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Girls on the Run Whitinsville Art Show 2023

Girls on the Run is an amazing national organization which encourages girls to become more active. A local branch of Girls on the Run is moving and will be opening their new space in Whitinsville, Massachusetts on September 28, 2023. They have offered the Blackstone Valley Art Association space to feature local artists.

We are looking for about 10 works of art in the 11×17 size range or smaller, to sit on a ledge. These will NOT be hung. They will sit on a stone ledge along a hallway. Here are two images of the space we have available to us.

The types of images Girls on the Run are interested in include:

  • Girls in sports and having fun
  • Local sights and scenes
  • Local historical images
  • Wildlife

This is not a judged art show and there is no fee to participate. It is about building a fan base in the local community and hopefully also selling art.

If you are a BVAA member and are interested in participating in this art show, please contact us. We’ll arrange a date to have the art dropped off. We are not sure yet how long the art will be up or if this will become a rotating show. If you need to take your art back at some point that’s of course fine – we’ll work out a replacement for your ‘spot’.

Ask with any questions!

Girls on the Run National Website

BVAA Uxbridge Show Schedule for 2024

Here is the proposed schedule for the BVAA Uxbridge Art Gallery for the year 2024. 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):- PUBLIC
Drop-off Sat Jan 6
Reception Fri Jan 19
Pickup Sat Mar 2

“Local Beauty” Community :- PUBLIC
Drop-off Sat Mar 2
Reception Fri Apr 5
Pickup Sat Apr 6

“Spring Show” (open theme):- Members-Only
Drop-off Sat Apr 6
Reception Fri Apr 12
Pickup Sat June 1

“Series Show” (duo/trio) :- Members-Only
Drop-off Sat June 1
Reception Fri June 7
Pickup Sat July 6

“Carbon Copies Show” (forgeries) :- Members-Only
Drop-off Sat July 6
Reception Fri July 12
Pickup Sat Aug 3

“Show of Hands” Community (anything-but-photography) :- PUBLIC
Drop-off Sat Aug 3
Reception Fri Aug 9
Pickup Sat Sept 7

“Fall Show” (open theme) :-Members-Only
Drop-off Sat Sept 7
Reception Fri Sept 13
Pickup Sat Oct 19

“Diversity” Community (community theme) :- PUBLIC
Drop-off Sat Oct 19
Reception Fri Oct 25
Pickup Sat Nov 16

“Great Gifts” (smallish size) :- Members-Only
Drop-off Sat Nov 16
Reception Fri Nov 22
Pickup Sat Jan 4

……

notes about other 2024 show ideas:

Feb – Choco l’Art? Webster library? (checking on availability)
Mar – Teen Show virtual
Apr – Art-Poetry show in Blackstone library – CONFIRMED
Aug – Sunflower art show in Booklovers’ Gourmet Webster MA – CONFIRMED
Sept – Uxbridge SketchFest virtual show
Oct – Macabre Halloween pop-up

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BVAA 2023 Fall Art Show

2023 Fall Show at the Blackstone Valley Art Association

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 9th to Saturday, October 21st, 2023

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 9th, 2023 at 3pm EST.

Drop Off of Works
Work must be dropped off on Saturday, September 9th 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 15th from 5-7pm. Please bring a snack or drink to share! Winners are generally announced around 6pm.

Pick Up
Saturday, October 21, 2023, 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!

Here’s the walkthrough for this show:

Full 2023 BVAA Uxbridge Gallery Art Show Schedule –

Booklovers' Gourmet Sunflower Art Show

2023 BVAA Sunflower Show Artwork

Each year the Blackstone Valley Art Association holds a sunflower-themed art show at the Booklovers’ Gourmet in Webster, Massachusetts. It’s a delightful summery show full of joy and beauty.

Here are the artwork items we featured in our 2023 show, held in August 2023!

Here’s a virtual walkthrough of the 2023 Sunflower Art Show –

Here are the details of the 2023 Sunflower Show –

The show is held at the Booklovers Gourmet in Webster MA.

James Hunt Photographer

Small Stones Prep: Taking Photos of Paintings

The Small Stones art festival 2023 is coming up soon! This is an art show for photography and paintings. The submissions of JPG images of the art is all done online. Judges then look through those JPG images in order to decide what will be allowed into the physical show at the Grafton Library.

Usually this submission process is fairly easy for photographers. Photographers are generally fairly good at turning their images into JPG files for submission.

Often, though, this process is much more challenging for painters. A painter might be really talented at creating an oil painting on canvas of a woman’s face. It might be much harder for that painter to figure out how to take a great photograph of their painting, with the right lighting and focus, so that the resulting JPG file showcases well for the judges.

We are here to help!

Award-winning photographer James Hunt has kindly volunteered to take photos of BVAA members’ paintings for FREE for the Small Stones festival. The 2023 Small Stones festival allows each artist to submit up to 4 pieces of art. Each accepted physical piece can be a maximum of 26 inches (including frame) on its longest side. Full Small Stones art show requirements:

Small Stones Art Show

Here are the details of what James Hunt is offering for our BVAA photo shoot.

When: Saturday, July 22nd 2023 from 1-3pm
Where: BVAA Uxbridge Art Gallery, 5 South Main St., Uxbridge MA

James provides this information:

  • We can photograph up to four images (typically paintings or drawings, two-dimensional art only).  It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
  • The maximum size for any image is 26″ framed, though we won’t photograph the frame.
  • Image will be color and exposure corrected in post, cropped to the edge of any framing.  Images will be sized according to the Small Stones Festival specifications (maximum 4500 pixels on the long edge).
  • Jpeg images will be sent to you via Dropbox only, the next day.  You don’t need a Dropbox account, just email.
  • Hopefully your work can lie flat!!!
  • No charge, no do-overs!

Thank you so much to James for volunteering to help out our painters! To learn more about James and his photography, be sure to visit:

https://jameshuntphotography.com/

Ask with any questions!

Show of Hands 2023 Art Show BVAA

Fifth Annual Show of Hands Open Art Show 2023

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring our fifth annual “Show of Hands” open art show! We had this show in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and then the pandemic interfered. We got things going again in 2022. We are back in the post-pandemic groove!

The public is warmly invited to participate in this art show! The theme is completely open. Your art can represent anything. 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, colored pencils, sketches, and other non-photographic forms of artwork.

All levels of artists are enthusiastically encouraged to participate. This is a community show.

We award cash prizes!

When:
August 5 to September 9, 2023

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. You can represent ANYTHING with your art. 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 August 12th at midnight.

Drop Off of Works
Work must be dropped off on Saturday, August 5th or Saturday, August 12th between 10am and 3pm. Please only drop off at those two specific days and times – it is when BVAA volunteers are at the gallery. All work which is brought in will be displayed in the show (as long as it is properly wired and is family-friendly).

Opening Reception
The show reception will be Friday, August 18th, 2023 from 5-7. Invite family and friends – all are welcome! We tend to announce the prize winners at 6pm, right in the middle. We award cash prizes based on the amount of entry-fee money the show brings in. All the money that comes in for the show goes right back out to the people who win awards in that show.

Pick Up
Saturday, September 9th, 2023, 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!

Full 2023 BVAA Uxbridge Gallery Art Show Schedule –
https://bvaa.org/2023/02/02/bvaa-uxbridge-show-schedule-for-2023/

Here’s a JPG flyer for this show – please print and share!

Video from 2022’s Show of Hands art show:

Here’s the first ever Show of Hands art show in 2017 –

Thank you for the support from:

Blackstone Valley Art Association Sponsors
Booklovers' Gourmet Sunflower Art Show

2023 BVAA Sunflower Show at the Booklovers’ Gourmet

Image by Alexandra Spano

Our Seventh Annual BVAA Sunflower Show is the lucky way to enjoy golden beauty! Our Sunflower art show is held at the amazing local bookstore / gift shop / cafe Booklovers’ Gourmet.

Where?
The sunflower art show is held at the:
Booklovers’ Gourmet
72 E Main Street
Webster, MA 01570

BookLoversGourmet.com

About the Show
If there ever was a flower which symbolized glorious summertime, the sunflower is the one. Did you know that nearly all of the 70 species of sunflowers are native to North America? They can grow to be up to six feet tall and they even tilt as the sun moves so they always face it!

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is celebrating this sun-shaped delight with a sunflower show throughout the month of August at the Booklovers’ Gourmet in Webster. Come on out to appreciate the artistic visions and explore the shop’s offerings!

Submissions
The submission deadline for the sunflower show is Wednesday, July 26th, 2023. We have limited wall space here for 18 items sized 16×20 so what we’ll do is have each member submit two JPGs of artwork via email to info@bvaa.org they’d like to include. If we get too many for the wall space we’ll do a Facebook vote. All submissions will be in the virtual version of the show.

This show is open to all BVAA members and is FREE to participate in. This is not a judged show – it is primarily a visibility and sales opportunity. Any sales will include a 30% commission taken by the shop. The BVAA takes no commission on this show. Full BVAA terms: BVAA Show Terms and Conditions

Here’s the artwork we are featuring in this show!

Drop-Off
The drop-off for the Sunflower Show is Friday, July 28th and Saturday July 29th between 10am-5pm. If you can’t make either date, contact Lisa Shea and she’ll arrange something. The Booklovers’ Gourmet shop will take care of hanging the items.

Public Reception
Reception is Thursday August 17th from 4-6pm. Invite family and friends! Share the news!

Pick-Up
Pick-up for the show is Friday, September 1st and Saturday, September 2nd from 10am to 5pm.

Theme
This show is all about sunflowers! Anything related to sunflowers is fair game. Photography, paintings, drawings, sculptures, mosaics, you name it!

Here’s a virtual walkthrough of our 2023 Sunflower Art Show –

Here’s a look at previous shows, to give you some ideas!

Photos from 2017 Sunflower Show

Photos from 2018 Sunflower Show

Sunflower Show 2019 – Image Collection

July 2023 BVAA Meeting

July 2023 Monthly Meeting – Boosting Creativity II

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, paper, and brushes on hand. If you have a preferred medium feel free to bring along your own paints, 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 July 2023 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 18th 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!

Blackstone Valley Art Association Sponsors

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

2023 Creativity Session

June 2023 Monthly Meeting – Boosting Creativity I

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, paper, and brushes on hand. If you have a preferred medium feel free to bring along your own paints, 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 June 2023 monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 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!

Ask with any questions!

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

Blackstone Valley Art Association Sponsors
A Snapshot In Time: A Photographic Display of Northbridge Past and Present

A Snapshot In Time: A Photographic Display of Northbridge Past and Present

Our very own Bob Evans is giving a fascinating photography talk today Sunday June 11th, 2023 at 2pm!

It’s entitled “A Snapshot In Time: A Photographic Display of Northbridge Past and Present”.

It’s held at the Northbridge Town Hall, 7 Main Street, Whitinsville.

Swing on by and learn more about our region’s history along with photography!