The Haunt: Wedding in Deadwoodville

Here’s an amazing artistic project opportunity for all of our artists who adore the macabre and spooky side of life!

This is in from the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. It’s NOT a BVAA event. It’s just something that I knew a number of our BVAA members (including me!) would adore working on.

HCA is looking for all things weird to be showcased throughout various October 2024 events, including: “The Haunt: Wedding in Deadwoodville”. This is an interactive theater experience that is being hosted by HCA and MetroWest YMCA this October. But we need volunteers to help us bring the event to life (or death, haha)

Join us on June 23rd 2024 at 2 pm to learn how to make oddities and curiosities at your leisure throughout the summer. We are seeking items such as faux taxidermy, horror pieces, antiques, creepy clothing, dark art and more. No experience necessary! We’ll provide snacks!

RSVP Here:

The meeting on June 23rd will showcase demonstrations of different items that we’re seeking volunteers to make on their own time during the summer. Come join the “Oddities Team”! We’re “dying” to meet you!

For those interested in Plein Air Painting, Marion Buricatu will be holding a session earlier that day. Here is the link:

And finally, if you’re around on Saturday June 15th, the current exhibitor, Joseph Fontinha, will be doing a painting demonstration at 2 pm, following a reception at 1 pm. FREE!

Thank you!

Sandee Buckley
Director of Operations
Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Imago foundation for the Arts

Borders, Boundaries, and Beyond Art Show

This art show is hosted by the Imago foundation for the Arts in Warren, Rhode Island. The BVAA is NOT involved in this show – we are merely helping to spread the word!

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IFA is announcing a call to artists for an upcoming exhibit, “Borders, Boundaries, and Beyond.” The call is open to artists whose art explores the complex visual intersections of borders and boundaries as well as art where limits dissolve, and new narratives emerge.

Artists are invited to interpret “Borders, Boundaries, and Beyond” through the lens of their own experiences and artistic vision – whether confronting geopolitical borders, personal boundaries, or exploring the limitless realms of the imagination, this call encourages a broad spectrum of interpretations. Artists are urged to investigate the dichotomies of confinement and liberation, order and chaos, and to envision new possibilities that transcend conventional constraints.

Cash Awards- total $850

Online Submission Deadline – Sunday April 28th at 11:59pm PST

All media except for video or screen artworks are welcome


Watercolor Workshop with Gina Croce


Gina Croce is a talented watercolor artist who has done a number of workshops with the Blackstone Valley Art Association. Gina is a true master of clear, beautiful colors and immersive scenes.

Bev Tinklenberg and Bonnie Frederico have set up a hands-on, personalized two day watercolor workshop with Gina! The dates are Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8, 2024 from 9am to 4pm. The workshop will be held at:

First United Methodist Church
120 West Main Street
Westboro, Massachusetts

Each day of the two days is on a different image, so you’ll finish with two different paintings and many new skills!

The cost is $150 for one day and $300 for both days. Lunch and coffee are included in that price.

To reserve your spot, send a check to:

Bonnie Frederico
9 Old Westboro Road
Grafton MA 01519

If you have questions, you can call Bonnie at 508-868-4781 or Bev at 508-266-1088.

To get a sense of Gina’s style and talents, here is just one of her exceptional sessions.

Ware MA Art Call

We’ve received three calls to artists from Ware Massachusetts. The BVAA isn’t associated with these, but they are worth thinking about!

BLUE: Call deadline is this Thursday, December 14th, by midnight. Entry form and details:
Explore the use of the color blue and the varied psychological and symbolic meanings associated with this color. Juror is Anne Seuthe, Interim Director at Augusta Savage Gallery.

All Things Animal: Call deadline is Thursday, February 8th, by midnight. Entry form and details:
This exhibition aims to celebrate the diverse and fascinating world of animals through various artistic mediums.

Ware It’s At!: Call deadline is Thursday, August 22nd, by midnight. Entry form and details:
In the Fall of 2024, Workshop13’s ArtWorks Gallery will present: Ware It’s At!: An Exhibition celebrating the people, places and things uniquely Ware. We invite ALL artists to come to Ware MA ? often! to explore and make art in preparation for this Juried Show. The call for art will close August 22, so you have time to capture the beauty of Ware across four seasons. If you are unable to make it to Ware, no worries! We will be posting images on our website that you can paint from.

2023 Milford Massachusetts Mural Project

The BVAA is not running this mural project – we are simply sharing the news!

Milford Cultural Council Seeking Artists to Submit Designs
for Town Park Fitness Court
 Mural: Deadline January 12, 2024 

The Milford Cultural Council is seeking artists to submit designs for a mural to be included on the 32’ wide multipurpose training wall of a Fitness CourtⓇ to be installed in Milford Town Park. Artwork must be submitted digitally.

The selected artist will receive a grant of $5,000.

The deadline to submit designs is January 12, 2024.  

2024 11th Annual ValleyCAST Open Sky Palette Show

Please note this is NOT a BVAA show. The Palette Show is a fantastically fun annual show run by ValleyCAST and Open Sky at the Whitin Mill. Our members love to participate, and we do our best to promote it!

Here is the official news from the ValleyCAST team:

The 11th Annual Art Palette Contest  invites participants to transform a plain wooden art palette into a unique work of art! This popular event is a chance for people of all ages and abilities to share their artwork and celebrate our local creative community. The contest is hosted by ValleyCAST, the art and culture arm of Open Sky Community Services. ValleyCAST offers a wide variety of events for individuals of all abilities, and reflects Open Sky’s commitment to inclusivity. 

Palettes can be purchased for $15 at the Heritage Gallery in Whitinsville, MA from November 3, 2023 through February 9, 2024, or while supplies last, during regular gallery hours 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM or by appointment (508) 234-6232. There are a limited number of slots to participate in the exhibit, with 100 palettes available for purchase. These will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, so get yours now and get a head start on your creation! 

Decorated palettes can be dropped off at the Gallery between February 19-23, 2024 between the hours of 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM for inclusion in the show. 

The show will open with a reception on Friday, March 8, 2024 from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM in the Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA. From the opening through April 5, 2023, gallery guests will be invited to cast a vote for their favorite palettes. Winners will receive cash awards in three different categories and age groups: Children ages 6-12, Teenagers ages 13-19 and Adults ages 20+

The exhibit ends on Friday, April 19, 2024.

Artwork work pick up will be at the Gallery between April 22-26,2024 between the hours of 9:00 AM – 4:00PM and by appointment. 

Here’s the ValleyCAST page with all the forms:

Good luck, and have fun!

Here’s the links to a few videos of past shows, to get you inspired!

2018 ValleyCAST Palette Show:

2019 ValleyCAST Palette Show:

2020 ValleyCAST Palette Show:

2023 ValleyCAST Palette Show:

Art in Motion – Art League RI

Art in Motion is a show run by the Art League RI. We are sharing the news to help support a fellow art organization.

Art League RI is seeking submissions for its upcoming show, Art in Motion, an open juried national exhibition. This exhibition seeks to explore the diverse forms of movement in art. The selected works will be on display at the Art League RI Gallery and prizes will be awarded to the creators of the top three pieces. Members of Art League RI are eligible for a $15 discount on the entry fee by emailing

Additional information and registration is available on CaFÉ. 

The registration deadline is Friday, September 15, 2023.

Exhibition Dates: October 18 – November 15, 2023

Location: Art League RI Gallery at 80 Fountain Street, Suite 107A, Pawtucket, RI 02860


1st Prize $500

2nd Prize $400

3rd Prize $200

2023 ValleyCAST Palette Show

Palette Show 2023 – ValleyCAST Open Sky Whitinsville

Did you end up missing the 2023 Palette Show in Whitinsville Massachusetts? This was the 10th annual year. It is sponsored by ValleyCAST and Open Sky.

Three members of the Blackstone Valley Art Association participated – Linda Harrington, Leslie Breault, and Lisa Shea!

Enjoy the full walkthrough:

You can even enjoy a virtual walk through the ValleyCAST sculpture garden –

Start planning now for what you would create for the 2024 Palette 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

Call to Artists:  Mendon Town Hall Campus Special Art Project

The Mendon Cultural Council is looking for an artist to create a unique visual art installation for the recently restored Town Hall Campus. The art work will be located outside and must endure the elements and all weather conditions native to New England. We are seeking an original work that is visually captivating and embodies our town’s personality. Possible media include sculpture, tiles, brick, and painting of planters or murals. 

One artist is sought to manage this project. The chosen artist may feature solely their own work or work in collaboration with other artists or groups.

Artists are encouraged to visit Mendon town campus and assess the possible locations for installation of their artwork:

Another site of research interest could be the Mendon Historical Society website:

A single grant of approximately $1,500 is intended to cover the artist’s time and materials for the project and be paid upon the completion of the work. Artists interested in this project should complete and submit an application on the Mendon Cultural Council webpage:

Inclusion of sketches, pictures and/or diagrams are highly encouraged as well as links or information about prior works of art in the application. 

For more information contact the Mendon Cultural Council at (508)473-2312 or email