Notices & News

Here are the latest notices of current happenings around the area. Check back here often, as the contents will change quickly.

Bud Knox has Passed away

We have sad news to report that Bud Knox, our good friend and long time member of RAA, has died. Bud was very active in the RAA for many years. He and Evelyn were involved in everything from running the shows to running the business. He will be missed.

Visiting hours will be held at the Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Road, LEXINGTON. (781) 862-1800 on Sunday, December 9th, 4 -7pm. Funeral Services will be at the Union Congregational Church of North Reading at 148 Haverhill Street on Monday, December 10th at 10 am. Interment at Charles Lawn Cemetery in Reading. For directions and expressions of sympathy, www.douglassfh.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) or Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org). Lexington 781-862-1800 www.douglassfh.com

You can read Bud's obituary at the following link, Bud Knox Obituary

Fred Peters has Passed away

We have sad news to report that Fred Peters, one of the few remaining Reading Art Association charter members, has died. Fred was active in the RAA to the end. I spent some wonderful time chatting with him at the Fall Show in November. He will be sorely missed.

The visiting hours are Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at the Doherty-Barile funeral home from 4-8. It is located on Linden Street in Reading which is a one-way street off of Haven Street. Parking is generally limited on Linden Street when there is a funeral. If you park in the public lot behind where the Atlantic Supermarket used to be (now the 30 Haven Street apartments, across Haven Street from the Rite Aid) it is an easy walk to the funeral home.

Evelyn Knox and Fred Peters

Philadelphia Water Color Society 118th Anniversary Exhibit

In October of 2018 The Philadelphia Water Color Society will be hosting the 118th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper. The exhibition will include not only water colors but pastel, acrylic, graphite, gouache, charcoal, pen & ink, colored pencil and hand pulled prints. PWCS was founded in 1900 to bring attention to those artists using aqueous media and held its first exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

The Juror of Selection for the 118th exhibition is Alan Wylie of British Columbia. The Judge of Awards is Alvaro Castagnet who resides in Montevideo, Uruguay when not traveling the globe giving workshops. Alvaro has just been featured in the most recent edition of Watercolor Magazine (February. 2018). He will be giving a workshop and a demo at the Wayne Art Center during the exhibition.

We think that this is a great opportunity for all artists who use any of the media listed above to exhibit. Not only is it a prestigious exhibit but there are over 25 cash awards ranging from $100.00 to $ 1500.00. Our hope is that, if interested, you could list our "Call to Artists" on your website and in any newsletters, that you publish in the beginning of 2018. To make it easy for your members we use an online digital entry system which will begin accepting entries on April 1, 2018 and conclude on July 15, 2018.


A prospectus for the show is now available on the PWCS web site:


Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the pdf file that contains the prospectus, or click HERE for direct access.

Reading 375 Art Walk

Help commemorate the Town of Reading’s 375th anniversary.

In conjunction with the Reading 375 Celebration, the town is sponsoring a distributed art display at various venues throughout Reading.

Local artists, grade 6 to adult, are invited to submit a two-dimensional work of art that illustrates the life and times of our vibrant historic town. It can be of a building, person/s, or a scene that captures some essence of Reading, either from the past or the present, over these 375 years. Artwork will be displayed around town at various venues from May 31 – June 15, 2019 as part of the Reading 375 celebrations.

There is no fee to display your art work, but it must adhere to the theme of the show, which is the life and times of Reading Massachustts. Click HERE to download and/or view the poster with all of the details about the show.

Reading Art Association Dues in a Nutshell

Here is a brief FAQ about the Reading Art Association dues.

How Can I Find Out When My Dues are Due?

Look at the address label on the most recent mailing from RAA. At the bottom of the label is your dues due date.

Why Should I Pay My Dues?

Because the RAA exhibits are now both Members Only shows. You must be a member in good standing in order to exhibit. That means that your dues must be paid in full. Also, it helps keep RAA going.

How much are the RAA Dues?

Student $10.00
Associate $15.00
Artist $25.00
Sponsor/Patron   $35.00

How Do I Pay My Dues?

Download a form from our Membership page, print it out, fill it in, and mail it along with your check to:

Reading Art Association
P.O. Box 114
Reading, MA 01867

Are RAA Dues A Bargain?

Definitely! RAA Dues have not gone up in 35 years. What other institution can say that? Also, Reading Art Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, so your dues are tax deductible.

Where Does the Money Go?

The dues are used to pay the rent for the space in the church that we use for the demonstrations and the shows. They also go to pay the demonstrators for our monthly demonstrations, the publication and mailing of the Mixed Media newsletter, refreshments at the demos and shows, and countless other small expenses that we incur.... including sending reminders to recalcitrant members who are in arrears for their dues.

Other Than Paying Dues, How Else Can I Help RAA?

Keep scrolling down and read about joining the RAA board. The RAA board runs RAA and is always in need of members to fill positions. It is a lot of fun, and a great organization to be part of.

What Kind of Fun?

Check out our writeup about Setting Up the Fall Show in 2016.

Note to All RAA Members

To All Members of RAA,

Reading Art Association is a great organization filled with lots of tradition and history. Next year is our 60th year, our Diamond Anniversary. Not many organizations can say that they have lasted 60 years and together, we will continue to grow and prosper.

We are going to have a beautiful and successful Spring Show, combined with the Reading Garden Club. This should be a wonderful show and we hope to see members there.

There are some openings on the board that need to be filled. The openings are: Mixed Media, Judging which involves getting judges for the 2 shows, and we can always use more people to help out with hospitality. There also may be some Executive Board positions.

In order to continue with this great organization, we need all the help we can get from our members. We want to continue the traditions that have made Reading Art the prestigious organization that it is and in order to do that we need everyone's help. If you are interested in a board position, speak to a board member at the Spring Show or e-mail Rosemary Palmer, rosiep1@comcast.net, or Rick Corbett, rickycorbett@gmail.com.

Here is to another 60 years!

You can also contact RAA through your webmaster at webmaster@readingart.org.

The RAA Gallery Software has been upgraded

I have enhanced the software in the RAA Gallery to show thumbnail photos of the paintings in a scrollable window at the bottom of the screen. You can now find and select a work that you are interested in, click on the thumbnail, and go directly to the image. You can still start at the beginning by clicking on the box with the RAA logo in it. Stepping through the images still works the same way it did, click on the left side of the image to go back, and click on the right side of the image to go forward.

Check it out here --- The Gallery.

Your Webmaster

Lynnfield Arts October Demo

On Oct. 18 Lynnfield Arts will host a demo presented by Daphne Confar. You can see some examples of her unique style on her web site http://www.daphneconfar.com/

For more information about the Lynnfield Art Guild, go to their web site https://lynnfieldarts.org/. You will find the entire schedule for the season, directions to the Senior Center and much more.

Maryellen Stone

Maryellen Stone will have an Exhibit and Sale at the Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA as part of the Auxiliary Main Street Art program from November 5, 2018 through January 17, 2019. Parking is free for the first 30 minutes in the parking area.

Laurie Schmidt and Leslie Scott-Lysan

Paintings by Laurie Schmidt and Leslie Scott-Lysan are on Exhibit at Melrose’s Beebe Estate This November

Public Reception is on Friday, November 2

Wakefield, MA, October 19, 2018 - Paintings created by Laurie Schmidt, of Melrose, MA, and Leslie Scott-Lysan, of Wakefield, MA, will be on exhibit and sale each Saturday in November at the Beebe Estate, in Melrose, MA. The exhibit and sale open on Friday, November 2 with a public reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will feature light refreshments.

This exhibit and sale will take place every Saturday in November from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning on November 3, at the Beebe Estate, at 235 West Foster Street, in Melrose, MA.

"We are both very grateful for this opportunity to show our work in such a lovely venue," said Melrose artist Laurie Schmidt. “We are thankful to the Beebe Estate and Melrose Arts for their support of our work."

Leslie Scott-Lysan, of Wakefield, adds, "The show is a great opportunity for art lovers to view creations by two local artists who work in different mediums and styles. With the upcoming holiday season, it offers some gift ideas and the opportunity to discuss commissioning a special piece."

Ruth Kelloway

The painting at the Whitelam Bookstore has been swapped. We are now displaying "Secretary Bird" by Ruth Kelloway. This stunning painting makes it seem as though the bird is looking at you and thinking "lunch". The painting will be on display through the months of November and December, 2018.

Here is the information about the painting from the artist.

"Secretary" Bird by Ruth Kelloway

Sagittarius serpentarius, a native of the African Savanna, has a hooked beak that is all raptor.
He was dubbed the secretary bird because his feathers resemble a quill pen.

Here's looking at you.

In context
Over the fireplace.

Jeannette Corbett

Jeannette Corbett has a painting on display at the new book store in Reading, Whitelam Books. The title of the painting is "Red Hot Tango Dancer". The painting will be on display through the months of September and October. Drop by the store and take a look while you are browsing. See the bookstore on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/whitelambooks

Are you curious about the painting? Here it is.

Whitelam Display
Jeannette's Painting

Whitelam Display
Over the Fireplace

Nancy Smethurst, previously at Whitelam Books

Nancy Smethurst had a painting on display at the new book store in Reading, Whitelam Books through the months of July and August.

Are you curious about the painting? Here it is.

Whitelam Display
Nancy's Painting

Whitelam Display
Over the Fireplace

Tewksbury Community of Artists Monthly Exhibit

The Tewksbury Community of Artists (TCA) presents a monthly exhibit at the Tewksbury Library with a different theme each month.

You can find out more about the TCA and download the forms at their web site http://www.tewksburycommunityofartists.com/. Below is the complete schedule for 2018.

Themes for the Tewksbury Library Monthly Art Shows 2018

January - Tribute to Mico Kaufman - Jan. 9 - Feb. 6 A reception will be held on Sat., January 13th from 10am to noon in the Fairgrieve Wing for the Mico Kaufman Tribute.

Feb. - Black And White, & Shades Of Gray - All work must be black, white or gray - figurative, landscapes, still life, architectural, actually any subject.

Mar. - Looking Up At Architectural Wonders - Spires, skyscrapers, bridges, steeples, etc. as they soar into the sky.

Apr. - Boats And The Sea - Row boats, tug boats, sailboats, clipper ships, motorboats, ocean liners docked, or beside or on the sea.

May- Infants, Toddlers And Youth- Asleep, awake, eating, playing, cuddling, interacting, smiling, crying, exploring, working, doing what babes and kids do.

June - Guiding Lighthouses - The seas would be treacherous especially in storms, fog or sudden squalls, if it were not for the guiding lights from on shore lighthouses.

July - Over, Under And On The Sea - Let's get fanciful or not with this theme. Create your own sea creatures, coral reefs, sea weed, etc.

Aug. - Fountains And Falls - Man made or God made. Capture the beauty, the sparkle, the power, the refreshment of water.

Sept. - Out Of Our Minds - Let your imaginations soar with this theme. What is swirling around in your head just waiting to be released into a magnificent creation of art. Let it out!

Oct. - Still Life - Look around you, and set up a still life of nostalgia, practical items, food, glass, dishes, cooking utensils, stuffed animals, toys, your shoe, etc. The subjects are endless.

Nov. - We Honor Our Troops - Show your gratitude for those who have served our country and create a tribute to our troops.

Dec. - Glory Of The Season - Christmas is full of wonder, sparkle, lights, candle glow, angels, a babe in a manger, gifts and dazzling trees and Christmas displays. Capture those glorious moments.


Haverhill Art Market

The Haverhill Art Market is looking for artists to show at their marketplace. I have posted their message below. For more information contact Justin Gordon

justingordon at comcast dot net

Here is their message:

Hi Reading Art Association,
My name is Justin Gordon and I'm writing for the Haverhill Art Market. I'm hoping to interest your club members in our monthly, fine art, marketplace.

We're a non-profit group who's mission is to provide an inexpensive, indoor, market where fine artists and fine artisans can sell their work. We're a juried market and we assure a standard that is not crafts. With a space fee of only $35 we offer a 10 foot space in a 'gallery opening' setting complete with coffee, munchies, and a pleasant atmosphere. We've been operating since May of 2015 and our vendors have consistently been pleased, even on a slow day when it was near zero degrees out. Typical selling points have been between $20 and $400.

We would like to enhance our market with more fine artists that wish to sell their work. We're at 90 Washington Street, Haverhill, next to 'The Tap' restaurant. Here's our contact info for applications and information:


Thank you,
Justin Gordon

Arts Reading

The Reading Art Association is now part of a new movement in Reading, Arts Reading. This is a group of concerned Reading citizens who represent various cultural groups in Reading. The goal of the group is to carry out the recommendations from the Cultural District Exploratory Study from Fine Point Associates, dated November 2014. In 2014, a study was completed that did a survey of the cultural resources in Reading with an eye to the possibility of creating a Cultural District in our town. The study presents some ideas about how to enhance the cultural aspects of Reading, and in response, we have created the steering committee called "Arts Reading" to implement some of those ideas. You can view the complete study by clicking on the link below:

Reading Culture Report FinePoint.pdf

Arts Reading has its own web site, www.ArtsReading.org. Take a look to see what other cultural events are happening in Reading.

Learn Acrylics - Painting At The Wilmington Arts Center

The Wilmington Arts Council announces the continuation of our new acrylic painting class. Many artists have changed over to acrylic painting from oils and watercolor. Acrylic paint is water soluble, dries faster than oils and watercolor and can be over-painted. Steve Greco, a professional acrylic painter, will be teaching the two and a half hour class at the Wilmington Arts Center on Monday mornings-from 9:30 to 12 noon. The arts center has lots of room, and a wonderful blend of artificial and natural lighting. The cost of each class is $15, payable monthly. For more information and to sign up, call Jean Chang at 978 886-9224.

Jane Crane, 30 McDonald Road, Wilmington, MA 978 658 9798

Melrose Arts October Demo

On Oct. 3rd Melrose Arts will host an evening with printmaker Kate Hanlon (Katehanlon.com). She will be demonstrating the unique medium of white line woodcut. This demo is FREE and takes place at the Milano Center, 201 W. Foster St. in Melrose starting at 7pm. Any questions contact Deb @ 781-665-5840 Thank you!!

For more information about Debra, see her web site www.debracorbett.com

For more information about MACA, see their web site https://www.melrosearts.com/

New Web Site Feature, Snippets

Sometimes there is news in the arts that might be relevant to our membership, but it is of a very short term nature. Here today; gone tomorrow. I thought it would be good to post some of those now and then. Since they will be brief entries, I have called the spot "Snippets".

I needed a place to put the dynamic news in a way that is more timely than the events that are posted in the Latest News box on the front page. So I have created a news feed space of sorts next to the Latest News box. In the new space I hope to put more dynamic news from Reading and her surrounding communities. It will come and go more frequently than the event links, so check back often.

The Latest News box that you are familiar with will still be there. Simply click on the links in that box to see the event photos, download show information, etc. This is an experiment to keep the RAA membership better informed of what is going on in a more timely fashion.

Same great information; new format. Let me know what you think.


News from Greater Haverhill Arts Association



Workshop is held the second and fourth Saturdays at the First Church in Bradford Ma.From 9 am to 12 noon. Contribution is $5.00 (not mandatory) Instructors are Mark Hayden, Joan Rademacher, and Dena Carbone. For information call Dena at 603-382-1083

Creative Arts Figure Drawing

Life Drawing Studio for Adults

September 20 at 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

$20 per evening.

Artists draw from a nude model, starting with short gesture poses and moving on to more lengthy poses. The instructor will answer questions and moderate with input from the artists. Basic materials included for those who are just starting out. Feel free to bring additional tools or media (e.g. ipad) of your choice. Beverages and snacks are provided!

Instructor: A.J. Jerrett (Reading based professional illustrator)

Upcoming dates:

Location of Entrances

Entrance 1: Nearest to 32 Lowell St/Rt. 129 parking lot shared with the back of Reading Town Hall.

Entrance 2: Nearest to 48 Sanborn St. with street parking.

Pre-registration is required. Call the CA office at or email director@weteachcreativearts.org to receive online registration link. There is more information at their web site, https://www.weteachcreativearts.org/

Thank you!

Mission Statement    About Us    Our Program    Membership    Schedule   

General Information    Archives   


Search     Acknowledgements and Links

Add Sidebar Menu    

This web site and all of its content, text and images are Copyright © 2000 - Reading Art Association
All rights reserved.

Last updated December 7, 2018