BVAA and the Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery

We have great news! The BVAA officers have met with a group from Alternatives and put together a plan of action for moving forward with our use of the Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery space. This gallery is located at 5 Main Street in Uxbridge, where 122 meets 16. The BVAA will be given access to this space for free.

We can discuss this arrangement in depth at the September meeting, which will be held in this gallery. You can email any questions you have at any time. Here is the gist of the plan.

Starting in September, we’ll have our monthly meetings at the Uxbridge gallery. They’ll even put our name on the door and everything! It gives us a permanent “home base” where we can sell artwork, have shows, have meetings, run classes, and more. Alternatives uses the gallery space each day from 9am – 3:30pm. That means from around 5pm on each weeknight, and all day on weekends, we can have seminars, sessions, classes, sales, and other activities. BVAA members will be able to use that space to run their own events.

Here’s a photo of how full the gallery gets during the huge Uxbridge First Night celebration, at the start of December each year.

There’ll also be the Uxbridge festival coming up on September 2nd that is on that Main Street area. We should be able to get visitors from that as well.

As part of the arrangement, any income generated from the location from art sales, shop sales, or for-fee events will be split 75% to the artist / organizer and 25% to go into our gallery funds. These funds will help pay for teachers at our workshops, food for receptions, and other gallery-specific activities. The aim is for our art activities in this gallery to be self-sustaining.

We will have the massive power of the Alternatives team behind any marketing we do, including for the sessions and seminars our BVAA members wish to run. They’ll make flyers, postcards, and more. Please aim to plan to have all details about an event finalized 2 months before the start of the event. That gives Alternatives ample time to get the news of the sessions into all the local papers, include it in their ValleyCast mailing, and spread the word. That helps guarantee maximum attendance at the events and maximum publicity for the artists involved.

Please let us know if you’re interested in using the space for the upcoming fall season. We will organize the calendar and coordinate the logistics with Alternatives for the marketing.

This is an awesome opportunity for all of us. Those with small items can have them available for sale in the glass cases in the gallery. Our art will be hanging on the walls. Those who would like to run classes and seminars will have quiet, easy-to-access space to do it in which has oodles of parking. We can do drop-in critique sessions where artists brainstorm about their in-progress works. And all of us can enjoy the meetings and shows in a space which is truly “our own”.

They’re even installing a new hanging system on the brick wall, so hanging art will be even easier than before.

Ask with any questions!

We hope to hear from you soon!

Sunflower Show Reception Photos

Here are a few photos from the reception for the Sunflower Show at the Booklovers’ Gourmet in Webster. It includes both artists in the show as well as a few live images of the beautiful sunflower garden outside the shop.

The show is live through August 31, 2017 – stop on by to see it!

Sunflower Show full details

Artist Photos from the 2017 Show of Hands Reception

Here are photos of the artists and the award ceremony at the 2017 Show of Hands reception. Thank you to everyone who participated!

The show is live at the Uxbridge Community Gallery through September 29, 2017.

Show of Hands Details

Photos from Show of Hands 2017 Reception

Here are a few photos from the reception for our 2017 open art show “Show of Hands”! Thank you to everyone who participated in this show.

The show is live at the Uxbridge Community Gallery through September 29, 2017.

Show of Hands Details

Uniquely Uxbridge 2017 Celebration

The BVAA has an art show in a gallery right on Main Street in Uxbridge, so it makes sense for us to be part of the huge celebration of Uniquely Uxbridge day! It’s on Saturday, September 2nd from 9am to 2pm on the town common. There’ll be raffles, music, art, vendors, games, and much, much more!

Let us know if you’re interested in participating in a pop-up art show and/or with bin art!

There is also a photo show focused on Uxbridge to go with this – download the PDF for full details and entry instructions.

Uniquely Uxbridge 2017 Photo Show

Uniquely Uxbridge on Facebook

Alternatives Art & Music Makers 2017

The BVAA will be participating in Alternative’s second annual Art & Music Makers festival on:

Saturday, September 9 from 10 AM – 3 PM
(Rain date September 16, vendors must commit to both dates)
The Community Plaza at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill
50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA

This is a great opportunity for bin art sales as well as enjoying a day of music, fun, and creativity!

Let us know if you’re interested in participating.

Full details:

Alternatives Art & Music Makers 2017

Milford TV Art Show Sep-Oct 2017 – Autumn Splendour

Every two months we rotate the show at the Milford TV Station. The drop-off for the upcoming September-October 2017 show on the theme of “Autumn Splendour” is Thursday, August 31st from 6-8pm. We do these on the last Thursday of the month preceding the show.

This date is also the reception (and take down) for the existing “Dog Days of Summer” show. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend!

Please bring food or drink to share!

The Milford TV Station is at 138 South Main Street.

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.

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! The items can be any size or shape – Milford has a great hanging system which can accommodate pretty much anything.