Show of Hands 2023 Art Show BVAA

Fifth Annual Show of Hands Open Art Show 2023

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring our fifth annual “Show of Hands” open art show! We had this show in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and then the pandemic interfered. We got things going again in 2022. We are back in the post-pandemic groove!

The public is warmly invited to participate in this art show! The theme is completely open. Your art can represent anything. This show is open to all forms of artistic expression EXCEPT photography. It is the counterpoint to our photography-only show in January. We would love to see watercolors, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, sculptures, pottery, mixed media, drawings, pastels, colored pencils, sketches, and other non-photographic forms of artwork.

All levels of artists are enthusiastically encouraged to participate. This is a community show.

We award cash prizes!

August 5 to September 9, 2023

BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Gallery
5 South Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

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

BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

Entering the Show
The theme is wide open. You can represent ANYTHING with your art. Any topic can be addressed as long as it is family-friendly and is not photography. Artwork can be any size. That being said, please contact us first if you plan on bringing anything over 20″ x 30″ in size. We need to arrange for space for those separately.

All wall-hanging items must be properly wired for hanging. Our hanging system does not work with saw-tooth or triangle hangers. If you are new to preparing artwork for shows, read our page on How to Mat and Frame a Photo. Please also check out our Show Terms and Conditions

To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. The fee to participate is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. You can submit up to 2 pieces for that fee. The deadline to submit the online form for labels is Saturday August 12th at midnight.

Drop Off of Works
Work must be dropped off on Saturday, August 5th or Saturday, August 12th between 10am and 3pm. Please only drop off at those two specific days and times – it is when BVAA volunteers are at the gallery. All work which is brought in will be displayed in the show (as long as it is properly wired and is family-friendly).

Opening Reception
The show reception will be Friday, August 18th, 2023 from 5-7. Invite family and friends – all are welcome! We tend to announce the prize winners at 6pm, right in the middle. We award cash prizes based on the amount of entry-fee money the show brings in. All the money that comes in for the show goes right back out to the people who win awards in that show.

Pick Up
Saturday, September 9th, 2023, from 10am to 3pm. If you aren’t able to make that, contact us for other arrangements.

Address any questions via our BVAA Contact Information

Ask with any questions! We look forward to seeing your entries!

Full 2023 BVAA Uxbridge Gallery Art Show Schedule –

Here’s a JPG flyer for this show – please print and share!

Video from 2022’s Show of Hands art show:

Here’s the first ever Show of Hands art show in 2017 –

Thank you for the support from:

Blackstone Valley Art Association Sponsors

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