Lisa Shea – Holga Film Photography

I love working with a variety of historic film formats, including making cyanotypes. These two photos were taken using a Holga film camera. The Holga is a medium-format film camera where the film is twice as tall as traditional 35mm film. These plastic cameras have all sorts of light leaks and quirks which make them fun to work with. You never know what you’re going to get. Both images were taken outside this Uxbridge gallery during a Holga workshop.

The double exposure image is not Photoshop. It was wholly done within the camera. I took one photo of a tire. I then did not “wind the film forward”. I then took a photo of a sign. The sign photo went right on top of the tire photo on the film itself. I did not use Photoshop on it.

The grill photo is an abstract done right here on Main Street. I love looking for reflections and unusual views of the world. Again, no Photoshop was used. That is what the camera captured.

Here is an image of the Holga cameras. Since I have multiple Holgas, I label each one with the type of film I have in it.

These images are part of the Blackstone Valley Art Association Anything Goes Photography Show 2019

For a full gallery of Lisa Shea’s images visit:

http://bvaa.org/galleries/gallery-lisa-shea/


Morini Gallery “Close Encounters” Photography Exhibit

Three Blackstone Valley Art Association members were accepted into the 2019 “Close Encounters” Photography Exhibit at the Morini Gallery in Mansfield, Massachusetts. These members were Bob See, Lisa Shea, and Mike Zeis.

For this show, as per their release:

“Artists were invited to explore the concept of macro and/or close up photography. There is something magical about seeing a subject up close and personal. Think of an old watch, a flower or even some food items that could be shot on your kitchen table. The shapes, textures and colors come to life in the world of close up photography. This is not strictly a macro exhibit. Close up photography can be loosely defined as larger than life size.”

The juror for the show was Marie Craig.

Here are the images! Be sure to visit the show to see them in person. Contact us if you’d like a print or framed version of any of these.

Show dates:
January 18th – March 24th 2019
The Morini Gallery

377 North Main Street
Mansfield , MA 02048

Show details:
https://mmas.org/close-encounters/


7th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show Reception

Come on out! The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring the “7th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show” – and the public reception is Friday, January 18, 2019 from 4-7pm!

Show Dates:
January 18 to February 23, 2019

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

Invite family and friends – all are welcome!

This show has a Film Photography component. Come on out to the reception to see the film cameras in person, talk with the photographers, and learn more about the fantastic world of film photography!

Want to learn more about photography?

We have an entire series of FREE workshops on photography from January through March. Be sure to come out and explore your creativity!

2019 BVAA Photography Workshop Schedule

7th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – full details


Open Paint – Minimalism Photography – Lighting in Photography Sat Feb 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.

Minimalism Photography 10am-noon
Sometimes less is more. The simpler the image, the more you focus on each aspect on it. Just how minimalist can you go? How much can you reduce an image by and still maintain meaning?

Lighting in Photography 1-3pm
The use of light is absolutely key in photography. If you took a photo in a pitch dark room the photo would be black. Just how does light impact the image? How do shadows and highlights enhance the subject?

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

When:
Saturday, Feb 9, 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!


Open Paint – Time-Based Photography – Aperture-Based Photography Sat Jan 19 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.

Time-Based Photography 10am-noon
For the photographers, our first free workshop of the day is on time-based photography. This is the “T” setting on your camera. Bring your camera with you. If you have a cellphone, see if it has any way to change the time setting to take long or short exposures. We’ll be practicing with moving items like remote-controlled cars and a marble maze. We’ll also do long exposures with moving flashlights, cars, and other items. We’ll help you figure out how that “T” dial works!

Aperture-Based Photography 1-3pm
The second photography workshop of the day is all about aperture-based photography. That is the “A” setting on your camera. Again, bring your camera with you. If you have a cellphone, some of the new ones have a depth of field setting which is similar to this. In this case we’ll be playing with a narrow or long depth of field to show how that impacts a photo. Don’t know what a depth of field is? You should definitely come on out!

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

When:
Saturday, Jan 19, 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!


2019 BVAA Photography Workshop Schedule

January to March are notoriously cold months in New England. These are the perfect time to run a series of mostly-indoor seminars on photography! All levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. These are hands-on workshops so bring your camera! Cell phones are fine – we will use them to their best ability.

All of our Saturday workshops are FREE and open to the public! If you can RSVP that is helpful, but if you find yourself free at the last minute, come on by. These are casual and fun. If you can only stop in for an hour, that’s fine. It is relaxed and stress-free.

Be sure to check out our Anything Goes Photography Show – the reception is Fri Jan 18th from 4-7pm. The show runs through Feb 23, 2019.

Also, don’t miss the fantastic Special Seminar – Stephen DiRado Photography Alzheimer’s Series. Learn more about photographing as a series and about this powerful topic.

Here’s the current plan. Note that it is of course subject to change – weather in New England is notoriously unreliable in the winter! We’ll link to full pages for each one as we get closer to the events.

1/19 – time-based photography, aperture-based photography
1/26 – black and white photography, street photography
2/2 – abstract photography, portrait photography
2/9 – minimalism photography, lighting in photography
2/16 – long exposure photography, macro photography
2/23 – architectural photography, filters in photography (also through glass balls, saran wrap, prisms, etc.)
3/2 – high-key / low-key photography, reflections and mirrors

What else would you be interested in? Let us know!

All workshops are held at our Blackstone Valley Art Association / Open Sky (Alternatives) gallery at 5 South Main Street in Uxbridge. This location is fully handicapped accessible with no stairs at all. We are immediately next to a large free parking lot, so there are no parking issues at all. Contact us with any questions!

Sundays – For Pay Workshops

Note that in addition to our free workshops we’re also planning a few for-pay workshops on Sunday which involve supplies. The costs in these workshops primarily cover those costs of supplies. Here is what we’re planning. We will let you know when we get dates for these.

Holga Medium-Format Film Photography
Cyanotypes – Historic 1800s photography
Making your own Pinhole Camera
35mm Film Photography including redscale
Infrared Photography

4-week Basic Photography Course

Again, ask with any questions!


Feb 17 2019 Special Seminar – Stephen DiRado Photography Alzheimer’s Series

We have a special photography seminar lined up for Sunday, February 17th, 2019. Talented photographer Stephen DiRado will come in to discuss his series he created documenting his father Gene’s descent into dementia / Alzheimer’s disease.

Stephen has been featured on NPR and in the Washington Post.

Please RSVP if you’re planning on attending, so we can organize the space accordingly.

Location:
BVAA Alternatives / Open Sky Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

This meeting is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Ask with any questions!

Our meetings are supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

More details about Stephen’s project:

https://clarknow.clarku.edu/2018/12/11/dirado-wins-prize-for-series-documenting-his-fathers-battle-with-alzheimers-disease/


Open Sky 2019 7th Annual Art Palette Contest

The Open Sky (Alternatives) Art Palette Contest is NOT RUN by the BVAA :). Many of our BVAA members enter each year, so we do our best to promote this show. It is run by Open Sky (used to be Alternatives) at their gallery: The Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA.

Here’s the press release for it:

Transform an ordinary wooden art palette into a work of art. Entries will be on display in the Heritage Gallery from March 8 – April 26, 2019. Cash prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in three age categories. All ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Art palettes are available for purchase in the Heritage Gallery, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA until February 22, 2019 and finished palettes are due back in the Gallery by March 2, 2019. Purchase yours now and get a head start on your creation!

Download a brochure with a submission form

To see photos of last year’s winning palettes:

2018 Palette Show Photos
2017 Palette Show Photos
2016 Palette Show Photos
2015 Palette Show Photos
2014 Palette Show Photos


Open Paint – Black and White Photography – Street Photography Sat Jan 26 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.

Black and White Photography 10am-noon
What is it about black and white photography? It can help us see the textures and shadows of images where normally color might complicate things. It can also bring a starkness and seriousness to the topic. Come play with us and learn more about the world of black and white!

Street Photography 1-3pm
Street photography isn’t about taking photos of the actual street :). Street photography is the term used to get photos of “real life happening all around us.” It’s the mother walking down the street tugging at her daughter’s hand while she stares at her smart phone. It’s the stray dog hoping for a treat. It’s about the normal daily life all around us. How do you make it real and visible?

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

When:
Saturday, Jan 26, 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!


Open Paint – Long Exposure Photography – Macro Photography Sat Feb 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.

Long Exposure Photography 10am-noon
Setting your time setting to a longer period lets the scene flow in front of the camera. You can get shimmering waterfalls and long streaks from car lights. What else happens when you play with that T setting on your camera?

Macro Photography 1-3pm
You’ll want to bring a macro lens for this one! We’ll have a clip-on one to share for cellphones. Macro photography can be amazingly fun. Experiment with us!

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

When:
Saturday, Feb 16, 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!