Portsmouth’s Freaks and Artists Guild looks to showcase Seacoast art

Portsmouth’s Freaks and Artists Guild looks to showcase Seacoast art

PORTSMOUTH — What happens when a writer, a tarot card reader, a producer and a baker walk into Prescott Park?

There’s no punchline to follow, only a shared desire to expand Portsmouth’s creative community and offer spaces for multiple mediums to flourish.

Jeff Deck, Kate Sheridan, Emerson Onosko and Jaden Johnson are co-founders of a grassroots artistic organization called the Freaks and Artists Guild.

A mission statement for the group lays out intent, calling its co-founders and future members of the Guild “a group of friends, a collective of artists, and a platform to amplify one another’s creative work.”

“The goal of the Freaks and Artists Guild is to provide resources and community for creative folks in the Seacoast,” the mission statement reads. “Offering workshops, events, and peer support the Guild seeks to be a home for inspiration and connection- and a place to simply BE.”

Portsmouth’s Freaks and Artists Guild looks to showcase Seacoast art

The group of four first met at the Book & Bar in downtown Portsmouth two summers ago. Onosko said the group originated during the early days of the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, evolving into Zoom meetings to float ideas around before the group held its first public meeting at Prescott Park on Tuesday, June 29. About 15 people showed up, surpassing group expectations and adding new individuals into the mix, including an herbalist, a humorist, a cyclist and a weaver.