Four Days until Uxbridge Sketch Walk & Art Festival 2018

Only four days left until the First Annual Uxbridge Sketch Walk and Art Festival! It’s all happening on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 9am to 3pm.

Come on out to sketch, take photos, draw, watercolor, or whatever else you’d like to do! If you’re not an artist, come to see how others do it! Take a look at the delightful Uxbridge-themed art in our art gallery, and enjoy the watercolors as well!

Full details including maps and photos:

Uxbridge Sketch Walk & Art Festival Details


Bob Evans Photoshop Workshop

Talented artist, photographer, and Renaissance man Bob Evans will be your guide to the wonderful world of Photoshop! Over the three weeks you’ll learn a wealth of valuable skills. The classes meet on Sunday mornings from 10am to noon.

Topics to be covered:

• Why edit an image?
• Basic intro to editing-
• Common global adjustments
• Exposure
• Contrast
• Color balance
• Cropping
• Image size/resolution

Moving on to more advanced:

• Layers
• Masking
• Selection
• Cloning
• Move/replace/delete objects
• Local adjustments
• Curves
• Converting to b/w
• Filters

Prerequisites
• Familiar with computers
• Have access to Photoshop or a similar program (GIMP, PS Elements, Pixelmator Pro etc)
• For those who don’t yet have Photoshop, note that the combination of PS/Lightroom/20GB storage is $9.99/month
• Ideally you would have this installed on a laptop that you could bring with them but not essential
• Familiar with basic terminology: exposure, raw files, color balance, contrast, histogram, etc.

Cost:
$30 for all three classes

When:
Sunday, May 13, 2018 10am-noon
Sunday, May 20, 2018 10am-noon
Sunday, June 9, 2018 10am-noon

Where:
BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

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

This class is open to the public. It is open to all ages.

Please make sure you register beforehand – spaces are limited

To register, please use the BVAA Registration Form

To learn more about Bob Evans and to view his gallery:

http://bvaa.org/galleries/gallery-bob-evans/


Carol Arnold Oil Painting Class – May 2018

Oil paint has been the medium of choice for a wealth of famous painters. Leonardo da Vinci. Claude Monet. Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Paul Cezanne. There is just something spectacular about the beauty of oil paint which captures the eye and the imagination.

Whether you’re a raw beginner or an experienced painter, this oil painting class will take you to the next level. It’s full of personal hands-on advice and a warm, welcoming atmosphere!

Talented painter Carol Arnold teaches a monthly oil painting class at the BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery! Carol is a member of Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik’s Putney Painters! All levels of painters are welcomed with open arms. The focus will be on drawing, edges, values and color. These are areas which a beginner can practice and an advanced student can hone to perfection.

Carol makes these classes fun and inspiring, while supporting you to the next level of your growth!

This monthly class meets on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9 pm.

Cost:
The maximum class size will be 10 students, to ensure plenty of hands-on time for each one.
If there are only 1 or 2 students registered for a class, the class will be cancelled.
If there are 3 or 4 students, each student pays $20/hr for the class = $60 total.
If there are 5-10 students, each student pays $15/hr for the class = $45 total.

Invite your friends! Share the news! The more students which attend, the less you pay and the more fun it is to learn from each other.

When:
Thursday, May 3, 2018
6pm – 9pm

Where:
BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

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

This class is open to the public. It is open to all ages and to all levels of painting ability.

Please make sure you register beforehand so we know how many to expect. Carol will send you a supply list to get you started.

To register, email: carol@carolarnoldfineart.com

To learn more about Carol Arnold and to view her painting gallery:

http://carolarnoldfineart.com/

 


Open Paint Session – Sat April 28 2018

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!

When:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10am – 3pm

Where:
BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

This is 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 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!


Alternatives Whitinsville Greenhouse and Carriage House

The Alternatives organization has a carriage house and greenhouse in Whitinsville which they are renovating. The BVT students are working on this slowly as they get grant money. The hope is that the building will be done in perhaps 3-4 years (i.e. it could be ready for use in 2022). At that point the aim is for BVT to use it for classes during the day. It might be available to the BVAA to run workshops on evenings and weekends, much like we currently use the Uxbridge gallery space.

Here are photos of the state of the buildings so far! The green house is a beautiful metal greenhouse. It would be used by the BVT for their horticultural program.


2018 Palette Show at Alternatives Whitinsville

Here are a few photos from the 2018 Palette Show at Alternatives Whitinsville! There were some great entries this year! BVAA members Beverly Tinklenberg, Carole Plante, and Lisa Shea participated.

The show is live through April 27, 2018 – get on out to see it!

The Heritage Gallery at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill
50 Douglas Rd
Whitinsville, MA

The Heritage Gallery is free to visit and open to the public Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. For more information contact Cristi Collari at (508) 234-6232 or Cristi.Collari@AlternativesNet.org.

2018 Palette Show Details on Alternatives Website

2017 Palette Show Photos
2016 Palette Show Photos
2015 Palette Show Photos
2014 Palette Show Photos


Pamela’s Picassos Reception

Come on out to the reception for the Pamela’s Picassos Student Show at the Uxbridge Gallery!

Reception is Fri April 13th, 2018 from 4-7pm.

Pamela’s Picassos


Winners from BVAA 2018 Spectacular Spring Show

Congratulations to the winners from the 2018 Blackstone Valley Art Association Spectacular Spring Show! The show is live at the Amazing Things gallery in Framingham through May 5, 2018. Get on out to see it!

First Prize: Carol Frieswick, Vinalhaven Maine
Second Prize: Deb Bottomley, Sisters
Third Prize: Al Weems, Adam

Honorable Mentions – Painting
Verne Thayer, Stormy Beach
Pam Siderewicz, Northern Lights
Beverly Tinklenberg, Abandoned … Still Beautiful

Honorable Mentions – Photography
Mike Zeis, Infirmary
Linda Nelson, Sparkles
Carol Dandrade, Nobody’s Home

Spectacular Spring Show Details


Twitter for Artists Workshop – April 14 2018

Twitter is an amazingly powerful social network – it reaches millions upon millions of viewers. Images play a key part of the Twitter environment. With Twitter you can share the artwork you’re working on, let people know about shows you’re in, build up your fan base, and make sales.

Best of all, it’s free. Just like this workshop! Come on out for a free hands-on exploration of Twitter. All you need is a web-enabled (smartphone) cellphone, tablet, or laptop. We’ll help you set up your account and get started. If you have an account, we’ll show you how to use it to its best ability.

You also get a free copy of my book on Instagram for Twitter.

When:
Saturday, April 14, 2018
1pm – 3pm

Where:
BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

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

This fascinating workshop is open to the public. And it’s free!

Twitter works on smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Bring whichever you’re comfortable with. We have wifi!

The instructor for this workshop is:

Lisa Shea


Open Paint Session with Pet Portraits – Sat April 14 2018


Image by Betty Havens

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!

We have a special treat this Saturday. Talented BVAA member Betty Havens will be in the gallery painting on-demand pet portraits while you wait! Just bring a photo or cellphone image of your pet, and in about fifteen minutes Betty will have your custom portrait painted for you! Perfect for framing and hanging!

When:
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
10am – 3pm

Where:
BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

This is 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 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.

Note that there’ll also be a free Twitter for Artists workshop in the afternoon. So any of you with cellphones or tablets, you can get personalized help setting up a Twitter account while you paint!

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