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: https://www.workshop13.org/exhibitions/blue-call-for-art/
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: https://www.workshop13.org/exhibitions/all-things-animal-call-for-art/
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: https://www.workshop13.org/exhibitions/ware-its-at/
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 office@artleagueri.org.

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: mendonma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif881/f/uploads/220502_draft.pdf

Another site of research interest could be the Mendon Historical Society website:  mendonhistoricalsociety.org/

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 culturalcouncil@mendonma.gov

APPLICATION FORM: mendonma.gov/cultural-council/files/application-form-for-mendon-town-hall-special-art-project

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