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 –

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfta8AAPBA31YFrKmRqWxqg/

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.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfta8AAPBA31YFrKmRqWxqg/

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!

Sincerely,

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.

Sarah Radford – photography
Emailing – no response

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

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

Sam Tomasiello – Painting
unknown

P. Bilodeau – Painting
unknown

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

Sandy B – Irish Owl Painting
unknown

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

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


Alternatives Whitinsville Greenhouse and Carriage House

The Alternatives organization has a carriage house and greenhouse in Whitinsville which they are renovating. The BVT students are working on this slowly as they get grant money. The hope is that the building will be done in perhaps 3-4 years (i.e. it could be ready for use in 2022). At that point the aim is for BVT to use it for classes during the day. It might be available to the BVAA to run workshops on evenings and weekends, much like we currently use the Uxbridge gallery space.

Here are photos of the state of the buildings so far! The green house is a beautiful metal greenhouse. It would be used by the BVT for their horticultural program.


Minutes – 2018-02-20 Meeting

Here are our minutes from our February 20, 2018 meeting. The meeting was a critique session.

Bob Evans, President, led the meeting.

Our March workshop leader, Bob Collins with his sculptures, is unable to come on our normal Tuesday. He’s only able to come on Friday the 23rd. We agreed this would be OK.

Our bi-monthly Milford TV swap-out is coming up on Thursday, February 22nd from 6-8pm. We are taking down the “winter” show and putting up the “spring” show. The mural there is also gathering up steam. Anyone interested in working on the mural should go to the station and talk with Rob. It’s a community effort.

Thursday, March 1st is the next oil painting class with Carol Arnold.

Claflin Hill’s art show in conjunction with their music is going very well. They wrote us to talk about how much they love our art. They want us to do a better job of letting visitors know how to buy things. Lisa will make up a sign which provides that information, to hang on the panels.

The Art-Poetry show is doing well at the Worcester Public Library. In March it moves to the Blackstone library. Carol F suggested we talk with the Bellingham Library about it visiting there. Lisa will contact them.

We had a new member join us today – Giselle. Welcome, Giselle!

We talked about 52Frames.com and how it’s a free site that provides weekly photography challenges.

The Teen show is coming up. We had originally planned for this to be a selfie show but were not getting enough selfie submissions. Now it’ll be an open art show for all teens. In addition, BVAA members will submit “Massachusetts” themed artwork, to fill any leftover space in the gallery.

The Spring Show is coming up at Amazing Things in Framingham. Lisa will send a special announcement about that. She’ll provide Pam with a large-sized logo and write a press release. She’ll do different wording on each location’s posting so we can figure out where Evensi is sourcing its feed from us.

AuthorStock is coming up next weekend. Lisa will send a special announcement and distribute flyers. This is a great opportunity for us to make money, as all proceeds from the two days at Barnes & Noble in Millbury go to us.

Carol F would like for us to do a ‘procrastinator color chart’ / open paint some Saturday.

Carole P suggested a show idea for next year – a “Fakes and Forgeries” show.

There’s a bus trip to NYC coming up for $55 to see amongst other things the show with the American Watercolor Society. Lisa has sent news about this previously to the group and will send it again.

Michelle Benjamin talked about setting up a loom display / workshop at our gallery some day and also is interested in Muriel’s fabric classes, once we set those up. Muriel will be planning those once she gets back from her winter vacation.

Carol F discussed how she prices her artwork at $1 per square inch plus the frame cost. Pam prices hers at a cost per hour plus frame.

The critique session was great fun, and several of us stayed there talking until 9pm!


2018 Mass Cultural Council Grant for Painters

For the painters in our group – cash grant available –

PAINTING – Deadline: January 29, 2018
Upload five images, in JPG format, into your CallforEntry.org (CaFE) Portfolio. When filling out Mass Cultural Council’s online application in CaFE, select images to submit in the order (1-5) that you wish them to be viewed (left to right).

Preparing Your Digital
Images Images must be saved in JPG format. The pixel dimension (horizontal or vertical) cannot be smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side of your image. The resolution size is a minimum of 72 ppi/dpi. The maximum file size is 3 MB.

Panel review of work samples is anonymous. Therefore, neither your name, nor any information identifying commissions, awards, reviews, and/or presentations should appear on your work sample. Work samples will be tracked by title #1. Work completed prior to 2014 is ineligible.

Review Process
After the application deadline, Mass Cultural Council convenes independent panels to review applications. Panels are composed of artists and arts professionals representing a range of aesthetic perspectives. The review process is anonymous to ensure impartial assessment of each applicant’s work. Funding recommendations made by review panels are presented to the Mass Cultural Council members for final award decisions.

http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/applications/fellows_guidelines.asp