BVAA Art Show at the Whitin Mill

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is holding an art show at the beautiful Whitin Mill in Whitinsville, Massachusetts! The show is open to all BVAA members. If you’re not yet a BVAA member, now’s the time to join us!

When:
July 1 to August 20, 2021

Where:
Whitin Mill / Open Sky
50 Douglas Road
Whitinsville, Massachusetts 01588

About the Show:
This is an open-themed show to celebrate the re-opening of events and activities! Come treasure the creativity and expressions of our local Blackstone Valley area artists!

Thank you so much to ValleyCAST and Open Sky for providing this opportunity to the BVAA.

Entering the Show
The entry fee for the Whitin Mill show, open to all styles of artwork, is $8/piece or $20 for three. You can submit up to three pieces. The theme is wide open. You can submit a portrait, landscape, still life, abstract, seascape, you name it. Your imagination is the limit. Because this show is judged, you cannot enter anything which has previously been submitted for a BVAA judged show. It’s fine to enter works which have been in non-judged BVAA shows.

All artwork must be family friendly. Any hanging artwork MUST BE properly wired for hanging. This gallery does have pedestals for sculpture-style artwork. If you are new to preparing hanging artwork for shows, read our page on How to Mat and Frame Artwork. Please also check out our Show Terms and Conditions

Submissions
To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. The deadline to submit the online form is midnight on Sunday, June 13th, 2021 at midnight. Work should be dropped off during the week of Monday, June 14th to Friday, June 18th, 2021, between 9am to 4pm. All work which is brought in will be hung (as long as it is properly wired and is family-friendly).

We will have a sign-in sheet. Please make sure you sign your art in so we can track what is in the gallery.

The show will be hung by Cristi at Open Sky once all art has been dropped off. Please label the back of every piece so she knows which labels go with which objects.

Judging
This show awards cash prizes based on the number of entries received. The judge for this show is to be determined.

Opening Reception
Due to lingering pandemic issues, we will not be having an opening reception. However, ValleyCAST is planning to have their summer concert series in the plaza, and the gallery will be open during those concert events. So if you’d like people to hang out and talk with, be sure to attend one of the summer concert shows!

Viewing Hours
This building will be open Mondays through Fridays 9am-4pm. It’s wise to call ahead just in case.

Pick Up
Pick up for this show is during the week of Monday, August 23rd to Friday, August 27th, 2021, between 9am to 4pm.

If you aren’t able to make that, contact us for other arrangements. Someone can probably pick up your art for you and then arrange to meet another time.

Address any questions via our BVAA Contact Information

Ask with any questions! We look forward to seeing your entries!

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Massachusetts Cultural Council

Carbon Copies 2021 Winners

Congratulations to the ribbon-winners from the BVAA’s Third Annual Carbon Copies show! This show premiered on April 30th, 2021.

Marcia Ciak – First place
Carl Larsson / Dagmar Grill

Lisa Shea – Second Place
Paul Klee / Three Houses

Dennis Smith – Third Place
Old Tower in the Fields / Vincent van Gogh

For full-sized versions of the images along with the works they are representing, be sure to watch the video! It’s only 2 1/2 minutes long and quite fun!

If you’re interested in purchasing prints or originals of any piece, let us know and we’ll get you in touch with the artist.

BVAA Carbon Copies Art Show

BVAA Carbon Copies Art Show 2021 – Third Annual!

It’s our third annual Carbon Copies show! The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring a delightfully fun art show all about fakes, forgeries, and parodies!

Carbon Copies – Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

This Carbon Copies show is for all BVAA members to participate in. The idea is to find a famous painting and then duplicate it! You can duplicate it exactly or you can add your own fun twist to it. You can paint a version of a Roger Fenton photo. You can stage a photo which resembles a Vermeer painting. Maybe you paint Mona Lisa as a cat.

The sky’s the limit!

It doesn’t have to be a painting. You can imitate a famous photo. Play with a historical sculpture. It’s up to you.

Note that the source art needs to be in the public domain. In general that means it needs to have been created before 1923. Art which is under copyright, after 1923, has its rights controlled by that artist. You would need to ask that artist for permission to use their work in any exhibit.

When:
April 2021

Where:
VIRTUAL ONLY! We’ll make a slideshow for YouTube.

Each BVAA member may exhibit up to three photos. These will be judged for cash prizes.

Entering the Show
The entry fee for this show is $8/piece for up to three pieces.

Artwork can be any size.

All art must be family friendly.

All art items which are entered are included in the show. There is no “pre-selection” process where some are accepted and others are rejected. If you submit artwork, and it is family-friendly, it will be part of our show.

Some reading material:
Creating Art Based on Another Artist’s Work
Fakes Forgeries and Parodies – The Terms
How Easy is it to Copy a Famous Painting?
Inside the Underground World of Legal Art Forgery

Submissions
To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. The deadline to submit is midnight on Sunday, April 25th 2021. Work must be emailed to us by that date. Use a JPG file and in general make it as large as possible, that will fit by email. All work which is submitted will be part of the show (as long as it is family-friendly). Please include a photo of each of your source artwork items, so we can include those next to your artwork. That way visitors can see what you were working with.

Judging
Judge to be announced

Opening Reception
The virtual opening reception for the show is Friday, April 30th – we’ll run the slideshow as a premiere!

Here’s a video walkthrough of the 2020 Carbon Copies show!

Address any questions via our BVAA Contact Information

Ask with any questions! We look forward to seeing your entries!

This Uxbridge gallery is supported in part by BVAA member dues, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and by ValleyCAST. The space use is kindly donated to us by ValleyCast, the community outreach department of Open Sky Community Services. Open Sky uses this space for special-needs client activities during daytime weekdays. They allow the BVAA use of the space – and its gallery walls – on evenings and weekends. We actively support their inclusive mission. All are welcome to all of our events and activities!

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Massachusetts Cultural Council

Bill Lane Watercolors

Bill Lane Watercolor Demo – April 2021 Monthly Meeting

Our April 2021 monthly meeting will feature a demo by the amazing artist Bill Lane!

Our monthly meetings are always on the third Tuesday of the month. So this meeting will be on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021, starting at 6:30pm. Usually from 6:30-7:00pm we talk about the upcoming events and shows. The demo tends to start around 7pm.

All active BVAA members should be getting our Zoom link via email. Please let us know if you do not have the Zoom link. We will also record and post the session for those who aren’t able to make it on Tuesday.

Since we’ll be recording it, you can watch the first time through, ask questions as he paints, and then try it yourself with all your supplies ready after that, from the video!

Here’s the image he’s thinking about painting for us. It’s set in New York City, specifically Grace Church near the corner of Broadway and East 10th Street:

Here are some samples of Bill Lane’s work:

Be sure to visit Bill Lane’s website to learn more about him and his paintings!

https://www.billlanewatercolors.com/

JONATHAN MCPHILLIPS

Jonathan McPhillips Demo – March 2021 Monthly Meeting

Our March 2021 monthly meeting will feature a demo by the amazing artist Jonathan McPhillips!

Our monthly meetings are always on the third Tuesday of the month. So this meeting will be on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, starting at 6:30pm. Usually from 6:30-7:00pm we talk about the upcoming events and shows. The demo tends to start around 7pm.

All active BVAA members should be getting our Zoom link via email. Please let us know if you do not have the Zoom link. We will also record and post the session for those who aren’t able to make it on Tuesday.

Since we’ll be recording it, you can watch the first time through, ask questions as he paints, and then try it yourself with all your supplies ready after that, from the video!

Here’s the scene he’ll be painting:

Ask with any questions!

You can visit Jonathan’s webpage here:

https://www.jonathanmcphillips.com/

Here are just a few examples of his stunning work:

9th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show Reception

Thank you to all artists who participated in our BVAA 9th Annual Anything Goes show in February 2021.

The public premiere of the virtual art show was on Friday February 26th 2021 at 7pm. The video was shown on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

https://www.facebook.com/BVArtAssoc/

The Zoom reception and talk for this art show was on Saturday February 27th 2021 at 5pm. The amazing photographer Matt Reynolds was our judge. He announced the winners and discussed what made each photo award-worthy. He also talked about some of his own photography and how he achieved the beautiful effects of his artwork.

Here are the participants in the Anything Goes show. Nearly all images are available in print and framed versions. Contact the artist for more details. Prices shown are just for a representative size; usually the artist can create other sizes or formats for you. If an artist’s contact information is not linked to from their name, you can contact the BVAA and we will forward your message.

ArtistImage 1Image 2Image 3
Alana KimballA Change of PerspectiveWhen Hell Froze OverAntre
Bob EvansWinter SceneHand StudyWeighed Down
Bob SeeOwl
8×10 Print $20
Watching
8×10 Print $20
Dusty
8×10 Print $20
Brian HalacyGreat Sand DunesAcadia National ParkFrench King Bridge
Carol EvansFrogThere’s No Place Like GnomeEvening Sun
Carol FrieswickMoore State Park Flotsam
11×14 matted to 16×20 – $75
Monet’s Vision in Manchaug
11×14 matted to 16×20 – $75
Cubist
11×14 matted to 16×20 – $75
Carolyn Baker-ReckHermit ThrushJanuary MorningMerganser Lift Off
Cheri HollandBarn in Jackson Hole, WY2nd Barn in Jackson Hole, WYGrand Canyon of Yellowstone
Christina HiltonJust On The Other SideTwisted TreesWinter Ocean
Dennis SmithSeaside PathBeachside SunriseBegonias
Jeffrey MeunierMilky Way Through the ChairFresh SnowWorking for Dinner
Joanne ZeisWaiting for Winter We All Fall Down
Window Framing
Kimberly HanaganCape Sunset The GatesMabel and Marceline
Laura O. CenedellaDaddy’s GirlIce WingsSun Down
Linda GrantInto the City
11×14 print $75
Fall at Wonalancet
11×14 print $75
Christmas in Boston
11×14 print $75
Linda NelsonDay Dream
framed $80
Lindsey JonesGrogu’s SunsetBlowfish after BracesMill Villages Graffiti
Lisa SheaRise Up
original cyanotype $20
St Maarten
8×8 Print $20
Caught in the Act
8×10 Print $20
Maria BuckleyDory AdriftHalloween StormSpring Eggs 2020
Marty Jo HenryThe MatriarchsFoggy MorningCape Clouds
Matthew FullerCat EyesHome AgainWinter Walk
Meagan FediganNestingIn the SunHanging Out
Melissa FerrucciThe Icy Croton GorgeMilky Way Over Stage Harbor LightBlack and White
Michael BackunasSnow CurvesA Brush With WinterWinter Shapeshifter
Mike BlakeMerced River, Yosemite National Park
12×12 unframed $650
Canterbury Shaker Village, New Hampshire
12×15 unframed $400
Bodie, California
15×12 unframed $600
Mike McCoolTemple at Sounion, Greece
$20
Man on a Beach
$20
A Veteran Remembers Forgotten Wars
$20
Mike ZeisWoodland Shadows
11×14 framed $175
Work in Progress
16×20 framed $225
Last Cairn
14×11 framed $175
Nancy Szostak WrightEuropean Starling Coming In HotIcicle MacroSnowy in Flight
Pamela St. LouisColorful Seashells
$25 for 8×10 print
Orange Flower with Bumblebee
$25 for 8×10 print
Swan in Black & White
$25 for 8×10 print
Rosa WalrathLonely Duck
$25 for JPG
A Snowy Walk
$25 for JPG
Floating in the Wind
$25 for JPG
Sandy HowardBluebird – Peaceful Solitude
Stephanie BrownAn Apple A DayThe Old Red BarnI’ll Leave The Light On
Warren WuerthnerSerenity FoundAdriftSailor’s Delight
Wendy TrucheonIce Crystals
11×14 framed $150
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
11×14 framed $150
Northern Cardinal
11×14 framed $150

If an artist’s name isn’t linked to their website, contact us and we can get a message to them. Most artists have prints available for their work in various sizes.

Details for the 2021 Anything Goes photography show –

9th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2021

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring the 9th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – this show is open to the public! All styles of cameras and cellphone images are warmly welcome! This will be a VIRTUAL SHOW this year for health reasons.

When:
February 2021

Where:
Virtually! The images will be posted on our BVAA Facebook page and YouTube channel

Participation is open to the public. Each participant may exhibit up to three photos. These will be judged for cash prizes.

Entering the Show
The entry fee for the main show, open to all styles of photography, is $15/3 pieces for BVAA members and $20/3 pieces for non-members. The theme is wide open. You can submit a portrait, landscape, still life, abstract, seascape, you name it. Your imagination is the limit.

Photos can be any size. Larger images are better in general in terms of seeing them clearly on large screens, but send whatever size JPG you can create.

All photography must be family friendly. Please also check out our Show Terms and Conditions

All photos which are entered are included. There is no “pre-selection” process where some are accepted and others are rejected. If you submit artwork, and it is family-friendly, it will be part of our show. You can have your photo listed with a price for sale, or you can have it Not For Sale if you wish.

Submissions
To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. The deadline to submit is midnight on Sunday, February 21, 2021. Work must be emailed to us by midnight EST on that date. All work which is submitted will be displayed (as long as it is family-friendly). You can use submissions@bvaa.org for the email. If you mistakenly email it to one of our other addresses that’s fine, they really all go to the same place.

If you create your art by doing something unusual by using film cameras or atypical techniques, please let us know in the submission form. Show visitors love to learn about how you created your art.

Judging

The person doing the judging is talented artist Matt Reynolds. Cash prizes are based on the entry fees, so the more entries we get, the more / larger prizes we give out. In general, the BVAA organizes each show so all incoming entry fees go out to the winners of the show plus a judge stipend.

Learn more about Matt Reynolds and his photography here:

https://www.mattreynoldsphotography.com/

Opening Reception
The opening reception for the show is online on Friday, February 26th at 7pm EST. Invite family and friends – all are welcome! There is also a photography talk with Matt Reynolds on Saturday, February 27th at 5pm. This is where the winners will be announced. Contact us for the Zoom logon information for the photography talk. Information on both events can be found here:

https://bvaa.org/2021/02/23/9th-annual-anything-goes-photography-show-reception/

Address any questions via our BVAA Contact Information

Ask with any questions! We look forward to seeing your entries!

You can see what this show is like by looking through:
8th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2020
7th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2019
6th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2018
5th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2017
4th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2016
3rd Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2015
2nd Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2014
1st Annual Anything Goes Photography Show – 2013

The Uxbridge gallery (when it’s open to the public again) is supported in part by BVAA member dues, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and by ValleyCAST. The space use is kindly donated to us by ValleyCast, the community outreach department of Open Sky Community Services. Open Sky uses this space for special-needs client activities during daytime weekdays. They allow the BVAA use of the space – and its gallery walls – on evenings and weekends. We actively support their inclusive mission. All are welcome to all of our events and activities!

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Tapestry Art Show 2020

2020 Community Tapestry Art Show

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is proud to announce the 2020 Community Tapestry Art Show! The public is warmly invited to participate! This show is open to all forms of artistic expression. We would love to see watercolors, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, sculptures, pottery, mixed media, drawings, pastels, photography, cyanotypes, and other forms of art.

All ages and levels of ability are encouraged to participate! This show is enthusiastically inclusive.

When:
submit by December 19, 2020 at midnight EST

Where:
Virtually online! On our YouTube and Facebook channels.

Entering the Show
The theme is wide open. Any topic can be addressed as long as it is family-friendly. Artwork can be any size.

Submissions
To submit your entries use our BVAA Online Submission Form. This show is free to participate in. Each artist may submit up to five items. The deadline to submit is Saturday, December 19th at midnight EST.

Submission of JPGs
Please email a JPG of each art item to info@bvaa.org. Email the largest size you have – we’ll take care of cropping to fit.

Address any questions via our BVAA Contact Information

Ask with any questions! We look forward to seeing your entries!

Here are photos and videos of the previous show!

Tapestry Art Show Photos and Videos

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Douglas Celebration of Art 2020

Welcome to the beauty of Douglas, Massachusetts!

Thanks to the Douglas Cultural Council, the Blackstone Valley Art Association was able to create a celebration of art and beauty centered on various locations in Douglas. We have workshops on photography, watercolors, sketching, pencil, and much more.

We are also holding a virtual art contest! Submit up to five artworks you have created which feature the town of Douglas. The art can be painting, photography, sculpture, you name it! Send the JPGs to info@bvaa.org to participate, along with your name. Please submit your entry by December 31, 2020. All levels and abilities are warmly encouraged to participate! We’ll create a slideshow of all the entries and select the winners!

Here are some videos featuring Douglas to get you inspired. The lead artist is talented Dennis Smith with watercolor!

For the base image Dennis Smith uses, you can trace this:

Here are additional videos about Douglas to enjoy!

There are more videos coming shortly, including the main feature with Carole Plante! Ask with any questions :).

Upton Celebration of Art 2020

Welcome to the beauty of Upton, Massachusetts!

Thanks to the Upton Cultural Council, the Blackstone Valley Art Association was able to create a celebration of art and beauty centered on various locations in Upton. We have workshops on oil painting, photography, watercolors, sketching, pencil, and much more.

We are also holding a virtual art contest! Submit up to five artworks you have created which feature the town of Upton. The art can be painting, photography, sculpture, you name it! Send the JPGs to info@bvaa.org to participate, along with your name. Please submit your entry by December 31, 2020. All levels and abilities are warmly encouraged to participate! We’ll create a slideshow of all the entries and select the winners!

Here are some videos featuring Upton to get you inspired.