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


 This year’s summer shows will be held at the Masonic Temple in Great Barrington!

Thanks to the diligent work of the Summer Shows Committee, we have found a great venue for this years summer shows. The Masonic Temple, in Great Barrington, situated between the Berkshire Bank and post of ce, makes it a perfect location to attract the hordes of pedestrians that crowd Great Barrington during July and August. The place is large, well lit, and AIR CONDITIONED. The Summer Shows committee will now begin to work out the details of the budget to see how best to spend the small amount left over after the rent and other xed expenses are paid. Announce- ments will go out as soon as it’s nalized, along with the prospectuses.
The Small Works show is all set for September,
at the Welles Gallery, next to the Lenox Library. Walter Bogad is Chair of this show and is looking for a new Co-Chair to help him now that Beverly Bourassa has stepped down due to other committ- ments. We need your help!


Guild of Berkshire Artists and Housatonic Valley Art League Art Studio Tours

The following message from Amy Pressman offers you a unique opportunity to show your art in a very popular venue within the best months of the summer. You DON’T need a studio of your own to show – just read on. There are TWO pages to the attached entry, so click the PDF and print it out to follow the instructions. This is a joint project of the Guild of Berkshire Artists  and Housatonic Valley Art League (formerly the West Stockbridge Guild.)

Amy Pressman and Karen Carmean propose that members offer tours of their studios for the public, Saturdays July 14, August 11, September 15 and October 6, 2018 from 11am – 5pm.  We are using the highly successful formula developed by Helen Febbo and Palma Fleck.

Any artist that wants to participate needs (1) to sign an agreement form and (2) be a member in good standing of the Guild of Berkshire Artists (GBA) or Housatonic Valley Art League (HVAL) to participate and (3) know that once committed that we will begin advertising and that they therefore cannot change their minds.

Artists will be in a flyer which will be distributed throughout the Berkshires. The flyer will include artists name and a thumbnail sample of work. The cost of participation in the Studio Tours is $50 for the year. The program includes a kick off reception, road signs and publicity; including articles in local publications, listings of Berkshire activities and paid advertising.

You do NOT have to have your own studio as several artists may be at the same studio or place so let us know if you are looking for a place or have space to share.

We learned last year that the cost to produce the support materials and publicity for the artist is the same for one or all days, so take of advantage of the opportunity to participate in as many as possible.

We will provide you with materials and information to assist you in collection and reporting of the 6.25% sales tax which you are responsible to report.  10% of the proceeds of any sale go to the Guild of Berkshire Artists.

Let us know by April 20 if you are interested. If you have questions, contact Amy Pressman or Karen Carmean. Sign the agreement, send your check for $50 to GBA (Guild of Berkshire Artists), PO Box 147, West Stockbridge 01266 and a photo of your work by May 4 to berkshireartists@gmail.com.   If you need assistance with the photograph, contact Amy Pressman at 518-369-4741 to arrange a time and place to take a photo. The thumbnail is appx. 3/4”h and can be taken using a cell phone.  It may require cropping and/or can be a detail.  There will be other times available the week of April 4 to April 27. Amy will be available to take a photo of your work on Wed. April 4, 4:30-5pm before the business meeting of the Guild of Berkshire Artists.  RSVP that you are coming at which time to kcarmean@gmail.com

Agreement for Studio Tours 2018

Artists’ Guild Plein Air Sessions during ArtWeekMA, April 30-May 6 
The Guild of Berkshire Artists (formerly the Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists Guild) is participating in this year’s ArtWeek (www.artweekma.org), a statewide arts festival presented by Highland Street Foundation, with a Creating ARt Outdoors Plein Air Week”, Monday April 30-Sunday May 6, 2018.
Join their plein air group to paint, draw and photograph outside at different Berkshire locations each day of the week, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. During Artweek the fee for non-Guild members is $15 per day including admission to the site. Open to artists of all levels. In case of inclement weather, suitable sheltered locations will be available.
Watch artist demonstrations, observe artists at work, and also create artwork on your own. Work continues until noon. Bring your own lunch, which will be followed by positive critique providing constructive suggestions, until 1 p.m. Bring your own supplies, and leave the area pristine.
Check daily at 8 a.m. on Facebook, “Berkshire Plein Air”, for weather, specific locations or special instructions.
The schedule: Monday at Hancock Shaker Village, Tuesday in Great Barrington, Wednesday in Stockbridge, Thursday at The Mount in Lenox, Friday at another site in Lenox, Saturday in West Stockbridge and Sunday on grounds of Norman Rockwell Museum. For more information, email berkshireartists@gmail.com.
Those interested in joining the group during the rest of the outdoor season, usually April through October, may pay a one-time $50 fee, plus any admission fees at the day’s location, if needed.


 Paint Your Home – A Painting Workshop
Dear HVAL friends,
Here is an announcement of a workshop I am giving in Monterey on April 14 – it will be fun and challenging at the same time – I hope you can make it.
HVAL Members receive a 20% discount on the tuition fee! Instead of $50 for the day, the cost is only $40. Please see www.ccmonterey.org and the Events/Event Registration page.
Happy Spring (it really is on the way. A Red-winged blackbird told me.)
By popular demand!!!


Tony Antonios Anatomy Series

will be held sometime in July or August. This will be the 3rd in a series where Tony Antonios takes us on a guided tour of the human body. This year, he will focus on the head and neck. Harvey Kimmelman will be in charge of this workshop and will forward the information out as soon as it’s available.

If you have any thoughts on these or any other ideas you have for a workshop, contact our Workshop Chair…oh, that’s right, we still don’t have a Workshop Chair, as of yet. Any volunteers?


Memorial Day Juried Art Show at the Trinity Gallery

Hi all Artists:

Please mark the dates in your calendars. The next Memorial Day Juried Art Show at the Trinity Gallery, Lime Rock will be:

Drop Off:  May 20

Reception:  Friday May 25, not Saturday as was our last show.

Show dates Sat, Sun, Mon, May 26,27,28; Sat, Sun June 2,3 and Sat, Sun, June 9,10.

New for this show are three weekends…..the reason why?  There are a lot of activities running at Trinity during these weekends like a Music Concert and a large wedding, which means more people see your work. There will be a Preliminary Planning meeting next Sat. morning March 24 at Trinity at 10am.  If you would like to be part of the planning and possibly the production of the show, you are welcome to attend the meeting.  Come with your ideas especially exciting things we may have not done yet.  I need ideas for jurors, so if you know people who would be good, please bring their names and/or email them to me.

Mary Anne Carley, Chair, Trinity Gallery, Lime Rock, CT


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


HVAL Art Swap

Diana Blumenthal is putting together another fabulous HVAL Art Swap, which will be held on Monday evening, June 25th at the Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield. More details will be emailed to you as we get closer to the date.




Patti Mollica’s online workshop, “Bending Reality:  Using Color schemes and 
Strategies” starts Feb. 6, 2018.  

See Workshop page for more information.

Sunday Afternoon With Art

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, the HVAL outreach program, overseen by Gillian Seidl, has been restarted, thanks to the efforts of Susan  Bachelder and the Ad Hoc committee. But there’s more good news! Instead of the library, Susan, after a diligent search, has found a more convivial environment, where we can chat, watch a movie, hear lectures, have coffee, tea, a cash bar with snacks, and share an hour or two with like minds about art…The Thornwood Inn located at 453 Stockbridge Rd., near the northern end of Great Barrington. The Thornwood Inn will begin hosting our “Sunday Afternoon With Art” on November 26 (the Sunday after Thanksgiving), at 1p.m., witha screening of a movie about Michaelangelo andthe Sistine Chapel, starring Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison. The showing of this flm is very relevant, right now, with the opening of the Michaelangelo Drawing Exhibiton at the Met in New York, and a brief talk about the artist will be given by Harvey Kimmelman. Pat Hogan will organize a list for ride sharing and group excursions to New York City and the show. The next meeting of Sunday Afternoon With Art will be on January 28th, where we will screen amovie about Rembrandt, with Charles Laughton.

Botanical Garden’s Landscapes by the Guild of Berkshire Artists, December 8th – 29th
In December from the 8th to the 29th the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Leonhardt Galleries are hosting a curated show of botanical art and landscapes by the Guild of Berkshire Artists (previously the Richmond-West Stockbridge Artist Guild). Dozens of artists submitted work in media including watercolor, oil, pen and ink, ceramics and photography.
There will be a reception to celebrate the event on Sunday, December 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the gallery.
There are over seventy-five pieces by twenty nine artists from the region. Proud to be in exhibiting are: Amy Pressman, Ann Larkin, Anne Wickham Smith, Anne Auberjonois, Bernard Isaacson, Bill Graulty, Bruce Panock, Bruno Quinson, Carol Kelly, Carolyn Newberger, Dana Goedewaagen, Edward Winter Halter, Erin Potter, Harriet Wetstone, Howard Greenhalgh, Janet Pumphrey, Jean Rousseau, Karen Carmean, Keith Emerling, Ken Kelly, Lear Levin, Linda Mancia, Marilyn Orner (Cromwell), Michael Bufis, Marcie L. Kammel, Scott Taylor, Susan Pettee, Susan Sabino, and Thomas Doane Perry III.
The Leonhardt Galleries are located at the Center House at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge, MA;  (413) 298-3926.
Gallery hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Weekdays by appointment by calling (917) 607-6955.
Please be sure to stop by for a visit. Come celebrate beauty in this season! Bring your family and friends. You might even find something you want to keep or share.
Contact person: Anne Auberjonois, (917) 607-6955, aaub@yahoo.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.