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.

Free Fun Friday – August 4, 2017

The Free Fun Friday options for Friday, August 4th, 2017 are:

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston
Old State House, Boston
Greenway Carousel, Boston
Fort Devens Museum, Devens
Children’s Museum at Holyoke, Holyoke
International Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke
The Old Manse, the Trustees, Concord
JFK Hyannis Museum, Hyannis

Here’s where you get all the details!

Free Fun Friday – Friday July 28 2017

The Free Fun Friday options for Friday, July 28th, 2017 are:

JFK Library & Museum, Boston
Commonwealth Museum, Boston
Arnold Arboretum, Boston
Eric Carle Museum, Amherst
Berkshire Theater, Stockbridge
Historic Deerfield, Deerfield
Cape Cod Museum, Dennis
Wenham Museum, Wenham
Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston

Here’s where you get all the details!

Free Fun Friday – Friday July 21 2017

Here are the options for Free Fun Friday for Friday, July 21st, 2017! Let us know if you’d like to go to one!

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Tanglewood, Lenox
Boston Athenaeum
The Museum of the NCAAA, Boston
Fruitlands Museum, Harvard
American Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Weston
Lynn Museum
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
Sandwich Glass Museum

Here’s all the details:

Free Fun Fridays for 2017

Free Fun Friday – Friday July 14 2017

Here are the options for Free Fun Friday for Friday, July 14th, 2017! Let us know if you’d like to go to one!

Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Boston
The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Chestnut Hill
Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Cambridge
Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Brookline
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown
Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port
Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton
Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester

Here’s all the details:

Free Fun Fridays for 2017

Free Fun Friday – July 7, 2017

Here are the Free Fun Friday options for July 7, 2017! Let us know which ones you’re interested in!

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston
Venford Hall Mansion, Lenox
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington
Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Westfield
Falmouth Museums on the Green, Falmouth
Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth
Children’s Museum, Easton
The Hall at Patriot Place, Foxborough

Here’s all the details:

Free Fun Friday for July 7 2017 – sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation

Free Fun Friday – June 30, 2017 – Ecotarium

Time to plan for the Free Fun Friday outing on June 30, 2017!

Here are the options:

Boston Children’s Museum
MIT Museum
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
Springfield Museums (all of them!)
Maritime Museum, Gloucester
New Bedford Whaling Museum
The Garden at Elm Banks

We’ll be meeting at the Ecotarium at 2pm by the sundial. Come out to get some great photos, get inspiration for paintings, and expand your mind!


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