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
Stockbridge Second Thursday Art Walk, July 11, 1 – 4 pm
The Guild of Berkshire Artists and TKG Real Estate and local galleries invite you to Stockbridge Second Thursday Art Walk on July 11, 4-7pm. Tour the 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 Sarah Horne’s studio at 50 Main Street rear, Stockbridge Library art exhibit, Image Gallery, and art demonstrations at the Red Lion Inn. Afterwards visit the River Art Project, in the Train Station at 2 Depot Street. Schantz Gallery is closed July 11 for a private event but the public is welcome Friday, July 12, 3-5pm to see Lino Tagliapietra’s work. Refreshments and map to stroll to Image Gallery and other venues. BerkshireArtists.org/events and BerkshireArtists@gmail.com
Saturday Studio Tour, July 13, 11 5 pm
More than 20 artists are displaying their work at TKG Real Estate, previewing work that will be on view at their studios around the Berkshires on Saturday
July 13, 11-5pm. Pick up a map of ART STUDIO Tours at TKG Real Estate and at tourist spots around the Berkshires. Among the artists showing are Rose Tannenbaum, Amy Pressman, Bruce Panock, David Hagerty, Jorie Latham, Alan Papscun, Mark Olshansky, Walter Pasko, Virginia Bradley, Chris Malcomson, Diane Firtell, ML Kammel, Kerry Hamilton, Keith Emerling, Doane Perry and Karen Carmean. Refreshments and map to stroll to Image Gallery and other venues. Information: BerkshireArtists.org and BerkshireArtists@gmail.com. Visit four studios and win a chance at an original piece of art.
Fourth annual Lenox Library show by Guild of Berkshire Artists, July 1 – 14
The Guild of Berkshire Artists and the Lenox Library invite you to Gallery show of new works by artists of the Guild of Berkshire Artists July 1-14. The Gallery is located at 18 Main Street, Lenox. Hours for the Gallery are 10-5pm each day except on Sundays 10-1pm. Works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pastel, alabaster, marble, bronze, resin and ceramics including saggar and raku, will be displayed by thirty different artists. You are invited to a reception with the artists on Saturday, July 6 from 3-5pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Among the artists in this exhibit are Barbara Patton, Lou Coco, Robert Horvath, Jamie Levine, Palma Fleck, Amy Butterworth, Marion Grant, Michael Fabrizio, Julie Edmonds, Karen Dolmanisth, Rosemary Daly, Jo-Anne Irwin, Gary Schieneman, Lear Levin, Marcelene Mosca, Kay Lerner, Rosemary Daly, Myron Schiffer, Janet Pumphrey, Alice McGowan, Mary Davidson, Mark Mellinger, Keith Emerling, Joy Cameron, Kayla Corby, Jorie Latham, Karen Carmean.
Calendar of Events:
Monday July 1-Sunday July 14. Guild of Berkshire Artists show at Lenox Library, 18 Main Street Lenox. 10-5pm daily except Sundays 10-1pm. Free and open to the Public. Scores of paintings, photography, sculpture and ceramics work by 30 artists are available. Information: BerkshireArtists.org and BerkshireArtists@gmail.com
Saturday July 6, 3-5 p.m. Reception for the Guild of Berkshire Artists at Lenox Library, 18 Main Street Lenox. Free and open to the Public. Information: BerkshireArtists.org and BerkshireArtists@gmail.com
Art Show and Open House at Shaker Mill Inn, June 5
Art-making/Mindfulness Workshop, Sunday, June 23, 2019, 1:30-3:30 pm
In this unique Art-making/Mindfulness workshop, at the Trinity Gallery, 484 Lime Rock Road, Lime Rock, CT, participants will start by doing a brief guided Mindfulness meditation exercise to experience being fully in the present moment. From this starting point a state of relaxed concentration or “flow” can be easily achieved. As we learn to experience our own inner calm through this approach, we suddenly open ourselves to allow a new level of creative expression! We learn to experiment, take risks, and play, instead of judging, or stressing over how the final image will look.
Oil pastels and pastel paper will be provided. (Or participants are free to bring their own supplies). There will be several flower arrangements as well as a selection of impressionist paintings to work from as a “springboard”. This workshop is not only for experienced artists, but for beginners as well. Anyone with an art interest wanting to find more connection, more self-expression, and spark more joy in their creative process will benefit from this dynamic creative workshop.
Katie Atkinson a widely published illustrator for the Illustration Source, will guide and lead the workshop. Her website is (www.KatieAtkinsonillustrator.com). She is also a counselor who leads therapeutic art workshops for wellness, healing and self- discovery!
Reminder- register if you have not already by replying to Mary Anne Carley at (860) 977- 0997, or by email. Reminder, the cost is $20 at the door if you have not already prepaid. See you then.
For more information and to get the prospectus, go to the Show Page: http://hvart.org/shows/
Calling all artists for L’Atelier Gallery Berkshires Summer Group Show!
Word has it that L’Atelier Berkshires Art Gallery, at 597 Main St., Great Barrington, is looking for work from local artists for a summer group show. For the application form to submit your work, go to their website http://www.atelierberks.com.
For more information contact Natalie Taylor at (510) 469-5468.
New Art Walks in Stockbridge on 2nd Thursdays beginning in May.
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.
We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members:
Kerry Milliken, Great Barrington, MA, Mary Buchan, Rochester, NY, Caryn King, Southfield, MA, Gary Gemini, Wolcott, CT