The Blackstone Valley Art Association is a creative non-profit organization. The team which guides our community shares their time and energy for the love of our group! We would be delighted to have you join us. It is rewarding, fun, and energizing!
Officers and board members are voted on by our members at each May Annual Meeting. An officer’s term is one year – it runs from September through the following August. A board member’s term is a three year term. Officers and board members answer the firstname.lastname@example.org email and brainstorm ideas about upcoming events. Every three months, they meet at the Uxbridge gallery to think up ideas for events and outings for the coming season. It’s a lot of fun!
Here are our current elected officers and board members!
Bob Evans – President
As president, Bob is the captain of our ship. The leader of our pack. He sees the big picture and balances our time, energy, and creative passions. He’s also a talented artist, photographer, and inventor who is just as comfortable designing our amazing tech window display as he is running courses on advanced Photoshop. And when there’s a Street Photography field trip, he has no problem at all diving face-first into the snow to give the participants the shot of a lifetime.
Lisa Shea – Vice President
Lisa is eclectic. Creative. She adores trying new things and stretching the boundaries. If it’s out of the ordinary, like red scale photography or bicycle gear cyanotypes, Lisa dives into it. She loves coming up with out-of-the-box ideas for our Saturday workshops. Lisa sends out the weekly newsletters – if you’ve got something to share in them, let her know!
Carol Frieswick – Treasurer
The Blackstone Valley Art Association has been around for a full sixty years! That’s an amazing wealth of history and tradition in our group. Carol Frieswick is the one who makes sure we’ll be around for another sixty years. She maps out our monthly workshops and makes sure we can pay all the instructors while having enough for artwork supplies, reception costs, and all the myriad of other things which are involved in running an organization like ours. It’s thanks to Carol’s tireless efforts that our group flows so smoothly!
Carol Frieswick Artist on Facebook
Pam Siderewicz – Board Member
Past President and Show Committee Head
Pam led our group for many years and understands all aspects of what makes the BVAA such an amazing organization. She has seen the group upgrade from meeting in a tiny conference room, to a larger meeting area, to now where we have our very own gallery to call our home. Pam is also the Keeper of the Panels. She’s donating her garage space to organizing and holding all of our panel and hanging gear. We appreciate it greatly!
Term – Sept 2016 to Aug 2019
Pam Siderewicz on Facebook
Muriel Funka – Board Member
Art Quilter Extraordinare
Muriel has been with the BVAA for many years. She’s participated in quite a number of shows and was a key part of our Grafton Common Art Gallery which popped up for six weeks in 2017. She is fluent in all aspects of selling art and also teaches delightful workshops on fabric arts.
Muriel Funka on Facebook
Karen Pendleton – Board Member
If you go to one of our shows and see a selection of black and white ink drawings of beautiful animals, chances are you’re experiencing the talents of Karen Pendleton. Karen has been with our group for many years and is a delight. She’s warm, friendly, and always willing to lend a hand or offer helpful suggestions.
Karen Pendleton’s BVAA Gallery
Marie Cafferty – Board Member
Painter of Comfort
Marie Cafferty brings a warm smile to every event. She’s another one of our long term members who we treasure dearly. Marie even offers her house up as a field trip location in the winter, so we can take photography of the ice fishermen on the pond near her home.
Marie Cafferty’s BVAA Gallery
In addition, we also would like to celebrate a special member!
Ann Wagstaff – Hostess Chair
Provider of Hospitality
Public receptions are the highlight of every show. It’s where the artists, visitors, family, and friends get to mingle and appreciate the efforts of all involved. The food, drink, and decor all enhance that greatly! Ann, with her team, pulls this off. They coordinate the theme and create an event we remember for months. Thank you to Ann for watching over our parties – and thank you to everyone who brings in fascinating appetizers and desserts for us to appreciate!
Are you interested in joining our team? We’d love to hear from you!