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This Week's Newsletter: February 2, 2016

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
February 2, 2016
Issue #387

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Amherst Exhibits/Events

SYNERGY

Artist: Alicia Hunsicker
Start Date: February 5, 2016
End Date: June 2, 2016
Reception Date: April 21, 4pm
Location Name: Science & Engineering Library, UMass Amherst
Hours: During library hours, which vary. Call for specific hours.
Address: Lederle Lowrise Floor 2, 740 N. Pleasant Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.library.umass.edu/news/exhibits/synergy/

Using science as a point of departure, Hunsicker paints vibrant organisms that reveal a cosmic discussion about the nature of all things. Rather than depict microscopic particles or cosmic bodies with pure scientific objectivity, her images are infused with a life force of joyful exuberance. Hunsicker graduated from UMass Amherst in 1993 with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. She works from her home studio in Leyden, MA. Deeply connected to nature, she is inspired by science and spirituality.

Contact: Thea Atwood
tpatwood@library.umass.edu
413-545-2674

 

Amherst Art Walk

Date: Thursday, February 4, 5-8pm
Location Name: various locations
Address: downtown
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.amherstartwalk.com

A free cultural event held monthly throughout downtown. Any month might include exhibitions of visual art, poetry readings, musical performances, lectures. Venues offer refreshments and a trolley can whisk you from place to place. The Art Walk brings people into businesses, showcases contemporary art and culture, promotes scores of area artists, and brings cultural enrichment to residents and visitors. Check online for monthly show listings and information on artists and venues.

Contact: info@amherstartwalk.com

 

Unwavering

Artist: Ann Knickerbocker, Nancy Meagher
Start Date: February 4, 2016
End Date: February 27, 2016
Location Name: Gallery A3
Hours: Th-Su 1-7pm
Address: 28 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.gallerya3.com

The artists, who developed their ideas for this show as they were sketching in Emily Dickinson's bedroom, will present paintings and drawings hanging above and around painted Victorian sofas, in a salon-style setting.

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

 

Question Bridge: Black Males

Artists: group show
Start Date: January 28, 2016
End Date: May 1, 2016
Location Name: University Museum of Contemporary Art
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm
Address: 151 Presidents Drive
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fac.umass.edu/UMCA/Online/

A five-channel video installation that aims to represent and redefine black male identity in America, and powerfully exposes the incredible diversity of thought, character, and identity within the black American male demographic, disrupting traditional generalizations. This project explores challenging issues within the black male community by instigating a transmedia conversation across the geographic, economic, generational, educational, and social divisions of American society.

 

Take A Seat!

Artists: group show
Start Date: January 27, 2016
End Date: February 28, 2016
Location Name: University Museum of Contemporary Art
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm
Address: 151 Presidents Drive
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fac.umass.edu/UMCA/Online/

To mark the final celebration of its 40th Anniversary year, the UMCA invited 40 artists and designers to creatively embellish 40 unadorned wooden chairs. The participating artists have painted, decorated, cut, drilled, and otherwise improvised on four legs and a seat - a riff on the idea of a chair! Take A Seat! celebrates the wide-ranging talent and creativity of Valley artists and designers. Fundraising Party and Silent Auction: Sunday, February 28, 5-7:30pm.

 

Local Color

Artists: The Valley Watercolor Group
Start Date: February 1, 2016
End Date: February 29, 2016
Reception Date: February 4, 5-8pm
Location Name: Burnett Gallery, Jones Library
Address: 43 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst

The Valley Watercolor Group is an eclectic group of 38 watercolor painters who meet weekly to paint. Classes involve instructive demonstrations by Louise Currin, individual painting, critiques and camaraderie. These artists have participated in previous group shows at the Burnett Gallery, Hope and Feathers and many exhibits by individual artists. The group fosters a supportive and congenial environment, which inspires and encourages our work.

Contact: Lou Currin
louandcecil@currin.org
413-549-5677

 

Ripe to Rotten

Artist: Jan Ruby-Crystal
Start Date: January 20, 2016
End Date: February 27, 2016
Reception Date: February 4, 5-8pm
Location Name: Hope & Feathers Gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Address: 319 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.hopeandfeathersframing.com

The exhibition of paintings and handmade paper considers themes of life and decomposition as viewed through close visual studies. An opening reception will be held on February 4 in conjunction with Amherst Art Walk from 5-8pm and will include a demonstration by the artist. Artist reception: February 6, 4:30-7pm.

Contact: Michelle Raboin
gallery@hopeandfeathersframing.com
413-835-0197

 

Ray of Light

Artist: Misa Chappell
Start Date: January 7, 2016
End Date: February 28, 2016
Location Name: CircaNow Gallery (Valley Frame Works)
Address: 533 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www..com

Misa grew up in Amherst, MA and earned an art history degree at Columbia University in 1990. After stints in New York City, Los Angeles, Portland, OR, Chicago, and Minneapolis, Misa moved to the Berkshires in 2013. The Madonna project began in February 2015 after the 1,000th snowstorm. Painting Madonnas was a cathartic and contemplative practice which is still ongoing.

 

Easthampton Exhibits/Events

Eye Candy

Artist: Luke J. Cavagnac
Start Date: February 13, 2016
End Date: May 13, 2016
Reception Date: February 13, 6-9pm
Location Name: The Invisible Fountain
Hours: Mon-Fri, sometimes on the weekend
Address: 116 Pleasant Street Suite #206
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.invisiblefountain.com

The newest showing of paintings by Luke J. Cavagnac. The Invisible Fountain is where Cavagnac paints and displays his "Art". Hundreds and hundreds of different paintings on display everyday.

Contact: 413-896-8073

 

Winter Interlude

Artists: Easthampton Art Guild
Start Date: February 2, 2016
End Date: March 31, 2016
Location Name: Easthampton City Hall Gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Address: 50 Payson Avenue
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.easthamptoncityarts.com

This new exhibition includes work by artists Elizabeth Chase, Betty Schaffer, Lois Perient and Nancy Caffall. Exhibiting artists will show paintings of Pioneer Valley scenes in winter when the days are short and the landscape is quiet.

Contact: arts@easthampton.org
413-529-1425

 

The Shape of Things

Artist: Laura Bergstrom
Start Date: February 2, 2016
End Date: March 9, 2016
Reception Date: February 13, 5-8pm
Location Name: Nash Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm
Address: 40 Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.nashgalleryart.com

Bergstrom began exploring pyrography, the art of hand burning images into wood, in 2011. Her exploration has since flourished into a profound connection to the raw, living wood and the images that she burns. The subjects that Bergstrom selects are influenced by what the wood grains reveal. Bergstrom will be exhibiting her newest work with subjects ranging from human forms to simple spheres which have an organic beauty rich with flesh tones and deep earthy hues.

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

 

Winter Warmer Artisans Sale

Date: Saturday, February 13, 11am-5pm
Location Name: Gallery One (3rd Floor)
Address: One Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.cottagestreetstudios.com

Come in out of the cold during Easthampton's WinterFest. Warm up with a hot drink and enjoy Cottage Street Studios first table top sale. More than 10 artists will be offering their artwork. Great opportunity to pick up a last minute Valentine's Day gift. Free and open to the public.

Contact: Ellen Koteen
e-l-k@comcast.net
413-210-5141

 

Ginny Deiling

Artist: Ginny Deiling
Start Date: February 1, 2016
End Date: February 29, 2016
Location Name: Emily Williston Memorial Library
Hours: Mon 10-8, Tue-Wed 9-8, Thur-Sat 9-1
Address: 9 Park Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.ewmlibrary.org

Ms. Deiling is a mixed media artist who got her start making greeting cards for friends and family. That pastime quickly led to home decor and wall art projects. She is largely self-taught having attended many workshops throughout New England. Ginny has also enjoyed a successful career spanning 32 years as a hairstylist. She managed, owned, and taught at a handful of local salons. These days she works part time, allowing more time for her art work.

Contact: Nora Blake
ehampton@cwmars.org
413-527-1031

 

Portraits

Artist: Erin Long
Start Date: February 1, 2016
End Date: TBD
Location Name: Small Oven Bakery
Hours: 8am-3pm, Tue-Sun
Address: 36 Union Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.erinlongphotography.com

My desire for contact and connection with people I know, and people I'm meant to meet inspired these black and white intimate portraits. In my bones, I am a traditional, analog photographer that for a time had to learn to see and create with the pixels of present day. I used either a 50mm 1.4 lens or 85mm 1.2 lens that allowed for a very close portrait and gorgeous depth of field. It's my hope that the return of traditional photographic media with these portraits also might kindle a return to more traditional street interactions.

Contact: Erin Long
erin@erinlongphotography.com
413-262-7973

 

Watercolors

Artist: Robert Grant
Start Date: February 1, 2016
End Date: February 29, 2016
Reception Date: February 14, 3:30pm
Location Name: Lathrop Community Art Gallery
Hours: 9am-4pm daily
Address: 100 Bassett Brook Drive
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.lathrop.kendal.org

"What do you paint?" people ask me. While my subject matter comes mostly from coastal Maine and the foothills of the Berkshires, these favorite places only provide the occasion, either en plein air or from photographs I have taken. I paint light - the moment, character, and effect of light. I do this with transparent watercolors, water-based pigments that allow ambient light to pass through and be reflected by the painted surface.

Contact: Deborah Peavey
dpeavey@lathrop.kendal.org
413-586-0006

 

YOU, ME, HUMILITY AND PRIDE

Artist: Christopher Sullivan
Start Date: February 1, 2016
End Date: February 25, 2016
Reception Date: February 13, 5-8pm
Location Name: Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery
Hours: 12-6pm M-Th, 5-8pm every 2nd Saturday
Address: 43 Main Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.easthamptoncityarts.com

Sullivan exhibits a collection of recent paintings - a pastiche of figures found in art history, pop culture, and the artist's imagination. The mash-up of images incorporated with abstract elements create a sense of traditional formal coherence between space, light, and color. Sullivan, formerly a minimalist abstract painter, experiments with a balance of the sometimes incongruous forms and colors until they work harmoniously.

Contact: arts@easthampton.org
413-529-1425

 

Florence Exhibits/Events

Sub Dermic

Artist: Erica Pinto
Start Date: February 3, 2016
End Date: February 28, 2016
Reception Date: February 3, 5-8pm
Location Name: Rozztox
Hours: Wed 5-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-7pm
Address: 221 Pine Street, Room 141
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.FeedingTubeRecords.com/RozzToxArt

An exhibition of sculptures, wall mounted objects, and low relief panels. The surfaces of Pinto's objects and panels are covered with a horror movie style skin treatment abounding with abrasions, gashes, blemishes, infections, and other unsightly conditions. Many of the skin works are presented as abstract cubes and panels-bringing visceral degradation to the often listlessly sterile geometry of aesthetic presentation conventions.

 

Greenfield Exhibits/Events

Groundless Wayfinding

Artist: Fafnir Adamites
Start Date: January 27, 2016
End Date: February 23, 2016
Location Name: Greenfield Community College, South Gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm
Address: One College Drive
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: art.gcc.mass.edu/gallery.html

A plumb bob is a tool for finding a vertical reference line. A dowsing pendulum is a bridge between intuition and analysis. The terrain is built of hidden traps inherited from unknown sources. Rough spots dictate the movements, orienting and disorienting. This exhibit of new work will include paper sculpture, feltmaking and found objects that function as tools, insinuations and malfunctions with an emphasis on scale and materials. Gallery talk: February 3, 12pm.

Contact: Fafnir Adamites
fafnir.adamites@gmail.com
413-835-5096

 

Becoming Unstuck

Artist: Fafnir Adamites
Start Date: January 15, 2016
End Date: February 17, 2016
Location Name: Stoneleigh-Burnam School, Geissler Gallery
Hours: M-F 9am-3:45pm
Address: 574 Bernardston Road
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: www.sbschool.org/winter-art-exhibit-becoming-unstuck-by-fafnir-adamites/

Stoneleigh-Burnham School's 2016 Winter Art Exhibition features the artwork of Turners Falls artist Fafnir Adamites, who works in feltmaking, papermaking and other traditional craft processes to create large paper sculptures and installations.

Contact: Fafnir Adamites
fafnir.adamites@gmail.com
413-835-5096

 

Holyoke Exhibits/Events

Amor Fati

Artist: Christopher Willingham
Start Date: February 1, 2016
End Date: February 25, 2016
Reception Date: Thursday, February 18, 5:30-7:30pm
Location Name: Taber Art Gallery, Holyoke Community College
Address: 303 Homestead Avenue
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: thetaberartgallery.blogspot.com

Charged with mark and color, and evoking themes from classical mythology, these powerful images reveal emergent forms and compositions in a language of exploratory abstraction. Grounded in vivid materiality, they record the search not for specific objects, but for an emotional exactitude--a specificity of feeling in which features of light, landscape, weather, and organic form pulse as elements of urgent process. Afternoon Reception: February 17, 11am-1pm.

Contact: 413-552-2614

 

Indian Orchard Exhibits/Events

The Wilbraham Art League

Artists: The Wilbraham Art League
Start Date: January 23, 2016
End Date: February 27, 2016
Location Name: Dane Gallery, Indian Orchard Mills
Hours: Saturdays only, 12-4pm
Address: 2440 Front Street
City/Town: Indian Orchard
Website: www.wilbrahamartleague.org

The Wilbraham Art League show at the Dane Gallery is the league's premier exhibit. The venue is perfect for large works of art and 3 dimensional works. The exhibit showcases a variety of work such as paintings, graphite, colored pencil, photography, sculptures, jewelry and basketry.

Contact: Joyce Emerle
jlemerle@charter.net
413-596-2032

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

Play Like a Girl! June Millington Retrospective

Start Date: February 12, 2016
End Date: February 28, 2016
Reception Date: February 12
Location Name: the former Hempest
Hours: Mon-Thur 12-6pm, Fri-Sat 12-8pm, Sun 12-6pm
Address: 177 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.junemillington.rocks

The exhibition follows the arc of June's remarkable career from the early days in Fanny, the first all female rock band to release an album on a major label, up through her current work empowering young musicians at the Institute for Musical Arts. This interactive pop-up exhibition gives visitors the chance to join the band: play guitar through a vintage amp that toured with David Bowie, spin vinyl on the turntable, turn on a PA that Fanny purchased from the Doors and travel back in time with June as she recounts her adventures.

Contact: Cassandra Holden
cassandraholden@gmail.com
413-559-7752

 

The Flood

Artist: Frances Kidder
Start Date: February 4, 2016
End Date: February 28, 2016
Reception Date: February 12, 5-8pm
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.oxbowgallery.org

Works on paper inspired by historical records of the Mill River flood of 1874.

Contact: 413-586-6300

 

HOME and Away

Artist: Molly Levine, Janet Palin
Start Date: February 4, 2016
End Date: February 28, 2016
Reception Date: February 12, 5-8pm
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery, Back Room
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.oxbowgallery.org

Two painters (mother and daughter) look at the concept of home in regional architecture (Molly Levine) and the natural environment (Janet Palin).

Contact: 413-586-6300

 

New England Landscapes

Artist: Walter Cudnohufsky
Start Date: February 1, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: 2nd Floor Waiting Area
Hours: 8am-5pm
Address: 22 Atwood Drive
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.cudnohufsky.com

Walter is a representational watercolor painter capturing the many moods of the changing New England landscape. Painting since 1990, he has also developed a devoted following of watercolor students in full day weekend workshops in Ashfield. He believes and has proven that anyone can paint given the willingness to focus and suspend their own critical judgment. He shows locally and regionally.

Contact: Walter Cudnohufsky
413-528-4600

 

Oil and Watercolor Paintings

Artist: Jacqueline Brodeur
Start Date: February 1, 2016
End Date: February 29, 2016
Reception Date: Thursday, February 4, 4:30-6:30pm
Location Name: North Gallery, Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Hours: 8am-8pm
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton

Jackie is a member of the Hilltown Plein Air Painters, a group of artists that share the enjoyment of painting and exploring the hilltowns and beyond. She is drawn to scenes that have local interest, that make our area unique, and celebrate the beauty and history of the hilltowns. She enjoys painting New England landscapes, especially barns with their reassured history of family, agriculture, and a bygone way of life.

Contact: Jacqueline Brodeur
willows2@comcast.net
413-527-1758

 

Photos from Near and Far

Artist: Lori Sheehan
Start Date: February 1, 2016
End Date: February 29, 2016
Reception Date: Thursday, February 4, 4:30-6:30pm
Location Name: New Gallery, Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Hours: 8am-8pm
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton

Lori has traveled throughout the world and has captured the sights and scenes from her adventures through the lens of her camera. She has seriously pursued the art of photography for over 15 years. Her areas of expertise include landscapes, real estate, and nature.

Contact: Lori Sheehan
picsbylori2@gmail.com

 

Wild About Local and other Mosaics

Artist: Christine Kenneally
Start Date: February 1, 2016
End Date: February 29, 2016
Reception Date: February 12, 5-7pm
Location Name: River Valley Co-Op
Address: 330 North King Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.christinekenneallyart.com

This exhibit features 'Wild About Local', a new permanent mural by Christine Kenneally, installed in the entryway of River Valley Co-Op to celebrate the store's new brand and logo. In addition, there will be other mosaic works by the artist, on display in the cafe for the month of February, including mosaic jewelry and wall hangings.

Contact: Christine Kenneally
kenneally.christine@gmail.com
413-244-2384

 

Paintings by Laura Radwell, Caren Hyde, and Sandy Walsh

Artists: Laura Radwell, Caren Hyde, and Sandy Walsh
Start Date: February 1, 2016
End Date: February 29, 2016
Reception Date: Saturday, February 13, 2-4pm
Location Name: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library
Hours: Mon & Wed 9-9, Tue & Thur 1-5, Fri-Sat 9-5
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.forbeslibrary.org/gallery

Sandy Walsh is a lifelong artist. A Northampton native, she was painting outdoors before she knew the term "en plein air". Her most recent work is inspired by nature - although somewhat abstracted. Caren Hyde was born in the South-East of England in 1963. She earned a BA in fine art from Bath Academy of Art in 1986. Laura Radwell is a native New Yorker, communications professional, artist, designer, and devoted collector of visual impressions. The valley has been her home since 1974.

Contact: fkaufmann@forbeslibrary.org
413-587-1011

 

Jet Force Drawings and Drumface Portraits

Artist: Daniel Ovadia
Start Date: January 22, 2016
End Date: February 5, 2016
Location Name: Anchor House Of Artists
Hours: Tue, Thur, Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.facebook.com/anchorhouseartists

In late 2014, Daniel Ovadia, a classically trained percussionist, created 200 computer-generated images using Adobe Illustrator. They are presented here in a digital projected slideshow format accompanied by his recorded original percussion compositions.

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

 

20th Anniversary Exhibition

Artists: group show
Start Date: January 27, 2016
End Date: March 12, 2016
Location Name: William Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Wed 10am-5pm, Thur-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.wbfinearts.com

William Baczek Fine Arts is celebrating our 20TH Anniversary with a group exhibition of past, present and future artists. The exhibition will include paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and video from a diverse group of artists, and includes new works by founding artists Scott Prior, Mallory Lake, Robert Sweeney, Larry Preston and Nanette Vonnegut.

Contact: William Baczek
info@wbfinearts.com
413-587-9880

 

Incubation from Empty Space

Artists: Genevieve Mae Burnett, Michael Tillyer, Gordon Thorne
Start Date: January 8, 2016
End Date: February 28, 2016
Location Name: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery
Hours: Tue-Sat 12-5pm
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.apearts.org

The form that fills empty space is an adequate definition of art. The idea that is born new from confusion can be thought of as the creative spark. The dredging of lakes filled with experience pulls forth the supply to weave and shape the stuff of reinterpretation. Over the two months that introduce the new year, the empty space of at A.P.E. will be filled week by week with an exploration by three creative workers whose lives have been inextricably woven into the story of the Available space.

Contact: 413-586-5553

 

An Exhibition of the Work of Genevieve Mae Burnett

Artist: Genevieve Mae Burnett
Start Date: February 12, 2016
End Date: February 28, 2016
Reception Date: Friday, February 12, 5-8pm
Location Name: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery
Hours: Tue-Sat 12-5pm
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.apearts.org

When she passed last November, Burnett left to the care of the Anchor House of Artists just over 700 oil paintings in extant, boxes of drawings yet unnumbered, and nearly ten thousand pages of journalistic writing. It is left to its facility now to make sense of her legacy and set it in a context that honors her intention. Artist Talk by Michael Tillyer: Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 pm. Admission to the talk is $10, which will support the work of the Anchor House of Artists as it moves forward to preserve and protect this work.

Contact: 413-586-5553

 

Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

The Red Show

Artists: group show
Start Date: January 27, 2016
End Date: February 22, 2016
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Cooperative
Hours: daily 11-5, Fri-Sat 11-7, closed Tue
Address: 6 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.shelburneartscoop.com

A group show and a display by our jewelry artists, special gifts for Valentine's Day.

Contact: 413-625-9324

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

Moment by Moment: paintings and photographic suites

Artist: Chris Page
Start Date: January 23, 2016
End Date: March 26, 2016
Location Name: Bing Art Center
Hours: Sat 11am-2pm, and during events
Address: 716 Sumner Avenue
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.bingartscenter.org

In his new series of paintings and photographs Chris Page explores optical and experiential awareness while walking in different New England environments. Based in witnessing the horizonless, daytime sky and ocean surf these works are multi-image sequences that capture an unfolding process and the flow of space-time in the landscape. The painting sequences use gestural rhythms to create a meditative visual field.

Contact: Chris Page
chris.page@me.com
413-237-3466

 

Mechanics of Introspection

Artist: Kris Ludwig
Start Date: January 29, 2016
End Date: March 25, 2016
Reception Date: March 24, 3-5pm
Location Name: Wm Blizard Gallery, Springfield College
Hours: M-F 9-4pm
Address: 263 Alden Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.springfieldcollege.edu

I work to create meditative depictions of manmade objects displaying their damage, the atmosphere as broken as the subject; at times the surface being indistinguishable from the object, as if it were slowly melting away or creeping forward in and out of existence. By pulling these objects upward, they are given a sense of the humanity that has touched them. They are caught in a defining moment of resistance. The paintings honor self-effacing objects and their ability to capture the human spirit.

Contact: Holly S Murray
hmurray@springfieldcollege.edu
413-748-3684

 

Leaving Our Mark: In Celebration of the Pencil

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 24, 2015
End Date: March 27, 2016
Location Name: Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield Museums
Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.SpringfieldMuseums.org

Leaving Our Mark celebrates the diverse medium of graphite through this new exhibit of abstract and representational drawings by East Coast artists, including many based in Western Massachusetts, plus a selection of contemporary sculptures made entirely from pencils.

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

 

At Camp in the Field: Life of the Civil War Soldier

Start Date: November 21, 2015
End Date: May 31, 2016
Location Name: Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Hours: Wed-Sun 9am-5pm
Address: One Armory Square
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.nps.gov/spar

View previously unseen Civil War artifacts from the Springfield Armory collection. See historic civil war rifles, bayonets, knapsack, and frock coat. Read soldiers' letters written in their own hand that stirs up the challenges, humor, and heartache experienced in Civil War camps. Museum admission is free of charge.

Contact: Joanne M. Gangi-Wellman
Joannem_Gangi@nps.gov
413-348-4810

 

Cabinets of Curiosity: Contemporary Interpretations

Start Date: August 25, 2015
End Date: August 28, 2016
Location Name: George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.springfieldmuseums.org

A wide variety of extraordinary items drawn from the combined science, art, and history collections housed at the Museums. Cabinets of Curiosity (also known as "Wunderkammer," "Cabinets of Wonder" and "Wonder-Rooms") developed during the 17th and 18th centuries, and were essentially the precursors to the modern museum.

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

 

Turners Falls Exhibits/Events

17 Mysteries and Signs: Tintypes in the Digital Age

Artist: Ruth West
Start Date: February 4, 2016
End Date: March 12, 2016
Location Name: Nina's Nook
Hours: Thur-Sat 12-5pm and by appt
Address: 125A Avenue A
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: www.ninasnook.com

Small and intimate, this series by Ruth West has the feel of historic Tintypes while taking the process deeper into her personal mythology. Printed on aluminum, in intimate sizes 6"X6", these pieces contain West's fascination for showing only part of a story. West is an internationally recognized artist who has been working with digital art for the last 30 years.

Contact: 413-834-8800

 

Westfield Exhibits/Events

Edward Mead

Artist: Edward Mead
Start Date: February 1, 2016
End Date: February 29, 2016
Location Name: Jasper Rand Art Gallery, Westfield Athenaeum
Hours: Mon-Thur 8:30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 8:30am-5pm
Address: 6 Elm Street
City/Town: Westfield
Website: www.westath.org

Mead, a prolific landscape painter whose career extended over six decades, was one of a handful of well-known plein air painters in the area. Acknowledged for his wit as well as artistic sense, Mead was a talented teacher, mentor to several fellow artists, and instrumental in founding ArtsWest, a thirty-year enduring association of painters.

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

Public Sculpture Request for Proposals

Sponsoring Group Name: Town of Montague and Turners Falls RiverCulture
Submission Due Date: April 28, 2016
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: www.montague.net

The Town of Montague and Turners Falls RiverCulture are requesting proposals for a public sculpture to be installed in the new pedestrian park on the corner of Avenue A and 3rd Street. Any artist in the United States may apply. The award for the winning proposal to $6,000. The sculpture will be installed in the planter, highlighted in these photos in green. For deadlines, guidelines, review criteria and information about the selection process download the RFP from the Town of Montague website.

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

 

Artisan Demonstration Day

Sponsoring Group Name: Artisans of WMass, Inc.
Submission Due Date: March 12, 2016
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.artisansofwmass.com

Accepting applications for our Artisan Demonstration Day to take place on Saturday, May 7, at Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke. Non-demonstrating artisans accepted but priority acceptance to those willing to demonstrate how they create their work or demonstrate a portion of their process. Applications must be complete and received by March 12. Vendor App and guidelines available at: www.artisansofwmass.com/event-applications/

Contact: Jan Bajgier
events@artisansofwmass.com
413-665-4797

 

MAIL ART

Sponsoring Group Name: Greenfield Community College Art Club
Submission Due Date: April 28, 2016
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: www.facebook.com/events/1688001261421104/

Mail art is simply art that has been sent through the mail, but generally is made knowing that the piece will journey via the post. Anyone is welcome to create an anonymous or signed postcard, card in an envelope, or other mail-able art and send it to the Art Club. All mail art will be exhibited in the South Gallery at GCC in June 2016. Selected mail art may also be included in a zine that would accompany the exhibit. More info on website.

Contact: Jen Simms
simmsj@gcc.mass.edu
413-775-1298

 

Flight

Sponsoring Group Name: Art & Soul
Submission Due Date: February 10, 2016
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.artandsoulhcc.org

A mixed media installation asking us to bear witness to the flight of the world's 60 million refugees. Artists will use luggage as the foundational medium, with wide latitude for interpretation. Luggage can be provided. Curated as a journey, this installation will feature 14 stations, each seeking to engage the experience of "lament," as well as testament to dignity and resilience. To be considered, please submit 2-3 samples of your work or provide a website by February 10. Pieces due March 15.

Contact: Susannah Crolius
artandsoul.wm@gmail.com
413-348-2385

 

Alchemy Artisan Fair

Sponsoring Group Name: Gateway City Arts
Submission Due Date: March 1, 2016
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.gatewaycityarts.com/#!alchemy-artisan-fair/cin

To apply please send an email to Vitek Kruta at vitek@gatewaycityarts.com with the following: 3-5 photos of your work or a link to an online portfolio; short bio (include the name of your business if different from your name); your name, phone number and email. Your work must be handmade. Fees: $100 for the weekend for a 2x6 table, $175 for the weekend for a 10x10 booth space (you must bring your own booth). Accepted artisans will be notified by March 8.

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

 

Contemporary Art at Historic Northampton

Sponsoring Group Name: Historic Northampton
Submission Due Date: March 15, 2016
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.historicnorthampton.org/cahn-submissions.html

Historic Northampton, in collaboration with The Northampton Center for the Arts and A.P.E., welcomes proposals from artists to exhibit work drawing on or inspired by objects from the museum's permanent collection. This successful program is in its third year, marking Historic Northampton as a destination for art and history lovers alike. Submissions may be for solo or group shows/installations; all mediums will be considered.

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

 

2nd Open Juried 3D Art Object Show at the Agawam Public Library

Sponsoring Group Name: Friends of the Agawam Public Library
Submission Due Date: May 31, 2016
Submission Fees: $25 per entry, $30 after May 16
City/Town: Agawam
Website: www.agawamlibrary.org/about/friends

Categories and Media: 1. Sculpture - Traditional/Single Media: object created using a single material, such as, but not limited to, stone, clay, bronze, cast, wood, ceramics, plastic. 2. Sculpture - Contemporary/Mixed Media: object combines more than one material including recyclables and found objects. 3. Artisan/Craft: Jewelry/Metal/Glass. 4. Artisan/Craft: Fabric/Basket/Gourd. 5. Wall Hanging 3D Art (max 15 pounds). Download Prospectus/Entry form from the website. Show Dates: June 8-11, 2016

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

 

Amherst Town Hall Art Gallery 2016-2017 Exhibition Opportunity

Sponsoring Group Name: The Amherst Public Art Commission
Submission Due Date: ongoing until April 1, 2016
Submission Fees: $20
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.amherstma.gov/1212/Public-Art-Commission

Inviting area artists or groups of artists to submit work for consideration for exhibition in the Amherst Town Hall Art Gallery, beginning in July 2016. Artists are encouraged to participate in the monthly Amherst Art Walk during their exhibition. Various hanging media including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, pastels, mixed media, fiber and illustration will be considered. Submission requirements: Completed application, resume, 4 digital images and a $20 entry fee.

Contact: Amy Crawley
amy@amyacrawley.com
978-239-7601

 

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
413-529-1425

 

Classes & Workshops

Interns for Artists, Arts-Based Businesses and Non-Profits

Date & Time: February 10, 6-8pm
Fee: free
Class Location: Florence Civic Center
Address: 90 Park Street
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.facebook.com/events/1515014782128532/

The UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service will be hosting an Information Session in Florence, February 10, 6-8PM at the Florence Civic Center. Session is free and open to the public. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at 413-545-2360 or aes@acad.umass.edu.

Contact: aes@acad.umass.edu
413-545-2360

 

Metals 1 with Heather Beck

Date & Time: Saturdays, 10am-2pm, February 6 - April 16
Fee: $1060 (10% discount pay in full), or $300 Deposit, 4 easy payments of $256.50
Class Location: Heather Beck Designs
Address: 116 Pleasant Street, Studio #047
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.heatherbeckdesigns.com

This class is for students who have little to no experience and want to learn new skills. We will be learning all the techniques listed on the flyer and creating jewelry from your designs. I want to put a miniatures component to the class this time around and make tiny versions of everyday objects of your choice. This will be a really fun course and I'm looking forward to having you as my students. All materials (with the exception of silver) and tools are included. Adults only. Email Heather to enroll.

Contact: Heather Beck
Metalicup@gmail.com
339-206-0097

 

Tool Making with Heather Beck

Date & Time: Sunday, February 21, 10am-4pm
Fee: $240 all materials included
Class Location: Heather Beck Designs
Address: 116 Pleasant Street, Studio #047
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.heatherbeckdesigns.com

Learning to forge steel is one of the most amazing primal experiences I've encountered. You will get a feel for light blacksmithing techniques. In this course you will learn to make a scribe and one other punch or chasing tool of your choice. You will also learn proper tempering technique to keep your tool at the proper hardness. This class is open to beginners or intermediate students. We will have a lot of fun and make some useful works of art! Adults only. Email Heather to enroll.

Contact: Heather Beck
Metalicup@gmail.com
339-206-0097

 

4-Week Mixed Media Creativity Workshop

Date & Time: 9am-12pm, Mondays, February 29 - March 21
Fee: $235 includes all materials except bring a personal sketchbook/journal
Class Location: Riverside Industry Building
Address: 1 Cottage Street, Studio #508
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.lynnsisler.com

Develop personal strategies to perpetuate your artistic and creative "flow" in a friendly, open, and supportive environment. Our focus will be on using journaling, sketching, and other reflective practices paired with specific lessons within a variety of mediums which carry over to your personal art-making, thus finding new, original insights into the creative process. Class time will entail direct demonstrations, discussion, and work time in which to explore your own themes. All levels welcome.

Contact: Lynn Sisler
lynnsislerart@gmail.com
404-680-9690

 

Beginning Oil Painting with Brian Kiernan

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 10am-12:30pm, February 3 - March 23 (no class Feb 17)
Fee: $165 (Members $140)
Organization: Springfield Museums
Class Location: Museum School
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.springfieldmuseums.org/program/beginning-oil-painting/2016-02-03/

Learn how to see color and mix it with accuracy and confidence. Become acquainted with a variety of oil painting materials as you explore basic color theory and the effects of light. Working from direct observation, examine different approaches to painting and learn to develop a personal response to subject matter while gaining confidence in paint handling with the brush and palette knife. This class provides a solid foundation for beginners and an excellent refresher for those looking to sharpen their skills.

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

 

Watercolor: Painting Landscapes

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 3-5pm, March 1-22
Fee: $140
Class Location: Deborah Rubin
Address: 143 Flat Hills Road
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.deborahrubin.com

Contact: deborahrubin8@gmail.com
413-253-7922

 

Watercolor: Working with Contrast

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 1-3pm, February 2-23
Fee: $140
Class Location: Deborah Rubin
Address: 143 Flat Hills Road
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.deborahrubin.com

Contact: deborahrubin8@gmail.com
413-253-7922

 

Journey: Altar Making to Open the Door

Date & Time: February 15 - March 21, 6-8pm
Fee: sliding scale ($15-25 per session/$90-150 series)
Organization: Art & Soul
Class Location: St. John's Episcopal Church
Address: 48 Elm Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.artandsoulhcc.org

Guided by the book Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self, each session in this six-week series will build on itself, offering the gifts of time for deep inner excavation, sharing and accessible creativity to open the doors of your heart and soul.

Contact: Susannah Crolius
artandsoul.wm@gmail.com
413-348-2385

 

Stained Glass 101 Workshop

Date & Time: February 6, 12-4pm
Fee: $100
Organization: Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio
Class Location: Cottage Street Studios
Address: 1 Cottage Street, Studio 510
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.DragonflyStainedGlassStudio.com

Create a beautiful sun catcher, a small panel, or a few ornaments to grace your home or give as gifts. In this class we will cover all of the skills and techniques to build a unique piece of stained glass art. This is a perfect class for students with no experience as well as intermediate students with some experience who may want a refresher course. All levels are welcome. All glass and supplies are included in the tuition. Other dates for the same class: March 20, April 16.

Contact: Heather McLean
HeatherMcLean22@gmail.com
413-559-1010

 

A critical approach to painting and drawing

Class Location: Valley View Studio and Gallery
City/Town: Pelham
Website: www.lornaritz.com

Technical and Aesthetic Instruction: A critical approach to painting and drawing. All levels welcome. 3-hour classes over six consecutive weeks, Monday nights, Tuesday mornings, with another evening opening, (TBA). Easels, live model, and still life material provided. Also offered: Private Classes.

Contact: gchilenski@gmail.com
207-975-2659

 

Women Creating, Day into Night

Date & Time: Saturday, February 6, 9am-9pm (optional stay for Sunday, 9am-1pm)
Fee: $155-$225, sliding scale for Saturday (includes most materials), $90 additional for Sunday
Class Location: Leverett Crafts and Arts building
Address: 13 Montague Road
City/Town: Leverett
Website: www.tocreate.org

If you long to express your creativity through art/writing, but have trouble making time for it in your life, you are not alone. Join me for a Women Creating, Day into Night retreat. Come explore and re-connect with your creative passion. This is an opportunity to be with a community of like-spirited women while nourishing and rejuvenating yourself; playing with art materials, reflecting and writing. Spend time in nature walking to the pond or in the woods. It's time for you, to do as you please!

Contact: Dale Schwarz
dale@tocreate.org
413-665-4880

 

Figure Drawing Fridays

Date & Time: 6-9pm, Friday nights (ongoing)
Fee: $12-15 (less if more than 6 people show)
Address: 71 Bradford Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.facebook.com/figuredrawingfridays

Figure drawing open studio in Northampton. We provide the model, some easels, music and occasionally snacks. We are an easy-going group and we enjoy the social/community aspect of these sessions as much as the actual drawing. Bring your own materials and BYOB if you want. There is NO INSTRUCTOR at these sessions. RSVP requested as space is limited.

Contact: gundy
ehoartguy@gmail.com

 

Walter Cudnohufsky Watercolor Workshops

Date & Time: Monthly from October 2015 to June 2016
Fee: $105 with discounts for multiple classes, seniors
Class Location: Belding Memorial Library
Address: Main Street
City/Town: Ashfield
Website: www.cudnohufsky.com

Tenth year! Full day (9am-5:30pm) Saturday or Sunday watercolor workshops. All skill levels welcome! All materials provided! Different subjects each class. Take one class or several. Pre-registration required. For details: walt@wcala.com,413 628 4600 ext #11, www.facebook.com/walter.cudnohufsky

Contact: walt@wcala.com
413-628-4600

 

Amanda's Monotype Printmaking Workshop

Date & Time: 9.30am-3:30pm, Saturday, February 20
Fee: $170 including materials
Organization: Cottage Street Arts School
Class Location: Amanda Barrow Arts
Address: One Cottage Street, studio #4-15
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.amandabarrow.net

Monotype prints are one-of-a-kind prints, all unique! Imagine painting on a sheet of plastic, placing paper over it, then running it through my printing press. Voila, the image comes out on the paper in reverse to how you painted it! Come have fun and play with water-based inks, brushes, and different papers to create your one-of-a-kind prints. No experience necessary; three students maximum per workshop means personal attention. Please see website for more info!

Contact: Amanda Barrow
amanda@amandabarrow.net
413-835-6854

 

Studio / Artist Space Available

Holyoke: 1000 sq ft studio at PCS80

Date available: now
Location: PCS80
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: papercitystudios.wordpress.com

1000sf studio with Canal Walk view in established warehouse arts building - 3rd floor walk up, arched windows, maple floors, bathroom and water nearby. $500 plus heat.

Contact: Bruce Fowler
brucefowlerart@yahoo.com

 

Holyoke: 450 sq ft studio at PCS80

Date available: now
Location: PCS80
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: papercitystudios.wordpress.com

450sf (two room) studio with Canal Walk view on the 2nd floor. $300 plus heat.

Contact: Bruce Fowler
brucefowlerart@yahoo.com

 

Holyoke: studio at Historic Parsons Hall

Date available: January 15
Location: Parsons Hall
Address: 362 Dwight Street
City/Town: Holyoke

1500 sq ft artist studio, $950/month, utilities included. Location: Historic Parsons Hall building on the second canal in downtown Holyoke. Large studio space, with full kitchen and bath, great windows and architectural details. Available January 15th. If interested, please call or email.

Contact: holyokeresearcher@gmail.com
413-265-8321

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