Plein Air Paint

Thanks to everyone who participated in our fourth year of Plein-Air. Bev Phaneuf did a terrific job of coordinating our spring through fall paint-outs. Although the season has ended for our group, we are looking forward to Spring 2022 and another year of great paintings.


Palmer Library, Plein Air Group, November 2021

    Members Art Drop-Off: Tuseday, November 2, 11am
  • Reception: Wednesday, November 10 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm
  • Members Art Take-Down: Tuesday, November 30 at 11:00 am

We are delighted to be able to invite you to our Opening Reception on November 10th at 6:00 pm. This is our first group exhibit since 2020. We are very excited to be exhibiting again and do hope you will be able to visit.

We will be following CDC guidelines regarding covid, so while restrictions are still in place, there will be hand sanitizer at the entrance, masks will be required inside, and social distancing.

'Art Take Away'

On Saturday, November 27th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, we will host our second annual 'Art Take Away' and this year we are joining in on the holiday festivities with The Belchertown Cultural Council Winter Lights. Once again we will be decorating the big pine tree in the center of the common decked out in lights, embellishing with donations of art supplies, greeting cards, handmade ornaments, fine art, fine art prints, photography--anything art related. This is an opportunity for QAA to give during this season of giving and to fulfill an important part of our mission which is to provide opportunity for local artists and to promote community interest in the visual arts. So, how can you participate? Please pre-package donated item(s) in a quart or gallon size baggie. Feel free to include your business card. Any donations can be brought to the November 18 meeting or dropped off at Denise Fontaine-Pincince's front porch.

Thank you to Rick Guimond for chairing the Art Take Away. Rick is asking for volunteers to work one hour time slots beginning with the set up at noon --then coverage from 1-3:00 pm for the take away, and take down from 3-3:30 pm that day. Anyone interested in helping please contact Rick Guimond ( with questions and to volunteer. Any amount of time you can provide will be appreciated!

Call & Response

This February Quabbin Art Association hosted a Call & Response event for our members. It was another way for us to stay connected and for participants to get to know another member of our association. We were challenged to respond to each piece of art that our partners completed. Work included all kinds of media. Check out some of the members amazing work on Facebook.

Art Meets Poetry 2019

Quabbin Art Association celebrated National Poetry Month & ArtWeek 2019 with a contest. Six pieces of fine art, donated by member artists of the Quabbin Art Association, were on display throughout the month of April at the Clapp Memorial Library. Poets and writers were invited to view the artwork and compose a poem in response to a selected piece of art.

The following artists donated artwork for this event: Sandra Burke, collage; Susan Dion, watercolor pencils; Denise Fontaine-Pincince, assemblage; Bev Phaneuf, oil; Audrey Safford, relief sculpture, and Susan Shea, zentangle.

Each artist selected a winning poem, and winning poets were awarded their prize artwork at Belchertown High School’s Coffee House event on Friday, May 3.

National Poetry Month, inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, is the largest literary celebration in the world.

ArtWeek is a state-wide festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process.

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