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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:


 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. and

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: and 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: and

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: and

Art Show and Open House at Shaker Mill Inn, June 5
The Guild of Berkshire Artists and the Shaker Mill Inn invite you to the Shaker Mill Inn Art show and Open House on Tuesday June 5, 5-7pm. The Inn is located at 2 Oak Street, West Stockbridge. More than 80 works of art by local artists including paintings, photographs and ceramics. Light refreshments will be served.
Join us for a rare opportunity to see some of the Inn’s nine guest rooms decorated with art by local artists and enjoy light refreshments. This is a rotating exhibit. More artists will be added for future shows. Some of the artists in this exhibit are Amy Pressman, Anne Auberjonois, Walt Pasko, Adrian Holmes, and David Edgecomb.
Shaker Mill Inn is at 2 Oak Street (near 7 Albany Road, which is Rtes. 41 and 102). To RSVP and for more information contact




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 ( 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:




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

For more information contact Natalie Taylor at (510) 469-5468.



New Art Walks in Stockbridge on 2nd Thursdays beginning in May.
The Guild of Berkshire Artists and TKG Realty are presenting the first Stockbridge Art Walk, on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 4-7 p.m.
The Art Walk is a self-guided tour of locations within the downtown area of Stockbridge. The venues include the new TKG Real Estate office, which will host a reception for an exhibit of Guild artists. Other venues include Schantz Gallery, the Stockbridge Library (open til 4:45 pm), Mutability in Motion, An American Craftsman, the Image Gallery, the Red Lion Inn Gift Shop, and SEVEN (from 6-7 pm). Some venues feature primarily local artists, while others showcase regionally and nationally known artists.
A map of the Art Walk locations, all within a 1/2 mile walk total, will be available at the TKG office, 10 Elm Street, Stockbridge.
This is the first Art Walk taking place in Stockbridge, and is the first of eight planned  Art Walks this year, with 8 locations on board. We hope to add more shops and galleries for future dates: second Thursdays, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 8, and December 13.
Second Saturday Open Studio Tours
The Guild of Berkshire Artists is having its third annual summer and fall Open Studio Tours, on the second Saturday of the month — July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12. The receptions at TKG Realty Gallery on the Thursdays prior to these dates will feature representative works by Guild of Berkshire Artists members who will open their studios to the public. Maps of the Studio Tours will be available then, as well as in brochure racks throughout the summer.
For more information visit or call 413.298.0610

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:

Kerry Milliken, Great Barrington, MA, Mary Buchan, Rochester, NY, Caryn King, Southfield, MA, Gary Gemini, Wolcott, CT