Firefly Gallery Uxbridge Closing

Sad news. The Firefly Art Gallery in Uxbridge MA is closing as of Saturday, December 14th, 2019.

The final days are:

Wednesday and Thursday, 10-6

Friday and Saturday 10-5.

Everything is being sold. All art, all display units, all furniture, everything.

Please spread the word. Please stop by and say goodbye. The Firefly Gallery was a wonderful community support and we will be very sad to see it go.

https://fireflygalleryandgifts.com/


Pastel Workshop with Ella Delyanis 1/18/2020

A delightful opportunity for everyone to learn and try new techniques! The BVAA is sponsoring a fun pastel workshop with Ella Delyanis on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 from 10-3pm.

Snow date is Saturday January 25th.

LOCATION:

Due to the messy aspect of pastels, we are NOT holding this in Uxbridge with the carpet. We are holding the pastel workshop at:

Northbridge Senior Center

20 Highland St.

Whitinsville MA

COST:

FREE for members

$8 for supplies if needed

$35 for non-members with supplies if needed

SIGN UP:

Members sign up by 12/21- it will then be opened up to the community

We will max the # of attendants at 12

Contact us at info@bvaa.org to register!

Visit Ella’s site at

https://elladelyanis.com/artwork

8th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring the 8th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – this show is open to the public! All styles of cameras and cellphone images are warmly welcome!

When:
January 4 to February 21, 2020

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

Participation is open to the public. Each participant may exhibit up to two photos. These will be judged for cash prizes.

Entering the Show
The entry fee for the main show, open to all styles of photography, is $15/2 pieces for BVAA members and $20/2 pieces for non-members. The theme is wide open. You can submit a portrait, landscape, still life, abstract, seascape, you name it. Your imagination is the limit.

Photos 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 photography 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 photography for shows, read our page on How to Mat and Frame a Photo. Please also check out our Show Terms and Conditions

All photos 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. You can have your photo listed with a price for sale, or you can have it Not For Sale if you wish.

Submissions
To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. The deadline to submit is midnight on Saturday, January 4th, 2020. Work must be dropped off by Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at 3pm. All work which is brought in will be hung (as long as it is properly wired and is family-friendly).

In the past we had a separate section for film images. This year, we will have them included in the main show judging. If you do something unusual by using film cameras or unusual techniques, please let us know in the submission form. Members love to learn about those things.

For this year, our back room will have a special show curated by Michelle Benjamin and featuring clients of the Alternatives program.

We will hang the show on Wednesday January 8th.

Judging
Judge to be announced

Opening Reception
The opening reception for the show is Friday, January 10th, 2019 from 5-7pm. Invite family and friends – all are welcome!

Pick Up
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, 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!

You can see what this show is like by looking through:
7th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2019
6th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2018
5th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2017
4th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2016
3rd Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2015
2nd Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2014
1st Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2013


BVAA Holiday Party & Reception 2019

It’s that time of year! The time to celebrate!

Our Annual Holiday Party for 2019 will be held on Tuesday, December 17th from 6-9pm. We’ll start from 6:00-6:30pm with our discussion of the group’s upcoming events, and then go into the party time.

Note we are having this year’s party AT A RESTAURANT so we can fit us all. It’ll be in a private room so we can talk, laugh, and have fun!

Location
Willow Brook Restaurant
16 Hastings Street
Mendon, MA
https://willowbrookrestr.com/

Food will be buffet style so everyone can mingle, talk, and relax. Here’s what’s on the menu:

Baked haddock
Yankee pot roast
Chicken parmesan
Oven roasted potatoes
Butternut squash
Tossed salad
Rolls
Coffee
Tea

Bob Evans is bringing in a delightful decorated sheet cake for dessert!

The total cost for the evening including tip and tax and everything is $27 each. For members, the BVAA will subsidize part of the cost so that the per-person cost for members is $20 each. Please RSVP for yourself for now. Once we’re sure how many members we have attending, we’ll then open it up to guests. The guest would pay the full $27.

You can drop off cash or check at the gallery any Saturday, you can use PayPal online to info@bvaa.org, or you can snail-mail a check to:

BVAA
PO Box 136
Whitinsville, MA 01588

Please make sure to email in your reservations to us by FRIDAY DECEMBER 6th MIDNIGHT so we know what room we have for guests. Once we know the member count we’ll put out the call for guests if we still have room. Please be timely. The restaurant need time to plan out their meals!

Yankee Swap
Our BVAA Holiday Parties feature a fun Yankee Swap gift exchange. You can participate or not participate as you wish. If you’d like to join in this fun project, bring a gift-wrapped gift of $10 or less in value. The way we do it is we put all the wrapped gifts in a pile. We hand out numbers so every person gets a number. Whoever is number 1 chooses a gift, unwraps it, and shows it to the group. Person 2 then goes and unwraps a gift. They can keep it or swap it with anybody else who has a gift out. It keeps going until the end, at which point person 1 can choose anything they want. It’s a lot of fun :).

We look forward to seeing everyone!


Carol Arnold Oil Painting Class – Dec 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 Monday 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, Dec 2, 2019
6pm – 9pm

Where:
BVAA Open Sky 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:

https://carolarnoldfineart.com/

Follow Carol on Facebook!

Carol Arnold Fine Art on Facebook


Betty Havens Pet Portraits and Open Paint 12/14/2019

If you’re interested in 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! It’s all FREE!

Betty Havens will be on hand to do live pet portraits and to discuss getting pet portraits done from photos! Come and see this amazing artist in action!

Open Paint 10am-3pm
For the entire day, it’s an open paint! All are welcome, including the public, family, and friends! It’s free! We have watercolors and acrylics on hand, or bring your own if you wish.

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

When:
Saturday, December 14, 2019
10am – 3pm

Where:
BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art 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!

This Uxbridge gallery is supported in part by BVAA member dues, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and by ValleyCAST. The space use is kindly donated to us by Open Sky Community Services. Open Sky uses this space for client activities during weekdays. They allow the BVAA use of the space – and its gallery walls – on evenings and weekends.


Uxbridge First Night and and Open Paint Sat 12/7/2019

If you’re interested in 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! It’s all FREE!

This is also Uxbridge First Night celebrations! At 4:30pm the parade starts and it goes right past our gallery. There is music, food, crafts, and much, much more. There’s even fireworks at 6pm! Come out and enjoy the day!

We will have a barbershop quartet singing for us!

Open Paint 10am-8pm
For the entire day, it’s an open paint! All are welcome, including the public, family, and friends! It’s free! We have watercolors and acrylics on hand, or bring your own if you wish.

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

When:
Saturday, December 7, 2019
10am – 8pm

Where:
BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art 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!

This Uxbridge gallery is supported in part by BVAA member dues, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and by ValleyCAST. The space use is kindly donated to us by Open Sky Community Services. Open Sky uses this space for client activities during weekdays. They allow the BVAA use of the space – and its gallery walls – on evenings and weekends.

Uxbridge First Night information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/court-st-uxbridge-ma-01569-united-states/22nd-annual-uxbridge-first-night/356161578607306/


Small Shop Saturday and Open Paint Sat 11/30/2019

If you’re interested in 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! It’s all FREE!

We’ll make Christmas Cards, too!

Open Paint 10am-3pm
For the entire day, it’s an open paint! All are welcome, including the public, family, and friends! It’s free! We have watercolors and acrylics on hand, or bring your own if you wish.

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

When:
Saturday, November 30, 2019
10am – 3pm

Where:
BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art 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!

This Uxbridge gallery is supported in part by BVAA member dues, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and by ValleyCAST. The space use is kindly donated to us by Open Sky Community Services. Open Sky uses this space for client activities during weekdays. They allow the BVAA use of the space – and its gallery walls – on evenings and weekends.


BVAA Art Instructors

The Blackstone Valley Art Association has many talented art instructors in our mix. Here is a listing of the ones we know about so far. If you’re a BVAA member who teaches art and aren’t on this list yet, contact us so we can add you in!

Carol Arnold

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 Arnold Class Details

Sue Dion

Sue Dion has done workshops for the BVAA in the past. Her gallery space is right down the street from us in Uxbridge. She teaches watercolors, acrylics, oils, and other media.

Sue Dion Class Details

Bonnie Frederico

Bonnie teaches classes in a variety of topics – colored pencil, pen and ink drawings, canvas paintings, mixed media, furniture painting, and more. She is based in Grafton at SellarShop.

Bonnie Frederico Class Details

Libia Goncalves

Libia has two studios – one in Milford and one in Whitinsville. Her art classes are called “DColorex”. Dcolorex brings you realistic  fine art ideas for everybody, here you will find preschoolers’ first strokes, children’s art,  teens and  adult’s  projects. Learn to see, to mix and apply color. Strengthen your skills, and amaze yourself with a masterpiece at DColorex.   

Libia Goncalves Class Details

Scott Nelson

Scott is a talented illustrator and painter. He teaches drawing classes at the Worcester Art Museum and has illustrated many area children’s books.

Scott Nelson Class Details

Michelle St. Pierre

Michelle teaches a variety of classes in drawing and painting at the Firefly Gallery in Uxbridge. It’s right around the corner from our BVAA gallery. Check out the schedule and sign up!

Michelle St. Pierre Class Details

If you’re a BVAA member who isn’t listed yet, let us know!

I’ll add a gallery of the instructors’ featured paintings here soon, once I hear from them what they want to showcase.


4th Annual Art-Poetry Pairing 2020 – How It Works

This is our fourth annual art-poetry show! This page here explains how the show works, for the artists and poets who are interested in participating.

The show is a “traveling” show which will be at the Blackstone Library in March 2020 and then the Millbury Barnes & Noble in April 2020. In previous years we had been at the Worcester Public Library to start in February, but they are undergoing renovations. If you have any thoughts as to where we could be in February, please let us know.

The artists are drawn from our Blackstone Valley Art Association. The poets are drawn from the Sutton Writing Group and the Worcester Writers Collaborative.

Anyone interested in participating please let Lisa know by MONDAY OCTOBER 28 2019 of that interest. Let her know if you prefer a partner you can meet in person or if you prefer to work remotely, staying in touch via email.

Soon after that, each artist is paired with a poet. They form a team for the duration of this project.

Sometime before December 1, 2019, the poet provides the artist with a poem. The poem can be custom-written for this project or it can be a favorite the artist already has written. The poem will be hung in the show on a maximum size of 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper so it should be short enough to fit on that paper at a reasonably sized font. With that being said, the poem can otherwise be as short or as long as the poet desires. It can be a short haiku or a long sonnet.

The artist now has until January 31, 2020 to create a work of art that represents that poem. The art can be a literal interpretation. It can convey the emotion of the poem. It can focus on one aspect of the poem. It is up to the artist to choose how to present their interpretation. That pairing of poem-plus-artwork will be hung side by side at the show.

In parallel:

Sometime before December 1, 2019, the artist provides the poet with a piece of art (a JPG photo of it is fine). Again, the artwork can be custom-created for this project or it can be an existing favorite.

The poet now has until January 31, 2020 to write a poem based on that piece of art. The poem does not need to literally describe the artwork. It can convey an emotion. It can create a story based on the scene. It can be whatever the poet wishes. Again, the poem will be hung in the show on a maximum size of 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper so it should be short enough to fit on that paper at a reasonably sized font. With that being said, the poem can otherwise be as short or as long as the poet desires. It can be a short haiku or a long sonnet.

When each poem and artwork is complete (both in the first and second round), please also send a copy to Lisa so she can work on the Tetris-like logistics of seeing what will fit where. For art, let her know the dimensions of the piece when you send the JPG.

Here are the pairings from previous years to see how this works:
2017 Art-Poetry Show
2018 Art-Poetry Show
2019 Art-Poetry Show

Since we are not restricted in size this year by the Worcester Library cases, our size restriction is primarily the Blackstone Library cases. Half of the artwork needs to go in the cases there while the other half can hang on the wall. Lisa will coordinate who will go where once we determine the pairings. We’ll try to ensure that people who “went small” in previous years to fit the space constraints have the opportunity to “go large” this year if they wish.

If anybody has any questions or comments, please let Lisa know. Let her know if you’re interested in participating! You can participate just as one half (i.e. just an artist or just a poet) or as both halves.

My current roster is:

Poets
Christine Beauchaine
Michelle Benjamin
Linda DeFeudis
Richard Dresden
Sarah Beth Guimond
Daria Hamelin
Andrea Lettic
Madeline Poitras
Sheryl Kimball
Kara Emily Krantz
Luke MacNeil
Nasim Mansuri
S. M. Nevermore
Jane Nozzolillo
Evan Plante
Malt Schlitzman
Lisa Shea
Charles Smith
Trisha Wooldridge

Artists
Christine Beauchaine
Laura Cenedella
Linda DeFeudis
Bob Evans
Holly Fabbricotti
Young Farwell
Sarah Beth Guimond
Daria Hamelin
Sheryl Kimball
Kara Emily Krantz
Jennifer MacNeil
Luke MacNeil
Carole Plante
Madeline Poitras
Lynne Randolph
Malt Schlitzman
Pam Siderewicz
Lisa Shea
Dennis Smith

Let me know if you’re interested in joining us! Last call is Monday, October 28th, 2019 at midnight EST!

Enjoy!