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

Art Studio Tour October 6 to Highlight Guild of Berkshire Artists
Monthly art studio tours will wind up the season on Saturday October 6. Throughout central and south Berkshire County twenty artists will open their studios in 10 locations, including Dalton, Pittsfield, Richmond, Lenox, West Stockbridge, Great Barrington, and South Egremont. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A map of the studios is available at the brochure racks at various theaters, hotels and b&bs throughout the county, or on our website, www.berkshireartists.org.
The public is invited to take a self-guided tour of these local artists’ studios to learn about the tools and techniques artists use, ask questions about their creative process, purchase locally grown art directly from the artist and see the creative process at work. Many of the artists will be working during the open studio hours, and  several will be offering discounts on selected items.
Participating artists include: Walter Pasko, Keith Emerling, Lisa Goudey, Diane Firtell in Dalton; Mark Mellinger in Pittsfield; Marion Grant and Kerry Hamilton in Richmond; Karen Andrews, Freya Segal and Joel Hotchkiss in West Stockbridge; Marlene Mosca, Karen Carmean, Bernard Isaacson and Karen Dolmanisth in Lenox; Thea Baker, Barbara Shea Tracy and Rose Tannenbaum in Great Barrington; and Keith and Mary Davidson in South Egremont. Go to www.berkshireartists.org/events for complete addresses.
The Guild of Berkshire Artists continues to offer additional opportunities to see and make art during the fall season. Our “Create Art Outdoors” plein air sessions continue every morning while the weather holds. Check Facebook “Berkshire Plein Air” each morning at 8 a.m. for that day’s location. Ongoing art shows include the Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield and the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. More artist-inspired programs take place on a monthly basis throughout the year. Go to www.berkshireartists.org for details.
Contact: Rose Tannenbaum, rose@tgo.com  413-528-0328
Trinity Gallery Juried Columbus Day Show

Drop Off:  Sunday, September 30, noon to 2 pm

Reception:  Friday, October 5, 5 to 7 pm

Show Dates and Hours:  Saturday, Sunday and Monday-Columbus Day, October 6,7,8; Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, noon to 4 pm.

Pick Up:  Sunday, October 14, 4-4:30 pm.

William Morrison from the Morrison Gallery in Kent, CT and his Gallery Manager Ellie Place.  will be judges this year and I am excited about them.  They are relaxed and open to all kinds of art.  They are in the process of writing their mini bios for me to insert into the prospectus, so as soon as they send me that, I will get the prospectus out to you.  Please SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR OTHER ARTIST FRIENDS TO JOIN US!  This is going to be a wonderful show!

We also are bringing back our Small Works show.  We thought it appropriate prior to the holiday season, actually earlier than most other organizations with their Small Works Show.  The details will also be in the prospectus. It will be separate from the main galleries but easily accessible in a well lighted attached hallway.

So all in all, there will be 3 categories possible for each artist to enter this Columbus Day Show, with only one $30 entry fee.

And as always, all questions are welcome.  But yes, please do save the dates.  The prospectus should be done by mid August and the Jurors announced.  I do hope to see you all at the Drop Off.  I’ve missed many of you.


Mary Anne, Chair, 860.977.0997

 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