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October 2nd, 2016 -- Best Of BVA : 40th Anniversary Exhibition -- Merrick Art Gallery, 5th Ave and 11th street, New Brighton. PA.

Call For Artists: Dear past and present Beaver Valley Artists or Association of Valley Artists and Craftsmen members. This fall marks the 40th Anniversary of Beaver Valley Artists. To celebrate this occasion, we are having a special non-juried, Best of Beaver Valley Artists Exhibit.. The prospectus for this exhibit is attached. I would like to welcome both present and past members to enjoy this occasion by showing one piece of your best work.

Thank you so much, and we are looking forward to a fantastic show!

Please let any friends you may have that are past members of BVA or AVAC or Merrick Art Club know about this exhibit. Sincerely, Kathy Bischak

click for: Best Of BVA 40th Anniversary Exhibition Prospectus.

click for Artists Bios Guide Lines. .

Please note that the artists' bios are optional for the Best Of Beaver Valley Artists Exhibition and that the due date is September 17th, either via email, regular mail or hand delivered on Sept..17th, during the artwork drop off.

September 8th, 2016 -- Beaver Valley Artists Meeting, 7pm. Merrick Art Gallery, 5th Ave and 11th street, New Brighton. PA. Public is welcome to attend.

Program: Patrick Lee -- Charcoal Drawing Demonstration.

May 12th, 2016 -- Beaver Valley Artists Meeting, 7pm. Merrick Art Gallery, 5th Ave and 11th street, New Brighton. PA. Public is welcome to attend. Note: This will be the last general BVA meeting until September 8th, 2016.

Program: Karen Larson -- Multi-Media and Mono-Printing techniques.

Artist Statement : 
Using a variety of materials and methods, my artworks range from portraits to images of the natural world.  Even though I enjoy making scenic paintings and detailed studies from Nature, I am compelled to create works about the consequences of human interference with nature as well.  It is satisfying to create artworks that show the fragile beauty of our world, as well as inform, inspire and help people to see the connectedness with all things.  

I work in the media that suits the subject at hand, from watercolors to acrylics on canvas or wood panels.  I was fortunate to study with professional artists who taught me how to use the materials of art making.  It has allowed me to have the confidence to express myself with the knowledge that I know how to use the media and get the point across.

Plein Air Painting - Thursday Mornings, beginning at 9am. Bring your painting supplies, easels and friends! Rain or shine. All are welcome to attend! Upcoming locations:

May 12 - Cranberry Municipal Building, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Township 16066.

May 19 - Paul Chmara’s cottage.

May 26 - Merrick Gardens, Merrick Art Gallery, New Brighton.

June 2 - Town of Harmony, Pa. There is free parking in a lot across the street from Harmony Inn.

June 9 - Rochester River Front Park, Water St., Rochester, 15074.

June 16 - Robin Hill Park,  949 Thorn Run Rd., Coraopolis, Pa 15108.

June 23 - Zelienople Park or town of Zelienople. Park address: E. Beaver St., Zelienople, 16063 .

June 30 - Grandview Avenue - Mt Washington. Go up McArdle Roadway, turn L. onto Grandview Ave., Park near Mount Saint  Mary’s Church.

July 7,8,9 - Cranberry Community Days - Painting all three days 4 to 8 pm, 111 Ernie Mashuda Dr. off Rt. 19 by Cranberry Twp. Fire Station. We will have a “Wet Sale” of our plein air paintings in the CAN booth during Cranberry Community Days!

July 14 - Beech Ave. or Malacafl’s garden.

July 21 - West End Elliot Overlook Park - From West End Bridge, on Route 51, take Steuben St. to the right when you come over bridge. Follow Steuben to Chartiers Avenue. Turn right and follow the Overlook Park signs, going up hill, turn right again onto Lorenz Avenue. When you get to the top of the hill, turn right into the park. Park there or on the level below the park building.  

July 28 - Bridgewater Park (near Thursday’s restaurant), Mulberry St. Ext., Beaver, 15009.

August 4- Strip district- Meet at Society of Contemporary Crafts, 2100 Smallman St.@ 21 St. 15222 There is a parking lot on the right side of  Society of Contemporary Crafts where you can park as long as you wish for a reasonable price. I think it was $4 flat fee last year.

August 11 - North Boundary Park, Cranberry Township, Pa.

August 18 - Open.

August 25 - Brush Creek Park, Route 588, North Sewickley Township, Beaver Falls, 15010. We will meet at fishing pond.

Sept. 1 - McConnell’s Mills.

Sept. 8 - North Park Boathouse, 10301 Pearce Mill Rd, Allison Park, 15101.

Sept. 15 - Brady’s Run Park, 121 Brady’s run Rd., Beaver Falls. Meet at ice arena parking lot.  

Sept. 22 - Allegheny Observatory, 159 Riverview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214. Follow I-79 S. to I-279 S. to exit 4, East Street. Continue on East Street to Allegheny Observatory. Observatory. Or take 19 S. to Riverview Ave., turn right. Follow road to Allegheny Observatory.

Sept. 29 - Montour Trail  

Questions?? Contact MJ Hadley at or Kathy Bischak at 

Become a Member of the Beaver Valley Artists

Membership is open to all artists of various skill levels in all media. There is no screening of artist's artwork to join. All BVA members in good standing may exhibit in the Beaver Valley Artists Annual Exhibition. The annual BVA membership fee will be discounted ($5 off) between September, 2015 and November 31, 2015. After this discount period the membership fee will be $25 individual; family $30, Mail check payable to: Beaver Valley Artists, to: Mary Jane Hadley, 124 Crossing Ridge Trail, Cranberry TWP, PA 16066.

When and Where We Meet

With some exceptions the Beaver Valley Artists generally meet at 7pm on the second Thursday of the month. September, November, February, March and April at the renowned Merrick Art Gallery, 1100 Fifth Avenue, New Brighton, PA 15066. The October 2015 BVA meeting will be held on Thursday. Visit the BVA website for any possible meeting date changes.

Please Note -- The BVA does not generally hold meetings nor demonstration programs during the months of January, June, July, August, and December. . For information regarding annoucements, events or activities over the summer and winter months please subscribe to the BVA email list/newsletter or visit this site for updates.

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