5th Annual BVAA Macabre Pop-Up Art Show

It’s creepy and it’s kooky! Mysterious and spooky! For one night and one day only, the BVAA will hold a pop-up show and Halloween costume party in our BVAA Gallery!

BVAA Alternatives 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 Alternatives Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

About the Show
Spooky. Unsettling. Wisps of mists and dark shadows. Macabre brings out the fascination with the off-beat side of life.

The online submission deadline for the Macabre show is Monday, October 28th, 2019. You can submit up to three works which can hang on our panels or sit in or on a case. Because this is a pop-up show on panels within the gallery, we’re limited to what fits on those panels. It’s open to all BVAA members. This is not a judged show so you CAN enter things you’ve entered in previous shows.

If you can come to Milford TV on Thu 10/24, Lisa Shea can take your items from you there to then bring to Uxbridge. You can drop off work on Fri Oct 25th during the Tapestry reception or Sat Oct 26th during regular gallery hours.

You can also bring your works with you Friday of the party at 4pm to help us with the hanging and setup of the panels. Note that we can’t set up the panels before 4pm because this room is in use by Alternatives before this point. If none of these options work, contact Lisa and she’ll arrange an alternative!

We’ll have our pop-up celebration on Friday, November 1st (Day of the Dead!) from 5-7pm.

We will take down the show Saturday afternoon at 3pm so that visitors on Saturday can enjoy it. If you can’t make it Saturday that’s fine, we’ll figure something out :).

This show is Halloween. Spooky. Shadowy. Here are photos from a previous year – Macabre Show 2016

Use the BVAA online submission form to submit for this show.

We’d love to see your spooky work!

Millbury Bike Path Photography Workshop James Hunt – Oct 2019

Come on out for a free, fun photography workshop along the Blackstone River! It’ll be Sunday, October 20 2019 from 11am – 1pm. It’ll be led by the amazing talented photographer James Hunt –


The Millbury Bike Path is part of the plans for a long bike path / walking path / celebration of the entire Blackstone River from Worcester, MA to Pawtucket, RI. The stretch which is complete in the Millbury area starts at a parking lot near the Blackstone Shoppes mall complex and goes north along the river to the Worcester Visitor’s Center just past the WalMart.

It’s quite an interesting bike path. It wends along the Blackstone River quite a lot, so you get good images of the ducks, turtles, beavers, and other creatures. There are a number of train bridges and walking bridges to get photos of.

Plus, the Blackstone River goes right along the train lines here, so there’s ample opportunity to get cool photos or drawings of the trains in various configurations.

Directions and Time
We’re meeting at the MIDDLE Millbury bike path parking lot. It is immediately across the street from the Valu Gas Station at:
1255 Millbury Street
Worcester, MA

So if you search for that on your GPS, you’ll find the spot. Here’s a map so you can see where it’s located. The parking lot is just north of where Route 20 crosses Route 146 and the Mass Pike. You can get to it by going a bit north on 146 from there and taking your first exit, then taking a right. Alternatively, you can take Route 20 east from 146, then take your first left onto Park Hill Ave, and then two more quick lefts.

We’ll meet at the middle parking lot at 11am to gather up everyone, and then go for a gentle walk to explore photography and the path! Call or text Lisa if you’re running late and she’ll let you know where to find us.

Please let us know via our contact form if you’re planning on coming, so we know to wait for you. If you forget that’s OK to, just show up! Bring friends! It’ll be a great morning of learning about photography and exploring our Blackstone River history!

Here’s the details on the bike path itself:

Blackstone Valley Bike Path Photos

We look forward to seeing you there!

Oct 2019 Meeting – Collage with Stephen Halpert

We have an exciting demo planned for our next meeting on Tuesday October 15th 2019 6:30 to 9:00!

Our October 2019 meeting will feature a previous member of the Blackstone Valley Art Association, Stephen Halpert. Stephen and his wife Tasha were officers of the BVAA and helped begin the original Grafton Arts Festival.

Stephen is noted for his complex and beautiful collages.

Stephen will speak initially about the art of collage, giving a brief historical chronology , then discuss aspects of design like the law of thirds, balance, color contrast, and more. Then participants will be given boards and asked to make 3 collages of 5, 10 and 15 cuttings. That will be followed by Q&A. 

Please plan to attend to see his work and participate in making a college yourself. Bring a pair of scissors, we will have everything else!

Telegram.com Article on Stephen Halpert

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

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

Our meetings cover BVAA organization business from 6:30-7:00pm and then go into the workshop part of the evening. Feel free to come for whichever half interests you the most. In general, our monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month unless otherwise announced.

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 try some new things and explore your creativity!

Ask with any questions!

Our meetings are supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Carol Arnold Oil Painting Class – Nov 2019

IMPORTANT NOTE: This class has been cancelled. Please contact Carol Arnold about future classes.

NOTE: This class will focus on still life. Bring what you’d like to paint and your light and Carol will see you there!

Oil paint has been the medium of choice for a wealth of famous painters. Leonardo da Vinci. Claude Monet. Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Paul Cezanne. There is just something spectacular about the beauty of oil paint which captures the eye and the imagination.

Whether you’re a raw beginner or an experienced painter, this oil painting class will take you to the next level. It’s full of personal hands-on advice and a warm, welcoming atmosphere!

Talented painter Carol Arnold teaches a monthly oil painting class at the BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery! Carol is a member of Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik’s Putney Painters! All levels of painters are welcomed with open arms. The focus will be on drawing, edges, values and color. These are areas which a beginner can practice and an advanced student can hone to perfection.

Carol makes these classes fun and inspiring, while supporting you to the next level of your growth!

This monthly class usually meets on the first Monday of every month from 6-9 pm. We are experimenting with other days to see how they work.

The maximum class size will be 10 students, to ensure plenty of hands-on time for each one.
If there are only 1 or 2 students registered for a class, the class will be cancelled.
If there are 3 or 4 students, each student pays $20/hr for the class = $60 total.
If there are 5-10 students, each student pays $15/hr for the class = $45 total.

Invite your friends! Share the news! The more students which attend, the less you pay and the more fun it is to learn from each other.

Monday, Nov 4, 2019
6pm – 9pm

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 Alternatives Uxbridge Community Art Gallery Information

This class is open to the public. It is open to all ages and to all levels of painting ability.

Please make sure you register beforehand so we know how many to expect. Carol will send you a supply list to get you started.

To register, please make sure you email: carol@carolarnoldfineart.com

To learn more about Carol Arnold and to view her painting gallery:


Follow Carol on Facebook!

Carol Arnold Fine Art on Facebook

Need Brainstorming for Tapestry Show

Dear Group –

Since at least 2010, there has been an annual Tapestry community art show held in our Uxbridge Gallery. It was run by Alternatives, then ValleyCast, and now by us. The idea of the show is that it’s a free, all-ages, all-abilities, open celebration of community and art. It’s for all types of art, from photography to painting to drawing to sculpture to stained glass and so on. It’s wholly inclusive.

Here’s the logo that was used for most of that time.

The problem is that nearly everyone I talk with thinks it’s a fabric / textile show and that they won’t enter because they don’t do fabrics or textiles. The logo doesn’t do much to clarify it at all. 

This current year I tried using an image which shows more that it’s about inclusivity, and to use wording in the write-up which shows it’s an open theme, but I still don’t think this is helping enough. I’m still hearing from members that they weren’t planning on participating because they figured this was a textiles-fabrics-only show.


What can we do for a logo that makes it more clear? Maybe a ring of people around a four-square of different types of art, to visually show that everything is welcome? And say right in the name of it that we take all kinds of art from all kinds of people?

Maybe something more like this? Clearly done by someone more talented than me :).

And then what could we call it? Something that has that Tapestry “woven together” feel but isn’t so specifically fabric oriented?

Please share any ideas you might have. And please do enter this year’s show – the drop off is NEXT WEEKEND. Please invite family and friends – the more the merrier! All are welcome to participate!


Lisa Shea & the BVAA Team

Art and Music Makers Festival Committee

The Open Sky / Alternatives / ValleyCast organization has held a yearly event for a few years now at the Whitin Mill complex in Whitinsville, MA. The one-day event, held in the fall, runs from 10am to 3pm. It is a celebration of making art and making music.

Artists set up tents in a ring around the plaza. Each artist is “making” something. One person shows how they make guitars with pretty art on them, another person shows how they make stained glass art, and so on. They also sell their art in their booth. The focus is on having visitors be able to come, see how the items are made, and to buy the art.

The stage has a rotation of musicians on it. There’s also a booth or two with a “petting zoo of instruments” where visitors can try out different instruments and see how they sound.

There’s a few food trucks on hand.

Cristi Collari at ValleyCast is looking to put together a small committee to plan the Fall 2020 event. That way the committee can look through the list of artists who want to participate, figure out the music schedule, choose the food trucks, and so on. She’d like 4 or 5 people to be on this with her so they have a good group to brainstorm.

If you’re interested, either in being a part of the festival or being a part of the committee (or both!) please contact Cristi at:


This will be quite a lot of fun. Visitors love the unique nature of what the festival offers.


BVAA Member Lending Library

One benefit of being a member of the Blackstone Valley Art Association is that we have a substantial lending library of books and magazines on a wide range of topics. Take out as many as you like and keep them as long as you wish. Just bring them back eventually so others can enjoy them!

Here’s the current listing of items in the collection.

Note that the links were auto-generated so they might not always work quite properly. You should be able to manually search on Amazon for any title-author combination to see what the book is about.

Categories are: A/animals F/fantasy G/general M/magazine PH/photography SF/Science Fiction

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great masters of fantasy artboris vallejoFAmazon
in search of foreverrodney matthewsFAmazon
in the garden of unearthly delightsjosh kirbyFAmazon
last ship homerodney matthewsFAmazon
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michael whelan’s works of wondermichael whelanFAmazon
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boschwalter bosingGAmazon
capture the charm of your hometown in watercolorfrank loudinGAmazon
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degas pastelsalfred wernerGAmazon
drawing and painting with colored pencilkristy ann kutchGAmazon
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heads and figures in pencilwilliam f powellGAmazon
how to draw caricatureslenn redmanGAmazon
how to draw heads and portraitsjose m parramonGAmazon
how to paint watercolors that shinewilliam c wrightGAmazon
instant period costumes – how to make classic costumesbarb rogersGAmazon
keys to painting textures and surfacesrachel rubin wolfGAmazon
kodak’s look at lifetime lifeGAmazon
making color singjeanne dobieGAmazon
mary cassatt oils and pastelse john bullardGAmazon
one hundred drawings and watercolours 2010-2011stephen ongpinGAmazon
painting glowing colors in watercolorpenny sotoGAmazon
painting light with colored pencilcecile bairdgAmazon
pencil magic – landscape drawing techniquesphil metzgerGAmazon
people in watercolorwendy mattsonGAmazon
portraits in oil – a step by step art instruction bookwendon blakeGAmazon
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Sargent watercolorsdonelson F HoopesGAmazon
secrets to drawing realistic facescarrie stuart parksGAmazon
stone roberts paintings & drawingscharles michenerGAmazon
the drawing book a comprehensive guidewendon blakeGAmazon
the marine paintings of chris maygerdavid larkinGAmazon
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Free Gamblin Demo Sat Oct 5

Hi, we are very pleased to have Kristina Carroll from Gamblin presenting a 90 minute lecture demonstration on Saturday October 5th at the Uxbridge Gallery. WE NEED AT LEAST 20 ATTENDEES!

Let us know if you will be attending ASAP-

Did I mention that there will be goody bags !!!

Saturday October 5 2019
10:30am – 1pm

Uxbridge Art Gallery

5 South Main Street

Uxbridge, MA

All details:


September 2019 Meeting – Tori Heffernan Working With Models

Working with models can be challenging. How do you get them to show the emotion you’re looking for? How do you handle lighting? Tori Heffernan is an expert at these things and is going to lead us through the process both in an outdoor and an indoor location.

We’ll be starting at Capron’s Dam in Uxbridge, MA. It’s immediately around the corner (walking distance) from our gallery. Then we move inside when it gets dark.

All are warmly welcome to attend! If you don’t have your own paints, let us know in advance so we can bring some for you. Or you could just come and watch! Painters and photographers are warmly welcomed to learn.

Date: Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
Time: 6:30-9pm


Capron’s Dam
Across from the FireFly Gallery
15 Mendon Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

Thank you to Carol Frieswick for planning this event!

Some info from Tori:

My name is Tori and I am a freelance model. What that means is I do not stand with an agency, and I represent myself. I am also a model instructor at The Creative Collaboration events that a couple of my colleagues and I run. My goal is to show the community that there is beauty in everyone, and art can take many forms.

I help models who are new to the industry learn how to pose by letting their emotions influence their expression. I help photographers interact with models by demonstrating different methods of communication and direction. My instructions are a baseline for models and photographers to build their own style off of.

I enjoy working with others, individually and in groups. Using my knowledge to help others new to the art form or wanting to try something different. I love what I do!

Hopedale Day in the Park 2019 – Sept 14 2019

The 29th Annual Hopedale Day in the Park is on Saturday September 14th, 2019!

The Blackstone Valley Art Association regularly gets a booth at this festival in order to promote our artwork and membership. You’re welcome to bring cards, prints, and small art to sell.

In addition, the Hopedale Cultural Council sponsors a HUGE art show at this event, under a big white tent. Many of our members routinely win prizes. Here’s an image from 2017 when our member Libia Goncalves won first prize.

It is WELL worth entering this art festival. It’s a part of a one-day big festival on the Hopedale common with music, food, booths, and all sorts of things. The entry fee is $20.

There are four categories for prize getting:
* watercolors
* oils / acrylics
* photography
* mixed media (pretty much anything else)

Here’s some details for entering.


* ALL SIGNATURES MUST BE COVERED BY CARDSTOCK FOR JUDGING. They’ll remove the cards later on, but when you bring your artwork in the signature MUST be hidden. That way the judging can be reasonably anonymous.

* YOU MUST BE THERE BETWEEN 8-9AM FOR DROPOFF. Then they judge so you can’t be late. If you have a challenge with this, talk with us and we can coordinate with someone who is going in to bring your art in for you.

* THE ART FESTIVAL AND OUR BOOTH ARE TWO SEPARATE THINGS. The art festival is run by the Hopedale Cultural Council and we all enter that show. In addition to that, we also have a booth at the event which we put our own art up in, for free. Our booth is best for smaller quick-purchase items, matted prints, and notecards.

* YOU MUST SEND IN A PAPER FORM TO REGISTER. That has to be received by September 8th 2019. Don’t wait for the last minute on this one. Register early.

Here’s the two pages for the paper registration. Print these out, fill them in, and snail-mail them to their destination.

Ask with any questions! This is well worth entering.

You can also get more information at their Facebook page: