BVAA Third Annual Art-Poetry Show 2019 – Millbury Barnes & Noble

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is holding their third annual Art – Poetry show at the Millbury Barnes & Noble in Millbury, MA! It’s live for April 1-7 2019. Be sure to stop by during the store’s open hours!

The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley
70 Worcester Providence Turnpike #5
Millbury, MA 01527

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

We’ll be reading the poetry live at that reception!

Here’s the details on this show!

2019 BVAA Art-Poetry Show

And details about the store:

BVAA Third Annual Art-Poetry Show 2019 – Blackstone Library

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is holding their third annual Art – Poetry show at the Blackstone Library in Blackstone, MA! It’s live for the month of March 2019. Be sure to stop by during the library’s open hours!

Blackstone Library
86 Main Street
Blackstone, MA 01504

Tuesday March 26th
6pm – 7:45pm

Here’s the details on this show!

2019 BVAA Art-Poetry Show

Details about the library:

Choco l’Art Reception – Sat Feb 9 2019


Our February 9, 2019 reception is all about chocolate! Come on by the Whitinsville Social Library from 10am to 2pm to enjoy chocolate, more chocolate, and of course some delightful artwork.

All are welcome!

You get to vote for your favorite artwork – it’s your vote which determines the winner of the show!

Here’s just a few photos of the show.

Here’s the video walkthrough:

Full details:

2019 Choco l’Art Show Details

Blackstone Valley Art Association Anything Goes Reception 2019

The reception for the 2019 Blackstone Valley Anything Goes photography show was a wonderful hit! This was on Friday, January 18th, 2019 from 4-7pm at our Uxbridge Gallery. Here’s the list of winners for the show.

1st prize – Al Weems “Untitled” (younger woman with dark hair)
2nd prize – Dennis Smith “Harbor Sunrise”
3rd prize – Al Weems “Untitled” (older woman with white hair)
Honorable mention – Linda Nelson “Textures”
Honorable mention – Luke MacNeil “Rhyolite”
Honorable mention – Michael Backunas “It’s Only Temporary, Popham Beach”

Film Sub-show
1st prize – Anthony Monterotti “Tubby”
2nd prize – Mike Zeis “Rusty Door”
3rd prize – Bob See “Untitled” (starling and gopher)

Here’s some photos from the reception! We’ll be adding in more images of the winning items as they are sent in to us.

This video has Mike Zeis explain how his 4×5 film camera works –

Here’s a webpage with more information:

Mike Zeis – Rusty Door 4×5 film photography

Walkthrough of the show:

Details from Anthony Monterotti on his film (first prize) process:

Anthony Monterotti – Tubby and Lefty Film Photography

Details from Bob See on his film (third prize) process:

Bob See – Nikon N8008 35mm film camera

Here’s the full details of the show!

Anything Goes Photography Show

Mike Zeis – Rusty Door 4×5 film photography

It’s like gazing at clouds, looking at the back door of Pearl Art and Craft Supply in Central Square, Cambridge. Over time, stickers collected on the door. Then, probably through a store-manager’s edict, they were removed. Pearl was a three-story art-supply store in Central Square, Cambridge. I believe Blick occupies the space now. Shot with a 4 by 5 view camera, made in the mid ’80s from a kit from Fader Photo Works. Similar kits were offered by Bender Photographic.

This shot was taken in the Boston Public Garden during World Wide Pinhole Photography Day 2006. Click for a larger version.

Below is the full photo before cropping. Film: Fujifilm Velvia 100. Click for larger version. The final image is the bottom-right square.

After sanding and finishing the wooden pieces, assembly begins. Click for a larger version.


To see more of Mike Zeis’s images visit:

Here are photos from the Blackstone Valley Art Association Anything Goes Reception 2019 where this photo was showcased.

This video has Mike Zeis explain how his 4×5 film camera works –

Bob See – Nikon N8008 35mm film camera

Both of these photos were taken with a Nikon N8008 35mm film camera. I purchased it around 1989. This was my go-to camera for the 1990 / 2000 time frame until I finally felt digital cameras had caught up to a reasonable quality level. I now primarily shoot with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II. These two film photos were both taken back in the film days, in 1996.

The image of the groundhog and the starling was taken at the St. Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Missouri. There is no Photoshop involved in that image. A friend of mine always joked that if I could catch two animals tussling over food, that would be a great shot.

Bob See film third prize

The image of the water plants was taken at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, in their Japanese garden area. The lotus blossoms and leaves blanket the shoreline along one of the ponds. Inspired by James Hunt’s talk on high key photography, the image was manipulated in photoshop to emphasize the textures of dark and light.

Below is the original image.

Here’s the camera:

To see all images from this show visit:

Blackstone Valley Art Association Anything Goes Reception 2019

To see more images from Bob See visit:

Bob See Photo Gallery

Anthony Monterotti – Tubby and Lefty Film Photography

I took these photos with a Canon AE-1 single lens reflex, film camera. I have had 3 or 4 of these Canon Film Camera’s throughout my photo career! When one gets lost, broken or stolen I always find a new one to replace it. For me, it’s a fun and accurate film camera. Ergonomically it’s perfect for my hand size and shape. All the settings and features make send to me and I know how to use it well.

Anthony Monterotti film first prize – Tubby

I think I bought my first Canon AE-1 in about 1985 on the recommendations by a retired newspaper reporter / photographer from Orange County, Ca. He was nice enough to take the time to show me how to use all the features and options to get the most out of it. I still have my first test roll we shot on this instructional day.


Anthony Monterotti detail

hmm what to say about the camera at this point, it’s just a sexy little camera that is light enough to carry around your neck for hours without any issues. It’s also very well made and durable. The Canon AE-1 is considered to be a beginner’s camera, an amateur’s camera but I have seen many professional photographers use one and have ready in their camera bags. The Canon AE-1 is the first camera I started using while shooting Head shots in Hollywood, Ca. in 1996, I had to attach a power winder to the bottom base of the body in order to make it sound professional lol.

Many other camera manufacturers have their own entry level film cameras and they are really good but for some reason I have only used my Canon AE-1 for art shooting. I also have 2 Nikon N90 film cameras, a Bronica GS-1 6×7 medium format and a couple plastic Holga pin hole tomography camera which are super fun. The plastic Holgas I used with outdated and expired color film because the results are very random and arbitrary , the cameras are not sealed very well and light streaks with either enhance or destroy the results, which for me is part of the Fun.


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Blackstone Valley Art Association Anything Goes Reception 2019

Worcester Red Sox – Artist Community Meeting Jan 22 2019

You might have heard that the Pawtucket Red Sox, a farm team for the Boston Red Sox, is now planning to move into Worcester, Massachusetts around March 2021. The new field will be called the Polar Park and will be a mixed-use, year-round space. It’ll be located on Madison Street in Worcester. The entire Canal district will be revitalized including two new hotels. Even Kelley Square will be revamped.

On Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019, Dr. Charles Steinberg met with about 40 members of the Worcester-area art community to talk with them about all of the opportunities this would present. We met in the Worcester PopUp space. Present were Erin Williams of the Worcester Cultural Coalition, Hank von Hellion of the amazing Worcester PopUp space, Juliet Feibel of ArtsWorcester, and many other local arts luminaries. It was an incredibly animated, creative, and productive session. Kudos to the team who arranged this meeting.

We began with a pair of video presentations laying out what the new WooSox arena would be like. Again, this isn’t just about a seasonal “ball park”. It’s about event space, hotels, and all sorts of other options. The Worcester Red Sox team would like to involve local artists in all aspects of this, even in creating murals and signs while the construction is being done.

Here are my (Lisa Shea) notes. Note that there were a LOT of artists speaking up, so I was scribbling as fast as I could. I apologize if I got anything wrong in my note-taking.

* During the construction period, it would be great if there could be murals of players posted, to build interest. The construction fence could hold some of these murals, and somehow they could be taken off when construction was done so they weren’t “lost”.

* We should focus on local artists and living artists to support them.

* Kelley Square is being redesigned – there’s a meeting on Wed 1/23/2019 to look into this. Steinberg said his group was meeting with the City of Worcester every two weeks to stay on top of things like this.

* They want to make Madison Street far more pedestrian friendly. They want it to be a place where families can safely walk.

* The team needs a nickname. Many like “WooSox” but other ideas are in play. Send all ideas to them.

* Some art ideas with themes are the history of baseball, the Red Sox, Worcester’s baseball history, and so on. But also they want art which showcases the style of Worcester artists, whatever that might be.

* Gallery space will definitely be included in this project. They might have one-night special shows for special events. At other times they might rotate the show weekly to go with themes. It should feature local art.

* They are aiming to draw 5,000 to 10,000 visitors to every single game. Their primary focus is on families and college students.

* They want this area to “look and feel like Worcester”. It should have architecture and art which evokes Worcester.

* They definitely want art galleries and art receptions which just “happen” to be at a ballpark.

* They talked about having local artists curate artwork for the two incoming hotels, so that patrons staying at the hotel can enjoy local artwork in their rooms.

* They want musical performances playing while people are coming in to the ballpark to watch a game.

* They will integrate local breweries and local food options like Table Talk Pies.

* A local baseball player might create a themed park-specific food option.

* Artists should be hired officially and paid well, to respect their efforts.

* Art which is supplied could be digitized and shown on hotel-room channels to help spread the word.

* Shows should be accessible to the low income youth. Not just in tickets, but making sure they have free transportation as well. The park plans to give every single student in Worcester a ticket every year and they’ll work on making sure the students can easily get TO and FROM the park.

* They don’t see this “just” as a ballpark but as an interlocking series of park spaces for Worcester residents (and the region) to use and enjoy.

* Maybe provide family discounts via an existing local coupon system.

* Their bedrock of support will be from families and college students.

* They want to allow families to bring in food, so that food prices are not a hurdle. They then want to make sure their provided (concession) food is both high quality and low price so it is a valid option.

* They plan on 7,200 seats but on 10,000 attendance by having play areas and running-around areas for kids.

* Make sure there are strong vegetarian and vegan options.

* Promote the strong African immigrant community in the art and exhibits.

* Have day games not just on weekends but also on weekdays.

* Allow for pop-up music / spoken word options along the lines of SOFAR.

* Provide internships for students so they can learn about all the great jobs that exist.

* Have opportunities for local musical artists to participate in the Anthem and other things. It was mentioned that Pawtucket has an “O Say Can You Sing” competition so everyone has a chance. Here’s a link to the 2018 one – O Say Can You Sing

They’re planning a 400-500 slot garage opposite the park on Madison street. The plan is not for one gigantic lot but for a bunch of lots all around so that people can easily get to one whichever direction they come from.

Event space options there will hold up to 400 people.

Here is the Facebook page for the Pawtucket Red Sox:

I’ll let you know as we hear more information! Ask with any questions!

To learn more about the Worcester PopUp Space –

Cyanotypes at the 2019 Anything Goes Photography Show

The cyanotypes were not judged, but are here to demonstrate another format of historic photography. The cyanotype was one of the earliest forms of photography. You mix together equal parts 8.1% potassium ferricyanide (red) and 20% ferric ammonium citrate (green). These images below show the raw chemicals before the water is added.


You paint the paper, fabric, or whatever else you’re using with the liquid. The paper (or fabric or whatever) is now sensitive to light, so you keep it in a dark envelope until you’re ready.

When exposing the item, you usually put an object between the sun and the paper/fabric to create an image. A fern. Bicycle gears. The sun can also shine through a film negative. The negative blocks the sunlight to create a blue-and-white image.

The areas the sun touch become a lush, deep blue. The parts which stay in shadow get rinsed away and are see-through to the base fabric/paper color.

To see the cyanotypes of the show, enjoy this video! The cyanotypes for this display were created by Lisa Shea.

To see more of Lisa’s cyanotypes, visit: