Sunday, December 11, 2011

Polo Barrera, NVA, selling prints

NVA member Polo Barrera recently had a show at Gallery9 in Norwood, MA. He's now selling prints of his collection on display there.

Here is a post from his blog:

Prints and Web of Art

All the paintings of my recent series, currently at Gallery 9, are available as prints (click prints above). Please check out Gallery 9's link and see the talent. Kim Weineck, the gallery director, is also the founder of NVA(Neponset Valley Artists), of which I'm a member. This group meets every Thursday and paints +, in addition to painting field trips. These artists are also members of the FAA (Foxboro Art Association). Some of these artists. including myself, exhibit their work at The Artist's Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place. And then there's my wife, Ann Gorbett, who is also involved in this web. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Recognize anyone?

Here is one of Michael Chesley Johnson's videos promoting his workshops in Sedona. See anyone you might know?

Click HERE for video.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Awards for NVA members!

Wow! FOUR of my students won awards at the Foxboro Art Association Fall show!  NVAers Nancy Bacevich, Frank Quinn, Tony Donovan and Haydi Hurley!! Congratulations! This is amazing news. More info to come.

I just came back from a very focused class and had to post something because I was excited to share.

For anyone local, there's an reception for the show at the Art Gallery at Patriot Place this coming Saturday, October 8th from 2-4pm. For more information, check out the Foxboro Art Association website.

Thanks for reading and congratulations to NVA members/show contributors/winner! Excellent!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Festival photos of random things

The NVA enjoyed our time at the Walpole Arts and Music Festival. I stopped in for a spell with my girls and brought lunch and spent some time with the artists and other vendors there for the day. 

Frank Quinn, NVA, and my little Pippa with Cindy Kerr's arm

Pippa and Lucy with NVAers Cindy Kerr and Haydi Hurley

NVAers Nancy Bacevich and Tony Donovan at Blackburn Hall 

Lucy and Pippa outside Blackburn Hall

 WAMF even had a bouncy house, and of course, Lucy and Pippa were all over that!

Lucy and Pippa jump jump jump!
Thanks for reading!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Walpole Arts and Music Festival Oct 1, 2011

The Neponset Valley Artists will be displaying some work and painting at the Walpole Arts and Music Festival Saturday, October 1st from 10-4 in Stone Field, Walpole, MA/Blackburn Hall in case of rain.

Stop by to meet the talented NVA artists and learn about art instruction or just watch some great work in process!

More information, click this link for a Walpole Times story about this annual event.
See you there!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Group photo!

I haven't been showcasing a lot of art lately on this blog. More art to come soon!!

For now, though, here is a photo of the NVA members who were in Nantucket.

Back row to front row:
Nancy Bacevich, Cindy Kerr,
Polo Barrera, Haydi Hurley, Ann Gorbett,
Tony Donovan, Kim Weineck

Thank goodness for self-timer!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hard at work

From left to right: Kim Morin Weineck, Haydi Hurley, Tony Donovan, Nancy Bacevich, NVA spouse Jeff Kerr, Cindy Kerr, and Polo Barrera.

I do love this photo. Taken by Ann Gorbett, it shows many of the NVA hard at work during our Nantucket trip. From this porch overlooking the channel, boats zoomed by, ferries came and went, and we made paintings and enjoyed each other's conversation.

Some paintings from Nantucket

Our first full day in Nantucket yielded a bunch of work. Before heading to Haydi's show opening, we had an impromptu showing of our paintings at the fireplace.

Haydi Hurley used new watercolor pencils for her two at the top left.
Nancy Bacevich did a preparatory line drawing for a future pastel on the top right.
My (Kim Morin Weineck) three wee pastels are on the fireplace screen.
Cindy Kerr's oil is on the bottom left, followed by Ann Gorbett's oil painted with palette knives only, Tony Donovan's oil, and Polo Barrera's acrylic big sky landscape.

NVA member Ann Gorbett has updated her blog with photos from our Nantucket painting getaway, including a close up of her painting shown above.

And Ann's husband, Polo Barrera, another NVA member also posted about our Nantucket trip with a close up of his painting.

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dinner in Nantucket

The NVA had quite a wonderful time in Nantucket, all due to the hospitality of charter member, Haydi Hurley.

More about our trip to follow on this blog, but for now, here is a photo of all of us before enjoying dinner at The Starlight, formerly the White Dog. We were out for dinner after having seen Haydi's watercolor contributions to the small works show featuring work of the Artists Association of Nantucket.

Pictured from left to right - Ann Gorbett, Polo Barrera, Nancy Bacevich, Cindy Kerr,
NVA spouse Jeff Kerr, Haydi Hurley, Kim Morin Weineck, Tony Donovan.
(Photo courtesy of Ann Gorbett. Thanks, Ann!)

What fun!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Plein air on Nantucket!

Back in April - when it was still cold and nothing outside was really green - I posted about the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod on my blog.

The specific post encouraged people to become members of the AFCC because it is a great organization encouraging the arts on Cape Cod but also because of an amazing sponsorship benefit it's offering: Free round-trip tickets on Cape Air from Hyannis to Nantucket for new members!!

I think every member of the Neponset Valley Artists joined within the week!

Tomorrow we're taking advantage of these tickets and heading to Nantucket for three days of painting and camaraderie. What fun! Can't wait!

Check back on this blog for follow up posts about this trip and what we've painted. Until them I'm packing and planning and baking and readying for some good times. Ahhhh.

And thank you to AFCC and Cape Air!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Marsh photo Inspiration

While on Cape Cod this past week, we took a bike ride and explored a beautiful area called Monomoscoy Island. I had to stop to take these photos as possible painting inspiration for the Neponset Valley Artists even though I was eaten alive by biting flies in the 30 seconds it took to take these 6 photos. How do plein air artists do it?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


The GRAND OPENING for the Art Gallery at Patriot Place is this coming Friday, June 10 from 6-8pm and the Neponset Valley Artists have been selected as the featured artists for the weekend. If you haven't dropped in yet to check out the great artwork, this is the time to do it. Great food and live music will be provided. Come support local artists!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

NVA Member :: Kathy Harwood Hutchinson

The NVA is made up of such talented members!

Kathy Harwood Hutchinson is an artist working in soft pastels. She has been known to foray into other mediums like acrylic and watercolor, but generally her work is luminous, wonderful pastel.

Kathy's subjects range from soothing landscapes to delightful figures to this exceptional vista from Denali in Alaska.

We know when Kathy is on her way into the classroom because we hear her wheely-cart coming down the hall. How else would a pastelist bring along all those wonderful sticks of color?

Kathy has been President of the Foxboro Art Association and writes a column for their monthly newsletter which is a true delight to read. She studies with Kim Morin Weineck which is worth noting because Kim was in the first Kindergarten class that Kathy taught! Her work is on display at the Art Gallery at Patriot Place where she is a permanent artist member.

Art show at the SSDP, No. Easton, MA

Recently the NVA installed a show at the South Shore Dermatology Physicans' office. What a great venue this is! The work looked fabulous and we are happy to be displaying our art to a captive waiting-room audience.

Here are some photos to show you how great the show is!

Kim Morin Weineck, NVA founder and instructor starts off the display on the left wall.

Kim Morin Weineck, NVA PPSCC
Loosestrife Blooms, original oil, $200
Beach Path, original pastel, $125
Marsh Grasses and Greens, original pastel, $125

Nancy Bacevich works in pastel and oil. Here three pieces are here:

Nancy Bacevich, NVA
Masque of the Milkmaid, original oil, $150
Figs, original pastel, $80
In Season, original pastel, $50

Haydi Hurley works in watercolor. Her pieces, with glass, didn't photograph too well. In person they are stunning.

Haydi Hurley, NVA
Schoolgirls, original watercolor, $195
Robin's Eggs, original watercolor, $165

Kathy Harwood Hutchinson works in pastel. Here is a wonderful autumn piece:

Kathy Harwood Hutchinson, NVA
Autumn Reflections, original pastel, $250

Cindy Kerr enjoys visiting all mediums. Here are three pieces from her. The top piece is a pastel of a marsh. The lights reflecting in the glass don't allow the piece to resonate with viewers as it does in person.

Cindy Kerr, NVA
Millis Marsh, original pastel, $150
Beach, original oil, $150
Irish Cottage, original acrylic, $125

Tony Donovan's oils are rich and painterly.

Tony Donovan, NVA
Hydrangea, original oil, $200
Rural Reflections, original oil, $150
Napa Vineyard, original oil, $150

Ann Gorbett and Polo Barrera's collection of works. A very talented couple, these two are!

Polo Barrera, NVA (left side)
Not Easy Being Green, original acrylic, $45
Spring Vista, original oil, $65
A Pair of Pears, original acrylic, $45

Ann Gorbett, NVA (right)
Roses, original oil, $175
Kyoko, original oil, $225
Freshly Cut, original oil, $175
Threesome, original oil, $225
(shown beneath Frank Quinn's painting)

Frank Quinn does wonderful figurative pieces. His granddaughter is a favorite subject.

Frank Quinn, NVA
Little Princess, original oil, $150
Queen of Arts, BPL, original oil, $150
The Last Parade, St Patrick's Day, 2009, original oil, $200

And all of the work again. Beautiful and singular in all the artists' individual styles.

As I left, this is what I saw through the window into the practice's waiting room. I am so proud of my students' work!

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