BVAA Summer “Show of Hands” Open Show 2017

It’s summer, and that means it’s time for the Blackstone Valley Art Association “Show of Hands” open art show! All artists are welcome to participate in this show, whether or not you’re a member of the BVAA.

This show is a counterpoint to our January photography show. While the January show is all about photography – both digital and film – this show here is all about the other arts. Oil painting, Acrylic painting. Watercolors. Pastels. Charcoal. Sculpture. Pottery. Fabric. Art Quilts. If you use your hands to make it, it’s fair game for the show! No photography, please – that has its own show in January.

The show is held at the Alternatives’ Community Gallery, 5 South Main Street, Uxbridge, MA.

Opening Reception:
Friday, August 11th

Exhibit Ends:
September 29th.

We will be posting the entry time, drop-off period, and entry fee shortly.

Please contact us with any questions!

End-Of-Year Pot Luck Party

May is traditionally the end of the meetings year for the Blackstone Valley Art Association! We don’t have meetings in June, July, or August so members are free to go paint or photograph. Then September we begin up fresh with newly elected officers and we pay our dues for the coming year. So our schedule is sort of like the school year.

The 2017 Pot Luck Party is on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017! It is at our normal meeting place – the Northbridge senior center.

We will be bringing in main dishes of pizzas and salads. We’re asking members to bring in an appetizer or dessert to share. Please let us know at INFO@BVAA.ORG what you’re bringing so we can coordinate. Also, let us know if you’re planning on attending so that we can figure out how much to get from the restaurant. In the past the price per person was about $12. We’ll know the price for this year once we get a headcount.

Before the dinner, we’ll be having our election of fresh officers for the coming 2017-2018 year. Those officers will begin their duties in September.

Let us know if you have any questions!

So far we know about:

Carol Frieswick (2): Dill dip with bread dippers and strawberry shortcake
Marie Cafferty: Italian meatballs and a loaf of bread + grated cheese
Lisa Shea: Veggie platter, wines
Dennis Smith: sausage parmesan palmiers
Patty Cahill: appetizer
Michelle Benjamin: appetizer
Libia: appetizer
Carol & Bob Evans: couple of shrimp rings & wine
Verne Thayer: lg. pan of roasted potatoes
Pam and Bob Siderewicz: Chicken antipasto- cold shredded chicken dish.
Cathy Willey: apple cake for dessert and soda
Karen Pendleton: cup cakes
Carole Plante: dessert

We look forward to seeing you there!

April 2017 Meeting – Writing an Artist’s Statement


Our April 2017 meeting will be a hands-on workshop on writing an artist’s statement.

As always, our monthly meeting will be held at the:
Northbridge Senior Center
20 Highland Street
Whitinsville, MA 01590

Our monthly meetings are open to the public and are supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Our monthly meetings traditionally begin with about a half-hour of reviewing upcoming events and sharing member news. Then we go into the actual demo or workshop.

For the basics on writing an artist’s statement, to get started, read here:

Writing an Artist’s Statement

To see how other BVAA members have crafted their artist’s statements, visit here:

BVAA Members Gallery

We hope to see you at the meeting!


Art and Poetry Event at Worcester Library 2017-03-18

We had 18 pairings of artists and poets for our 2017 Art-Poetry Pairing exhibition at the Worcester Public Library. This show runs from March 1 to March 31, 2017. The hanging was Wednesday, March 1 from 6-8pm. The take-down is Friday, March 31, from 4:30 to 5:30pm.

Joining the Blackstone Valley Art Association artists are poets from the Sutton Writing Group and the Worcester Writers Collaborative.

Here’s the full details of the show!

Art and Poetry Pairing Show

Each artist gave the poet a visual work of art to interpret. At the same time, each poet wrote an original poem for the artist to interpret. These photos are from the Meet-The-Artist reception on Saturday, March 18th from 1-3pm.

Batik Watercolor Demo by Bonnie Frederico

Bonnie Frederico held a wonderful hands-on demo of Batik Watercolor last night at the BVAA monthly meeting. This is a very interesting technique involving building multiple layers of water color and wax. These photos attempt to show the process from start to finish!

Batik Watercolor – Finished Paintings

Here’s an album of some of the finished paintings from our batik watercolor workshop on May 21, 2017. Here’s the full details of the workshop: BVAA Batik Watercolor Workshop

If you have a photo of your finished work you’d like us to add in, let us know!