Plein Air at Foppema’s Farm Sutton – Aug 18 2018

This invitation comes courtesy of Dennis Smith! Thank you Dennis for setting this up!

All active BVAA members are welcome to come paint for a day on the grounds of this beautiful farm.

When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Time: 8:00am to 3:00pm for those who prefer morning light or afternoon light
Rain: date Saturday, August 25, 2018

Because of limited parking on Saturdays, this will need to be a members only event. We will need to park in employees parking as their main lot fills up on Saturday. Employee parking is on the grass at the north end of their paved parking lot.

Dennis says: I can stay until noonish, but we can have someone else take over for the afternoon as her contact after I leave – if we want to go into the afternoon. We will probably have employees parked-in so we need to have someone accessible on a cell phone who can find our drivers.

Bring a snack, water and painting supplies.

Please be sure to let Dennis Smith know if you’ll be coming – RSVP by August 15th 2018:

Hope to see you for a fun day of painting and good company!

Free Fun Friday Museums – Friday July 6 2018

Free Fun Friday Museums

The Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays are here for 2018! Every Friday there is a batch of museums in Massachusetts which are COMPLETELY FREE TO VISIT! Get on out and explore the culture in your own back yard!

These are the museums which are free on Friday, July 6, 2018.

Boston Children’s Museum • Boston
Peabody Essex Museum • Salem
Cape Cod Maritime Museum • Hyannis
Battleship Cove • Fall River
Amelia Park Children’s Museum • Westfield
Gore Place • Waltham
Falmouth Museums on the Green • Falmouth
Hancock Shaker Village• Pittsfield
Pilgrim Hall Museum• Plymouth
New England Quilt Museum • Lowell

Where would you like to go?

Here’s the full list of all the free museums and all the Fridays. Let us know what you’d like to go to in the coming weeks!

Free Fun Friday Museums – Friday June 29 2018

The Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays are here for 2018! Every Friday there is a batch of museums in Massachusetts which are COMPLETELY FREE TO VISIT! Get on out and explore the culture in your own back yard!

These are the museums which are free on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Lyric Stage Company of Boston • Boston
MIT Museum • Cambridge
Berkshire Theatre Group • Stockbridge
Nantucket Whaling Museum • Nantucket
The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home • Lenox
Concord Museum • Concord
Worcester Art Museum • Worcester
Clark Art Institute • Williamstown
Children’s Museum in Easton • Easton
Edward Gorey House • Yarmouth Port

The Worcester Art Museum is open from 10-4 this Friday. Would anyone like to go? Let us know!

Here’s the full list of all the free museums and all the Fridays. Let us know what you’d like to go to in the coming weeks!

Milford TV Summertime Reception CANCELLED Thunderstorms 6/28/2018



There are going to be nasty thunderstorms tonight, Thursday, June 28th 2018 exactly in the timeframe of our Milford TV Reception and drop-off. I kept hoping for the weather to slide or change but while it’s milder now they are still forecasting nasty thunderstorms from 5-8pm.

We don’t want anyone having to drive through nasty thunderstorms.

You can drop off your new art for the Milford TV show any time they’re open. Just check with them to see their open hours. Label the back of each artwork with your name, the title, and price (or NFS). You don’t need to register in any other way. Bring as many pieces as you want – it’s free. The theme for this upcoming show is “Summertime”.

Summertime Show at the Milford TV Station

Try to get the new pieces in by next Monday or Tuesday so they can hang the new show coherently :).

Please ask with any questions! Stay safe!

Small Stones Festival of the Arts 2018

This press release is from the Small Stones Festival of the Arts webpage. The Blackstone Valley Art Association is a partner in this project.

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The Small Stones Festival is a collaboration of Apple Tree Arts, the Worcester County Camera Club, and the Blackstone Valley Arts Association. A major part of the festival is a juried exhibition of fine art and fine art photography, to be held in the Great Hall at One Grafton Common.

You are invited to submit your original works of art for this exhibition through this website. A distinguished panel of jurors will review all submitted work, and determine which will be qualified for exhibition. Just prior to the exhibition opening, they will also select prizewinners in the following categories:

Fine Art – First Prize: $500.
Fine Art – Second Prize: $250.
Fine Art – Third Prize: $100.

Fine Art Photography – First Prize: $500.
Fine Art Photography – Second Prize: $250.
Fine Art Photography – Third Prize: $100.

There is a nonrefundable submission fee of $10 per submitted work.

Submission Deadline
Midnight, September 10, 2018

Festival Dates
November 9-11, 2018

Festival Location
Apple Tree Arts
One Grafton Common
Grafton, MA 01519


Fauna Photography Contest 2018 – Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Owl Photo by John Randell

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is holding an ONLINE CONTEST ONLY on the theme of “Fauna” where you submit your photos online and the winners are shown online. So there is no in-person component to this art show or contest.

Theme: Wildlife photography aims to capture a one-of-a-kind look at the wonders of the animal kingdom. Embrace the wilderness with animal as the subject in their most powerful, raw, vulnerable, and natural form. Show us FAUNA through your perspective, any and all methods of capture and process are welcome.

You could win a fair amount of cash if you win:
First Place: $500 cash prize
Second Place: $200 cash prize
Third Place: $100 cash prize

Entry deadline: Friday, July 20, 2018 at 11:59pm (mst)

Entry Fee:
$20 for first entry/$5 for each additional entry.
You may enter up to 20 images.
Payment is non-refundable and does not guarantee acceptance.

For more details:

Mirror Photography Challenge – 52Frames June 25 2018

The weekly photography challenge this week starting June 25, 2018 at 52Frames involves mirrors! What kinds of fun mirror images can you take?

Here’s just a few by Lisa Shea to inspire you. What can you come up with? Share them with us!

Here’s the challenge page – 52Frames

Hopedale Day in the Park 2018 – Sept 15 2018

The 29th Annual Hopedale Day in the Park is on Saturday September 15th, 2018!

The Blackstone Valley Art Association regularly gets a booth at this festival in order to promote our artwork and membership.

In addition, the Hopedale Cultural Council sponsors a HUGE art show at this event, under a big white tent. Many of our members routinely win prizes. Here’s an image from 2017 when our member Libia Goncalves won first prize.

It is WELL worth entering this art festival. It’s a part of a one-day big festival on the Hopedale common with music, food, booths, and all sorts of things. The entry fee is $20.

There are four categories for prize getting:
* watercolors
* oils / acrylics
* photography
* mixed media (pretty much anything else)

Here’s some details for entering.


* ALL SIGNATURES MUST BE COVERED BY CARDSTOCK FOR JUDGING. They’ll remove the cards later on, but when you bring your artwork in the signature MUST be hidden. That way the judging can be reasonably anonymous.

* YOU MUST BE THERE BETWEEN 8-9AM FOR DROPOFF. Then they judge so you can’t be late. If you have a challenge with this, talk with us and we can coordinate with someone who is going in to bring your art in for you.

* THE ART FESTIVAL AND OUR BOOTH ARE TWO SEPARATE THINGS. The art festival is run by the Hopedale Cultural Council and we all enter that show. In addition to that, we also have a booth at the event which we put our own art up in, for free. Our booth is best for smaller quick-purchase items, matted prints, and notecards.

* YOU MUST SEND IN A PAPER FORM TO REGISTER. That has to be received by September 9th 2018. Don’t wait for the last minute on this one. Register early.

Here’s the two pages for the paper registration. Print these out, fill them in, and snail-mail them to their destination.

Ask with any questions! This is well worth entering.

You can also get more information at their Facebook page:

Relatively Abstract Call to Art 2018 – X Gallery New Bedford MA

Bob Evans

The X Gallery In New Bedford, Massachusetts has a call to art for their show “Relatively Abstract”.

Theme: Abstraction… A departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art. This departure from accurate representation can be slight, partial, or complete.

Deadline: Last day for drop off is Sunday July 1st, 2018 between 11am and 3pm.

Show opens Thursday, July 5th, 2018
Opening reception is Saturday July 7th, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm.

Entry fee:
for non members is $10 each, 3 for $25.
Anything over 3 pieces would be $10 each.

Full details: