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.


Happy Autumn Equinox

Autumn is a season for counting our blessings. For realizing just how much we have in life where so many others are without. It can often be easy to take things for granted. Things which millions of people desperately dream of having. By pausing for a moment, and looking around with mindfulness, we can find a new center. Begin with fresh energy.

Artwork takes us on this journey of appreciating the beauty in every day. The shimmering violet of a flower’s petal. The rich glow of autumn foliage. The masterpiece of a luminous sunset.

Poetry shimmers with vision. The delicate parasol of Queen Anne’s lace. The coy flirtations of a luminous moon. The charcoal tears of raindrops in dust.

Fiction draws us in to worlds which could easily be our own. A grandmother whose memories gambol and fade. A woman who relives the fears of a long-distant past. A young man who treasures every day he has left to him.

Non-Fiction invites us into a fellow traveler’s world. A woman meets her adopted daughter for the first time. A brother comes to terms with the untimely passing of a beloved sister. A woman’s life takes a detour which strengthens her courage. A young girl survives a tragic accident and realizes she’s lucky to be alive.

We are all on this big blue marble for the fleetest of moments. A few whirls around a star and our journey is complete. There is so much to treasure in every day. There are so many fellow humans we can gently touch and lift up. If only with a smile – if only with a kind word.


Enjoy our latest issue of our Mused Literary Review –


Please share the news!

BVAA and the Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery

We have great news! The BVAA officers have met with a group from Alternatives and put together a plan of action for moving forward with our use of the Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery space. This gallery is located at 5 Main Street in Uxbridge, where 122 meets 16. The BVAA will be given access to this space for free.

We can discuss this arrangement in depth at the September meeting, which will be held in this gallery. You can email any questions you have at any time. Here is the gist of the plan.

Starting in September, we’ll have our monthly meetings at the Uxbridge gallery. They’ll even put our name on the door and everything! It gives us a permanent “home base” where we can sell artwork, have shows, have meetings, run classes, and more. Alternatives uses the gallery space each day from 9am – 3:30pm. That means from around 5pm on each weeknight, and all day on weekends, we can have seminars, sessions, classes, sales, and other activities. BVAA members will be able to use that space to run their own events.

Here’s a photo of how full the gallery gets during the huge Uxbridge First Night celebration, at the start of December each year.

There’ll also be the Uxbridge festival coming up on September 2nd that is on that Main Street area. We should be able to get visitors from that as well.

As part of the arrangement, any income generated from the location from art sales, shop sales, or for-fee events will be split 75% to the artist / organizer and 25% to go into our gallery funds. These funds will help pay for teachers at our workshops, food for receptions, and other gallery-specific activities. The aim is for our art activities in this gallery to be self-sustaining.

We will have the massive power of the Alternatives team behind any marketing we do, including for the sessions and seminars our BVAA members wish to run. They’ll make flyers, postcards, and more. Please aim to plan to have all details about an event finalized 2 months before the start of the event. That gives Alternatives ample time to get the news of the sessions into all the local papers, include it in their ValleyCast mailing, and spread the word. That helps guarantee maximum attendance at the events and maximum publicity for the artists involved.

Please let us know if you’re interested in using the space for the upcoming fall season. We will organize the calendar and coordinate the logistics with Alternatives for the marketing.

This is an awesome opportunity for all of us. Those with small items can have them available for sale in the glass cases in the gallery. Our art will be hanging on the walls. Those who would like to run classes and seminars will have quiet, easy-to-access space to do it in which has oodles of parking. We can do drop-in critique sessions where artists brainstorm about their in-progress works. And all of us can enjoy the meetings and shows in a space which is truly “our own”.

They’re even installing a new hanging system on the brick wall, so hanging art will be even easier than before.

Ask with any questions!

We hope to hear from you soon!