Welcome to the BVAA

Welcome to the Blackstone Valley Art Association webpage! We have been supporting arts in the Blackstone Valley since 1957. Our main gallery is in Uxbridge; we sponsor numerous shows, events, and workshops throughout the year. This website provides hundreds of pages on local art shows, art events, field trips, workshops, museum visits, and much, much more. We even have a lending library. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

Gallery and Upcoming Events

BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art Gallery
Gallery Open Mon – Sat 10am to 3pm
Photography Workshop Schedule
Carbon Copies Show – March 1-30

Sat Mar 9 – Sat Open Paint / Al Weems Flash Photography / High Key – Low Key Photography 10-3
Sat Mar 16 – Sat Open Paint / Mirror Photography / Photoshop Q&A with James Hunt 10-3
Tue Mar 19 – Monthly Meeting / Gamblin Demo 6:30pm
Thu Mar 28 – Spring Joy Show Reception at Milford TV 6-8pm

Sat Mar 30 – Series Show Submission Deadline

Mar all month – “Spring Joy” show at Milford TV Station
Mar all month – “Sharp” online show at Flickr

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Sue Dion Art Workshop

Thank you so much to Sue Dion for jumping in with barely 8 hours notice to teach a delightful workshop in both acrylics and watercolors on painting roses! She’s amazing!

Here’s a few photos from the event at our monthly meeting on March 29, 2019. She teaches at the Worcester Art Museum and at her studios in Worcester and Uxbridge.

More info: https://www.suedionart.com/

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About the BVAA

Since its inception in 1957, the Blackstone Valley Art Association has been dedicated to the advancement of the arts and preservation of the finest artistic traditions by means of exhibitions, classes, lectures, and other activities favorable to artistic expression, and to the development of friendly exchanges amongst artists and those interested in the arts.

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Meetings & Events

We meet at the BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Art Gallery at 5 South Main Street, Uxbridge on the third Tuesday of every month. We also hold regular shows, workshops, and events. Please check our BVAA Calendar for more information. Board meeting venues will be announced. All meetings start at 6:30 pm unless indicated otherwise.

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Membership

We are a friendly, supportive community of all levels of experience. We have members who are just getting started and members who have established a substantial portfolio. We all learn from each other. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced artist, we’d love to have you join us! Membership Information

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Member Gallery

BVAA members are provided with an online member webpage displaying samples of their work and their artist’s statement. If you are a new member just starting out, or are an existing member looking to expand their gallery, please come to the meeting or Contact Us to get started.

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Participate!

All the work of the Blackstone Valley Art Association is accomplished due to the selfless contributions of our membership who share their time and talents. From our board to our sustaining members, we all do our part to help each other thrive. We offer a warm thank-you to our dedicated group of creative art enthusiasts!

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Please Contact Us to learn more about our organization!


Sue Dion Art Workshop

Thank you so much to Sue Dion for jumping in with barely 8 hours notice to teach a delightful workshop in both acrylics and watercolors on painting roses! She’s amazing!

Here’s a few photos from the event at our monthly meeting on March 29, 2019. She teaches at the Worcester Art Museum and at her studios in Worcester and Uxbridge.

More info: https://www.suedionart.com/


Open Paint – Flash Photography with Al Weems – High Key Low Key Photography Sat Mar 9 2019

If you’re interested in photography, painting, drawing, and illustrating, we have the perfect Saturday lined up! It’ll be a great time with laughter, conversation, creativity, and the space to stretch out!

There are three components to our Saturday of events.

Open Paint 10am-3pm
First, for the entire day, it’s an open paint! All are welcome, including the public, family, and friends! It’s free! If the main room gets busy with photography, we have the back conference room dedicated for the painters. We have watercolors and acrylics on hand, or bring your own if you wish.

Flash Photography with Al Weems 10am-noon
The award-winning, amazingly talented Al Weems will guide us through best use of flash in photography. Bring along any flashes you have to best learn your equipment! This workshop will focus on on-camera flashes.

High Key / Low Key Photography 1-3pm
You’ve seen the images. Bright whites. Darkest blacks. Play with these extremes of photography.

If the weather is nice out, visitors can also embark on an Uxbridge sketch walk. We have the maps all ready.

When:
Saturday, March 9, 2019
10am – 3pm

Where:
BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

Our Saturdays at the gallery include an open paint session where all styles of art are warmly welcome. Whether you’re 12 or 102, whether you’re a new beginner or a seasoned artist, we would love to have you. It’s completely free to participate in the open paint. You can bring your own paints or we’ll have watercolors and brushes to share.

There is a TON of free parking immediately next to this building. It is fully and easily handicapped accessible.

BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

Feel free to show up for some or all of the day to paint. Some come for just the morning, some for the afternoon, and some for the entire time. There are several options on the same block to grab lunch if you’d like. We also bring in a pizza and those who want slices chip in a few dollars.

Our Saturday events are free, casual, relaxed, and fun! All levels are welcome.

Ask with any questions – we’d love to have you join us!

Be sure to check out the full BVAA Photography Workshop Schedule 2019!


Open Paint – Mirror Photography – Photoshop Q&A with James Hunt Sat Mar 16 2019

If you’re interested in photography, painting, drawing, and illustrating, we have the perfect Saturday lined up! It’ll be a great time with laughter, conversation, creativity, and the space to stretch out!

There are three components to our Saturday of events.

Open Paint 10am-3pm
First, for the entire day, it’s an open paint! All are welcome, including the public, family, and friends! It’s free! If the main room gets busy with photography, we have the back conference room dedicated for the painters. We have watercolors and acrylics on hand, or bring your own if you wish.

Mirror / Reflection Photography 10am-noon
Come play with mirrors and reflections! Discover fun new ways to create photos using reflections and copies of images.

Photoshop Q&A with James Hunt 1-3pm
Having trouble getting the most from Photoshop and Lightroom?  Bring in your Photoshop questions and problems for discussion with James Hunt.  James is an experienced Photoshop and Lightroom user, trained at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts.  If possible come with an image or two on a thumb drive to illustrate the issue/question.   Feel free to bring your along your laptop if you wish. James will have his laptop with the most recent releases of Photoshop and Lightroom.

If the weather is nice out, visitors can also embark on an Uxbridge sketch walk. We have the maps all ready.

When:
Saturday, March 16, 2019
10am – 3pm

Where:
BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

Our Saturdays at the gallery include an open paint session where all styles of art are warmly welcome. Whether you’re 12 or 102, whether you’re a new beginner or a seasoned artist, we would love to have you. It’s completely free to participate in the open paint. You can bring your own paints or we’ll have watercolors and brushes to share.

There is a TON of free parking immediately next to this building. It is fully and easily handicapped accessible.

BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

Feel free to show up for some or all of the day to paint. Some come for just the morning, some for the afternoon, and some for the entire time. There are several options on the same block to grab lunch if you’d like. We also bring in a pizza and those who want slices chip in a few dollars.

Our Saturday events are free, casual, relaxed, and fun! All levels are welcome.

Ask with any questions – we’d love to have you join us!

Be sure to check out the full BVAA Photography Workshop Schedule 2019!


UNCONVENTIONAL – Davis Art Gallery Call to Art

Hurrah! The Davis Art Gallery in Worcester is finally reopening after their renovations!

They’re celebrating with a new call to art. Here’s the details!

UNCONVENTIONAL

A Juried Exhibit to Reopen the Davis Art Gallery

Entry Deadline: May 13, 2019

Recycled materials, items from a hardware store, found objects, or kitchen utensils are a few examples of the many unconventional materials used to make art. UNCONVENTIONAL is an invitation to use unconventional materials and processes, as well as traditional materials in unconventional ways, to create 2D and 3D art, installations, and media. Submit your work for a chance be a part of the inaugural exhibit in the new Davis Art Gallery space.

We will select approximately 45–60 artworks that will appear in the main exhibition space at the gallery from June 7, 2019 through August 16, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019. 

https://davisartgallery.com/Upcoming-Show.aspx


Carol Arnold Oil Painting Class – March 2019

NOTE: This class will focus on still life. Bring what you’d like to paint and your light and Carol will see you there!

Oil paint has been the medium of choice for a wealth of famous painters. Leonardo da Vinci. Claude Monet. Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Paul Cezanne. There is just something spectacular about the beauty of oil paint which captures the eye and the imagination.

Whether you’re a raw beginner or an experienced painter, this oil painting class will take you to the next level. It’s full of personal hands-on advice and a warm, welcoming atmosphere!

Talented painter Carol Arnold teaches a monthly oil painting class at the BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery! Carol is a member of Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik’s Putney Painters! All levels of painters are welcomed with open arms. The focus will be on drawing, edges, values and color. These are areas which a beginner can practice and an advanced student can hone to perfection.

Carol makes these classes fun and inspiring, while supporting you to the next level of your growth!

This monthly class usually meets on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9 pm. We are experimenting with other days to see how they work.

Cost:
The maximum class size will be 10 students, to ensure plenty of hands-on time for each one.
If there are only 1 or 2 students registered for a class, the class will be cancelled.
If there are 3 or 4 students, each student pays $20/hr for the class = $60 total.
If there are 5-10 students, each student pays $15/hr for the class = $45 total.

Invite your friends! Share the news! The more students which attend, the less you pay and the more fun it is to learn from each other.

When:
Monday, March 4, 2019
6pm – 9pm

Where:
BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

There is a TON of free parking immediately next to this building. It is fully and easily handicapped accessible.

BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

This class is open to the public. It is open to all ages and to all levels of painting ability.

Please make sure you register beforehand so we know how many to expect. Carol will send you a supply list to get you started.

To register, please make sure you email: carol@carolarnoldfineart.com

To learn more about Carol Arnold and to view her painting gallery:

http://carolarnoldfineart.com/

Follow Carol on Facebook!

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BVAA Series Art Show

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring an art show which celebrates the magic of creating artwork in a series.

This show is for all BVAA members to participate in. You can submit two or three artwork items as your series. They can be related to each other in any way that you wish. It’s wholly up to you to define the theme of your series.

You can mix your artwork styles. Do one photo, one sculpture, and one watercolor painting. Explore your creativity!

When:
April 3 to May 11, 2019

Where:
BVAA / Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

There is a TON of free parking immediately next to this building. It is fully and easily handicapped accessible.

BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

Each BVAA member may exhibit up to three art items. These will be judged *as a series* (i.e. one prize for a whole group) for cash prizes. Note that because we’ve never done a series show before, you CAN submit items which you’ve submitted for judging before. This time they’ll be judged as an entire series. Also, when you submit items to this show as part of a series you CAN then submit them separately for a future show as individual items. This here is a fairly unique show in that we’re judging the art items as one coherent “group”.

Entering the Show
The entry fee for this show is $20 for up to three pieces. Note that you can’t submit just one item :). It needs to be 2 or 3 items which relate to each other. They can be presented together if you wish, as in a triptych frame.

Artwork can be any size. That being said, please contact us first if you plan on bringing anything over 20″ x 30″ in size. We need to arrange for space for those separately.

All art must be family friendly and properly wired for hanging. Our hanging system does not work with saw-tooth or triangle hangers. If you are new to preparing art for shows, read our page on How to Mat and Frame a Photo. Please also check out our Show Terms and Conditions. This includes all details including the 25% commission for any sales of exhibit artwork in the gallery. You may also choose to have your artwork listed as not for sale.

All art items which are entered are hung. There is no “pre-selection” process where some are accepted and others are rejected. If you submit artwork, and it is family-friendly and wired properly, it will be part of our show.

Some reading material:
Stephen DiRado Photography Alzheimer’s Series
January 2019 Monthly Meeting – Photography in Series

Submissions
To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. The deadline to submit your details is midnight on Saturday, March 30th, 2019. Work must be dropped off by Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at 3pm. All work which is brought in will be hung (as long as it is properly wired and is family-friendly).

We will hang the show on Wednesday April 3rd from 4-6pm. We’d love to have you join us!

Judging
Judge to be announced

Opening Reception
The opening reception for the show is Friday, April 5th, 2019 from 5-7pm. Invite family and friends – all are welcome!

Pick Up
Saturday, May 11th, 2019, from 10am to 3pm. If you aren’t able to make that, please contact us for other arrangements.

Address any questions via our BVAA Contact Information

Ask with any questions! We look forward to seeing your entries!


Open Paint – Architectural Photography – Filters in Photography Sat Feb 23 2019

If you’re interested in photography, painting, drawing, and illustrating, we have the perfect Saturday lined up! It’ll be a great time with laughter, conversation, creativity, and the space to stretch out!

There are three components to our Saturday of events.

Open Paint 10am-3pm
First, for the entire day, it’s an open paint! All are welcome, including the public, family, and friends! It’s free! If the main room gets busy with photography, we have the back conference room dedicated for the painters. We have watercolors and acrylics on hand, or bring your own if you wish.

Architectural Photography 10am-noon
How do you get a fresh, new view of buildings? What angles work best to add interest? Let’s play with architecture!

Filters Photography 1-3pm
From glass spheres to saran wrap, from wine glasses to actual filters, let’s see what taking a photo through an object can do.

If the weather is nice out, visitors can also embark on an Uxbridge sketch walk. We have the maps all ready.

When:
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019
10am – 3pm

Where:
BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

Our Saturdays at the gallery include an open paint session where all styles of art are warmly welcome. Whether you’re 12 or 102, whether you’re a new beginner or a seasoned artist, we would love to have you. It’s completely free to participate in the open paint. You can bring your own paints or we’ll have watercolors and brushes to share.

There is a TON of free parking immediately next to this building. It is fully and easily handicapped accessible.

BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

Feel free to show up for some or all of the day to paint. Some come for just the morning, some for the afternoon, and some for the entire time. There are several options on the same block to grab lunch if you’d like. We also bring in a pizza and those who want slices chip in a few dollars.

Our Saturday events are free, casual, relaxed, and fun! All levels are welcome.

Ask with any questions – we’d love to have you join us!

Be sure to check out the full BVAA Photography Workshop Schedule 2019!