Notices & News

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

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

Tewksbury Community of Artists September 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 'Mountains Majesty'.

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.

Hello Artists,

The Tewksbury Community of Artist sponsors an art show at the Tewksbury Library every month to bring fine art to the community. This show is open to any artist. Attached is more information regarding application, guidelines and a list of the upcoming shows. Please read it over carefully. The next Tewksbury Library Monthly Art Show will run from Sept 12th to Oct 10th. Drop off is Sept 12th from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in the Fairgrieve Wing of the library at 300 Chandler Rd., Tewksbury, MA. The theme for Sept. is "Mountains Majesty" .

Those who would like to participate, please get your information to me as soon as possible but no later than Sept. 8th. I will make up ID labels for each painting. Your contact information will be included on the labels for anyone interested in purchasing your artwork. All contact for purchase will be transacted between the buyer and the artist. The library can not answer your questions. Contact me if you have any questions or inquiries. My e-mail is valeriejeannesart @ gmail.com.

Read over the attached sheets and send in your information.
Happy creating!
Valerie Borgal
Coordinator of the Tewksbury Library Monthly Art Show
valeriejeannesart @ gmail.com

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

Melrose Arts and Cultural Association (MACA) November Demo

On Wed.Nov. 1st Melrose Arts will host an evening with artist, Michele McGibbon Kenna. Michele will show her lively approach to pastel. She is currently at the Porter Mill Studios,in Beverly.(michelejkenna.com). This FREE demo takes place at the Milano Center, 201 West Foster St. @ 7pm. All are welcome. Please contact Deb at 781-665-5840 for any additional questions or information.

For more information about Debra, see her web site www.debracorbett.com

For more information about MACA, see their web site http://www.melrosearts.com/index.html

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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