Premier Gallery Reception

Great time at Premier Gallery reception tonight and the BVAA was well represented.
Don is hosting another show immediately after this one and we will post more info shortly.

NYC Bus Trip in April

This isn’t being run by the BVAA, but several of our members participate in this if you’re interested.

Spring is coming, has already been here, is coming again. 70 degrees on Feb. 24, 14 degrees a week later, a foot of snow….this has certainly been a strange winter. But I do believe as we approach the mid to end of April, it might get back on track for a fine spring day.

Therefore we have a bus trip to NYC planned for Friday the 21st of April. We might find cherry blossoms ready to bloom as we journey through Central Park, magnolia petals echoing the Gothic architecture of many churches and tulips dancing in the wind in Washington Square.

For those who are interested in watercolors, the American Watercolor Society’s annual international exhibition will be open (from 1 – 5 PM) during its last days of the exhibit. There is an exhibit of Turner’s work at the Frick.

The bus will start the journey in Warwick at 7:30 AM (exit 10A Park and Lock on Rte 117). There will be 1 stop in CT for food and bathroom. In NYC there will be 3 stops going down Fifth Ave from north to south. First stop at the Met (around 82nd St) Met, Guggenheim, Neue Gallery of Austria and German art, Frick, MOMA, etc.

The 2nd stop will be midtown (around 45th St)….St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, great shopping, etc.

The 3rd will be downtown somewhere around Houston St. which separates Greenwich Village from SOHO…..Washington Sq. AWS show, Chelsea, Twin Towers, Wall St., Canal St…..etc.

The bus will pick us up near the NYC Library ( midtown) at 6:30PM sharp for our return trip. We should be back in Warwick ( after a short stop in CT), by about 10 – 10:30 PM

The cost of this trip will be $42 pp.

If you are interested in putting your name on the list for the bus, please email me ( with your name, the number of people in your party, your telephone # and your email. Payment (made out to me as I will be giving them one check) will be due 1 month before (March 20).

Kindest regards,

Carole Berren

Cuttyhunk Plein Air Festival 2017

The Cuttyhunk Plein Air Festival 2017 is not run by the BVAA – we are simply sharing the news about this fun event. Here are the details from their press release:

Cuttyhunk will welcome artists for the second annual Plein Air Festival, a one-day paint-in-place event hosted by the Cuttyhunk Cultural Council, Long Range Planning Committee, and the Cuttyhunk Historical Society, when the ferry arrives on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Teri Bordenave, a member of the Cultural Council board, has arranged for mainland artists who register for the festival to be transported aboard the M/V Cuttyhunk with a same-day round-trip ticket and lunch included in the $75 registration fee. “We were gratified to have 50 participants the first year, including some island artists, who enjoyed setting up an easel in their favorite spot and having an opportunity to sell their work before the ferry departed at 4:00 p.m.,” she said recently.

The event is limited to the first 50 registrants.

The fee for island residents who wish to participate is $30. There is no commission to any of the organizers for the sale of paintings. The budget for the second year of the festival is about $3,800 with expenses mostly offset by the registration fees and a pending festival grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Visit for more information or to register.

Kris Lombard of the Island Market and Lexi Lynch from CTHK Café will prepare tasty box lunches for the participants, including a mini lobster roll or vegetarian alternative. Island volunteers will serve as ambassadors to meet the ferry and give artists a brief overview tour from the island map, courtesy of the Museum, that they will receive with the registration packet. The _ARTY begins at 3:00 p.m. when the artists will be transported back to the ferry dock and their work will be judged by a panel of three professional jurors. Island residents, visitors, boaters, and their guests will be invited to a reception and art sale at the Coast Guard boat house.

Prizes, including a Spirit of Cuttyhunk award, will be announced and artists will depart on the ferry. Organizers hope that participants will spread the word about the natural beauty of Cuttyhunk and artists will return again and again.

Jurors will be Jodi Stevens an artist based in New Bedford who exhibits internationally and is the former lead curator at Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA; Severin Haines, Professor Emeritus at UMass Dartmouth, who has exhibited in numerous one-person and group shows from New York to Norway and has painted large public murals in New Bedford and Fairhaven; and Cuttyhunk’s own Bob Smith, a partner in the Four-Corner Gallery in Tiverton, RI.

In case of downpour or forecast for steady rain, the festival will be held on Sunday, June 18.

If drizzle or spotty showers are predicted, the organizers are looking for sheltered porches where artists would be welcome to set up and paint.

Mainland residents are encouraged to come for the day to watch the painters at work, enjoy lunch from one of the island eateries: CTHK Café, Island Market, Raw Bar, Lucky Dog Grill, or the M/V Cuttyhunk. The ferry departs New Bedford at 9:00 a.m. and leaves the island at 4:00 p.m.

For more information on the festival contact Sara Ellis Lehner at

Premier Image Gallery Spring 2017 Open Show

The Premier Image Gallery in Ashland, MA is holding their Spring 2017 Open Show from March to May 2017. All artists are welcome to participate.

This show is NOT run by the BVAA. We are simply helping to spread the word about it.

Premier Image Gallery
290 Eliot Street, #15D
Ashland, MA 01721

This is an open show. Everyone who submits and pays their entry fee can participate and have a chance at winning prizes. It is open to all media and all styles of art.

You can submit up to 2 pieces with an entry fee of $8 each.

Submission dates are March 16, 17, and 18 [EXTENDED TO MON MAR 20 DUE TO SNOW], during their regular business hours. There is no online submission. You simply bring in your art with the entry form, drop it off, pay your fee, and you are set. There is no “jury to participate” – everyone who drops off their art and pays the fee can be in (as long as the piece is wired, framed, and generally public-friendly).

The entry form can be found in PDF form here (scanned from the paper version he sent us):
Premier Show Entry Form

The opening reception is Thursday, March 30th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Bring a snack to share. This is when prizes will be awarded.

Pickup is May 18 and 19, 2017.

Contact Don at Premier with more questions – he is a phone-calls-only type of person. Here is their website but, again, don’t rely on email. Call him.

Good luck!

2017 Alternatives Whitinsville Palette Contest

The 2017 Alternatives Whitinsville Palette Contest is here! It’s the 5th Annual Palette Contest. Here’s how this works.

You go to the Alternatives Whitinsville location during their normal working hours and buy the palette for $15. That is your entry fee. You can then decorate that palette in ANY way you wish. You can paint it. Cyanotype it. Cut it into pieces and reassemble them. Burn images into it. Build on top of it. The winners then get cash prizes and world-wide acclaim!

You can pick up your palette any time before February 24, 2017. The palette needs to be dropped off by March 2, 2017.

The show runs from March 10 through April 28, 2017. The opening reception is Friday, March 10th from 4:30 – 7:30pm.

There are cash prizes in three age categories:

18 and up: $300, $200, $100

12-17: $100, $75, $50

6-11: $75, $50, $25

Full official contest details:

5th Annual Palette Contest

Here are just a few images from the previous years, to inspire you.

2016 Palette Contest Images

2015 Palette Contest Images

2014 Palette Contest Images

This show is not run by the BVAA, but lots of BVAA members enter every year. It’s great fun! And it’s for a great cause.

Spring Bull Gallery – The Art of Food

Do you enjoy food? Take a look at this cool new opportunity!

Call for Artist January 2017 at Spring Bull Gallery

“The Art of Food”

Jan. 7 – Jan. 30, 2017 – Non Juried

Two essentials food & art combined together for this winter show.

Maximum Size: 80 inches circumference including frame.

Drop off: Dec. 31, 2016 – Jan. 5, 2017
(Sat. – Thurs. Noon – 4:30pm)

Pick Up Date: Jan 30 – Feb. 3, 2017
(Sun. – Thurs. Noon – 4:30pm)

Fee: 1 Entry $20, 2-3 Entries- $30

For all exhibitions at Spring Bull Gallery:
Art must be properly framed,wired and ready to hang, no clip on frames nor saw-tooth hangers allowed. Please adhere to size requirements because of limited space available.

Any questions please call the gallery at 401-849-9166.

Spring Bull Gallery
55 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840