Blackstone Celebration of Art 2020

Welcome to the beauty of Blackstone, Massachusetts!

Thanks to the Blackstone Cultural Council, the Blackstone Valley Art Association was able to create a celebration of art and beauty centered on various locations in Blackstone including the beautiful waterfall. 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 Blackstone. 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 Blackstone to get you inspired.

Ask with any questions!

Mendon Celebration of Art

Mendon Celebration of Art 2020

Welcome to the beauty of Mendon, Massachusetts!

Thanks to the Mendon Cultural Council, the Blackstone Valley Art Association was able to create a celebration of art and beauty centered on various locations in Mendon including the historic Unitarian Church and Southwick’s Zoo. 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 Mendon. 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 Mendon to get you inspired.

Here’s the full playlist of videos for the Mendon Celebration of Art – 24 in all! This playlist starts with Verne’s workshop and then goes through the rest of them.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa0l1N_yIP6XWYiCKEkPHjUneIfs8B9MB

We’d love to hear your feedback on the video workshops. Get out and enjoy Mendon!

Auburn Celebration of Art 2020

Auburn Celebration of Art 2020

Welcome to the beauty of Auburn, Massachusetts! Auburn was first settled in 1714 and was incorporated as a town in 1778. It was the location of the very first liquid rocket fuel launch, done by Robert H. Goddard on March 16, 1926.

Thanks to the Auburn Cultural Council, the Blackstone Valley Art Association was able to create a celebration of art and beauty centered on the Goddard Memorial Park in Auburn. 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 Auburn. 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 Auburn to get you inspired.

Laura O. Cenedella paints the rocket at Goddard Memorial Park!

Carol Arnold Workshop – Nov 2020 Monthly Meeting

Tonight! Tuesday! 6:30pm! Nov 17th 2020!

Carol Arnold workshop!

Yes, the amazingly talented, top-award-winning painter Carol Arnold will do a virtual Zoom workshop with us! All members are warmly invited to attend! We’ll start at 6:30pm. Carol has step by step incremental photos she took while working on a painting. She’ll step us through exactly how she worked on her painting, discussing techniques and tips.

We apologize for the late notice – we had some challenges figuring out this month’s session. Carol Arnold kindly stepped up to offer her time!

Carol creates absolutely amazing artwork. Here’s the one that won first prize in paintings at the 2019 Small Stones festival.

Carol Arnold

Here’s her website with more paintings –

https://www.carolarnoldfineart.com/

All BVAA members received a newsletter with the information for joining tonight’s Zoom meeting. Let us know if you didn’t get that email!

Here’s the video for those who missed it:

Here’s the photos from the workshop, of Carol Arnold’s work in progress.

BVAA Great Gifts Art Show – December 2020

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is showcasing a delightful selection of photography, watercolors, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, jewelry, and more for the month of December 2020. Be sure to explore the images and see what we have available! Perfect for gift giving!

When:
December 2020

Entering the Show
This show is open to BVAA members only. The theme is wide open. Any topic can be addressed as long as it is family-friendly. Artwork can be any size since this is virtual!

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.

Drop Off of Works
Email in your JPGs by Fri Nov 20th, 2020 to info@bvaa.org.

All work which is sent in will be included (as long as it is properly wired and is family-friendly).

Address any questions via our BVAA Contact Information

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

Spencer Celebration of Art 2020

Spencer Celebration of Art 2020

Spencer Celebration of Art 2020

Welcome to the beauty of Spencer, Massachusetts! Spencer was first settled in 1717 and was incorporated as a town in 1753. Over the years it has been a location known for its amazing inventors, its powerhouse factories, and its stunning landscape.

Thanks to the Spencer Cultural Council, the Blackstone Valley Art Association was able to create a celebration of art and beauty centered on the St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer. 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 Spencer. 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 November 30, 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 Spencer to get you inspired.

We look forward to seeing what you create! Ask with any questions!

6th Annual BVAA Macabre Virtual Art Show – 2020

Macabre Show 2020

It’s creepy and it’s kooky! Mysterious and spooky! For 2020, our 6th annual Macabre art show is going virtual!

About the Show
Spooky. Unsettling. Wisps of mists and dark shadows. Macabre brings out the fascination with the off-beat side of life.

Submissions
The online submission deadline for the Macabre show is Monday, October 26th, 2019. You don’t need to use the online submission form – you can simply email the JPGs to us. You can submit up to five works. It’s open to all BVAA members. This is not a judged show so you CAN enter things you’ve entered in previous shows (including previous Macabre shows).

The Video
Usually when we make a video show, we have each artist talking about their motivations behind making the images. Many of our viewers love learning the inspiration and techniques. With Macabre being such an atmospheric topic, we’re going to try two things.

First, the main video we release for the reception with be a “moody” version. It will have a soundtrack and the images showing one by one. It will be something you could have going in the background at a spooky dinner to add ambiance.

Then, separately, for each artist who wants to, we will create individual videos of the artists talking about how they staged a scene, or set up the lighting, or why they were inspired, or so on. These are very popular with our fans and help us all build our skills. So the ‘talking workshop’ versions will still be available for those who are interested.

I suppose, thirdly, if any artist likes doing videos and wants to make their own moody take on their art, and send that video to us, we would be happy to include that as well! The more macabre the better!

Virtual Reception
We’ll have our virtual reception – a premiere of the video slideshow – on Saturday October 31st at 7pm. If you aren’t able to participate online, the video will be available for watching at any point after that.

Theme
This show is Halloween. Spooky. Shadowy.

Here are photos from previous years –

 Macabre Show 2016

Twisted Dolls Show 2015

We look forward to seeing your spooky work!

Here’s the video from this 2020 show!

Be sure to also watch Dennis Smith’s super-spooky video –

2020 3rd Annual Uxbridge SketchFest Community Art Project

Here are some of the sketches submitted for the 2020 Third Annual Uxbridge SketchFest Community Art Project! This show is free to enter and is open to all abilities. We warmly welcome all community members of all ages to participate! All sketches must be done of scenes in Uxbridge Massachusetts. For 2020, the month chosen to focus on was September, so all sketches needed to be done between September 1st and September 30th, 2020.

Email your sketches in to us to participate!

This is a wholly virtual show in 2020 because of the pandemic. We will post the URL to the narrated YouTube slideshow as soon as that is ready.

Click on an image to see it in its full proportions.

Current participants are:

Alexandra Spano
Carol Frieswick
Dennis Smith
Duncan Rasmussen
Jennifer Nichols
Judith Potter
Laura O. Cenedella
Linda Nelson
Lisa Shea

Full details of the Uxbridge SketchFest –

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

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

10am-noon!

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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/650610725875692/

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

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 in-person seats available for this. We will also broadcast this live and provide video so all community members can enjoy it.

Location: Fairlawn Christian Church, Whitinsville MA
Date: Saturday, September 26th, 2020
Time: 10am-3pm

Thank you to the Northbridge Cultural Council for helping to support this community art event!

To see Laurinda’s amazing works, visit: http://laurindaoconnor.com/

Laurinda’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.


Supplies:
• 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

Here are all the videos from Laurinda’s amazing demonstration:

Thank you again to the Mass Cultural Council and to the Northbridge Cultural Council!

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Massachusetts Cultural Council