Qvcah newsletter August 2015 111 Main Street, Southbridge, ma 01550

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Newsletter August 2015
111 Main Street, Southbridge, MA 01550 508-764-3341

Gallery hours: Th 4-8 p.m. Fri 2-6 p.m. Sat & Sun 12-4 p.m.
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities is dedicated to fostering the role of the arts & humanities in the lives of local citizens.

Serving 25 Communities in

South Central Massachusetts: Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, Dudley, East Brookfield, East Douglas, Holland, Leicester, Monson, North Brookfield, Oxford, Palmer, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Wales, Warren, Webster, and West Brookfield. Northeast Connecticut: North Grosvenordale, Pomfret, Putnam, Quinebaug, Thompson, and Woodstock.

Message from Julie Prohaska, President of the Board of Directors:

We at the Arts Center (QVCAH) are delighted to start the new Fiscal Year of 2015/16 off with three wonderful exhibits in our beautiful Galleries, as well as a very successful children’s art program, the Autumn Artfest in September, and our Annual Art and Craft Holiday Sale in November.  We have already shared the excitement of having Audrey Helen Weber, the recipient of our new Artist Residency Program, in one of our studios and a weekend of Open Studios, showcasing her work and the work of our Resident Artist, Charles Gaulin.  We are in the process of planning programs for the next calendar year, starting with an exhibit to help celebrate Southbridge’s Bicentennial.


We are full of enthusiasm for what lies ahead and for the impact we can make on our community and the whole region.  We do hope you will take the time to stop by our galleries and have fun at our upcoming events!  And don't forget to bring the kids! All is open to the public without charge and we welcome you.


If you would like to be a part of this exciting time at the Arts Center, you might consider becoming a member.  For a very small fee you can help us bring to the Center much needed programs for children and adults.  Please go to for details and to download an application form or call me: Julie at 203-733-6859.  I’ll be happy to help!


With best wishes for a beautiful Fall Season,

Calendar of Events:

August 2nd - 30th – “Collected Impressions by the Good Press Printmakers.”
September 13th – October 4th – Opening Sunday September 13th 4-6 p.m. – “Hyper-Realistic Pastel Art of Diane Haynes.”

September 26th 10:a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Art Center - “Autumn Artfest” featuring live panel painting, pumpkin painting, & face-painting.
October 10th – 30th - Opening Saturday October 10th 4-6 p.m. – Netherlands artist, Winnie Waalwijk, will display her artwork in oil and acrylic.
November 13th – 22ndHoliday Art & Craft Sale – Hours: Monday–Wednesday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 4th & 5th – Garden Club Greens Sale - Friday 12 to 5 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Audrey Helen Weber was selected as the first artist for the new QVCAH Artist Residency Program. As a QVCAH Resident Artist she receives free studio space for three months at the Art Center, a small stipend, opportunities to present her work to the public, and all the resources we can access to push her art making further. The Center hosted an Open Studio for Audrey and Charlie Gaulin, who also has a studio at the Art Center, on the 15th & 16th of August. The public was invited to meet the artists in their studios to see their work space and artwork. Audrey will be conducting a fall workshop in the Southbridge public schools and will have a final gallery show at the close of her residency period. Look for those dates soon. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fundraising Scratch Ticket Raffle Basket – drawing was on July 19th & the winner was Kate Berry of Charlton. Congratulations!
QVCAH Board of Directors

Bonnie Bastien Executive Committee:

Racial Fernandez Julie Prohaska, President

Charles Gaulin Maureen Prokos, Vice-President

Simone Germain Kristen Auclair, Treasurer

Richard Harwood Karen Pickarski, Secretary

Demetri Kasperson Rachel Young, Member-at-Large

Kathy Murray

Eddi Phillips

Jeremy Rines
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso

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