The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring a Books and More drive! It’s more than just a book drive. We are building a Resource Library for Open Sky and are seeking books, CDs, DVDs, games, cameras, binoculars, telescopes, and other lendable items!
The BVAA works closely with the Open Sky organization, which provides wonderful services to individuals with challenges. The Uxbridge Art Gallery space is used during weekdays by Open Sky for career services. Open Sky kindly allows the BVAA to use the space on evenings and weekends.
The BVAA is hosting this drive to benefit the individuals served by Open Sky!
When: Saturdays from 10am to 3pm (i.e. standard BVAA gallery hours)
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.
What Types of Books? Open Sky is assembling a lending library for their individuals served and staff members. They are looking for ALL types of fiction books – mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, you name it. The books should be in good condition, so that they can be enjoyed by the readers.
Please contact us first for non-fiction book topics. We are interested in books on cooking, birdwatching, hiking trails, biking trails, and types of plants. We’re also interested in books in French or Creole.
What Else Can Be Donated? We are building a resources library. So in addition to books, we are looking for CDs, DVDs, games, binoculars, telescopes, cameras, and any fun things which could be lent out. We currently do NOT want puzzles because it would be onerous to make sure all the pieces are there.
Masks Please Because this facility works with individuals who might have medical conditions, please wear a mask when you bring in your books and other items.
BVAA Is a Non-Profit You should be able to list your donations on your taxes as a donation to a non-profit, as the BVAA is a registered non-profit organization.
Remember the old days of enormously-sized large-format cameras? They needed a solid wood table to support them. A hand-wheel would raise or lower that table, to set the height of the camera.
This large-format camera stand is known as the Century Kodak No. 1A Semi-Centennial Stand. It was made in the 1925 / 1926 timeframe. It is about 50 inches tall. It is solid wood with what appears to be cast iron supports. It’s mounted on three wheels. It’s meant to hold a wet plate or large format camera.
There is a metal placard on it which states:
Century made by Eastman Kodak Co. Successor to Century Camera Co. Rochester, N.Y.
This was donated to the Blackstone Valley Art Association by Stephanie Sullivan of AVIA Consulting, a long-time avid photographer. We were thinking of using it as a stand in the gallery, but it’s a bit bulky for the space we have in the front window area. So we are offering it to members to add a beautiful accent to their homes for $500 or best offer. The donation goes to support the activities of the BVAA.
The wheel does work to turn the wood tray up and down – you could set it to whatever height you wanted. It might be missing a screw, we’re not sure. The top side of the tray is a soft velvet type of material.
The Blackstone Valley Art Association has many talented art instructors in our mix. Here is a listing of the ones we know about so far. If you’re a BVAA member who teaches art and aren’t on this list yet, contact us so we can add you in!
Talented painter Carol Arnold teaches a monthly oil painting class at the BVAA Alternatives Uxbridge Community Gallery! Carol is a member of Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik’s Putney Painters! All levels of painters are welcomed with open arms. The focus will be on drawing, edges, values and color. These are areas which a beginner can practice and an advanced student can hone to perfection.
Libia has a studio in Milford. Her art classes are called “DColorex”. Dcolorex brings you realistic fine art ideas for everybody, here you will find preschoolers’ first strokes, children’s art, teens and adults’ projects. Learn to see, to mix and apply color. Strengthen your skills, and amaze yourself with a masterpiece at DColorex.
Scott is a talented illustrator and painter. He teaches drawing, watercolor, and colored pencil classes at the Worcester Art Museum both in person and online. Scott has illustrated many children’s books and greeting cards.
One benefit of being a member of the Blackstone Valley Art Association is that we have a substantial lending library of books and magazines on a wide range of topics. Take out as many as you like and keep them as long as you wish. Just bring them back eventually so others can enjoy them!
These videos of the books were taken in November 2022.
Here’s the current listing of items in the collection.
Note that the links were auto-generated so they might not always work quite properly. You should be able to manually search on Amazon for any title-author combination to see what the book is about.
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!
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!