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:  hvart.org/wp/membership/


 Current and Upcoming Events

In just a few days it will be time for the take-in for the first of 4 shows, in what promises to be one of our most exciting and busiest summer show seasons ever. All 4 shows will take place, from the end of June through late September, at the Masonic Temple, in downtown Great Barrington.

The July 2018 Juried Show is all set to welcome the crowds. Phil Knoll and Geoff Young will be the judges. Phil is an artist, living in the Berkshires and Geoff is owner of the Geoffrey Young Gallery, on Railroad St., in Great Barrington. See Shows page for more information.  Take-in is Sunday, June 24th from 3-5 p.m. It officially opens on Thursday, June 28 and the reception is Friday, June 29, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Keith Emmerling is our new Hospitality Chair and is looking for volunteers to bring some goodies to the receptions. You can contact Keith at kse@mysecretlifeasachef.com or at 413 442- 2483. A special thanks goes to Eddie Domaney, of Domaney Wine & Spirts, on Main St., In G.B.,who generously donated wine for our receptions.

The Midsummer Members Show follows the Juried, with the take-in on Sunday, July 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. The Judge for  this
Show will be Jim Shantz. Jim is also from our area and works in oils and pastels. The Members Show opens on July 26 with the reception held on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

After several years absence, the August Artist’s Choice Show is back, where participating artists “rent” one, two or three panel facings and hang as much art as will fit on space. It’s like having your own show within a show and there is no commis- sion taken out on sales. This is a show where we need to plan as much in advance as possible, so if you plan to participate follow the link on the email invite from SignUpGenius.com or contact Harvey. The take-in is on Sunday, August 12, with the opening on August 16 and reception on August 17.

The Small Works Show will be back this September. Walter Bogad is Chair of this show and Marilyn Orner has signed on as Co-Chair. The prospectus will be mailed to you in July. The take-in is planned for Sunday, September 2. The show opens September 6, with the reception on September 7, and runs through September 17. If you have any questions about the shows, except Small Works, contact Harvey Kimmelman at kimmelman@mac.com.

All of you should have received the prospectuses for these shows, by both mail and email, but if you haven’t you can get one from our website or by contacting Harvey Kimmelman at kimmelman@mac.com. As you know, we’ve had to make some changes in entry fees, gallery sitting and opening days and hours in order to be able to sustain these shows. They are very expensive to put on and in the past few years we have been losing more money on them than we could afford to lose. The Juried and Members Shows will be managed partly by member volunteers and partly by a paid manager. The Artist’s Choice will be managed totally by member volunteers. If you participate in any of the shows, you are expected to take a turn at gallery sitting. If all slots in your show are filled, sign up to sit the next show, but please sign up, either online or at the take-in, for the shows. Signupgenius.com will send you email invites to go online and sign up for a slot to sit each show.


.2018 HVAL Juried Show

Attached below, you will find a pdf file for the Prospectus for the HVAL Juried Show at the Masonic Temple, 232 Main Street, Great Barrington. It’s the set back building between the post office and Berkshire Bank. The entrance is in the rear of the building, opposite Main St. The last page (page 3) of the prospectus 2018 JuriedProspectus_email has your Entry Forms. If you plan to participate, you’ll just need to print that page out, fill out a 4-part form for each artwork you will be submitting.  Cut the 3 entry forms, leaving each 4-part form intact and attach it with tape to the top, back left-hand corner of your framed artwork.

If anyone would like to donate an artwork for the raffle that benefits art programs in our area, please contact me by email or phone at 413 229-5951.


Art Show returns to the Lenox Library

In July 2018 the Guild of Berkshire will bring four weeks of multimedia art to Lenox.  There will be two 2-week shows at the Welles Gallery, located in the Lenox Library, 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA.

The first show is “Light and Motion.”  It will run from July 3 through July 15, with a reception on Saturday, July 7 from 2-5 p.m. The second show is titled “Imagine.” It will run from July 16 through July 29 with a reception on Saturday, July 21 from 2-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served at both receptions. The shows will be open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Founded in 2014, the Guild of Berkshire Artists has grown to include 150 artists.  The exhibit will feature a rich variety of paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery and various other 2D and 3D media.  Art enthusiasts should be able to find reasonably priced works by local artists that will allow them to bring home a taste of the Berkshires. For more information, visit berkshireartists.org or email: berkshireatists@gmail.com.

Second Guild Art Show at Lenox Library in July
The Guild of Berkshire Artists will present its second art show of the month at the Lenox Library, 18 Main Street, Lenox, MA, beginning July 16. More than 23 local artists are showing oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, pottery, sculpture and drawings.
This show is titled “Imagine,” and will run from July 16 through July 29 with a reception on Saturday, July 21 from 2-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the reception. The shows is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Founded in 2014, the Guild of Berkshire Artists has grown to include 150 artists from around the county.  The exhibit will feature a rich variety of paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery and various other 2D and 3D media.  Art enthusiasts should be able to find reasonably priced works by local artists that will allow them to bring home a taste of the Berkshires.
For more information, please go to www.BerkshireArtists.org or email berkshireartists@gmail.com.
HVAL Annual Meeting -Sunday, August 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Bring your ideas, gripes, a potluck dish, but most of all bring yourselves to this once-a-year chance to hear member views and express your own. Rozelle Chartock’s house , 51 Hollenbeck Ave., Great Barrington.

Guild of Berkshire Artists and Housatonic Valley Art League Art Studio Tours

The following message from Amy Pressman offers you a unique opportunity to show your art in a very popular venue within the best months of the summer. You DON’T need a studio of your own to show – just read on. There are TWO pages to the attached entry, so click the PDF and print it out to follow the instructions. This is a joint project of the Guild of Berkshire Artists  and Housatonic Valley Art League (formerly the West Stockbridge Guild.)

Amy Pressman and Karen Carmean propose that members offer tours of their studios for the public, Saturdays July 14, August 11, September 15 and October 6, 2018 from 11am – 5pm.  We are using the highly successful formula developed by Helen Febbo and Palma Fleck.

Any artist that wants to participate needs (1) to sign an agreement form and (2) be a member in good standing of the Guild of Berkshire Artists (GBA) or Housatonic Valley Art League (HVAL) to participate and (3) know that once committed that we will begin advertising and that they therefore cannot change their minds.

Artists will be in a flyer which will be distributed throughout the Berkshires. The flyer will include artists name and a thumbnail sample of work. The cost of participation in the Studio Tours is $50 for the year. The program includes a kick off reception, road signs and publicity; including articles in local publications, listings of Berkshire activities and paid advertising.

You do NOT have to have your own studio as several artists may be at the same studio or place so let us know if you are looking for a place or have space to share.

We learned last year that the cost to produce the support materials and publicity for the artist is the same for one or all days, so take of advantage of the opportunity to participate in as many as possible.

We will provide you with materials and information to assist you in collection and reporting of the 6.25% sales tax which you are responsible to report.  10% of the proceeds of any sale go to the Guild of Berkshire Artists.

Let us know by April 20 if you are interested. If you have questions, contact Amy Pressman or Karen Carmean. Sign the agreement, send your check for $50 to GBA (Guild of Berkshire Artists), PO Box 147, West Stockbridge 01266 and a photo of your work by May 4 to berkshireartists@gmail.com.   If you need assistance with the photograph, contact Amy Pressman at 518 369-4741 to arrange a time and place to take a photo. The thumbnail is appx. 3/4”h and can be taken using a cell phone.  It may require cropping and/or can be a detail.  There will be other times available the week of April 4 to April 27. Amy will be available to take a photo of your work on Wed. April 4, 4:30-5pm before the business meeting of the Guild of Berkshire Artists.  RSVP that you are coming at which time to kcarmean@gmail.com

Agreement for Studio Tours 2018



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.




We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members who have joined HVAL in 2018:

Barbara Beach, Housatonic, MA; Susan Johnson, Croton-on-the-Hudson, NY; Alice McGowan, North Egremont, MA;  Elaine Radiss, Great Barrington, MA; Jeffrey Sesko, Winsted, CT