Bedford Arts and Crafts Society Presents Bedford Day Art Show, Silent Auction, and Crafts Sale

This year’s BACS Silent Auction is underway. Two outstanding artists have donated original paintings: Valerie Borgal, Wood Duck, and Tom Gill, Untitled. They are on view through Bedford Day at the COA in Town Center. Bid in writing at the COA or email

Submitted by the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society

The Bedford Arts and Crafts Society (BACS) announces three exciting upcoming events that together will support next year’s annual BACS scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to graduating Bedford High School student who plans to pursue an art-related degree and career.

BACS Annual Regional Art Show

Artists from Bedford and surrounding towns are invited to exhibit and compete in the BACS Annual Regional Art Show, which will be held on September 21 and 22 at the Town Center. The juror for 2018 is Gwen Chasan, a well-respected local artist, and teacher. In addition to the juror awards, visitors may vote for their favorite work by casting a ballot for the “People’s Choice” award.

This year, new categories have been added to accommodate the expanding media available to artists. They include Watercolor/Pastel; Oil/Acrylic; Drawing; Printmaking; 3-Dimensional; Photography; and Other Media.

Entry forms are available on the BACS website at, as well as at the Bedford Library, the Bedford Recreation Department, the Council on Aging, and Great Road Gallery and Framing. Forms will also be available at the time of art drop-off. Participating artists may submit up to three entries, which will be accepted at the Union Room at Bedford Town Center (yellow building) Wednesday, September 19, from 6 to 8 pm, and Friday, September 21, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. For inquiries about the art show, send your questions to

Silent Auction

This year’s Silent Auction opened on August 17. Two outstanding artists have donated original paintings that they created during much-enjoyed BACS demos this year. The paintings are:

  • Valerie Borgal, Wood Duck, watercolor, 16”x 20”
  • Tom Gill, Untitled, acrylic, 24”x 30”

The paintings will be on view at the COA in the Town Center through Bedford Day. Bids may be made in writing at the COA or by email to The latest bids will be posted to the BACS website, Winners will be announced at 1 pm on September 22 at the Art Show awards ceremony in the Union Room, Town Center, and can be collected at the show until 2:30 pm or by an arranged delivery afterward.

BACS Craft Sale and Raffle

Shoppers will find the BACS Craft Sale and Raffle at our outdoor booth on Bedford Day, September 22. Many unique items, handcrafted by BACS members, will be on sale, including hand-painted silk scarves, greeting cards, decorative magnets, hand-painted tile coasters/trivets, and more. Enter the raffle for a hand-painted floor covering by Alyce McLaughlin, a watercolor landscape painting by Florence Como, and other one-of-a-kind pieces. And be sure to check out our art bin for a variety of original works by BACS members.

For More Info . . .

Keep in mind that the proceeds from the Regional Art Show, the Silent Auction, and the BACS Craft Sale and Raffle fund each year’s BACS scholarship. Watch for further announcements of this year’s events! For more information about BACS, visit our website anytime:

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