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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

Call to Artists:  Mendon Town Hall Campus Special Art Project

The Mendon Cultural Council is looking for an artist to create a unique visual art installation for the recently restored Town Hall Campus. The art work will be located outside and must endure the elements and all weather conditions native to New England. We are seeking an original work that is visually captivating and embodies our town’s personality. Possible media include sculpture, tiles, brick, and painting of planters or murals. 

One artist is sought to manage this project. The chosen artist may feature solely their own work or work in collaboration with other artists or groups.

Artists are encouraged to visit Mendon town campus and assess the possible locations for installation of their artwork: mendonma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif881/f/uploads/220502_draft.pdf

Another site of research interest could be the Mendon Historical Society website:  mendonhistoricalsociety.org/

A single grant of approximately $1,500 is intended to cover the artist’s time and materials for the project and be paid upon the completion of the work. Artists interested in this project should complete and submit an application on the Mendon Cultural Council webpage: 

www.mendonma.gov/cultural-council

Inclusion of sketches, pictures and/or diagrams are highly encouraged as well as links or information about prior works of art in the application. 

For more information contact the Mendon Cultural Council at (508)473-2312 or email culturalcouncil@mendonma.gov

APPLICATION FORM: mendonma.gov/cultural-council/files/application-form-for-mendon-town-hall-special-art-project

Inktober Art Challenge 2022

Inktober is nearly here! October 1 to 31, 2022! Who will join us?

Inktober is a great way to celebrate your creativity, no matter what you art level :). Every day, starting on October 1st, you are given a daily prompt. October 1st is “gargoyle”. You draw whatever that word brings to mind for you. Some people draw pure black ink on white paper. Other people add in color. It is wholly up to you.

Many people post their results on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and so on, with the hashtag of #gargoyle or #inktober or so on. Others simply keep it in their sketchbook or share it with friends. It is wholly up to you how you choose to share.

Simply the act of creating every day is a great thing for your artistic journey.

If you’d like to share your art with the group, let us know! We can lend a hand!

https://inktober.com/rules

Blackstone Valley Arts Association Fall Show

2022 Blackstone Valley Arts Association Fall Show

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring our annual members-only Fall Show! This show is open to all active members of the BVAA. Entries can include all forms of artwork on any theme. This show will be judged for cash prizes.

When:
Saturday, September 24th to Saturday, October 22nd, 2022

Where:
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

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. 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

Submissions
To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. The fee to participate is $8/piece or 3 for $20 for members. You can submit up to 3 pieces. As this is a judged show, you cannot enter anything which has been entered into a previous BVAA judged show. The deadline to submit is Saturday, September 24th, 2022 at 3pm EST.

Drop Off of Works
Work must be dropped off on Saturday, September 24th between 10am and 3pm. All work which is brought in will be hung (as long as it is properly wired and is family-friendly).

Opening Reception
The reception is Friday, September 30th from 5-7pm. Please bring a snack or drink to share! Winners are generally announced around 6pm.

Pick Up
Saturday, October 22, 2021, 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!

Art Framing with Sue Dion

September 2022 Monthly Meeting – Framing with Sue Dion

A frame is an integral part of most hanging works of art. For some formats like photography and watercolors, the frame and mat help to keep the artwork surface separate from the protective glass, so the two do not stick together. On other artwork, like oil and acrylic, the frame around the edge of the artwork creates a border to highlight and complement the piece.

A well-done frame can elevate a piece of art from “lovely” to “must buy”. I’ve heard from several buyers in our gallery that part of the reason they bought a piece was because of how well the frame matched it. I’ve also heard from judges who adored a given art-frame pairing and felt it brought the whole piece together.

Come join us on Tuesday, Sept 20th as master framer Sue Dion steps us through how to mat and frame a piece to bring out its best qualities. Sue is both a talented artist as well as an experienced, professional framer. She’s taught framing at the Worcester Art Museum. Please follow her on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/SueDionArt/

Sue is also on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9aoUdh6KJ6tQb4PBmcjmmw

Our September 2022 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20th from 6:30-9pm.

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

The space is fully handicapped / disability accessible with no stairs. It is immediately next to a large free parking lot.

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!

NOTE: We did record this session. The video is available for BVAA members to view. If you’re a member, contact us for the information.

Ask with any questions!

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

Blackstone Valley Art Association Sponsors

2022 Teen Art Show Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2022 BVAA Teen Art Show!

First place: Mary Goodrow / “Ruth”

Second Place: David Raphael LeClair / “Slip Away”

Third Place: David Raphael LeClair / “Silver Screen”

Honorable Mention: Mary Goodrow / “Untitled”

Honorable Mention: Aimiejeanne Given / “Opie”

Honorable Mention: Chloe Vercellini / “Two Sides Orange”

Thank you to all the teens who entered our teen art show! We look forward to seeing your works in future shows, and best of luck to your journey!

I will be loading up a full video walkthrough of this teen art show on Saturday evening.

2022 Teen Art Show Details:

Fourth Annual Show of Hands Open Art Show 2022

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring our fourth annual “Show of Hands” open art show! We had this show in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and then the pandemic interfered. We are back in the groove!

The public is warmly invited to participate in this art show! 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, and other non-photographic forms of artwork.

We award cash prizes!

When:
September 10 to September 24, 2022

Where:
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. 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

Submissions
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 September 3rd at midnight.

Drop Off of Works
Work must be dropped off on Saturday, September 3rd or Saturday, September 10th between 10am and 3pm. All work which is brought in will be hung (as long as it is properly wired and is family-friendly).

Opening Reception
The show reception will be Friday, September 23rd, 2022 from 5-7. Invite family and friends – all are welcome!

Pick Up
Saturday, September 24th, 2022, 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!

Show video with winners:

Blackstone Valley Art Association Sponsors
BVAA 2022 Uxbridge SketchFest

5th Annual Uxbridge SketchFest – October 2022

The BVAA Uxbridge SketchFest is back for its fifth year! Grab your pads of paper, pencils, and pens, for it’s SketchFest time!

Here’s the plan.

Sometime between October 1st and October 31st, head out to your favorite locations in Uxbridge. Make sketches of whatever catches your eye. Send them into us at info@bvaa.org. Each person can send us up to three sketches. Please have the last JPGs in to us by midnight on October 31st. Participation is completely FREE!

We will make a virtual gallery of the sketches and also a YouTube virtual presentation! We’ll share all the beautiful artworks for the entire community to enjoy!

All ages and abilities are warmly encouraged to participate. This is open to the public!

Here is Dennis Smith’s great map of wonderful locations in Uxbridge. Click on it to get a larger version along with details about each location. This is a starting point. You can make your sketches anywhere in Uxbridge.

Dennis Smith Map of Great Sketching Locations

What Is A Sketch?

Just what is a sketch? We’re glad you asked!

For the sake of our SketchFest, a sketch is a quick representation of a scene done with pen or pencil on paper. It can then be colored in with colored pencil or watercolors. Here’s a beautiful example done by Pamela Siderewicz of a lawyers’ office building on Uxbridge Common.

Pamela Siderewicz – Uxbridge Common Building

At our 2019 in-person Uxbridge SketchFest we had the amazing Laura Sfiat from the Urban Sketchers Boston group come guide us through sketching. Here is one of Laura’s examples (not of Uxbridge) which provides a few details about how she works.

Laura Sfiat City Sketcher Boston

Here’s Laura’s website which has all sorts of great information and advice:

https://belleartwork.wordpress.com/

Here’s a video of the afternoon session with Laura, which focused more specifically on portrait sketching.

Here’s a 22-minute YouTube video by Alphonso Dunn that goes step by step through how to create an urban sketch. You can skip the first two minutes – those are an ad for his book :).

Ask with any questions, and we look forward to seeing your beautiful sketches!

BVAA at Uniquely Uxbridge

Uniquely Uxbridge 2022

The amazing town of Uxbridge, Massachusetts holds a big summertime celebration in September on the Uxbridge Town Common. In 2022 the date is Sunday September 4th from 9am to 2pm. The Uxbridge Town Common is FULL of vendors, food, events, and more.

Our gallery will be open!! We’ll have cards, prints, artwork, and much, much more. Hang out and paint!

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

The space is fully handicapped / disability accessible with no stairs. It is immediately next to a large free parking lot.

All are welcome – this session 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!

Make sure you follow the official Uniquely Uxbridge Day page and support all the local vendors!

https://www.facebook.com/UUxbridgeDay/

BVAA Monthly Meeting – Boosting Creativity III

August 2022 Monthly Meeting – Boosting Creativity III

Summertime is a busy time for many of our artists, so we keep our summer workshops light and fun.

The workshop will involve Carol Frieswick’s book and card set “The Artist’s Muse – Unlock the Door to Your Creativity”. There are bunches of cards with all sorts of challenges and prompts to get you thinking out of the box with your art. We’ll have watercolors, acrylics, pastels, paper, and brushes on hand. If you have a preferred medium feel free to bring along your own paints, pastels, pencils, or camera. We will tackle the creative challenges with whatever we like to work with. Or, heck, if you normally work in one media, try changing over to another to see how it goes!

Our August 2022 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 16th from 6:30-9pm.

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

The space is fully handicapped / disability accessible with no stairs. It is immediately next to a large free parking lot.

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.

Blackstone Valley Art Association Sponsors
Carol Arnold Oil Painting Class

Carol Arnold Oil Painting Class – September 2022

Painting from life, (painting from photos is okay, but from life is preferred) all levels of development welcomed. Bring what you want to paint. If you have no idea, you can paint my still life that I demo from, and we can discuss how to make a decision on what YOU want to paint.

I will demonstrate the first hour and then students paint for the remaining two hours. I will help everyone and answer questions as I walk around to each student for one-on-one advice and helpful information. 

This will be a fun and positive environment where everyone is free to express their creativity and bond with other artists. 

This monthly class usually meets on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9 pm.

Cost:
The maximum class size will be 10 students, to ensure plenty of hands-on time for each one.
Cost is $20/hour.

Invite your friends! Share the news!

When:
Thursday, September 1st 2022
6pm – 9pm

Where:
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:

https://carolarnoldfineart.com/

Follow Carol on Facebook!

Carol Arnold Fine Art on Facebook

Follow Carol on Instagram!

https://www.instagram.com/carol_arnold_art/