2018 Alternatives Palette Show Reception!

It’s coming up! This Friday, March 9th from 4:30 to 7:30pm – it’s the 6th annual 2018 Alternatives Palette Show!

Come on out, meet the artists, and explore the fantastic creativity!

The Heritage Gallery at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill
50 Douglas Rd
Whitinsville, MA

Show details:

2018 Alternatives Palette Show

Past show details:

2017 Palette Show Photos
2016 Palette Show Photos
2015 Palette Show Photos
2014 Palette Show Photos

Claflin Hill Iberian Legends Art Show – March 3 2018

The Claflin Hill Symphony plays a show “Iberian Legends” on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018. The venue is the Milford Town Hall. The Blackstone Valley Art Association provides the art!

The show is now live and waiting for its audience! Here’s a preview of the lovely art showcased here. We’ve got a lot of owls, for the owl-loving visitors out there!

To learn more about any artist, or to ask for information about buying a piece, just comment here and we’ll help out!

For more details about this show visit Claflin Hill Iberian Legends Show

2018 Art-Poetry Show at the Blackstone Public Library

Our 2018 Art-Poetry Show is now live at the Blackstone Public Library! It is live there for the month of March. Come on out and see it in person! The artist’s reception is Saturday, March 17th from 12 noon to 2pm. All are warmly invited to attend!

Thank you so much to Donna Manley and Mike Zeis for helping with the setup and hanging of this show at the Blackstone Library.

Information about the show in general:

2018 BVAA Art-Poetry Show

Photos of the show at the Blackstone Public Library. There are wall-hanging items in their main meeting room, and shelf-sitting items in a large case in the main lobby:

Blackstone Public Library
86 Main Street
Blackstone, MA


CANCELLED – Carol Arnold Constructive Advice and Critique – March 2018

Image by Carol Arnold


Looking to get individual help tweaking your painting, drawing, or illustration so it shines? Want that personal suggestion that will bring your work up to the next level? Carol Arnold has exactly what you need! She provides gentle, personal, supportive ideas for your artwork to help you polish and hone it.

Carol Arnold is an award-winning member of Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik’s Putney Painters. She offers this monthly critique session at the Uxbridge Gallery on the 1st Monday of each month. The session starts at 6:30pm and runs until all works are fully discussed. You can bring in 2-3 pieces of work in progress for a learning critique.

The critique opportunity is open to the public. There is a $5 fee to have your works reviewed. You can have this done wholly in private – we have a conference room where you can meet with Carol alone to discuss your work at length. Carol can assist with watercolors, acrylics, oil paintings, pen-and-ink drawings, illustrations, you name it!

Monday, March 5th, 2018
6:30pm – until done

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

The cost of the workshop is $5 for 2-3 paintings. It is open to the public. Please make sure you register beforehand so we know how many to expect.

BVAA Online Registration Form

The featured artist for this workshop is Carol Arnold.


Open Paint Session – Sat March 3 2018

Explore your creativity! Come join us for an open paint session. Come and go whenever you wish in the 10am to 3pm time period. Bring your own supplies or we’ll have watercolors available for those without. It’s fine to bring a snack if you want. There’s food options right next door, too.

If you’re able to come between 10am and 1pm, Carol Frieswick will be working on creating a color chart. This is where you create a visual reference of all your paint combinations, to know what shades they make. Here is an example done with watercolors. For watercolors you use a brush and your favorite colors.

Watercolor Color Chart

Carol says for acrylics and oils: Supplies- small pallet knife, the colors you use most often plus white, I’m using a pad of canvas paper, but they suggest pieces of gator board or something sturdy that will last you a long while. I don’t have a long while left to paint, so I’m going for convenience. I will put them in a 3-ring binder. To see the importance of doing them and the how to, watch the YouTube video — Making color charts by Thomas Baker. I will bring my Alla Prima Book so we can have something to compare our colors with.

If you’d like to make your own color chart, too, that’s fine. If you’d rather just paint, that’s great, too! Get feedback and encouragement! Teens and up welcome!

Saturday March 3rd, 2018
10am – 3pm

BVAA Alternatives 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

This fascinating creative adventure is free and open to the public. It would be helpful if you registered beforehand, but if it’s spur of the moment, that’s fine too.

BVAA Online Registration Form

AuthorStock 2018 – Sat March 3 and Sun March 4

It’s here! That amazing time of year! It’s AuthorStock 2018, happening Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th, 2018. There are workshops, readings, seminars, how-tos, and much more! A share of proceeds benefits the Blackstone Valley Art Association!

Millbury Barnes & Noble
The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley
Millbury, MA

Over 30 authors from various genres confirmed!

-Saturday, 3/3 -Session 1 (12-2pm)
Mark Binder
April Jones Prince
Robbin Miller
Michael Bailey
Faith Lucille
Paula Sullivan

-Saturday, 3/3 -Session 2 (3-5pm)
Arthur Martin
Shawn P Flynn
Connie Bombaci
M.P. Barker
Michael DeSefano
Mary Lawrence
Lisa Shea
Heather Smith

-Sunday, 3/4 -Session 1 (12-2pm)
Rob Vlock
Jarrett Lerner
Gail Olmsted
Lisa Kramer
Mandi Lynn
Shari Ryan
Danielle Tannous
David T Lee
Laura T Lee

-Sunday, 3/4 -Session 2 (3-5pm)
Carolyn Jaymes
Diane Lewis
Lisa Shea
Deborah Lynn
Magarette Boutillette
Christine Beauchaine
J.E. Brink
Forshia Ross
Jane Nozzolillo

-Schedule of Activities and Presentations
-Saturday, 3/3
12:15 PM – April Jones Prince (Reading + Activity)
Join April for a special reading of Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates, where kids are invited to “join the crew” by choosing a pirate name and drawing themselves into the story!

12:30 PM – Robbin Miller (Reading)
Join Robbin for a reading of Playgroup Time!, where EJ meets a new friend, Lewis, in a weekly playgroup who is crying and clinging to his mother. EJ runs over with a big smile on his face to show Lewis how much fun playgroup can be through adventure and a few itty bitty mishaps to make new friends.

12:45 PM – Mark Binder (Presentation)
Join Mark as he talks about how he makes the connection between different age groups when writing.
From The Zombie Cat to Bed Time Stories: Books for All Ages

1:00 PM – Michael Bailey (Presentation)
Michael presents an overview of the cover art creation process, one of those aspects of self-publishing that might not have to do directly with writing but is still an essential part of producing a book.

1:15 PM – Faith Lucille (Reading with Q & A)
Do you want a break from the monotony of your boring and pathetic life? Do you have a difficult time stifling laughs at funerals and other inappropriate places? Generally, do you like to find the funny side of things? If so, this is the book for you.

2:00-3:00 PM – Meet the Author Q & A Happy Hour

3:15 PM – Shawn P Flynn (Presentation)
Join Shawn as he talks about cats, cat quotes from famous people throughout history (i.e., Sigmund Freud said, “Time spent with cats is never wasted”), how people and other influences impact our life, and their effects.

3:30 PM – Connie Bombaci (Presentation)
Join Connie as she discusses the reasons she wrote Hogan’s Hope, a short reading, and a demonstration with Judea, her deaf service dog on how deaf dogs can learn.

3:45 PM – Arthur Martin (Reading with Q & A)
It was Art’s intrigued with roots: roots of religion, roots of family, and roots of life in America during the early 1800’s that lead him to write his first novel, “Summer of 1840,” a historical fiction based on a simple letter entitled “Happiness,” written by Lucinda Bixby on November 4th, 1840. He discovered the letter in a small leather chest, uncovered while he was restoring Lucinda’s house in Millbury, MA

4:00 PM – M.P. Barker (Presentation)
M.P. Barker is a historical consultant and author of two historical novels. Join her as she discusses the pleasures and pitfalls of turning historical fact into historical fiction

4:15 PM – Michael DeSefano (Reading + Performance)
Michael will describe the synopsis of the book, read a portion regarding the musical tie-in, and play some of the music composed along with the book. Get a free CD of the music with every signed book purchased!

4:30 PM – Heather Smith (Reading with Q & A)
A reading of A Song in the Rain, the first novel written by Heather Smith, a young engineer and alumna of Virginia Tech. Followed by Q & A.

4:45 PM Mary Lawrence (Reading)
Mary will introduce her series of books and then read from Death at St. Vedast.

Sunday, 3/4

12:15 PM – Danielle Tannous (Reading)
Join Danielle for a special reading of her children’s book, Niko and His Magical Earmuffs. A magical journey that all began when a dog fascinated with his most prized possession, a pair of earmuffs, discovers a secret box in the attic which will unveil a world of unlimited possibilities

12:30 PM – David T Lee & Laura T Lee (Presentation and Reading)
Join David and Laura, who published their first books at age 7 and 10, as they discuss their journey as child authors with readings of featured selections.

12:45 PM – Jarrett Lerner (Presentation)
Join Jarret as he discusses aspects of his book in detail, WHY he choose to write about what he did, relate it to writing, discussing his writing process and pull-back-the-curtain on the whole book-writing/book-making process.

1:00 PM – Mandi Lynn (Presentation)
Mandi Lynn shows how to use YouTube & social media to promote books and find new readers.

1:15 PM – Lisa Kramer (Presentation)
Join Lisa, author of P.O.W.ER, for a writing activity exploring character development

1:30 PM – Gail Olmsted (Reading with Q & A)
Join Gail for a reading from her book Jeep Tour followed by Q & A.

1:45PM – Shari Ryan (Reading)
Join Shari for a background of her book, Last Words with a reading.

2:00-3:00 PM – Meet the Author Q & A Happy Hour

3:15 PM – Christine Beauchaine (Reading)
Christine will read from her book Winds Of Providence: A Novel of the Hurricane of ’38 and a preview of her soon to be published book.

3:30 PM – J.E. Brink (Video Presentation)
James present aspects of his book along with discussion on Artificial Intelligence, and Q & A.

3:45 PM – Diane Lewis (Presentation)
Join Diane as she conducts mediumship (connecting with someone crossed over) for one individual in the group.

4:00 PM – Magarette Boutillette (Reading + Performance)
Join Magarette for a musical performance with tie in to her book.

4:15 PM – Forshia Ross (Workshop)
Join Forshia for a workshop on overcoming depression with a free workbook for attendees.

4:30 PM – Jane Nozzolillo (Reading)
Meet 91 yr old author, Jane Nozzolillo as she reads from her book ‘Tales of Vintage Hollow Books 1-5.”

***A percentage of your in-store purchases will benefit
The Blackstone Valley Arts Association!***

Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online from 3/03/18 to 3/09/18
by entering Bookfair ID 12329041 at checkout.

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Here is a 8.5 x 11 sized JPG for you to download and print!

Depth of Field Photography Challenge

The challenge for the week of Feb 26 to March 4, 2018 at 52Frames.com is the theme of “Depth of Field”. This is about exploring the ways in which the aperture setting on a camera cause a shallow area of focus in an image. Here’s an example done by Lisa Shea, of a flower blossom.

See how the petunia itself is in focus, while the world behind it is out of focus? This is created with a shallow depth of field. The aperture of the lens was wide open, causing that to happen.

Be sure to sign up at http://www.52frames.com so you can participate in future weekly challenges! This is a great way to stretch your photography wings :).