Sue Dion Art Instructor - Blue Hyrdangeas

Sue Dion Art Instructor – Acrylic and Watercolor

Sue Dion is an amazingly talented artist with a studio in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. Sue has sold her artwork around the world. She is known for her loose style with abstracts, florals, and landscapes. She primarily works in acrylics and watercolors.

Here are just a few samples of Sue’s works. Click on one to see it at its full proportions.

Sue teaches classes both in person at her Uxbridge studio and also on line. Here are links to explore Sue’s offerings.

Sue Dion on Mastrius for personal mentorship:

Sue Dion website:

Sue Dion’s art courses at the Worcester Art Museum:

Sue Dion on YouTube:

Here’s a video of a workshop Sue presented for the BVAA on color hue and chroma:

Frank Robertson Artist paired with Sue Lovejoy Poet - 2023 BVAA Art-Poetry Show

Art Poetry 2023 – Frank Robertson and Sue Lovejoy

For our 2023 BVAA Art & Poetry Show pairing, one pairing was with poet Sue Lovejoy and artist Frank Robertson.

Here are the works they created!

Frank Robertson provided this artwork to Sue Lovejoy.

In response, Sue Lovejoy wrote the following poem:

Rocky Landing (response)

By Susan B. Lovejoy

Sitting across from you, my dearest friend on earth,
we talk about the years we’ve shared and what we’ve seen.
Your laughter makes me smile as sunshine lights your face.
It always feels like we’ve gone back to being teens.

Our pond has dried up; exposed rocks now line the shore.
Time slipped by unnoticed, and we still yearn for more.

Our lives felt mighty when the water touched the grass.
Landing boats was simple when we had strength and mass.

The sun is setting low, and dark’ning skies give birth
to newborn shadows that protect our weary eyes.
But oars can’t hold back time, and we’re at steady pace
to reach the rocky landing of our last goodbye.

The second half of this pairing involved Sue Lovejoy giving Frank Robertson a poem as a starting point. Sue Lovejoy provided this poem:

The Baby (source)

By Susan B. Lovejoy

A tiny child all full of smiles escaped one early morn.
His sagging diaper was the only nightwear he had worn.
Such early dawn, the birds were just awakening from rest.
The human child at play disturbed the silence in their nests.

His large blue eyes looked everywhere, as early fog grew dim.
A brand new world to such young eyes: the daybreak, life, and him.
A high-pitched giggle rose above the sleepy, yawning birds.
A nearby mother sparrow sang to him in lilting words.

An earthworm tunneled, exiting the earth by his small feet.
His chubby fingers reached and missed the object he would eat.
Excitedly he ran about, the wind racing his toes.
He whirled and danced beneath the sun, which gently warmed his nose.

So full of joy, he had no bounds. His diaper fell to earth.
His tribal dance was primitive, a legacy from birth.
Alas, the celebration was cut short to say the least.
Chastised, he was returned inside without his primal feast.

In response, Frank created this artwork:

To hear a reading of the poetry, and a discussion of the art:

To learn more about Sue’s writings visit:

For all of the 2023 Art-Poetry presentations:

For more information on our art-poetry show:

BVAA 2023 Series Show

BVAA 5th Annual Series Art Show 2023

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring its fifth annual Series Show! This is a fun, creative 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 two or three 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.

Maybe they are all shades of blue. Maybe they’re all landscapes. Do they all involve triangles? Cows? You can mix your artwork styles. Do one photo, one sculpture, and one watercolor painting. Explore your creativity!

June 3 to July 8, 2023

BVAA / Open Sky Uxbridge Community Art 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

Each BVAA member may exhibit up to three art items. These will be judged *as a series* (i.e. one prize for a whole group) for cash prizes. Note that you CAN submit items which you’ve submitted separately for judging before. This time they’ll be judged as an entire series. Also, when you submit items to this show as part of a series you CAN then submit them separately for a future show as individual items. This here is a fairly unique show in that we’re judging the art items as one coherent “group”.

Entering the Show
The entry fee for this show is $20 for up to three pieces. Note that you can’t submit just one item :). It needs to be 2 or 3 items which relate to each other. They can be presented together if you wish, as in a triptych frame.

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 art must be family friendly and properly wired for hanging. Our hanging system does not work with saw-tooth or triangle hangers. If you are new to preparing art for shows, read our page on How to Mat and Frame a Photo. Please also check out our Show Terms and Conditions. This includes all details including the 25% commission for any sales of exhibit artwork in the gallery. You may also choose to have your artwork listed as not for sale.

All art items which are entered are hung. There is no “pre-selection” process where some are accepted and others are rejected. If you submit artwork, and it is family-friendly and wired properly, it will be part of our show.

Some reading material:
Stephen DiRado Photography Alzheimer’s Series
January 2019 Monthly Meeting – Photography in Series

To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. The deadline to submit your online details is midnight on Saturday, June 3, 2023. Work must be dropped off on Saturday, June 3, 2023 between 10am and 3pm. Please do not bring in art to the gallery at other times. All work which is brought in will be hung (as long as it is properly wired and is family-friendly).

We plan on hanging the show on Wednesday, June 7th from 5-7pm. We’d love to have you join us! Please contact us in case we change the date or time.

Judge to be announced

Opening Reception
The opening reception for the show is Friday, June 9th from 5-7pm. Invite family and friends – all are welcome!

Pick Up
Saturday, July 8, 2022, 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!

For inspiration, here’s the winners of the 2022 Series Show!

2023 BVAA Spectacular Spring Art Show

BVAA Spring Show 2023 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2023 Blackstone Valley Art Association Spring Show!

First Place / “Summer” oil painting by Young Farwell –

Judge’s notes: Great values / composition, movement throughout, aerial perspective very evident.

Young’s comments: This is only her third oil painting – she primarily works with watercolor. Young redid this painting at least ten different times, working on its composition, before she felt happy with it.


Second Place / “Dum Spiro, Spero – While I Breathe, I Hope” colored pencil by Alexandra Spano –

Judge’s Notes – Excellent handling of colored pencils, textures “right on”, use of mixed media nicely handled.

Artist’s Notes – Alexandra used PrismaColor colored pencils along with gold and copper leaf. She created at least 10 to 20 layers in the painting, burnishing the colored pencil between each layer.


Third Place / “Blueberry Breakfast” oil painting by Pam Gover –

Judge’s Notes – Great value and contrasts, can “feel” the blueberries, like the magnification of subject matter.

Artist’s Notes – Pam has been working on learning new techniques.


Honorable Mention / “Cherry Blossoms” watercolor painting by Bev Tinklenberg –

Judge’s Notes – Great handling of pigments and saving of the white paper, great composition, shadows are right on.

Artist’s Notes – Bev wanted to tackle a project involving ‘negative painting’ – where you paint the shadows around the light areas of the image.


Honorable Mention / “Resting” film photography by Bob Evans –

Judge’s Notes – Good composition, says something to the observer, contrast and textures nicely portrayed.

Artist’s Notes – This image was shot with a Hasselblad 503Cx film camera on Kodak Portra 400 film. Bob developed it himself in a Cinestill kit and then scanned it with a Nikon Z9 into his computer.


Honorable Mention / “A Breath In Between” photography by Lisa Shea –

Judge’s Notes – Choice of subject matter and objects nicely composed, the observer wants to read the notepaper – makes one curious.

Artist’s Notes – Lisa has wanted to do this image since the War in Ukraine began. Lisa is half Ukrainian. The photo and photo album is her mom’s; the image is of her mom. The traditional hat is Lisa’s, that she bought because it’s the style her godfather Paul likes to wear. Here is a straight-on view of the scene.

The juror for this show was Jerry Aissis.

Full details of our 2023 BVAA Spring Show:

Ellen Gould Artist paired with Ibi Obomanu Poet - 2023 BVAA Art-Poetry Show

Art Poetry 2023 – Ellen Gould and Ibi Obomanu

For our 2023 BVAA Art & Poetry Show pairing, one pairing was with poet Ibi Obomanu and artist Ellen Gould.

Here are the works they created!

Ellen Gould provided this artwork to Ibi Obomanu.

In response, Ibi Obomanu wrote the following poem.

The Beauty of Calabash


By Ibi Obomanu

Oh, the shapes and colors that trawls one.
They care not what anyone else thinks.
Take a glimpse at the invisible gourds.
Calabash is the intrinsic nature of ‘Ahh.’
Using the natural drinking cups,
Becomes ineffable.
Can they be described?
There are more to them.
Dig for amazing perks.
As long as water flows consistently,
Grace will flow and blow out fresh air.
Dash to capture the beauty of calabash. 

The second half of this pairing involved Ibi Obomanu giving Ellen Gould a poem as a starting point. Ibi Obomanu provided this poem:

Comity (source)

By Ibi Obomanu

Inner dialogue creeps in on All shades’ door step.
All shades have more similarities than differences.
Their echo is chummy with a companion of ease.
Stand tall against differences frights.
Triumphant and Turmoil can capture All shades inevitably.
Tossing life capabilities to all shades
Can rescue or limit undesirable differences.
Distorted images and inadequacy can be chased away by All shades.
All shades’ efforts require intentionality and concerted effort to oneness.
Different mechanisms set the stage for an organic comity.
All shade can represent, connect and deliver at some level.
All shades can shape, share and soar together.

In response, Ellen created this artwork:

To hear a reading of the poetry, and a discussion of the art:

To learn more about Ellen’s art visit:

To learn more about Ibi’s poetry visit:

For more information on our art-poetry show:

Louise Pigott Artist paired with Robert Silveri Poet - 2023 BVAA Art-Poetry Show

Art Poetry 2023 – Louise Pigott and Robert Silveri

For our 2023 BVAA Art & Poetry Show pairing, one pairing was with poet Robert Silveri and artist Louise Pigott.

Here are the works they created!

Louise Pigott provided this artwork to Robert Silveri.

In response, Robert Silveri wrote the following poem.

The second half of this pairing involved Robert Silveri giving Louise Pigott a poem as a starting point. Robert Silveri provided this poem:

Our Garden (source)

By Robert Silveri

our garden has grown.
Since you first knelt there on your cushion
furiously working the earth
cultivating and nurturing our roots
so that we might shoot up colorful and strong.
Some of use grew big and wide
as orange day lilies, and we in turn
have multiplied.
Some of us are tall and thin,
blue bachelor buttons.
Still others bright and happy
marigolds. Short and stalky,
orange and yellow.
And others have been transplanted
to add brilliance and texture to our display.
We even have purple petunias,
white snapdragons,
and slim scarlet salvias.
Our garden has flourished,
proud and vibrant,
in the rich black earth,
with you always plucking the weeds
from around our stems.
Some amongst us are just budding,
some wilting,
all of us in different
stages of bloom.
What I want to tell you mother,
is, since you first plunged
your hands into the soil,
such a long time ago,
everything has come up flowers.

In response, Louise created this artwork:

To hear a reading of the poetry, and a discussion of the art:

To learn more about Louise’s art visit:

To learn more about Robert’s poetry visit:

For more information on our art-poetry show:

Dennis Smith Artist paired with Evan Plante Poet - 2023 BVAA Art-Poetry Show

Art Poetry 2023 – Evan Plante and Dennis Smith

For our 2023 BVAA Art & Poetry Show pairing, one pairing was with poet Evan Plante and artist Dennis Smith.

Here are the works they created!

Dennis Smith provided this artwork to Evan Plante.

In response, Evan Plante wrote the following poem.

Energies (response)

By Evan Plante

Color exists, sound exists and love exists

On two electromagnetic spectra.

One is physical… a mere sliver of which

Can be felt, heard or seen.

The other is spiritual… all knowing, all seeing

But stumm to those who say they hear

And hidden from them who say they see.

I took a walk on a woodland trail

Trying to stay in the moment

But I couldn’t… I simply couldn’t.

Thinking about the ancient stones transported me

Back to their origin, forward to their destruction

And inward to their essence —

To our essences, to our oneness.

We are both stardust… eroding and changing

Both mere slivers of light —

Light which merely hints at our manifold energies.

You see, every entity sings its own song.

Some sing colors and some sing sounds.

But as for those stones and me… well…

We sing love.

The second half of this pairing involved Evan Plante giving Dennis Smith a poem as a starting point. Evan Plante provided this poem:

Breaches (source)

By Evan Plante

(Joshua 4:6-7). That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? (7) Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.

The top-most stone did not fall only suddenly, but reluctantly, at various functions of time, wind, freeze, thaw, moss and animal. He took the time to build the wall, this farmer, in between some desperate runs at agriculture, beating his will against our New England fields—yet defining them with the curious placement of one stone upon another. In time these lines became his lines, these lines became our lines—our boundaries real or imagined, but without care they would surely breach.

While the stones underground work their way up through the soil, the stones on the wall work their way down to the ground. When we stopped cultivating the good fields, we stopped considering their worth, their interruptions, their necessary weight and rightful place in the piles of stones. Without tilling the good earth, its good stones remain and its good walls breach.

I killed a squirrel with such a stone, a mighty toss from a place centuries unplowed. I breached life by cruel misuse. The farmer breached life by giving up. We all breach life by giving in, like the wall which bowed over the frost, its center of gravity drifting by microns to a tipping point beyond our vision where the people perish.

True, the stones were occasionally placed amiss—perhaps in the farmer’s hurried fatigue or even  misjudgment, but where were the farmer’s sons that early December after the harvest and before the deep frost? What activity—or inactivity—did they chose to place before their mending wall? When did they decide that the carrying of stones, the inspecting of walls, the plumbing of their sides and the straightening of caps were no longer worthy of attention on a modern farm?

Their father handed over a completed work, his body spent both by using and by defining fields—dragging huge stones to their wall of opportunity. If they had just repaired that one breach—you remember—the one they made to placate the loggers, or if they had replaced that one key stone on the face by the corner, or added to the wall’s width, investing in generations, then I’d not have breached life. But gravity prevails, and blood will not unshed.

In the middle of this thick woods a rubble wall shoots across an impossible hill. A decoration now, shorter by sinking, by the increase of soil around it, and by the accumulating slopes of its breaches that spill mossy rocks over the leaf litter like Impatiens spilling out of those phony whiskey barrels at the corner of driveways. The days shall come when there shall not be left one stone upon another—a time beyond the mending—when we seek another city.

In response, Dennis created this artwork:

To hear a reading of the poetry, and a discussion of the art:

To follow Dennis:


Mastodon –

Instagram –

Main page for the 2023 art-poetry show:

Sue Dion Workshop

April 18 2023 Monthly Meeting – Sue Dion Demo

We have a treat for the month of April! Talented artist Sue Dion will be doing a demonstration on how to design your artwork with a focus on color composition. The information will be useful no matter what form of art you create. You are invited to bring along whatever supplies you like to work with – colored pencil, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, etc., and to create along with the group!

If you don’t have supplies, we’ll have watercolors on hand to use.

To see a selection of Sue’s art, visit:


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

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

WE WILL BE STARTING IMMEDIATELY AT 6:30pm!! Normally we have business meeting talk from 6:30-7 but because Sue’s schedule is tight tonight we are going IMMEDIATELY INTO THE WORKSHOP. Please try to get there a bit early to set up! I’ll open the gallery at 6:10pm to give us time to prepare!

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 learn some new things and explore your creativity!

Ask with any questions!

Here is the video –

Thank you to the Uxbridge Cultural Council for supporting our workshops.

2023 BVAA Spectacular Spring Art Show

BVAA Spectacular Spring Show 2023

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring its annual BVAA Spectacular Spring Show – this is our 65th year! The show is open to all BVAA members. If you’re not yet a BVAA member, now’s the time to join us!

April 8 to June 3, 2023

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

About the Show:
The Blackstone Valley Art Association celebrates its 65th year with its annual Spectacular Spring show. This open-themed extravaganza features the very best artwork from its diverse membership. We explore stunning black and white photography, soaring landscapes, delicate watercolors, swirling acrylics, precisely detailed oil paintings, and much, much more. Our members range from teens to retirees, from those just starting out to award-winning Putney Painters. We warmly invite you to our opening reception where you can enjoy insightful conversations with the artists and infuse inspiration into your life!

Entering the Show
The entry fee for the Spectacular Spring show, open to all styles of artwork, is $8/piece or $20 for three. You can submit up to three pieces. The theme is wide open. You can submit a portrait, landscape, still life, abstract, seascape, you name it. Your imagination is the limit. Because this show is judged, you cannot enter anything which has previously been submitted for a BVAA judged show. It’s fine to enter works which have been in non-judged BVAA shows.

All artwork must be family friendly. Any hanging artwork MUST BE properly wired for hanging. The gallery will not accept non-wired wall-hanging artwork. If you are new to preparing hanging artwork for shows, read our page on How to Mat and Frame Artwork. Please also check out our Show Terms and Conditions

To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. The deadline to submit the online form is midnight on Saturday, April 8th, 2022. Work should be dropped off that Saturday, April 8th from 10am to 3pm. All work which is brought in will be hung (as long as it is properly wired and is family-friendly).

We will have a sign-in sheet. Please make sure you sign your art in so we can track what is in the gallery.

The show will be hung on Wednesday, April 12th from 5-7pm. We’d love to have you come participate! Hanging is easy and fun now that we have the wall hanging system. It’s all about figuring out which artwork styles go together.

This show awards cash prizes based on the number of entries received. The judge for this show is to be determined.

Opening Reception
The opening reception for the show is:
Friday, April 14th, 2023 5-7pm

There’ll be music, fun, and lively conversation! Bring a snack to share – just how creative can you get? Lisa might bring her ladybug-tomato-on-mozzarella! That is nice and springy!

Please invite family and friends – all are welcome!

Viewing Hours
Mondays through Saturdays 10am-3pm. If coming during the week, note that Open Sky uses this space for their work with clients. Call ahead to make sure someone will be there.

Pick Up
Pick up for this show is:

Saturday June 3rd, 2023 10am-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!

Here’s the show from 2022 to get an idea of what this is like!