Winter 2020 #Create30Challenge with Alain Picard

Painting by Carol Frieswick

The months of January – February – March can be cold and blustery here in Massachusetts. Several of our BVAA artists are tackling that with a delightfully creative 30-painting challenge! The idea is that in the 90 days of January, February, and March 2020 you create 30 small paintings. It keeps you busy, creative, and energized!

Artist Alain Picard is coordinating this project. He’s not part of the BVAA. We BVAA members are simply participating in his project. It’s free and fun!

Here’s the details, from Alain:

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Happy New Year!

I’m so excited that you’ve accepted the challenge to create 30 paintings in 90 days with me! I want you to know that you are a part of a growing community of artists, stretching across the globe, who have said yes to the #Create30Challenge.

It’s January 1 and with this New Year comes your first day of a fresh challenge. The moment has arrived!

You are boldly facing this new season with generosity and courage by engaging your creativity in winter. I hope you’ve already got your calendar printed out and are ready to chart your creative progress! If not, just click the link below to download it now. Just a few reminders as we begin our challenge together:
• Try to keep your paintings small and colorful to inspire the senses as you build momentum in your streak.
• Mark each day that you finish a painting on your calendar until you reach 30. Try to finish about one painting every three days to stay on track.
• Use any medium you like for your daily painting.
• Be sure to show up to encourage one another by sharing your creative work online!
• Share your daily paintings on social media using the hashtag #CREATE30CHALLENGE so we can all search them easily!
• I’d love it if you would tag me when you post! @alainpicard on Instagram and Facebook.
• If you don’t use social media, consider taking a picture of your work and sending an email or text to a friend.

Today’s the day. Let’s warm the harsh winter months with color and beauty as we create something magical together. Remember, your creativity is a gift that brings hope to others!

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If anybody needs help figuring out how Instagram or Facebook work, just contact us at the BVAA and we’ll help you with those. We have a members group on Facebook where you can post things privately if you wish. If you prefer not to be on those platforms personally, it’s also fine to send your finished artwork JPGs to us at the BVAA and we can post them for you.

Have some fun, and enjoy the challenge!

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:

Call to Artists – Art Teachers Summer 2020

The Davis Art Gallery in Worcester is assembling an art show celebrating local art teachers of all backgrounds. The show is in the works as of July 2020, so keep an eye out for when they set the deadlines.

Their show information reads:

The Davis Art Gallery is celebrating the art of art educators. We are seeking artwork by art teachers, museum educators, and college art professors for our upcoming juried exhibition, Nights and Weekends: Art Teacher Artists. The work of active and retired art educators from public and private K–12 schools, higher education, and museums will be considered. Submitted artwork may be created in any variety of 2D and 3D media, including painting, ceramics, fiber, photography, sculpture, and mixed media.

If you know an art teacher, let them know about the show!

Here’s the Davis page for more information:

Call to Artists – Traditional Realism Art Deadline Aug 29 2020

This show is all about Traditional Realism. It is held by Workshop 13, an organization based in Ware. The deadline to submit JPGs is August 29, 2020. Note that this is open to nearly all forms of art except for photography / video.

From their entry page:




For all the details about this show, visit their page:

Call to Artists – Climate Crisis Show Deadline Aug 25 2020

This show comes to us from the ValleyCAST! organization. The deadline for submission is August 25th, 2020 and the theme is the Climate Crisis.

The climate crisis and its looming consequences are terrifying. Most people think they either have no control over what’s to come or that it’s too late to do anything about it; individually or collectively.

But the current Pandemic crisis has proven that each person is able to contribute to a safer and more equitable world for all of us. Since the lock-down, air pollution has plunged in most areas around the globe. In fact, The Himalayan Mountain Range is now visible for the first time in 30 years!

Not only does pollution lower our resistance to disease, but it’s also hard to ignore the correlation between wildlife trafficking and deforestation and the rise of new infectious diseases, as 75% are transferred by animals. They are then spread rapidly through modern air and water transportation, according to a recent quote United Nations Environment Program in this informative article by The Guardian.

Project Drawdown, which calls itself “the world’s leading resource for climate solutions,” has listed 100 ways to help solve the climate crisis and we’re calling on artists to show us the way!

Instead of art and images depicting doom and gloom, we are asking for art that helps us to see how we can implement these solutions ourselves for a better Blackstone Valley and collectively for a better and safer world.

Physical exhibition dates September 10 – November 6. Virtual exhibits remain online indefinitely on our ValleyCAST website, Facebook and Instagram pages, and our ValleyCAST YouTube Channel.

Email submission deadline is August 25. Artists selected for our physical gallery exhibit will be contacted to schedule an artwork drop-off before August 31, 2020. Prizes will be awarded.

For full details, and to submit your entries, visit the ValleyCAST page!

Live Streaming Artist List – Watch and Learn!

It can be rough if you’re stuck inside your house without access to your normal routine. Artists around the world are providing live-streaming feeds from their home studios, letting us explore creativity and learn more about their styles!

These are just a few options – let us know if there are more we should add in!

Tony DiTerlizza fantasy art and faeries –

Streamline Art – variety of traditional artists for portraits and still life –

Laura O Cenedella – coastal scenes and still life –

Luke MacNeil – computer tools like Lightroom, Photoshop, and Procreate –

Mo Willems – children’s book illustrator –

Peter H. Reynolds – children’s book illustrator –

Jarrett J. Krosoczka – children’s book illustrator –