Ashton Mills Plein Air / Photography – Sun Sept 16 – Celebrating the Blackstone

We’ll start at 10am – this is a CASUAL event. Lisa Shea will be on hand at 10am to greet people and answer any questions about the BVAA. Feel free to come whenever you wish and to stay for however long you’re entertained. Bring paints, cameras, sketch notebooks – whatever strikes your fancy!

Across the street is the The Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum which has great exhibits about the mills.

Location and Time
The location is now apartments. The address to get there is:
Ashton Mills
51 Front St
Cumberland, RI 02864

Time: 10am – ??

During its heydey, the Blackstone River was the powerhouse behind the many mills which sprung up all along its length. Town after town boomed due to the jobs and products created at these mills. Many of these large brick structures represented prosperity for the entire town. The mill owners would often build smaller brick houses for their workers.

The Ashton Mill complex is a great representative of what these communities were like. The area was put onto the National Register of Historic Places on November 1, 1984.

Come on out with us to get a solid look at this amazing part of our history! What would it have been like living in the era of the mill? Where all your family and friends worked in the same place and could hang out together side by side on weekends?

Note that we have permission to use the bathroom :).

This is just one part of our month-plus-long Celebrating the Blackstone artistic celebration. Be sure to check out all of our events!

This month-long celebration is sponsored by Constellation, an Exelon company.

Free Fun Friday – Friday August 3rd 2018

Free Fun Friday on Friday August 3rd, 2018 includes Worcester! Hurrah!

Here are the options for a field trip:

Franklin Park Zoo• Boston
Cape Cod Museum of Art• Dennis
The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River• Fall River
Davis Museum at Wellesley College• Wellesley
Naumkeag, The Trustees• Stockbridge
Worcester Historical Museum• Worcester
Osterville Historical Museum• Osterville
Historic Deerfield• Deerfield
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art• Amherst
Paragon Carousel• Hull

Here’s where to find out all the details!

Let us know where you’d like to go – Worcester is nice and close!

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

This invitation comes courtesy of Dennis Smith! Thank you so much to Dennis for setting this up for us!

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 noon

Because of limited parking on Saturdays, this will need to be a BVAA-members-only event. We will need to park in the 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.

We currently have me, Carol F, Pam S, and Libia G on our list. Who else would like to join us?

Bring a snack, water and painting supplies. If you’ve never been on a plein air before, this is your perfect time to give it a try! Here’s some information:

Preparing for your First Plein Air Outing

Please let Lisa know by Friday night, 8/17/2018, if you’re planning on going, so we know to watch for you and wait :). We will keep an eye on the weather and see how it goes. We really want to give this one a shot, even if it’s cloudy, because there aren’t many open dates to reschedule on right now. We’ve got a packed schedule! We’ll post and email if we end up having to cancel.

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!

Plein Air at Artemas Ward House Shrewsbury MA – July 7 2018

This invitation comes courtesy of the Artist Guild of Shrewsbury!

All are welcome to come paint for a day on the grounds of this historic landmark. Several art guilds from the area will be there. It will a great time to say hello and meet other artists that live within a close vicinity.

When: Saturday, July 7th
Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm for those who prefer morning light or afternoon light
Rain: date Saturday July 14th
Parking will be behind the house on the back yard.
Restrooms are available inside the Artemas Ward House.

Bring a snack, water and painting supplies. FYI, there is a great family restaurant and take out called Dean Park Pizza that is walking distance away.

There will be a free tour of the house at 10:00 AM for those who would like to see the inside and learn more about General Artemas Ward and his family’s contribution to the community and the Revolutionary War.

Art share during the day to be determined.

Please be sure to let Pam Siderewicz know if you’ll be coming – RSVP by June 29th 2018:

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

Plein Air at Foxfire Farm Uxbridge 2018

This delightful plein air was arranged by Carol Dandrade for the BVAA! Thank you Carol!

Full details:

Plein Air at Foxfire Farm Uxbridge 2018

Plein Air at Foxfire Farm Uxbridge Sat 6/16

We have some amazing news! Carol Dandrade has managed to arrange for us to do a plein air at the FoxFire Farm in Uxbridge on Saturday, June 16th 2018 from 8am to noon! The rain date is Saturday, June 24th.

From Carol:

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The Blackstone Heritage Corridor invites members of the BVAA to paint and sketch Foxfire Farm in Uxbridge. The owner has kindly given us permission to capture her beautiful gardens, pastures, wildlife, pond, mill site, ponies, birds, etc.

This will be held June 16 from 8:00-12:00 with a raindate of 6/24.

We are limited to 12 people because of parking.

To register please email your name and phone number to Carol Dandrade, a Volunteer-in-Parks, at She’ll get you full directions and everything else you need.

This event is for painters and sketchers only. Photographers will be invited later in the summer.

The Blackstone Heritage Corridor is an energetic non-profit that partners with organizations, local communities, businesses and residents to ensure the long-term vitality of the National Heritage Corridor.

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This is a special event not to be missed! Make sure to contact Carol soon to put in your reservation!

The Foxfire Farm is located at:

215 Hazel St.
Uxbridge, MA

Plein Air Mailing List for BVAA Members

Summer’s here and the time is right for plein air painting! The challenge is gathering up friends to go with you when the day finally dawns with golden sunshine. That’s why the BVAA is creating a plein air specific mailing list!

To join the list, just send an email to Bob Evans at – he is the keeper of the list. Let him know which email address you’d like to add to it.

You can of course unsubscribe whenever you wish.

Any time any member of the group is thinking about going on a plein air outing, they simply send an email message out to the group. The whole group will get the alert. Then people can respond back if they’re interested, and an adventure is on the way.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Bob. He’ll let you know the list name and how to use it when he adds you to it.

Bus Trip to NYC – Sat April 21 2018

For those who are interested in a visit to New York City, Carole Berren is putting together a trip primarily composed of artists.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Cost: $55 Round Trip

If you are interested, please contact Carole soon at


Spring is coming, has already been here, is coming again. 60 + degrees on Feb. 21, 14 degrees a month ago, a foot of snow!this has certainly been a strange winter. But I do believe as we approach the mid to end of April, it might get back on track for a fine spring day.

Therefore we have a bus trip to NYC planned for Saturday the 21st of April. We might find cherry blossoms ready to bloom as we journey through Central Park, magnolia petals echoing the Gothic architecture of many churches and tulips dancing in the wind in Washington Square.

For those who are interested in watercolors, the American Watercolor Society’s annual international exhibition will be open (from 1 – 5 PM) at the Salmagundi Club ( 47 Fifth Ave.) during its last days of the exhibit.

There are many great museums and galleries; shopping galore; some may go to a Broadway play: off Broadway play; On this day in NYC, you are welcome to do anything yo’d like. Perhaps you’ve heard of a great restaurant – even in Brooklyn, you’ll have time to do it. And one year we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Another time we found our way to the Brooklyn Museum. It’s fun to walk through Greenwich Village or Soho.
And don’t forget the new beautiful twin towers in lower Manhattan.

The bus will start the journey in Warwick at 7:30 AM (exit 10A Park and Lock on Rte 117). There will be 1 stop in CT for food and bathroom. In NYC there will be 3 stops going down Fifth Ave from north to south. First stop at the Met (around 82nd St) Met, Guggenheim, Neue Gallery of Austria and German art, Frick, MOMA, etc.

The 2nd stop will be midtown (around 45th St) .St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, great shopping, etc.

The 3rd will be downtown somewhere around Houston St. which separates Greenwich Village from SOHO .Washington Sq. AWS show, Chelsea, Twin Towers, Wall St., Canal St etc.

The bus will pick us up on 42nd Street at Bryant Park near the NYC Library ( midtown) at 6:00 PM sharp for our return trip. We should be back in Warwick ( after a short stop in CT), by about 10 – 10:30 or so.

The cost of this trip will be $55 pp.