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 View the full 2023-24 Program Calendar:

The BAA Annual Spring Show in May

This show included work by 58 member artists.  The juror for the show, Oscar Bogran, selected the prize winners shown on the right.

For a list of all of the entries in this show, which includes contact information on the artists and prices:

Most of the works in this show are for sale and provide an excellent opportunity to collect original artwork.  Purchases would be made by directly contacting the individual artist.
Here is a photo-gallery of the Show in two parts. The first album contains images of each of the works in the show and the second has the prize wining works.
The reception for the Show was held at the Bethlehem Public Library on May 21.  The juror for the show, Oscar Bogran spoke about the show and gave detailed comments on the works that were selected for awards.
Oscar was born In Honduras, Central America and raised in NYC. With a Masters in Fine Arts From Tufts University and The School Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Mr. Bográn is a multidisciplinary artist. He is a public artist and arts History professor with SUNY Schenectady.

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to see the Show Winners

April Monthly Meeting
Fabric Art with Kathy Velis Turan

The April presenter was Kathy Velis Turan, a mixed media artist now living and working in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her focus may be realistic or abstract, but always intensely graphic. She talked and presented a slide show about the surface design techniques that she uses, silk screen printing, fabric painting, photo transfer and embellishing with free-motion quilting, hand stitching and beading on the whole-cloth surface of her work. She also silk screens on paper, then paints and uses other surface design techniques and media. She showed examples of completed works that illustrated how the techniques that she uses have evolved.
To learn more about the artist and see more of her art go to
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March Meeting and April Workshop
Abstract Multi-media Painting with Kit Kelly Yedinak

Kit Kelly Yedinak gave a wonderful presentation at the March monthly meeting and will also conduct the Spring Workshop in April.  Kit discussed the color, composition and endless possibilities for a range of materials that can be used to create non-representational or abstract style artwork. She discussed and demonstrated the unique process she uses to create interesting effects and textures using materials such as marble dust, dried flowers, paper, etc. The primary material, cold wax medium, can be adapted many ways and certainly looked like something that would be fun to work with.  The presentation gave an excellent preview of the workshop which will be sure to be a fun learning experience .
Here is a photo-gallery of the meeting:

And, to the right, are the two paintings
that Kit created at the meeting.

Kit was born in Yakima, Washington and spent most of her life living along the West Coast with her family. She spent her childhood creating art and reading books, then she attended college in the Los Angeles area. After she got married and had two children, her family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where she received a Fine Arts B.A. in 2006. She began to work in abstracts using various media and techniques, and pottery. In 2015 her family moved to New York and eventually she received a Masters in the Studio Arts in 2022. She is a visual artist who spends her time creating art in her studio. 
Here is a photo of Kit with painting that was selected as a finalist in the 50th Annual, ‘On My Own Time’ juried exhibition by CNY Arts, which was held at Everson Museum in Syracuse last Oct 5th - Nov 12th, as well as two other images of her work.  See more at kityedinak,com 
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April Workshop

Kit ran an excellent workshop in which everybody learned a lot and had a wonderful time. Thank you Kit.

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February Meeting - Annual Members Critique
with Eden Compton

Our Annual Critique was conducted by Eden Compton, who has made presentations, and judged shows for us many times. Each member is invited to bring one piece of art, either in progress or near completion. The critique is intended to help people get some insight into their work prior to our Annual May Show. Eden’s formal art education began with a BA in Art History from Colgate University and independent courses at the International Center for Photography in NYC.  She has studied and taken workshops with nationally known artists. Her award winning work has been included in national juried shows as well as numerous regional and local shows. 
                        Click here to learn more about Eden

January Meeting - Stylized Water Media Painting with Sterling Edwards

This meeting was a live Zoom demonstration of "stylized water media painting" by renowned water media artist Sterling Edwards. While showing us how to “stylize” shapes, Sterling incorporated watercolor techniques such as negative painting, saving white paper, and building rich, dark values. He shared his process for taking ordinary scenic elements and giving them movement to create vibrant compositions. He began with a sketch of a boatyard that included, boat hulls, drydock structures, ladders, and odd pieces of lumber. These still recognizable shapes were worked into this somewhat abstract "stylized" work of art.   
                  Click here to learn more about the artist:   
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Lexi Hannah is a full-time professional artist specializing in commissioned artworks, murals, and live event painting.  She is an ambassador for Holbein Artist Materials and brought variety of materials including quality paints, papers, and pencils for the meeting attendees to try. This was a very different type of meeting with attendees rather than the presenter doing the brushwork.  It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the wide variety of acrylic products that are available and to have some fun experimenting with them.  To learn more about Lexi go to:


December Holiday Meeting with Lexi Hannah


BAA November Show at the Bethlehem Public Library

The Annual Fall Show was held at the Bethlehem Public Library during the month of November. Here are photos of the pictures that were in the show as well as a price list and a prize winner list.

The Fall Show Reception was held on Friday, November 17, at the Library
Comments on the Show were
 made by this year's Judge, Peg Foley

Peg Foley is a printmaker, fiber artist and art educator. She holds a Master of Science degree in Art Education from the College of St. Rose and a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts from Nazareth College in Rochester. She is the recipient of a Surdna Foundation Fellowship and has studied art at Penland School of Art in North Carolina. She is a recent recipient of several New York State Council on the Arts grants and a Schenectady Foundation grant. She is an Oakroom artist and has shown her work in and around the Northeast. She designed and was the lead artist responsible for the “Schenectady and Me” community based sculptural bench project. She created sculptural benches throughout the city which incorporated community designed tiles depicting places and moments related to love of the city. In her personal work she uses photo etching and screen-printing processes to create mixed media works which incorporate collage and a variety of fibers into works which reflect on the idea of permanence in an uncertain world.

October Meeting and November 18 Fall Workshop
Mixed Media Landscape Collage
Cathy Laccetti

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Cathy enjoys experimenting with different mediums and techniques, truly enjoying the process and not necessarily the finished product. She (self-described) is a “Jill of All Trades; Master of None.” Although she was honored to recently receive an Award of Excellence for her gouache painting, “Au Sable Afternoon”, at the Arkell Museum’s Annual Art of New York Show juried by Eden Comptom
At the October meeting Cathy demonstrated her process for creating mixed media landscape collages. She uses her own handpainted paper; sometimes adding in purchased papers or recycled elements, i.e., old book pages, chopstick wrappers, menus, maps, etc. She began by discussing how to deconstruct an image into simple shapes, decide on a color palette, and determine values. She then discussed the best types of paper to use for collage and demonstrated a few of her favorite painted paper techniques for creating textured papers. After a discussion on substrates and glue, Cathy created a simple landscape collage.

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The BAA Online Salon is Now Open

The BAA Website now includes an Online Salon in which members can submit images of artwork that they would like to share with others.  (See banner above)The artwork can be any style, new or old, finished or in process.  Along with an image, artists can supply narrative and a contact link.  There is an opportunity to talk about the process that was used, the inspiration behind the piece, the materials used, advice that could be used to help complete it, etc.  The email link will make it easy for viewers to send comments.  The goal is to provide much more flexibility and variety in the works that are on exhibit on the website and to foster more communication among our artists and the public.

September Meeting - Peter Keitel on the Uses of Photography in Painting

Peter Keitel paints in a realistic style from photographs of orphan subjects such as fire alarms, stop signs, ketchup bottles, etc. On occasion he may also do a still life. He has developed an interest in the methods used by photorealist painters as well as other technical or optical devices that artists have used since well before the invention of modern photography. 


In his presentation, Peter offered a little history of these means used in painting. He showed slides that illustrate many of the ways in which modern photographic methods can be used in various styles of painting, in addition to photorealism. Peter discussed ways to capture images in preparation for a painting and how those images can be transferred to a painting surface.

Peter emphasized that his presentation wasn't focused on how to paint, but instead he presented several ideas on how photography can be used in the development of a painting. He included several tips aimed at painters who typically do not want to “paint from a photograph".

BAA June Picnic

The weather was wonderful for the June 15 Bethlehem Art Association picnic at Five Rivers Environmental Center.  Thank you to Susan Nye and Ellie Prakken for organizing the event and Pete Nye and John Smolinsky for helping set up.  Thanks also to the members who brought what was needed to make a pot luck event a success.  This year we are providing links for recipe requests: 


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