BVAA Spring Show Reception

Hi Everyone

We head some great entries for our Spring Show and a really nice reception this afternoon at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Centre in Pawtucket, RI.

First Place

“New York, NY” by Elizabeth Havens

Second Place

“Korean War Memorial” by Carol Dandrade

Third Place

“After the Storm” by Gary Cunningham

Honourable Mentions

“Dunlin” by Pam Siderewicz”
“Dangling” by Bob See
“Lily Pond” by Carol Frieswick
“The Tunnel” by Lisa Shea

We also had an in memoriam display of some of Dot Downing’s artwork.

A big thanks to everyone who participated and helped with the show and if you get a chance please call down and see the show, it’s worth it!

Don’t forget that we will be taking the show down on Tuesday, June 27th between 10am and 4pm so we are done before the July 4th weekend!


Blackstone Heritage Corridor 2018 Calendar Contest

From the Blackstone Heritage Corridor – their 2018 Calendar Contest has begun!!

Press Release
Contact: Megan DiPrete, Executive Director
(508) 234-4242 ext. 101

Blackstone Heritage Corridor Seeks Photos for 2018 Calendar Contest 2018 Calendar Theme: The Blackstone River and Blackstone River Watershed Whitinsville, MA (June 1, 2017) – One of the most photographed features of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is the creative focus of the 2018 Blackstone Heritage Corridor Calendar.

“We are celebrating the hard-working Blackstone River in our 2018 Calendar,” Megan DiPrete, Executive Director at Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) announced. “The historic river, which powered the birth of the American Industrial Revolution, is this region’s most popular feature and is enjoyed by many who live, work and visit here. The Blackstone River and Canal, and its many tributaries which make up the 640-square mile watershed, provide endless opportunities to view history and stunning scenery in addition to providing many different forms of recreation. We look forward to receiving photo submissions which capture the beauty of this most precious natural, historical and recreational resource.”

Photographers are urged to submit photos taken in the Blackstone River Watershed and focus on the Blackstone River, one of the tributaries, the Blackstone Canal or other water features. “The Quinsigamond, Mumford, West and Branch Rivers are the main tributaries,” Megan DiPrete, BHC Executive Director explained. “In fact, the Blackstone River Watershed includes 1,300 acres of lakes, ponds and reservoirs. Its source is 1,300 feet above sea level on Asnebumskit Hill in Paxton, MA, and the Blackstone River runs 46 miles from the Quinsigamond Village in Worcester to Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, where it runs into the Seekonk River and, ultimately, Narragansett Bay.”

BHC’s annual calendar photo contest receives hundreds of entries, but only thirteen images will be selected for the 2018 calendar to illustrate the cover and each of the twelve months. Submitted images not selected for the calendar are used throughout the year for BHC’s various promotional materials, including its website, annual report, rack cards and much more.

To be considered for the 2018 Calendar Contest, photos must focus on the Blackstone River, one of its tributaries, the Blackstone Canal or other water features and must be original digital photography. Photos must be submitted in high resolution (300 dpi minimum), horizontal JPG format, 10 inches wide and 8 inches high. No black and white or altered images, please.

The deadline to enter is Monday, August 14, 2017. Entry forms can be downloaded from BHC’s website at, or requested by calling the BHC office at (508) 234-4242, or by emailing There is no limit on the number of entries. Each individual photo for the contest must be submitted with a signed entry form.

Winners will be notified in early September.

About Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.:
An energetic nonprofit, the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. partners with organizations, local communities, businesses and residents to ensure the long term vitality of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. Learn more at


Below is an example of how BVAA member Bob See’s photo of the Sutton Common was featured in their 2017 Get Lost brochure. That photo was also chosen for calendar inclusion. In essence, photos submitted to this contest become part of the BHC’s library of stock regional images to use in their promotion of our region.

Bob See

Sutton MA Art Festival

Only two more days!! The Sutton MA Art Festival will be on the Sutton Common on Saturday, June 3rd from 10am – 3pm – come on out and support local artists!

Here’s some cabochon pendants / key rings I’ve been working on:

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Free Fun Friday – June 23, 2017

Here are the Free Fun Friday options for June 23, 2017!

* Lyric Stage Company of Boston
* Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston
* The Sports Museum, Boston
* Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
* The Mount, Lenox
* Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
* Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
* The Discovery Museums, Acton

The BVAA will be doing a field trip to the Worcester Art Museum! They’re open from 11am to 5pm. Let us know if you’re interested in meeting up! We could even get dinner afterwards in the area.

Full details about the Free Fun Fridays:
Free Fun Fridays for June 23

Full details about the Worcester Art Museum:
Worcester Art Museum

Milford TV Art Show Jul-Aug 2017 – Dog Days of Summer

Every two months we rotate the show at the Milford TV Station. The drop-off for the upcoming July-August 2017 show on the theme of “Dog Days of Summer” is Thursday, June 29th 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 “Floral” 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.