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Welcome to the BVAA

Welcome to the Blackstone Valley Art Association webpage! We have been supporting arts in the Blackstone Valley since 1957. Our main gallery is in Uxbridge; we sponsor numerous shows, events, and workshops throughout the year. This website provides hundreds of pages on local art shows, art events, field trips, workshops, museum visits, and much, much more. We even have a lending library. We are warmly inclusive of all levels, backgrounds, and abilities. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

Gallery and Upcoming Events

BVAA Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art Gallery
Gallery Open Mon – Sat 10am to 3pm
Current Show: “Anything Goes Photography Show

Sat 2/15 – architectural photography, filters in photography (also through glass balls, saran wrap, prisms, etc.)
Sat 2/15 – Choco l’Art Chocolate Reception Whitinsville Library 10-2
Tue 2/18 – monthly meeting painting critique workshop 6:30pm
Sat 2/22 – flash photography with Al Weems, high key / low key photography
Sat 2/22 – drop-off for Carbon Copies show
Thu 2/27 – Spring show drop-off Milford TV 6-8
Sat 2/29 – mirrors photography, James Hunt Photoshop Q&A

Feb all month – “Winter Magic” show at Milford TV
Feb all month – “Sharp” online show at Flickr

dennis smith

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

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Auburn Celebration of Art 2020

Auburn Celebration of Art 2020

Welcome to the beauty of Auburn, Massachusetts! Auburn was first settled in 1714 and was incorporated as a town in 1778. It was the location of the very first liquid rocket fuel launch, done by Robert H. Goddard on March 16, 1926.

Thanks to the Auburn Cultural Council, the Blackstone Valley Art Association was able to create a celebration of art and beauty centered on the Goddard Memorial Park in Auburn. 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 Auburn. 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 Auburn to get you inspired.

Laura O. Cenedella paints the rocket at Goddard Memorial Park!

Carol Arnold Workshop – Nov 2020 Monthly Meeting

Tonight! Tuesday! 6:30pm! Nov 17th 2020!

Carol Arnold workshop!

Yes, the amazingly talented, top-award-winning painter Carol Arnold will do a virtual Zoom workshop with us! All members are warmly invited to attend! We’ll start at 6:30pm. Carol has step by step incremental photos she took while working on a painting. She’ll step us through exactly how she worked on her painting, discussing techniques and tips.

We apologize for the late notice – we had some challenges figuring out this month’s session. Carol Arnold kindly stepped up to offer her time!

Carol creates absolutely amazing artwork. Here’s the one that won first prize in paintings at the 2019 Small Stones festival.

Carol Arnold

Here’s her website with more paintings –

https://www.carolarnoldfineart.com/

All BVAA members received a newsletter with the information for joining tonight’s Zoom meeting. Let us know if you didn’t get that email!

Here’s the video for those who missed it:

Here’s the photos from the workshop, of Carol Arnold’s work in progress.

Century Kodak No. 1A Semi-Centennial Stand

Remember the old days of enormously-sized large-format cameras? They needed a solid wood table to support them. A hand-wheel would raise or lower that table, to set the height of the camera.

This large-format camera stand is known as the Century Kodak No. 1A Semi-Centennial Stand. It was made in the 1925 / 1926 timeframe. It is about 50 inches tall. It is solid wood with what appears to be cast iron supports. It’s mounted on three wheels. It’s meant to hold a wet plate or large format camera.

There is a metal placard on it which states:

Century
made by
Eastman Kodak Co.
Successor to
Century Camera Co.
Rochester, N.Y.

This was donated to the Blackstone Valley Art Association by Stephanie Sullivan of AVIA Consulting, a long-time avid photographer. We were thinking of using it as a stand in the gallery, but it’s a bit bulky for the space we have in the front window area. So we are offering it to members to add a beautiful accent to their homes for $500 or best offer. The donation goes to support the activities of the BVAA.

The wheel does work to turn the wood tray up and down – you could set it to whatever height you wanted. It might be missing a screw, we’re not sure. The top side of the tray is a soft velvet type of material.

Ask with any questions!

BVAA Great Gifts Art Show – December 2020

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is showcasing a delightful selection of photography, watercolors, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, jewelry, and more for the month of December 2020. Be sure to explore the images and see what we have available! Perfect for gift giving!

When:
December 2020

Entering the Show
This show is open to BVAA members only. The theme is wide open. Any topic can be addressed as long as it is family-friendly. Artwork can be any size since this is virtual!

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.

Drop Off of Works
Email in your JPGs by Fri Nov 20th, 2020 to info@bvaa.org.

All work which is sent in will be included (as long as it is properly wired and is family-friendly).

Address any questions via our BVAA Contact Information

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