9th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show Reception

Thank you to all artists who participated in our BVAA 9th Annual Anything Goes show in February 2021.

The public premiere of the virtual art show was on Friday February 26th 2021 at 7pm. The video was shown on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

https://www.facebook.com/BVArtAssoc/

The Zoom reception and talk for this art show was on Saturday February 27th 2021 at 5pm. The amazing photographer Matt Reynolds was our judge. He announced the winners and discussed what made each photo award-worthy. He also talked about some of his own photography and how he achieved the beautiful effects of his artwork.

Here are the participants in the Anything Goes show. Nearly all images are available in print and framed versions. Contact the artist for more details. Prices shown are just for a representative size; usually the artist can create other sizes or formats for you. If an artist’s contact information is not linked to from their name, you can contact the BVAA and we will forward your message.

ArtistImage 1Image 2Image 3
Alana KimballA Change of PerspectiveWhen Hell Froze OverAntre
Bob EvansWinter SceneHand StudyWeighed Down
Bob SeeOwl
8×10 Print $20
Watching
8×10 Print $20
Dusty
8×10 Print $20
Brian HalacyGreat Sand DunesAcadia National ParkFrench King Bridge
Carol EvansFrogThere’s No Place Like GnomeEvening Sun
Carol FrieswickMoore State Park Flotsam
11×14 matted to 16×20 – $75
Monet’s Vision in Manchaug
11×14 matted to 16×20 – $75
Cubist
11×14 matted to 16×20 – $75
Carolyn Baker-ReckHermit ThrushJanuary MorningMerganser Lift Off
Cheri HollandBarn in Jackson Hole, WY2nd Barn in Jackson Hole, WYGrand Canyon of Yellowstone
Christina HiltonJust On The Other SideTwisted TreesWinter Ocean
Dennis SmithSeaside PathBeachside SunriseBegonias
Jeffrey MeunierMilky Way Through the ChairFresh SnowWorking for Dinner
Joanne ZeisWaiting for Winter We All Fall Down
Window Framing
Kimberly HanaganCape Sunset The GatesMabel and Marceline
Laura O. CenedellaDaddy’s GirlIce WingsSun Down
Linda GrantInto the City
11×14 print $75
Fall at Wonalancet
11×14 print $75
Christmas in Boston
11×14 print $75
Linda NelsonDay Dream
framed $80
Lindsey JonesGrogu’s SunsetBlowfish after BracesMill Villages Graffiti
Lisa SheaRise Up
original cyanotype $20
St Maarten
8×8 Print $20
Caught in the Act
8×10 Print $20
Maria BuckleyDory AdriftHalloween StormSpring Eggs 2020
Marty Jo HenryThe MatriarchsFoggy MorningCape Clouds
Matthew FullerCat EyesHome AgainWinter Walk
Meagan FediganNestingIn the SunHanging Out
Melissa FerrucciThe Icy Croton GorgeMilky Way Over Stage Harbor LightBlack and White
Michael BackunasSnow CurvesA Brush With WinterWinter Shapeshifter
Mike BlakeMerced River, Yosemite National Park
12×12 unframed $650
Canterbury Shaker Village, New Hampshire
12×15 unframed $400
Bodie, California
15×12 unframed $600
Mike McCoolTemple at Sounion, Greece
$20
Man on a Beach
$20
A Veteran Remembers Forgotten Wars
$20
Mike ZeisWoodland Shadows
11×14 framed $175
Work in Progress
16×20 framed $225
Last Cairn
14×11 framed $175
Nancy Szostak WrightEuropean Starling Coming In HotIcicle MacroSnowy in Flight
Pamela St. LouisColorful Seashells
$25 for 8×10 print
Orange Flower with Bumblebee
$25 for 8×10 print
Swan in Black & White
$25 for 8×10 print
Rosa WalrathLonely Duck
$25 for JPG
A Snowy Walk
$25 for JPG
Floating in the Wind
$25 for JPG
Sandy HowardBluebird – Peaceful Solitude
Stephanie BrownAn Apple A DayThe Old Red BarnI’ll Leave The Light On
Warren WuerthnerSerenity FoundAdriftSailor’s Delight
Wendy TrucheonIce Crystals
11×14 framed $150
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
11×14 framed $150
Northern Cardinal
11×14 framed $150

If an artist’s name isn’t linked to their website, contact us and we can get a message to them. Most artists have prints available for their work in various sizes.

Details for the 2021 Anything Goes photography show –

9th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2021

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring the 9th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – this show is open to the public! All styles of cameras and cellphone images are warmly welcome! This will be a VIRTUAL SHOW this year for health reasons.

When:
February 2021

Where:
Virtually! The images will be posted on our BVAA Facebook page and YouTube channel

Participation is open to the public. Each participant may exhibit up to three photos. These will be judged for cash prizes.

Entering the Show
The entry fee for the main show, open to all styles of photography, is $15/3 pieces for BVAA members and $20/3 pieces for non-members. The theme is wide open. You can submit a portrait, landscape, still life, abstract, seascape, you name it. Your imagination is the limit.

Photos can be any size. Larger images are better in general in terms of seeing them clearly on large screens, but send whatever size JPG you can create.

All photography must be family friendly. Please also check out our Show Terms and Conditions

All photos which are entered are included. There is no “pre-selection” process where some are accepted and others are rejected. If you submit artwork, and it is family-friendly, it will be part of our show. You can have your photo listed with a price for sale, or you can have it Not For Sale if you wish.

Submissions
To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. The deadline to submit is midnight on Sunday, February 21, 2021. Work must be emailed to us by midnight EST on that date. All work which is submitted will be displayed (as long as it is family-friendly). You can use submissions@bvaa.org for the email. If you mistakenly email it to one of our other addresses that’s fine, they really all go to the same place.

If you create your art by doing something unusual by using film cameras or atypical techniques, please let us know in the submission form. Show visitors love to learn about how you created your art.

Judging

The person doing the judging is talented artist Matt Reynolds. Cash prizes are based on the entry fees, so the more entries we get, the more / larger prizes we give out. In general, the BVAA organizes each show so all incoming entry fees go out to the winners of the show plus a judge stipend.

Learn more about Matt Reynolds and his photography here:

https://www.mattreynoldsphotography.com/

Opening Reception
The opening reception for the show is online on Friday, February 26th at 7pm EST. Invite family and friends – all are welcome! There is also a photography talk with Matt Reynolds on Saturday, February 27th at 5pm. This is where the winners will be announced. Contact us for the Zoom logon information for the photography talk. Information on both events can be found here:

https://bvaa.org/2021/02/23/9th-annual-anything-goes-photography-show-reception/

Address any questions via our BVAA Contact Information

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

You can see what this show is like by looking through:
8th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2020
7th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2019
6th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2018
5th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2017
4th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2016
3rd Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2015
2nd Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2014
1st Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2013

The Uxbridge gallery (when it’s open to the public again) is supported in part by BVAA member dues, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and by ValleyCAST. The space use is kindly donated to us by ValleyCast, the community outreach department of Open Sky Community Services. Open Sky uses this space for special-needs client activities during daytime weekdays. They allow the BVAA use of the space – and its gallery walls – on evenings and weekends. We actively support their inclusive mission. All are welcome to all of our events and activities!

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Massachusetts Cultural Council

Winter 2020 #Create30Challenge with Alain Picard

Painting by Carol Frieswick

The months of January – February – March can be cold and blustery here in Massachusetts. Several of our BVAA artists are tackling that with a delightfully creative 30-painting challenge! The idea is that in the 90 days of January, February, and March 2020 you create 30 small paintings. It keeps you busy, creative, and energized!

Artist Alain Picard is coordinating this project. He’s not part of the BVAA. We BVAA members are simply participating in his project. It’s free and fun!

Here’s the details, from Alain:

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Happy New Year!

I’m so excited that you’ve accepted the challenge to create 30 paintings in 90 days with me! I want you to know that you are a part of a growing community of artists, stretching across the globe, who have said yes to the #Create30Challenge.

It’s January 1 and with this New Year comes your first day of a fresh challenge. The moment has arrived!

You are boldly facing this new season with generosity and courage by engaging your creativity in winter. I hope you’ve already got your calendar printed out and are ready to chart your creative progress! If not, just click the link below to download it now. Just a few reminders as we begin our challenge together:
• Try to keep your paintings small and colorful to inspire the senses as you build momentum in your streak.
• Mark each day that you finish a painting on your calendar until you reach 30. Try to finish about one painting every three days to stay on track.
• Use any medium you like for your daily painting.
• Be sure to show up to encourage one another by sharing your creative work online!
• Share your daily paintings on social media using the hashtag #CREATE30CHALLENGE so we can all search them easily!
• I’d love it if you would tag me when you post! @alainpicard on Instagram and Facebook.
• If you don’t use social media, consider taking a picture of your work and sending an email or text to a friend.


Today’s the day. Let’s warm the harsh winter months with color and beauty as we create something magical together. Remember, your creativity is a gift that brings hope to others!

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If anybody needs help figuring out how Instagram or Facebook work, just contact us at the BVAA and we’ll help you with those. We have a members group on Facebook where you can post things privately if you wish. If you prefer not to be on those platforms personally, it’s also fine to send your finished artwork JPGs to us at the BVAA and we can post them for you.

Have some fun, and enjoy the challenge!

Tapestry Art Show 2020

2020 Community Tapestry Art Show

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is proud to announce the 2020 Community Tapestry Art Show! The public is warmly invited to participate! This show is open to all forms of artistic expression. We would love to see watercolors, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, sculptures, pottery, mixed media, drawings, pastels, photography, cyanotypes, and other forms of art.

All ages and levels of ability are encouraged to participate! This show is enthusiastically inclusive.

When:
submit by December 19, 2020 at midnight EST

Where:
Virtually online! On our YouTube and Facebook channels.

Entering the Show
The theme is wide open. Any topic can be addressed as long as it is family-friendly. Artwork can be any size.

Submissions
To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. This show is free to participate in. Each artist may submit up to five items. The deadline to submit is Saturday, December 19th at midnight EST.

Submission of JPGs
Please email a JPG of each art item to info@bvaa.org. Email the largest size you have – we’ll take care of cropping to fit.

Address any questions via our BVAA Contact Information

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

Here are photos and videos of the previous show!

Tapestry Art Show Photos and Videos

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Douglas Celebration of Art 2020

Welcome to the beauty of Douglas, Massachusetts!

Thanks to the Douglas Cultural Council, the Blackstone Valley Art Association was able to create a celebration of art and beauty centered on various locations in Douglas. We have workshops on photography, watercolors, sketching, pencil, and much more.

We are also holding a virtual art contest! Submit up to five artworks you have created which feature the town of Douglas. The art can be painting, photography, sculpture, you name it! Send the JPGs to info@bvaa.org to participate, along with your name. Please submit your entry by December 31, 2020. All levels and abilities are warmly encouraged to participate! We’ll create a slideshow of all the entries and select the winners!

Here are some videos featuring Douglas to get you inspired. The lead artist is talented Dennis Smith with watercolor!

For the base image Dennis Smith uses, you can trace this:

Here are additional videos about Douglas to enjoy!

There are more videos coming shortly, including the main feature with Carole Plante! Ask with any questions :).

Upton Celebration of Art 2020

Welcome to the beauty of Upton, Massachusetts!

Thanks to the Upton Cultural Council, the Blackstone Valley Art Association was able to create a celebration of art and beauty centered on various locations in Upton. We have workshops on oil painting, photography, watercolors, sketching, pencil, and much more.

We are also holding a virtual art contest! Submit up to five artworks you have created which feature the town of Upton. The art can be painting, photography, sculpture, you name it! Send the JPGs to info@bvaa.org to participate, along with your name. Please submit your entry by December 31, 2020. All levels and abilities are warmly encouraged to participate! We’ll create a slideshow of all the entries and select the winners!

Here are some videos featuring Upton to get you inspired.

Grafton Celebration of Art

Grafton Celebration of Art 2020

Welcome to the beauty of Grafton, Massachusetts!

Thanks to the Grafton Cultural Council, the Blackstone Valley Art Association was able to create a celebration of art and beauty centered on various locations in Grafton including the historic trains. We have workshops on oil painting, photography, watercolors, sketching, pencil, and much more.

We are also holding a virtual art contest! Submit up to five artworks you have created which feature the town of Grafton. The art can be painting, photography, sculpture, you name it! Send the JPGs to info@bvaa.org to participate, along with your name. Please submit your entry by December 31, 2020. All levels and abilities are warmly encouraged to participate! We’ll create a slideshow of all the entries and select the winners!

Here are some videos featuring Grafton to get you inspired. Note that our keynote painting workshop with Grafton artist Bonnie Frederico is not live yet – we’ll post as soon as it is available!

Here’s the full playlist of videos!

Grafton Celebration of Art on YouTube

Millville Celebration of Art

Millville Celebration of Art 2020

Welcome to the beauty of Millville, Massachusetts!

Thanks to the Millville Cultural Council, the Blackstone Valley Art Association was able to create a celebration of art and beauty centered on various locations in Millville including the historic Blackstone Canal and its locks. We have workshops on oil painting, photography, watercolors, sketching, pencil, and much more.

We are also holding a virtual art contest! Submit up to five artworks you have created which feature the town of Millville. The art can be painting, photography, sculpture, you name it! Send the JPGs to info@bvaa.org to participate, along with your name. Please submit your entry by December 31, 2020. All levels and abilities are warmly encouraged to participate! We’ll create a slideshow of all the entries and select the winners!

Here are some videos featuring Millville to get you inspired.

Ask with any questions!

Blackstone Celebration of Art 2020

Welcome to the beauty of Blackstone, Massachusetts!

Thanks to the Blackstone Cultural Council, the Blackstone Valley Art Association was able to create a celebration of art and beauty centered on various locations in Blackstone including the beautiful waterfall. We have workshops on oil painting, photography, watercolors, sketching, pencil, and much more.

We are also holding a virtual art contest! Submit up to five artworks you have created which feature the town of Blackstone. The art can be painting, photography, sculpture, you name it! Send the JPGs to info@bvaa.org to participate, along with your name. Please submit your entry by December 31, 2020. All levels and abilities are warmly encouraged to participate! We’ll create a slideshow of all the entries and select the winners!

Here are some videos featuring Blackstone to get you inspired.

Ask with any questions!

Mendon Celebration of Art

Mendon Celebration of Art 2020

Welcome to the beauty of Mendon, Massachusetts!

Thanks to the Mendon Cultural Council, the Blackstone Valley Art Association was able to create a celebration of art and beauty centered on various locations in Mendon including the historic Unitarian Church and Southwick’s Zoo. We have workshops on oil painting, photography, watercolors, sketching, pencil, and much more.

We are also holding a virtual art contest! Submit up to five artworks you have created which feature the town of Mendon. The art can be painting, photography, sculpture, you name it! Send the JPGs to info@bvaa.org to participate, along with your name. Please submit your entry by December 31, 2020. All levels and abilities are warmly encouraged to participate! We’ll create a slideshow of all the entries and select the winners!

Here are some videos featuring Mendon to get you inspired.

Here’s the full playlist of videos for the Mendon Celebration of Art – 24 in all! This playlist starts with Verne’s workshop and then goes through the rest of them.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa0l1N_yIP6XWYiCKEkPHjUneIfs8B9MB

We’d love to hear your feedback on the video workshops. Get out and enjoy Mendon!