July 2018 Monthly Meeting – Boosting Creativity II

Our July 2018 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 17th from 6:30-9pm at the Uxbridge Community Gallery, 5 South Main Street, Uxbridge, MA.

This meeting and workshop is free and open to the public. No experience is necessary. The fun of our workshops is that we all try new things we’ve never done before.

The topic of this hands-on workshop is:

Topic: Boosting Creativity II
Moderator: Lisa Shea

Our meetings cover BVAA organization business from 6:30-7:00pm and then go into the workshop part of the evening.

This workshop will be a fun adventure. We’ll have a number of different items on hand for you to work with. You can play with whatever one you want. You could also bring paints / etc. to create in your own way.

We will have:

Scratchboard
These are the boards which are a solid color, often black, and then you scratch away that top surface with an Xacto blade. This reveals the color or colors beneath. The owl in the banner is an example of this style. Please bring an Xacto blade if you have one.

Calligraphy
We will have a collection of calligraphy pens – both the cartridge style and the dip-in-ink style – for you to explore with. We have four different books on calligraphy and several of us are familiar with calligraphy. We’ll show you how it’s done!

Illuminated Letters
These are the lovely initial-caps letters which are often at the start of a calligraphy manuscript. They also can be standalone works of art. We’ll have predone letters you can trace or you can be inspired by those to draw your own styles. You can then watercolor in the colors.

Japanese / Chinese calligraphy
I have a Japanese / Chinese calligraphy kit with two brushes. I can show you how it works and then people can take turns creating lovely letters.

String Art
String art is a ton of fun! You’ve probably seen the photos we’ve been posting from our workshops. If you’ve missed them, stop on by tonight to give it a try!

Monoprints
Monoprints are a mindful, meditative way of creating one-of-a-kind works of art. You do your “painting” – usually a abstract – on a Gelli plate with is a flat surface. Then you press a piece of paper onto it to create that painting. It lifts off much of the ink but not all. Then you can do a second work on the Gelli plate based on that left behind paint.

All are welcome – this is open to members and non-members. Feel free to bring along a friend! We’d love to see you there to try some new things and explore your creativity!

Ask with any questions!

Our meetings are supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Open Paint – Sat July 21 2018

If you’re interested in painting, drawing, and illustrating, we have the perfect Saturday lined up! It’ll be a great time with laughter, conversation, creativity, and the space to stretch out! It’s an open paint! All are welcome, including the public, family, and friends! It’s free!

We don’t have a feature chosen for this Saturday. If there’s something you missed from a past workshop that you’d like to try, let us know!

If the weather is nice out, we’ll also do an Uxbridge sketch walk. We have the maps all ready. We just need some sunshine!

Note there IS NO YOGA IN THE GALLERY THIS WEEK. So the gallery will close at 3pm.

When:
Saturday, July 21th, 2018
10am – 3pm

Where:
BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

This is an open paint session where all styles of art are warmly welcome. Whether you’re 12 or 102, whether you’re a new beginner or a seasoned artist, we would love to have you. It’s completely free to participate in the open paint. You can bring your own paints or we’ll have watercolors to share.

There is a TON of free parking immediately next to this building. It is fully and easily handicapped accessible.

BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

Feel free to show up for some or all of the day to paint. Some come for just the morning, some for the afternoon, and some for the entire time. There are several options on the same block to grab lunch if you’d like. We also bring in a pizza and those who want slices chip in a few dollars.

Ask with any questions – we’d love to have you join us!


Celebrating the Blackstone – August 1 to 31 2018

Celebrating the Blackstone


a community artistic exploration of the Blackstone River

For hundreds of years the Blackstone Valley has been defined by its river. Native Americans treasured it for a safe means of travel through thick forest. The Industrial Revolution puts its currents to work powering mills all along its length. In modern times we can still see remnants of the Blackstone Canal and its many locks.

Throughout the month of August we’ll provide a wealth of ways for you to explore your creativity, get in touch with the history of our beautiful landscape, and have some fun.

Here’s just a few of the events we’re planning. Dates and times are subject to change as we finalize the schedules. Be sure to check back for more details as we get closer!

Sun Aug 5:
Photography Workshop with Bob Evans
Millville Canal Lock, Millville MA – 10am

Sat Aug 11:
Sketching Workshop with Jo Ellen Reinhardt
River Bend Farm, Uxbridge MA – 10am

Sun Aug 12:
Watercolor Workshop with Dennis Smith
Blackstone Gorge, Blackstone MA

Sun Aug 19:
Photography Workshop with Al Weems
Ashton Mill Complex, Cumberland RI

Sat Aug 25:
Painting Workshop with Mike Graves
location to be determined (but on the Blackstone River!)

Where else should we go along the Blackstone River? How about the Millbury Bike Path? What should we do there? Let us know! What else should we do that is art-related and Blackstone River related?

Here’s a map to get you started:

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

We’ll then have an open art show, free for community participation, to celebrate all the art we’ve created. We’re still planning when this will be.

This month-long celebration is sponsored by Constellation, an Exelon company.


Open Paint and Carol Arnold – Sat July 14 2018

If you’re interested in painting, drawing, and illustrating, we have the perfect Saturday lined up! It’ll be a great time with laughter, conversation, creativity, and the space to stretch out! It’s an open paint! All are welcome, including the public, family, and friends! It’s free!

Our special feature for this Saturday will be Carol Arnold on hand from 10am to noon. Carol is a stunning painter – check out her website. Be sure to like it!

https://www.facebook.com/Carol-Arnold-Fine-Art-185963048652091/

Carol will be there from 10 to noon.

If the weather is nice out, we’ll also do an Uxbridge sketch walk. We have the maps all ready. We just need some sunshine!

We are still trying to find someone to be in the gallery from noon to 3pm. We’ll update this page if we find someone, but for now the hours are:

When:
Saturday, July 7th, 2018
10am – noon

Where:
BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

This is an open paint session where all styles of art are warmly welcome. Whether you’re 12 or 102, whether you’re a new beginner or a seasoned artist, we would love to have you. It’s completely free to participate in the open paint. You can bring your own paints or we’ll have watercolors to share.

There is a TON of free parking immediately next to this building. It is fully and easily handicapped accessible.

BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

Ask with any questions – we’d love to have you join us!


River Bend Farm Sketching Workshop – Celebrating the Blackstone

River Bend Farm is a beautiful location alongside the Blackstone Canal in Uxbridge. There’s a lovely walking path, several bridges, along with ample turtles and other wildlife.

River Bend Farm Website
287 Oak Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

Our instructor for this workshop is the talented Jo Ellen Reinhardt!

Please let us know via our contact form if you’re planning on coming, so we know to wait for you. It’ll be a great morning of learning about sketching and exploring our Blackstone River history!

This is just one part of our month-long Celebrating the Blackstone artistic celebration. Be sure to check out all of our events!

About Joe Ellen:
Classically trained modern realist and co-founder of the New England School of Fine Art, Jo Ellen Reinhardt’s work has been shown in many prestigious museums, galleries, and exhibitions throughout the North East. Although best known for still life and portrait painting, she also enjoys creating other genres such as plein air landscape and figurative works.

Jo Ellen received her classical training at the New School of Classical Art. She is a signature member of the renowned Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Academic Artists Association, and the Copley Society of Art. Moved by her passion for realistic art, she recently co-founded the New England School of Fine Art, located in historic Worcester, Massachusetts. The school is dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional methods of drawing and painting.

In addition to running classes and creating new works at NESFA, she also enjoys passing her knowledge onto the next generation via her position as Adjunct Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

http://joellenreinhardt.com

This month-long celebration is sponsored by Constellation, an Exelon company.


Millville Canal Lock Photography Workshop – Celebrating the Blackstone

Until the early 1800s, traveling around central Massachusetts was fraught with trouble. The woods were thick. There were wolves and other dangers. Either you were trudging through deep snow in the winter or dealing with swarms of bugs in the summer.

It was nearly impossible for any trading to get done.

Finally in 1823 the Blackstone Canal Company was formed. Its mission was to create an easy-to-navigate canal connecting Providence to Worcester. This would then open trade up to the entire world via the
Narragansett Bay.

Construction went fairly quickly – they began in 1825 and were completely done with the first travel on October 7, 1828. It took two days for one of the slender canal boats to make its way from one end of the course to another.

They expected the canal system to last hundreds of years.

Unfortunately for them, the railroads saw the opportunity and quickly moved in. By 1848 the canal was shut down. The railroad had taken over that quickly.

Come on out with us to get a solid look at this amazing part of our history! The Millville Canal Lock is the most complete remaining lock on the canal. You can imagine what it would have been like to live in a time where sailing up and down the canal was the easiest way to travel.

You’ll be led by talented photographer Bob Evans, whose photographic travels span the globe. We’ll meet at 10am in the Millville bike path parking lot. This is on the Southern New England Trunkline Trail at the intersection of Central and Hope streets. Look for the St. John’s Episcopal Parish Church at 49 Central Street, Millville to find it on a GPS.

Then we head east on the bike path for about 1500 feet. Then north toward the river for maybe 250 feet. And we’re there! There’s also a railroad bridge and other things to take photos of.

Please let us know via our contact form if you’re planning on coming, so we know to wait for you. It’ll be a great morning of learning about photography and exploring our Blackstone River history!

Be sure to learn more about Bob Evans and his many talents here:
Bob Evans Photographer and Renaissance Man

This is just one part of our month-long Celebrating the Blackstone artistic celebration. Be sure to check out all of our events!

This month-long celebration is sponsored by Constellation, an Exelon company.


Open Paint and Calligraphy – Sat July 7 2018

If you’re interested in painting, drawing, and illustrating, we have the perfect Saturday lined up! It’ll be a great time with laughter, conversation, creativity, and the space to stretch out! It’s an open paint! All are welcome, including the public, family, and friends! It’s free!

Our special feature for this Saturday will be Calligraphy. I have a great book “Illuminated Letters Sketchbook” with every letter of the alphabet available. I’ll have tracing paper and watercolor paper. You can trace and then paint / color in the letters. We’ll also have a big-screen TV to watch calligraphy videos on, pens, and other how-to books. If you have your own pens, bring them along! It’ll be great!

If the weather is nice out, we’ll also do an Uxbridge sketch walk. We have the maps all ready. We just need some sunshine!

Note that there’ll be Yoga in the Gallery from 3pm-4pm. So come for the painting and stay for the yoga!
Yoga in the Art Gallery

When:
Saturday, July 7th, 2018
10am – 3pm

Where:
BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

This is an open paint session where all styles of art are warmly welcome. Whether you’re 12 or 102, whether you’re a new beginner or a seasoned artist, we would love to have you. It’s completely free to participate in the open paint. You can bring your own paints or we’ll have watercolors to share.

There is a TON of free parking immediately next to this building. It is fully and easily handicapped accessible.

BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

Feel free to show up for some or all of the day to paint. Some come for just the morning, some for the afternoon, and some for the entire time. There are several options on the same block to grab lunch if you’d like. We also bring in a pizza and those who want slices chip in a few dollars.

Ask with any questions – we’d love to have you join us!

Here’s some of the books we’ll have on hand:

If you have any books please bring them along!


Milford TV Summertime Reception CANCELLED Thunderstorms 6/28/2018

IMPORTANT ALERT

WE ARE CANCELLING MILFORD TV TONIGHT.

There are going to be nasty thunderstorms tonight, Thursday, June 28th 2018 exactly in the timeframe of our Milford TV Reception and drop-off. I kept hoping for the weather to slide or change but while it’s milder now they are still forecasting nasty thunderstorms from 5-8pm.

We don’t want anyone having to drive through nasty thunderstorms.

You can drop off your new art for the Milford TV show any time they’re open. Just check with them to see their open hours. Label the back of each artwork with your name, the title, and price (or NFS). You don’t need to register in any other way. Bring as many pieces as you want – it’s free. The theme for this upcoming show is “Summertime”.

Summertime Show at the Milford TV Station

Try to get the new pieces in by next Monday or Tuesday so they can hang the new show coherently :).

Please ask with any questions! Stay safe!


Small Stones Festival of the Arts 2018

This press release is from the Small Stones Festival of the Arts webpage. The Blackstone Valley Art Association is a partner in this project.

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The Small Stones Festival is a collaboration of Apple Tree Arts, the Worcester County Camera Club, and the Blackstone Valley Arts Association. A major part of the festival is a juried exhibition of fine art and fine art photography, to be held in the Great Hall at One Grafton Common.

You are invited to submit your original works of art for this exhibition through this website. A distinguished panel of jurors will review all submitted work, and determine which will be qualified for exhibition. Just prior to the exhibition opening, they will also select prizewinners in the following categories:

Fine Art – First Prize: $500.
Fine Art – Second Prize: $250.
Fine Art – Third Prize: $100.

Fine Art Photography – First Prize: $500.
Fine Art Photography – Second Prize: $250.
Fine Art Photography – Third Prize: $100.

There is a nonrefundable submission fee of $10 per submitted work.

Submission Deadline
Midnight, September 10, 2018

Festival Dates
November 9-11, 2018

Festival Location
Apple Tree Arts
One Grafton Common
Grafton, MA 01519

Website:
http://smallstonesfestival.org