BVAA Member Lending Library

One benefit of being a member of the Blackstone Valley Art Association is that we have a substantial lending library of books and magazines on a wide range of topics. Take out as many as you like and keep them as long as you wish. Just bring them back eventually so others can enjoy them!

Here’s the current listing of items in the collection.

Note that the links were auto-generated so they might not always work quite properly. You should be able to manually search on Amazon for any title-author combination to see what the book is about.

Categories are: A/animals F/fantasy G/general M/magazine PH/photography SF/Science Fiction

antarctic birdsdavid freeland parmeleeAAmazon
the total penguingormanAAmazon
airflowphilip castleFAmazon
anatomy for fantasy artistsglenn fabryFAmazon
drawing and painting fantasy figuresfinlay cowanFAmazon
dreamlandsmark harrisonFAmazon
great masters of fantasy artboris vallejoFAmazon
in search of foreverrodney matthewsFAmazon
in the garden of unearthly delightsjosh kirbyFAmazon
last ship homerodney matthewsFAmazon
mechanismoharry harrisonFAmazon
michael whelan’s works of wondermichael whelanFAmazon
mythopoeikonpatrick woodroffeFAmazon
realms of fantasymalcolm edwardsFAmazon
ricard corben’s art bookricard corbenFAmazon
sirenschris achilleosFAmazon
the art of dragon magazineFAmazon
the art of dragonlancemary kirchoffFAmazon
the art of john byrnejohn byrneFAmazon
the art of ken kellyfrank frazettafAmazon
the art of moebiusbyron priessFAmazon
the art of rowenadoris vallejoFAmazon
the art of stephen youll paradoxstephen youllFAmazon
the art of the advanced dungeons & dragons fantasy gameFAmazon
the art of the dungeons and dragons fantasy gameFAmazon
the art of walt disney from mickey mouse to the magic kingdomschristopher finchFAmazon
the elfquest gatherum volume 2FAmazon
the fantasy techniques of tim hildebrandtjack e nortonFAmazon
the flights of icaruslehmkuhlFAmazon
the illustrated book fo science fiction ideas and dreamsdavid kyleFAmazon
tim vigil artworks 1976-1990FAmazon
american folk artwilliam c ketchum jrGAmazon
american showcase illustration volume 10GAmazon
american watercolor paintingdonelson f hoopesgAmazon
an american celebrationcharles wysockiGAmazon
boschwalter bosingGAmazon
capture the charm of your hometown in watercolorfrank loudinGAmazon
classic still life paintingjane jonesGAmazon
collage techniquesgerald brommerGAmazon
colored pencil explorationsjanie gildowGAmazon
creative pencil drawingpaul hogarthgAmazon
dalirobert descharnesGAmazon
degas pastelsalfred wernerGAmazon
drawing and painting with colored pencilkristy ann kutchGAmazon
drawing expressive portraitspaul leveilleGAmazon
dynamic wrinkles and draperyburne hogarthGAmazon
edward hopperlloyd goodrichGAmazon
engravings by hogarthsean shesgreenGAmazon
Faces of american from the Saturday Evening Postnorman rockwellGAmazon
heads and figures in pencilwilliam f powellGAmazon
how to draw caricatureslenn redmanGAmazon
how to draw heads and portraitsjose m parramonGAmazon
how to paint watercolors that shinewilliam c wrightGAmazon
instant period costumes – how to make classic costumesbarb rogersGAmazon
keys to painting textures and surfacesrachel rubin wolfGAmazon
kodak’s look at lifetime lifeGAmazon
making color singjeanne dobieGAmazon
mary cassatt oils and pastelse john bullardGAmazon
one hundred drawings and watercolours 2010-2011stephen ongpinGAmazon
painting glowing colors in watercolorpenny sotoGAmazon
painting light with colored pencilcecile bairdgAmazon
pencil magic – landscape drawing techniquesphil metzgerGAmazon
people in watercolorwendy mattsonGAmazon
portraits in oil – a step by step art instruction bookwendon blakeGAmazon
ralph goingslinda chaseGAmazon
Sargent watercolorsdonelson F HoopesGAmazon
secrets to drawing realistic facescarrie stuart parksGAmazon
stone roberts paintings & drawingscharles michenerGAmazon
the drawing book a comprehensive guidewendon blakeGAmazon
the marine paintings of chris maygerdavid larkinGAmazon
the national gallery companion guideerika langmurGAmazon
the society of illustrators 25GAmazon
the society of illustrators 26GAmazon
watercolor for illustrationjacqui morganGAmazon
watercolorists at work – masters of watercolorsusan e meyerGAmazon
american art collectorJul-12MAmazon
american art collectorAug-12MAmazon
american art collectorDec-12MAmazon
american art collectorAug-13MAmazon
american art collectorSep-13MAmazon
american art collectorOct-13MAmazon
american art collectorNov-13MAmazon
american art collectorDec-13MAmazon
american art collectorJan-14MAmazon
american art collectorMar-14MAmazon
american art collectorMay-14MAmazon
american art collectorJul-14MAmazon
american art collectorJan-15MAmazon
american art collectorFeb-15MAmazon
american art collectorJun-16MAmazon
american art collectorJul-16MAmazon
american art collectorAug-16MAmazon
american art collectorJul-18MAmazon
american artistApr-99MAmazon
american artist portrait highlightsApr-07MAmazon
art of the westmay-june 2014MAmazon
art of the westnov-dec 2002MAmazon
art of the westsep-oct 2013MAmazon
drawingfall 2014MAmazon
drawingfall 2014MAmazon
drawingspring 2013MAmazon
drawingwinter 2014MAmazon
fine art connoisseurOct-13MAmazon
fine art connoisseurDec-13MAmazon
fine art connoisseurApr-14MAmazon
fine art connoisseurDec-14MAmazon
fine art connoisseurAug-17MAmazon
ImagineFXxmas 2007MAmazon
ImagineFXxmas 2010MAmazon
ImagineFXxmas 2013MAmazon
international artistapr may 2013MAmazon
international artistapr may 2014MAmazon
international artistapr may 2015MAmazon
international artistapr may 2016MAmazon
international artistaug sep 2013MAmazon
international artistaug sep 2014MAmazon
international artistaug sep 2015MAmazon
international artistdec jan 2014MAmazon
international artistdec jan 2015MAmazon
international artistdec jan 2016MAmazon
international artistfeb mar 2012MAmazon
international artistfeb mar 2014MAmazon
international artistfeb mar 2015MAmazon
international artistfeb mar 2016MAmazon
international artistjun jul 2014MAmazon
international artistjun jul 2015MAmazon
international artistoct nov 2011MAmazon
international artistoct nov 2013MAmazon
international artistoct nov 2014MAmazon
international artistoct nov 2015MAmazon
Pastel JournalFeb-11MAmazon
Pastel JournalApr-11MAmazon
Pastel JournalJun-11MAmazon
Pastel JournalAug-11MAmazon
Pastel JournalOct-11MAmazon
Pastel JournalDec-11MAmazon
Pastel JournalFeb-12MAmazon
Pastel JournalApr-12MAmazon
Pastel JournalJun-12MAmazon
Pastel JournalAug-12MAmazon
Pastel JournalOct-12MAmazon
Pastel JournalDec-12MAmazon
Pastel JournalFeb-13MAmazon
Pastel JournalApr-13MAmazon
Pastel JournalJun-13MAmazon
Pastel JournalAug-13MAmazon
Pastel JournalDec-13MAmazon
Pastel JournalFeb-14MAmazon
Pastel JournalApr-14MAmazon
Pastel JournalAug-14MAmazon
Pastel JournalOct-14MAmazon
Pastel JournalFeb-17MAmazon
Pastel JournalFeb-17MAmazon
Pastel JournalApr-17MAmazon
Pastel JournalOct-17MAmazon
Pastel JournalDec-17MAmazon
Pastel JournalFeb-18MAmazon
Pastel JournalJun-18MAmazon
plein air magazineJul-15MAmazon
professional artistapr-may 2017MAmazon
southwest artOct-13MAmazon
southwest artNov-13MAmazon
The artist’sNov-14MAmazon
The artist’sDec-14MAmazon
The artist’sSep-16MAmazon
the artist’sNov-17MAmazon
The artist’sjan-feb 2015MAmazon
The artist’sjan-feb 2017MAmazon
The artist’sjul-aug 2016MAmazon
watercolor artistFeb-14MAmazon
watercolor artistFeb-18MAmazon
watercolor artistAug-18MAmazon
watercolor artistApr-19MAmazon
western art collectorOct-13MAmazon
500 camerastodd gustavsonPHAmazon
ansel adams a postcard bookansel adamsPHAmazon
ansel adams classic imagesansel adamsPHAmazon
ansel adams photographs from the national park service archivebasil cannonPHAmazon
ansel adams the cameraansel adamsPHAmazon
ansel adams the negativeansel adamsPHAmazon
ansel adams the printansel adamsPHAmazon
bob ross’ new joy of paintingannette kowalskiPHAmazon
fourfield – computers art and the 4th dimensiontony robbinPHAmazon
kodak black and white darkroom dataguidePHAmazon
kodak darkroom dataguidePHAmazon
landscape and nature photographymichard muirPHAmazon
mastering black and white digital photographymichael freemanPHAmazon
portfolio one (photography collection)the royal photographic societyPHAmazon
the 35mm photographer’s handbookjulian calderPHAmazon
the techniques of photographytime life booksPHAmazon
window seat – the art of digital photography and creative thinkingjulieanne kostPHAmazon
yosemite and the range of lightansel adamsPHAmazon
21st century fossSFAmazon
a closer look the art techniques ofpatrick woodroffeSFAmazon
alternate worldsjames gunnSFAmazon
barlowe’s guide to extraterrestrialswayne douglas barloweSFAmazon
chiaroscurotim whiteSFAmazon
dreamquestsdon maitzSFAmazon
graven imagesronald v borstSFAmazon
masterpieces of fantasy artsackmannSFAmazon
mythopoeikonpatrick woodroffeSFAmazon
pastures in the skypatrick woodroffeSFAmazon
solar windpeter jonesSFAmazon
space wars worlds and weaponssteven eislerSFAmazon
spacewreckstewart cowleySFAmazon
the alien worldsteve eislerSFAmazon
the art of imaginationfrank robinsonSFAmazon
the art of segrellesSFAmazon
the art of star trekjudith and garfield reeves-stevensSFAmazon
the art of the brothers hildebrandtian summersSFAmazon
ultraterraniumbruce penningtonSFAmazon

Welcome to the BVAA

Welcome to the Blackstone Valley Art Association webpage! We have been supporting arts in the Blackstone Valley since 1957. Our main gallery is in Uxbridge; we sponsor numerous shows, events, and workshops throughout the year. This website provides hundreds of pages on local art shows, art events, field trips, workshops, museum visits, and much, much more. We even have a lending library. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

Gallery and Upcoming Events

BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art Gallery
Gallery Open Mon – Sat 10am to 3pm

Tue Oct 15 – Monthly Meeting – Collage with Stephen Halpert
Sat Oct 19 – Tapestry Open-Themed Community Art Show Drop-Off
Sun Oct 20 – Millbury Bike Path Photo Workshop
Thu Oct 24 – Milford TV Small Works Dropoff
Fri Oct 25 – Tapestry Art Show Reception
Mon Oct 28 – Art-Poetry Sign-Up Deadline
Fri Nov 1 – 5th Annual Macabre Pop-Up Costume Party
Mon Nov 4 – Carol Arnold Oil Painting Class

Oct all month“Autumn Splendour” show at Milford TV
Oct all month – “Sharp” online show at Flickr

2019 BVAA Fall Show

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Latest Blog Update

4th Annual Art-Poetry Pairing 2020 – How It Works

This is our fourth annual art-poetry show! This page here explains how the show works, for the artists and poets who are interested in participating.

The show is a “traveling” show which will be at the Blackstone Library in March 2020 and then the Millbury Barnes & Noble in April 2020. In previous years we had been at the Worcester Public Library to start in February, but they are undergoing renovations. If you have any thoughts as to where we could be in February, please let us know.

The artists are drawn from our Blackstone Valley Art Association. The poets are drawn from the Sutton Writing Group and the Worcester Writers Collaborative.

Anyone interested in participating please let Lisa know by MONDAY OCTOBER 28 2019 of that interest. Let her know if you prefer a partner you can meet in person or if you prefer to work remotely, staying in touch via email.

Soon after that, each artist is paired with a poet. They form a team for the duration of this project.

Sometime before December 1, 2019, the poet provides the artist with a poem. The poem can be custom-written for this project or it can be a favorite the artist already has written. The poem will be hung in the show on a maximum size of 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper so it should be short enough to fit on that paper at a reasonably sized font. With that being said, the poem can otherwise be as short or as long as the poet desires. It can be a short haiku or a long sonnet.

The artist now has until January 31, 2020 to create a work of art that represents that poem. The art can be a literal interpretation. It can convey the emotion of the poem. It can focus on one aspect of the poem. It is up to the artist to choose how to present their interpretation. That pairing of poem-plus-artwork will be hung side by side at the show.

In parallel:

Sometime before December 1, 2019, the artist provides the poet with a piece of art (a JPG photo of it is fine). Again, the artwork can be custom-created for this project or it can be an existing favorite.

The poet now has until January 31, 2020 to write a poem based on that piece of art. The poem does not need to literally describe the artwork. It can convey an emotion. It can create a story based on the scene. It can be whatever the poet wishes. Again, the poem will be hung in the show on a maximum size of 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper so it should be short enough to fit on that paper at a reasonably sized font. With that being said, the poem can otherwise be as short or as long as the poet desires. It can be a short haiku or a long sonnet.

When each poem and artwork is complete (both in the first and second round), please also send a copy to Lisa so she can work on the Tetris-like logistics of seeing what will fit where. For art, let her know the dimensions of the piece when you send the JPG.

Here are the pairings from previous years to see how this works:
2017 Art-Poetry Show
2018 Art-Poetry Show
2019 Art-Poetry Show

Since we are not restricted in size this year by the Worcester Library cases, our size restriction is primarily the Blackstone Library cases. Half of the artwork needs to go in the cases there while the other half can hang on the wall. Lisa will coordinate who will go where once we determine the pairings. We’ll try to ensure that people who “went small” in previous years to fit the space constraints have the opportunity to “go large” this year if they wish.

If anybody has any questions or comments, please let Lisa know. Let her know if you’re interested in participating! You can participate just as one half (i.e. just an artist or just a poet) or as both halves.

My current roster is:

Christine Beauchaine
Sarah Beth Guimond
Sheryl Kimball
Kara Emily Krantz
Luke MacNeil
S. M. Nevermore
Malt Schlitzman
Lisa Shea

Christine Beauchaine
Laura Cenedella
Sarah Beth Guimond
Sheryl Kimball
Kara Emily Krantz
Jennifer MacNeil
Luke MacNeil
Malt Schlitzman
Lisa Shea

Let me know if you’re interested in joining us! Last call is Monday, October 28th, 2019 at midnight EST!


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About the BVAA

Since its inception in 1957, the Blackstone Valley Art Association has been dedicated to the advancement of the arts and preservation of the finest artistic traditions by means of exhibitions, classes, lectures, and other activities favorable to artistic expression, and to the development of friendly exchanges amongst artists and those interested in the arts.

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Meetings & Events

We meet at the BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art Gallery at 5 South Main Street, Uxbridge on the third Tuesday of every month. We also hold regular shows, workshops, and events. Please check our BVAA Calendar for more information. Board meeting venues will be announced. All meetings start at 6:30 pm unless indicated otherwise.

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We are a friendly, supportive community of all levels of experience. We have members who are just getting started and members who have established a substantial portfolio. We all learn from each other. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced artist, we’d love to have you join us! Membership Information

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Member Gallery

BVAA members are provided with an online member webpage displaying samples of their work and their artist’s statement. If you are a new member just starting out, or are an existing member looking to expand their gallery, please come to the meeting or Contact Us to get started.

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All the work of the Blackstone Valley Art Association is accomplished due to the selfless contributions of our membership who share their time and talents. From our board to our sustaining members, we all do our part to help each other thrive. We offer a warm thank-you to our dedicated group of creative art enthusiasts!

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Please Contact Us to learn more about our organization!

Hannaford Giving Coupon 2018

For the entire month of December, you can provide a FREE $5 donation to the BVAA by purchasing the “fresh Cookbook” at Hannaford supermarkets.

The freshCookbook was released in July 2018 and contains the best fresh Magazine recipes that Hannaford customers have enjoyed for years – plus it is a perfect holiday gift!

At checkout, you’ll then be given a “Giving Coupon”. You indicate that it should go to support the BVAA.

We get a $5 donation!

This is valid through December 31, 2018. So be sure to keep your eyes out for that cookbook when you’re at Hannaford’s!

Minutes from Officers Meeting – Nov 9 2018

Minutes from Officers Meeting
Tuesday November 6, 2018 (election day)
Began 6:30pm at Uxbridge gallery

Present –
Lisa Shea, Bob Evans, Carol Frieswick, Dennis Smith, Pam Siderewicz

1) Review Milford TV Station Schedule
Schedule is set. Milford TV has it posted. Individual events are set up on site and on Facebook page. Milford has been lobbying for the separate receptions and will be paying for food and wine for them. The schedule of all “last Thursdays of the Month” (except for December) should build up attendance momentum.

Dennis suggested setting up master time-based listing of upcoming events on page.

Small Works – Nov-Dec 2018
Drop-off Thu Oct 25
Reception Thu Nov 29

Winter Magic – Jan-Feb 2019
drop-off Thu Jan 3
Reception Thu Jan 31

Spring Joy – Mar-Apr 2019
Drop-off Thu Feb 28
Reception Thu Mar 28

Monochrome – May-Jun 2019
Drop-Off Thu Apr 25
Reception Thu May 30

Summertime – Jul-Aug 2019
Drop-Off Thu Jun 27
Reception Thu July 25


2) Review BVAA meeting presenter schedule
Carol F did an awesome job of arranging this back in August or so. This seems to be set and fine.

Sept. JoAnn Naugher — Alcohol Inks (had to cancel, had Carol Arnold instead)

Oct. Adria Arch — Golden Acrylic products demo and free samples (people loved this)

Nov. Carolyn Letvin — Monoprints via palm printing method

Dec. party

Jan. Panel of Photographers who have done work in a series—Bob E.-James and Mike etc.

Feb. group critique

March. Gamblin product demo and free samples

April. JoAnn Naugher — Alcohol Inks

May. election and party

Note that the Golden demo person is willing to do a 4-hour workshop for $600. We’d have to get at least 10 people to want to do it before the per-person price became even remotely reasonable.

Also look into Grafton pastel workshop.

I’ll let people know about the Cuttyhunk / Avalon opportunities in late spring.


3) Work on Uxbridge Gallery Show Schedule
This was the meat of the meeting and took most of the hour.

October 12 to November 17 2018
Pickup – listed as Sat Nov 17. Changing to Sat Nov 10th as we want Tapestry to be live Nov 17th.

November 17 to December 1
Drop-off Sat Nov 3 and Sat Nov 10
Hanging Wed Nov 14th. Pam created a cool wreath to post next to wall sign.
Reception – Sat Dec 1 4-7pm / Uxbridge First Night
Pickup – Mon Dec 3

December 8 through December 31
Drop-off Sat Dec 1
Hanging Wed Dec 5
Reception – BVAA Party Tue Dec 18th
Pickup – Sat Jan 5 and Sat Jan 12th

ANYTHING GOES PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW – *2 pieces* (had far too many in 2018)
January 19 – February 23
Drop-Off Sat Jan 5 and Sat Jan 12
Hanging Wed Jan 16
Reception – Fri Jan 18th
Pickup – Feb 23

TEEN EXPRESSIONS SHOW MARCH – want to get flyers done soon so we can publicize this
March 2 – Mar 30
Drop-Off – Sat Feb 23
Hang – Wed Feb 27
Reception – Fri Mar 1
Pickup – Mar 30

April 6 – May 11
Reception – WE ARE NOT INVOLVED – Sam handles this.
Pickup – May 11

BVAA Spring Show
* could be held off-site if interesting location is found *
The Uxbridge gallery is a good back-up plan in case we don’t.
May 18 – June 8
Reception –
Pickup – June 8

June 15 – …..


Non-Uxbridge-Gallery opportunities

* Milford TV – set for year

* Grafton Inn – Bob did an awesome job of setting this up for us. We get good sales here. I’m checking on open spots, John R keeps selling his owls :).

* Worcester Senior Center – reception Tue 12/18 11am-1pm. Asking Suki about Jan-Feb. (We will get Mar-Apr)

* Art-Poetry show – set – finding 3 more poets and then will do pairing. Blackstone Library in March and Millbury B&N in April.

* Sutton post office – running smoothly with rotations, 7 Sutton residents in BVAA.

* Whitinsville post office – planning, 6 Whitinsville residents in BVAA. Will ask Christine.

* Muffin House – Carol will let them know we’ll take it. 2 month rotations, 4 people, 18 pieces.

* Southgate senior center in Shrewsbury – Carol will get next available date. Floral theme. 18 pieces, 1/2 each. They professionally hang them for us. I’ll look for Carol’s photos of her show to show samples.

* Northbridge senior center – they are installing a hanging system. Carol will check when they’re done to see how we can hang there.

* Sunflower show / Webster is always popular in the late summer. We get regular sales there.


Encourage (again) classes and workshops in gallery space
* Carol Arnold gets 1-3 a month
* Northbridge is available for weekday daytime classes

Finances are solid, with over $11,000 in our bank account. Carol F is a financial wizard.


Meeting ended at 7:30pm.

Extra note:

I forgot about Choco l’Art. This is our annual show at the Whitinsville Library around Valentine’s Day.

Reception is Sat Feb 9, 2019
Take down end-of-day Sat Feb 16, 2019

Thank You To Our 2018 Gallery Wall Painters!

Up until September 2018, the Blackstone Valley Art Association Alternatives Uxbridge Gallery had no hanging system. That meant that every time a show was hung, actual metal nails were hammered into the walls. This was, as you might imagine, awful for the historic brick walls. We were chipping away at the mortar. It was also less than ideal for the regular walls, as they were getting peppered with holes and marks.

On Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st, 2018, a team of BVAA members came together to do an incredible painting project. The opening reception for our Show of Hands show was only a week away – on Friday, September 7th. That meant we had to get the existing walls cleaned, spackled, painted with two coats of paint, and dried. Next, the hanging system had to be brought in and be installed. And then we had to hang the show.

It was a race against time.

With enthusiastic cooperation and great team spirit, it was all done! Now the compliments pour in on how wonderful the gallery looks.

For those who are curious, the Uxbridge gallery was painted London Fog grey. We used an eggshell finish on the walls and a semi-gloss finish on the ledges, frames, and doors.

Our spectacular painting team was:
Pam Siderewicz – the ring-leader extraordinaire
Michelle Benjamin
Rick Benjamin – did all the spackling himself!
Deb Bottomley
Patty Cahill
Marcia Ciak
Gary Cunningham
Carol Dandrade
Linda DeFeudis
Bob Evans
Carol Evans
Carol Frieswick
Betty Havens
Kelsey Loverude
Linda Palumbo
Karen Pendleton
Lisa Shea

Thanks to Alternatives Property Services Team for jumping in and coordinating the time to get the hanging system done, and to the installers, Leo and Jason, for installing the hanging system with a smile!

And a warm thank-you to the STAS Hanging System group, which are located right nearby in Millbury, for giving us a discount on their amazing hanging system.

We also want to thank the Uxbridge Cultural Council, who gave us a grant in 2017 to start the testing of the hanging system project. That initial section gave us the feedback and experience we needed in order to do the entire room.

Did we miss anybody? Please let us know!

With the hanging system now in place, so no more nails have to be used, this paint job should last us for years and years! It’ll also make hanging shows and adjusting shows far easier.

Here’s an image that showcases the hanging system on both the brick and the regular-wall surfaces. It features Jose Criollo with his amazing Wasp Hive sculpture.

The Uxbridge Alternatives BVAA Gallery is located at:
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA

We’d love to have you come out and visit us!

Gallery Wall Painting Project – August 2018

Painting Deadline of September 7, 2018 for the first opening of our 61st year! The painting press is on!!

Our Blackstone Valley Art Association gallery in Uxbridge is beautiful. We have art shows there, seminars on marketing your art, workshops on photography, classes on oil painting, and much, much more. And now it’s time to give it a fresh paint job!

We are very fortunate to have experienced wall-painter Pamela Siderewicz in our midst. Our past president is leading the charge on repainting the wall surfaces. We will be painting the wall and trim light gray, while leaving the brick in its natural state. The trim will be painted a glossy light gray while the walls will be painted a washable eggshell light gray. Both will help us showcase art of all varieties, while hiding the random marks that happen in a location such as this.


There are two dates in this process, and it’s important we get through both dates in order to be ready for our grand opening of the Show of Hands art show reception on Friday, September 7th, 2018. We need to get our painting done in one fell swoop. Then the hanging systems need to be installed, so that we can put the show up on the walls with that hanging system. This all needs to be done and complete before our Friday, September 7th show reception :).

We can do it!!

Friday, August 31st, 2018 4:30-6:30pm
We’ll have music and snacks. We need a group of people to assist with the preparations for painting. We’ll sand the spackle spots, vacuum the floor, and wipe down the trim and baseboards. It should be fairly quick and easy. If we can get enough people on Friday we could even start painting the trim. That way Saturday can be all about the main painting. Please let us know if you can come out on Friday.

Saturday, September 1st, 2018 8am-4pm
This is the main painting event. Again, Pam has done this many times before. We will begin in the morning with the trim. We’ll deal with getting the gloss on the trim areas. This will involve taping the walls and then small types of painting. Then, once the trim is done, we’ll move on to the larger walls. This will be where rollers and larger motions are involved. Pam has ladders and we have several ladder-fine people handling that, so you won’t have to go onto the ladders. We just need people who can handle moving rollers in lines. We’ll do two coats total, so while one section is drying we’ll work on the opposite section.

We’ll enjoy music, snacks, and fun. Let’s plan for 8am to 4pm and you can schedule a segment of that time. That way we have people rotating through to lend a hand.

We’ll need all sorts of people, so even if you’re not good with painting, you can help with other things. We’ll bring in pizza and there’s plenty of other things to eat in this area, too. Wear casual clothing :).

It’ll be a fun group event and in the end our gallery will be beautiful! Plus, with the new hanging system installed, we won’t ever be putting holes into the walls going forward, so our beautiful paint job will last years and years. This may be the only time we ever paint the walls. Don’t miss out on the fun! Get your chance to make history!

Please contact us at with when you’ll be able to help out. Together we’ll make this happen!

Thank you so so much to everyone who pulled this project off! Here’s the details of how successful we were!

BVAA Wall Painting and Hanging Project Complete!

BVAA Video Promotion Opportunities

We live in a Video world nowadays and lots of people hang out on YouTube learning how to watercolor paint, do macro photography, and all sorts of other topics. It makes sense to have our art in there so it’s found, appreciated, and hopefully purchased :).

Our BVAA YouTube channel is here –

It has that long, complicated URL because we don’t have 100 subscribers yet. Please subscribe to us and ask all your friends/family to subscribe. The sooner we get to 100, the more quickly we can get a better URL!

If you have a YouTube channel for your artwork, please let us know so we can promote you.

If you do NOT have a YouTube account, we’re happy to make and promote videos for you. Take a look at our channel to see three recent examples.

One video is a “full length” (about 10 minutes) of Laura Cenedella painting a lighthouse on a Gelli plate to make a monotype of it. While Laura was amazingly fast and finished it in the 10 minutes, you don’t need to do a whole painting for this type of video. You can show a section of a process like “how to paint a tree in watercolor” or so on. 

One video is a “short length” (about 2 minutes) of Betty Havens showing some details of her pet portrait. You could do something like that – do short videos to show stages of a process.

One is a “slideshow” (about 3 minutes) video of photography for Bob See. This is a way to showcase finished art in a way that is seen by the YouTube audience. It’s a way to get the word out there.

For the real-life-recordings, it’s easy enough for me to bring my camera and tripod out to the gallery on Saturdays to record any artists who can come to do art for a little while. You can just stop in for 15 minutes. Let me know you’re coming so I remember to bring the items with me. I advise not trying for right at 10am as I can barely get my eyeballs open in time sometimes :). It’s wiser to start for 10:30am or later.

If you’d like a slideshow video, that’s even easier. Just navigate on this site to look at your member gallery, and talk with me to make sure it’s got the images you want to feature in it. Once we get that set up, I can just plunk those images into a video with music and we’re all set.

Video is definitely the way of the world now. Having video on YouTube gets your art in front of millions upon millions of people. It’s quick, easy, free, and a great marketing tool.

Ask with any questions!


Lisa Shea & the team at the BVAA

Forgotten Art in the BVAA Uxbridge Gallery – July 2018

The following items of artwork have been left behind at the Blackstone Valley Art Association Uxbridge gallery from previous shows. We have made numerous attempts to contact these artists to have them pick up their artwork. If you recognize any artwork or name from this list, please let us know!

If we cannot have someone pick up their artwork by July 31, 2018, we will be planning on raffling off this artwork with proceeds to support the Alternatives community. This will be done online on our Facebook page.

Christina Brown – black and white architecture
These were part of the 2016 Tapestry Show

Mary Melzar – Fun Paintings
These were part of the 2016 Tapestry Show

Sam Tomasiello – Painting

P. Bilodeau – Painting

Sandy Bjorkman – Trio of Paintings
Tapestry 2017 – cannot find any contact info

Sandy B – Irish Owl Painting

Unknown – No Marks at All

Please let us know if you recognize any of these.

These ones are all set:

Anne Clay – large Photomontage
Elaine S. has taken these to give to Anne
These were part of the 2016 Tapestry Show

Sarah Radford – photography
picked up

Rudd Redding – monochrome architectural photography
will hopefully pick up on Saturday 8/3

Linda Farrington – bird photography
Linda is graciously donating her art to the Alternatives Art Auction!
These were part of the 2016 Tapestry Show