Happy Autumn Equinox

Autumn is a season for counting our blessings. For realizing just how much we have in life where so many others are without. It can often be easy to take things for granted. Things which millions of people desperately dream of having. By pausing for a moment, and looking around with mindfulness, we can find a new center. Begin with fresh energy.

Artwork takes us on this journey of appreciating the beauty in every day. The shimmering violet of a flower’s petal. The rich glow of autumn foliage. The masterpiece of a luminous sunset.

Poetry shimmers with vision. The delicate parasol of Queen Anne’s lace. The coy flirtations of a luminous moon. The charcoal tears of raindrops in dust.

Fiction draws us in to worlds which could easily be our own. A grandmother whose memories gambol and fade. A woman who relives the fears of a long-distant past. A young man who treasures every day he has left to him.

Non-Fiction invites us into a fellow traveler’s world. A woman meets her adopted daughter for the first time. A brother comes to terms with the untimely passing of a beloved sister. A woman’s life takes a detour which strengthens her courage. A young girl survives a tragic accident and realizes she’s lucky to be alive.

We are all on this big blue marble for the fleetest of moments. A few whirls around a star and our journey is complete. There is so much to treasure in every day. There are so many fellow humans we can gently touch and lift up. If only with a smile – if only with a kind word.


Enjoy our latest issue of our Mused Literary Review –


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BVAA Winners at the 2017 Hopedale Art Show

We had a great year at the 2017 Hopedale Art Show. First, we had two of our members win Purchase Prize awards. Only three were awarded in total so that was pretty amazing!

Don Iacovelli

Beverly Tinklenberg

And then we won a collection of awards as well!

Libia Goncalves

Judy Belben

Deb Bottomley

Bob See

Elizabeth Havens

Deb Bottomley

The full list of winners for the 2017 Hopedale Art Show:

Acrylics / Oils
1 – Raymond Andreotti / Summer Cool
2 – Jennene Pasquarosa / A Look Away
3 – Elizabeth Havens / Watercolor

1 – Raymond Andreotti / Lobster Work
2 – Merilyn Rocks / Gentle Falls County Kildare, Ireland
3 – Deborah Bottomley / Buoy House
HM – Lisa Bailey / Preparation

1 – Beth Hoffer / Dory
2 – Judy Belben / The Eagle US Coast Guard Tall Ship
3 – Bob See / Resting
HM – Wilma Manning / Cape Cod at Dusk

Mixed Media
1 – Libia Goncalves / Iguana
2 – Deborah Bottomley / Follow Me (Pastel)
3 – Karina James / A Day at the Beach

BVAA Third Annual Macabre Show

Muffled by Lisa Shea

Halloween has us explore the darker side of artwork. The unsettling. The shadowy. The Blackstone Valley Art Association is holding their third annual Macabre show. This will be a short pop-up show for the weekend of Friday, October 27th through Sunday, October 29th.

The show is held at the Alternatives’ Community Gallery, 5 South Main Street, Uxbridge, MA.

Submit using our online form – BVAA Online Submission Form – you can submit up to three pieces. The deadline to submit is Monday, October 23rd, 2017 at midnight EST.

Drop Off of Works:
Drop off at the Uxbridge Gallery is from Monday, October 23rd through Friday, October 27th from 10am to 3pm. Note that all hanging works need to be properly wired.

The show will be hung Friday evening at 4pm.

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 27th, 2017
food and drink provided, prizes will be awarded
all are welcome!

Exhibit Ends:
Sunday, October 29th, 2017
Pickup is Monday, October 30 through Wednesday, November 1st from 10am to 3pm.

Volunteers Needed
The BVAA is run by volunteers – please lend a hand! We need volunteers for the following activities:
* Hang the show
* Host the reception
* Take it down

Let us know on your submission form how you’re able to help out.

There is a 20% commission on sales which goes to support the gallery itself.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

BVAA Online Submission Form

Light Painting Workshop – Oct 19 2017

Come join us on October 19, 2017 for a free, fun light painting workshop!

Uxbridge Alternatives Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA

6-9pm (it’s fine to show up late if you need to)

What is light painting? Simply put, you put your camera on a tripod and then leave the shutter open for a period of time. You dance around in front of it with a light source. This can be a flashlight, a sparkler, a laser pointer, or something more artistic like a Pixel Stick.


The Pixel Stick can be preloaded with ribbon designs and even shapes and logos. If you have a particular image you’d like to have on the Pixel Stick, contact us before the event and we’ll see if we can do that.

What you’ll need to bring is any camera which has a “T” Time option. The camera needs to be able to have its shutter open for a period of time. Most smartphones won’t do this – they just take a snapshot and are done. So if you don’t have a camera with a T option, ask friends and family to see if you can borrow one.

Please be sure to use our online registration form to reserve your space!

BVAA Online Registration Form

Here’s a few more light painting images.

In this one, the lights were stationary on trees and it was the camera which was moved. This is an alternate style of light painting.

Joy of Art – Call to Artists 2017

The Scantic River Artists are hosting a juried show “Joy of Art”!

Dates: October 14-15, 2017

Hampden Senior Center
104 Allen Street
Hampden MA

They are accepting a variety of art styles from watercolor, oil, and acrylic to photography, pastel, and sculpture.

Entry fees are $25 or one or $35 for up to 3. You bring the money when you bring your art in for drop-off.

They take a 10% commission.

Drop-off is:

Sept 21 5-7pm
Sept 22 9-3pm
Sept 23 10-noon

Note that they do NOT hang everything brought in. If your work is not accepted, you pick it back up again on Oct 6-7 from 9-3.

The reception is October 14th from 12-2pm.

More details:

For the Birds Call to Art

For The Birds – a Call to Art from the Monson Arts Council

September 23rd & 24th, 2017
House of Art
200 Main Street
Monson, MA 01057


Bring Your Favorite Bird Photos, Paintings, Sculpture to House of Art – 8:30 – 11am, 200 Main Street, Monson, MA. All work should be wired to hang safely.

Sign up for our Popup Bird Show – $5 Registration Fee for up to 3 entries. Work will be hung immediately for show that weekend. All work entered will be hung. You may offer your work for sale. 20% of all sales will go to Monson Arts Council.

A sign up form may be downloaded here. It also contains ID tags (below) to fill out for placement on the wall with your work.

Show will open on Saturday, September 23rd from 2- 5pm. Potluck – Appetizers – Party/Reception Will be Held on Sunday, September 24 from Noon – 5pm.

Prize Winners Selected by a noted local artist will be recognized with ribbons Prizes: First Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and Honorable Mentions will be awarded. Ribbons will be awarded (no monetary award.)

Following the party, entrants will take their work home: 5-6pm.

Entry Fees

The entry fee is $5.00 for up to three (3) works. Checks should be payable to Monson Arts Council. Entry fees are non-refundable UNLESS we receive work after our exhibition space is full.

Mailed in Entry Forms: – Complete your form and mail with your check to:

MAC Art Show
c/o Tim Denney
94 Lakeside Drive
Monson, MA 01057

Online form and full details:

For the Birds by the MAS

BVAA Members in the Davis Abstract Show 2017

The Blackstone Valley Art Association loves to support the Davis Art Gallery in Worcester, Massachusetts.

In fall 2017 the Davis Gallery is holding their abstract show, and five BVAA members were accepted in to it!

Show: Nonobjective NOW: New England Artists Explore Abstraction
Dates: September 22, 2017 through January 5, 2018

Here are their works.

Carol Frieswick:

Lisa Shea / Cyanotype Grid:

Lisa’s Artist’s Statement (PDF)

Mike Zeis / taken at junk yard in Connecticut

Mike’s Artist’s Statement

Joanne Zeis / taken during BVAA street photography / night photography trip to Cambridge

Dennis Smith Broken Schools:

Let us know if anybody else from the BVAA is part of this show!

The opening reception for it is Friday, September 22nd, 2017 from 5-7pm.


Sept 2017 – Mixed Media: Painting with Permanent Ink and Watercolor

Our September 2017 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19th from 6:30-9pm at the Uxbridge Community Gallery, 5 South Main Street, Uxbridge, MA.

This meeting and workshop is open to the public.

The topic of this hands-on workshop is:

Mixed Media: Painting with Permanent Ink and Watercolor
Instructor: Kris Occhino

Here are the examples of the style of the images we will be creating. The one on the right is the actual image we’ll be doing.

Here’s Kris’s bio:

Kris Occhino Biography (PDF)

Here’s the supplies we will be working with:

• Waterproof black ink. Such as: Yasumoto waterproof liquid sumi ink, Higgins waterproof Black magic ink. Cheapjoes.com
• Pen to dip in ink OR whittle the end of a stick to a point. I like this option best.
• Watercolor paints*, brushes, palette, roll of paper towels, two plastic containers for water.
• 11” x 15” sheet of Arches 140 lb. cold-press or rough paper. (Quarter sheet.)
• Board to attach your watercolor paper to. I use a ½” thick Gatorboard. Cheapjoes.com or see your framer.
• Roll 1” wide white artist’s tape to tape paper to board OR binder clips to clip paper to board.

* Paint colors: Quinacridone Gold (or raw sienna) , Quinacridone Burnt Orange (or burnt sienna), Cadmium Yellow Light Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson (or Quinacridone Rose), French Ultramarine Blue, Winsor Blue Red Shade (Thalo Blue).

SUPPLY NOTE: If you have your own supplies, that’s great! If you don’t, we will have supplies available for you at the workshop. Just be sure to indicate on the registration form whether you need supplies or not.


Preparing For the Workshop

Here’s the four images which, when connected together, create the final version.

Click on each one for a full-sized version to save to your hard drive and then print. Once all four are printed, cut each one out and tape the center and edges together. Use a 2B pencil to trace the major shapes of the image with tracing paper. Transfer the line drawing onto a quarter sheet of Arches 140 lb. cold-press or 140 lb. rough paper.

There are three different ways you could transfer the line drawing to the 140lb paper.

1) If you have some, use carbon tracing paper. Be sure to use carbon NOT colored transfer paper. The colored stuff is waxy and will act as a resist.
2) If you have one, you could use a light box. Put your 140lb plain paper on top of the image and both on the light box. You’ll be able to see the lines through the paper.
3) The cheap way – simply tape the 140lb paper on top of your line drawing onto a sunny window. Use the sunlight to let you see what to trace.

PREPARATION NOTE: We realize some people will find this stage challenging, if they’ve never done this before. If you’re just not able to create a line drawing on a 140lb sheet of paper, don’t worry. We will have line drawings available at the workshop for people to start from. Please just let us know on the registration form if you’ll need help with this step. It’s fine to say you’ll attempt it and then to email us later to let us know if your attempt was successful or not :). We want to ensure all levels of artists are able to participate!

Please use our online registration form to let us know you’re attending:

BVAA Registration Form

Here’s an example tracing done by Donna Manley, to show one way to do the tracing.

Yankee Xpress Rose Photo Winners

For the summer months of 2017 the Yankee Xpress and Blackstone Valley Xpress ran a contest for the very best rose photos.

Out of the four winners, two of them were BVAA members!

Here is Mike Zeis’s winning submission. Note that this is NOT a digital photo altered via Photoshop!

The original was taken with a medium-format (120) Bronica camera. He then scanned that film image into his computer. Then printed it, in reverse, onto wax paper, using an ink jet printer. Finally he pushed the inked wax paper page onto a damp piece of watercolor paper.

Talk about an artist!

He reports: “Now I consider the original to be a transitory image, ’cause the ink jet transfer is the finished piece.”

Here are others Mike has done:


Carol Dandrade also was chosen as a winner with her lovely entry.

Kudos to both!

Rose Contest Details

You can see the full newspaper with the winners on page 15 here –

Yankee Xpress September Issue

Quilting Picture-Making Class – Sept 27 2017

Have you always wanted to be creative with fabric? Come join us on Friday, September 27th! Talented quilter Muriel Funka will guide you through creating your own fabric work of art.

The “Bits and Pieces ” quilting picture making class will be held September 27th, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm.  Participants will create a picture – either landscape or floral – out of fabric bits! We’ll start with small pieces of varied-colored material which we’ll then cut into bits. Those bits are then placed on a backing in such a fashion as to paint a picture.

Two examples of this art form can be seen at the present show at the Alternatives Community Gallery.  They are titled “Summer” and “Fall”.

You can see the artworks more clearly in this video walkthrough of the show –

There is a $25 fee for materials to attend this class. Pre-registration is required by Sunday, September 24th, 2017. To register, use our BVAA Event Registration Form to fill in your details.

Feel free to ask us with any questions!