2017 Spring Show – Month of June – Blackstone Valley Visitor Center

Our Blackstone Valley Art Association Spring Show will be held the entire month of June in 2017! We’ll be holding it at the lovely Blackstone Valley Visitor Center in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

You can see what the gallery space looks like here:

Blackstone Valley Visitor Center Gallery

From Carol F: Our big show of the season is coming up! I went to see the Visitor’s center, this week. Great spot. 3 walls are carpeted and the 3rd is all glass, making it very enticing to visitors to go in and see the show.  It also serves as a bus stop area so there is a fair amount of traffic. That time of year it is open on weekends. The volunteer there that day could not have been nicer and informative. I think we should leave a blurb about the BVAA history with the volunteers and some cards or membership forms.  There is a historical Mill across the street, it was late afternoon so there were great shadows on them and a waterfall. It would be fun to have a paint out there on the opening day.

The juror for the Spring Show is Craig Masten. I think you will enjoy his web site CraigMasten.com. He writes a description of each work of art.

We are still determining details for drop-off, pick-up and everything else. With the show being live for the month of June, the drop-off will probably be the first day. The pick-up will probably be the last :).

We’re currently thinking of Sunday, June 11th for the reception. More details to follow as we get closer.

Start planning what you’ll bring – this will be a good opportunity for those larger pieces if you have them!

We’ll add in more details here as we get them.

We are going to have two feature displays at this show.

Blackstone Valley Calendar
Several BVAA members had their photography featured in the Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor Calendar. You’ll be able to see the originals featured here.

Dot Downing Memorial
Carol Frieswick has some of her paintings and a poem John wrote. If anyone has pics of her they want to share, we can do a collage as well.

The gallery takes a 20% commission, so that will be the entire commission on any sales – the BVAA wouldn’t take anything on top of that.

Art – Poetry Reception Sat Mar 18 2017

Come on by the Worcester Public Library on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 1-3pm to meet the artists of the BVAA Art & Poetry show!

Each artist created a work of art for a poet to write a poem about.

Each poet created a poem for the artist to then interpret!

Here are all the results:

Art & Poetry Show Listing

Join us on the 18th to learn more!

The show runs from March 1 – March 31, 2017 at the Worcester Public Library. Visit there any time during regular open hours to see it!

Worcester Public Library website

Photos from the Art-Poetry show at Worcester Library

Make sure you come in to the Worcester Public Library and see the show! It’s live from March 1 – 31, 2017.

Press Notice for 2017 Art-Poetry Show

Here’s what we’re sending around about our upcoming March 2017 Art-Poetry show:



I wanted to let you know about a cool show which will be at the Worcester Public Library for the month of March. Here’s the details. Let me know if you’d like to learn anything else! I can send images …

“Painting is silent poetry,
And poetry is painting that speaks.”
— Plutarch

The Blackstone Valley Art Association has paired up with the Sutton Writing Group and the Worcester Writers Collaborative to present an intriguing pairing of art and poetry. The venue is the Worcester Public Library main branch on Salem Street in Worcester. The dates are the entire month of March. It’s an adventure in creativity!

Here’s how it worked. Each visual artist was teamed up with a poet. The artist gave that poet a work of art. It might be a photograph, a watercolor, an oil painting, an acrylic, or anything else. The poet then had to write a poem about that work.

Happening at the same time, the poet wrote an original poem on anything they wanted. It might be an ode to snow. A haiku about raindrops. Whatever the poet chose to write, the artist now had to represent those words visually. The artist was allowed to interpret that poem in any way they wished.

The resulting pairs will be on display!

In some cases the artist did their best to literally portray the scene laid out in the poem. In other cases, the artist explored the mood or feeling of the written work. The same was true for the poets. Some poets described what might be happening in the visual image. Other poets delved into the feelings that the piece of art brought about.

We’ll be having a meet-the-artists-and-poets event during the exhibition period. Please check the Blackstone Valley Art Association’s website at BVAA.org to find out the date and time of that reception. On our website you’ll also be able to learn more about the artists, poets, and the works as well.

We look forward to meeting you!


Lisa sent to:

Yankee Express
Worcester Magazine
Millbury-Sutton Chronicle
Worcester Telegram
The Pulse

Carol F sent to:
milford town crier
Blackstone Enquirer
Milford Daily News
Woonsocket Call
T&G towns
Uxbridge paper

Let us know if you contact someone so we can add them on.

BVAA Choc O l’Art Show


Make sure you come on down to the Whitinsville Library and check-out our annual Choc O l’Art show and sample the candy !


Worcester Public Library Display Cases

Here are the cases available at the Worcester Public Library for displaying artwork.

There are two areas for display, with the cafe in between them. First, the center-main-floor area. This area has two rows of two floor cases each (on tables) and then two vertical (wall) cases behind them. Six cases total. In this image you are looking down on top of the four floor cases and then looking straight-on at the two wall cases on the top.

To help visualize this, here are photos of those cases.

Next up, by the doors there is an area with two tabletop cases and then two wall cases. Again, the tabletop cases are shown with a top-down view and the wall cases are shown from a side-on view.

Sunflower Show at Booklovers’ Gourmet – August 2017

Our August 2017 Sunflower Show celebrates the sunny beautiful flower! It’s held at the:
Booklovers’ Gourmet
55 E Main St
Webster, MA 01570

The submission deadline is Monday, July 17th, 2017. We have limited wall space here so what we’ll do is have each member submit an image or two they’d like to include. Depending on how many entries we get, we’ll see how many items we can hang per person. It’s open to all BVAA members. This is not a judged show – it is primarily a visibility and sales opportunity. Any sales will include a 25% commission taken by the shop. The BVAA takes no commission on this show. Full BVAA terms: BVAA Show Terms and Conditions

The drop-off for the Sunflower Show is Tuesday, August 1, time to be determined.

Public Reception
We’ll figure out a good reception time based on participating artists’ schedules.

Pick-up for the show is Thursday, August 31st, time to be determined.

This one needs to be all about sunflowers! The shop is well known for their beautiful sunflower garden.

Use the BVAA online submission form to submit for this show.

Volunteers Needed
The BVAA is run by volunteers – please lend a hand! We need volunteers for the following activities:
* Hanging the show
* Watching over the reception
* Take-down of the show
Let us know on your submission form how you’re able to help out.

This show is still in the planning stages – watch for more details as we get closer!

Claflin Hill Waterscapes Art and Music – Mar 4 2017

The BVAA, in conjunction with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, is offering a fun night of art and music! The orchestra provides the music while the BVAA provides the art!
Milford Town Hall
52 Main Street
Milford, MA 01757

On Saturday, March 4th, 2017 from 7:30-10:00pm the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra will be performing a show. The BVAA will have art up for patrons to enjoy before the show and during intermission. This is an art-loving audience and we see good sales at these shows.

Deadline to submit your titles and sizes via the online form is Monday, February 27th. This gives us time to determine how many panels will be needed. There’s no fee to participate and the show is open to all BVAA members. Anne will then respond back to everyone with a copy of the labels to proof and approve. If you don’t submit your information by Monday night you may still be able to participate, but your labels might not be proofed. This show is displayed on panels so works submitted need to be less than 36″ wide in order to fit on a panel. Any sales will include a 20% BVAA commission. Full BVAA terms: BVAA Show Terms and Conditions.

Drop-Off for the show will be Friday, March 3rd from 4-6pm. Everything will be set up Friday night so it’s ready to go for Saturday. If you can’t make it on Friday, you can drop off Thursday during their open hours. Just put the artwork up in the performance hall. We’ve never had any issue with items being left there.

Public Viewing
Participating artists get free entry to enjoy the show! Let us know if you’re interested in attending the music!

Pick-up will be Sunday morning from 8-10am. If you can’t make that, email us to make other arrangements.

The music being performed will be:

Vaughan-Williams Symphony No. 1 “A Sea Symphony”
Debussy Nocturnes-The Sunken Cathedral

We should aim to bring the best art in our libraries, to match the high quality of the performance. That being said, if you have two great pieces and one features a watery theme then that might be a perfect one to choose!

Use the BVAA Online Submission Form to submit for this show.

Volunteers Needed
The BVAA is run by volunteers – please lend a hand! We need volunteers for the following activities:
* Hang the show from 5-6 on Friday
* Take it down at 8:30 on Sunday.

Let us know on your submission form how you’re able to help out. There is a 20% commission on sales – this commission is forgiven for those who help out!

Here’s the official Claflin Hill page with all details on the concert –




To get to to Milford Town Hall, 52 Main Street from Millbury take 140 S for around 10 miles. Take a slight left on West Street, which becomes Exchange Street. Turn left onto Main Street/MA-16 for about 2 1/2 miles. It’s a tall white steepled building very hard to miss.

There are parking lots on either side of the building as well as street parking.

You may enter by the side entrance where the handicapped ramp is, go in via the ramp and basement entrance and use the elevator to go to the second floor.

March 2017 Monthly Meeting – Batik Watercolor with Bonnie Frederiko

Our March 2017 meeting will be a demonstration of Batik Watercolor with Bonnie Frederiko.

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.

From Carol F:
I think we have enough paint and brushes and she will bring some of the materials. Everyone will need a .05 permanent micro pen. We will need water containers, paper towels, and masking tape. If members have a #8 watercolor or acrylic brush please bring it along. You may also want to bring your own watercolors if you have them, they may be better then what we have. Bonnie will sell you a brush and pen for $16 if you need them. Her sample piece is done in pinks but she will have us do it in yellow so we will have submissions for the Sunflower show (our August show at the Booklovers’ Gourmet). It might be interesting to do a wall of all the same image.

Bonnie would like a head count, so if you are planning on attending please let us know, so we will have the proper

Here’s some photos of the finished works!