Masks mandatory: Due to the Covid 19 pandemic that has altered our social interactions, the board has mandated that masks or face shields will be worn by everyone in the Art Center. If you forget yours, we will have masks on site for a nominal amount to cover the cost. Hand sanitizers will be readily available. Attendees are asked to bring their own drinks and snacks. 

The board of the BAA want to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all our members. Many of us are of that vulnerable age or have underlying health conditions. We all have missed our friends and social connections. Let’s enjoy reconnecting with each other while being careful, respectful of social distancing and wearing a mask.

“I just think you keep inspired to paint when you’re with other artists.” 

– Saundra Marie Blackburn Puckett, 92, BAA president 1969-70
Learn watercolor from Jim Buchan, a teacher with 50 years painting experience. Wednesday and Thursday March 24 and 25, from 1-4 pm. The cost for the 2 clases will be $25.


February 2021
BAA Art Show at Lyon Gallery, Bartlesville Community Center

Artwork by over a dozen members of Bartlesville Art Association will be on display in the Lyon Gallery at Bartlesville Community Center from Feb. 1 – 27.

The art show will be on display all month during hours when the Community Center is open. .

Lyon Gallery, Bartlesville Community Center

Cover art: watercolor by Amy Jenkins

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Visit this page for entry form and details. It is free to enter! ENTER

Time to Renew Your Membership?

Congrats to Schmoldt Champion of the Arts Steven Graham!

2020 Schmoldt Champion Award presentation

On December 22, Board members and teachers drove to Steven Graham’s home breaking the quiet afternoon with blasting car horns. Steven received the 2020 Schmoldt Champion of the BAA award.

When presenting the award, Rutledge stated, “This award is in recognition of the many years you have taught the summer Art Camp which was established in 2000. You joined as teacher in 2003 and assumed leadership in 2006. As a teacher and director of the Art Camp, you have personally impacted hundreds of local youth by introducing them to many facets of art. You exhibit an impressive ability to command the attention of a roomful of energic children with your rapid-fire questions that spark their interest and challenge them to create fun and often fanciful pieces. “

Well done, Steven.

Beginning FEB. 20, 2021, Larry will be resuming his sculpture class on the 3rd Saturday of each month in 2021. 10 am  – 3 pm.  Members $10., nonmembers $15, Students $5 Any interested person please email to register, or email Larry at for more info. Payments will be collected at the beginning of each class.

Rick Loyd, Executive Director of Price Tower Arts Center presents Parsons Grant to Kathleen Rutledge, Board President, BAA (masks removed for photo) 


BAA Receives Grants

We have been the recipients of TWO grants this last month. The Jimmy Schmoldt Foundation granted funds for an annual stipend for our local art teachers. In this especially frustrating year of on again, off again teaching, we know our teachers will appreciate the generosity of Jimmy Schmoldt. While she passed only months ago, her generous legacy lives on. Our second grant is from the Jeanalee and Charles Parsons Foundation. It paid for our beautiful new floor at the Center . In 2008, the Parsons established a private family foundation in Bartlesville. Price Tower Arts Center Executive Director, Rick Loyd, championed our cause and succeeded in acquiring the grant. If you have an opportunity, thank Rick for guiding our request through the grant process.

BAA Board members presenting gifts to Executive Director of Ray of Hope, Rhonda Hudson. From left to right, top: Kathleen Rutledge, Patti Kerr, Amy Jenkins; bottom: Rhonda Hudson, Cheryl Bridendolph.

BAA Donates Christmas Gift to Ray of Hope Advocacy Center

This time of year, we think of those who are less fortunate than we are. After discussion, the board decided to focus on children, as we have done in the past. We approached Rhonda Hudson of Ray of Hope. This organization provides “hope and healing to innocent children following allegations of sexual and physical child abuse, neglected and witness to violence”. They serve about 200 children yearly. Rhonda provided us with a  wish list and we have purchased $300 worth of items used in therapy with children. If you would like to contribute to our Christmas gift to Ray of Hope, you can mail a check to BAA at PO Box 961, Bartlesville 74005. Should we collect more than $300, we will set the funds aside for the scholarship awards.

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Wednesday Plein Air Group

Wednesday Open Studios morphed into a plein air group that has been meeting on Wednesday mornings to paint and draw at a comfortable distance from each other. If you are interested in the plein air group, contact Meg Bennett at

New Look at the BAA Art Center!

The Art Center has a whole new, bright shiny look!

During the hiatus, Janet Odden spent hours drawing the layout and created an organized Center. As a result, a cozy library space was created. Patti assisted by Amy Jenkins, Karen Michno, Ashely Droigk, Janet Odden and Mary Anderson all worked together to create the space.

There are new bookshelves and decoupaged tables and a bookcase. Books were organized and new DVDs have been purchased. There are some books and magazines by the front door that are give aways. Come by and check it out.

We’ve moved the office and rearranged the library and kitchen. We think you will love how open and bright our space is now.

Rib Basket Made with Reed taught by Kathy Barham

Learn to make a rib basket made with reed, with accomplished basketmaker Kathy Barham. Kathy chose the rib basket with handle because the hard part is at the beginning and easy part is at the end.

This class has been delayed to Spring 2021


Classes for Kids:

Art Classes for Kids Monday – Thursday by appointment with Ashley Droigk

June 2021 - BAA Art Camp

Questions? Please email