Prideaux, Alice Shire, Sharlie Sudduth, and Jacklyn William.

From the Spring Bull Gallery Website:
The Westport Art Group
Exhibit Dates: May 5 – May 31, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday May 5, 2018 5-7 PM
Gallery Night: Thursday, May 10, 2018 5-8 PM

This May, Spring Bull Gallery is proud to feature artists from the Westport Art Group organization with an opening reception on Saturday, May 5th from 5–7 pm, to which the public is invited. From its start, with small a group of dedicated visual artists in 1956, the Westport Art Group has grown to be a vibrant, community organization of members from the southern coast of MA and RI. Their mission is to encourage and support the appreciation of the arts and crafts through exhibitions, workshops and classes in a variety of mediums. The Westport Art Group also sponsors a scholarships fund for students in the area. Please come and enjoy this group of artist representing such a dynamic organization. The Westport Meets Newport exhibit runs May 5, 2018 – May 31, 2018. During Gallery Night in Newport Thursday May 10th we will have a painting demonstration from one of Spring Bull Gallery members.

River Day, Westport River Watershed Alliance

June 9, 10 am – 3 pm at the Head of Westport

The Westport Art Group will participate with a booth for Kids’ Art Camp sign-ups, if space is still available, and an exhibition of artwork by WAG members. For questions, contact Bruce Hubbard at

63rd Annual Summer Community Show
Fine Arts and Crafts by Westport Art Group Artists

Saturday, August 4 through Sunday, August 12, 10 am to 4 pm.
Opening Reception: Friday, August 3, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Westport Art Group, 1740 Main Road, Westport Point, MA 02748

The Annual Summer Community Show is a much-loved event featuring fine art and crafts created by member artists. Please join us and see for yourself what talent we have right here on the South Coast! 

Small Painting Raffle
As in years past, we will have raffle tickets available for purchase for chances to win a small painting of your choice. Place your chances on one particular painting, or distribute them to a few! All the raffle paintings will be displayed at the show.

The Raffle Drawing is on Sunday, August 12 at 3 PM. Prizes may be picked-up at the close of the exhibition on Sunday, August 12 until 5 PM, on Monday, August 13, 5 PM to 6 PM or on Wednesday, August 15, 9 AM – 3 PM.

South Coast Artists Open Studio Tours | Participation at the Westport Art Group

*Call to Artists*

SCA features two open studio tour weekends, July 21-22 and August 18-19, 2018.  The 2018 Tours mark the Fifteenth Annual South Coast Artists Open Studio Tours. The Westport Art Group offers eight spaces in July and eight spaces in August for WAG artists that would like to participate. Fee to WAG: $50. 

Download: 2018SCA_WAG_form 

If you are interested in participating, please download and complete the form and return it to WAG as soon as possible at: PO 157, Main Road, Westport Point, MA 02791. For questions contact Nancy Nagle: or

• Deadline to submit form: April 1, 2018. If there are more participants than places (8 for each Tour), a lottery will be held. If not selected, the $50 fee will be refunded.
• Please request a place for one tour only, July or August. You must participate both days of the weekend tour. Set up is on Friday afternoon. Participants are responsible to set up and take down their own art display.
• Westport Art Group membership is required, as is South Coast Artists membership. To join WAG, please see Join WAG. To join South Coast Artists, go to

The Periwinkle Shop

We have carved out space at WAG to revive The Periwinkle Shop, now open during classes and by appointment at 1740 Main Road, Westport Point, MA.

The original Periwinkle Shop was in operation from 1966 to 1972, April through September. WAG members sold handcrafted items and artwork. Volunteers staffed the small store, located across from the Westport Point post office.

Member Artists and Artisans are invited to sell their artwork in the shop. Contact WAG at if you are interested in adding your artwork or handcrafted items to the shop.