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Spring into ART; BVAA to celebrate 50 years.

Byline: Bonnie Russell

UXBRIDGE - Fifty years of art will be celebrated in a three-day signature event sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Art Association.

This year's spring art festival, which will honor the group's 50th anniversary, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. May 18; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19; and noon to 4 p.m. May 20. The festival will be held at the Ninth Studio, on the second floor of the Bernat Mill complex, Route 16 and Depot Street.

Artists and photographers will display their work and offer some of their finished projects for sale. Twenty percent of the proceeds from these sales will go to support the Blackstone Valley Art Association, and artists may keep the remaining 80 percent, Lori Grady, vice president of BVVA said.

Purchased artwork that is part of the show may not be removed until the end of the show. Additional matted artwork available in designated bins may be purchased and carried away at the time of the sale.

The featured artwork will include two- and three-dimensional paintings, fiber arts, photography and sculpture, according to Ms. Grady.

"We usually hang 80 to 100 pieces," Ms. Grady said.

Prizes will be awarded for best of show and first, second and third place in both 2-D and 3-D categories. The judging for winning selections in each category will take place in the afternoon May 18 after the show is hung. The ribbons and monetary prizes will be presented during the opening of the show that evening.

The Rose Kupelian Award, donated in her memory by her family in the form of a trophy and savings bond, will also be awarded at the show by the Kupelian family.

Refreshments will be available.

Kristin Morrill of Mendon paints original watercolors, acrylics and oil. Mrs. Morrill has been an artist for eight years after leaving the corporate world when she was laid off from her job as a technical writer. She took advantage of that change to investigate the world of art.

Mrs. Morrill currently has work on exhibit at The Grafton Country Store Cafe Gallery in Grafton and will be displaying at the Struck Cafe in Worcester in June. For more information, visit her Web site at

One of her paintings that will be displayed at the art festival is "Russian Iris."

"I grew the flowers, put them in a vase, took a photograph and worked from the photograph," Mrs. Morrill said.

Richard E. Auger of Whitinsville is a self-taught photographer who works exclusively in digital format. He has exhibited and received awards for his works in art shows throughout Central Mass. and is the founder of the Blackstone Valley Card Company.

A mechanical engineer by profession, Mr. Auger said he enjoys the opportunity to create art through photography.

He likes to create images that capture the scenic charm, history and heritage of New England landscapes, farms and mill villages. One such scene is "Damsels in the Field," which will be on display at the art festival.

"`Damsels in the Field' was taken two years ago at the Blackstone Valley Celtic Festival at King Farm in Sutton. The young ladies just got carried away with the music and I was lucky enough to capture the moment," Mr. Auger wrote in an e-mail.

Tasha Halpert, a Grafton writer and artist, will be showing a photo art piece called "Autumn Blaze."

Mrs. Halpert is the author of "Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life." For more information, visit her Web site at

Renee Dumont, Blackstone artist, will be showing ocean-themed oil paintings of "The Mystical Sea," "Rescue Me" and "Above and Beyond." Her Web site is

As of this date, other participating artists include Ray Andreotti, Dorothy Downing, Carol Frieswick, Lori Grady, Steven Halpert, Brian Knight, Ashley Lucie, Arthur Matson, Dana Stanley and Raymond Sullivan. Ms. Grady said she is anticipating the final count to rise.

This year's event offers the chance for guests to experience another aspect of the arts. Mary DiGiovanni, owner of the Ninth Studio and host of the spring art show, along with her dance partner, will be presenting dance demonstrations during the grand opening Friday evening.

Ms. DiGiovanni said they will be doing the foxtrot, waltz and tango in smooth ballroom style and performing Latin ballroom dances such as the cha-cha and the rumba.

Dancing is a timeless art form, an expression of the emotions conveyed through the medium of swaying to music, Ms. DiGiovanni said.

Since its inception in 1957, according to the organization's Web site, the Blackstone Valley Art Association has been dedicated to the advancement of the arts and preservation of the finest artistic traditions by means of exhibitions, classes, lectures, and other activities favorable to artistic expression, and to the development of friendly exchanges amongst artists and those interested in the arts.

For more information, visit the BVAA Web site at


CUTLINE: (1) Richard Auger's photograph "Hot Air Geometry." (2) Kristy Morrill's painting "Russian Iris." (3) Auger's photograph "Damsels in the Field," right.

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Date:May 13, 2007
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