Paint a Rocket! Online Celebration of Auburn’s Goddard Park

Come join us virtually this Saturday morning August 22, 2020!


It’ll be casual, relaxing, and fun.

We’ll draw, paint, or heck Play-Dough mold the Polaris Missile in Auburn’s Goddard Park. Explore your creativity!

Here’s a photo taken by Lisa Shea that you can download and print, to use as a guide!

Pastel Workshop with Laurinda O’Connor

THIS EVENT IS FULL. You can contact us to be placed on a wait-list.

Are you interested in the beautifully soft colors of pastels? Come join us for this amazing hands-on workshop with award-winning artist Laurinda Phakos O’Connor! We will be wholly socially distanced while working so PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. There are limited seats available for this.

Location: Fairlawn Christian Church, Whitinsville MA
Date: Saturday, September 26th, 2020
Time: to be determined

Please note that our online system will send an automatic confirmation that we got your request. YOU STILL NEED AN ACTUAL HUMAN CONFIRMATION THAT SPACE IS AVAILABLE. Please make sure you have that human confirmation that you are confirmed for a seat at the church.

Right now the cost should be in the $60 range per person. We need 10 people in order to hold the class. Please contact us to let us know you’re interested so we can move forward. So far we believe we have 5 students.

To see Laura’s amazing works, visit:

Laura’s description of this workshop:
Let’s push the boundaries and explore new ways to approach our paintings. Starting the day with small studies, we will let what captivates us about the scene drive us through our exercises into a larger painting. We will highlight our style through gesture, value, composition, color, and mark making. There will be a demonstration and plenty of individual instruction.

Perfect for intermediate and advanced artists using soft pastels, oil, or acrylic paints. Please bring your own photographs. See full supply list below.

• Bring your soft pastel, acrylic, or oil supplies
• For beginning exercises, you will need at least 3 small surfaces (4×6, 6×6, 5×7, or whatever you prefer). These surfaces need to be able to handle wet media if you are using pastels (Uart, ArtSpectrum, Pastelmat, or hand gessoed surface). They can be boards or any paintable surface for oil and acrylic painters.
• At least 1 Larger surface to work on, your choice, but at least 9×12, 12×18, etc. Can be square, but bigger is key. Acrylic and Oil painters can bring bigger canvases. Whatever you are comfortable with (or … push yourself and go bigger!) Pastelists need Uart, ArtSpectrum, Pastelmat, or hand gessoed surface.
• Photographic references

Additional Supplies
• Alcohol for underpainting (for use with soft pastels)
• Any Black ink (Yasutomo Liquid Sumi Ink is waterproof when dry, good if working in acrylics)
• Magnum Black Sharpie (if you have it)
• Black Tombow marker, or a brush/drawing marker (optional, but I use to draw with)
• Watercolor brush
• Paper towels
• Sketch paper/vine charcoal
• Masking or artist tape (no blue, yellow, or green painter’s tape)
• Back board such as foam core to attach surfaces while you work
• Glassine or document bags to protect work on the way home

BVAA Event Registration page:

Watercolor Workshop – Sept 2020 Monthly Meeting

September is the start of a new BVAA year! And for the first time since March, we are holding an in-person monthly meeting! It will be on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm. It will be held at the Linwood Mill. We will also broadcast it LIVE on YouTube so you can paint along from home.

In-person attendance will be limited and you MUST REGISTER BEFOREHAND to hold your space if you wish to attend in person.

We will be doing a watercolor workshop! For sanitary reasons, please bring your own watercolors and brushes. We will have paper to share if you need it. We will have a few watercolors available for those who do not have any. Let us know what you need when you register.

The instructor is the talented Diane Bell. You can see more of Diane’s works as well as read about her credentials here on her website:


This watercolor workshop will be held at the LINWOOD MILL in Northbridge. We currently do not have access to the Uxbridge gallery due to the Pandemic. When you register we will provide you with exact directions to the space we have available.


For those who cannot attend in person for whatever reason, we will be streaming this video live on YouTube. You don’t need any account or subscription or anything else. You simply go to a link on YouTube and you can watch this LIVE. You can ask questions and get answers! We’d love for you to take photos of your work and send them to us, to see how you did.

We will provide the YouTube link as we get closer to the event.

To Register

If you wish to attend in person, please use our online registration form to pre-register for this event. MAKE SURE YOU GET A HUMAN CONFIRMATION THAT THERE IS SPACE. You will get an automated confirmation that we received your request, but we will then still need to make sure there is space left. We will then manually write you back personally to let you know there is still space available and that you are set to attend. We will provide the directions and further information at that time.

Ask with any questions, and we look forward to exploring watercolors, either in person or online!

Here is a photo of the image we will be working on. If you right-click on it, you can open it in a window of its own, to print it and use it as a model.

Here is a black and white version of the same scene, to use to determine your values (amount of light or dark in a section.

Below is an example of one of Diane Bell’s watercolor paintings, to get a sense of her style.

Diane Bell Watercolor

3rd Annual Uxbridge SketchFest – September 2020

The BVAA Uxbridge SketchFest is back for its third year! We normally hold these in the late spring but the Pandemic interfered this year. After waiting a few months in the hopes that we could do this in person, we have decided it’s safest to do it virtually. So grab your pads of paper, pencils, and pens, for it’s SketchFest time!

Here’s the plan.

Sometime between September 1st and September 30th, head out to your favorite locations in Uxbridge. Make sketches of whatever catches your eye. Send them into us at Each person can send us up to two sketches. Please have the last JPGs in to us by midnight on September 30th. Participation is completely FREE!

We will make a virtual gallery of the sketches and also a YouTube virtual presentation! We’ll share all the beautiful artworks for the entire community to enjoy!

All ages and abilities are warmly encouraged to participate. This is open to the public!

Here is Dennis Smith’s great map of wonderful locations in Uxbridge. Click on it to get a larger version along with details about each location. This is a starting point. You can make your sketches anywhere in Uxbridge.

Dennis Smith Map of Great Sketching Locations

What Is A Sketch?

Just what is a sketch? We’re glad you asked!

For the sake of our SketchFest, a sketch is a quick representation of a scene done with pen or pencil on paper. It can then be colored in with colored pencil or watercolors. Here’s a beautiful example done by Dennis Smith of a lawyers’ office building on Uxbridge Common.

Dennis Smith – Uxbridge Common Building

You can see more of Dennis’s artworks including pantings and photography on his website:

At our 2019 in-person Uxbridge SketchFest we had the amazing Laura Sfiat from the Urban Sketchers Boston group come guide us through sketching. Here is one of Laura’s examples (not of Uxbridge) which provides a few details about how she works.

Laura Sfiat City Sketcher Boston

Here’s Laura’s website which has all sorts of great information and advice:

Here’s a video of the afternoon session with Laura, which focused more specifically on portrait sketching.

Here’s a 22-minute YouTube video by Alphonso Dunn that goes step by step through how to create an urban sketch. You can skip the first two minutes – those are an ad for his book :).

Ask with any questions, and we look forward to seeing your beautiful sketches!

BVAA Series Art Show 2020

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is sponsoring an art show which celebrates the magic of creating artwork in a series.

This show is for all BVAA members to participate in. You can submit from two to five artwork items as your series. They can be related to each other in any way that you wish. It’s wholly up to you to define the theme of your series.

You can mix your artwork styles. Do one photo, one sculpture, and one watercolor painting. Explore your creativity!

September 2020


Entering the Show
Since this is a virtual show, entries should be emailed to us at by the deadline of midnight Sunday September 13, 2020. You can email from 2 to 5 items. This is open to all active BVAA members.

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

BVAA Sunflower Show August 2020 – Images

Here are the submitted images by BVAA artists for our August 2020 show at the Booklovers’ Gourmet in Webster MA. If you’re an artist who wants to participate in this show and your image isn’t in the gallery below, please contact us soon! Thanks!

Click on any thumbnail to see the full image for that artwork. For information on purchasing any art, contact the Booklovers’ Gourmet.

Laura Cenedella
Linda DeFeudis
Mary Foley
Carol Freiswick
Betty Havens

Marty Jo Henry
Jennifer MacNeil
Frank Robertson
Michele St. Pierre
Becky Smith

Lisa Shea
Bob See
Alexandra Spano

For more information on the 2020 Sunflower Show, visit here:

2020 BVAA Sunflower Show at the Booklovers’ Gourmet

Image by Alexandra Spano

Our Fourth Annual BVAA Sunflower Show celebrates the sunny beautiful flower! The art show is in conjunction with a stunning lush garden of sunflowers out front of the Booklovers’ Gourmet.

The sunflower art show is held at the:
Booklovers’ Gourmet
Webster, MA 01570

About the Show
If there ever was a flower which symbolized glorious summertime, the sunflower is the one. Did you know that nearly all of the 70 species of sunflowers are native to North America? They can grow to be up to six feet tall and they even tilt as the sun moves so they always face it!

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is celebrating this sun-shaped delight with a sunflower show throughout the month of August at the Booklovers’ Gourmet in Webster. Come on out to admire the live flowers, appreciate the artistic versions, and explore the shop’s offerings!

The submission deadline for the sunflower show is Monday, July 27nd, 2020. We have limited wall space here for 18 items sized 16×20 so what we’ll do is have each member submit one JPG of an artwork via email to they’d like to include. If we get too many for the wall space we’ll do a Facebook vote. All submissions will be in the virtual version of the show.

This show is open to all BVAA members and is free to participate in. This is not a judged show – it is primarily a visibility and sales opportunity. Any sales will include a 30% commission taken by the shop. The BVAA takes no commission on this show. Full BVAA terms: BVAA Show Terms and Conditions

The drop-off for the Sunflower Show is Friday, July 31st between 10am-5pm. If you can’t make this date, contact Lisa via the email and she’ll arrange something. The Booklovers’ Gourmet shop will take care of hanging the items.

Public Reception
For safety reasons there will not be an in-person public reception. We’ll arrange a virtual reception with the online video, date to be determined.

Pick-up for the show is Tuesday, September 1st, any time during their open hours.

This show is all about sunflowers! The Booklovers’ Gourmet is well known for their beautiful sunflower garden, which will be in full bloom during the show’s run.

Here’s a look at previous shows, to give you some ideas!

News Clippings from the 2017 Sunflower Show

Photos from 2017 Sunflower Show

Photos from 2018 Sunflower Show

Sunflower Show 2019 – Image Collection

Luke MacNeil and Laura Cenedella Workshops Sat May 16 2020

Our Saturday, May 16th, 2020 lineup is delightful! Set your alarm and enjoy a day of relaxing creativity! Free!

Luke MacNeil 10am – 1pm

Luke MacNeil is an absolute wizard with computer design. Come participate live on Facebook as Luke shows us how to work with shapes, text, and patterns to create wonderful banners, promotional images, and much, much more.

You can comment live as he works, ask questions, and practice along if you’d like!

Luke often uses Photoshop, Procreate, and other similar applications to create his works.

Free and open to the public!


Let us know what else you’d like him to talk about!

Hang out and chat, work along with him, and enjoy your Saturday morning!

Ask with any questions.

Laura O. Cenedella 1pm – 3pm


Come join Laura in her studio for an amazingly fun paint session! You can just watch and chat or you can paint along! Use oil paints or acrylic paints, your choice. Get a handle on shapes, values, and drawing!

Drawing and Painting with Oils or Acrylics

Palette knives/ straight edge like kitchen knife, credit card or anything similar
Artist Oil Color and Acrylic Artist Color or Comparable
White, Yellow Ochre, light yellow, Red, Blue

·        Grey Pad Disposable Paper Palette/Plate anything
·      oil  Impasto Mediums/ Walnut oil/ drying medium or Acrylic impasto medium
·        Mineral spirits/ Water for acrylic
·        Paper towels
·        Brushes for Oil or Acrylic Painting
·        A can or jar for mineral spirits/water
·        A bag for trash
·        A clip to clip your trash bag to your easel or tripod
·        An easel or paint box
·        Canvas Artist Board or Paper

Anything else you may be comfortable to use.

Ask with any questions. Free, open to the public, and relaxing fun!

Laura’s event runs here: