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

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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
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BVAA Uxbridge Show Schedule for 2023

Here is the proposed schedule for the BVAA Uxbridge Gallery for the year 2023. Please note that this schedule could adjust or shift based on weather issues or other issues. Please always look for a show’s specific page to get its final details.

“Anything Goes” Community Photography Show:
Drop-off Sat Jan 7
Reception Fri Jan 13
Pickup Sat Apr 8
“Anything Goes” Show Details

Teen “Self Expression” Community Show:
Drop-off Sat Mar 4
Reception Fri Mar 10
Pickup Sat Apr 8
Teen Show Details

Members-Only Spring Show (open theme):
Drop-off Sat Apr 8
Reception Fri Apr 15
Pickup Sat June 3

Members-Only Series Show:
Drop-off Sat June 3
Reception Fri June 9
Pickup Sat July 8

Members-Only Carbon Copies Show:
Drop-off Sat July 8
Reception Fri July 14
Pickup Sat Aug 5

“Show of Hands” Community Anything-But-Photography Show:
Drop-off Sat Aug 5
Reception Fri Aug 11
Pickup Sat Sept 9

Members-Only Fall Show (open theme):
Drop-off Sat Sept 9
Reception Fri Sept 15
Pickup Sat Oct 21

“Diversity” Community open theme show:
Drop-off Sat Oct 21
Reception Fri Oct 27
Pickup Sat Nov 18

Members-Only “Great Gifts” show:
Drop-off Sat Nov 18
Reception Fri Nov 24
Pickup Sat Jan 6

Again, all of these dates are estimates. Be sure to watch for the event-specific full detail page for all details about a show!

Hand Me Down at Gallery 263 Cambridge MA

From the Gallery 263 in Cambridge Massachusetts:

We invite artists based in the US to submit work for Hand Me Down, an exhibition that explores how artists document and enlist inherited or cultural materials and objects in their artwork.

Juried by LaiSun Keane, owner of LaiSun Keane.

All visual and performance media (2D, 3D, time-based) will be considered.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 5, 2023

Bev TInklenberg at the Auburn Historical Museum

Watercolor Class with Bev Tinklenberg

Experienced artist Bev Tinklenberg offers watercolor painting classes from her home studio in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. Bev teaches classes on Thursday and Friday. For more information, contact Bev at

Here are a few examples of Bev’s work.

A virtual tour of Bev’s art studio:

Doing a watercolor value study –

Sketching and Drawing basic supplies with Bev –

A few of Beverly’s paintings –

Milford Spring Show 2023

Milford TV Art Show Mar-Apr 2023 – Spring Joy

Spring beauty is coming at the Milford TV Station!

Every two months we rotate the art show at the Milford TV Station. We arrange our drop-offs on the last Thursday of the month preceding the show. The drop-off for the upcoming March-April 2020 show on the theme of “Spring Joy” is Thursday, February 23th, 2023 from 6-8pm.

This date is also the take-down for the existing “Winter Magic” show. If you’re not able to make it for this pickup date, please wait until after the reception to stop by and retrieve your art. That way the show is up for its full publicized period.

Drop-Off (and previous show pick-up)
Thursday, February 23, 2023
The public is warmly welcome and encouraged to attend the drop-off, to chat with the artists. Many artists hang out to chat during this period. Artists – please bring food or drink to share!

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 but if you have more which match the current theme that’s great! The items can be any size or shape – Milford has a great hanging system which can accommodate pretty much anything.

Ask with any questions! Share the news!

Bonnie Frederico - Grafton Barway

Oil Painting Class with Bonnie Frederico

Talented artist Bonnie Frederico is offering oil painting classes from her home studio in Grafton, Massachusetts. Bonnie has several days of the week available, so contact Bonnie to find out which days might work best for your schedule.

Here’s an example of one of Bonnie’s paintings. This painting portrays a rural barway in Grafton.

For more examples of Bonnie’s artwork, and for contact information, visit her website:

Here are a few workshops Bonnie has done for the BVAA!

Mike Zeis and Joanne Zeis at WSU

Joanne and Mike Zeis have photos included in “Interconnected: A Fiber Show” — a juried exhibition at the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery at Worcester State University. The show will open on February 2, 2023 and runs through March 18, 2023.

Artists were asked to consider “fiber” broadly, and Mike expects to see a great variety of wall-mounted and free-standing works that, as the organizers put it, “…allow the viewer to experience [fiber] in new ways.”

Mike’s photos show fabric in early and late stages—one shot is of a supply of wool ready to be fed into an industrial loom. The other shows a fragment of torn curtain in an abandoned mansion. Joanne’s photo was taken in guest room at an abandoned spa in Sharon Springs, NY. She says, “Rain and sun hitting this mattress (and traditional sheets) made their own little ecosystem.”

The opening and reception are on Thursday, Feb 2, 2023, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The Dolphin Gallery is in the first floor of WSU’s Ghosh Science and Tech Center at 486 Chandler Street in Worcester. Regular gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, or by appointment.

BVAA Photography Talk

Photography Talk with Al Weems Mike Zeis Bob Evans

Mark your calendar for this amazing photography talk which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! No matter what the weather outside, we’ll be safe and snug in our living rooms while we enjoy this stunning discussion with talented photographers Al Weems, Mike Zeis, and Bob Evans. Each artist will discuss his photography technique. Then, at the end, we’ll have about a half hour for community critique of group-submitted photos.

This Zoom discussion is FREE, open to the public, and will be held on Sunday, February 5th, 2023 from 3-5:30pm.


Note that this session WILL BE RECORDED so that people who cannot attend on Sunday can watch the recording. You can choose to turn off audio and video if you don’t want to be seen / heard in the recording.

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!

If you are a BVAA member, you can send us 2-3 images for the group to gently critique as part of this workshop. Full details on this have been sent to you in the weekly BVAA newsletter. If you’re not getting that newsletter, please contact us.

Ask with any questions!

To learn more about Bob Evans –

To learn more about Al Weems –

To learn more about Mike Zeis –

Mike will show photos that were taken with unconventional camera modifications and filters, and will exhibit the devices that created the effects.

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

Blackstone Valley Art Association Sponsors
BVAA 2023 Teen Show

2023 Teen Self Expression Art Show

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring the 2023 Teen Self Expression Art Show – this art show is open to the public! All styles of teen-created family-friendly artwork are warmly welcome! FREE FOR TEENS TO ENTER!

Saturday March 4th to Saturday April 8th 2023

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

Participation is FREE and is open to the public. The show is open to any person who is a teenager (aged 13-18). Each participant may exhibit up to three pieces of artwork. These will be judged for cash prizes.

Entering the Show
The show is completely free to enter. The artwork can be on any theme and in any medium. We have glass cases in which we can display sculptures and pottery.

Please check out our Show Terms and Conditions. Note that some of the conditions about framing and wiring do not apply to this show. If you simply wish to bring in 5×7 printed photos or artwork, that is fine, We can handle matting those for you. If you wish to bring in other forms of art that is framed and/or ready for display, that is fine too. Ask with any questions.

We should also make sure everyone sees this section of the terms: “Works submitted to the BVAA must be original work created by the submitting artist.  All entries must contain copyright-free material or material released with consent from the original source. Unauthorized use of any copyrighted images, text, or other material will not be accepted.” We know teens love to copy online art and to represent favorite movie characters. For legal reasons, this show needs to feature original art only.

To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. The deadline to submit is 3pm on Saturday, March 4th, 2023. Work should be dropped off by Saturday, March 4th, 2023 at 3pm. All work which is brought in will be hung (as long as it is family-friendly). If you can’t make it by Saturday, contact us and we’ll arrange a later drop-off for you. We hang the show on Wed, March 8th.

The teen self expression show awards ribbons based on the number of entries received.

Opening Reception
The opening reception for the show is Friday, March 10th from 5-7pm. Invite family and friends – all are welcome!

Pick Up
Saturday, April 8th, 2023, from 10am to 3pm. If you aren’t able to make that, please contact us for other arrangements.

Address any questions via our BVAA Contact Information

Ask with any questions! We look forward to seeing your entries! It’s great to think outside the box for this show.

To get some ideas, here is information about the 2022 Teen Show!

Bob Evans Photography Talk

January 2023 Meeting – Bob Evans Photography Talk

Bob Evans is a talented photographer who has won many awards with his photography. In this talk, Bob will explore a number of his photos and discuss the techniques and compositions used.

There will be time at the end for photographers to show their own work and have the group offer gentle supportive comments.

The current show in the gallery is the Anything Goes community photography show, so this is also an opportunity for visitors to see all of the photography and discuss it.

Our January 2023 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 17th from 6:30-9pm.

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!

To learn more about Bob Evans –

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

Blackstone Valley Art Association Sponsors
Bev TInklenberg at the Auburn Historical Museum

Sketching Perspective and the Auburn Historical Museum with Bev Tinklenberg

Talented artist Bev Tinklenberg celebrated the beauty of Auburn, and the impressive collection of the Auburn Historical Museum, with a series of sessions celebrating this delightful location.

First, on November 29, 2022, the BVAA took a trip to the Auburn Historical Museum at 41 South Street in Auburn, Massachusetts. There, Sari Bitticks and Steven Marshall guided us on a glimpse of the many treasures the museum holds. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who can make it to their location. They have many Nipmuc artifacts, a Civil War uniform, a Japanese parachute wedding dress, a nugget from the Auburn gold mine, and much, much more.

Next, Beverly guided us through how to examine architecture in terms of one point perspective or two point perspective, using the Auburn Historical Museum and its nearby buildings.

It was chilly, so Bev got into her SUV and demonstrated how to do a watercolor value study. By recording just lights, mediums, and darks in shades of grey, an artist can get a handle on how a scene will lay out.

Here’s the quick time lapse version to get an overview of the process.

Fun break time! We decided to get some photos and video of local Auburn cows, to have for future art projects.

Back to serious stuff. At her home art studio, Bev talks about flat straight on and one point perspective, when you are looking straight at a building.

We then go into Bev’s studio where she demonstrates the techniques of two point perspective. She uses wooden blocks for clear viewing, then moves on to a building scene.

Bev now talks about how to use layers to build up a watercolor image. She starts with the lights, then medium tones, then darks and details. Then she focuses in on the area she wants to draw your eye to. Bev also discusses how artful cropping and matting can highlight an image.

Finally, we get a tour of Bev Tinklenberg’s home art studio. It has beautiful light, nice working areas, many shelves, and even an art paper storage system. It’s quite a lovely space to create!

Thank you to the Auburn Cultural Council for supporting this project! And thank you so much to Beverly for sharing her time and expertise with us. To learn more about Bev, her artwork, and her art classes, contact us here at the BVAA and we’ll put you in touch!

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Massachusetts Cultural Council