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

Frank Federico “Studio Gallery” for HVAL

Frank Federico was a popular teacher, respected critic and show judge, and longtime friend for HVAL and even for its predecessor SAL. A good many of us benefited from his inspiration and wisdom in our own artistic journey – he was a believer in diversity and uniqueness in art, and promoted those principles through his teaching as well as in his own artwork.

When Frank passed away this July, just a few weeks after his 90th birthday, he left a large number of finished paintings in various mediums: oils, pastels, watercolors and acrylics. Frank’s wife Chery has agreed to open Frank’s studio as a sort of impromptu “mini-gallery” for HVAL members and friends who might want to see and even obtain some of this work.

There are far too many paintings for all to be displayed. I am working with Chery to select a variety of mediums, subjects, sizes and prices for this occasion; most will be framed pieces but there will also be one or two bins of unframed, shrink-wrapped work for you to enjoy and consider.

The Federico Studio will be open for HVAL visits on Sunday afternoon, December 9th, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. HVAL President Tina Chandler and I will be on hand to host your visit and show you the work. Purchases will be made by check, as there is no credit card capability on site.

Frank’s studio is a small building next to his house and garage, and it’s only a short drive from Great Barrington. The trip from Canaan, CT, is about 20 minutes. The address is 1551 Goshen Rd (if you’re using a GPS, its either Torrington or Goshen, CT): Here are directions from Great Barrington and Canaan:

From Great Barrington: take Route 7 south through Sheffield and to Canaan, CT. Follow Route 7 through Canaan (turn left at main light, then right about 1/2 mile  later) and continue on Route 7 south for about 4.5 miles. Take the left fork onto Route 63 toward Goshen and Litchfield. From that point to the roundabout in Goshen, CT, is 11 miles. At the roundabout go 3/4 of the way around and head east on Route 4 toward Torrington.

From the Goshen roundabout drive 2.3 miles and you’ll find 1551 on your right.  You will have passed the Action Wildlife site on your left (with a long stone wall and animal pens).  After that, there is a downward hill and then 2 driveways close together on the right, and the first one is the Federico drive.  The street number is on the house (no mailbox).

Parking is limited in the driveway, so you may need to park along the road if other vehicles are already there.

I look forward to seeing many of you there. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have questions about this opportunity to see Frank’s work. My email is joe@bakerworks.com; my phone  here at home is 413-528-5134, or my cellphone which does not work at home in Monterey but which will work that day in Goshen is 413-822-0972.

Joe Baker



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,  Michael Blumenfeld, Glendale, MA, Carl Hetherington, Canaan, NY, Arthur Hillman, Great Barrington, MA, Michael Lebowitz, Egremont, MA,  Claudia Ricci, Great Barrington, MA,  and Angelo Sinisi, Stockbridge, MA