Notices & News

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

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.


This is preliminary information about the exhibit.
A prospectus for the show is on its way. I will post more information when I get it.

Meet and Sketch at the Reading Public Library

There is a new art get-together that is now meeting at the Reading Public library every two weeks or so. This is an unstructured gathering where interested artists show up to draw and socialize.

Meet and Sketch is a Reading Public Library sponsored event where people meet occasionally at the Library to paint and draw in a community of like-minded friends.

This is not another art club. There are no officers. There are no dues to pay. The group is and shall remain unstructured, the only binding principle being the love of painting and drawing.

Because there is no appropriate facility for cleaning up paints, we must limit our media to dry media.
This includes graphite, charcoal, pastel, watercolor pencils, ink or colored pencils.

The dates of the sessions are posted on the Reading Public Library calendar (http://www.readingpl.org/), but here is a summary of the currently scheduled dates as well. We meet at the Reading Public Library on the following dates

The sessions are 7:00 p.m. to closing to draw and paint (dry media) and have a good time. Since we are part of the Library program, the space is free to us, and there is no cost to our membership. In fact, there is no membership to our membership. If you feel like showing up to draw and/or paint, just show up.

Because the Library is kind enough to host our sessions, we must abide by the rules of the library. Because the library has no facilities for cleaning up liquid paint media, we must restrict the media to dry media only. This includes graphite, charcoal, pastel, watercolor pencils, ink or colored pencils.

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 $5.00
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

Mary Kelly at the Gardens Galore gift shop

Mary Kelly is exhibiting at the Gardens Galore gift shop in the Trade Center in Woburn through the month of January.

Brian Kimerer at the Wilmington Library

Brian Kimerer is exhibiting at the Wilmington Memorial Library January through February. The exhibit is in the main meeting room on the second floor of the library. Since the exhibit is in a meeting room, the room may be occupied during the day and therefore not available for viewing the art. Please call ahead to see if you can get into the room before driving over. The number for the Wilmington Memorial Library is (978) 658-2967. You can also check whether the room has been scheduled on the library web site.


The exhibit is in the Large Conference Room. Click on the link to view the calendar for the Large Conference Room, then click on the day to see the times that the room is scheduled.

Tewksbury Community of Artists February Exhibit

The Tewksbury Community of Artists (TCA) presents a monthly exhibit at the Tewksbury Library with a different theme each month. This month's theme is 'BLACK, WHITE AND SHADES OF GRAY'. The dates are February 6th through March 6th 2018.

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

Themes for the Tewksbury Library Monthly Art Shows 2018

Feb. BLACK AND WHITE, AND 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

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

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