Mirror Photography Challenge – 52Frames June 25 2018

The weekly photography challenge this week starting June 25, 2018 at 52Frames involves mirrors! What kinds of fun mirror images can you take?

Here’s just a few by Lisa Shea to inspire you. What can you come up with? Share them with us!

Here’s the challenge page – 52Frames

Hopedale Day in the Park 2018 – Sept 15 2018

The 29th Annual Hopedale Day in the Park is on Saturday September 15th, 2018!

The Blackstone Valley Art Association regularly gets a booth at this festival in order to promote our artwork and membership.

In addition, the Hopedale Cultural Council sponsors a HUGE art show at this event, under a big white tent. Many of our members routinely win prizes. Here’s an image from 2017 when our member Libia Goncalves won first prize.

It is WELL worth entering this art festival. It’s a part of a one-day big festival on the Hopedale common with music, food, booths, and all sorts of things. The entry fee is $20.

There are four categories for prize getting:
* watercolors
* oils / acrylics
* photography
* mixed media (pretty much anything else)

Here’s some details for entering.


* ALL SIGNATURES MUST BE COVERED BY CARDSTOCK FOR JUDGING. They’ll remove the cards later on, but when you bring your artwork in the signature MUST be hidden. That way the judging can be reasonably anonymous.

* YOU MUST BE THERE BETWEEN 8-9AM FOR DROPOFF. Then they judge so you can’t be late. If you have a challenge with this, talk with us and we can coordinate with someone who is going in to bring your art in for you.

* THE ART FESTIVAL AND OUR BOOTH ARE TWO SEPARATE THINGS. The art festival is run by the Hopedale Cultural Council and we all enter that show. In addition to that, we also have a booth at the event which we put our own art up in, for free. Our booth is best for smaller quick-purchase items, matted prints, and notecards.

* YOU MUST SEND IN A PAPER FORM TO REGISTER. That has to be received by September 9th 2018. Don’t wait for the last minute on this one. Register early.

Here’s the two pages for the paper registration. Print these out, fill them in, and snail-mail them to their destination.

Ask with any questions! This is well worth entering.

You can also get more information at their Facebook page:

Relatively Abstract Call to Art 2018 – X Gallery New Bedford MA

Bob Evans

The X Gallery In New Bedford, Massachusetts has a call to art for their show “Relatively Abstract”.

Theme: Abstraction… A departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art. This departure from accurate representation can be slight, partial, or complete.

Deadline: Last day for drop off is Sunday July 1st, 2018 between 11am and 3pm.

Show opens Thursday, July 5th, 2018
Opening reception is Saturday July 7th, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm.

Entry fee:
for non members is $10 each, 3 for $25.
Anything over 3 pieces would be $10 each.

Full details:

Premier Image Gallery June 2018 Show

The July 2018 show at Premier Image Gallery in Ashland was a joint show between the BVAA, the Framingham Art Guild and the Franklin Art Association. Congrats to our members who won ribbons!

Watercolors – Second Place – Deb Bottomley
Honorable Mention – Elizabeth Havens
Honorable Mention – Verne Thayer

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