Hopedale Day in the Park 2019 – Sept 14 2019

The 29th Annual Hopedale Day in the Park is on Saturday September 14th, 2019!

The Blackstone Valley Art Association regularly gets a booth at this festival in order to promote our artwork and membership. You’re welcome to bring cards, prints, and small art to sell.

In addition, the Hopedale Cultural Council sponsors a HUGE art show at this event, under a big white tent. Many of our members routinely win prizes. Here’s an image from 2017 when our member Libia Goncalves won first prize.

It is WELL worth entering this art festival. It’s a part of a one-day big festival on the Hopedale common with music, food, booths, and all sorts of things. The entry fee is $20.

There are four categories for prize getting:
* watercolors
* oils / acrylics
* photography
* mixed media (pretty much anything else)

Here’s some details for entering.


* ALL SIGNATURES MUST BE COVERED BY CARDSTOCK FOR JUDGING. They’ll remove the cards later on, but when you bring your artwork in the signature MUST be hidden. That way the judging can be reasonably anonymous.

* YOU MUST BE THERE BETWEEN 8-9AM FOR DROPOFF. Then they judge so you can’t be late. If you have a challenge with this, talk with us and we can coordinate with someone who is going in to bring your art in for you.

* THE ART FESTIVAL AND OUR BOOTH ARE TWO SEPARATE THINGS. The art festival is run by the Hopedale Cultural Council and we all enter that show. In addition to that, we also have a booth at the event which we put our own art up in, for free. Our booth is best for smaller quick-purchase items, matted prints, and notecards.

* YOU MUST SEND IN A PAPER FORM TO REGISTER. That has to be received by September 8th 2019. Don’t wait for the last minute on this one. Register early.

Here’s the two pages for the paper registration. Print these out, fill them in, and snail-mail them to their destination.

Ask with any questions! This is well worth entering.

You can also get more information at their Facebook page:

Author & Artist Showcase – Sun Aug 4

It’s the perfect afternoon out! The beautiful Enchanted Passage bookstore and gift shop in Sutton, Massachusetts is hosting a FREE festival celebrating local authors and artisans.

Come on out with the whole family, talk with authors, talk with artisans, and see what your talented neighbors have to offer!


Enchanted Passage
145 Armsby Road
Sutton, MA 01590


Sunday, August 4th, 2019

BVAA members: Be sure to contact the folks at Enchanted Passage to reserve your FREE spot at the festival!


Unexpected Connections – Mon June 24 2019

On Monday, June 24, 2019 from 5:70-7pm there’ll be an invitation-only event held at the Singh Performance Center in Whitinsville, Mass. This inspiring evening will bring together 20 local community members from all walks of life to learn about each other, explore their creativity, and try out a variety of fun activities.

If you’ve been invited to attend our Unexpected Connections event – welcome! Here’s what we are planning.

5:15pm – arrival period and community sculpture creation. Participants receive colored name tags which sort them into four groups of 5 each.

5:30pm – introduction and song singalong

5:45pm – icebreaker! Each group creates fun “machines” with our bodies.

6:00pm / 6:15pm / 6:30pm – the groups rotate through three stations:

  • Creating string art
  • Planting edible flowers
  • Writing a joint story

6:45pm – light snacks and drinks are provided. People relax and share their thoughts

7:00pm – goodbye song

This event was developed out of a workshop series on “Arts in Complex Community Change” – a series designed to help local community leaders in the Whitinsville area develop new ways for the arts to help foster improvement in community relations. It’s run by EmcArts.

A purpose of tonight’s event is to help play-test the idea of having events which are focused on a particular topic, such as gardening, storytelling, music, and art creation. We’re interested in finding out which types of activities individuals would be interested in attending. We’re also examining if this type of activity helps to foster stronger bonds between diverse members of our community.

We look forward to seeing you there! Ask with any questions!

This workshop is planned and run by:

Donna Blanchard and Alaina Calloway Bolton, Apple Tree Arts
Peter Friedland and Matthew Johnsen, Worcester State University
Phil Marshall, ValleyCAST
Dennis Rice, Open Sky
Lisa Shea, Blackstone Valley Art Association

ValleyCAST Whitinsville Survey 2019

ValleyCAST and Alternatives in 2019 received a grant through Mass Development to help them access the feasibility of developing inclusive, collaborative workspaces at the Whitin Mill campus that would better meet the needs of the community.

They are interested in responses from people throughout the Blackstone Valley.

Please take a moment to answer these questions. You can print out the two-sided form and do it on the form, or you can submit answers by email or social media to the BVAA. We’ll pass it along.

We all hope to hear from you!

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Firefly Gallery and Gifts – Uxbridge MA

Uxbridge has an amazing new offering! Firefly Gallery and Gifts is an art gallery which has opened up at 15 Mendon Street in Uxbridge, MA.


They have all sorts of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and other items available.

They offer art classes – check their calendar!

If you’re an artist who would like to teach classes, they are actively looking for teachers. They have a beautiful studio space with a bank of windows overlooking the waterfall. Here are a few photos of the space.

Firefly Gallery and Gifts
Firefly Gallery and Gifts
View out the Main Studio Window

In addition, there are two smaller studio spaces which can be rented by the hour. This is perfect for artists, musicians, authors, poets, and other creatives to have a beautiful space to relax and work. My photos are a bit dark because I wanted to show the scenery outside the window – the rooms are actually well lit.

Studio 1 – Firefly Gallery and Gifts
Studio 2 – Firefly Gallery and Gifts

To contact Firefly, visit their website and social networking links!


Foxboro Open Paint 5/18/2019

A message to share with our membership, from Jack Gannon, President of the Foxboro Art Association.

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I had mentioned during our last meeting that the Artist’s Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place (Foxboro, MA in the shadows of Gillette Stadium) has scheduled a Paint Out for Saturday May 18th 1-5pm.  Artists painting along-side one another.  Artists from all of the surrounding communities (and from the communities represented within this distribution list) are welcome to participate.

Patriot Place is doing their annual Street Art Festival (a chalk art festival managed by the Foxboro High School students) that same day, so there will be many spectators checking out the artwork and it is a great opportunity to gain exposure.

No cost to attend the Paint Out.  Bring your easel and supplies.  And bring something to anchor down your easel in the event of a little wind (empty gallon jug you can fill w/ water while at the art gallery along with a small rope or a bungy cord).  Artists will be both inside and outside the art gallery painting that day.  And you can bring a finished painting to display so the spectators can not only see what you are painting, but can also see what a finished product looks like.  And if you have not yet seen our art gallery, it is a great space in a great location and may be one of the largest local-artist art galleries on the east coast.

You are welcome to share this with your membership.  The more artists attending, the more fun the event will be.

In the event of rain, artists can check the Patriot Place website to see if the Street Art Festival has been rescheduled.  The Paint Out will be held the same day as the Street Art Festival.

Patriot Place is on Rt. 1 in Foxboro surrounding Gillette Stadium.  Park in Lot 23 and walk up between Davios and Bar Louie, turn left into the marketplace, and then right at Dunkin Donuts.  The art gallery is across from Splitsville Bowling and Howl at the Moon Pub and next to Red Robin.  Or, if Lot 23 is full, you can park in front of the movie theatre, go in the movie theatre front entrance, up the escalator, follow the walkway to the end.  Once outside turn left at Dunkin Donuts and we are three doors down on the right.

Hope to see you there!


Jack Gannon

President, Foxboro Art Association

Founder & Manager, Artist’s Studio & Gallery at Patriot Place

Founder & Manager, ART Room Today

International Draw a Bird Day April 8 2019

What a fantastic holiday! Monday, April 8th, 2019, is International Draw A Bird day.

This holiday found its source in 1943 when a young girl in England was cheering up her uncle, a war veteran. To distract him from his worries, she asked him to draw her a bird. The rest is history! Together we all draw birds and celebrate the beauty of life.

In the image above, the leftmost three images are done by Bonnie Frederico. The three on the right are by Frank Robertson. Both artists are amazingly talented. Those images are part of our current Series show at the Uxbridge gallery and are available for sale. Stop on by the gallery and take a look in person!

We’d love to see your bird images for Draw A Bird day. Email them to us, post them as comments, or post them on our social media sites! Join in the birding celebration!


2019 Premier Image Gallery Open Show

The Premier Image Gallery in Ashland, Massachusetts is having its 2019 Summer Show! This is their 30th anniversary of the show! This will be a joint show between the Blackstone Valley Art Association and several other local art groups. There will be cash prizes!

Premier Image Gallery
290 Eliot Street
Ashland MA 01721

You can enter up to two pieces at $8 each. Pieces must be properly wired. The drop off dates are:

Thu May 2, 2019 10-2
Fri May 3, 2019 10-2
Sat May 4, 2019 10-1

If you can’t make it during those times, let us know and we can arrange someone else to coordinate with you to bring them in. You don’t have to fill out any online forms with this. Just label the back with the usual artist name / title / medium / price and then the owner Don will fill out a hand-written inventory sheet when you get there.

The BVAA has historically done quite well at these open shows. It’s well worth entering!

The reception is Thursday, May 16th from 5:30-7:30pm. Bring a snack to share!

The pickup will be on June 29th during the gallery’s normal business hours.

For more about the gallery including contact information visit:


UNCONVENTIONAL – Davis Art Gallery Call to Art

Hurrah! The Davis Art Gallery in Worcester is finally reopening after their renovations!

They’re celebrating with a new call to art. Here’s the details!


A Juried Exhibit to Reopen the Davis Art Gallery

Entry Deadline: May 13, 2019

Recycled materials, items from a hardware store, found objects, or kitchen utensils are a few examples of the many unconventional materials used to make art. UNCONVENTIONAL is an invitation to use unconventional materials and processes, as well as traditional materials in unconventional ways, to create 2D and 3D art, installations, and media. Submit your work for a chance be a part of the inaugural exhibit in the new Davis Art Gallery space.

We will select approximately 45–60 artworks that will appear in the main exhibition space at the gallery from June 7, 2019 through August 16, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019.