Friday, December 20, 2013

Small Works 2013 Show and Sale Report from Len Haug

Dear PAS Member,

This year's show was one of the best, especially as measured by the variety and quality of art and artisan items on display, not to mention the very affordable prices offered by our exhibiting members. The Opening Reception on Friday evening was well attended in spite of the uncertainty of weather. Saturday and Sunday gallery hours brought in a steady flow of visitors.

I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped to make this event successful, including this year's co-coordinator, Karen Rossow, who also secured and donated the services of the string quartet whose music added so much to the opening reception. I would also like to recognize the following members:

Beth Mellor and Claire Golding for their help in communications; Judy Tyler for all of her efforts to promote and market the show; Diane Pedersen for lending us her display panels; Judy Dino, Joanne Quinn, and Jean Strock for their help in hanging the show; Dave and Rosella Stromberg for coordinating and overseeing the food and beverage table at the Opening Reception; and all the Officers, Board Members and Society Members who staffed this three-day event.

I would also like to thank our exhibiting members (including a number of new members) for their participation, with a special thanks to those members who created and donated pieces of their work to help fund our Society, including Sharon Bahosh, Jen Caswell, Bruce Dean, Judy Dino, Andrea Driscoll, Mary Dunn, Charles Gray, Mary Haggar, Kathy Hebert, David Hummon, Sharon Sjoblom Koski,Sau-Mei Leung, Debra Hughes Luoma, Lori MacDonald, Mary Anne Magiera, Beth Mellor, Priscilla Messinger, Jean Murphy, Paula Murphy, Diane Pedersen, Joanne Quinn, Janice Rayner, Lisa Regopoulos, Michael Rogan, Karen Rossow, Pam Short, Jean Strock, Mary Trostel, Judy Tyler, and Barry Van Dusen.

Besides enriching our community with this event, I am happy to report that we sold a great deal of holiday art and handcrafted gifts. In fact, this year sales exceeded all prior year results. Approximately 70% of the participating 50 artists sold at least one piece. We are very grateful for the turnout and support given to us by the public.

With the above said, I now officially close the books on yet another great holiday show. I look forward to next spring and our annual judged show in May. I now happily retreat into my own studio for a long winter's rest.


Len Haug, PAS Exhibit Coordinator

Friday, December 6, 2013

2013 Small Works Show Preview!

Princeton Arts Society Small Works Show
18 Boylston Ave, Princeton, MA 01541
Friday, December 6th, 6-9pm
Saturday, December 7th, 10am-4pm
Sunday, December 8th, 12noon-4pm

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Small Works Show & Sale Is Happening This Weekend!

Over 50 area artists have contributed hundreds of beautiful items for our annual Small Works Holiday Show & Sale, so don’t miss it! Here’s the schedule for the weekend’s events:

Opening Reception: Friday night, December 6, 6-9 pm
Great food, music from the Medwin String Quartet, and the chance to get a jump on your holiday shopping!

Saturday December 7 hours: 10 am-4pm
Come find affordable artful gifts for everyone!  Free gift wrapping for all your purchases!

Sunday December 8 hours: 12 noon-4 pm
Your last chance!
Distinguished Shrewsbury poet John Hodgen will read in the adjoining room at 2:30 pm
Questions? Email

See you there!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Poetry Reading at Small Works Show—please come!

Award-Winning Poet to Read in Princeton

Distinguished poet John Hodgen will give a reading of his work on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm at The Princeton Center, 18 Boylston Ave., Princeton, MA. The reading is offered by the Princeton Arts Society in conjunction with its annual Small Works Holiday Show and Sale. Hodgen, who teaches English and creative writing at Assumption College in Worcester, is the award-winning author of four volumes of poetry. Among other awards, he has won the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, the Yankee Magazine Award for Poetry, the Bluestem Award, and the Balcones Poetry Prize.He lives in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. This event is made possible by a grant from the Princeton Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Request for Proposals: Art at Worcester State

Sheehan Hall, a new dormitory currently under construction at WSU, has been allotted spaces (and money) for the installation of new art. Preference will be given to Worcester artists (teaming with one is permitted). The Worcester State University Art Committee, charged with the selection of the proposals, is calling for works that are either large-scale and permanently incorporated into the building's design, or for smaller works that are demountable and independent of the wall surface.

The full call for proposals, with all details and requirements, can be found here.

Each artist selected will enter into a contract with the Massachusetts State College Building Association, and shall be paid a commission of up to $5,000 if selected to produce and install their piece.

For more information, contact:  architect Lisa Ferreira
Q&A period ends December 12, 2013
Submit by Monday, January 6th, 2014

Good luck!

Small Works Show and Sale: You’re Invited!

Dear PAS Member,

Below are the details of our annual Small Works Show and Holiday Sale. Please consider including some of your work for sale in the show, and/or donating a work for the PAS to sell for its own benefit. Your contribution will help fund workshops and presentations throughout the year. 6 x 6” canvases are available in the PAS Room at the Princeton Center if you would like to use one to create a painting to donate.

Dropoff days for show items are Saturday, November 30 from 1 to 5 pm, and Tuesday, December 3 from 9 am to noon.

And whether you participate in the show or not, please come!

Questions? Email

Thanks, and see you soon!

The PAS Board

PAS Member Receives Awards, Honors

Len Haug reports that he was awarded an Honorable Mention for a paper mosaic painting of a Princeton scene titled "The Corner Maple" at the 64th Annual Newton Public Library Awards Show. In addition, "Hanging Out" was juried into the highly competitive Frances N. Roddy Open Juried Show in Concord. Lastly, "Morning Sunlight Knocking on My Cottage Door" (image not included) was juried into and awarded 2nd Place at the 5th Annual Friends of the Agawam Public Library Art Exhibit.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

2013 Hey Day Report from Len Haug

Hey Day was very successful in spite of the uncertainty of early morning weather. While the number of attendees may have been lower than last year, there was a good turnout. The use of two rooms in the Crocker House and the adjacent classroom (instead of the large barn) worked out really well and it seemed that throughout the day we had a steady flow of traffic moving in and out of all three "galleries."  We had over 25 participating artists and over 65 pieces of art on display, not counting the work on exhibit by our demonstrating artists (Andrea Driscoll, Pam Short, and Heather March). We sold over twelve pieces of art and were able, as a result, to also call this event a financially successful undertaking for some of our artists, for the Society, and for Mass Audubon (with whom we share the monies raised).

I would like to thank the following members for their assistance in making this event so successful, starting with Janice Rayner, who helped me throughout all phases of the event. I would also like to thank Diane Ulman Pedersen for the use of her panels that made it possible to exhibit all of the work, to Lou and Mary Trostel for their staffing of Gallery "3", to Judy Tyler for marketing and promoting the show, to Claire Golding and Beth Mellor for their communications support, and to Naoko Gomi for her help in accounting for all of the deposits and disbursements associated with the show.

Of course the show could never have taken place without the participation of our artists. Thanks to all of our artists (including new PAS members Sharon Koski, Debra Luoma, Nancy McBride, and Stephen Stimson). A special thanks to Jean Murphy who generously donated a painting titled "Birches of Princeton" with all proceeds benefiting the Princeton Arts Society. The raffle was limited to 25 tickets at $5.00 per chance. Jean also staffed the raffle table while promoting the upcoming Portrait Marathon.

Exhibiting and demonstrating artists included Bayda Asbridge, Bruce Dean, Judy Dino, Andrea Driscoll, Mary Dunn, Len Haug, Ann Howe, David Hummon, George Kelley, Naida Knox, Sharon Koski, David Lucht, Debra Luoma, Heather March, Nancy McBride, Lori MacDonald, Jean Murphy, James O'Rourke, Diane Pedersen, Linda Phelps, Joann Talbot Quinn, Janice Rayner, Barbara Roberts, Pam Short, Lauren and Stephen Stimson, Sid Solomon, Jean Strock, Judy Tyler, and Kathleen Vuona.

Finally, we are fortunate to have the support of the Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mass Audubon staff who values and supports our participation in this wonderful event and have done everything possible to help us put our best foot forward.

Thanks to all. Forgive me if I have inadvertently forgotten to give credit to any one else.

Until next year,

Len Haug
Hey Day PAS Art Exhibit Coordinator

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Portrait Marathon October 19—please spread the word!

Portrait Marathon
Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Princeton Arts Society Room, Princeton Center Building, Boylston Ave, Princeton

Sign up to have your child’s portrait drawn! He or she will sit for 30 minutes while four Princeton Art Society artists simultaneously create portrait sketches.  At the end of the marathon you’ll have four different sketches to choose from.  Participating artists are; Sid Solomon, Linda Johnson, Taina Kong, and Jean Murphy.

• Each portrait sketch is $60.00, and at least one purchase must be made. A $60.00 deposit must be made prior to the sitting. Half the money raised helps fund the Princeton Arts Society.

• Participating children must be 8 years old or older, and must be able to sit still for one 30-minute sitting.

• Portrait sketches are informal single portraits. Sketches may be in pencil, oil, charcoal or pastel, in a size chosen by the artist.

• All portrait sketches will be finished and available for selection at 3:00 the day of the sitting.

We have six sittings. 9:00, 9:50, 10:40, 12:00, 12:50, 1:40. Please contact Naoko Gomi (978-464-0532 or to reserve a sitting.

Monday, October 7, 2013

GALA Call for Artists

Gardner Area League of Artists (GALA)
2013 Artists Market - Call for Artists
November 9, 2013 at the Gardner Senior Center
294 Pleasant Street, Gardner, MA 01440
Registration Deadline: October 19
Don't miss this opportunity to showcase and sell your work.
Spaces are filling up quickly so sign up today!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Agawam Public Library 5th Open Juried Art Show

Agawam Public Library 5th Open Juried Art Show
Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper Street, Agawam MA, 01001

November 4 – 29, 2013

Reception & Awards: Friday, November 8, 2013, 7 – 9pm

Categories (5) : Acrylics, Oils, Watercolors, Pastels, and Other Media (pencil drawing, charcoals, pen
and inks, block prints, collage, encaustics)

26 Awards: Best in Show ($250) and 1st ($100), 2nd ($60), 3rd ($40) in each category, plus
10 Honorable Mentions

Download Prospectus/Entry form:

For more information, please contact Bob Kadis via email at  or by phone: 413-789-4814

Sponsored by Friends of the Agawam Public Library

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Art in IT Exhibit

Discount Art Supplies Opportunity: 9/3/13 Deadline

Art Supplies
Discount Buying Opportunity Through CC Lowell
PAS members now have the opportunity to buy quality art supplies from CC.Lowell and receive a 30% – 60% discount when the order is placed as part of a bulk order through the Princeton Arts Society.   A copy of the price list, showing the applicable discount, is available in the Princeton Art Society room in the Princeton Center.  If you would like your own copy, email Judy Dino at and I will send you the excel file by return email!   Sorry, I cannot send hard copies of the file.
We will be placing our first order in early September.
To order:
1.    Make a list of what you want – use our handy order form ( contact Judy Dino at for a copy) or make your own.  Include item number, brief description, quantity, discounted price per piece, total cost (price per piece times number of pieces). Also include your name, phone # and email address.
2.     Total the costs of your items
3.     Multiply your total by .0625 to find the sales tax owed.
4.    Add sales tax to total for final cost.
5.    Write check for total payable to CC.Lowell.
6.    Get check by mail or by hand to Andrea Driscoll or Judy Dino. If by mail, send to Judy Dino, 84 Main Street, Princeton Ma, 01541
7.    Pick up order at the Art Society Room at the Princeton Center when it comes in.
Orders with payment must be received by September 3, 2013. 
Any questions?  Contact Andrea Driscoll ( , 978-563-1714) or Judy Dino (, 978-340-4100)   

Monday, August 5, 2013

Cultural Council Grant Writing Workshops

Bring Artists, Writers, Musicians and Others to Your Community!
Learn How to Apply for Cultural Council Grants

The Princeton Cultural Council will hold workshops in the Princeton Town Hall Annex on how to apply for Cultural Council grants. The workshops will be held:

Wednesday, August 7th at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 21st at 4:00 p.m.
Monday, September 16th at 1:00 p.m.

Local Cultural Council grants are provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Massachusetts Cultural Council's Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. Each year, local councils award more than $2 million in grants to more than 5,000 cultural programs statewide. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts citizen.

Save the Date! Stephen Knapp Studio/Gallery Tour

You’re Invited!
Stephen Knapp Studio/Gallery Tour
Princeton, Massachusetts
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
4:30 – 6:30 pm

Artist Stephen Knapp, renowned for his “lightpaintings,” will guide PAS members on a tour of his studio/gallery, explaining how he creates the huge installations now in museums in Virginia, Texas, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, and South Dakota.
See how he uses one 50 -75 watt bulb and myriad sizes, colors, and shapes of glass to create large and small masterpieces of tone and shadow. One critic described Knapp’s lightpaintings as “walking into a Kandinsky.”

This event is for PAS members and guests only. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by August 31, 2013 to or by calling Judy Tyler at (H) 978-464-5226 or (C) 508-414-0705.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hey Day Call for Artists

Dear PAS Member,
Hey Day 2013 is coming!  Please review the Call for Artists and send in your entry form soon.
Questions? Please email
Thanks and best wishes,
Len Haug, Exhibits Coordinator

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New Photography Exhibit: Mary Anne Magiera

Princeton Arts Society member Mary Anne Magiera of Charlton has a new exhibit of her photography at the Princeton Branch of the Barre Savings Bank and Princeton Town Hall.  Magiera is semi-retired from two distinct and rewarding careers; one in public service and the other in journalism, including as a reporter and columnist for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette.  She has a BS in Journalism/Photography from Boston University and has been exhibiting her work for 35 years.  Her work is sold in several locations in New England and is included in private collections throughout the country.
The exhibit includes 27 photographs in both black and white and color. Magiera’s photographs share what we see along the country roads and city streets that we pass every day, every season, every year.  The public is invited to view the exhibit at the Princeton branch of the Barre Savings Bank and Princeton Town Hall (Bagg Hall) during their normal business hours through the end of September.  Artwork is available for purchase.  Artwork sales support local artists and Princeton Arts Society community events.   For more information, please email

Friday, June 21, 2013

PAS Members’ Social


PAS Members’ Social
Sunday, June 30, 2013
2 pm
Storm Hill Farm, 32 Grow Lane, Princeton (home of Jen Caswell)
Please plan to join other PAS members—painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, printmakers, and visual, verbal people of all kinds—for an afternoon of food, drink, art, and fun! It’s a potluck, so plan to bring your favorite dish to share. There’ll be a cocktail hour, opportunities to make art if you like, beautiful surroundings and good company. See you there!
Best wishes,
PAS Board

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Events of Interest at the Fitchburg Art Museum

Sunday, July 14th, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m

Artists' Town Meeting

FAM loves artists! Come meet Director Nick Capasso, Associate Curator Mary Tinti, Director of Education Laura Howick, and Director of Marketing & Community Engagement Jerry Beck to hear about our plans for the future, and offer your ideas about how FAM can best serve local and regional artists. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, July 24th, 7:30 p.m

Launch an Artists' Critique/Coaching Group

Ready to take your artwork to the next level? Looking for support and constructive feedback? Attend this meeting to learn about the value of artist critique/coaching groups, different models for organizing one, and guidelines for conducting a group critique.

$5M, $10NM

(If a group develops out of this meeting, the Museum will help launch it by providing meeting space for the first three meetings for a small fee.)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Plein Air Painting this Sunday!


Plein Air Painting with The Artist Guild of Shrewsbury is this Sunday, June 9, at 2:00 pm.  Looks like we should have nice weather!

We can meet and park at the Artemis Ward house across the street from Dean Park.

Kindly RSVP Judy Tyler, PAS, or C: 508-414-0705.  Or if there are any questions, please feel welcome to contact Bob Wilson, AGS,  at

Artemas Ward House photo

General Artemis Ward House Museum, 786 Main Street Shrewsbury, MA

Info and Directions:

Dean Park,  805 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA (Additional parking if needed).


Thursday, May 30, 2013

ArtmakerZ Paint & Wine Night

ArtmakerZ is a Division of Gastonart & Frame, Inc.
257 Boston Turnpike Rd., Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Plug for Plein Air Painting

Dave Lucht has sent this message about the upcoming plein air painting
opportunity in Shrewsbury:

I'm writing to put in a plug for the plein air painting opportunity in
Shrewsbury on Sunday afternoon, June 9.  This historic site is very near my
home...I've long imagined painting some of the lovely scenes on the
property.  Unfortunately I have to be in NY that weekend and will miss the
chance to join in the fun, but I'm sure many PAS and AGS members will find
it to be an enjoyable afternoon.  Below are a few additional photographs of
the site which includes the family home and a giant yellow barn.  (Dean Park
also has a pond and you might find some interesting landscape scenes there

Artemas Ward was the first Commander in Chief of revolutionary forces in
Massachusetts and soon after served as a major general under George
Washington. A Harvard grad, he also had a highly successful career in law,
the judiciary and politics. He was also Moderator of the church I attend,
the Congregational Church "on the green", founded in 1723. The Ward property
is now preserved as a museum by Harvard University.

Oh, and by the way, don't forget to check out the stone post near the Dean
Park entrance across the street from the Ward estate.  Listed in the
National Register of Historic Places, this is one of few surviving original
mileposts erected along the Boston Post Road circa 1757. The milepost system
was the brainchild of Benjamin Franklin when he was postmaster general. The
idea was to base postage charges on the parcel delivery distance... the
posts were helpful in consistently figuring postage charges. He also
invented a horse-drawn wagon "odometer" to travel along ahead of the post
planting crew to be sure they placed the posts in the right place (what a
guy!).  Below is a picture of the famous post.

Hope you have good weather!  Wish I could be there.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Plein Air Painting Opportunity

The Artist Guild of Shrewsbury and the Princeton Arts Society will team up and do a plein air painting of Artemis Ward’s house in Shrewsbury. This is a wonderful opportunity for the artists from both groups to meet each other and have a fun couple of hours together painting.

Sunday, June 9, 2:00 pm

Meet at Dean Park at the sheltered picnic tables. This is the shelter you see up the hill as soon as you drive in by the baseball fields.

Kindly RSVP Judy Tyler, PAS, or C: 508-414-0705

Or if there are any questions, please feel welcome to write to Bob Wilson at

For more information online:
Artists Guild of Shrewbury

Dean Park,  805 Main St, Shrewsbury, MA

General Artemis Ward House Museum, 786 Main Street Shrewsbury, MA

Artist Guild of Shrewsbury

Princeton Arts Society

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bob Shelton

PAS member and former president Bob Shelton, 66,  died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 15, 2013 while on the annual maiden voyage of his beloved Sojourn sloop in Buzzards Bay. A funeral service will be held at 10 am Wednesday May 22, 2013 at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 26 West St, Leominster. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Leominster. This information was obtained from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and
No more information is presently available, but our deep sympathies go out to his family and friends.
--PAS Board

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Don't miss this show!

Springing Into Art exhibit is open all weekend! Today, 10am-4pm. Tomorrow, noon-4pm. 18 Boylston Ave Princeton. It's a beautiful show, not to be missed!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Show opens tonight!

Joanne Quinn's pastel work “On the Way Home”

The "Springing Into Art" show opens tonight at 7pm, hope to see you there. Check out the wonderful article on the Telegram & Gazette website.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

“Spring into Art” opens Friday night!

The Princeton Arts Society’s 22nd Annual Members’ Show and Sale opens tomorrow night, Friday, May 17 from 6:30 to 9 pmin the PAS Room of the Princeton Center, 18 Boylston Ave., Princeton. Everyone is welcome! There’ll be refreshments, fellowship, great artwork, and an array of awards will be presented. The show will also be open Saturday, May 18 from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, May 19 from noon to 4 pm.
Please plan also to join us on Sunday, May 19 for a special event that is part of the show: Worcester poet Dan Lewis will be reading his poetry at 2:30 pm. Dan’s reading is made possible in part by a grant from the Princeton Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Questions? Please email
See you there!
The PAS Board

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dan Lewis Reading at the Princeton Arts Society

On May 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm poet Dan Lewis will read from his works in the PAS room of The Princeton Center, 18 Boylston Ave., Princeton.

Mr. Lewis lives in Worcester and is a longtime board member of the Worcester County Poetry Association. Currently he is part of a collaborative of four poets and four visual artists who are exploring connections to one another's work. He is the author of a full-length poetry collection, This Garden, published by, and a chapbook, Tickets for the Broken Year, published by Naissance Press. Lloyd Schwartz selected his poem "Windraker" as winner of the 2012 Frank O'Hara Prize. His work has appeared in numerous journals.

For more information about this event, please email

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Princeton Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Birds, Beasts and Blossomspaintings by Barry Van Dusenat Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Artist's Reception Thursday May 9, 6 - 7:30 pm
(refreshment served, free admission)

Please join Barry for his third solo show at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  More than forty original watercolors will be on display in the Alice Milton Gallery starting May 7 and continuing through June 16, 2013.  Many subjects from North Central Massachusetts will be on display, including Plants and Flowers, Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Farm Subjects and Landscapes.  All works will be for sale, with a portion to benefit programs at Tower Hill.

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is located at 11 French Drive in Boylston, MA.  Hours: Tues - Sun, 9am - 5pm, Wednesday evenings til 9pm.

The May 9 reception is free and open to the public.  Please Come!

for more information contact Tower Hill at 508-869-6111 or visit

see more pictures on Barry's website at
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