Oil Pastels with Jill Pottle – Workshop Results

We had a fantastic time on October 17, 2017 with the talented Jill Pottle! Here are just some of the photos from that event.

I’ll be loading up video too shortly.

Jill Pottle Workshop – Full Details


Making Better Photos Workshop with Al Weems – Nov 11 2017

What takes a photo from a standard snapshot level to the “Wow!” factor? How can you improve your photography?

Talented award-winning photographer Al Weems has the answer!

Where
First Congregational Church
307 Boston Road
Sutton, MA

Please note that, as this is a church location, respectful dress and language would be appreciated during the workshop.

When
Saturday, November 11th, 2017
9am to 12 noon

What
Al will run an intimate workshop for all levels of photographers. Whether you’re just getting started or have been using your camera for years, Al will provide the feedback and advice to help you reach that next level. The environment of the church will provide the perfect avenue to explore lighting, shadows, lines, angles, and much more.

This hands-on workshop with involve a series of exercises to help you look at the way you handle photography in an entirely new light.

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
— Henry Thoreau

Cost
This workshop is free for BVAA members. For non-BVAA members, the cost is $25. We will be making a donation to the church’s charitable causes as a thanks for access to their beautiful, historic space.

Joining the BVAA is only $25 and that would let you in to this workshop for free!

BVAA Membership Form

To Register for the Workshop
Please use our online registration form in order to register for this event. Contact us with any questions!

BVAA Event Registration Form

As part of our thank-you to the church, several participants will be donating some of their best photos to the church for the church to use for its projects. If you end up with a few lovely shots that you’d like to share, please let us know that and we’ll pass them along.

Contact us with any questions!

Al Weems Photography – learn more about the instructor


Worcester State University Open Art Call – Time Machines

Open Art Call – Time Machines
Worcester State University and the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery invite you to submit artwork to TIME MACHINES opening February 8, 2018.

All artworks are time machines: they are machines of time, memory, dreams and nightmares. This exhibition solicits work by artists in any media that reflects any aspect of time: personal, historical, cosmological, past and future, real and imagined. All work must be done in the last three years and not submitted to the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery for previous shows.

Juror, Lisa Crossman, Curator, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, Mass.

Prizes awarded:
First Prize, $300, Second Prize $200, Third Prize, $150.

Submit artwork by Dec. 1, 2017 to http://Worcester.edu/OpenArtCall. No more than 30 lbs, not to exceed 60 in. in one dimension. Submit images in jpg, png, 1200 pixels in the longest side, highest quality for jpg or png. Video submissions in mov or mp4 formats. Submission style: Last name_First_Title

Submit up to 3 images for $25.00. Send your check to:
Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery
Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 929-8651
gallery@worcester.edu

IMPORTANT DATES:
Deadline for submissions: Dec. 1, 2017
Notification of acceptance: Dec. 22, 2017
Delivery of artwork: Jan. 19, 3-5 p.m. or Jan. 20, 3-5 p.m. Hanging ready, no sawtooth hangers.
Opening Reception, Feb. 8, 2018, 5-7 p.m. (snow date Feb. 15)
On view until March 8.
Pick up: Mar. 9, 3-5 p.m. or Mar. 10, 3-5 p.m.

The Gallery reserves the right to reject work that is not as represented. The Gallery commission is 25% on sales.


Art Gallery on the Grafton Common

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is proud to announce a special pop-up Holiday Art Gallery on the Grafton Common! This delightful collection of artwork will be live from November 1, 2017 through December 17th. All of the artists are local, and many of their works are of local scenery and landmarks.

The gallery includes:

Janet Aleid, painter
Joe Altruda, photography
Carol Arnold, painter
Deb Bottomley, painter
Gary Cunningham
Bonnie Frederico, painter
Carol Frieswick, painter
Muriel Funka, fabric arts
Betty Havens, painter
Lisa Hession
James Hunt, photographer
Don Iacovelli, painter
Katie Messina, painting and photography
Lisa Shea, painting and photography
Bev Tinklenberg, painter
Al Weems, photographer

Where Are We?
We’re right on Grafton Common! We are officially One Grafton Common, immediately next to the Unitarian Univeralist Church. We’re in the building with AppleTree Arts and the Grafton Historical Society.

Regular Hours
The Grafton Common Art Gallery will be open:
Wed to Fri – 12 noon to 6 pm
Sat – 10 am to 6 pm
Sun – 12 noon to 5 pm

Special Holiday Reception – Thursday November 16th from 5-8pm
All are welcome! Come join us on Thursday, November 16th for food, drink, meet the artists, a free raffle, and much, much more! Feel free to invite family and friends!

Free Demonstrations
We’ll be hosting free art demonstrations throughout the holiday season. Be sure to check back to find out when you can come to watch portrait painting, origami ornament folding, and much more.

Saturday, November 4th 6-8pm: Learn how to make origami hanging ornaments. The store will be open until 8pm with special hours.

Tuesday, November 28th 5:30-8pm: to be determined

Friday, December 1st 6-8pm: to be determined

Questions? Comments?
Feel free to Email Us or leave a comment below. We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can!

We look forward to seeing you!


Creating Jewelry from Artwork Workshop – Tue Nov 14

Come join us on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 for a fun workshop on turning your artwork into pendants, key chains, and rings!

Where:
Uxbridge Alternatives Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA

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

Whether you paint with watercolors, acrylics or oils, create cyanotypes, draw with pen and ink, or use any other form to create your artwork, it’s fun to then turn those images into gifts you can sell or give to people. This workshop shows how you can turn your art into various types of jewelry.

First, we’ll discuss how to get a clear image of your artwork in question. You have to get an image which is PERFECTLY SQUARE to the artwork in question. It needs to be lit well so that the photo version is clear.

Second, we’ll discuss how to then use that image to create the jewelry. This will be a hands-on session where we make the jewelry in question.

If you bring one piece of art we’ll do our best to get a clear photo for you, to show you how this works. We’ll have a printer on hand to then be able to print out the images at the size to work with the jewelry. It would be best if most people could send their chosen image ahead of time, so that we have the images ready ahead of time.

The workshop is $10 for BVAA members. It is open to the public; cost is $20 for non-BVAA members. This covers the supplies of the trays, cabochons, key chains, and so on. You will go home with a selection of items made from your artwork (or from other artwork if you wish).

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

BVAA Online Registration Form

Here are some examples:

All attendees get a free copy of Lisa’s how-to ebook.


Creating Cards from Artwork Workshop – Tue Nov 7

Come join us on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 for a fun workshop on turning your artwork into cards and gifts!

Where:
Uxbridge Alternatives Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA

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

Whether you paint with watercolors, acrylics or oils, create cyanotypes, draw with pen and ink, or use any other form to create your artwork, it’s fun to then turn those images into gifts you can sell or give to people. This workshop shows how this can be done with no setup costs.

First, we’ll discuss how to get a clear image of your artwork in question. You have to get an image which is PERFECTLY SQUARE to the artwork in question. It needs to be lit well so that the photo version is clear.

Second, we’ll discuss how to then use that image in a variety of online systems to create cards, t-shirts, mugs, phone cases, tote bags, and all sorts of other products. You can do it simply to buy them, yourself, to give away as presents. You can do it to set up an online store to sell your work in a variety of new forms.

If you bring one piece of art we’ll do our best to get a clear photo for you, to show you how this works.

The workshop is free to BVAA members. It is open to the public; cost is $10 for non-BVAA members.

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

BVAA Online Registration Form


2018 Choco l’Art Show – Whitinsville Library

Our 2018 Choco l’Art show is the perfect melding of chocolate and art! It’s held at the:

Whitinsville Social Library
17 Church Street
Whitinsville, MA

Submissions
The submission deadline is Monday, February 5th, 2017. This show is displayed on panels so works submitted need to be less than 36″ wide in order to fit on a panel. There’s a $5 fee for up to 3 works. It’s open to all BVAA members. As this is a judged show, only pieces which have not been previously entered into a BVAA judged show are eligible for participation. Any sales will include a 20% BVAA commission. Full BVAA terms: BVAA Show Terms and Conditions

Drop-Off
The drop-off for Choco l’Art is Thursday, February 8th from 9am to 2pm.

Public Reception
The reception is on Saturday, February 10th from 9am to 2pm. All are welcome! There’ll be lots of chocolate in all shapes, sizes, and varieties.

Pick-Up
Pick-up for the show is Saturday, February 17th from 9-12 noon.

Prizes
This show has the visitors vote on a “People’s Choice” award. There’s a ribbon plus a cash prize. The amount is based on the number of entries.

Theme
You can do a romantic theme if you’d like, but it’s not required!

Use the BVAA online submission form to submit for this show.

Volunteers Needed
The BVAA is run by volunteers – please lend a hand! We need volunteers for the following activities:
* Bringing of Panels and Hanging the show from noon-2pm on Thu, Feb 8th
* Watching over the reception for time blocks of your choice between 9am and 2pm on Sat, Feb 10th.
* Bringing of chocolate for the chocolate reception (please avoid nuts)
* Take-down of the show from 9-11 on Sat, Feb 17th and return of panels

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

The 2016 winner for this show was Carole Plante with her chocolate lab! Quite appropriate :).

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BVAA Macabre Pop-Up Uxbridge Show

For one night only, the BVAA will hold a pop-up show and Halloween costume party at our Alternatives Uxbridge location!

5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA

About the Show
Spooky. Unsettling. Wisps of mists and dark shadows. Macabre brings out the fascination with the off-beat side of life.

Submissions
The submission deadline for the Macabre show is Monday, October 23rd, 2017. You can submit up to three works which can hang on our panels or sit in or on a case. It’s open to all BVAA members. This is not a judged show – it is primarily a visibility and sales opportunity. Any sales will include a 20% commission which goes toward the gallery. Full BVAA terms: BVAA Show Terms and Conditions

Drop-Off
Drop-off will be Wednesday any time they’re open, or you can bring your works with you Friday at 4pm to help us with the hanging and setup of the panels. Note that we can’t set up the panels before 4pm because this room is in use by Alternatives before this point.

Reception
We’ll have our pop-up celebration on Friday, October 27th from 5-8pm.

Pick-Up
We will take down the show Sunday afternoon. If you can’t make it Sunday, we’ll leave the art in the conference room and you can pick it up during Alternatives’ normal open hours.

Theme
This show is Halloween. Spooky. Shadowy. Here are photos from last year – Macabre Show 2016

Use the BVAA online submission form to submit for this show.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The BVAA is running TWO Macabre shows this year. One is this one-day-only pop-up show at the Alternatives Uxbridge location. Because Alternatives uses the space for other things during the week, and because we are doing this on panels in the middle of the room, we can only have it go up Friday afternoon once the space is done being used. We need everything done and out by Monday morning.

IN ADDITION we are also running a full-month Macabre show at the Canal Restaurant in Worcester where the artwork will get a lot of visitors and views. The Canal’s walls have space for 14 artworks so this will be a smaller show. For information on the Canal show visit: BVAA Canal Macabre Show

You are warmly encouraged to participate in both!


May 2018 Monthly Meeting – Spring Pot Luck

Our May 2018 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 15th from 6:30-9pm at the Uxbridge Community Gallery, 5 South Main Street, Uxbridge, MA.

This is our annual Spring Pot Luck Dinner. All members are welcome to attend!

Our meetings cover BVAA organization business from 6:30-7:00pm and then go into the eating and celebrating.

We are still planning out how we will handle the food. Usually we do a pot luck. We’ll let you know the plans as we get closer!