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Blackstone Valley Art Association embarks on a new season

The members and many community participants participated in  engaging events along the Blackstone River this Summer.  Plein-air painting with Mike Graves, sketching with Boston based Laura Sfiat, and several photo shoots were enjoyed by all those who came.  These events were funded by grants from Mass. Cultural Council and from Constellation Energy. Grants from both the Northbridge and Uxbridge Cultural Councils allowed us to help creatives during our regular season.  We were able to buy extra supplies  and engage great demonstrators for our meetings.

These grants are a valuable asset to non-profit groups and are very appreciated by all our members.

Next season has a great line up of monthly demonstrations at our meetings, the third Tuesday of the month.  The meetings are open to the public and are held at the Open Skies Community Gallery at 5 S Main St. in Uxbridge. The line up includes the following, September:Tori Heffernam, working with the model, how to achieve the emotion you are looking to create.  Good for both artists and photographers.  October: Stephan Halpert- the history of collage and it’s many components, hands on practice as well.  November: Mary Wojciechowski- painting with alcohol inks. January:TBD. to along with our annual photo show.  February: Carol Arnold will conduct a critique group.  March: Carolyn Letvin will do a demo of her famous sheep paintings using oil sticks.  April: Shelley Eager will do an energetic pastel demo.

This year we will be holding longer workshop type programs in our gallery on Saturdays.  We are fortunate to have this space provided to us by Valley Cast, an out reach of Open Skies.

In the line up so far is a plein-air session with Dianne Panarelli Miller, September 28th at Capron Park on Rt. 16.  November 16th a class on Procreate a painting tool on the IPAD.  This should be of interest to young and older alike.  January we will have a pastel workshop with Ella Delyanis.  A watercolor workshop will be held in March instructor TBD.  There will also be many photography events as well.  Check our web page for details, some events may incur a small charge.

We continue to have art shows with meet the artists openings at Open Skies Community Gallery, the line up for the rest of the year includes BVAA Fall Show, Tapestry, a community wide event open to all ages,BVAA Holiday Treasures and beginning the new year off with our Annual Anything Goes Photography Show.

Our off site galleries continue to show outstanding art work as well.  Milford Local access TV studio has a rotating themed based show which changes every 2 months.  The Muffin Man in Mendon features one of our artists on a six week rotation.  Featured presently is Deborah Bottemley of Milford.  The Grafton Inn has a collection of fine art and photography from our members as well.

Look for us at local fairs and events as well.  Our activities are all on our web page, Facebook, twitter and Instagram.

The membership campaign is in full swing, forms can be accessed on the web BVAA.ORG, payments can be mailed or by Paypal.  This is a welcoming community of artists at all levels and many medias.  We have many different kinds of activities something for every one.  We are also looking for people who would like to use the space to teach, give demos ect.  Members are also allowed to sell prints and cards from the gallery for a small commission.

Contact Carol Frieswick [email protected].