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The Juried online show was so well received that we’ve decided to have a go at another one. The Members End-Of-Year Show will be up and running on November 15, just in time to catch those pent up holiday shoppers looking for art to give as a holiday gift.

The prospectus will be sent out to both Members and ExMembers sometime next week, but here’s what we can tell you now:
•  It’s open to HVAL Members only.*
•  No Theme, just want your best work in the show.
•  All eligible works entered will be in the show.
•  You can enter up to 3 works of art for a small fee:
$10 for one;
$20 for 2 or 3.
•  You can begin entering as soon as you receive the prospectus.
•  Deadline for entering is midnight, E.S.T., Sunday October 25.
•  Celebrated landscape painter, Ira Barkoff will be judging the show       for awards.
•  Certificates and Cash Awards for Best in Show, Awards of Excellence, and Honorable Mentions.
•  Instructions for photographing and uploading your artwork will be in the prospectus

* If your membership has lapsed or if not a member and wish to enter the show, you can become a member, before entering, by clicking here to go on our website and clicking on the “Membership” page. If you’re not sure if your membership has lapsed, contact Joe Baker at joe@bakerworks.com

Get the show prospectus here:

2020 HVAL Members Prosp    2020 HVAL Members ProspPg2a

Let’s make this a great show.  Start painting!



The Kent Art Association Fall Juried Show—for those who love to enter an actual live Gallery Juried Show, this is the place to do so.  Social distancing will be practiced at all times.

To avoid crowds at entry time, email to reserve you’re your time slot for arrival

……see details in the prospectus.  The link to the prospectus is in the flier below, as well as an additional link is here if needed



The Guild Of Berkshire Artists Presents Six Feet Apart: Zero Degrees Of Separation, an Outdoor Art Exhibit in Cooperation with TurnPark
Opening Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 4–6 pm, Berkshire artists will exhibit their work in the Great Meadow at TurnPark, 2 Moscow Road. Rain date is Sunday, October 11.
The exhibit is a celebration of art that creates an echo of the boundaries that social distancing has placed upon us.
“Six Feet Apart” will allow us to engage, interact and enjoy art at a safe distance.
Each work of art will be placed inside a fifteen-foot area. This will maintain social distancing by indicating the space to be occupied by a single person or family of visitors. Everyone will be required to wear masks.
The participating artists are: Amy Pressman, Margie Skaggs, ML Kammel, Jared Gelormino, Marcelene Isaacson, Karen Dolmanisth, Natalie Tyler, Adam Zamberletti, and Tim Sleeper.
The show will run through October 24. It is open to the public daily from 10 am–6 pm.
For more information, please go to www.berkshireartists.org.
Our Summer Show, “Our Berkshires,” is Still Up!

If you missed this beautiful show, would like to see it again, or purchase one of the paintings, go to our Shows Page  http://hvart.org/shows/


Online Art Show Guild of Berkshire Artists and United Way
The Guild of Berkshire Artists announces its second online art show, “Art in the Time of the Pandemic,” to benefit the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County. The show is viewable now on the Guild website, www.berkshireartists.org/august-pandemic-show. A reception will be held via Zoom at a date to be announced.
The Guild invites you to contact individual artists to chat or buy a piece that you see in the show. The artists are generally available to give a brief overview of their work, perhaps highlighting a particular piece, and can also offer additional works that are not online.
This month, artists in the show have pledged to donate a minimum of 25 percent of the proceeds of sales to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County, administered by Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in partnership with Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest. This fund supports nonprofit organizations helping those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can access the fund directly at www.berkshireunitedway.org/berkshirecountycovid19fund for more information.
This online art show will continue through mid-October, at which time another in the online series will be featured. As each new show is featured, previous shows will remain accessible on the website. Please visit www.berkshireartists.org/shows. For more information, email berkshireartists@gmail.com or visit www.berkshireartists.org.

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council Online Art Show

I still have no information on the Trinity Gallery Juried Show but will let you know as soon as I hear anything. Keep creating!

Mary Anne Carley



“Get to Work!” An Oil Painting Experience with Souby Boski at Hotchkiss School Farm.

Show up and start the process! Stretch your imagination while strengthening skills through the
process of “painting.” Intermediate and advanced oil painters will explore concepts and techniques. Gain the confidence to explore the use of color, mark making, surface quality and composition, emphasizing your own pictorial language.” This is the description of the course Souby teaches at the
Washington Art Assoc. & Gallery. She Draws her inspiration from Abstract Expressionism as well as Impressionism, and uses gestural and abstracted forms to define her richly textured compositions. Her loosely painted canvases are immediate responses to her visceral connection with her subjects. Workshop is being planned for Spring 2020.


Italian Painting Holiday V!

Well, it’s official…wait until next year! Flights to Italy have been cancelled in September so the Italian Painting Holiday is cancelled too.

Life Drawing at the Library

(except holidays) at the Bushnell-Sage Library, in Sheffield, from 5:00–7:30 p.m. $10 per session.  Due to Covid 19, Life Drawing at the Bushnell-Sage Library, Main Street, Sheffield, MA. has been suspended.

A Spa Day with Paint

Many of you might remember Leslie Watkins, an amazingly talented watercolorist living in Norfolk Ct. who had organized workshops for HVAL in the past. Having become friends through our organization, I have studied botanical painting with her, in Norfolk, when I can. One day, I mentioned that the Society of Scribes was having their annual Christmas fair in NYC and that I thought she might find some interesting ways to cross -pollinate her divine botanicals with a scribal hand. And I was right, not only did she wind up teaching a botanical flower class for calligraphers in N.Y.C., but she met Kathleen Borkowski there. 

Last week at Whiting Mills (a building dedicated to artists and WELL WORTH A VISIT), in Winsted CT, where Kathleen has an amazing studio, Leslie and Kathleen did what they called a day long “art spa workshop” together. 

It was not only a pampered event with a catered lunch of poached salmon, forbidden rice salad, greens in a champagne vinagrette and apple crisp for dessert, the morning was spent with Kathleen learning an alphabet she had created especially for us with a pen I had never worked with, and then a botanical watercolor class with Leslie painting a butterfly in the afternoon. I attach the resul…a delightful card that I can send off when I stop admiring my own handiwork. 

Leslie has taken her watercolors into easily navigable projects lately using stamping and collage to create boxes, cards and small paintings I attach her website here for those who would like to see what she is up to. www.lesliewatkins.com 

Perhaps, when all is back to normal, we can talk her to come north again for a visit and a class?

Susan Bachelder 

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.