Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nov. 18 Meeting

FAA held their monthly meeting Nov. 18 and watched as artist Anthony Visco painted a marsh scene in watercolor. Note the photograph he used as a reference at the top of his easel. He emphasized painting loosely using a one-inch brush, taking advantage of the looseness of watercolor. His web page is (The "p" in his e-mail stands for "Peter", which he never uses.)
We are also grateful to Robert Stepansky for donating 2 boxes of painting books and supplies which the members feasted on -- all for free.

Friday, November 13, 2015

November Newsletter errata Demo artist

The November newsletter erroneously announced the incorrect demo artist for this Wednesday's upcoming meeting on November 18. The demo artist will be watercolorist Anthony Visco.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Stephen Lewis Exhibit at Boyden

Stephen Lewis, a collector of historic posters, exhibits international posters with an environmental slant. His posters will be displayed in the Community Room of the Boyden Library for the month of November.

Meeting on Nov. 18

We usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month, but since the library will be closed Nov. 11, Veteran's Day, our meeting will be held on the 3d Wednesday, Nov. 18. See you then.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Vermeer & Rembrandt Oct. 29

The art of our 2 most famous painters will be presented at the Walpole Library Thursday evening, Oct. 29, at 7:30. This presentation is free and open to all and is being sponsored by the Friends of the Walpole Library. So if you are interested in the work of Vermeer or Rembrandt you owe it to yourself to see and hear about these two great artists. Beth Knaus of ArtMatters will show us their work and discuss the challenges they both faced.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Oct. 14 Meeting

Before our demonstrator performed, we discussed a variety of events including a planned "Small Works Show" for members in April at the Gallery at Patriot Place and the last "paint out" of the year, planned for this Saturday, Oct. 17, at Patriot Place. Also, since our Treasurer, Paula DePierro has relocated to Middleboro, after more than 10 years, we need a new treasurer, along with a new Secretary to compile our minutes. Our next meeting is pushed back one week because of Veterans Day with the library being closed. Therefore, we will meet the 3rd Wednesday next month, Nov. 18.

Our  meeting demonstrator was Kelley MacDonald, who painted a small acrylic of jelly doughnuts while the audience salivated. She claimed these small paintings, along with those of drinks, were popular among the buying public. She talked while she painted and was a big hit.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Paul George Workshop (oil)

The Franklin Art Association is hosting a one-day oil/acrylic workshop on seascapes with Paul George on Saturday, Oct. 17. Two seats are open. In Franklin. $90. If interested, contact Kris Occhino at (508) 226-2278 or right away.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ribbon Winners

The Fall Members Art Show is now at the Boyden Library through the end of October. (Pick-up is Saturday morning 10- noon Oct. 31.) Paul Lovely, pictured below with the Best of Show winner, was our judge. These were his ribbon winners:
Mixed Media & Photography
1st "Nyresa" - Nancy Antico
2nd "Restricted Air Space" - Sarah Keates
3 rd " Gateway to the Storm" - Ralph Bevivino
HM "Gypsy King" - Bernard Shuman
1st "Found Treasure" - Karole Nicholson
2nd "Moose Country" - Susan Pratt Sheridan
3rd "Summer Sky Over Essex Marshland - Robin Carroll
HM "Summer Breeze" - Kathleen Hutchinson
Oil & Acrylic
1st "Beacon Hill Magic" - Ellen Little
2nd "Romeo & Juliet" - Frank Quinn
3rd "Wheels" - Lisa Bailey
HM "Hay Days of Summer" - Adele Corrigan
1st "Travelling Back in Time" - Kristina Occhino
2nd "Island Travel"  - Alyce Crowell
3rd "Naragansett Towers" - Martha Guilette
HM "Siesta Key" - Lynne Atwood
Best Of Show "Reflections II" - Elaine Levin
Congratulations to all the ribbon winners and to all the artists who participated.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dutch Painting

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will open a special exhibit of Dutch masterpieces beginning October 11. So there will be two free lectures in the Walpole Library associated with this exhibition.
Noted docent Beth Knaus will first present "the Northern Renaissance" on Thursday evening, Oct. 15, at 7 o'clock. Then two weeks later, Thursday evening, Oct. 29, she will discuss the art and struggles of the two most famous Dutch painters, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Both lectures start at 7 pm, include examples of some of the art, and are free and open to the public.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Next Meeting Oct. 14

Our next meeting will be held at 7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Boyden Library. It's free and all are welcome. Our demonstrator will be Kelley MacDonald who will begin at about 7:15 and will show us how she paints in acrylic. We will take a break at about 8 pm for refreshments and the demonstration will be finished by 9 pm -- at the latest. All members of the public are invited. Free.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Chris Coyne Demo

The Art Association met on September 9  for the first meeting of the (school) year at the Boyden Library in Foxboro. Members, as well as some others, watched Chris Coyne from Rockport demonstrate how he paints watercolors. As shown below, in less than 2 hours, he drew out and painted a large watercolor from a picture he had taken of Vermont farm. Chris maintains a gallery in Rockport and offers classes and workshops.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Meeting Sep. 9

Just a reminder that our first meeting of the school year is Wednesday, September 9, at 7 pm. (Plan to come early and hob-nob with the glitterati -- even non-members because the public is invited for free.)  Chris Coyne, a terrific watercolorist, will demonstrate his painting techniques at the meeting.
Summer is over, which means that our "Fall Members' Show" in October is fast approaching. Drop-off is Saturday morning, 10-noon, Oct. 3. Refer to your newsletter for more info or contact Frank Quinn at 508 668-7031.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Walpole Libray

There are 2 events of interest scheduled at the Walpole Library. The first is Tuesday evening, Sep. 8, at 7 pm, when there will be a presentation of the art of Henri Matisse by docent Beth Knaus. Matisse was a French painter who died in 1959. He is known for his revolutionary use of color and draftsmanship.
The second event, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 3, at 1 pm is a presentation of how to "Enhance Your Creativity in Art" by Marilyn Z. Kahn. Members who have stared at a blank canvas too long may be interested.
These are both free events open to all. The Walpole Library is located at 143 School Street in Walpole, but it is easier if you park in the lot behind the library on Stone Street -- just beyond the Fire Station and Blackburn Hall.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blackstone Weekend

Blackstone Valley Art Association and Daniel's Farm invites artists to join it's Labor Day weekend activities. On Friday, Sep. 4, David Lussier and his wife Pam will conduct a workshop. On Saturday there will be a Paintout. And on Sunday there will be a quick critique by the Lussiers, with time to improve the painting before a juried exhibit with prize money. Information on the costs can be obtained on the website or by contacting Carol Frieswick at

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lighthouse invitation

The Walpole Library invites artists to hang their painting or a photo of a Lighthouse in its Community Room during the month of August. The only requirement is it be framed and wired for immediate hanging. Delivery will be Monday, Aug. 3, between 4 and 6 pm during which time it will be hung. Anyone with questions, or is not able to deliver at that time, should contact Frank Quinn at (508) 668-7031 or
There is an expert on New England lighthouses who will be speaking at the Walpole Library Thursday evening August 13 at 7 pm. And since all artists have at least one lighthouse, it is probably time people got to see it. Especially when there will be an expert talking about them!
You can then pick up your painting (or photo) on Monday, Aug. 31, 4-6 pm.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fall Members Show in October

Just a reminder that the Fall Members Show will once again be in October at the Boyden Library. Drop off will be Saturday morning, Oct. 3, 10am-12 noon. Take down will be 4 weeks later, Saturday morning, October 31, 10 am - 12 noon. All of our members will be entitled to exhibit at least one of their art pieces (depending on size) in one of four media: 1. watercolor, 2. pastel, 3. oil & acrylic, and 4. what we call "mixed media"' which includes everything else, such as photography, drawings, etc.  And then we will hire a professional artist to award ribbons in each category. So get ready to enter the Show for the month of October. The next show will be in April.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

RIWS Annual Show - New Deadline

The Rhode Island Watercolor Society invites artists to enter its annual National Show. The deadline has been extended to July 15 and the juror is Ted Nutall. The National Show runs Oct. 3-29, and the opening reception is Saturday, Oct. 3, 4-6 pm. For more info, contact or click on

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Chris Coyne Sep. 9

Our first meeting after the summer -- September 9 -- will feature talented Rockport artist and teacher, Cris Coyne. A marvelous watercolorist,my ou can find out more about him on

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Walpole Art & Concert

5 musicians will hike the Bay Circuit Trail and on Tuesday evening, June 23, will give a free concert. Artists are invited to paint and/or sell their paintings during the event, which starts at 6 pm, in the field adjacent to the Walpole Town Hall, on the Rte 27 side, where the new bridge and gazebo have been constructed. The event is aimed at sponsoring arts and music in many towns along the route and is sponsored by several environmental/cultural organizations. You can find out more by checking out the web site:

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer Hiatus

There are no meetings during the summer. The next meeting will be at the Boyden Library on the second Wednesday of September -- September 9. The Members Fall show will be held during the month of October so keep painting/drawing/photographing.