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The show is now open: View the HVAL 2020 Member End-of-Year Exhibition


Judge for the show, Ira Barkoff, is a landscape painter who has pushed his landscapes to almost pure abstract.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Ira has enjoyed a long and celebrated career. He has a BFA from Pratt Institute and has studied at the Art Students League with notables such as Robert Beverly Hale and Robert Brackman. He continues to teach at the Washington Art Association in Washington, CT.

His work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including:  the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT;  New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT;  Unilever Headquarters, Greenwich, CT;  Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Washington, DC;  Jerry Della Femina, NYC, Kurt & Tomono Masur, NY;  and Nelson A. Rockefeller Jr. & Amy Taylor, NJ.



The Kent Art Association Fall Juried Show—for those who love to enter an actual live Gallery Juried Show, this is the place to do so.  Social distancing will be practiced at all times.

To avoid crowds at entry time, email to reserve you’re your time slot for arrival

……see details in the prospectus.  The link to the prospectus is in the flier below, as well as an additional link is here if needed



Reception for Guild of Berkshire Artists Holiday Art Show, Thursday, Nov. 12
The Guild of Berkshire Artists is hosting the second in its series of seven virtual receptions on Thursday, November 12 th from 5 to 6 p.m. for three of the 28 artists in the “Holiday Art Show: Treasures for the Season” that runs until January 22nd. The zoom link is: https://www.berkshireartists.org/shows   All artists pledge a minimum of 25% of their sales price to the charity of their choice, most giving to the United Way’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County. Additional virtual receptions will be held November 17, 18, 19 and December 3 and 10.
David Hagerty’s photograph “Baldwin Hill Sunset” blends light and color with abstract impressionistic images of nature. He says, “I want to draw the viewer in by creating a connection among a photograph’s composition, the play of light, and the emotion it evokes.” A global traveler, he exhibits photographs from places as far flung as the Galapagos and as near as the Berkshires, where he and his wife settled permanently after being 25-year weekenders. Hagerty is on the Board of the Guild of Berkshire Artists.
Carolyn Newberger is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society and is represented by Galatea Fine Art in Boston and the Artful Mind Gallery in Lenox. She uses watercolor painting, mixed media and collage, specializing in drawing from life in real time—in both the natural world and in darkened performance halls. Her drawing in pen, ink and pastel entitled “Linda Toote, Flute, West Stockbridge Chamber Players”, is in the vein of her numerous illustrations that accompany music and dance reviews published in “The Berkshire Edge.” She speaks of these, saying, “There, the challenge is to keep a receptive ear and a loose hand in order to capture both performer and sound, with their rhythm, flow, and intensity.”
“Making art is about bringing beauty to people in their everyday lives,” says ceramicist Veronica Martin. Her unique “cage vase” pieces blend a mosaic of wheel-thrown, hand-built and sculptural techniques. Her patterns flow viscerally such that she never knows in advance what each design will be. This Great Barrington artist uses highly decorative features in pieces that perform functionally and her pieces make floral arrangements easy and stunning. Her motto: “Some cages limit us — others enable us to create in ways previously unimaginable.”

The Guild of Berkshire Artists has 160 Berkshire area members working in the areas of oil and watercolor painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, woodworking, textiles, stained glass, mixed-media, multimedia and other art forms. For further information, please contact: BerkshireArtists@gmail.com or telephone: (617)-868-7082.

Our Summer Show, “Our Berkshires,” is Still Up!

If you missed this beautiful show, would like to see it again, or purchase one of the paintings, go to our Shows Page  http://hvart.org/shows/


Online Art Show Guild of Berkshire Artists and United Way
The Guild of Berkshire Artists announces its second online art show, “Art in the Time of the Pandemic,” to benefit the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County. The show is viewable now on the Guild website, www.berkshireartists.org/august-pandemic-show. A reception will be held via Zoom at a date to be announced.
The Guild invites you to contact individual artists to chat or buy a piece that you see in the show. The artists are generally available to give a brief overview of their work, perhaps highlighting a particular piece, and can also offer additional works that are not online.
This month, artists in the show have pledged to donate a minimum of 25 percent of the proceeds of sales to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County, administered by Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in partnership with Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest. This fund supports nonprofit organizations helping those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can access the fund directly at www.berkshireunitedway.org/berkshirecountycovid19fund for more information.
This online art show will continue through mid-October, at which time another in the online series will be featured. As each new show is featured, previous shows will remain accessible on the website. Please visit www.berkshireartists.org/shows. For more information, email berkshireartists@gmail.com or visit www.berkshireartists.org.

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council Online Art Show

I still have no information on the Trinity Gallery Juried Show but will let you know as soon as I hear anything. Keep creating!

Mary Anne Carley



“Get to Work!” An Oil Painting Experience with Souby Boski at Hotchkiss School Farm.

Show up and start the process! Stretch your imagination while strengthening skills through the
process of “painting.” Intermediate and advanced oil painters will explore concepts and techniques. Gain the confidence to explore the use of color, mark making, surface quality and composition, emphasizing your own pictorial language.” This is the description of the course Souby teaches at the
Washington Art Assoc. & Gallery. She Draws her inspiration from Abstract Expressionism as well as Impressionism, and uses gestural and abstracted forms to define her richly textured compositions. Her loosely painted canvases are immediate responses to her visceral connection with her subjects. Workshop is being planned for Spring 2020.


Italian Painting Holiday V!

Well, it’s official…wait until next year! Flights to Italy have been cancelled in September so the Italian Painting Holiday is cancelled too.

Life Drawing at the Library

(except holidays) at the Bushnell-Sage Library, in Sheffield, from 5:00–7:30 p.m. $10 per session.  Due to Covid 19, Life Drawing at the Bushnell-Sage Library, Main Street, Sheffield, MA. has been suspended.

A Spa Day with Paint

Many of you might remember Leslie Watkins, an amazingly talented watercolorist living in Norfolk Ct. who had organized workshops for HVAL in the past. Having become friends through our organization, I have studied botanical painting with her, in Norfolk, when I can. One day, I mentioned that the Society of Scribes was having their annual Christmas fair in NYC and that I thought she might find some interesting ways to cross -pollinate her divine botanicals with a scribal hand. And I was right, not only did she wind up teaching a botanical flower class for calligraphers in N.Y.C., but she met Kathleen Borkowski there. 

Last week at Whiting Mills (a building dedicated to artists and WELL WORTH A VISIT), in Winsted CT, where Kathleen has an amazing studio, Leslie and Kathleen did what they called a day long “art spa workshop” together. 

It was not only a pampered event with a catered lunch of poached salmon, forbidden rice salad, greens in a champagne vinagrette and apple crisp for dessert, the morning was spent with Kathleen learning an alphabet she had created especially for us with a pen I had never worked with, and then a botanical watercolor class with Leslie painting a butterfly in the afternoon. I attach the resul…a delightful card that I can send off when I stop admiring my own handiwork. 

Leslie has taken her watercolors into easily navigable projects lately using stamping and collage to create boxes, cards and small paintings I attach her website here for those who would like to see what she is up to. www.lesliewatkins.com 

Perhaps, when all is back to normal, we can talk her to come north again for a visit and a class?

Susan Bachelder 

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.