About Us

The Franklin Art Association was established in 1971 to provide a forum for the promotion of visual arts; for the preservation of the finest artistic traditions by means of exhibiting works, conducting classes, lectures, and sponsoring other activities favorable to artistic expression and to provide friendly exchanges among painters, photographers and those interested in the fine arts.

Regular monthly meetings are held at the New Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St., a large new building located diagonally across from the town common and across from St. Mary’s Church (directions), from 6:30-9:00 p.m. with a business meeting starting at 6:45, the first Wednesday of each month, September through June. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Art shows are held in the fall and spring for a period of one day to one month depending upon the venue.  Activities associated with these shows include reception, art work judging, silent auction, student exhibition, raffle, and viewers choice judging.

Workshops are held once or twice a year.  These events are led by a recognized artists and usually held in the Old Town Hall.  Previous workshops have included life painting, oil painting, watercolor and pastel.

Plein Air field trips are scheduled from time to time during the year.  These informal outdoor sessions have included landscape painting at the Audubon Stonybrook and Broadmoor reservations and Uxbridge’s River Bend Farm.

Student Scholarships are awarded each year to a Franklin High School senior who plans on majoring in art.  Student portfolios and recommendations are judged by FAA officers.

Local Exhibitions of FAA members’ paintings are arranged through the Association.  These exhibitions, ranging in periods from one to three months, are held in the Franklin Municipal Center, regional hotels, banks, coffee shops, libraries and frame galleries.

Officers

President: Diane M. Padula-O’Neill – dmpadulaoneill@yahoo.com

Vice President: Joanne Willoughby – JCW_8@msn.com

Secretary: Bob Kalinoski – robertkalinoski@hotmail.com

Treasurer: Peg Munson – mpegala1@aol.com

Corresponding Secretary/Membership: Hannah Close – FAASecretary@gmail.com

Web Site: Dale Hoopingarner – WebMaster@franklinart.org