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BAA March Meeting and Spring Workshop with
Ritvik Sharma

BAA member Ritvik Sharma did a watercolor demonstration at the March 16 Monthly meeting and will also conduct the Spring Workshop in April. Here are Ritvik's words about his art:  "I am a self taught artist based in Schenectady NY. I was drawn to sketching and painting very early on as a kid and loved creating watercolor paintings and pencil sketches. As a kid I took refuge in painting. I had an off and on relationship with art during college. I did art whenever time permitted. For the last several years I have devoted my time learning watercolor techniques and painting subjects that interest me.  I enjoy painting city scenes, floral and seascapes the most.  I continue to learn by taking workshops with artists I admire.  I have recently started working with oils and have been enjoying the process of learning a new medium.  I regularly participate in art shows around the capital region and show my works through local galleries."

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Spring Workshop Details

Watercolor with Ritvik Sharma

Saturday, April, 15, 9am to 4pm
Delmar Presbyterian Church
  585 Delaware Ave., Delmar
Fee $30 ~ Members only
You can pay and register here:

or contact Denise Crisafulli at 518-339-6170 or

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The workshop will be watercolors, but you are encouraged to choose a medium of your liking.  For the workshop we will do a value study landscape and seascape painting.  If time permits, we will attempt a cityscape or a street scene.

BAA February Meeting. Annual Member Critique with Oscar-Alberto Bográn

At this annual event, members are invited to bring in a piece and have it evaluated by a professional artist.  The guest artist this year was Oscar Alberto Bográn.  Oscar's comments, in addition to focusing on technical issues, provided lots of encouragement to artists to be bold and try new things.  The result was an evening that was exiting, informative, and entertaining.  We look forward Oscar's return at future BAA events.
Oscar was born In Honduras, Central America and raised in NYC. He obtained a MFA in Studio Arts From Tufts University and The School Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at Schenectady County Community College. Mr. Bográn is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on the social: the state of contemporary religion, American capitalism and the disparity of communities of color.


BAA January 2022 Meeting
Color Theory and Practice  by Eden Compton

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It's a good thing this meeting was scheduled via Zoom!  The library closed early due to the inclement weather, but we all enjoyed a highly informative presentation on color theory by Saratoga artist, Eden Compton, without having to change our travel plans in the least.  Eden started with a review on basic color theory, then moved into an inspirational demonstration of practical strategies for improving our vision, competence and confidence in the color choices we use in our own work.

Specific topics included various limited palettes, making useful color charts, studies of master painters and using sketchbooks to record it all.  Eden shared many examples from her own working method.  In the end, her message was to encourage us to freely, and regularly, experiment and challenge ourselves. For those who might be interesed in furthering their study of color, Eden is offering a halfday workshop titled "The Essential Sketchbook: Exploring Color" on March 11.  To read about Eden as an artist and view more examples of her work, please visit

BAA December 2022 Holiday Meeting
Presentation by Member Artist Cheryl Wickstrom

Cheryl Wickstrom gave a wonderful presentation at the 2022 Holiday Meeting.  Cheryl’s interest in art started when her parents signed her up for a summer oil painting class. Oil painting is her true passion. Cheryl demonstrated how she sets up a painting and then worked on the latter stages of a full size version.  She demonstrated an oil glazing technique, applying thin coats, utilizing various pigments’ natural opacities. Cheryl also spoke about other paintings that he had brought to the meeting.  She prefers large formats that allow her to give full expression to the detail of her subject. She considers herself a macro painter, revealing the depth and detail of the everyday.  To see more of Cheryl's work go to

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2022 BAA Annual Fall Show
Bethlehem Public Library for the month of November

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A reception at the Library was held on November 17.  The juror for the show, local artist Gary Shankman, was on hand to talk about the show and the awards that were granted.  We have enjoyed Gary's presence at BAA events many times and were delighted to have him back.  Gary's presentation about the artwork in the show was both informative and entertaining.  Gary has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Boston University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from American University.  Gary has retired as a full professor at Sage College of Albany.  His oil paintings have been on display internationally.


If you were unable to make it to the library, or would like to review the show again from the comfort of your home, please enjoy our Online Show!

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BAA October Monthly Meeting and November Workshop
Prosaic Realism with Matt Chinian

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Matt Chinian presented at the October meeting, describing his working method and sharing a demonstration of his style. 

Matt also conducted the BAA Fall Workshop in November for a group of enthusiastic artists.

To learn more about his work, visit Matt's Website or take a moment to read an interview with Matt Chinian.

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BAA September 2022 Monthly Meeting
Palette Knife Painting with Ken Wilson

Covid still haunts us. The scheduled presenter was exposed and had to cancel.  We were fortunate to have Ken Wilson, a local artist from Saratoga, step in. Ken is an oil painter who paints both powerful, detailed thoroughbreds and peaceful and sublime landscapes. In Ken's words, "I have always been fascinated and influenced by the works of the Old Masters, as well as the landscape artists of the Hudson River School. I think that is evident in my work."  At the meeting Ken gave a very interesting and very well received demonstration of how to use a palette knife in creating paintings. 

Click here to learn more about Ken Wilson and to see his work.

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