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

Paint a Rocket! Online Celebration of Auburn’s Goddard Park

Come join us virtually this Saturday morning August 22, 2020!


It’ll be casual, relaxing, and fun.

We’ll draw, paint, or heck Play-Dough mold the Polaris Missile in Auburn’s Goddard Park. Explore your creativity!

Here’s a photo taken by Lisa Shea that you can download and print, to use as a guide!

Pastel Workshop with Laurinda O’Connor

THIS EVENT IS FULL. You can contact us to be placed on a wait-list.

Are you interested in the beautifully soft colors of pastels? Come join us for this amazing hands-on workshop with award-winning artist Laurinda Phakos O’Connor! We will be wholly socially distanced while working so PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. There are limited seats available for this.

Location: Fairlawn Christian Church, Whitinsville MA
Date: Saturday, September 26th, 2020
Time: to be determined

Please note that our online system will send an automatic confirmation that we got your request. YOU STILL NEED AN ACTUAL HUMAN CONFIRMATION THAT SPACE IS AVAILABLE. Please make sure you have that human confirmation that you are confirmed for a seat at the church.

Right now the cost should be in the $60 range per person. We need 10 people in order to hold the class. Please contact us to let us know you’re interested so we can move forward. So far we believe we have 5 students.

To see Laura’s amazing works, visit:

Laura’s description of this workshop:
Let’s push the boundaries and explore new ways to approach our paintings. Starting the day with small studies, we will let what captivates us about the scene drive us through our exercises into a larger painting. We will highlight our style through gesture, value, composition, color, and mark making. There will be a demonstration and plenty of individual instruction.

Perfect for intermediate and advanced artists using soft pastels, oil, or acrylic paints. Please bring your own photographs. See full supply list below.

• Bring your soft pastel, acrylic, or oil supplies
• For beginning exercises, you will need at least 3 small surfaces (4×6, 6×6, 5×7, or whatever you prefer). These surfaces need to be able to handle wet media if you are using pastels (Uart, ArtSpectrum, Pastelmat, or hand gessoed surface). They can be boards or any paintable surface for oil and acrylic painters.
• At least 1 Larger surface to work on, your choice, but at least 9×12, 12×18, etc. Can be square, but bigger is key. Acrylic and Oil painters can bring bigger canvases. Whatever you are comfortable with (or … push yourself and go bigger!) Pastelists need Uart, ArtSpectrum, Pastelmat, or hand gessoed surface.
• Photographic references

Additional Supplies
• Alcohol for underpainting (for use with soft pastels)
• Any Black ink (Yasutomo Liquid Sumi Ink is waterproof when dry, good if working in acrylics)
• Magnum Black Sharpie (if you have it)
• Black Tombow marker, or a brush/drawing marker (optional, but I use to draw with)
• Watercolor brush
• Paper towels
• Sketch paper/vine charcoal
• Masking or artist tape (no blue, yellow, or green painter’s tape)
• Back board such as foam core to attach surfaces while you work
• Glassine or document bags to protect work on the way home

BVAA Event Registration page:

Watercolor Workshop – Sept 2020 Monthly Meeting

September is the start of a new BVAA year! And for the first time since March, we are holding an in-person monthly meeting! It will be on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm. It will be held at the Linwood Mill. We will also broadcast it LIVE on YouTube so you can paint along from home.

In-person attendance will be limited and you MUST REGISTER BEFOREHAND to hold your space if you wish to attend in person.

We will be doing a watercolor workshop! For sanitary reasons, please bring your own watercolors and brushes. We will have paper to share if you need it. We will have a few watercolors available for those who do not have any. Let us know what you need when you register.

Arches 140lb watercolor paper
Cobalt teal, yellow ochre, and burnt sienna watercolor paints
(sky in particular was mix of cerulean & cobalt)
start with biggest brush you have; rigger (smaller brush) later for detail

The instructor is the talented Diane Bell. You can see more of Diane’s works as well as read about her credentials here on her website:


This watercolor workshop will be held at the LINWOOD MILL in Northbridge. We currently do not have access to the Uxbridge gallery due to the Pandemic. When you register we will provide you with exact directions to the space we have available.


For those who cannot attend in person for whatever reason, we will be streaming this video live on YouTube. You don’t need any account or subscription or anything else. You simply go to a link on YouTube and you can watch this LIVE. You can ask questions and get answers! We’d love for you to take photos of your work and send them to us, to see how you did.

We will provide the YouTube link as we get closer to the event.

To Register

If you wish to attend in person, please use our online registration form to pre-register for this event. MAKE SURE YOU GET A HUMAN CONFIRMATION THAT THERE IS SPACE. You will get an automated confirmation that we received your request, but we will then still need to make sure there is space left. We will then manually write you back personally to let you know there is still space available and that you are set to attend. We will provide the directions and further information at that time.

Ask with any questions, and we look forward to exploring watercolors, either in person or online!

Here is a photo of the image we will be working on. If you right-click on it, you can open it in a window of its own, to print it and use it as a model.

Here is a black and white version of the same scene, to use to determine your values (amount of light or dark in a section.

Full 1.5 hour workshop on YouTube:

Below is an example of one of Diane Bell’s watercolor paintings, to get a sense of her style.

Diane Bell Watercolor

3rd Annual Uxbridge SketchFest – September 2020

The BVAA Uxbridge SketchFest is back for its third year! We normally hold these in the late spring but the Pandemic interfered this year. After waiting a few months in the hopes that we could do this in person, we have decided it’s safest to do it virtually. So grab your pads of paper, pencils, and pens, for it’s SketchFest time!

Here’s the plan.

Sometime between September 1st and September 30th, head out to your favorite locations in Uxbridge. Make sketches of whatever catches your eye. Send them into us at Each person can send us up to two sketches. Please have the last JPGs in to us by midnight on September 30th. 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 Dennis Smith of a lawyers’ office building on Uxbridge Common.

Dennis Smith – Uxbridge Common Building

You can see more of Dennis’s artworks including pantings and photography on his website:

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:

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 Series Art Show 2020

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring an art show which celebrates the magic of creating artwork in a series.

This show is for all BVAA members to participate in. You can submit from two to five artwork items as your series. They can be related to each other in any way that you wish. It’s wholly up to you to define the theme of your series.

You can mix your artwork styles. Do one photo, one sculpture, and one watercolor painting. Explore your creativity!

September 2020


Entering the Show
Since this is a virtual show, entries should be emailed to us at by the deadline of midnight Sunday September 13, 2020. You can email from 2 to 5 items. This is open to all active BVAA members.

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

BVAA Sunflower Show August 2020 – Images

Here are the submitted images by BVAA artists for our August 2020 show at the Booklovers’ Gourmet in Webster MA. If you’re an artist who wants to participate in this show and your image isn’t in the gallery below, please contact us soon! Thanks!

Click on any thumbnail to see the full image for that artwork. For information on purchasing any art, contact the Booklovers’ Gourmet.

Laura Cenedella
Linda DeFeudis
Mary Foley
Carol Freiswick
Betty Havens

Marty Jo Henry
Jennifer MacNeil
Frank Robertson
Michele St. Pierre
Becky Smith

Lisa Shea
Bob See
Alexandra Spano

For more information on the 2020 Sunflower Show, visit here:

Call to Artists – 53rd Annual Pembroke Art Festival – Deadline Aug 2 2020

The 53rd annual Pembroke Art Festival has a deadline of August 2nd, 2020 and is all online except maybe the very top winners which might be displayed somewhere :). 

Ah, this darn pandemic. It throws everything into disarray.

Their main rules:

All entries must be the original work of the artist, must have been created within the last Four Years, and may not have been previously exhibited in the Pembroke Arts Festival.

There is a $12.00 non-refundable fee per entry and there is no limit on the number of entries.

Full details are here:

Call to Artists – Right to Vote – Deadline Aug 8 2020

The Hera Gallery in Wakefield, Rhode Island has a call to artists on the topic of “Right to Vote”. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2020. UPDATE: The form now says August 8, 2020 so you have a few more days!!

Here are the details of the show.

Concept: Right to Vote examines artists’ perspectives on the continued importance of strengthening voting rights in our democracy. Hera Gallery seeks artwork addressing the multiplicity and diversity with which the democratic process in America is experienced.

Who decides who gets to vote? Why is the concept of one person one vote so important? Why does America have such low voter participation rates compared to other democratic nations? What does disenfranchisement and enfranchisement look like along racial, economic, gender, ethnic, religious, and environmental lines? What types of barriers exist to voting and how do these in turn affect disparate populations differently?

In conjunction with the national juried show Right To Vote, The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island will be presenting Radical Women, a collection of banners with a narrative timeline of historically significant women of Rhode Island and contemporary information about wages, women’s rights and advocacy and how these are affected by such factors as race and socioeconomic context.


For more details about this show, visit their website:

Call to Artists – Created Equal – Deadline Aug 1 2020

The Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) has a show “Created Equal” with no fee and with a deadline of August 1, 2020.

From their show listing:

The ACA seeks artwork in all forms and mediums that address concepts of fundamental rights and freedoms in our society. This includes, but is not limited to women’s rights, civil rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, veteran’s rights, disability rights, freedom of speech, voter rights, criminal justice reform, and environmental protection.

​This subject and dialogue are as important now as they have ever been and we welcome the opportunity to provide a platform of inclusion and equity to all artists. We are committed to presenting this exhibition opportunity as a way to amplify voices of those most marginalized by societal oppression, racism, and discrimination of any kind. We have also decided to waive all submission fees for this exhibit.

For more details: