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 and Camera Basics – Jan 12 2019

If you’re interested in 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! It’s an open paint! All are welcome, including the public, family, and friends! It’s free!

You can drop off for our upcoming photography show. You can also practice for the show after that, which is all about creating carbon copies of famous works of art!

Carbon Copies Art Show

Lisa will also be on hand to help you learn more about your camera. Bring it along and she’ll help you figure out those dials and buttons!

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

When:
Saturday, Jan 12, 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.

Ask with any questions – we’d love to have you join us!


August 2019 Monthly Meeting – Boosting Creativity III

Creativity III

Summertime is a busy time for many of our artists, so we keep our summer workshops light and fun.

The workshop will involve Carol Frieswick’s book and card set “The Artist’s Muse – Unlock the Door to Your Creativity”. There are bunches of cards with all sorts of challenges and prompts to get you thinking out of the box with your art. We’ll have watercolors, acrylics, pastels, paper, and brushes on hand. If you have a preferred medium feel free to bring along your own paints, pastels, pencils, or camera. We will tackle the creative challenges with whatever we like to work with. Or, heck, if you normally work in one media, try changing over to another to see how it goes!

Our August 2019 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 20th from 6:30-9pm.

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

This meeting and workshop is free and open to the public. No experience is necessary. The fun of our workshops is that we all try new things we’ve never done before.

Our meetings cover BVAA organization business from 6:30-7:00pm and then go into the workshop part of the evening. Feel free to come for whichever half interests you the most. In general, our monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month unless otherwise announced.

All are welcome – this workshop is open to members and non-members. Feel free to bring along a friend! We’d love to see you there to try some new things and explore your creativity!

Ask with any questions!

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


July 2019 Monthly Meeting – Boosting Creativity II

Creativity II

Summertime is a busy time for many of our artists, so we keep our summer workshops light and fun.

The workshop will involve Carol Frieswick’s book and card set “The Artist’s Muse – Unlock the Door to Your Creativity”. There are bunches of cards with all sorts of challenges and prompts to get you thinking out of the box with your art. We’ll have watercolors, acrylics, pastels, paper, and brushes on hand. If you have a preferred medium feel free to bring along your own paints, pastels, pencils, or camera. We will tackle the creative challenges with whatever we like to work with. Or, heck, if you normally work in one media, try changing over to another to see how it goes!

Our July 2019 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 16th from 6:30-9pm.

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

This meeting and workshop is free and open to the public. No experience is necessary. The fun of our workshops is that we all try new things we’ve never done before.

Our meetings cover BVAA organization business from 6:30-7:00pm and then go into the workshop part of the evening. Feel free to come for whichever half interests you the most. In general, our monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month unless otherwise announced.

All are welcome – this workshop is open to members and non-members. Feel free to bring along a friend! We’d love to see you there to try some new things and explore your creativity!

Ask with any questions!

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


June 2019 Monthly Meeting – Creativity I

Creativity I

Summertime is a busy time for many of our artists, so we keep our summer workshops light and fun.

The workshop will involve Carol Frieswick’s book and card set “The Artist’s Muse – Unlock the Door to Your Creativity”. There are bunches of cards with all sorts of challenges and prompts to get you thinking out of the box with your art. We’ll have watercolors, acrylics, pastels, paper, and brushes on hand. If you have a preferred medium feel free to bring along your own paints, pastels, pencils, or camera. We will tackle the creative challenges with whatever we like to work with. Or, heck, if you normally work in one media, try changing over to another to see how it goes!

Our June 2019 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18th from 6:30-9pm.

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

This meeting and workshop is free and open to the public. No experience is necessary. The fun of our workshops is that we all try new things we’ve never done before.

Our meetings cover BVAA organization business from 6:30-7:00pm and then go into the workshop part of the evening. Feel free to come for whichever half interests you the most. In general, our monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month unless otherwise announced.

All are welcome – this workshop is open to members and non-members. Feel free to bring along a friend! We’d love to see you there to try some new things and explore your creativity!

Ask with any questions!

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


May 2019 Monthly Meeting – Spring Pot Luck

Annual Spring Pot Luck Dinner!

Our monthly meeting for May is traditionally our “end of year” pot luck dinner. This is when we vote on incoming officers for the upcoming 2019-2020 season and celebrate all the fun art we’ve done.

NOTE: We are still in the planning stages for this. We may be moving to the Northbridge Senior Center to fit everyone. We will share more details as we get closer. Save the date, though!

Our May 2019 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21st from 6:30-9pm.

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

Our meetings cover BVAA organization business from 6:30-7:00pm and then go into the event part of the evening. Feel free to come for whichever half interests you the most. In general, our monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month unless otherwise announced.

Ask with any questions!

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


April 2019 Monthly Meeting – Alcohol Inks

Alcohol Inks with Joann Naugher

You might have seen videos with this on YouTube or Facebook. Alcohol Inks are mindful, relaxing, beautiful, and a lot of fun. Joann Naugher will guide us through the process!

Our April 2019 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 16th from 6:30-9pm.

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

This meeting and workshop is free and open to the public. No experience is necessary. The fun of our workshops is that we all try new things we’ve never done before.

Our meetings cover BVAA organization business from 6:30-7:00pm and then go into the workshop part of the evening. Feel free to come for whichever half interests you the most. In general, our monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month unless otherwise announced.

All are welcome – this workshop is open to members and non-members. Feel free to bring along a friend! We’d love to see you there to try some new things and explore your creativity!

Ask with any questions!

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


March 2019 Monthly Meeting – Gamblin Paints

Gamblin Paints and Products

This is will be a delightfully fun hands-on demo and workshop! A representative from Gamblin Colors will be on-hand with a bunch of samples. You’ll get a chance to see how they work and to try them out for yourselves. Even if you don’t paint, come and explore a new type of creativity!

Our March 2019 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 19th from 6:30-9pm.

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

This meeting and workshop is free and open to the public. No experience is necessary. The fun of our workshops is that we all try new things we’ve never done before.

Our meetings cover BVAA organization business from 6:30-7:00pm and then go into the workshop part of the evening. Feel free to come for whichever half interests you the most. In general, our monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month unless otherwise announced.

All are welcome – this workshop is open to members and non-members. Feel free to bring along a friend! We’d love to see you there to try some new things and explore your creativity!

Ask with any questions!

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


February 2019 Monthly Meeting – Critique

Open Critique Session

Since February can sometimes be snowed out, we use this month for a session which is casual. We all bring in our latest works or images and then offer each other suggestions and advice. You can bring the works in in person or bring JPG images on a thumb drive for us to view on a laptop. You can bring in painting or photography, drawings or sculptures. Whatever you wish! It’ll be fun, relaxed, and conversational.

Our February 2019 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19th from 6:30-9pm.

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

This meeting and workshop is free and open to the public. No experience is necessary. The fun of our workshops is that we all try new things we’ve never done before.

Our meetings cover BVAA organization business from 6:30-7:00pm and then go into the workshop part of the evening. Feel free to come for whichever half interests you the most. In general, our monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month unless otherwise announced.

All are welcome – this workshop is open to members and non-members. Feel free to bring along a friend! We’d love to see you there to try some new things and explore your creativity!

Ask with any questions!

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