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


Inktober Art Challenge 2022

Inktober is nearly here! October 1 to 31, 2022! Who will join us?

Inktober is a great way to celebrate your creativity, no matter what you art level :). Every day, starting on October 1st, you are given a daily prompt. October 1st is “gargoyle”. You draw whatever that word brings to mind for you. Some people draw pure black ink on white paper. Other people add in color. It is wholly up to you.

Many people post their results on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and so on, with the hashtag of #gargoyle or #inktober or so on. Others simply keep it in their sketchbook or share it with friends. It is wholly up to you how you choose to share.

Simply the act of creating every day is a great thing for your artistic journey.

If you’d like to share your art with the group, let us know! We can lend a hand!

Inktober 2021 in October 2021

October is Inktober! During the month of October, the fantastically fun Inktober celebration begins.

During Inktober, you get a theme word every day. Each day, you do a sketch / drawing / etc. representing what that word means to you. You can interpret it ANY way you want. Most people do this monochrome with black on white, but you can explore your creativity.

You then post your art on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / whatever other systems you like to use. If you don’t use any of them, send it in to the BVAA and we’ll post it on our feeds.

It’s a great way to get into a daily art habit! Ask with any questions!

Here’s the list for October 2021 from the Inktober team. Remember, one a day! Tackle the day’s theme word!

Here’s the official Inktober website, for all the details:

Hopedale Day in the Park – Sat Sep 18 2021

Hopedale Day in the Park – Sat Sep 18


Just a reminder to everyone that tomorrow Saturday September 18th 2021 WE ARE NOT IN THE UXBRIDGE GALLERY. The Uxbridge Gallery is CLOSED.

We will all be in Hopedale at the big Hopedale Day in the Park event!!

We have a booth there with panels and bins. Here are the people from our group we know are attending and maybe bringing art for those panels / bins:

Lisa Shea
Bev Tinklenberg
Carol Frieswick
Pam Siderewicz
Bob Evans
Young Farwell

If anyone else is planning on coming and/or bringing art please let us know! That way we can figure out how much art to bring each. We would love to see you there!

Here are two paintings Carol F is bringing for our panels.

Fall Fiesta 16×20 oil $250.
Indigenous Pot and Harvest 9×12 oil $225.

Bev T entered the “white tent” art show with three of her paintings. We wish her luck with winning!

Harvest Door  $325
Beach Houses  $300
Quiet Harbor $300

If anyone else has images of their art for Hopedale to share, please send them along! I’m posting them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Maybe we can drum up some sales!

We hope to see you at Hopedale this Saturday. The weather is looking good!

Have a great weekend :).


Lisa Shea & the BVAA Team

Plein Air Painting

Plein Air Painting Blackstone River State Park – Sun Apr 18 2021

This event is not run by the BVAA, but we are helping to promote it!

The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is holding a plein air painting event at the Kelly House on April 18th, 2021 from 1 to 4pm.

Attendance is limited so if you are interested, please sign up at

This is a “trial run” of my attempt to get a park-sanctioned plein group going. If we get past this, there would be regular park subjects painted on your schedule with possibility for promotion by the park.

If you can make this date, please sign up!

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative – Transformation – Deadline 3/31/2021

The Pawtucket Arts Collaborative is holding a show entitled “Transformation” with a deadline of March 31, 2021. The BVAA is not associated with this show – we are simply spreading the news to our artist community.

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PAC presents: TRANSFORMATION Juried Show 

April 21, 2021 through June 3rd, 2021. 

Transformation is defined as a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. Landscapes and weather transform, people transform, everything is changing all the time. For PAC’s 2021 hybrid show (online and in gallery) we invite all artists, PAC members and non-members, in all mediums*, to submit works for TRANSFORMATION
PAC understands this last year has been challenging, heartbreaking, and illuminating in many ways. Show us your TRANSFORMATIONS. Guest juror Francoise McAree will select the works and award the top prizes: $1000 for 1st Place, $500 for 2nd, and $250 for 3rd. The PAC Gallery Committee will award a $100 prize as well. 
Digital submissions will open on 2/15/21 and run through midnight of 3/31/21. Click on this link to enter:

  • Max 2 pieces. Please also send a brief artist bio to attach with your digital submission to
  • SUBMISSION FEE: PAC Members $15 for 1 entry and $20 for 2/ Non-members $20for 1 and $25for 2. Interested in becoming a member? Join or renew
  • Accepted work must be dropped off at the PAC Gallery 560 Mineral Spring Ave. Pawtucket, RI on Friday 4/16 between 4-7 and Saturday 4/17 from 10/12.
  • We ask you to include written instructions if your work has specific hanging/display needs or to consider attending the art installation on Saturday 4/17 from 12-3. 

*Some restrictions apply.