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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

Call for Art!
BAA Venue: Aion Cafe

The BAA is looking for artists interested in showing their art at CAFE AION, a Spanish/Moroccan inspired restaurant on The Hill (near CU), frequented by students, professors, wealthy parents, guest speakers, entertainers, football fanatics— as well as local & out of town visitors— with space to display art for a two month block of time.
Your art will be viewed by all who enter for a delicious meal, happy hour, brunch. wedding proposals, and first dates.

BAA October Member Meeting
Oil Pastel Demonstration and Hands-On Tutorial
with artist Rick Dallago

Join us for a spectacular oil pastel demonstration and hands-on tutorial with Rick Dallago. Guests will follow along as Rick presents the unique self-taught blending technique he uses to paint realistic paintings with oil pastels. Rick will discuss color theory, composition plus share trick & methods that he employs when painting.

Both BAA Members and non-members are welcome to participate in this unique opportunity.

BAA Art Wall at R Gallery

The BAA is pleased to announce our partnership with R Gallery! Starting this September 2019, R Gallery will feature a wall of art by BAA member artists. The featured artists for September are the prize winners from our 2018 ArtNow! show.

Starting in October, art from BAA member artists will be 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.
  • Applications are due September 18, 2019.
  • Images of 3 pieces of work that represent art to be displayedmust accompany application. Each image must be labeled with Artist Name and
  • Randy Hale will be jurying for our wall. Randy has juried multiple shows and has several art degrees, including a BFA and a graduate degree in Industrial Design from ArtCenter of Design in Pasadena, CA.
  • 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 September 24th if your work is accepted.
  • If accepted, artists will be chosen randomly for display dates within the 5-month period from October 1, 2019 to March 3, 2020.
  • Artists are responsible for dropping off and picking up work on time.
  • Sales: 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 September 18th 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!


January Member Meeting

January Member Meeting: Art Critique with Virginia Unseld

For our first Member Meeting of 2020, we are thrilled to invite Virginia Unseld to facilitate a guided critique for BAA Members who wish to bring in an unframed piece of art.

Join us for this opportunity to learn about the critiquing process as an observer, or as an artist willing to open your work to a friendly critique guided by Virginia (see bio below).

2019 BAA Member Show!

WHAT: BAA Member Show 2019

WHO: Open to all current members of the Boulder Art Association

WHEN: Registration: September 23rd to October 28th.
Show: Tuesday, November 19th to Sunday, November 24th
Opening Celebration: Thursday, November 21st, 6-8pm

WHERE: R Gallery

HOW: Register now through Monday, October 28th


  • Participants BAA membership must be current
  • Participants must volunteer for a 2-hour block of time for the show
  • Registration fee: $35
  • The BAA will be accepting 2 art pieces from each member: The first can be no larger than 18×24″ (including frame) The second can be no larger than 36 sq.inches (including frame). One or both pieces will be part of the show depending on number of participants.
  • Artist may also bring: 2-3 wrapped, matted prints or original art to be placed in a shared bin (flat, no frames) and up to 20 cards to be placed in a shared rack
  • All art, bin work and cards must be labeled on back with artist’s name, phone number, art title, medium and price



The BAA – Run by Artists, for Artists

Monet Docent Tour at DAM

Denver Art Museum MONET Exhibit

What:  Join BAA artists, family and friends for this fantastic opportunity. Our small group of sixteen will have the guidance and full attention of our very own docent. Afterwards, you are free to enjoy the rest of the museum on your own.

When: November 12, 2019 2:00pm – 5:00pm

For more information about the exhibit, visit this link:

Purchase your ticket now. $31.00

2019 Boulder ArtFest Photos