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Welcome to HVAL

The Housatonic Valley Art League is based in the Great Barrington area of southern Berkshire County, Massachusetts.  Formerly the Sheffield Art League, we are a blend of artists old and young, professional and not-yet professional who work together to produce several art shows each year and to host several workshops for artists in various mediums.

Historically, we have been artists working in various fine-art mediums such as oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, pastel, drawing, etc. and also sculptors in various 3-dimensional mediums.  In 2017 we expanded our mission to include photographers, so we are excited to be presenting shows that include photographs as well.

Thank you for visiting – join us if you can!  See Membership page:


 Current and Upcoming Events



The 7th Annual Trinity Juried Fall Art Show with Non-Juried Small Works Show, Nov. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24

Hi all—Here it is, The prospectus for the 7th Annual Fall Juried Trinity Gallery Show.   It will be the best yet, especially right before the holiday season.  The prospectus has not yet been posted on the Trinity Web Site, but it will be by the end of the week as it will be posted on Face Book too.

 If you have any questions, please contact me by phone, text or email, 860.977.0997,

 If you are not able to download it and/or print it, please let me know also and I will send it by snail mail.  Also all forms and the prospectus will be available at the drop off, Nov. 3 from noon to 2pm.

 Hope to see you all then.

 Mary Anne, Chair

Call for entries Nov. 2019 prospectus

Artists’ drop off Day – November 3, 12 to 2 pm
Opening reception – November 8, 5-7pm
Show open for viewing – November 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 noon to 4 pm
Art pick up Day –
November 24, 4-4:30 pm.

The jurors are:

TeeJay Jones

TeeJay is a graduate of the Pratt Institute and has been privately commissioned by worldwide clientele.  He is a member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, the International Association of Pastel Societies and the Connecticut Pastel Society.

He has created work for the Virginia State Reading Association, the Presidential Purchase Award, the School Beautiful Initiative as well as the Merrimack Lifeskills Project.  He was also a recipient of the Hampton Roads Education Innovation Teacher/Instructional Grant and the Western Art Grant.

His work has also been displayed at the Charles H. Taylor Gallery in Hampton, VA; the Thought Forms Underground Gallery; the Russell Simmons; the Schaffler Gallery; the Kingsborough College in Brooklyn, NY and the Liberty BOCES in Liberty, NY.

TeeJay is currently a teacher/educator for the Maplebrook School and the Director of the AIM Gallery in Amenia, NY.

Paul Gould

Paul Gould is well known for his landscape paintings of the Hudson Valley, New England and Ireland,is highly regarded for his expertise in painting restoration, as well as for jurying various art shows.

He began his painting career at the age of eleven under the guidance of his father, noted artist and illustrator, John Gould. In 1957, Paul’s parents founded the Bethlehem Art Gallery, where he has conducted art classes for more than 30 years.

He currently owns and operates the Hudson Valley Gallery in Cornwall-on-the Hudson, NY where he conducts art classes. He also conducts Plein Air in New England and Europe.

Paul is currently a member of the Kent Art Association where he served as President.  He is also a full artist member of the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester, MA, an associate member of the Rock Port Art Association, and is a member of the Oil Painters of America. His paintings are included in numerous public and private collections around the world.




Stockbridge Art Walk and Art Studio Tour, Thursday, Sept.12, 4-7 and Saturday, Sept. 14, 11-5

Visit four studios, you may win an original artwork

The Guild of Berkshire Artists, TKG Real Estate and local galleries invite you to the Stockbridge Second Thursday Art Walk on September 12, 4-7pm. Tour galleries, meet local artists and see demonstrations of art. Start at 10 Elm Street at TKG Real Estate with light refreshments and pick up a map. Then stroll to Schantz Gallery across the street, visit  Sarah Horne’s studio east on Main Street, then continue to the Stockbridge Library art exhibit, Image Gallery, and art demonstrations at the Red Lion Inn. Artist Diane Firtell will demonstrate painting a house portrait beginning at 4:30 at 10 Elm Street. Photographer Denise B. Chandler will discuss her process at the Red Lion Inn 5:30-6pm.
Studio Tour Saturday
The Guild of Berkshire Artists’ art studio tours continue on September 14. Throughout central and south Berkshire County twenty artists will open their studios in 12 locations, including Richmond, Lenox, West Stockbridge, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, Sheffield, and South Egremont. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour is free and open to the public.
A map of the studios is available at the brochure racks at various theaters, hotels and b&bs throughout the county, and on our website,
The public is invited to take a self-guided tour of these local artists’ studios to learn about the tools and techniques artists use, ask questions about their creative process, purchase locally grown art directly from the artist and see the creative process at work. Many of the artists will be working during the open studio hours and several will be offering discounts on selected items.
A Chance To Have Your Portrait Painted
New this year is a chance to win a piece of original art. Visit four studios and have the artist sign a form. Text a photo of your entry form to the phone number shown. One form will be randomly selected to receive a commissioned oil portrait by Adrian Holmes.
Group Exhibition Previews Art
Previewing Saturday’s Art Studio Tour will be a group exhibition at TKG Real Estate, 10 Elm Street in Stockbridge. Reception is Thursday, September 12 from 4-7 p.m. Light refreshments provided.
Among the artists opening their studios this month are Karen Andrews, Joel Hotchkiss, Denise B Chandler, Karen Dolmanisth, Janet Pumphrey, Karen Carmean, David Hagerty, Doane Perry, Walt Pasko, Katherine Oakes, Keith Emerling, Alan Papscun, Mark Olshansky, Virginia Bradley, William Casper, Chris Malcomson, Kerry Millikin, Michael Lebowitz, Marjorie Wilke, and RW Browne.
New Art Walks in Stockbridge on 2nd Thursdays from May through December
The Guild of Berkshire Artists and TKG Realty are presenting the first Stockbridge Art Walk, on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 4-7 p.m.
The Art Walk is a self-guided tour of locations within the downtown area of Stockbridge. The venues include the new TKG Real Estate office, which will host a reception for an exhibit of Guild artists. Other venues include Schantz Gallery, the Stockbridge Library (open til 4:45 pm), Mutability in Motion, An American Craftsman, the Image Gallery, the Red Lion Inn Gift Shop, and SEVEN (from 6-7 pm). Some venues feature primarily local artists, while others showcase regionally and nationally known artists.
A map of the Art Walk locations, all within a 1/2 mile walk total, will be available at the TKG office, 10 Elm Street, Stockbridge.
This is the first Art Walk taking place in Stockbridge, and is the first of eight planned  Art Walks this year, with 8 locations on board. We hope to add more shops and galleries for future dates: second Thursdays, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 8, and December 13.
Second Saturday Open Studio Tours, July through October
The Guild of Berkshire Artists is having its third annual summer and fall Open Studio Tours, on the second Saturday of the month — July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12. The receptions at TKG Realty Gallery on the Thursdays prior to these dates will feature representative works by Guild of Berkshire Artists members who will open their studios to the public. Maps of the Studio Tours will be available then, as well as in brochure racks throughout the summer.
For more information visit or call 413.298.0610

HVAL Gillian Seidl Grant to a High School Senior

The Housatonic Valley Art League (formerly Sheffield Art League) is pleased to announce an individual grant of $1,500 to a deserving senior of Mount Everett High School of Sheffield who chooses to gain a Fine Arts degree, or the equivalent, upon graduation. The grant is in memoriam to Gillian Seidl, a cherished and long-time resident of Sheffield.

In addition to her acting and other theater accomplishments, for which she is widely known, and her long-time painting hobby, Gillian was a beloved mother, wife, grandmother and friend.

Tragically, on April 25, 2017, Gillian in her capacity as Art League Program Coordinator, was attempting to cross Route 7 to the Sheffield Bushnell-Sage Library with an armload of refreshments for a scheduled program and social event later that evening.  A devastating accident, resulting in  her death occurred due to a confluence of conditions involving blocked access to the freshly paved parking lot of  the library, necessitating crossing on foot, and regrettable traffic measures.

There is no compensation for the senseless loss of a gentle, kind and vital person but the league hopes, in this small act, to honor Gillian with this gesture.

On Saturday, June 2, Olivia Marchione became the first recipient of the HVAL Gillian Seidl Memorial Scholarship for art. The award was presented to her on behalf of HVAL by the principal of the Mount Everett Regional High School during her graduation at Tanglewood.