2018 Grafton Sunflower Festival

Sunflowers! There are sunflowers! Saturday July 28th and Sunday July 29th 2018 from 10am to 4pm. Rain or shine!

The BVAA has a Sunflower Exhibit coming up in September in Douglas, so this is the perfect time to get ready for it! Let us know when you’d like to go and maybe we can get a group together!

Details from the official website:

Community Harvest Project
37 Wheeler Road
Grafton, MA 01536

Join us for our first Sunflower Festival! This summer event will celebrate one of our favorite summer flowers with activities for all ages, including:

A Sunflower Maze in the fields for families to find their way through.

Pick your own sunflowers and zinnias to take home.

Summer activities for the kids.

Take photos with the sunflowers as a gorgeous backdrop.

Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with fun lawn games, or grab a bite from on-site food trucks.

And of course, ice cream!

Tickets are $10 per adult and include 5 sunflowers (additional sunflowers are $1 each). Adult tickets do NOT include kids activities; a $5 Kids Pass will be available for purchase the day of the event.

Official page:


Gallery 263 Show: Place (Holder) 2018

“Finding Space” / Lisa Shea

This is a call to art for the Gallery 263 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

They are extending their deadline for the show

Place (Holder)

to Friday, June 22th, 2018

Artists from all New England states are encouraged to submit work that fits the theme. Greer Muldowney guest jurors the show, which will exhibit 2D and 3D art and time media.

From their site:


City life may not be the first image that comes to mind when you imagine the New England landscape, but the region is sprinkled with historically rich and diverse cities both large and small. Whether you are in the bustling metro areas of Boston, nestled in the sleepy mountains of Vermont, or sit on the rocky coasts of Maine, you are always accompanied by a familiar charm. However, our states are still home to cities that have fallen into disrepair where vibrant mill industries once flourished, suffer from underfunded social programs, and a growing disparity among the folks that call the same place “home” is becoming more visible.

This regionally juried exhibition at Gallery 263 asks our community of New England: “How do each of us fit into this puzzle, and what is our relationship to our cities as artists?” All Interpretations and analysis’ of life in New England cities are encouraged.

Full details:
Place(Holder) at Gallery 263

2018 The Somerville Toy Camera Festival

It’s that time of year! The 6th Annual Somerville Toy Camera Festival! Perfect for fans of the Holga, Diana, and other fun plastic cameras! This is not a BVAA event but we have lots of fun entering photos into this show :).

From the official website:

September 2018

Brickbottom Gallery, Nave Gallery, and Washington Street Gallery

Jennifer Shaw

The Somerville Toy Camera Festival seeks entries for its sixth annual celebration of toy and lo-fi photography.

Images of any subject matter, made with a “toy” camera – any low-tech camera with no or very limited exposure control, such as pinhole, Holga, Diana/Diana clones, Brownie, Ansco, disposable cameras – are eligible. The key criteria are plastic lenses and a lack of reliable exposure control. Straight Polaroid-type images, or images made with cell phones, digital cameras, or film cameras with full exposure control (such as the Lomo LC series), will not be considered.

Submission Deadline: June 24, 2018
Photographers will be notified by: July 20, 2018
Selected work must be received by: August 31, 2018

All shows will open by September 8, 2018. Gallery-specific opening dates and related events to be announced.
The final placement of work will be decided by the organizing committee. Accepted pieces must be delivered to the respective gallery framed and wired for hanging (or ready and equipped for display, in the case of viewing devices, constructions, etc). Artists are responsible for cost of shipping to and from the gallery.

– There is a $25 submission fee per artist. Payment is made through the Nave Gallery – please include STCF in the memo
– A maximum of five pieces may be entered for consideration

Official submission:


2018 Premier Image Gallery Open Show

The Premier Image Gallery in Ashland, Massachusetts is having its 2018 Summer Show! This will be a joint show between the Blackstone Valley Art Association and two other local art groups. There will be cash prizes!

Premier Image Gallery
290 Eliot Street
Ashland MA 01721

You can enter up to two pieces at $8 each. Pieces must be properly wired. The drop off dates are:

UPDATE: You can drop off on Monday June 11th as well! Call Don Gordon at 508-881-4730

Thu June 7 10-3
Fri June 8 10-3
Sat June 9 9-noon

If you can’t make it during those times, let us know and we can arrange someone else to coordinate with you to bring them in. You don’t have to fill out any forms with this. Just label the back with the usual artist name / title / medium / price and then the owner Don will fill out a hand-written inventory sheet when you get there.

The BVAA has historically done quite well at these open shows. It’s well worth entering!

The reception is Thursday, June 21st from 5-7pm. Bring a snack to share!

The pickup will be on August 16th and August 17th during the gallery’s normal business hours.

For more about the gallery including contact information visit:


Call for Art: Show Us Your Notre Dame

Photo by Lisa Shea

This press release came via ArtsWorcester. We’re already losing Our Lady of Mount Carmel, above. Let’s not lose two churches in a row.

Call for Art: Show Us Your Notre Dame
DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Artists, here is a chance to win a significant cash prize and document our city’s living history! Please lend your talents to the effort to save the former church of Notre Dame des Canadiens downtown, slated for demolition within weeks—or at least, save its soul. An online, non-juried, and immediate exhibition will bear witness to this beautiful landmark building and fuel efforts to save it. Ten prizes of $250 each will be awarded by a group of Worcester’s leading art professionals.

The organizers seek artwork that conveys the beauty of Notre Dame, envisions how it could be repurposed to become the crown jewel of Worcester, and documents what may be its last hours–or the beginning of its new life.

This is urgent: they need your images or video by Wednesday, May 30. Send them your visual art, dance, music, poetry or prose, conceptual or performance art, anything that can be photographed or recorded and submitted electronically for us to upload to the exhibition website.

Bring your camera, your instrument, your sketchbook to Notre Dame this week, and let your art speak truth to power. Notre Dame itself is now fenced and off-limits, so artists must work from public vantage points (sidewalks, Worcester Common, Worcester Public Library).

Artwork must be submitted as a high-resolution jpg or video to savenotredame2018@gmail.com by Wednesday, May 30 at 6pm. Please include your name, youth/student status (if applicable), the medium, title (if there is one), and the day and time you made the piece. We will upload your work into the online exhibition in real time. By submitting images, you give permission for Save Notre Dame Alliance to use them for publicity purposes.

Jim Welu, Juliet Feibel, Luis Fraire, and Honee Hess will award ten cash prizes of $250 each, including youth/student prizes. These prizes are funded by visionary citizens who see Notre Dame as art and believe that art can help save it. The winners will be announced at a public event within a week after the submission deadline passes.

All artists are eligible to participate, regardless of where they live or previous experience. We encourage participation by children and student artists, amateurs and professionals!

Please share this call widely. New England is already watching what we do with Notre Dame. Help us all see this special place through your eyes, and bear witness to this moment in our city.

The Save Notre Dame Alliance thanks ArtsWorcester, the Sprinkler Factory, Worcester Center for Crafts, and WICN for their collaboration and support.

For further information:


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.