Welcome to HVAL
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 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 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
Wednesdays (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?
HVAL Gillian Seidl Grant to a High School Senior
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.