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The BAAaaa Show: In & Around Boulder

BAA Member Show at the Museum of Boulder

December 3, 2020 – February 1, 2021


The BAAaaa Show is a playful reference to a long ago BAA exhibit which was advertised with an image of sheep beneath a speech bubble saying, “BAA” (See image below) . The Museum Of Boulder was interested in hosting a BAA show because of our place in Boulder history so we thought it would be fun to incorporate this idea along with the tagline “As Seen In & Around Boulder”.

Each participating artist will enter 2 pieces of work:

1) 8” x 8” BAAaaa panel: Each registered artist will get an 8×8” panel for creating a SHEEP-inspired artwork for the entrance of our MOB show (Paint, collage, wax… Surprise us!) Panels will be provided to each participating artist.

2) In & Around Boulder: This is the show’s main exhibit of any recently created work in your own unique style, medium, interpretation – open to anything in and around Boulder that inspires you: – buildings, views, people, animals, still-life… What does Boulder inspire within you?

Where:  The Museum of Boulder  2205 Broadway, Boulder CO 80303
When: Dec 2020 – Feb 2021
All BAA Members (Membership must be current)
The BAAaaa Show: In & Around Boulder featuring two Themed pieces (Sculpture & Mobiles welcome – However must be cleared with Exhibition Committee with regards to size/weight & placement)

Show dates: Thursday, December 3, 2020 through Wednesday, February 1, 2021
Drop off at MOB: Tuesday, December 1st. (Exact time TBD)
Hanging: Wednesday, December 2, 9am-5pm
Opening reception: None due to COVID-19
Artist demo date/s: None due to COVID-19
Pick up from MOB: Tuesday, February 2, 9am – noon
Please note: Pick up late fee: $25.00 for late pick up unless other arrangements have been made with BAA beforehand.


Virtual Artist Critique Group: “Five @ 11”

Boulder Virtual Artist Critique Group— FIVE @ 11
Sponsored by The Boulder Art Association

Weekly Starting SATURDAY JUNE 13  11AM-12:15PM
Each Saturday at 11AM, the works of 5 local artists will be chosen for critique by fellow artists via ZOOM.

All are welcome to submit work for critique and participate and converse with each artist about process, technique, critique, sources, inspiration. marketing, etc. Critiques will be positive, respectful and constructive. All forms of expression are welcome: painting, photography, dance, music, sculpture, quilting, acting, and storytelling.  We love it all.

Starting Jun 13, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 

HOSTED BY: Rick Dallago & Ed Narvaez
BROADCASTING LIVE from R Gallery, 2027 Broadway, Boulder, CO

Advance registration is required to attend this ZOOM meeting. A Zoom account is not required.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting and how to submit work for critique.


Let’s learn & grow from each other.  

Let’s nurture a strong creative community. 

1920’s Paris = 2020’s Boulder. 



Virtual May Member Meeting with Elsie Wood

Join us for a VIRTUAL art critique with Elsie Wood

Disengaging from the Inner Critic: 
A Compassionate and Creative Way
to Evaluate your Work

Do you have an art piece you’d like to discuss with Elsie during this event?
Members are invited to email a photo image to info@boulderartassotiation. Images will be presented for discussion during the meeting.

Please note: In the case of an “overflow” of artwork, Elsie has offered to continue the conversation at a second virtual event so that all who wish to participate may do so.
If the numbers go over 25, we will ask those who do not fit into this block of time to please join us on another date and time (To be announced if this occurs.)

WHAT:  May Member Meeting with Elsie Wood: Disengaging from the Inner Critic: A Compassionate & Creative Way to Evaluate Your Work

 May 12, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time
NOTE: Are you new to ZOOM? Please join us at 5:30 for a brief tutorial!


BAA Members

PLEASE EMAIL info@boulderartassociation for PASSWORD (Members only)

About Elsie Wood:
Elsie Wood received her Master of Education in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She was formerly Executive Director of the Society for Creative Aging in Boulder, Colorado. She has many years’ experience as a sculptor, educator, workshop facilitator, lecturer, writer, and creative artist.  She is an alumna of Journey Path Institute as a  JourneyCircles™ Licensed Facilitator and a Certified Creative Depth Coach.  She has been facilitating a CreativeSage Circle at the West Boulder Senior Center for 7 years.

Volunteering with the BAA
Chairs & Committees

Interested in doing more? We are always excited about welcoming new volunteers! Read below for details about open positions in our eclectic, growing organization.

Education Committee Responsibilities
Member Meetings
Work with Chair to identify presenters for monthly meetings
Help with contacting potential presenters and writing up supply lists
Assist with organizing, storing, setting up  supplies for meetings
Alternate/support Chair arriving 15 – 30 minutes early as needed to set up materials, greet & support presenter
Volunteer for specific tasks, such as running the projector, researching presentations or materials, prepping supplies…
Summer Art Events
Support Chair with organizing field trips to local museums, plein air evenst  or other art venues
Education Committee Meetings
Attend meetings as needed and arranged by Chair
Read & respond to email pertaining to Education
Make suggestions, share ideas and thoughts – Be proactive!
Enjoy connecting with other members of your committee – support your “team” of artists keeping the BAA fresh, current and thriving!

Exhibition Committee Responsibilities
Exhibition Committee Meetings
Attend ExComm meetings
Volunteer for tasks according to skill sets, availability
Research, discuss possible exhibits: locations, dates, expenses
Research, plan, write up requirements and details
List supplies, duties, volunteers needed for exhibits
Write up details to present to BAA Board
Support & communicate with Chair
Read & respond to Chair emails
Be proactive!
Create/print/post posters, signs, flyers
Be integral part of setting up & taking down show
Be present during show as scheduled
Answer questions from artists, members & visitors before & during show
Support Exhibit Chair
Maintain positive communication with all with artists & visitors
Note what worked & what did not work for future exhibits

Marketing Chair Responsibilities
Lead Marketing Committee (MC)
Plan for, organize MC meetings (Dates, times, locations, agenda…)
Train MC members as needed for various marketing tasks
Assign tasks for marketing as needed & as aligns volunteer skill sets & interests
Make sure tasks are completed
Support MC volunteers as needed
Maintain email contact with MC
Online presence
Website updates for meetings, notices…
Assign/work with Committee for upkeep of the following”
-MailChimp notices/updates, announcements for subscribers
-Google AdWords
Work with Exhibition Chair & Committee
Research, price advertising and promotional materials
Research/contact potential sponsors for donations
Create/print/post posters, signs, flyers (Along with Exhibits Committee)
Board Meetings
Attend Board Meetings (Note: Board Mtgs occur approximately once/month – more or less depending on events and/or need)
Share marketing updates
Read & respond to email pertaining to the board
Make suggestions, share ideas and thoughts – Be proactive!
Enjoy connecting with other members of the board – support your “team” of artists keeping the BAA fresh, current and thriving!

Marketing Committee Responsibilities
Attend meetings
Support Chair with setting up/organizing mtgs as needed
Take on one (or more!) marketing tasks
Participate in discussions, share ideas, be proactive
Online presence: Take on one or more!
Website updates for meetings, notices…
MailChimp notices/updates, announcements for subscribers
Shows/Exhibitions (Along with Exhibition Chair & Exhibition Committee volunteers)
Work with Exhibition Committee
Research, price advertising and promotional materials
Research/contact potential sponsors
Gather info, images etc. for sponsors, donations
Advertise for show with online presence
Create/print/post posters, signs, flyers

Secretary Chair Responsibilities
Board Meetings
Attend Board Meetings (Note: Board Mtgs occur approximately once/month – more or less depending on events and/or need)
Take minutes at BAA board meetings
Save minutes/notes in BAA Google Drive Folder
Maintain a record of meetings and other important information
Share meeting notes with the Board (email notification and link)
Read & respond to email pertaining to the board
Make suggestions, share ideas and thoughts – Be proactive!
Enjoy connecting with other members of the board – support your “team” of artists keeping the BAA fresh, current and thriving!

Venue Lead
Communicate with owners/managers with regards their venue
Communicate with volunteers in charge of specific venues
Research potential venues: Restaurants, cafes, businesses…
Organize/prepare information to share at Member Meetings and for Marketing: Location, venue preferences for type of art, photos of display space, number/size of art that can be displayed… Does the venue support Openings & other details
Create a schedule: Every 2-3 months if possible
Share information with Board via email (Attend Board Meetings as needed)
Present brief updates and opportunities at member meetings
Check with Membership Chair to make sure artists are current members of the BAA
Maintain contact with venue representatives
Remind artist/s of their turn to put up/take down art
Support artists as needed with venue/artist communication
Take photos or ask artists to take photos and share with Marketing Chair




APRIL Member Meeting
Aspen Zen Painting with Gail Pederson

For our a future meeting (date to be determined), BAA member, Gail Pederson will be leading us through an “Aspen Zen Painting.” Learn how to paint abstract aspens using a variety of pens, water-soluble graphite pencils and high flow acrylic paint. You will be guided step by step through the Zen painting process, resulting with a beautiful aspen tree painting to take home!

BAA Art Wall at R Gallery

The BAA is continuing our partnership with R Gallery! Our BAA Wall at R Gallery will feature another round of art by BAA member artists.

Art from BAA member artists are featured in approximate 6-week rotations, depending on dates. If you would like your art to be considered for the BAA wall in R Gallery, please read below.

  • Artist’s BAA membership must be current.
  • Artists who were accepted into the last “BAA R Gallery Wall” exhibit are excluded from entering this cycle. Eligibility will continue next cycle.
  • Applications are due March 22nd, 2020.
  • Images of 3 pieces of work that represent art to be displayed must accompany application.
  • Edson Beckett will be jurying for our wall. Edson has taught photography, graphic design, ceramics, drawing and painting for 37 years. He has been a professional artist for more than 20 years. Edson was the Flagler County [Florida] Teacher of the Year in 2009, the Flagler County Artist of the year in 2010, and received the inaugural “Exceptional Educator Award” from Full Sail University in 2017.
  • 12 BAA artists will be chosen for gallery rotations. Three artists will share the wall space at a time.
  • You will be notified by or on March 30th if your work is accepted.
  • If accepted, artists will be chosen randomly for display dates within the 6-month period from April 14th, 2020 to October 25th, 2020.
  • Artists are responsible for dropping off and picking up work on time.
  • Sales: All works must be for sale. 30% will go to R Gallery and 20% will go to the BAA.
  • R Gallery has final word for all art to be displayed.

Instructions for Submission:

  • Email , subject line: “BAA RGallery Wall Submission”
  • Attach 3 images of original work that represents art for display
  • Each image must be labeled as: Artist Name Title
  • Body of email must include: Artist name, phone number/s, complete address plus titles and mediums of attached images
  • Email must be sent by midnight March 22nd to be considered by the jury

Did you know…

  • R Gallery is Boulder’s newest fine art gallery and is committed to providing local artists a first class space for showing and selling their work.
  • R Gallery is located on Broadway half a block from the Pearl Street Mall where it gets lots of foot traffic – visitors from all over the world stop in to check out the art!

R Gallery: Stop by and see what all the excitement is about!


February Member Meeting
Fluid Art with Mary Morrison

For our February Member Meeting we learned about Fluid Art (also known as Pour Painting) with Mary Morrison – then created our very own fluid art piece to take home! Below are photos from the event.

Visit Mary’s website to learn more:

Happy Hour Reception at Cafe Aion

Join us for a  Happy Hour Reception on Friday Jan 10, 2020 at 5PM-8PM.

Congratulations to our 2019 Show Award Winners!

About the Judge: Virginia Unseld
Virginia Unseld has been painting the western landscape for 40 years.  Her work is about the act of joyous mark-making as much as about the subject she is painting.  Virginia is primarily a plein air painter. Her studio and home are at 9,200 feet in the Colorado Rockies.
Unseld holds a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design. She taught art in public schools for almost 30 years and has also been an instructor for Adams State University and numerous arts groups.  She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado and the Colorado Watercolor Society and a member of Women Artists of the West and the Plein Air Painters of Colorado.  She has exhibited extensively and won many awards for her work.

Virginia shared her thoughts about the winning pieces:
“Thank you for asking me to judge this member’s show. I was happy to see the breadth of the entries in terms of media, style, and subject. I looked and relooked at each piece and sometimes laughed and sometimes felt other strong emotions and sometimes delighted in the creativity or skill. I often struggled between 2 pieces when selecting one for an award. I have included a few notes to explain my choices.”

Future Perfect   Sue Houck

Unique Composition: Future Perfect by Sue Houck: “The design of this piece is unusual by traditional compositional standards. There is no clear point of interest. The balance of elements is also not predictable and therefore a little gutsy. I also love the title and the presentation, while simple, is still professional.”

Spirit of Buffalo
Linda Faul

Unique Use of Color: Spirit of Buffalo by Linda Faul: “There is a saying by some anonymous person – or at least unknown to me – that “value does all the work and color gets all the glory”. Color does get the glory in this painting, with almost fauve color choices. The values do their part too to ensure that the wild colors work.”

Rim Lit Monument
Shaun Shea

Emotionally Inspiring: Rim Lit Monument by Shawn Shea: “The light and colors and composition and technique all inspiring and the subject fits the category as well. I was able to stand in that light.”

Sleeping Rocks
Vicki Payne

Best of Show: Sleeping Rocks by Vicki Payne: “I love the atmosphere captured here. The soft misty water contrasted against the rough rocks is gorgeous. The composition leads the viewer around all the elements in the landscape. Technically it is a very strong piece. To quote Ansel Adams, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it”. Ms. Payne has made a quiet but powerful and simple photograph. I love it.”

Looking for Lunch
Loren Merrill

People’s Choice: Looking for Lunch by Loren Merrill: Congratulations Loren for getting the highest number of votes from gallery visitors!

BAA Venue: 1st Bank at Meadows Shopping Center

The 1st Bank Venue has Three floors:

The first floor requires 9 pieces of art. It is the request of the manager that they have continuity. There is also a spot for a large painting. The remainder of the art can be 16 x 20, 18 x 24, etc. Hooks are already placed in the wall for art.

The second floor also requires 9 pieces of art. Once again, continuity is important, same sizes as described for the first floor,  and same deal with the hooks.

The third floor requires 4 pieces. Same sizes, use of hooks and continuity as mentioned for the other floors.

Exhibits are up for 3 months.
All three floors get a lot of traffic.

Location: Foothills Pkwy. & Baseline Rd. 4770 Baseline Rd.
Boulder, CO 80303

Must be a current member of the Boulder Art Association!
Interested artists, please email

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