Stephen DiRado Photography Talk

Stephen DiRado Photography Talk – January 2024 Monthly Meeting

Are you interested in photography? Be sure to mark your calendar for this amazing discussion with talented award-winning photographer Stephen DiRado!

Stephen DiRado Lecture: Revisiting Bell Pond 1983 and New Works

A PowerPoint presentation, DiRado will be showing examples from his upcoming book, Bell Pond, Davis Publications 2024. During the summer of 1983, DiRado made documents using a large format camera and black and white film to capture a Worcester inner city community at leisure in and around a city park and pond. He recorded a time in Worcester’s history of a mix of young and old, immigrants and native families merging together to find relief from the hottest summer on record. The results of his efforts produced the most in-depth photo essay of any community archived to date in central New England.

DiRado will also show recent unpublished photographs from his series In the Present Day: an emerging body of work that perceptually investigates our state of mind living in an endemic world.

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Our January 2024 monthly meeting will be held on Sunday, January 14th from 12 noon to 1:30pm. NOTE THE DIFFERENT DAY AND TIME – usually our monthly meetings are on the third Tuesday. We are holding this on a Sunday to work with Stephen’s schedule.

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

This meeting and session is free and open to the public. No experience is necessary. The fun of our workshops is that we all learn new things we’ve never done before.

All are welcome – this workshop is open to members and non-members. Feel free to bring along a friend! We’d love to see you there to learn some new things and explore your creativity!

Ask with any questions!

More about Stephen DiRado:

A professor in the Studio Art Program at Clark University, Stephen DiRado has over four decades experience in the field of documentary photography and filmmaking. He is a recipient of a 2012 Simon Guggenheim; 2019 Bob and Diane Fund and five other major fellowships. DiRado’s photographs internationally can be found in many public and private collections including MFA, Boston, MA. He has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Vice Magazine, National Geographic; internationally, Geo Wissen Magazine, Daily Mail, and Royal Photographic Society Journal.

DiRado’s book With Dad, published by Davis Publications in 2019, illustrates a loving and changing relationship between father and son as Stephen’s father succumbs to Alzheimer’s.  With Dad 2021, a documentary film by director/producer Soren Sorensen is a narrative history by DiRado about the project With Dad. The film has won numerous awards across the U.S.

This January he will be featured in the New Yorker magazine, interviewed by Margaret Talbot about his 1980s Mall Series photographs. Davis Publishing in late January will be releasing DiRado’s newest book titled, Bell Pond; photographs from a Worcester community 1983.

Stephen DiRado lives and works out of a triple decker in Worcester, MA. Year round he documents communities, couples and individuals at work and at leisure. 

This Uxbridge gallery 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

LAST CALL!! Cardboard Backs of Frames

Back in September 2023, Marcia T brought us a bunch of great donation items. Thanks Marcia T! I still have a batch of about 10 backs which are 16″x20″ in size with the triangle hangers and swivel metal tabs to hold them in place:

We also have one back which is 12″ x 17.5″.

These are FREE – let me know if you can use any of them! Otherwise I will donate them to the Salvation Army, if nobody in our group can use them. Thanks!!

Ware MA Art Call

We’ve received three calls to artists from Ware Massachusetts. The BVAA isn’t associated with these, but they are worth thinking about!

BLUE: Call deadline is this Thursday, December 14th, by midnight. Entry form and details:
Explore the use of the color blue and the varied psychological and symbolic meanings associated with this color. Juror is Anne Seuthe, Interim Director at Augusta Savage Gallery.

All Things Animal: Call deadline is Thursday, February 8th, by midnight. Entry form and details:
This exhibition aims to celebrate the diverse and fascinating world of animals through various artistic mediums.

Ware It’s At!: Call deadline is Thursday, August 22nd, by midnight. Entry form and details:
In the Fall of 2024, Workshop13’s ArtWorks Gallery will present: Ware It’s At!: An Exhibition celebrating the people, places and things uniquely Ware. We invite ALL artists to come to Ware MA ? often! to explore and make art in preparation for this Juried Show. The call for art will close August 22, so you have time to capture the beauty of Ware across four seasons. If you are unable to make it to Ware, no worries! We will be posting images on our website that you can paint from.

2023 Milford Massachusetts Mural Project

The BVAA is not running this mural project – we are simply sharing the news!

Milford Cultural Council Seeking Artists to Submit Designs
for Town Park Fitness Court
 Mural: Deadline January 12, 2024 

The Milford Cultural Council is seeking artists to submit designs for a mural to be included on the 32’ wide multipurpose training wall of a Fitness CourtⓇ to be installed in Milford Town Park. Artwork must be submitted digitally.

The selected artist will receive a grant of $5,000.

The deadline to submit designs is January 12, 2024.  

2023 Diversity Art Show

Winners of our Community Art Show 2023

Our 2023 “Diversity” Community Art Show was judged through a people’s choice voting system. Every person coming in to the gallery was able to vote for their favorites for first, second, and third place. Those votes were tallied up on Saturday, November 18, 2023, when the show was complete.

Here are the winners chosen by our community!

First Place: “Blue Flower Pots and Lemons” oil painting by Young Farwell $350.

Second Place: “Phoenix” colored pencil by Lynne Galluzzo $1250. Size 24″ x 24″

Third Place: “Space Skull” colored pencil by Brandon Drake $350.

Congratulations to the winners!

Here’s a video walkthrough of this art show –

Here are the full details on this 2023 Community Art Show!

2023 BVAA Holiday Party

BVAA Holiday Party & Reception 2023

It’s that time of year! The time to celebrate!

Our BVAA Members Annual Holiday Party for 2023 will be held on Tuesday, December 19th, 2023, from 6-9pm. We’ll start from 6:00-6:30pm with our discussion of the BVAA’s past and upcoming events. Then we transition into the party time. This event is for active BVAA members.

Our party will be held, as in the past few years, at the Grille 122 in Whitinsville. We will meet in a private room so we can talk, laugh, and have fun!

Grille 122
91 Providence Road (Route 122)
Whitinsville MA 01588

The room will be set up with round tables so that groups can easily talk with each other, as well as mingle amongst tables. There will be separate checks, so each person can order whatever they want off the menu, as frugal or extravagant as they wish.

Each person can bring one guest.

Please RSVP to us to let us know if you’ll be able to attend. That way we can have the restaurant plan for the number of tables needed.

Yankee Swap
Our BVAA Holiday Parties feature a fun Yankee Swap gift exchange. You can participate or not participate as you wish. If you’d like to join in this fun project, bring a gift-wrapped gift of $10 or less in value.

How it works: We put all the wrapped gifts in a pile. We hand out numbers so every person gets a number. Whoever is number 1 chooses a gift, unwraps it, and shows it to the group. Person 2 then unwraps a gift and shows it to the group. Person 2 can keep the gift they chose or swap it with anybody else who has a gift out. It keeps going until the end, at which point person 1 can choose anything they want. It’s a lot of fun :).

We look forward to seeing everyone!

BVAA ValleyCAST Holiday Party

ValleyCAST BVAA Community Holiday Party 2023

Join ValleyCAST and the BVAA on Friday, December 22, 2023, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM for a Holiday Party! Bring your friends and family to gather and celebrate our wonderful community. Snacks and coffee are provided!

This is a FREE community event. All are invited to attend!

Featuring a special performance by local band Far From Eden!

Located at:

the Singh Performance Center
The Whitin Mill Complex
60 Douglas Road
Whitinsville MA

This event made possible thanks to the support of the Mass Cultural Council and Northbridge Cultural Council.

Perfect Presents art show at Milford TV

Perfect Presents – Milford TV Art Show Dec 2023 – Feb 2024

The holidays are coming at the Milford TV Station! Come out and participate! This art show is open to all current BVAA Members and is FREE to participate in.

The Milford TV Station is a very active public location which creates a wide variety of cable TV shows. People come and go quite often. Our gallery consists of the walls of their long hallways. This public showcase also gives us the opportunity to make numerous social media posts about the art, and the public can then stop by Milford TV any time they are available to see the art and buy it.

The theme of “Perfect Presents” showcases anything ideal for gift-giving. Usually smaller, less expensive items (relatively) work better for sales. Explore the possibilities!

Thursday, November 16th 6-8pm
Bring food or drink to share! We hang out and chat!

If you aren’t able to make it during these specific hours, contact Milford TV directly to see when they would be available for you to swing by with your art.

If you still have art at Milford TV from a previous show, please pick it up during this time. We really need to cycle old art out to have space for fresh art there. Thanks!

Milford TV Station
138 South Main Street
Milford, MA

Show Details for the Artists
The Milford TV Station employees create the labels and perform the hanging for us. There is no need to use the BVAA online submission form to indicate what you’re bringing. Simply be sure to label the back of each piece with its title, your name, contact info, and the price. This show is for BVAA members only and is free to participate in.

The Milford TV station does not take any commission on sales. Neither does the BVAA. This is an ideal sales venue, and we do see sales regularly at this venue.

Most artists bring in three to four items depending on the theme of the cycle. If you do have more that match the theme, please bring a maximum of 8. This allows room for everyone to participate. The items can be any size or shape – Milford has a great hanging system which can accommodate pretty much anything. If you bring giant art, please bring less than 8. The hallway is not infinitely long. If you bring smaller art, 8 is fine!

Ask with any questions! Share the news!

2024 11th Annual ValleyCAST Open Sky Palette Show

Please note this is NOT a BVAA show. The Palette Show is a fantastically fun annual show run by ValleyCAST and Open Sky at the Whitin Mill. Our members love to participate, and we do our best to promote it!

Here is the official news from the ValleyCAST team:

The 11th Annual Art Palette Contest  invites participants to transform a plain wooden art palette into a unique work of art! This popular event is a chance for people of all ages and abilities to share their artwork and celebrate our local creative community. The contest is hosted by ValleyCAST, the art and culture arm of Open Sky Community Services. ValleyCAST offers a wide variety of events for individuals of all abilities, and reflects Open Sky’s commitment to inclusivity. 

Palettes can be purchased for $15 at the Heritage Gallery in Whitinsville, MA from November 3, 2023 through February 9, 2024, or while supplies last, during regular gallery hours 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM or by appointment (508) 234-6232. There are a limited number of slots to participate in the exhibit, with 100 palettes available for purchase. These will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, so get yours now and get a head start on your creation! 

Decorated palettes can be dropped off at the Gallery between February 19-23, 2024 between the hours of 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM for inclusion in the show. 

The show will open with a reception on Friday, March 8, 2024 from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM in the Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA. From the opening through April 5, 2023, gallery guests will be invited to cast a vote for their favorite palettes. Winners will receive cash awards in three different categories and age groups: Children ages 6-12, Teenagers ages 13-19 and Adults ages 20+

The exhibit ends on Friday, April 19, 2024.

Artwork work pick up will be at the Gallery between April 22-26,2024 between the hours of 9:00 AM – 4:00PM and by appointment. 

Here’s the ValleyCAST page with all the forms:

Good luck, and have fun!

Here’s the links to a few videos of past shows, to get you inspired!

2018 ValleyCAST Palette Show:

2019 ValleyCAST Palette Show:

2020 ValleyCAST Palette Show:

2023 ValleyCAST Palette Show:

BVAA Community Photography Show

2024 12th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring the 12th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – this show is open to the public! Prints from all styles of digital cameras, film cameras, cellphone cameras, point-and-shoots, SLRs, cyanotypes, and other photo-related artwork are warmly welcome!

January 6 to March 2, 2024

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

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

BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

Participation is open to the public. Each participant may exhibit up to two 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 $15/2 pieces for BVAA members and $20/2 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. 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 photography must be family friendly and properly wired for hanging. Our hanging system does not work with saw-tooth or triangle hangers. 3M stick-on hangers are notorious for falling off – please don’t use those. If you are new to preparing photography for shows, read our page on How to Mat and Frame a Photo. Please also check out our Show Terms and Conditions

All photos which are entered are hung. There is no “pre-selection” process where some are accepted and others are rejected. If you submit artwork, and it is family-friendly and wired properly, 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.

To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. The deadline to submit the online label information is midnight on Saturday, January 6th, 2024. Work must be dropped off on Saturday, January 6th, 2024 between 10am and 3pm. Please only bring artwork in on Saturday – the staff in the location during the week do not handle artwork processing. All artwork which is brought in will be hung (as long as it is properly wired and is family-friendly).

If your submission features an unusual technique, for example you’re using a medium-format film camera or another unusual setup, please add notes in the submission form. We’d love to put those details onto the label. Our show visitors love to learn about unusual styles of photography.

We will arrange and label the show on Wednesday January 10th, 2024 from 5-7pm.

The judge for this show is Stephen DiRado.

Opening Reception
The opening reception for this show will be on Friday, January 19th, 2024 from 5-7pm. Prizes are usually awarded around 6pm.

Pick Up
Pickup of the art is on Saturday, March 2th, 2024, from 10am to 3pm. If you aren’t able to make this date, please contact us for other arrangements. Please do not stop by the gallery during the week – the weekly staff are not able to process the art items.

Address any questions via our BVAA Contact Information

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

You can see what the Anything Goes photography show is like by looking through previous show details and videos:

10th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2022
9th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2021
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

This Uxbridge gallery 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