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!

Milford TV Show – May-June 2017 – Flowers

Every two months we rotate the show at the Milford TV Station. The drop-off for the upcoming May – June 2017 show on the theme of “Flowers” is Thursday, April 27th from 6-8pm.

This date is also the reception (and take down) for the existing “Animals” show. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend! It’s a great time to meet the artists, view local art, and learn about the art opportunities in the region. Because some people are coming on Thursday to see the existing show and meet the artists, please don’t take your art off the walls until you’re ready to leave for the evening.

For participating artists, please bring food or drink to share!

The Milford TV Station is at:
138 South Main Street
Milford, MA

This is a plaza with a D’Angelo’s, a Hair Unlimited Salon, and Milford Hardwood.

The Milford people do the labels and hanging for us, so there is no need to use our online submission form to indicate what you’re bringing. Simply be sure to label the back of each piece with its title, your name, and the price. Milford does not take any commission on sales.

If you can’t make it to the party just drop off your works any time during the week that they’re open. Call ahead to check the hours!

This show is for BVAA members only and is free to participate in. Most artists bring in three items but if you have more that’s great! In general, the items can be any size or shape – Milford has a great hanging system which can accommodate pretty much anything. That being said, for this particular show it’s small works for quick sales!

We hope to see you there – and spread the word!

Claflin Hill Road Trip Art & Music – April 29 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, April 29, 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, April 24th. 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, April 28th 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:

William Schuman / New England Triptych
Barber / Knoxville: Summer of 1915 – Alesia Tringale, soprano
Wallach / Berkshire Rhapsody, World Premiere
Southard / An Appalachian Trail Symphony, World Premiere
Copland / Appalachian Spring

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 road trip 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.

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 He writes a description of each work of art.

Submit your details online by Monday, May 22nd to give us time to create the labels and plan out the hanging. The entry fee is $20 for up to 3 pieces. One can be 16×20 or larger, but please keep the other two smaller so we have room for everyone.

You can drop off works from Wednesday, May 24th through Friday, May 26th between 10am and 4pm. Ask for Wendy. If you can’t make these dates, talk with Pam or Carol to arrange an alternative plan.

The show will be hung on Saturday, May 27th from 10-12 noon. The show will be live for viewers on Sunday, May 28th.

The public reception for this show will be on Sunday, June 11th from 1pm to 3:30pm. Invite friends and family!

Take Down
We will be taking the show down on Tuesday, June 27th between 10am and 4pm so we are done before the July 4th weekend.

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