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Keith Emerling’s Show at the Lauren Clark Gallery

The Best Way to Work Up an Appetite is to Come to the Reception of Keith Emerling’s One-Man-Show at the Lauren Clark Gallery, Saturday, Aug. 14, from 5 to 7 P.M.!

The show coincides with the publishing release of Keith’s new book “The Fine Art of Food”, and features the paintings from the book. All of which not only Keith prepared, but painted deliciously!

(Continued on the Member News Page)



Call For Teaching Artist For Falls Village Equity Project’s Art-Crosswalk

The Falls Village Equity Project is seeking a teaching artist skilled in visual arts to develop and run a series of creative expression workshops exploring issues of identity, equality, and inclusion in the Spring of 2022. This program will culminate in the design and execution of a unique Rainbow Crosswalk, involving the community, to coincide with the June celebration of Pride Month and the Juneteenth national holiday.

A grant is available through Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development/Office of the Arts (DECD/COA) Artists Respond grant program to fund art projects addressing social issues including equity and racial justice, community development, and empowerment of LGBTQ communities.  The selected candidate for the project will be aided by the Falls Village Equity Project in writing the grant for successful application (deadline December 1, 2021).  If awarded the grant, the selected artist will be paid by grant from DECD/COA to carry out the project as proposed, to include artists fee and project expenses.

Details about the DECD/COA Artists Respond grant can be found at:


If awarded the grant (notice to be given in February 2022), the workshops would be scheduled monthly in March, April, and May 2022.  The community’s creation of the crosswalk, under the guidance of the Teaching Artist, would occur in June 2022.

The ideal candidate should have experience in teaching in the arts for a broad range of ages, backgrounds, and abilities, and be able to ensure a welcoming, safe, environment in which to educate and explore personal identity through creative expression.  Candidates must be residents of Connecticut.

The Falls Village Equity Project is an initiative of the Falls Village Community Development Corporation and fulfills a SustainableCT certification requirement.  The Falls Village Equity Project is an open group of Falls Village residents whose mission is to build community in Falls Village. The group is committed to promoting equity — where all residents’ voices and experiences are valued — regardless of ethnicity, nationality, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, religious beliefs, or differing abilities.

Candidates should submit proposals describing their approach, the plan outline for the workshops and execution of the crosswalk, as well as a project budget, and their art/teaching resume by September 27, 2021 to FVEquityGroup@gmail.com


Announcing The 8th Trinity Gallery Fall Juried Show in Lime Rock.

The Drop Off Date for artists is Sunday Oct 3 noon to 2 pm.
The Opening Reception is Friday evening Oct 8 from 5-7 pm.
Gallery hours are on Oct 9,10,11,16,17,23,24, from noon to 4 pm.

For entry information go to the Shows page http://hvart.org/shows/





To see the show click here:



Pat Hogan giving Watercolor Portrait Workshop in Maine This Summer

In Pat’s own words:

Good morning!

This wonderful opportunity has come my way and of course I want to share it with all of you!  Arundel Farm Gallery in ME is just outside Kennebunkport – only four hours drive.

The Farm includes several galleries and an air conditioned studio (yay).

There are three workshops in addition to mine, all of which sound fabulous. Workshops include lots of delicious extras – even a lobster dinner! There is limited accomodation on the premises and, of course, more in town. The area is a popular spot so book early.

Contact Julie Feingold with questions.




You can still view the Spring Show!

Here is a link to the show:  http://www.hvart.org/S21_intro.htm

Teresa Bellizzi has passed away.

It is with the deepest sorrow and sadness that we need to report that Teresa Bellizzi, HVAL’s longest and oldest member has passed away on March 1

We have little details except that her death was unexpected and sudden.

Teresa, I believe, was 98 years young, and just a few weeks ago she attended an HVAL  Zoom board meeting, of which she was a long serving member.

The photo above was taken at a 2013 HVAL Fresco Painting Workshop, held at the Bushnell-Sage Library, in Sheffield. Teresa was 90 at the time and I remember her choosing a complicated Raphael image as reference for her fresco. It came out beautifully, but Teresa was totally unhappy because she didn’t have time to finish it. That was Teresa!

The funeral arrangements are being handled by the Birches-Roy Funeral Home and you can find out more on their website: http://birchesroyfuneralservices.com/.

If you wish to give a donation in Teresa’s memory

Please send it to Elsa Karr, % HVAL, P.O. Box 296, Great Barrington, MA 01230.  Elsa will log it in and send you a receipt. And the family will be notified of your donation.

There is an obituary on the Birches-Roy web site at  http://birchesroyfuneralservices.com/event/obituary-of-teresa-j-bellizzi and, starting 3/13, on the Berkshire Edge at https://theberkshireedge.com/teresa-j-bellizzi-98-of-sheffield/.




Okay, you ask, what do we have to look forward to in 2021, if we’re still locked-down?

Well, HVAL has been busy putting plans in place and although we still can’t hold our monthly programs, art swaps, or anything where we’d have to congregate indoors, here’s what’s in the works for this coming year in cronological order:

  • APRIL/MAY: Spring online Art Show dedicated to the memory of long-time member Rosemary Daly.
  • JUNE: Outdoor painting workshop with Ira Barkoff. Details to come.
  • JULY: Summer Art Show to be held simultaneously online and, if possible, at the Masonic Temple in Great Barrington.
  • AUGUST/SEPTEMBER: Italian Painting Holiday week in Vittorio Veneto, Italy, if possible.
  • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER: Online Fall Art Show
  • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER: Online Holiday Art Show, where we may have a cap on artwork prices to induce holiday sales.
  • So, we have a lot in the works for 2021, and, hopefully, as conditions and the weather improves, we’ll also be forming mini group get-togethers for outdoor painting.  Although the online show sales have not been good, viewership has been. Approximately 10 times more visitors have seen our two online shows than have seen our brick and mortar shows in Great Barrington. We’re still relatively new to this and just with the increased exposure alone, should continue stick with it. With that said, we all need to thank Joe Baker, big time, for without his generosity and the work he has put into it, our online shows wouldn’t be possible.
Volunteers Still Needed!

We still have vacancies to be filled. If interested in volunteering and keeping our League healthy, contact Tina Chandler at tinachan232@gmail.com

Italian Painting Holiday V:  August 29–September 4

Hopefully, by August we’ll be ready to fly.  Join Harvey Kimmelman and up to 9 others on this magical dream week in Italy. Get the information, itinerary, and registration at www.artinnitaly.com and click on “Art Workshops/Painting Holiday inthe Veneto”. Or email Harvey at kimmelman@mac.com.

The show is still 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 abstraction.

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.

Life Drawing at the Library

 Some good news to report as the library believes we’ll be able to resume our regular Wednesday evening sessions in the fall. Stay tuned to this channel for further updated information.

For more information, contact Harvey Kimmelman at 413 229-5951 or kimmelman@mac.com 

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.