BVAA Summer “Show of Hands” Open Show 2017

It’s summer, and that means it’s time for the Blackstone Valley Art Association “Show of Hands” open art show! All artists are welcome to participate in this show, whether or not you’re a member of the BVAA.

This show is a counterpoint to our January photography show. While the January show is all about photography – both digital and film – this show here is all about the other arts. Oil painting, Acrylic painting. Watercolors. Pastels. Charcoal. Sculpture. Pottery. Fabric. Art Quilts. If you use your hands to make it, it’s fair game for the show! No photography, please – that has its own show in January.

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

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 11th

Exhibit Ends:
September 29th.

We will be posting the entry time, drop-off period, and entry fee shortly.

Please contact us with any questions!

End-Of-Year Pot Luck Party

May is traditionally the end of the meetings year for the Blackstone Valley Art Association! We don’t have meetings in June, July, or August so members are free to go paint or photograph. Then September we begin up fresh with newly elected officers and we pay our dues for the coming year. So our schedule is sort of like the school year.

The 2017 Pot Luck Party is on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017! It is at our normal meeting place – the Northbridge senior center.

We will be bringing in main dishes of pizzas and salads. We’re asking members to bring in an appetizer or dessert to share. Please let us know at INFO@BVAA.ORG what you’re bringing so we can coordinate. Also, let us know if you’re planning on attending so that we can figure out how much to get from the restaurant. In the past the price per person was about $12. We’ll know the price for this year once we get a headcount.

Before the dinner, we’ll be having our election of fresh officers for the coming 2017-2018 year. Those officers will begin their duties in September.

Let us know if you have any questions!

So far we know about:

Carol Frieswick (2): Dill dip with bread dippers and strawberry shortcake
Marie Cafferty: Italian meatballs and a loaf of bread + grated cheese
Lisa Shea: Veggie platter, wines
Dennis Smith: sausage parmesan palmiers
Patty Cahill: appetizer
Michelle Benjamin: appetizer
Libia: appetizer
Carol & Bob Evans: couple of shrimp rings & wine
Verne Thayer: lg. pan of roasted potatoes
Pam and Bob Siderewicz: Chicken antipasto- cold shredded chicken dish.
Cathy Willey: apple cake for dessert and soda
Karen Pendleton: cup cakes
Carole Plante: dessert

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Get Lost Guide 2017 – Blackstone National Heritage Corridor

The 2017 “Get Lost Guiide” by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is out! This free publication has over 100 pages of maps, photos, and information about the Blackstone Valley area.

It also features photos from a number of BVAA members!

The photos aren’t labeled by artist name, so these are the ones I personally know about. If anybody else is featured in this guide, please let me know!

Arts in Bloom Exhibit – Hopkinton Center for the Arts

From the Hopkinton Center for the Arts:

Arts in Bloom Exhibit Juried by Mim Brooks Fawcett
Chief Curator of the Attleboro Arts Museum
Exhibit: May 22 – June 22, 2017
Reception: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Hopkinton Center for the Arts Gallery, 98 Hayden Rowe St.

It is time for our popular seasonal open juried arts show — Arts in Bloom. Once again, the Hopkinton Garden Club will be providing beautiful one-of-a-kind floral arrangements to complement the prize-winning artwork on exhibit. Works do not have to have a floral component, but should reflect the theme of blooming in imagery, color, design or conceptual elements.

Fee: $35 for up to 3 entries, $25 for HCA Members.

Artwork in all media will be accepted for consideration, including photography, painting, mixed media, sculpture, and you-name-it!

Awards: 6 Cash prizes will be awarded.

Drop off up to 3 pieces of art: Friday, May 12, 3 -6pm; Saturday, May 13, 10am – 1pm.

Notification to artists of work accepted and not accepted into show: Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
Pick up Work Not Accepted into show: Friday, May 19, 3 -6pm; Saturday, May 20, 10am – 1pm
Pick up Work when show ends: Friday, June 23, 3 -6pm; Saturday, June 24, 10am – 1pm

Full Details:

Wrentham Arts on the Common 2017

Arts on the Common 2017
Saturday June 3, 2017 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wrentham Town Common,
Routes 1A and 140, Wrentham Center go to Boards and Committees, Arts on the Common

Arts on the Common- General Information
All work submitted must be the work of the applicant and be representative of the work to be exhibited.
Not permitted are imports, mass produced or assembled products, or objects made from commercial molds or kits. Entries are classified in categories and juried based on creativity and workmanship, and percentage of items that are handmade. In order to maintain a well -balanced show, we will be limiting the number of artists within each category. Jurying will be ongoing as applications are received, so early application is strongly encouraged.

Entries can be made in the following categories:
• Fine Arts ( painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, mixed media, etc)
• Fine Crafts (wood, metal, jewelry, glass, etc)
• Fiber Arts (weaving, quilt making, embroidery, clothing)
Demonstrations of your process are welcome.

Application, Fees and Taxes
Registration: February 10, 2017 to May 25, 2017
February 10 – March 17, 2017 $50.00 booth fee
March 18 – May 25, 2017 $75.00 booth fee

Please note: To guarantee reserved space at the early $50 rate your check must be postmarked by March 15, 2017.
Registration closes May 25, 2017

There will be no refund of booth fees for accepted applicants after May 1, 2017. Check for booth space will be deposited only upon acceptance to the show. Otherwise checks will be returned to the address listed on the application. Submissions will be juried bi-weekly and notification will be sent to artist applicants within a week of being reviewed.

Full entry form:

2017 Wrentham Arts Common Entry Form

Village Art Show Open Call 2017

The Village Art Show in Worcester, Massachusetts has an Open Call for 2017. The show runs from Sunday, May 8th through Sunday, June 4th, 2017.

From their flyer:

Drawing. Painting. Printmaking. Photography.
Mixed Media. Small Clay and 3-D Works.

A digital submission of your work (up to 3 pieces) must be submitted to ArtReach via email at and you must have “VILLAGE ART SHOW” written in the memo. You will be contacted in 24 hours that your submission has been accepted. Submission deadline is April 26th.

The maximum size for 2-Dimensional work is 48” x 48” and 18” x 18” for clay and 3-dimensional work.

ALL ArtWork must be delivered, ready to hang (see Artist’s Agreement) with your $7 hanging fee, to ArtReach during the week of May 1st to May 5th, between the hours of 1:00pm and 6:00pm. If those hours don’t work, please email Darcy at to arrange a time.

The show will be hung on Sunday, May 7th. The show will be up until Sunday, June 4th. The Opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 13th, with Artists in the show expected to attend.

Artists may pick-up their unsold work on Monday, June 7th thru Wednesday, June 9th.

Artists may keep 100% of the sales from their work.

Please see the Artists Agreement/Receipt and Information Form for details.


From the email message:

The First Village Art Show held at ArtReach in Worcester has an OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS to SHOW and SELL their work. Please share. Artists keep 100% of the sale price. ArtReach has over 200 students and families who are interested in ART coming through the studio each week. What a wonderful opportunity for Artists. The opening is scheduled for Saturday, May 13th, and will have light refreshments, drinks, and live music. lease consider putting a piece in the show, and sharing this email with any artists who you think may be interested.


They are located at 322 West Boylston Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. That’s up past the Greendale Mall, just before Greendale’s Pub, for those who know that area.

Canal District Art Walk – April 2017

Here’s the photos from the first Canal District Art Walk of 2017, held on Sunday, April 9th. The weather was perfect, the crowds were great, and the live music was simply beautiful!

Be sure to mark your calendars for the May date – Sunday, May 14th! It’s always the second Sunday of the month.

For more information: