Welcome to HVAL

It is with deep regret that we inform interested parties that after 47 years, the Housatonic Valley Art League is closing as of January 1, 2022.  The artists are plentiful, but the volunteer corps simply isn’t available any more.   Contact former members for information about informal collaborations which may be ongoing.  Thank you for your support over the years.



Hello All!

Here’s hoping you are all well and that you will join me for another lecture/workshop week end with a teacher from the Grand Central Atelier in New York.

Many of you came to hear Anthony Baus speak on perspective two years ago.  Next week we have Ananda Featherston speaking on bas-relief.

Another grant from the Society for Classical Studies has made the whole week end free of charge.  Registration for the workshop is necessary because of space constraints and distancing.

We will also be in Lenox this year, at The Parish House at 88 Walker Street. See below for more information.

AND we will be Zooming the lecture! For those who don’t like to travel in the dark.  Link is below – cut and paste.

Hope to see you there.  Susan Bachelder  413 528 6505..

How do we read the message carried in the image of a coin? And the figures of ancient caskets in museums? From ancient sarcophagi and the coins of Caesar to the pennies in your pocket – we will discuss it all at this hybrid lecture held in The Parish House, 88 Walker Street, Lenox Trinity Church. Attend, masked please, in person, or zoom in below.

Then come make your own low relief sculpture during this lively learn-and-work weekend sponsored by a generous grant from The Society for Classical Studies, with further support from The Caproni Collections of Woburn Ma. and Trinity Church.

On Friday evening, November 12: Ananda Featherston, an award winning artist now teaching at the Grand Central Atelier in New York City will speak on bas-relief – an art form still used to communicate stories of life and death from coins to caskets since antiquity.

The reception will start at 5:30 followed by the talk at 6:00

On Saturday, November 13:  From 10 to 4, a workshop in the art of sculpting bas relief will be offered. Ananda will be joined by Annemarie Haftl of Lenox. We will carve clay in low relief using the same professional plaster models seen in the ateliers of Renaissance masters at a time when appreciation of Greek art was having its “rebirth” in Europe.

The weekend is free and open to the public.  However, space for Saturday’s workshop is limited and advanced registration is required.  The lecture will be in person, or available on the Zoom channel listed below, or contact Susan P. Bachelder at spbach23@gmail.com to register and for further information at 413 528 6505.


To see the show click here:


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.