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New -  The Bethlehem Art Association is establishing a new Art Challenge for members.  We will provide a new reference photo each month. Artists can produce a new work of art based on it and the new work will be shown on the Art Challenge page.
The Holiday Meeting on December 17 featured a mixed media presentation by BAA member Michael Joyce.  Michael was born in Albany and now lives and works in Glenmont.  He began his art career as a photographer and was a photographer with NYS for over 30 years. 
Michael provided a fascinating slide show that gave us insights into the many steps involved using acrylic paint, epoxy resin and polyurethane foam to create works that leap off the canvas as 3D abstract sculpture.
Click here to go to a page that shows more of Michael's mixed media work as well as his photographs: 
Fall 2020 Show - The show was set up in November and was conducted as a virtual show.  A virtual reception was held on November 16 and comments were provided by the juror, Jon Christopher Gernon. The Best in Show painting, "2020 Marathon Bouquet" by Christine Capuano, appears to the left.
Since viewership was curtailed because our usual venue, the Bethlehem Library, was not available, we have decided to keep the show online in order to allow more people to enjoy the works created by BAA member artists.  
October 15 BAA Monthly Meeting - The presenter was Michelle Bowen who will also conduct the November 15 BAA Fall Workshop.  Michelle is a Troy native and an accomplished acrylic painte rwho has created a language: the Huelitic Code where she has assigned the 26 letters of the alphabet distinct shades of color and she spells out words in blocks of color.  Michelle terms her work hard-edge geometric abstract.  It merges language and visual art.  Michelle demonstrated the extreme care that must be taken in measuring and lining out the paintings in order to achieve the desired effect.
The September BAA Meeting presenter was Dr. Melody Davis, who shared her expertise on the subject of Impressionism.  She began with an image of Claude Monet's "Sunrise". This painting is credited as the beginning of Impressionism which stresses color and brushstrokes.  There is no particular focus and all details are equal.  The artists were driven to understand light and the total environment.  Artists often painted the same subject over and over under different conditions of lighting.








Spring 2020 Member Show
This year's May show was able to continue, despite the temporary closure of the library, as a virtual show. Entries were submitted online and the show is presented on this website.  Hillary Raimo deserves applause for designing the system that made this all possible. The juror, Jessica Hansen not only made the prize selections, but joined us on May 14 for an online reception/meeting to provide detailed commentary on the show.  A shot of the audience is on the right. Jessica is the Immediate Past President of the Albany Center Gallery's Board of Directors and sits on the NYS Council on the Arts Decentralization Grants panel for Saratoga County. Jessica has an MA from the University of San Francisco.
The May meeting was attended by this year's recipients of the BAA Scholarships for Bethlehem High School students. Eliza Whalen and Zachary Pokat joined us and were able to show several of their artworks to the audience.  Click here for:
April 2020 Virtual Meeting
This was the first BAA virtual meeting.  Eden Compton did the annual critique of member artwork.  Eden is a pastel artist with a gallery and studio in Saratoga. Her work can be seen at
The slides to the right show a sample of the works that were reviwed.

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The February 2020 monthly meeting featured a fascinating presentation by Kristin Woodward.  Kristin uses quick drying alcohol inks on non-porous tiles. The ink is manipulated with brushes, air spray, and even a torch to create unique designs
At the first meeting of 2020 Sandy Onderdonk of the Four Corners Frame Shop provided a very informative presentation on design and framing.  Sandy gave us many ideas on how to enhance an image with framing and matting.
The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce hosts a perpetual exhibit of work by Bethlehem Art Association members. The exhibit is rotated every three months.