2018 Palette Show at Alternatives Whitinsville

Here are a few photos from the 2018 Palette Show at Alternatives Whitinsville! There were some great entries this year! BVAA members Beverly Tinklenberg, Carole Plante, and Lisa Shea participated.

The show is live through April 27, 2018 – get on out to see it!

The Heritage Gallery at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill
50 Douglas Rd
Whitinsville, MA

The Heritage Gallery is free to visit and open to the public Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. For more information contact Cristi Collari at (508) 234-6232 or Cristi.Collari@AlternativesNet.org.

2018 Palette Show Details on Alternatives Website

2017 Palette Show Photos
2016 Palette Show Photos
2015 Palette Show Photos
2014 Palette Show Photos

Landscape Photography with Cemal Ekim

This great news tidbit comes from member Mike Zeis!


Cemal Ekim, who was the judge for the BVAA Anything Goes exhibit in January 2013, is leading a roundtable on Landscape Photography at the next meeting of the Film Photographers Association.

I’ve been to Cemal’s roundtables covering still life photography, abstract photography, and fine art photography. These sessions start with opening remarks that cover the given topic generally as art. Then Cemal covers the emergence of the artistic form in photography, illustrated by examples from top photographers. After about 15 minutes or so of foundation, discussion begins. I find both parts of the evening to be stimulating. Cemal’s presentation helps me understand the subject and get a feel for some of the distinctions that make a difference, and the discussion provides a feel for practical application.

Date/time: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:00 (for socializing and snacks). The discussion starts at 7:30. The meeting ends at 9 pm.

Place: Rev. Larson Senior Center, 25 South Main Street , Attleboro, MA 02703.

Getting there: You can travel there on your own, or you can come along with me. I will leave Uxbridge at 6:30 pm, and can take three people with me. (Honda says my Pilot can fit two more in the seats behind the seats, but these last two have to clamber into the way-back.) We’ll meet in the parking lot by the Uxbridge gallery. Post here if you’re interested!

Mike Zeis

2018 Alternatives Palette Show Reception!

It’s coming up! This Friday, March 9th from 4:30 to 7:30pm – it’s the 6th annual 2018 Alternatives Palette Show!

Come on out, meet the artists, and explore the fantastic creativity!

The Heritage Gallery at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill
50 Douglas Rd
Whitinsville, MA

Show details:

2018 Alternatives Palette Show

Past show details:

2017 Palette Show Photos
2016 Palette Show Photos
2015 Palette Show Photos
2014 Palette Show Photos

Cuttyhunk Plein Air Festival 2018 – Sat June 23 2018

The Cuttyhunk Plein Air Festival is not run by the BVAA, but we are sharing news of it.

Here is the writeup.

Artists are urged to register now for Cuttyhunk Plein Air 2018, set for Saturday, June 23, 2018 with Sunday, June 24 reserved for a rain date. The $75 registration fee includes roundtrip ferry ticket, choice of box lunch, reception, and prizes. Island participants pay a $30 fee, including lunch.

A reminder that a dozen artists were waitlisted in 2017, so act quickly to secure a spot.

Sponsors for the 2018 festival are the Cuttyhunk Cultural Council, Cuttyhunk Historical Society, and the Long-Range Planning Committee for the Town of Gosnold. Fatherdaughter team of Jim and Molly Conway, former owners of the Pea in Your Pants Gallery, will present two purchase awards. Jurors will award gift certificates of $200, $100, and $50 from Dick Blick Art Supplies to the top three paintings.

Cuttyhunk, a 580-acre glacial remnant, is the most remote of the Elizabeth Islands chain, and the only one with public access. Approximately three-quarters of a mile wide and a mile and a half long, the quaint island is easily walkable and abounds with scenic views of rocky beaches, cliffs, sailboats, distant islands, wildflowers, and handsome homes.

Cuttyhunk welcomes artists throughout the season. In addition to splendid scenery, the island offers public rest rooms at the Marina and Town Hall, engaging exhibits at the Museum of the Elizabeth Islands, tasty fare from the Island Market, Cuttyhunk Café, Raw Bar, Soprano’s Pizza (evenings), Lucky Dog Grill, Scuttlebutt Café (some evenings), Cuttyhunk Fishing Club (breakfast), and aboard the M/V Cuttyhunk which provides daily passenger service from New Bedford to the island. Captain John Paul Hunter, aboard his SeaHorse water taxi, also offers transport.

The inaugural Cuttyhunk Plein Air 2016 took place on June 18, 2016, a sparkling Saturday with 45 participants: 40 from the south coast of New England and five from the island. Jurors Helen Sturgis Nadler, Bob Smith, and Jodi Stevens selected the top three artists: Mary Benton, of Swansea, MA, took the first prize with a painting of Church’s Beach distinguished by her brushwork and palette; Heidi Hallemeier, of South Dartmouth, MA, was second with a scene featuring the Fish Dock and Raw Bar boat described as evocative; and Barbara Healy of North Dartmouth, MA won third place. Each artist received commemorative ribbons and $200, $100. and $50 gift certificates respectively from Dick Blick Art Supplies. A special Spirit of Cuttyhunk Captured award went to Suzanne Lewis of Bristol, RI for her painting of the school house. The prize was selected by a representative of each of the sponsoring organizations, the Cuttyhunk Cultural Council, the Cuttyhunk Historical Society, and the Long-Range Planning Committee.

Cuttyhunk Plein Air 2017 concluded with clearing weather and happy artists. Organizers, artists, and island ambassadors breathed a collective sigh of relief as the fog lifted and the ferry landed for Cuttyhunk Plein Air 2017. Fifty artists, accompanied by Ambassador Patty Andrews picked up box lunches prepared by CTHK Café and Island Market, were scooped up by volunteers with golf carts, and distributed to island motifs and front porches to spend the day capturing Cuttyhunk. They were returned to the US Coast Guard Boat House and their work hung along the east wall of the historic structure. Jurors Jodi Stevens, Severin Haines, and Bob Smith roamed up and down the display before conferring and passing their choices to Festival Director Teri Bordenave to be announced to the gathering crowd of more than 100 islanders.

First place went to Anne McKee of Wayland, MA for “That Tree,” located on the Cuttyhunk Fishing Club property. Elizabeth Havens received second honors for “Cuttyhunk Charm.” The third prize ribbon was for Jane Owen’s “Pond View.” The artists received $200, $100, and $50 gift certificates, respectively, from Dick Blick Art Materials. Molly and Jim Conway were the donors and jurors for the Spirit of Cuttyhunk purchase prize. They chose “Bass Cove” by Barbara Healy. The winning painting was then donated to the Cuttyhunk Historical Society for the Museum opening auction on Saturday, July 1. Ms. Healy was the third prize winner in 2016. The painting was purchased by a CHS board member and donated to the museum. Following the announcement of winners the crowd enjoyed a wine reception _ARTY! in the Boat House before artists boarded the ferry for the return ride to New Bedford.

Ms. Bordenave counted 15 sales of works done during the paint-along. The paint-in-place event was promoted along the South Coast of Massachusetts and as far west as Providence and Newport, RI. The participants hailed from New York to New Hampshire.

For more information, or to register for Cuttyhunk Plein Air 2018, please visit www.cuttyhunkpleinair.com Contact Director Teri Bordenave at bordenave.teri@gmail.com or Publicist Sara Lehner at sellisl@mac.com.

52Frames Challenge – Neglected

The 52Frames “Neglected” gallery is up! Here is Bob Evans with “Neglected Home” – please comment on his image!


Lisa Shea submitted this one:


Be sure to look through all the works in this week’s challenge. Did you enter?

Call to Artists Healing Fibers: Picture Medical Justice. Exhibition

Call to Artists from the Sprinkler Factory in Worcester!

Healing Fibers: Picture Medical Justice.

Exhibition Dates: July 7th -29th, 2018
Sprinkler Factory, Worcester, MA.

Artists are invited to submit art that addresses personal health stories of themselves or relatives. Or, art that might pose a question or solution to the crisis of health care in the United States. Artists are welcome to participate with up to three pieces addressing the above theme. Art can be of any medium (drawing, sketching, painting, mixed media, collage, prints, photography, sculpture, video, craft, weaving, basketry and assemblage).

All art should contain fiber in some capacity such as photographs can be printed on Japanese fibrous paper; videos can be projected on fibrous sheets: be creative!

During the reception, there will be Best in Show and Best in Show by popular vote. In conjunction with the art exhibit they welcome professionals, writers, poets, speakers, musicians, dancers, and storytellers to participate in the event during the month of July 2018 on the weekends from 1PM-4PM.

If you would like to participate, or if you recommend somebody, contact: bayda.asbridge@gmail.com.

Deadline: May 18, 2018

Open Call for Rhode Island Area Portuguese Artists

The Bristol Art Museum has an open call for Portuguese Artists in the Rhode Island area for March 2018.

Here are the details of that call. Please share with any artists you might know who fit this category.

Open Call for Rhode Island Area Portuguese Artists
“Arte Corajosa – Celebrating Portuguese Creativity: Courageous Art”

Posted by: Bristol Art Museum
Deadline: Sun, March 18th, 2018

The Bristol Art Museum is issuing a call to RI and Southeast New England artists for “Arte Corajosa, Celebrating Azorean Creativity: Courageous Art”.

All 2-D and 3-D media will be considered, with the exception of video and site specific installations. Deadline for online entry is 11:49pm March 18, 2018. Hand Delivered works only.

The juror is Nancy Whipple Grinnell, Curator Emerita at the Newport Art Museum, where she served for 18 years. Grinnell’s curatorial strength is in her ability to see quality in diversity. Her curatorial work at the Newport Art Museum was always distinctive, adventurous and fresh bringing the museum admiration and respect. Nancy is known for finding and promoting artists creating quality work whether they are well known or not.

Prospectus: http://www.bristolartmuseum.org/a-call-to-artists.html

The submission fee is $20 for four entries.

Selected work will be on exhibit at The Bristol Art Museum, 10 Wardwell Street, Bristol, RI from June 15th – August 26, 2018. A free, public reception for the artists will be held Friday June 15, 6:30 – 8:30p.m.

Here is a direct link to info on the Bristol Art Museum website:

Here is a link to the Facebook event: