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This Week's Newsletter: August 19, 2014

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
August 19, 2014
Issue #311

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Fifth Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival

Sponsoring Group Name: Northampton Center for the Arts
Submission Due Date: August 29
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.nohoarts.org

This year's festival is scheduled from 8am-8pm, Friday, September 12 and is a part of Northampton's Arts Night Out. Selected artists will be invited to work from 8am-4pm, rendering drawings in chalk on 5'x5' cement canvases located throughout downtown. All who participate receive a $100 stipend. In addition, cash prizes of $250, $150 and $100 will be awarded by a panel of judges for the top three creations. Rules and info on website.

Contact: Penny Burke
ncfa@nohoarts.org
413-584-7327

 

Art Picnic Community Picnic

Artists: Pat Cahill, Amanda Knoedler, Jennifer Milanczuk, and Ellie Trudeau, art students from Don Blanton's Distinctive Art Studio
Date: August 24, 12-2pm
Location Name: Quadrangle Green, Springfield Museums
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.SpringfieldMuseums.org

Art Picnic is a public arts project designed to beautify Springfield and allow local art students to collaborate with established artists. At the Community Picnic, picnic tables on the Quadrangle green that have been transformed into unique works of art will be unveiled. Visitors are welcome to bring a blanket to picnic alongside the new works of art while enjoying music, entertainment, and free ice cream (while supplies last). Funding provided the Xeric Foundation.

Contact: Matt Longhi
longhi@springfieldmuseums.org
413-263-6800

 

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Agawam Exhibits/Events

Thousand Cranes Studio

Artists: group show
Start Date: August 1, 2014
End Date: August 31, 2014
Location Name: Agawam Public Library
Address: 750 Cooper Street
City/Town: Agawam
Website: www.agawamlibrary.org

Student artwork of Thousand Cranes Studio of Feeding Hills. In the studio programs, students ages 5-17 develop their artistic skills using a wide variety of materials in a broad range of projects. The program is structured to cover art fundamentals and techniques, while allowing for individual creativity and interest. A great by-product of the program is the students' improved confidence, when they find themselves developing new abilities in art.

Contact: Joanne Szelag
jszelag@agawamlibrary.org
413-789-1550

 

Amherst Exhibits/Events

Nathan Hilu's Journal: Word, Image, Memory

Artist: Nathan Hilu
Start Date: April, 2014
End Date: September 30, 2014
Location Name: The Yiddish Book Center
Hours: Sun-Fri 10am-4pm
Address: 1021 West Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.yiddishbookcenter.org

Nathan Hilu's drawings-done in crayon and marker, on a "canvas" of shirt-insert cardboard from his neighborhood dry cleaner, and annotated with handwritten text that sometimes spills on to the back of his pieces-are exuberant, highly engaging examples of what experts call "outsider art."

Contact: 413-256-4900

 

Romantic Surealism

Artist: Alexander "Sasha" Spivak
Start Date: August 7, 2014
End Date: August 30, 2014
Location Name: Burnett Gallery, Jones Library
Address: 43 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.joneslibrary.org/burnett/

"I create my own world of ideas and thoughts about the beauty of interrelations. Everything we know about and beyond is so tightly connected. Every single manifestation, or phenomenon, event, nature disaster and so forth -- nothing could be taken away from the great balance of life and existence. So, I am trying to declare The Law of Great Balance in my art. That is why I chose surrealism to be my style for such a long period of time".

Contact: Sasha
spivakart@gmail.com

 

New Beginnings

Start Date: July 31, 2014
End Date: August 30, 2014
Location Name: FOLCWALD Gallery of Sculptural Art
Hours: Tue-Wed 11am-6pm, Thur-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-7pm
Address: 236 North Pleasant Street, Suite 101
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.FOLCWALD.com

An open show of sculptural jewelry and art showcasing MA artists working in a variety of styles and whose work ranges from bronze to platinum. This exhibit and the grand opening retrospective in September, Mid-Century Craft: A Tribute to Ruth and Svetozar Radakovich, are the gallery's kickoff for the coming year's thematically juried exhibitions and awards competition. Artists interested in entering the Radakovich 21st Century Award competition should visit FOLCWALD.com for details.

Contact: Deborah Foucault
art@Folcwald.com
413-367-5303

 

What Am I Seeing? Nine Photographers

Artists: Gallery A3 Members
Start Date: August 7, 2014
End Date: August 30, 2014
Location Name: Gallery A3
Hours: Thurs-Sun 1-7pm
Address: 8 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.gallerya3.com

Features photography by nine artists. Some are fine-art photographers who use the camera as their primary medium. Others are painters, sculptors and mixed-media artists who either incorporate photographs in their work or bring the sensibility of another art form to their photography.

Contact: gallerya3@gmail.com
413-256-4250

 

It Came to Pass

Artist: Rochelle Shicoff
Start Date: August 7, 2014
End Date: October 31, 2014
Reception Date: September 4, 5-8pm
Location Name: Jewish Community of Amherst
Hours: Tue-Fri 10:30am-4pm, Sun 10-1pm
Address: 742 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst

My latest series of photomontages, depicts sacred objects from currently functioning Lower Eastside, NYC historic orthodox synagogues. 1 room synagogues known as "stebbels" established early in the 20th century by newly arrived immigrants, are also shown. The photographs highlight only ritual objects such as "torahs", "tallism" and "seddurim." In this work the focus is to emphasize and express the intimacy and power of particular sacred objects.

 

Photography

Artist: Steve Eagle
Start Date: August 6, 2014
End Date: September 1, 2014
Location Name: Hope & Feathers Framing & Gallery
Hours: M-F 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Address: 319 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.hopeandfeathersframing.com

Steve Eagle has a focus on portraying the best of any landscape, exploring the places where land and water meet, visiting locations like Puffers Pond, Fort River and the Connecticut River. With a background in short animated films, Eagle incorporates the spirit of animation by compositing several photographs together to produce a single, "ideal" image. Color, texture, and perspective are adjusted to create something at once immediately recognizable, yet uniquely special.

Contact: Simone Noelle Audette
simone@hopeandfeathersframing.com
413-835-0197

 

Cummington Exhibits/Events

Studio Art Sale

Artist: Paula Gottlieb
Date: August 23, 10am-5pm
Location Name: Paula Gottlieb Studio
Address: 237 Stage Road
City/Town: Cummington
Website: www.paulagottlieb.com

Watercolors, Oil Paintings, Reproductions, Cards

Contact: Paula Gottlieb
paulagottliebart@gmail.com
413-634-0066

 

Deerfield Exhibits/Events

25th Annual Exhibit of the Old Deerfield Painting Group

Artists: group show
Start Date: August 23, 2014
End Date: August 31, 2014
Reception Date: Sunday, August 24, 2-5pm
Location Name: White Church Community Center
Hours: 12-5pm, Friday to 7pm
Address: 16 Memorial Street
City/Town: Deerfield
Website: olddeerfieldpainting.wix.com/arts

The members of the painting group work together in the picturesque village of Old Deerfield. Weather permitting, the artists set up their easels in the countryside, villages and hill towns of the area. Otherwise, they may be found inside the beautiful Deerfield Community Center. Each August, the Old Deerfield Painting Group hosts an exhibit of original artwork.

Contact: Carol Walker
413-665-432

 

Easthampton Exhibits/Events

Concealed Beauty

Artist: Beth A. Kaplowitt
Start Date: August 1, 2014
End Date: August 31, 2014
Location Name: Emily Williston Memorial Library and Museum
Address: 9 Park Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.ewmlibrary.org

"I love being out in nature and try with my photos to capture some of the beauty that I see. I enjoy getting as close as I can to things in an effort to reveal treasures that usually remain concealed. I also sometimes view things from a different perspective. A white sand beach with palm trees interests me much less than a dead tree standing alone on a field of otherwise barren black lava. My eye sees a wild woman dancing, not a tree destroyed." Talk with the Artist: Wed, August 20, 5-7pm.

Contact: Beth A. Kaplowitt
bkaplowitt@gmail.com

 

Pollinate: Celebrating Pollinating Creatures In Nature & Agriculture

Artist: Victoria Chapman
Start Date: August 5, 2014
End Date: October 1, 2014
Reception Date: September 13
Location Name: Greater Chamber of Commerce Gallery
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4pm
Address: 33 Union Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.easthamptoncityarts.com

A small series of stylized and colorful watercolor illustrations featuring pollinating species in New England to celebrate and educate about the insects and birds who keep our plant-life and food crops thriving. The works feature colorful, whimsical and celebratory paintings of pollinating creatures. These include native bumble bees, butterflies, ruby throated humming birds, humming bird moths and while not native, but important among local agriculture, the honey bee.

Contact: arts@easthampton.org
413-527-8278

 

A Northern New England Sampler

Artist: Jim Murphy
Start Date: August 9, 2014
End Date: September 9, 2014
Location Name: Nash Gallery
Hours: Tues-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm
Address: 40 Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.nashgalleryart.com

Recent paintings by Ashfield Artist, Jim Murphy, executed on-site in the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire and along Maine's rocky coast.

Contact: 413-529-9393

 

Recent Paintings

Artist: Rhys Davies
Start Date: August 9, 2014
End Date: September 6, 2014
Location Name: The Elusie Gallery
Hours: See website
Address: 43 Main Street / Old Town Hall
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.bigredframe.com

Inspirational landscapes.

Contact: Jean-Pierre Pasche
info@bigredframe.com
413-529-9265

 

Oblique Structures

Artist: Will Rhodes
Start Date: August 4, 2014
End Date: August 29, 2014
Location Name: The Loft Parlor, Mill 180
Hours: M-F 10am-5pm
Address: 180 Pleasant Street, Third Floor
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.theloftparlor.com

A solo show by local artist, Will Rhodes. The exhibition will feature an experimentation on the relationship between 2D and 3D objects that explore the mechanisms behind art and art production. "Through the use of external systems and arbitrary rules alongside intuitive decisions, a series of what can be identified as "oblique structures' are formed."

Contact: Kim Carlino
theloftparlor180@gmail.com
413-695-3514

 

Cranial Topographies

Artist: Chloe Feldman Emison
Start Date: August 5, 2014
End Date: August 28, 2014
Reception Date: Saturday, August 9
Location Name: ECA+ Gallery
Hours: 12-6 M-Th & 12-8 every 2nd Saturday
Address: 43 Main Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.easthamptoncityarts.com

Chloe Feldman Emison drawings depict jowels and furrowed foreheads of aged men using pen and ink, watercolor and sometimes gold leaf, coffee, or glue. Her work explores the beauty within stereotypical notions of ugliness through seemingly stream-of-consciousness portraits created without a model. The heads of these elderly men take on a whimsical perspective of the human head with simple lines detailing pointy ears, withered mouths, and elongated noses.

Contact: arts@easthampton.org
413-527-8278

 

Guilded Works

Artists: Easthampton Art Guild (EAG)
Start Date: August 1, 2014
End Date: August 28, 2014
Location Name: Lathrop Communication Gallery
Hours: Every day 10am-4pm
Address: 100 Bassett Brook Drive
City/Town: Easthampton

An exhibit of paintings by ten members of the Easthampton Art Guild (EAG). The Guild was started eight years ago. Members meet weekly to paint and critique each others works in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement. EAG supports the Arts in Easthampton and beyond.

Contact: Nancy Caffall
ncaffall@gmail.com
413-387-9534

 

TaDa! A Graphic Design Show

Artists: Alumni, Faculty and Students of Vermont College of Fine Arts Graphic Design Program
Start Date: August 9, 2014
End Date: August 31, 2014
Location Name: Eastworks
Address: 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.tadashow.com

25 conceptual graphic designers visualize TaDa! in varied sizes, dimensionality, styles, and media ranging from print and screen to fabric and thread. The Masters of Graphic Design program at Vermont College of Fine Arts was recently named as one of the top 11 programs in the country. VCFA designers are less concerned with what graphic design should be than what it could be. The students, faculty, and alumni of the program use graphic design processes to produce what may not appear to be graphic design product.

Contact: Leslie Tane
leslie@leslietane.com
413-527-3018

 

Kleingarten, City Gardens of Berlin

Artist: Erica Ann Flood
Start Date: June 26, 2014
End Date: September 17, 2014
Location Name: City Hall Gallery
Hours: 8am-5pm Mon-Thur
Address: 50 Payson Avenue
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.easthamptoncityarts.com

This exhibition is part of an in-process body of work focused on the Kleingarten of Berlin, city gardens or "colonies", originally designed as a calming, natural haven for the city's youth and working classes amidst the rapidly growing urban landscape. Flood is inspired by the tranquil isolation that makes the garden "another realm, full of fantastical plants, statues and the sounds of only wind and birds" apart from the bustle of the surrounding city.

Contact: arts@easthampton.org
413-527-8278

 

Frontierism at 20: The Fallout Shelter Series

Artists: Matt Tarlecki, Heather McQueen, Chris Gentes
Start Date: June 14, 2014
End Date: September 1, 2014
Location Name: Abandoned Building Brewery
Hours: Tue & Thur 5-7pm, Sat 12-6pm
Address: 142 Pleasant Street, Unit 103A
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.abandonedbuildingbrewery.com

An exhibit celebrating the 20th anniversary of Frontierism, an art movement which focuses on creating collaborative paintings. This series was created with stencils, acrylic paint, spray paint and markers.

Contact: Chris Gentes
chrisgentes@yahoo.com

 

TGIF

Artist: Luke J. Cavagnac
Start Date: June 6, 2014
End Date: ?
Location Name: The Invisible Fountain
Hours: M-F and sometimes on weekends
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite #206
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.invisiblefountain.com

The newest showing of paintings by Luke J. Cavagnac.

Contact: Luke J. Cavagnac
luke@invisiblefountain.com
413-896-8073

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

REE2, SHIRO, PART ONE, SUE WORKS & CLYDE

Artists: REE2, SHIRO, PART ONE, SUE WORKS & CLYDE
Start Date: August 14, 2014
End Date: October 6, 2014
Reception Date: Friday, September 12, 5-9pm
Location Name: Bang Bang Body Arts
Hours: mon-thurs 11am-8pm, fri-sat 11am-10pm, sun 12-6pm
Address: 7 Armory Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.bangbangbodyarts.com

NYC Aerosol Artists working on canvas & maps.

Contact: tiffany
bangbangbodyarts@gmail.com

 

Paris

Artist: Mo Willems
Start Date: September 1, 2014
End Date: September 30, 2014
Reception Date: September 30, 2014
Location Name: R. Michelson Galleries
Hours: Mon-Wed 10-6pm, Thurs-Sat 10-9pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 132 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.RMichelson.com

Mo Willem's latest drawings from his year abroad in Paris.

Contact: events@rmichelson.com
413-586-3964

 

A River of Dreams

Artist: Anthony W. Lee
Start Date: August 8, 2014
End Date: September 6, 2014
Location Name: Historic Northampton
Hours: Wed-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-5
Address: 46 Bridge Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.historic-northampton.org

Anthony W. Lee traces the Northampton to New Haven Canal through his contemporary photographs and historical items from the collection of Historic Northampton. Public Talk: August 16, 2pm. Carl Walter: History of the Hampshire and Hampden Canal.

Contact: Stan Sherer
stansherer@historic-northampton.org
413-584-6011

 

CONFLUENCE: new works from new members

Artists: group show
Start Date: August 7, 2014
End Date: August 31, 2014
Location Name: The Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.oxbowgallery.org

A group exhibition that brings together six of the gallery's newest members: Linda Batchelor, Jess Soules Greene, Elizabeth Lehman, Will Sillin, Catherine Swift, and Jessica Tam, by presenting a selection of their latest work. The work in this exhibit engages, on various levels, the theme of water and the ways in which a single body of water can span diverse landscapes.

Contact: 413-586-6300

 

Ladder and Stairs

Artist: Niva Shrestha
Start Date: August 7, 2014
End Date: August 31, 2014
Location Name: The Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.oxbowgallery.org

Ladder and stairs going up and down, rungs pointing left and right, spirals joining front and back; Niva Shrestha is enraptured by this enchanted journey from the constant suggested movement. Architecture in small New England towns are one of the recurring themes in her work.

Contact: 413-586-6300

 

Roads

Artist: Peter Cangialosi
Start Date: August 8, 2014
End Date: August 28, 2014
Location Name: Sticks and Bricks
Hours: 12-6 Tues-Fri, 11-6 Sat, 12-5 Sun
Address: 9 Market Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.petercangialosi.com

A new series of monoprints inspired by commuting through the back roads and highways of the Pioneer Valley.

Contact: Peter Cangialosi
petercangialosi@gmail.com
413-519-9616

 

Birdtopia

Artist: Lyell Castonguay
Start Date: July 7, 2014
End Date: August 30, 2014
Location Name: Northampton Cooperative Bank
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm, Sat 9am-12pm
Address: Main Street
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.lyellcastonguay.com

On view, Castonguay's ongoing series of bird woodcuts. Castonguay distorts the familiar imagery of birds into allegorical beasts. These creatures, depicted in solidarity or piled masses, exhibit ferocity and restlessness. They are personified predators who are eager to confront the viewer's imagination.

Contact: Lyell Castonguay
lyellcastonguay@gmail.com
207-576-9356

 

Mary J Hayes

Artist: Mary J Hayes
Start Date: August 1, 2014
End Date: August 29, 2014
Location Name: Old Courthouse Art Gallery
Hours: 8:30-4:30 M-F
Address: 99 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton

"I became interested in photography as a child when my father set up a darkroom in our home. As time progressed I took pictures to document my hikes and adventures in areas such as Alaska, New Zealand, Ireland, and New England. As with my late sculptor father and his work I take much of my inspiration from nature. I find there is beauty in the grandest of mountains to the smallest grains of sand. I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I have enjoyed taking them."

Contact: Lydia King
lking@hampshirecog.org
413-584-1300

 

Midday

Artist: Melissa Karoutas
Start Date: July 11, 2014
End Date: August 31, 2014
Location Name: Bruegger's Bagels Cafe
Hours: 6am-6pm
Address: 96 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: melittae.tumblr.com

Several photographs will be on display by local photographer Melissa Karoutas. Many of these images were taken outdoors at the time of day when the sun is highest in the sky.

Contact: Melissa Karoutas
mkaroutas@gmail.com
860-490-2075

 

New Abstraction

Artist: Peter Mishkin
Start Date: July 10, 2014
End Date: August 28, 2014
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists
Hours: Tue, Thur, Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.anchorhouseartists.org

20 New oil color abstraction and several watercolors show a new direction for this Fauvist colorist, Peter Mishkin

Contact: Michael Tillyer
artists@anchorhouseartists.org
413-588-4337

 

Summer Free For All

Start Date: May 27, 2014
End Date: August 31, 2014
Location Name: Smith College Museum of Art
Hours: Tu-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4, 2nd Fri 10-8
Address: Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.smith.edu/artmuseum

Admission is free through August 2014 while the second and third floor galleries are closed for reinstallation and reinterpretation. Free admission is made possible by the generous support of the Director's Associates, Tryon Associates, and Members of the Museum. Photo: Lynne Graves.

Contact: artmuseum@smith.edu
413-585-2760

 

In Memoriam: The Vision of Max D. Standley

Artist: Max D. Standley
Start Date: June 7, 2014
End Date: August 31, 2014
Location Name: R. Michelson Galleries
Hours: M-W 10am-6pm, Thur-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 132 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.RMichelson.com

Visionary artist, Max D. Standley, was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1942. He was an artist to the core of his being: for almost 40 years his prodigious talent allowed him to live and breathe art. He lived reclusively with his wife on a secluded 40 acres, deep in the forests of Arkansas. This lifestyle gave him the freedom to immerse himself in his oil painting, engraving, poetry and drawing -- the result was intimate paintings that vibrate with his intensity.

Contact: events@RMichelson.com
413-586-3964

 

The Eye is a Door

Artist: Anne Whiston Spirn
Start Date: January 31, 2014
End Date: August 31, 2014
Location Name: Smith College Museum of Art
Hours: Tu-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4, 2nd Fri 10-8
Address: Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.smith.edu/artmuseum

Showcases the photographic work of world-renowned writer, scholar, and landscape architect Anne Whiston Spirn. This is the first major exhibition to explore how Spirn's photographs encourage a deeper understanding of the natural and built environment through the development of visual literacy-the ability to read and analyze visual information.

Contact: artmuseum@smith.edu
413-585-2760

 

Shelburne Exhibits/Events

Fifty Years of Drawings

Artist: Glenn Ridler
Start Date: June 21, 2014
End Date: August 31, 2014
Location Name: Little Big House Gallery
Hours: Sat-Sun 1-4pm
Address: 323 Patten Road
City/Town: Shelburne
Website: www.littlebighouse.com

The exhibition of Fifty Years of Drawings by Glenn Ridler are primarily derived from art classes he led.

Contact: 413-625-6697

 

Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

Stll Living

Artist: Kimberly Sebrey
Start Date: August 12, 2014
End Date: November 3, 2014
Location Name: Blue Rock Restaurant
Address: Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls

Oil Still life paintings in the classical style.

Contact: Kimberly Sebrey
ksebrey@gmail.com
413-625-2936

 

Portraits of Local Harvest

Artist: Kimberly Sebrey
Start Date: July 23, 2014
End Date: September 3, 2014
Location Name: Mocha Mayas
Address: Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls

Still Life oil portraits of local farms' harvests.

Contact: Kimberly Sebrey
ksebrey@gmail.com
413-625-2936

 

Alternative Landscapes

Artist: Amanda Quinby
Start Date: July 30, 2014
End Date: August 25, 2014
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Cooperative
Hours: Sun-Mon & Wed 11-5, Thur-Sat 11-8
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.shelburneartscoop.com

Photography by Amanda Quinby.

Contact: 413-625-9324

 

South Hadley Exhibits/Events

Walter Hamilton

Artist: Walter Hamilton
Start Date: July 8, 2014
End Date: January 8, 2015
Location Name: South Hadley Town Hall, Selectboard Meeting Room
Address: 116 Main Street
City/Town: South Hadley
Website: www.walterhamiltonart.com

"Don't try to make a good painting out of a bad picture," was the advice one of my mentors gave me since I began drawing and painting almost 20 years ago. As I travel around the Connecticut River Valley, camera in hand, I look for good pictures. I also find my subjects in everyday things - cheese and wine, a puddle, and cups and spoons. Good pictures can be found everywhere. Subjects can range from landscapes to items on a tabletop. I look for color, light and composition.

Contact: Walter Hamilton
hamiltonw7747@yahoo.com
413-532-7518

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

Art Picnic Community Picnic

Artists: Pat Cahill, Amanda Knoedler, Jennifer Milanczuk, and Ellie Trudeau, art students from Don Blanton's Distinctive Art Studio
Date: August 24, 12-2pm
Location Name: Quadrangle Green, Springfield Museums
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.SpringfieldMuseums.org

Art Picnic is a public arts project designed to beautify Springfield and allow local art students to collaborate with established artists. At the Community Picnic, picnic tables on the Quadrangle green that have been transformed into unique works of art will be unveiled. Visitors are welcome to bring a blanket to picnic alongside the new works of art while enjoying music, entertainment, and free ice cream (while supplies last). Funding provided the Xeric Foundation.

Contact: Matt Longhi
longhi@springfieldmuseums.org
413-263-6800

 

American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell

Start Date: June 6, 2014
End Date: September 7, 2014
Location Name: Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm (open Mondays starting June 30)
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.springfieldmuseums.org

Final weeks! Fifty-seven masterworks exploring the subject of modernity in America. The leading artists of the day are featured, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Elie Nadelman, Max Weber, Reginald Marsh and Norman Rockwell. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum. Sponsors: Field Eddy, Lyman and Leslie Wood.

Contact: Matt Longhi
mlonghi@springfieldmuseums.org
413-263-6800

 

Norman Rockwell's World: Reinterpreting the American

Start Date: May 20, 2014
End Date: January 4, 2015
Location Name: Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm (open Mondays starting June 30)
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.springfieldmuseums.org

The exhibit features twenty-one original drawings by Norman Rockwell from the Wood Museum's collection, along with an original Rockwell-inspired mural by local artist John Simpson, The exhibit focuses on many of themes that Rockwell explored during his career, including depictions of family, work, and leisure, and also delves into how those themes relate to contemporary times. Sponsors: Field Eddy, Lyman and Leslie Wood.

Contact: Matt Longhi
mlonghi@springfieldmuseums.org
413-263-6800

 

5 Narratives

Artists: Faith Lund, Lydia Kann Nettler, Imo Nse Imeh, Laura Radwell, Tom Wyatt
Start Date: March 1, 2014
End Date: October 1, 2014
Location Name: The MassMutual Center
Address: 1277 Main Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.massmutualcenter.com/art

Multiple works from 5 local artists all expressed through various mediums, methods, and techniques.

Contact: Laura Radwell
lr@radwell.com
413-320-8134

 

Steampunk Springfield: Re-Inventing an Industrial City

Artists: Bruce Rosenbaum, other regional Steampunk artists
Start Date: March 22, 2014
End Date: September 28, 2014
Location Name: George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum & Wood Museum of Springfield's History
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.springfieldmuseums.org

The remarkable new exhibition at the Springfield Museums. Guest curated by Bruce Rosenbaum, dubbed the "Evangelist of Steampunk" by Wired Magazine, Steampunk Springfield combines fantastical large-scale exhibits with a series of lectures, gatherings, and happenings in and around Springfield to help spur a re-imagining of the city's future. Check www.facebook.com/SteampunkSpringfieldMA to get the latest news and events.

Contact: Matt Longhi
mlonghi@springfieldmuseums.org
413-263-6800

 

Turners Falls Exhibits/Events

ReIMAGINE: The Possibilities of Found Materials

Artists: group show
Start Date: August 2, 2014
End Date: September 1, 2014
Location Name: Avenue A Storefront Galleries
Address: #106-#112 Avenue A
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: www.turnersfallsriverculture.org

ReIMAGINE is a group exhibition of art made from re-contextualized materials and/or objects. Opening August 2 during the Turners Falls Block Party. Artists: Annaliese Bischoff, Harry Greenwald, Bronwen Hodgkinson, Lyn Horan, Amy Johnquest, John Landino, Suzanne LoManto, Adam John Mulcahy, Jack Nelson, Dean Nimmer, Michael Sjostedt, Tami Stiles, Katherine Truesdell, Stacy Waldman.

Contact: Suzanne LoManto
riverculture@montague-ma.gov
413-835-1390

 

Out Of Line

Artist: Linda Baker-Cimini
Start Date: July 30, 2014
End Date: September 10, 2014
Location Name: Nina's Nook
Hours: W-Th 4-6pm, Fri-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 125A Avenue A
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: www.ninasnook.com

"The inhabitants of my drawings wear expressions borrowed from thousands of faces... Emotion and gesture inform the lines that draw us into a shared narrative. Everyone has an ongoing inner dialogue-I am simply compelled to illustrate mine." --Baker-Cimini. Accompanying the drawings will be sculpture by N.S. Koenings and Nina Rossi, inspired by Baker-Cimini's two books, "From Here to There" and "Peculiar to the Region: A Field Guide to the Alphabet".

Contact: 413-834-8800

 

West Springfield Exhibits/Events

Walter Hamilton

Artist: Walter Hamilton
Start Date: June 29, 2014
End Date: August 29, 2014
Location Name: Lattitude Restaurant
Hours: Mon-Wed 1:30-10pm, Thur-Sat 1:30-11pm
Address: 1338 Memorial Avenue
City/Town: West Springfield
Website: www.walterhamiltonart.com

"Don't try to make a good painting out of a bad picture," was the advice one of my mentors gave me since I began drawing and painting almost 20 years ago. As I travel around the Connecticut River Valley, camera in hand, I look for good pictures. I also find my subjects in everyday things - cheese and wine, a puddle, and cups and spoons. Good pictures can be found everywhere. Subjects can range from landscapes to items on a tabletop. I look for color, light and composition.

Contact: Walter Hamilton
hamiltonw7747@yahoo.com
413-532-7518

 

Wilbraham Exhibits/Events

A Mix of Oil and Water

Artists: Eloise Genest, Susanne Paquette
Start Date: August 1, 2014
End Date: August 28, 2014
Location Name: Brooks Room, Wilbraham Public Library
Hours: Mon-Wed 10-8, Thurs-Fri 10-5, Sat: 10-2
Address: 5 Crane Park Drive
City/Town: Wilbraham
Website: www.wilbrahamlibrary.org

The large and small works of Eloise Genest and Susanne Paquette complement each other in stark contrast. One applies oil and acrylic paints generously while the other accomplishes her vision with the simplest of strokes, allowing equal weight to the space surrounding an object.

Contact: Eloise Genest
genesteloise@gmail.com
413-627-9183

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

Sculptural Bike Racks

Sponsoring Group Name: Easthampton City Arts+
Submission Due Date: September 10
Submission Fees: free
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.easthamptoncityarts.com/bikerack

Easthampton City Arts+ is seeking designs for permanent, artist-designed outdoor bicycle racks to be located in Easthampton. Submissions are due on September 10, 6pm. This call is open to all Massachusetts residents 18 years and older.

Contact: arts@easthampton.org
413-527-8278

 

Call for Erotic Art

Sponsoring Group Name: Nina's Nook
Submission Due Date: January 23, 2015
Submission Fees: $10 participation fee if accepted
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: www.ninasnook.com

Do you already have work that regular galleries are afraid to put up? Are you interested in creating something more frankly sensual for a change? My gallery provides an intimate venue for this type of work during the Fourth Annual "Triple S: Sensual, Sexual, Smut" show. Looking for a wide spectrum of erotica from regional artists, previous participants encouraged to re-apply! Exhibit will open February 2015. Wall pieces smaller than 24x30 preferred. Limited horizontal surfaces.

Contact: naban@verizon.net
413-834-8800

 

Hertan's Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival

Sponsoring Group Name: Hertan's Shows
Submission Due Date: September 4
Submission Fees: 10' x 10' outdoor booth: $100 ($175 with tent)
City/Town: Brimfield
Website: www.hertansbrimfield.com

Centrally located on Route 20 in world famous Brimfield, this fall festival will celebrate the creative talents of up to 200 artists, artisans and crafters. Enjoy the tent covered or open air exhibits from 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, October 4-5 (Rain dates are October 11-12). With a low admission fee of $5 and free parking! Food and refreshments are also available.

Contact: David Lamberto
hertansbrimfield@verizon.net
413-626-0927

 

ReUse Art Show and Sale: 75% +

Sponsoring Group Name: Northampton DPW ReUse Committee
Submission Due Date: September 15
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.northamptonma.gov/reduce-waste

Artists using 75% repurposed materials in their work invited to show/sell: 10/18/14, 9-3 pm, Smith Vocational HS. WE Give YOU: 10 x 10 space, $10 with table, chair. Artist Wish List Goodie Box, Publicity. YOU Give US: workshop for kids and/or adults OR for 2 hrs volunteer work for event.

Contact: Deborah Jane Slavitt
reuse.northampton@gmail.com

 

Plein air painting competition

Sponsoring Group Name: 7th Annual Easthampton Paint Out
Submission Due Date: September 6-13
Submission Fees: $20
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.nashgalleryart.com

An estimated 50-60 painters from across the state and beyond will descend upon Easthampton to paint 'en plein air,' outside, within the city limits of Easthampton between September 6-13. Completed paintings will be unveiled during Art Walk, September 13, 5-8pm. Awards will be announced at 6:30pm. Exhibit will continue through October 8. Rules and registration information: www.nashgalleryart.com

Contact: Marlies Stoddard
nashgalleryart@yahoo.com
413-529-9393

 

6th Open Juried Art Show at the Agawam Public Library

Sponsoring Group Name: Friends of the Agawam Public Library
Submission Due Date: November 1
Submission Fees: Early-bird registration fee $25 per entry, $30 after Oct. 18
City/Town: Agawam
Website: www.agawamlibrary.org/about/friends.htm

Show Dates: November 3-28, 2014. ultiple Entries per Category Allowed of original art only. Fee applies to each entry. Five Categories: Acrylics, Oils, Watercolors, Pastels, Other Media (pencil drawing, charcoals, pen and inks, block prints, collage, encaustics). Total $1,250 - Best in Show ($250) and 1st ($100), 2nd ($60), 3rd ($40) in each Category plus Honorable Mentions for a total of 26 awards. Download a prospectus/entry form on the website.

Contact: Bob Kadis
r.kadis@comcast.net
413-789-4814

 

The Old Courthouse Gallery

Sponsoring Group Name: The Hampshire Council of Governments
Submission Due Date: ongoing
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.hampshirecog.org/content/art-gallery

Exhibit space for artists living and working in the greater Hampshire County Area. Most artists will be also participating in the city-wide gallery open house, Arts Night Out, sponsored by the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce. These open houses are usually from 5-8pm on the second Friday of the month. Occasionally, the open house is scheduled for a different night to avoid a conflict. The Council is currently scheduling exhibits of two dimensional artwork. See website for more info.

Contact: Lydia B. King
lking@hampshirecog.org
413-584-1300

 

Fall Fest Art Show

Sponsoring Group Name: Ware Business and Civic Association
Submission Due Date: September 30
Submission Fees: $25
City/Town: Ware
Website: www.warebca.com

The annual WareBCA Fall Fest is a community festival in downtown Ware. The Fall Fest Art show, hosted by the Ware Historical Society, has vendor space available for artists. The show is in the Ware Town Hall and is free to the public. Last year's show featured the work of Elizabeth Lincoln along with artists from the surrounding area.

Contact: Cynthia LaBombard
c5d6l34@verizon.net
413-967-3887

 

Fifth Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival

Sponsoring Group Name: Northampton Center for the Arts
Submission Due Date: August 29
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.nohoarts.org

This year's festival is scheduled from 8am-8pm, Friday, September 12 and is a part of Northampton's Arts Night Out. Selected artists will be invited to work from 8am-4pm, rendering drawings in chalk on 5'x5' cement canvases located throughout downtown. All who participate receive a $100 stipend. In addition, cash prizes of $250, $150 and $100 will be awarded by a panel of judges for the top three creations. Rules and info on website.

Contact: Penny Burke
ncfa@nohoarts.org
413-584-7327

 

Mill Arts Project (MAP)

Sponsoring Group Name: Easthampton City Arts+
Submission Due Date: Rolling Basis
Submission Fees: free
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.easthamptoncityarts.com/map

The Mill Arts Project is an educational opportunity for first-time and experienced curators to develop their marketing and curating abilities by putting on an exhibit or an event for one to two months. While curators bring a vision or creative idea, ECA+ and Eastworks assists by providing a space, assisting with marketing for the exhibition or event, and project guidance. See website for more information.

Contact: info@easthamptoncityarts.com
413-527-8278

 

Easthampton City Arts+

Sponsoring Group Name: Easthampton City Arts+
Submission Due Date: ongoing
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.easthamptoncityarts.org

Join Easthampton's largest network of creative people. Stay connected and enjoy ECA+ creative opportunities! ECA+ welcomes members who live or work in Southampton, Westhampton and Easthampton. Members including visual artists, craftspeople, dancers, writers, performers, musicians etc. and creative businesses & organizations are invited to apply via the ECA+ website. Visit the easthamptoncityarts.com/apply for further information.

Contact: arts@easthampton.org
413-527-8278

 

Classes & Workshops

Landscape Drawing and Painting

Date & Time: August 24, 1-5pm
Fee: $85
Organization: Paula Gottlieb Art
Class Location: Bryant Homestead
City/Town: Cummington
Website: www.paulagottlieb.com

Instruction in perception of the landscape and painting techniques as well as demos and critique. Some experience in drawing or painting helpful.

Contact: Paula Gottlieb
paulagottliebart@gmail.com

 

Painting Flesh Tones Workshop with Christina Mastrangelo

Date & Time: September 27, 10am-4pm
Fee: $100
Class Location: Workshop13
Address: 13 Church Street
City/Town: Ware
Website: www.workshop13.org

Explore the unique properties that make oil such an interesting medium to work with! Learn to mix realistic skin tones in this fundamental oil painting class. For artists who wish to achieve a more realistic tone or budding artists who wish to learn to paint with a higher level of skill this workshop will leave you with a greater sense of confidence in your approach to mix and apply paint to the canvas.

Contact: info@workshop13.org

 

Integrated Surface Design: Building a Nuno Felt Bib Dress

Date & Time: 9:30am-4:30pm, September 14-17
Fee: $425 plus materials
Class Location: New England Felting Supply
Address: 84 Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.feltingsupply.com

Join us for a serious playdate with Dutch feltmaker and fiber artist Brigitte Eertink of Atelier Rozevilterije. The focus of Brigitte's visit to Massachusetts is to share her unique skill of embellishing felt by combining old and new techniques. Your journey will begin by felting sections of prefelt that will later be assembled into nuno, multiple resists, etc., and hand-sewn together after embellishment.

Contact: Nancy Marshall
sales@feltingsupply.com
413-527-1188

 

Fall Courses at the Springfield Museum School with Christina Mastrangelo

Date & Time: classes start October 6
Fee: varies
Class Location: Springfield Museums
Address: 221 Pine Street, Studio 352
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.springfieldmuseums.org

Color Mixing with Oils, 10am-1pm, Oct 6 - Nov 17. Portrait Drawing, 6-8:30pm, Oct 6 - Nov 17; or 10am-2pm, Oct 7-28. Baroque Drawing, 6-8:30pm, Oct 7 - Nov 18. Painting Flesh Tones, 10am-2pm, Nov 4 & 18. Contact for Full Descriptions & more info.

Contact: museumschool@springfieldmuseums.org
413-263-6800

 

Intermediate Wheel

Date & Time: Thursdays 6-8:15pm, September 4 - October 23
Fee: $300 eight weeks ($250 tuition + $50 materials fee)
Organization: Tiffany Hilton Pottery
Class Location: Arts & Industry Building
Address: 221 Pine Street, Studio 352
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.tiffanyhilton.com/classes

Take your skills to the next level with more advanced demonstrations to help you improve your skills, make a set of bowls or plates, try a teapot or another project you have been dreaming about. Each student may direct their own projects to receive the instruction they need most. Demonstrations will be given each class to suggest ways to improve your form through throwing and trimming, making lids, pulling handles, and exploring function and composition well beyond the basics.

Contact: Tiffany Hilton
high_fired@hotmail.com
413-824-6506

 

Creating on the Potter's Wheel: Beginner and Beyond

Date & Time: Thursdays 9-11:15am, September 4 - October 23
Fee: $300 eight weeks ($250 tuition + $50 materials fee)
Organization: Tiffany Hilton Pottery
Class Location: Arts & Industry Building
Address: 221 Pine Street, Studio 352
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.tiffanyhilton.com/classes

Try the potter's wheel for the first time or tackle a form you haven't tried yet. This is a very accommodating class with lots of demonstrations, individual instruction and opportunities to focus on your specific goals. The emphasis of the class will be on functional pottery using high-fired stoneware and glazes. Class session offers time to explore bowls, mugs, plates and other forms based on student's experience. Beginners are welcome. Class size is limited to five students.

Contact: Tiffany Hilton
high_fired@hotmail.com
413-824-6506

 

Landscape Painting

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, September 3 - October 8; OR Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm September 9 - October 14
Fee: $295 plus materials list provided at registration
Organization: Lynne Adams Art
Class Location: Cottage Street Studios
Address: One Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.lynneadamsart.com

This six week art class is designed for all levels of experience! This special method of teaching breaks the painting process into simple, direct steps, making the painting process very manageable and rewarding. Color theory will be studied to give students confidence in color mixing. Students of from beginners to more advanced will be amazed at how quickly they can produce impressive paintings! Class will include demos by the instructor.

Contact: Lynne Adams
lynneadamsart@yahoo.com
413-687-4466

 

Oil Painting with Val Bassett, BFA, MSM

Class Location: at the instructor's home
City/Town: Florence

This mixed level oil painting class meets weekly in Florence. AM and PM sessions are open, both private and semi-private lessons available. Students work in a comfortable and supportive environment at the instructor's home in Florence, working from still life and photographs. All styles of painting welcome. Student and professional references available upon request. Please contact the instructor for more info.

Contact: Val Bassett
bassettpainting@gmail.com
413-563-3538

 

Acrylic Painting: One Day Workshops

Date & Time: Monday evenings, 6pm, until August 28
Fee: $25 per 2.5-hour class
Class Location: Westfield Creative Arts
Address: 105 Elm Street
City/Town: Westfield
Website: www.westfieldcreativearts.com

In 2.5 hours I promise that my students will complete a 9" x 12" acrylic painting in the genre of landscape, seascape, floral or still life which I alternate the four or five Mondays per month. I paint alongside my students and instruct in a step by step method and suggest improvements to my students during the painting sessions. 7/14: Still Life, 7/21: Floral, 8/4: Landscape, 8/11: Seascape, 8/18: Still Life, 8/28: Floral. Instructor Richard Nowak (richnowakfineart.blogspot.com).

Contact: create@westfieldcreativearts.com

 

Watercolor Workshop

Date & Time: Friday, October 24, 5:30-8:30pm
Fee: $25
Organization: Agawam Community Artists & Artisans
Class Location: Agawam Senior Center
Address: 945 Main Street
City/Town: Agawam

With Joan Steinmeyer. Seating limited to 12 people. Supply list will be provided when payment is received.

Contact: Ginny Wright
woodwrights@comcast.net

 

Studio / Artist Space Available

Holyoke: Workspace at Gateway City Arts

Location name: Gateway City Arts
Date available: now
Address: 92 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.gatewaycityarts.com

Semi-private workspace ranges in size, starting at 100sq. ft for $100/month. Includes lockable storage closet, shared clean-up sink, access to common areas, and internet. Additionally you have the advantage of a professional location for meeting clients and networking with other creative people, entrepreneurs, artists and professionals. There is also room for growth as studios can be built out to fit your working needs and budget.

Contact: Vitek Kruta
hello@gatewaycityarts.com
413-650-2670

 

Holyoke: Studio Space at Paper City Studios

Location name: Paper City Studios
Date available: now
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke

1800 sq ft studio for rent. 3rd floor walk up with canal view. 700 + heat and electric. Artist work studio big enough for 2 or 3 artists to share. Large common area and bathroom outside the door. Contact Bruce Fowler for more information.

Contact: Bruce Fowler
brucefowlerart@yahoo.com

 

Holyoke: Studio Space at Open Square

Location name: Open Square
Date available: now
Address: 4 Open Square Way
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.opensquare.com

The arts and creative businesses are an integral part of the atmosphere at Open Square. We offer a limited number of incredible, work-only studios for artists and small businesses in the creative fields at substantially reduced rates. Perfect for artists, artisans, graphic designers and small architecture firms. Please visit our website for more photos and information on each available studio.

Contact: Michelle St.Jacques
michelle@opensquare.com
413-532-5057

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