Thursday, September 4, 2014

Needed: Art-Related Yard Sale Items

Do you have clean, usable art supplies you’d like to give away? The Princeton Arts Society will be participating in the Princeton Town-Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, September 27 from 8 am to 2 pm in the PAS room in The Princeton Center. We’re accepting art-related donations from members to help us make a little extra money from this annual town event.

If you have drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photographic, theatrical, or literary supplies, including frames, mat board, paints, modeling materials, brushes, pencils, sketchbooks, easels, or other clean, presentable materials that you’d like to donate to the PAS for the sale, please bring them to our room on the first floor of the Princeton Center during these hours: Wednesday, September 24 from 9:00 am to noon or Thursday, September 25 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. No junk, please!! All proceeds will be used to fund PAS programming. If you’d like to help staff our table, please email

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Out of the Box: Creating Across Genres

A workshop presented by 
The Princeton Arts Society 
4 x 4 Art and Poetry Collaborative 
4 poets and 4 artists discovering 
new ideas and creative energy 
in each others’ work, visions and voice 

Saturday, September 20, 2014 
from 10:00 a. m. - 2:00 p. m. 
at the 
Princeton Center 
18 Boylston Ave 
Princeton, MA 01541

PAS Annual Meeting—please come!!

All members and interested nonmembers are cordially invited to our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 17 at 7 pm in the Senior Room, next door to our PAS room. There will be a brief business meeting followed by refreshments and mingling. Come hear about what’s in store for next year, and enjoy the company of your fellow artists and art lovers! 

Questions? Email

Monday, July 28, 2014


Princeton Arts Society: Mountainside Market Group Exhibit

Viewing hours: M/T/W 6am-7pm, Th/F 6am -8pm, Sat 7am-7pm, Sun 7am-6pm

“Fall Folly” August 20th through October 21st, 2014

ENTRY DROP OFF TIME: (Princeton Arts Society Room, Princeton Center)
Tuesday, August 19th 9 am - 12 pm 

PICK UP: (Princeton Arts Society Room)
Tuesday, October 21st 9 am – 12 pm

(for individual arrangements, call Mary Trostel 978-464-2469)

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all with paid 2013-’14 membership. Annual dues ($30/yr individual, $40 family) and can be paid at delivery time. New members welcomed. PAS reserves the right to select entries based on the quality, size, and cohesiveness of the show.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRIES: One entry of original (for sale) art per artist. Each piece should be no larger than 572 square inches (example: 16”x20” plus frame). All works must be framed and wired ready to hang - (no sawtooth hangers allowed). Limited space; entries may not be accepted once limit is reached. Gallery accommodates about 24 pieces.

SALES: The Princeton Arts Society will take a 25% commission on all sales. The balance of each sale will be sent to the artist by the PAS Treasurer.

LIABILITY: The Princeton Arts Society carries no insurance for damage or loss of artwork on exhibit. Artists exhibit at their own risk. Artists are responsible for paying any applicable taxes on sales made.

SIGNED AGREEMENT FORM: Exhibit agreement form must be read and signed. It will be provided at drop off.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Two Calls to Artists

1: Greater Gardner Artists Association

Are you interested in demonstrating or teaching an artistic skill or process?

Corinne Melanson, the new President of the Greater Gardner Artists Association, is looking for demonstrators for their upcoming season beginning in September. The group meets the first Thursday of the month in Gardner from 7:00 pm till 8:30 pm. If you know of someone who is not a PAS member but loves to demonstrate, teach etc., please feel free to forward this information. 

GGAA pays $100 –$125 for the evening’s workshop or demo.

Questions? Contact Corinne

2: Davis Art Gallery, Worcester
Call to Artists Entry Deadline: August 12, 2014

Drawing is the act of making marks or lines with pencil, ink, brushes, crayons, charcoal, chalk, pastels, or markers resulting in communication through line.

The Davis Art Gallery is calling for drawings, as well as mixed media and collage works that include drawing, for our next show.

The Davis Art Gallery will select approximately 35–45 artworks that will appear in the main exhibition space at the gallery from September 11, 2014 through January 9, 2015. The gallery is located in the Printer’s Building at 50 Portland Street, Worcester, MA 01608.

Details and application form available at

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Davis Art Gallery | 50 Portland Street, Worcester, MA 01608 |

Friday, June 27, 2014

Jean Murphy is exhibiting CUT and ALTERED PAPER ART

Jean Murphy is exhibiting CUT and ALTERED PAPER ART at Papa Gino’s, 645 Chandler St., in Tatnuck Square, Worcester during the months of June and July.

A Greet The Artist Reception will be held ON FRIDAY JUNE 27th, 3 to 5pm. All are welcome.

CUT PAPER technique uses cut pieces of paper to create an image on a sturdy surface. This is scanned and printed and the print becomes the art which may be developed with more cut paper.

ALTERED PAPER ART is original art painted on magazine pages where the ink on the pages is dissolved by a solvent and forms a background for the painted image. Imagination suggests the direction of the image.

Papa Gino’s is open daily from 11 am to 10 pm.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Congratulations to all PAS Spring Show Winners!

On May 16, 2014 awards were presented by Len Haug to this year’s winners from among a wonderful group of works. Following are the ribbon, prize and award winners:

Best in Show: Debra Hughes Luoma

2nd Place: Jennifer Hilton

3rd Place: Sid Solomon

Honorable Mentions: Doris Carter, Charles Gray, Lori MacDonald, Mary Anne Magiera, James D. O’Rourke, Michael Rogan, Pam Short, and Jean Strock

Popular Vote – First Place: Sau-Mei Leung; 2nd Place: James D. O’Rourke; 3rd Place (tie) David Lucht and Pam Short

Special Exhibit Coordinator Recognition: Mary Dunn, Yvonne Hemingway, and Diane Pedersen

Many thanks to show judge Charles Heidorn!

The PAS would also like to extend a special thanks to Judy Breen for sponsoring our Best in Show prize money in memory of artist, instructor, and former PAS President Steve Breen.

Celebration of Summer Show at Mountainside Market

The Princeton Arts Society's group show, "Celebrating Summer" has arrived at the Mountainside Market In Princeton, MA. Twenty three pieces, photographs, watercolors, paper mosaics, pastels, acrylics and oils are displayed and it looks great. All pieces are for sale. The show will be there from June 18 until August 19th.

There will also be a wine tasting/meet the artists at the Market on Friday, June 27th from 5-7. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Local Poet Reads June 8

Worcester poet Patricia Youngblood will read from her works at the Princeton Arts Society, 18 Boylston Ave., Princeton, on Sunday June 8 at 2 p.m. Youngblood’s work has been published in The Worcester Review, Clockhouse Review and Worcester Magazine. She won the Frank O’Hara Prize for Poetry in 2011 and is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee.

She is also a member of 4X4, a Worcester area collaborative of four poets and four visual artists who find inspiration in each other’s work. The group has had three gallery exhibitions of their paired efforts since 2010.

A former Holden resident, Youngblood was a Landmark reporter and editor for several years before becoming content editor at in Worcester and in Framingham.

This event 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. The public is welcome. The event is free, but donations to the Princeton Arts Society are tax-deductible and always gratefully received. For more information, email

GALA 2014 Photography Show Call for Entries

Gardner Area League of Artists (GALA)

Call for Entries for 2014 Photography Show

July 18-20, 2014 at New England Wooden Ware

Opening Reception: Friday, July 18, 6-9 pm
205 School Street, Gardner, MA 01440

Recommend Pre-Entry by July 15
Entries also accepted at Drop-off

Friday, April 4, 2014

PAS Members at Art of the Great Bay Show in Greenland, NH

PAS members, Deb Luoma and Pam Short, will have their artwork included in the Art of the Great Bay Show in Greenland, NH.

The opening reception will be Friday, April 4 from 5:30-8:30 at The Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH.

The show will continue Saturday and Sunday, April 5th and 6th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Award Winning Poet Patricia Fargnoli to Read in Princeton Sunday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m.

Poet Patricia Fargnoli will read from her book of poetry "Winter," Sunday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the Senior Center Room on the first floor of the Princeton Community Center Building, 18 Boylston Avenue, Princeton, MA.

Patricia Fargnoli, from Walpole NH was the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 2006-2009.  She has published four books and three chapbooks of poetry and has won The May Swenson Book Award, the Foreward Silver Book of the Year Award, the NH Literary Award for Poetry and the Sheila Mooton Book Award.  She has also published over 300 poems in literary journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, Harvard Review. A MacDowell Fellow and retired social worker she now teaches poetry

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Princeton Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Everyone is welcome.

Thomas Prince School Student Art Exhibit at Princeton Bank and Town Hall

The Princeton Arts Society, the Princeton Town Hall, and the Princeton Branch of the Barre Bank are proud to present a selection of art work created by students of the Thomas Prince School under the direction of art instructor, Anita Cook.

All of the work has been created during the current school year and was displayed as part of the school’s annual Community Arts Festival held in March. Art work includes various media including sculptures created with the shared theme of “Nature.”

Visitors will see flowers, owls, landscapes, and abstract interpretations of floral designs. Work may be viewed during standard business hours at the Bank and at the Town Hall through the end of April.

We are fortunate to have such a quality art program and such talented students from Princeton and surrounding towns.

The show includes the work of the following students on exhibit at the following locations:

The Barre Bank
Shawn Bernard (K)                                
Charlie Doyle (First)                              
Amelia Raniford (Second)                    
Ethan Gardula (Third)            
Sophie Farr (Third)
Samantha Atkins (Third)
Daniel Forky (Fourth)
John “Jack” King (Fifth)
Madison DiPadua (Sixth)
Jenny Clark-Viklund (Seventh)
Lillian “Lilly” Antonio (Seventh)
Carly Dickson (Eighth)

Bank Hours: M: 8:30AM-4PM; TU & W: 9AM-4PM; TH: 9AM-5PM; F: 8:30 AM-6PM; SA: 8:30AM-12 NOON

Bagg Hall (The Town Hall)
Charlotte Long (K)
Madison Perry (First)
Ainsley Nunn (Second)
Eric Shurtleff (Third)
Laney Harrold (Third)
Sean Connors (Third)
Laurel Mitchell (Fourth)
Violet Gunsalus (Fifth)
Hunter Johnson (Sixth)
Isabelle Lanpher (Sixth)
Gabriel Springfield (Seventh)
Laurel Lowenthal (Eighth)

Bagg Hall (The Town Hall) Hours: Monday-Thursday 8AM – 4PM

Stephen Knapp Exhibit

Princeton Arts Society Winners at the GALA Spring Show

Members of the Princeton Arts Society took home many of the top awards at the recent Gardner Area League of Arts annual Spring Show.  Congratulations to all of the following PAS members for an outstanding showing!

Emilie Astell - “Stonington Harbor” Pastel 3rd Place
Andrea Driscoll - “Red River Marsh” Acrylic 1st Place
Len Haug - “The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail” Mixed Media 1st Place
Naida Knox - “After the Fire” Mixed Media 2nd Place
Lori MacDonald – “Lobster Cove Annisquam” Popular Choice Award 1st Place
Heather March – “Brooch 1,” 3-D 2nd Place & “Necklace” 3-D 3rd Place
James O'Rourke – “Flat Pond” Popular Choice 3rd Place & “There Could Be Mice” Open 3rd Place
Joanne Quinn - “Sagatabscot” Oil 2nd Place & “On the Pond” Pastel Honorable Mention
Pam Short -“Skies over Wachusett” Best in Show & Pastel 1st Place, “Through the Marsh” Pastel 2nd Place & “Just Hay-ngin Around” Pastel Honorable Mention

Friday, March 14, 2014

Artist Talk March 28

March 28, 2014, 5 PM
Mechanics Hall
Worcester, Massachusetts
Charlotte Wharton, Copley Master, PSA, will give a talk about the
making of her portrait of Abby Kelley Foster, which hangs in the Great
Hall in Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts.
For more information about the portrait:
The Event is free but as space is limited, please RSVP to Worcester
Women’s History Project by March 20 at
Charlotte Wharton Studio
Worcester, Massachusetts

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring Art Exhibit Call-for-artists and Entry Form

Dear PAS Members

It is time to get ready for our 23rd annual Spring Art Exhibit and Sale to be held on May 16 -18. This year our theme is "Spring on the Mountain." Attached is the Call for Artists that will give you more information on the show and Entry Forms for participation. We hope we will have a lot of our members participate.


As usual we will be awarding ribbons and prizes and hosting a wonderful opening reception with lots of food and beverages.

We will soon be creating posters and flyers and will begin to advertise and promote the show. We would like to include some images of member art that deal with Spring and/or Wachusett Mountain that we could incorporate in our posters and flyers. If you have one (preferably one that will be in the show) please send a jpeg or tift file to us at


Len Haug (Exhibit Coordinator)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Congratulations to PAS member and Exhibits Coordinator Len Haug

Congratulations to PAS member and Exhibits Coordinator Len Haug for his second place award in the Newton (Mass) Art Association’s 2014 Bonnar Show! The show is open until March 28 at Newton City Hall. Details below (click image to enlarge).

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Open Studio Reception

Reminder: Art/Poetry Event This Sunday!

Join us at 2 pm Sunday, February 16 in the PAS Room at the Princeton Center, 18 Boylston Ave, Princeton, for a poetry reading about art. Poet Eve Rifkah will be reading from her book Dear Suzanne, a book of poems based on the life of French Impressionist artist Suzanne Valadon, Renoir's favorite model. Eve is also the author of Outcasts, and is a founding editor of the literary journal Diner and co-founder of Poetry Oasis, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to education and promoting local poets. Eve lives in Worcester. This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Princeton Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be served. For more information, email

Save the Date for GALA

Doreen LaScola reminds other PAS members that the Gardner Area League of Artists (GALA) spring show March 21, 22 & 23, 2014 is always a fabulous weekend and seems to be drawing a larger and larger crowd every year. In addition to fabulous art, there is entertainment all weekend long! For more information,

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Member News and Upcoming Events - Late January, 2014

It’s “Off the cuff armchair theater” again!
Come along and try your hand at play reading! Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7 PM in the PAS Room, Princeton Center, 18 Boylston Ave, Princeton. This year we’ll be reading the work of contemporary award-winning playwright David Ives, whose work has been described as “at once enchanting and perplexing, incisively intelligent and side-splittingly funny”. Before his success on Broadway with “Venus in Fur” (currently playing in Boston), Ives wrote a number of short, playful, inventive one-act plays.
Join us as we read through three or four of these humorous plays from his popular book “All in the Timing”: ”Sure Thing”, “Words, Words, Words”, “Variations on the Death of Trotsky”, and “Mere Mortals”. Scripts will be available to share and minimal props will be provided.
Bring your voice and ideas for plays to read next year!  Refreshments!!! For more information, email

Poet Eve Rifkah to Read February 16
Poet Eve Rifkah will read from her art-related poetry on Sunday, February 16 at 2 pm in the PAS Room of the Princeton Center, 18 Boylston Avenue, Princeton. Eve is the author of Dear Suzanne, a book of poems based on the life of French Impressionist artist Suzanne Valadon, Renoir's favorite model. Eve is also the author of Outcasts, and is a founding editor of the literary journal Diner and co-founder of Poetry Oasis, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to education and promoting local poets. Eve lives in Worcester. This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Princeton Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be served. For more information, email

Lisa Regopoulos: Pastels: Color, Light and Motion
Lisa Regopoulos, a PAS member from Fitchburg, will have a collection of her work hung at the Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley Road, Townsend, MA. The show will be open to the public beginning February 19th, 2014, and a closing reception is planned for Sunday, March 30th from 2– 4 pm.  Stop in to see the show, which will feature her new series of waterfalls along with select pieces from her other series.  Refreshments and live music by violinist Dawn Gardetto will be provided. Attend the closing reception and be entered to win a limited edition Giclee print. For more information:  

Lori MacDonald Exhibit Extended!
The exhibit of PAS member Lori MacDonald’s beautiful acrylic paintings at the Princeton branch of the Barre Savings Bank and Princeton Town Hall (Bagg Hall) has been updated, rotated and extended by popular demand through the end of March. The exhibit features New England landscapes, seascapes, mountain views, farm animals and beautiful light. Lori lives in Gardner.
Stop by for a fresh look at the work of this popular artist.  All of the artwork is available for purchase and viewing during normal business hours. The Princeton branch of the Barre Savings Bank is located at Post Office Place, 206 Worcester Road, Princeton, and Princeton Town Hall (Bagg Hall) is located at 6 Town Hall Drive, Princeton.  For more information, visit or

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Princeton Arts Society Portrait Group “FACES” Exhibit

The Gallery at Briarwood Is “Something Special for the Community”
Princeton Arts Society Portrait Group “FACES” Exhibit 

from L to R: at exhibit opening
Susan Tripp, Linda Johnson, Diane Moore, Tom Moore, Jean Murphy

Worcester, Massachusetts Briarwood Retirement Community hosted a private opening reception for artists of the Princeton Arts Society Portrait Group on Sunday, January 5. The exhibit entitled “FACES” was the first of six to be scheduled in The Gallery at Briarwood in the coming year. The next exhibit will be presented in March by a member of Briarwood’s Board of Directors, Sharon Smith-Viles and the Silk Road Art Guild of Central Massachusetts. A complete schedule for the year will be released at a later date.

The Gallery at Briarwood was the brainchild of the weekly “Art with Merry” class held at Briarwood. “One day the class suggested they have an exhibit. We walked down the hall and kept walking,” laughs Briarwood resident and class instructor Marilyn “Merry” Pratt. “The light bulb went off. We realized it was the perfect space for an art gallery. Residents from the entire campus exhibited their works October through December 2013. It was then we realized we had something very special for the community.”

“FACES” was presented to showcase the caliber of work that is produced from weekly portrait sittings at the Princeton Center, 18 Boylston Ave. in Princeton. The mission of the Princeton Arts Society is to foster interest in the arts and to promote the talents and skills of its members.

The Portrait Group meets year round on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and has a live model who sits for twenty-minute segments during that time. The group has a long history of portrait making. It is led by founding members Merry Pratt and Jean Murphy. 

Artists may apply to exhibit at the Gallery at Briarwood and groups can schedule a tour by contacting Anita Thomas, Public Relations and Community Outreach Director at 508-852-9007 or 

Briarwood is a non-profit senior living community that includes Independent Living cottages & apartments, Assistance in Living services, and Knollwood Nursing Center for skilled nursing & rehabilitation services. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

PAS Member News and Events

Gardner Area League of Artists (GALA) Call for Entries for 2014 Spring Art Show
March 21-23, 2014 at the Gardner PACC
171 Kendall Pond Rd W, Gardner, MA 01440
Entry Deadline: February 14
Judges include Jessica Roscio
Assistant Curator, Danforth Art Museum
For more info & entry form

PAS member Sid Solomon is having a really big show at the Sprinkler Factory Gallery. “Sid Solomon, The First 80 Years” will be on display at 38 Harlow Street, Worcester from February 1 to 28, 2014. The many faces of Dr. Sid will be revealed in over 100 artworks—oils, watercolors, pastels, drawings, sculpture, lightboxes and sumi-e paintings. The show will be open for viewing on Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm, or by appointment. Opening reception at the gallery on Friday, February 7 from 6 to 9 pm (snow date Saturday, February 8 from 6-9 pm). This exhibit is made possible by the Worcester Arts Council, a local Cultural Council supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information, visit

PAS member Stephanie Chubbuck has been awarded a $1,325 Material Needs Grant from ArtsWorcester for glass-blowing materials and equipment rental to create large-scale, hyper-realistic glass sculptures of fruit. ArtsWorcester’s Material Needs Grants for 2014-15 totaled $7,500, and support the supplies and equipment needed to create new art in Worcester County. Congratulations, Stephanie!!

New Additions to the PAS Art Library
Len Haug reports that thanks to recent donations by PAS member Barry Van Dusen, the following books have been added to our collection and are available for loan to our membership:
• Books on the lives and works of artists Kollwitz, Magritte, Matisse, Sargent, and Vermeer
• Books on techniques including "Creative Color for the Oil Painter", "The Painter's Craft", and "Oil Painting"

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Movie Night

Pearl Jam in Princeton
The Princeton Arts Society will be featuring Pearl Jam Twenty for this year's Movie Night 

Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Princeton Center Building at 15 Boylston Ave, Princeton

This is a documentary featured on the public television series American Masters
on the evolution of this rock band over the past twenty years. 

The trailer may be found at

Movie Night is a free event open to all hosted by the Princeton Arts Society.
Refreshments will be served. 

The Princeton Arts Society is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and is wheelchair accessible. 

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Call to Artists

Call to Artists
9th Annual Community Arts Festival
March 13, 2014

Please join us as a participating artist at the Ninth Annual Community Arts Festival, Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Thomas Prince School in Princeton. We welcome all community artists: they set a great example for students of lifelong creativity and commitment to the arts. This year our theme is Nature, although artists need not bring work that relates to the theme.

Well provide table or floor space for whatever work you would like to display. Please plan to arrive by 4:30 and be available to talk about your work between 5:30 and 7:30 pm. You are also free to offer your work for sale if you like.

If you’d like to be a part of this delightful community event, please call Claire Golding at (978) 464-2973 or email her at Please get in touch on or before February 15, 2014. 

Thank you! --The TPS Community Arts Festival Committee

Award-winning Local Poet to Read

Award-winning Local Poet to Read
Poet and Princeton native Jamie Samdahl will read from her new manuscript, Learned Exile¸ on Sunday, January 19 at 2 pm in the Princeton Arts Society’s room in the Princeton Center, 18 Boylston Ave. Jamie is a junior at Smith College in Northampton, and has just returned from three months of study and travel in India. Her poems have been published in Smith’s literary magazine Labrys, as well as in the five-college literary journal Quick Brown Fox.  In the spring of 2013 Jamie was named winner of Smith College Art Museum’s Tryon Prize for Writing, as well as Mount Holyoke College’s 90th annual Glascock Poetry Prize. The 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. All are welcome! For more information, email
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