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The Grafton Fine Arts & Music Festival will be held on March 27-29,2009. Click here for more info.

Opening of the Annual New Artist Member Show

 The Rhode Island Watercolor Society announces the opening of its Annual New Artist Member Show. The exhibition features original watermedia paintings created by new Artist Members accepted during 2008. The Society encourages all to attend the Opening Reception to be held on Sunday, January 25, 2009 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Society’s Gallery, and meet the participating new Artist Member artists. One of the oldest watercolor organizations in the United States, the Society serves an active membership of over 300 artists throughout New England.  

The exhibit and sale of paintings runs from Sunday, January 25, through Thursday, February 12, 2007, at the Society’s Gallery, located at the J. C. Potter Casino (Boat House) in Slater Memorial Park, Armistice Boulevard, Pawtucket, RI.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.  Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public. 

For more information on the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and its programs and activities, please contact Mary Lou Moore, Gallery Director, at (401) 726-1876 and, or visit the Society's web site at

Publicity Contact: Rick Cardoza (508) 883-8250 or




An  Unexpected Jewel in the Valley

An amazing treasure of art  is tucked away in the historic industrialist straw hat-maker  Knowlton's former church in West Upton. Many of us drive by this church often but inside is a magnificent art gallery filled with masterpieces from the late 15th century to the 21st.
Spaightwood Galleries Presents a very special exhibit,
Marc Chagall as Printmaker: Drypoints, etchings, and lithographs 1923-1984 showing currently until April 19, 2009. 
As the cold weather sets in, come marvel at Chagall's  black and white works which allow us to marvel at his poetic vision of life. His works in color cheer our spirits and replenish our faith.  The show will feature about 160 of Chagall's images drawn from our inventory of over 250 different Chagall works.
One of the most dominant artists of the 20th century, Chagall attempted to reshape the way we see and are seen. From his earliest paintings, depicting the ghettoized Russian Jews in their small villages, not as prisoners but as free, to explore the unknown world of their fantastic visions, to his last works, which meditate on the mysteries of love, artistic creation, and the joys of life, Chagall demonstrates the triumph of the imagination and celebrates its ability to free us from the constraints of daily life.
This lovely gallery is striking with its varied artists' works that you'd be surprised to hear are being exhibited in the little town of Upton, MA. It is the culmination of art works gathered over decades by two retired professors, the Weiners,  who moved to the area to be close to their grandchildren.
Spaightwood Galleries, Inc.
120 Main St., PO Box 1193
Upton MA 01568
Visiting Hours: Saturday and Sunday noon to 6 p.m; other times by arrangement. 



Valley CAST is an umbrella for the arts, culture and science in the Blackstone Valley, centered at Alternatives' historic Whitin Mill.
Heritage Gallery: Engravings, Etchings, and Fine Press Books by Abigail Rorer
December - January
M - F, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, December 5th, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
1938 Hurricane
Alternatives' Whitin Mill Complex, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588

Exhibition continues through January
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm or by special arrangement. (508) 234-6232

View the masterful works of local artist (Petersham, MA), Abigail Rorer. She engraves full-time, engraving illustrations for galleries and fine press books, including the four books she has published through her publishing company, The Lone Oak Press.

This free event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Alternatives, and ValleyCAST!


Slater Mill & Pawtucket Arts Collaborative presents artist Penelope Manzella with her exhibit 'Lost in Pawtucket'
Old Factory

I work to make the painting interesting, to evoke an emotional response - stir a memory."   ~ Penelope Manzella 
The Slater Gallery at the Visitor Center at 150 Main Street, downtown Pawtucket, RI. Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10AM-4PM. Admission is free.


For more information on the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and its programs and activities, please contact Mary Lou Moore, Gallery Director, at (401) 726-1876 and, or visit the Society's web site at 



Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra Announces Another Inspiring and Dynamic Concert Series for 2008-09

The 2008-09 CHSO season includes two Sunday afternoon Family Symphony Concerts, and five Saturday evening “classical/pops” concerts.  Several Saturday evening  performances will be repeated with Sunday matinees.  A full schedule and brief description of each program follows below.

Highlights of the 2008-09 CHSO season include the annual Holiday Pops concert, featuring a Sunday matinee performance. Following the holiday break, the CHSO season will continue in January with “Winter Romance” featuring Baritone David Murray, who starred as Emile DeBecque in Claflin Hill’s 2007 production of “South Pacific.”

 In March, Claflin Hill will join forces with The New World Chorale in a two-performance weekend of the popular Broadway show “The Music Man.” The CHSO season will conclude on April 4th with a truly innovative “Symphony Rocks” concert, featuring the music of the Beatles, The Moody Blues and other “60s Rock” legendary bands, starring international Pop star and Milford resident Mauricio Morais.

All concerts take place at the Milford Town Hall, located at 52 Main Street in Milford.  The Milford Town Hall is handicapped accessible, and there is free parking available at Town Hall, Middle School East parking lot, and on the side streets surrounding the venue. Season or individual concert tickets, may be purchased either online at or by telephone at 508-478-5924.



The Blackstone Valley Arts Association

Their website is, managed by  Vice President - Lori Grady ( 401 333-2293 and

Blast from the Past: May 2003 BVAA Show Photos

Alternatives Unlimited on Main Street, Uxbridge  - holds monthly exhibits

The Rainbow Palette at Bernat Mills, Laura Cenedella, 9 Carney Street Uxbridge MA  01569.  508.278.7193  or

ARTworks 261 Park Avenue Worcester, MA 01609 Phone (508) 755-7808 Fax (508) 756-7384 Email


Park Hill Gallery387 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01610 774-696-0909
Hours: Closed Sunday, 10 AM-4 PM Monday - Friday

Prints and the Potter Gallery
142 Highland St, Worcester, MA 01609 (508)

Saori Worcester Weaving Gallery & Studio
131 Highland St, Worcester, MA 01609 (508) 757-4646

George and Anna Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts
, 25 Sagamore Rd, Worcester, MA 508-753-8183 FAX 508-797-5626 ·

Village Art Gallery, 1 Ekman Street, Quinsigamond Village, Worcester Ma, 508-756-7200

Westboro Gallery, 8 West Main Street, Westboro Ma, 508-870-0110. Wood crafts, marble sculptures, ceramics, and paintings of all types of media created by professional artists.

College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery. 1 College Street, O'Kane Hall, 1st Floor, Worcester, MA, 508-793-3356 Closed Sun, Open Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat: 2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Highland Artist Group, 48 Water Street, Worcester, MA 508-754-1794. Founded in April, 2000, The Highland Artist Group is a diverse group of artists from the New England area with the common focus of bringing high quality fine art to Worcester County.

Artistic License Framery and Gallery, 26 Juniper Drive, Millbury, MA 01527 508-865-8633

A2z Modern Gallery, 40 Harlow St, Worcester, MA (508) 795-1999

Ivy Corset Art Gallery, 40 Jackson Street, Worcester, MA  01608. 508.756.2400

Art & Antique Gallery, 4 Old English Rd, Worcester, MA (508) 753-7332

Art for Interiors, Worcester, MA (508) 791-8491

LeCouture Design Art Gallery - Manchaug, MA

Atlantis Picture Framing, 198 PARK AVE, WORCESTER, MA (508) 752-9023

Dzian Art Gallery, 65 Water St, Worcester, MA (508) 831-1106

Lightsong Fine Art, 70 Webster St, Worcester, MA (508) 756-5217

Blast from the Past - Tapestry Art Show Kicked Off Splendidly

About the Worcester Art Museum

The Worcester Art Museum, which opened to the public in 1898, is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The works span 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to Colonial silver, Impressionist paintings and contemporary art.  Dedicated to the promotion of art and art education, the Museum offers a year-round studio art and art appreciation program that enrolls over 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Public tours are offered Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m., September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (evening hours sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under.  Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon (sponsored by The TJX Companies, Inc. and Massachusetts Electric, a National Grid Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9.  Free parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum web site at

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Pawtucket Arts - Pawtucket Arts Collaborative

  Rhode School of Design Collection

Rhode Island Water Color Society
Slater Memorial Park Armistice Boulevard  Pawtucket, RI 02861

Art Galleries:  AnnMary Brown Memorial Library, 21 Brown St, Providence M-F 1-5  863-1994 

AS220, 115 Empire St., Providence M-Sat 12-5   401-831-9327

BankRI Galleries - One Turks Head, Prov 456-5152, Pitman St Branch, 137 Pitman St, Prov

Belleau Gallery - 540 South Water St, Prov T-Fri 11-5, Sat 12-4  401-456-0011

Bert Gallery - 540 South Water St, Prov 401-751-2628

Blackstone Art Gallery - 68 South Main St,  Market Square, Woonsocket, RI 356-0902

Blackstone River Theatre - 549 Broad St, Cumberland 725-9272  Foyer Exhibits

David Winton Bell Gallery - Brown University's List art center, 64 College St., Prov M-F 11-4, S-S 1-4, 401-863-2932

Gallery Agniel - 409 Pine St., 2nd fl., Prov 401-272-1522 Daily 12-6

Gallery Insane - 7 Dike St, Prov 401-490-7202 Sat 10-4 and by Appt. 

Gallery at City Hall, Kennedy Plaza, Prov 401-751-2628

Gallery 401 - 401 Elmgrove Ave, Prov M-F 9-5, 401-861-8800

Gallery Z - 17 Amherst St, Prov, 4-1-454-8844 T-Fri 12-5 

Get the Picture Gallery - 147 Resevoir Ave, Lincoln M-F 9-6, Sat 10-5

Hegeman & Co Gallery - 361 South Main St, Prov 401-831-6812

International Gallery for Heritage & Culture, 645 Elmwood, Prov  401-784-4620

JH Rowbottom Fine Art, 1590 Mendon Rd, Cumberland 401-333-1109 Th-S

John Hay Library, 20 College St, Prov M-F 9-5  401-863-2146 Football Exhibit

JRS Fine Art, 218 Wickenden St., Prov 401-331-4380

Krause Gallery, Jencks Ctr, 250 Lloyd Ave, Prov

Lenore Gray Gallery, Meeting St, Prov

Martina & Co., 120 North Main St., Prov 401-351-0968 T,W, Fri 11-6 Th 12-7

Cumberland, RI - Kari Kline Purple Studio

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