Art and Poetry Event at Worcester Library 2017-03-18

We had 18 pairings of artists and poets for our 2017 Art-Poetry Pairing exhibition at the Worcester Public Library. This show runs from March 1 to March 31, 2017. The hanging was Wednesday, March 1 from 6-8pm. The take-down is Friday, March 31, from 4:30 to 5:30pm.

Joining the Blackstone Valley Art Association artists are poets from the Sutton Writing Group and the Worcester Writers Collaborative.

Here’s the full details of the show!

Art and Poetry Pairing Show

Each artist gave the poet a visual work of art to interpret. At the same time, each poet wrote an original poem for the artist to interpret. These photos are from the Meet-The-Artist reception on Saturday, March 18th from 1-3pm.

Batik Watercolor Demo by Bonnie Frederico

Bonnie Frederico held a wonderful hands-on demo of Batik Watercolor last night at the BVAA monthly meeting. This is a very interesting technique involving building multiple layers of water color and wax. These photos attempt to show the process from start to finish!

Batik Watercolor – Finished Paintings

Here’s an album of some of the finished paintings from our batik watercolor workshop on May 21, 2017. Here’s the full details of the workshop: BVAA Batik Watercolor Workshop

If you have a photo of your finished work you’d like us to add in, let us know!

Milford TV Show – May-June 2017 – Flowers

Every two months we rotate the show at the Milford TV Station. The drop-off for the upcoming May – June 2017 show on the theme of “Flowers” is Thursday, April 27rd from 6-8pm.

This date is also the reception (and take down) for the existing “Animals” show. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend! It’s a great time to meet the artists, view local art, and learn about the art opportunities in the region. Because some people are coming on Thursday to see the existing show and meet the artists, please don’t take your art off the walls until you’re ready to leave for the evening.

For participating artists, please bring food or drink to share!

The Milford TV Station is at:
138 South Main Street
Milford, MA

This is a plaza with a D’Angelo’s, a Hair Unlimited Salon, and Milford Hardwood.

The Milford people do the labels and hanging for us, so there is no need to use our online submission form to indicate what you’re bringing. Simply be sure to label the back of each piece with its title, your name, and the price. Milford does not take any commission on sales.

If you can’t make it to the party just drop off your works any time during the week that they’re open. Call ahead to check the hours!

This show is for BVAA members only and is free to participate in. Most artists bring in three items but if you have more that’s great! In general, the items can be any size or shape – Milford has a great hanging system which can accommodate pretty much anything. That being said, for this particular show it’s small works for quick sales!

We hope to see you there – and spread the word!

NYC Bus Trip in April

This isn’t being run by the BVAA, but several of our members participate in this if you’re interested.

Spring is coming, has already been here, is coming again. 70 degrees on Feb. 24, 14 degrees a week later, a foot of snow….this has certainly been a strange winter. But I do believe as we approach the mid to end of April, it might get back on track for a fine spring day.

Therefore we have a bus trip to NYC planned for Friday the 21st of April. We might find cherry blossoms ready to bloom as we journey through Central Park, magnolia petals echoing the Gothic architecture of many churches and tulips dancing in the wind in Washington Square.

For those who are interested in watercolors, the American Watercolor Society’s annual international exhibition will be open (from 1 – 5 PM) during its last days of the exhibit. There is an exhibit of Turner’s work at the Frick.

The bus will start the journey in Warwick at 7:30 AM (exit 10A Park and Lock on Rte 117). There will be 1 stop in CT for food and bathroom. In NYC there will be 3 stops going down Fifth Ave from north to south. First stop at the Met (around 82nd St) Met, Guggenheim, Neue Gallery of Austria and German art, Frick, MOMA, etc.

The 2nd stop will be midtown (around 45th St)….St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, great shopping, etc.

The 3rd will be downtown somewhere around Houston St. which separates Greenwich Village from SOHO…..Washington Sq. AWS show, Chelsea, Twin Towers, Wall St., Canal St…..etc.

The bus will pick us up near the NYC Library ( midtown) at 6:30PM sharp for our return trip. We should be back in Warwick ( after a short stop in CT), by about 10 – 10:30 PM

The cost of this trip will be $42 pp.

If you are interested in putting your name on the list for the bus, please email me ( with your name, the number of people in your party, your telephone # and your email. Payment (made out to me as I will be giving them one check) will be due 1 month before (March 20).

Kindest regards,

Carole Berren

Cuttyhunk Plein Air Festival 2017

The Cuttyhunk Plein Air Festival 2017 is not run by the BVAA – we are simply sharing the news about this fun event. Here are the details from their press release:

Cuttyhunk will welcome artists for the second annual Plein Air Festival, a one-day paint-in-place event hosted by the Cuttyhunk Cultural Council, Long Range Planning Committee, and the Cuttyhunk Historical Society, when the ferry arrives on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Teri Bordenave, a member of the Cultural Council board, has arranged for mainland artists who register for the festival to be transported aboard the M/V Cuttyhunk with a same-day round-trip ticket and lunch included in the $75 registration fee. “We were gratified to have 50 participants the first year, including some island artists, who enjoyed setting up an easel in their favorite spot and having an opportunity to sell their work before the ferry departed at 4:00 p.m.,” she said recently.

The event is limited to the first 50 registrants.

The fee for island residents who wish to participate is $30. There is no commission to any of the organizers for the sale of paintings. The budget for the second year of the festival is about $3,800 with expenses mostly offset by the registration fees and a pending festival grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Visit for more information or to register.

Kris Lombard of the Island Market and Lexi Lynch from CTHK Café will prepare tasty box lunches for the participants, including a mini lobster roll or vegetarian alternative. Island volunteers will serve as ambassadors to meet the ferry and give artists a brief overview tour from the island map, courtesy of the Museum, that they will receive with the registration packet. The _ARTY begins at 3:00 p.m. when the artists will be transported back to the ferry dock and their work will be judged by a panel of three professional jurors. Island residents, visitors, boaters, and their guests will be invited to a reception and art sale at the Coast Guard boat house.

Prizes, including a Spirit of Cuttyhunk award, will be announced and artists will depart on the ferry. Organizers hope that participants will spread the word about the natural beauty of Cuttyhunk and artists will return again and again.

Jurors will be Jodi Stevens an artist based in New Bedford who exhibits internationally and is the former lead curator at Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA; Severin Haines, Professor Emeritus at UMass Dartmouth, who has exhibited in numerous one-person and group shows from New York to Norway and has painted large public murals in New Bedford and Fairhaven; and Cuttyhunk’s own Bob Smith, a partner in the Four-Corner Gallery in Tiverton, RI.

In case of downpour or forecast for steady rain, the festival will be held on Sunday, June 18.

If drizzle or spotty showers are predicted, the organizers are looking for sheltered porches where artists would be welcome to set up and paint.

Mainland residents are encouraged to come for the day to watch the painters at work, enjoy lunch from one of the island eateries: CTHK Café, Island Market, Raw Bar, Lucky Dog Grill, or the M/V Cuttyhunk. The ferry departs New Bedford at 9:00 a.m. and leaves the island at 4:00 p.m.

For more information on the festival contact Sara Ellis Lehner at