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



Hi all,
As the poster below says, it’s Norfolk Artists & Friends 10th Anniversary show, and besides myself and other NAF members, it will include 10 special guest artists exhibiting alongside of us.  It’s held at the Battell Stoeckel Gallery (The Art Barn to locals), which is on the old Battell Stoeckel estate and is now the Yale University Summer Campus.  I will have 3 pieces in the show, including my latest, just completed a week ago.


Guild of Berkshire Artists Art Show Returns to Historic West Stockbridge Hall

RICHMOND, Mass. (Aug. 1, 2018) – The Guild of Berkshire Artists announces its annual art show and sale at the Historic 1984 Town Hall in West Stockbridge. The event runs for two weekends: August 23 to 26 and August 30 to September 2. Hours are Thursdays and Fridays 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays 11:00 AM to 6:00 p.m.; and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The show features the latest painting, photography, ceramic arts, and other art by local Guild members. All works will be for sale. There will be a reception on Saturday, August 25 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Visitors will also be able to view the latest in the West Stockbridge Historical Society’s restoration of the 1854 Town Hall.

Founded in 2014 as the Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists’ Guild, the Guild of Berkshire Artists (www.BerkshireArtists.org) is a group of more than 150 artists working is a wide range of visual media. We welcome new members.

For more information, email berkshireartists@gmail.com or visit www.berkshireartists.org.

Calendar of Events #1    Thursday, August 23, 3:00 to 7:00 PM. Guild of Berkshire Artists’ annual Fine Art Show opens at the historic 1854 Old Town Hall, 9 Main Street, West Stockbridge MA 01266. The show runs Thursdays thru Sundays until September 2. Hours are Thursdays & Fridays 3 to 7pm, Saturdays 11am to 6pm and Sundays 11am to 3pm.

Calendar of Events #2   Saturday August 25, 2:30 to 5:30pm. Opening Reception for the Guild of Berkshire Artists’ art show and sale. At the historic 1854 Town Hall in West Stockbridge, 9 Main Street, West Stockbridge MA 01266. More than 30 artists are showing their latest works in a wide variety of visual media. The show is open Thursdays – Sundays through September 2.

Contact: Rose Tannenbaum, 413-528-0328, rose@tgo.com


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



In just a few days it will be time for the take-in for the first of 4 shows, in what promises to be one of our most exciting and busiest summer show seasons ever. All 4 shows will take place, from the end of June through late September, at the Masonic Temple, in downtown Great Barrington.

The July 2018 Juried Show is all set to welcome the crowds. Phil Knoll and Geoff Young will be the judges. Phil is an artist, living in the Berkshires and Geoff is owner of the Geoffrey Young Gallery, on Railroad St., in Great Barrington. See Shows page for more information.  Take-in is Sunday, June 24th from 3-5 p.m. It officially opens on Thursday, June 28 and the reception is Friday, June 29, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Keith Emmerling is our new Hospitality Chair and is looking for volunteers to bring some goodies to the receptions. You can contact Keith at kse@mysecretlifeasachef.com or at 413 442- 2483. A special thanks goes to Eddie Domaney, of Domaney Wine & Spirts, on Main St., In G.B.,who generously donated wine for our receptions.

The Midsummer Members Show follows the Juried, with the take-in on Sunday, July 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. The Judge for  this
Show will be Jim Shantz. Jim is also from our area and works in oils and pastels. The Members Show opens on July 26 with the reception held on Friday, July 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

After several years absence, the August Artist’s Choice Show is back, where participating artists “rent” one, two or three panel facings and hang as much art as will fit on space. It’s like having your own show within a show and there is no commission taken out on sales. This is a show where we need to plan as much in advance as possible, so if you plan to participate follow the link on the email invite from SignUpGenius.com or contact Harvey. The take-in is on Sunday, August 12, with the opening on August 16 and reception on August 17.

The Small Works Show will be back this September. Walter Bogad is Chair of this show and Marilyn Orner has signed on as Co-Chair. The prospectus will be mailed to you in July. The take-in is planned for Sunday, September 2. The show opens September 6, with the reception on September 7, and runs through September 17. If you have any questions about the shows, except Small Works, contact Harvey Kimmelman at kimmelman@mac.com.

All of you should have received the prospectuses for these shows, by both mail and email, but if you haven’t you can get one from our website or by contacting Harvey Kimmelman at kimmelman@mac.com. As you know, we’ve had to make some changes in entry fees, gallery sitting and opening days and hours in order to be able to sustain these shows. They are very expensive to put on and in the past few years we have been losing more money on them than we could afford to lose. The Juried and Members Shows will be managed partly by member volunteers and partly by a paid manager. The Artist’s Choice will be managed totally by member volunteers. If you participate in any of the shows, you are expected to take a turn at gallery sitting. If all slots in your show are filled, sign up to sit the next show, but please sign up, either online or at the take-in, for the shows. Signupgenius.com will send you email invites to go online and sign up for a slot to sit each show.

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