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This Week's Newsletter: May 15, 2018

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
May 15, 2018
Issue #506

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Featured Listing:

Paradise City Arts Festival

Date: May 26-28, 2018
Location Name: Three County Fairgrounds (indoors and under tents)
Hours: Sat & Sun 10am-6pm, Memorial Day 10am-4pm
Address: 54 Old Ferry Road at Rt. 9
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.paradisecityarts.com

An award-winning arts festival featuring 250 juried painters, sculptors and fine craft makers from every corner of America. Join us for three days of astounding visual arts, eye-popping design, scrumptious food, fabulous live music and great fun. Featuring the themed exhibit "Flower Power!", workshops, demonstrations and a silent art silent auction to benefit the Survival Center. All inside three airy new buildings, the 12,000 square foot Dining Tent and along the Sculpture Promenade.

Contact: Katherine Sanderson
info@paradisecityarts.com
800-511-9725

 

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Agawam Exhibits/Events

Cuba: Classic Cars

Artist: Diane Savioli-Chase
Start Date: May 1, 2018
End Date: May 31, 2018
Reception Date: Thursday, May 17, 6-7:30pm
Location Name: Agawam Public Library
Hours: Mon-Thur 9am-9pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm
Address: 750 Cooper Street
City/Town: Agawam
Website: agawamlibrary.org

A collection of poster-sized photographs taken on trips to Cuba. From personal cars to fancy taxis, the exhibit shows a range of colorful vintage automobiles that are still used as transportation on the island. Since parts of the island are still difficult to access, these cars are increasingly rusting away and Diane seized the opportunity to document them.

Contact: ccollins@agawamlibrary.org
413-789-1550

 

Smart Start Pre-School

Start Date: May 1, 2018
End Date: May 31, 2018
Location Name: Agawam Public Library
Hours: Mon-Thur 9am-9pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm
Address: 750 Cooper Street
City/Town: Agawam
Website: agawamlibrary.org

"Every Child is an Artist" and Smart-Start Pre-School wants to show theirs off! The Children's Room Gallery space and the cases on the main floor will contain collaborative and individual art creations across a variety of mediums from their students and their before and after-school programs.

Contact: ccollins@agawamlibrary.org
413-789-1550

 

Amherst Exhibits/Events

Leathers: Explorations/Interpretations

Artist: Anna VA Polesny
Start Date: May 2, 2018
End Date: May 30, 2018
Location Name: Burnett Gallery, Jones Library
Hours: Sun & Mon 1-4:30pm, Tue & Thur 9am-9pm, Wed & Fri-Say 9am-5pm
Address: 43 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.joneslibrary.org/burnett

Wall hangings and art garments in the exhibition give a sampling of leather used as an art material. Dyed, stitched, assembled, stuffed, decorated, and in conjunction with other fibers, the medium is treated as an organic fibrous two dimensional surface that can be imagined and manipulated in many ways. Thanks to its organic nature, it contains warmth and appeals to the senses unlike any other medium.

Contact: anavadesigns@gmail.com

 

PVPA Student Works 2018

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 3, 2018
End Date: June 2, 2018
Location Name: Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Address: 319 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.hopeandfeathersframing.com

An exhibition of artworks made by Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) students during the 2017-2018 school year. These works explore a diverse array of themes, subjects, materials, and methods; unified by the ambition and vision of these young creatives. Exhibiting students include: Galia Pakman Arrojo, Josephine Boneceto, Brianna Clark, Alex Chase, Emma Demerath, Sarah Edler, Noa Miller, Vivian Mitchell, Analua Alencar Moreira, Leonardo Vance Udell, Alarice Wohlers, Eva Weigand Whittier.

Contact: bronwen@hopeandfeathersframing.com
413-835-0197

 

A Collection: Land, Sea, and Sky

Artist: Rosanne Helden
Start Date: May 3, 2018
End Date: May 30, 2018
Location Name: Visitors Info Center at Amherst Center Cultural District
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
Address: 35 South Pleasant Street
City/Town: Amherst

An unusual shadow, a field of dry corn stalks, a snowy hill, almost bare trees in autumn - these sorts of moments are where I find inspiration for my oil landscapes. Shape next to shape, color next to color, light next to dark, layer upon layer - slowly the form emerges bringing forth a familiar image, something that felt worth remembering.

Contact: Rosanne Helden
rkhelden@gmail.com
516-967-4456

 

Valley Views

Artist: Meg Bandarra
Start Date: May 3, 2018
End Date: June 29, 2018
Location Name: Amherst Town Hall
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm
Address: 4 Boltwood Avenue
City/Town: Amherst
Website: Megbandarra.com

A Visual Celebration of the Valley: Urban and Rural, Day to Night. Local pastel artist Meg Bandarra's new exhibition is a collection of scenes from around the valley, many painted en plein air (outside), both during the day and at night. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

Windows

Artist: Shirah Neumann
Start Date: May 3, 2018
End Date: July 27, 2018
Location Name: Hall Gallery, Jewish Community of Amherst
Address: 742 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: shirahneumann.com

These are new paintings that all relate in some way to windows: an image recorded while observing the play of light and changing of seasons through my studio window; a striking moon shadow that gives reason to pause at the hall window on the way to bed after rocking a child to sleep; the uncanny shadow in a garden wall; or one place within another. These paintings were made in a new medium for me, watercolor, following a two year hiatus from painting after my daughter was born.

 

TEXTURE: Touch with Your Eyes

Artists: Sue Katz, Larry Rankin
Start Date: May 3, 2018
End Date: May 26, 2018
Location Name: Gallery A3
Hours: Thur-Sun 1-7pm
Address: 28 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.gallerya3.com

Sue Katz and Larry Rankin explore visual translations of tactile qualities. Katz will exhibit mixed media pieces from her series "AVM" (Animal, Vegetable, Mineral), incorporating an array of found objects embedded in encaustic, and Rankin will display subtly toned black and white landscape and nature photographs from his series "Texture in Nature". Art Forum: May 10, 7:30pm, includes discussion on "How We Translate Visual to Verbal" with Laura Holland, photographer, writer, and teacher.

Contact: a3.gallerya3@gmail.com
413-256-4250

 

HOUSE

Start Date: February 8, 2018
End Date: July 1, 2018
Location Name: Mead Art Museum
Address: Amherst College
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.amherst.edu/museums/mead

Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland. Features fifty-eight artworks that present complex interpretations of the house in various shapes, sizes, materials, and imaginative manifestations. A total of thirty-two major international artists are represented, including Louise Bourgeois, Olafur Eliasson, David Goldblatt, Martha Rosler, Cindy Sherman, Ed Ruscha, and Ai Weiwei.

 

Easthampton Exhibits/Events

The Stranger Stranger

Artists: Michel Duncan Merle, Andre Juarez
Start Date: May 10, 2018
End Date: May 30, 2018
Location Name: MAP Space, Eastworks
Hours: Mon & Wed 12-5pm
Address: 116 Pleasant Street, Suite #137
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.easthamptoncityarts.com/artwalk

Contact: pasqualina@easthampton.org

 

Arts Festival 2018

Artists: Easthampton High School Students
Start Date: May 11, 2018
End Date: May 31, 2018
Location Name: ECA Gallery
Hours: Tue 12-5pm, Thur 12-7pm
Address: 43 Main Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.easthamptoncityarts.com/artwalk

Artworks by Easthampton High School Students. Curated by Educators Eileen Claveloux & Amy Davis.

Contact: pasqualina@easthampton.org

 

Parks and Rec

Artist: Frankie Dack
Start Date: May 1, 2018
End Date: May 31, 2018
Location Name: The Inn at Lathrop Community
Hours: 9am-4pm daily
Address: 100 Bassett Brook Drive
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: lathrop.kendal.org

Landscapes are my greatest joy to paint; if they include people playing and working, they become part of my view and my frame. I aspire to convey the ambience of a scene, whether it is the silent, oppressive heat in the shade of a Florida cypress swamp or the cold emptiness of a Northampton winter garden awaiting its caretakers. Most of my work is in oil on canvas, done in the studio from photographs that evoke special memories. I can hardly wait to pick up my brushes and capture the light and the mood.

Contact: Kathleen Maloney
KMaloney@lathrop.kendal.org
413-586-0006

 

Local Photographers' Exhibit

Artists: Tracey Eller, Amy Thompson Avishai
Start Date: March 23, 2018
End Date: June 15, 2018
Location Name: The Coffee Mill
Hours: Mon-Wed 7am-2pm, Thur 7am-4pm, Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 9am-2pm
Address: Eastworks: 116 Pleasant Street, #142 (across from the RMV)
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.facebook.com/coffeemilleasthampton

This new coffee shop in Eastworks is excited to display two local photographers' works. Tracey Eller has her portraits on display. Amy Thompson Avishai, a documentary photographer, has 3 series of photos from different countries.

Contact: Jessica Harwood
coffeemill.easthampton@gmail.com
413-203-1280

 

Greenfield Exhibits/Events

Figure Drawing Exhibition

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 7, 2018
End Date: June 1, 2018
Location Name: Artspace Community Arts Center
Hours: Mon-Fri 12-2:30pm & 4-6pm
Address: 15 Mill Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: www.artspacegreenfield.com

New work from the Sunday Figure Drawing Group celebrating 16 years of drawing at Artspace.

Contact: info@artspacegreenfield.com
413-772-6811

 

Speaking Figuratively

Artist: Eric Grab
Start Date: April 6, 2018
End Date: May 30, 2018
Location Name: The Greenfield Gallery
Hours: Tue & Wed 10am-6pm, Thur-Fri 12-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Address: 231 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: bit.ly/EricGrabGG

Grab explores the human figure through spontaneous, bright pastel drawings as well as deeply layered, enigmatic paintings that reach back towards archetypal forms and symbols.

Contact: Trish Crapo
trish@thegreenfieldgallery.com
413-772-9334

 

Holyoke Exhibits/Events

Jeffrey Richard

Artist: Jeffrey Richard
Start Date: May 3, 2018
End Date: June 1, 2018
Location Name: Holyoke Hummus Cafe
Address: 285 High Street
City/Town: Holyoke

Jeffrey Richard is a Holyoke native who has always been inspired by the world and city around him. He began taking pictures of the city's architecture and graffiti art in high school and hasn't stopped since. Over the years, he's experimented with photos and reclaimed materials to make his photos take on new forms. This showing is a demonstration of those experiments that include frames made of reclaimed railroad materials and vintage-style posters and photos of known Holyoke landmarks.

 

Montague Exhibits/Events

Spring Fling Anniversary Thing!

Date: May 19, 1-4pm
Location Name: Sawmill River Arts Gallery
Address: 440 Greenfield Road
City/Town: Montague
Website: sawmillriverarts.com

Please join us for a reception, artist demonstrations, refreshments & music as we celebrate our 7th year as a cooperative gallery!

Contact: sawmillriverarts@gmail.com
413-367-2885

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

Conversation Room

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 18, 2018
End Date: May 29, 2018
Reception Date: Friday, May 18, 5:30-8pm
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: Facebook.com/anchorhouseartists

What do artworks say to each other when nobody's there? Sixteen works in the Little Gallery chosen by Anchor House of Artists’ staff are arranged in pairs that quite likely have a bunch to say to back and forth in secret. The reception coincides with an Authors' Cabaret. Authors reading from their work and musicians performing in the Arena, exhibits in both the Big Gallery and the New England Visionary Art Museum will run simultaneously. Refreshments available. Child Friendly.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

The Art of Friendship: Five Decades of Creative Engagement

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 25, 2018
End Date: August 31, 2018
Reception Date: May 26, 4:30pm
Location Name: Oresman & Jannotta Galleries, Brown Fine Arts Center, Smith College
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Address: 22 Elm Street
City/Town: Northampton

These seven women have shared their intellectual and personal lives as artists and friends in a 50-year conversation, forging artistic paths as varied as their backgrounds. Their careers evolved to encompass painting, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, fashion design, graphic design, digital art, production design, cake design, and public art. The scale of their work ranges from intimate to grand. This show celebrates the range and agility of their practice on their 45th Smith College Reunion.

 

Paradise City Arts Festival

Date: May 26-28, 2018
Location Name: Three County Fairgrounds (indoors and under tents)
Hours: Sat & Sun 10am-6pm, Memorial Day 10am-4pm
Address: 54 Old Ferry Road at Rt. 9
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.paradisecityarts.com

An award-winning arts festival featuring 250 juried painters, sculptors and fine craft makers from every corner of America. Join us for three days of astounding visual arts, eye-popping design, scrumptious food, fabulous live music and great fun. Featuring the themed exhibit "Flower Power!", workshops, demonstrations and a silent art silent auction to benefit the Survival Center. All inside three airy new buildings, the 12,000 square foot Dining Tent and along the Sculpture Promenade.

Contact: Katherine Sanderson
info@paradisecityarts.com
800-511-9725

 

To trace for to carry

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 4, 2018
End Date: January 31, 2019
Location Name: Smith College Museum of Art
Hours: Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-4pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sun 12-4pm
Address: 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
City/Town: Northampton
Website: smith.edu

These works consider how the body acts as a vessel for memories, languages, and ghosts that link past, present, and future. The United States occupies a paradoxical place in their work. The U.S. government, military, and police appear as the cause of persistent violence and oppression and yet the country also promises to provide a site for refuge and relief. As contemporary artists seek to address the worlds in which they live, their art raises questions about whose bodies and stories matter.

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

 

This Could be Us, You, or Anybody Else

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 27, 2018
End Date: August 5, 2018
Location Name: Smith College Museum of Art
Hours: Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-4pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sun 12-4pm
Address: 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
City/Town: Northampton
Website: smith.edu

This exhibition features modern and contemporary South and Southeast Asian art works, mostly drawn from the Smith College Museum of Art's collection. They were made by artists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Thailand, as well as British and American photographers active in Asia. The exhibition title This Could be Us, You, or Anybody Else is inspired by Arpita Singh's print of the same name that is on view.

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

 

Paper Play

Artist: Lian Brehm
Start Date: May 8, 2018
End Date: May 29, 2018
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: Facebook.com/anchorhouseartists

This Northeast Kingdom artist has has a distinguished career, who holds a R.I.S.D. MFA in sculpture, presents delicate, large polychromed sculptures and monoprints in an Anchor House of Artists visiting artist exhibit that feels a bit like a enchanted forest to enter. The delicate works embed private messages and mythical references. A special authors' reading on Friday, May 18, 4-8pm, will give special attention aurally to the colorful environment. Detail: Casa Amarillo, cast and carved paper.

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

 

DARK TO LIGHT: Exhibition Benefit

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 15, 2018
End Date: May 19, 2018
Location Name: A.P.E. Gallery
Hours: Mon-Sun 12-5pm, Sun 12-8pm
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org

Journey to Syria and the Coffeelands: Conflict, Healing and Hope. The Polus Center invites you to a multimedia exhibition and week-long series of events highlighting 20 years of international humanitarian efforts helping victims of conflict around the world. Join us as we share our work with Syrian refugee youth and landmine affected Coffee farmers through art, conversation, food and film. Photographs by Stephen Petegorsky. Artwork by Syrian Refugee Youth.

Contact: 413-586-5553

 

Histories and Mysteries; Recompositions; Questions of Melancholy

Artist: KC Scott
Start Date: May 2, 2018
End Date: May 27, 2018
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.oxbowgallery.org

Histories and Mysteries are assemblages: evoking a concrete sense of time and place (Histories) or somewhat more fanciful, conjuring a state of mind or emotion (Mysteries). Recompositions: by contrast, are formal works in which paintings are cut apart and rearranged to make new compositions. Questions of Melancholy: inspired by Tamaz Salmun's poem "The Four Questions of Melancholy", are assemblages, each containing a dried rose and sometimes built on a photograph.

Contact: 413-586-6300

 

Martha Armstrong

Artist: Martha Armstrong
Start Date: May 2, 2018
End Date: May 27, 2018
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery, Back Room
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.oxbowgallery.org

Portraits of friends and family, from the past twenty years.

Contact: 413-586-6300

 

Moments of Beauty, Moments of Peace

Artist: Joanne Bell
Start Date: May 2, 2018
End Date: June 29, 2018
Location Name: Cooley Dickinson Hospital, North Gallery
Hours: 8:30am-5pm
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: JoanneBellPhoto.myportfolio.com

A collection of works by photographer Joanne Bell depicting tranquil settings, quiet moments, and objects of beauty. It invites the viewer to relax, focus on beauty, and enjoy their own moment of peace.

Contact: Joanne Bell
JoanneBellPhoto@yahoo.com
413-599-1770

 

Northampton High School Student Art Exhibition

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 3, 2018
End Date: May 30, 2018
Location Name: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library
Hours: Mon & Wed 9am-9pm, Tue & Thur 1-5pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org

Paintings, drawings, ceramics, and other art works curated by art teachers Lisa Leary and Sheryl Jaffe. Students at all levels are represented, including many award-winning works. This year, students placed at the HCC Juried Student Art exhibit, UMass Dartmouth's juried "Emerging Young Artists Exhibit 2018", Boston Globe Scholastic Gold, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions. Several students won scholarships to prestigious art colleges such as Mass Art in Boston, Cooper Union in NYC, and the Chicago Art Institute.

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

 

New England Landscapes and Florals

Artist: John Tomasetti
Start Date: May 1, 2018
End Date: May 31, 2018
Location Name: Cooley Dickinson Hospital, West Gallery
Hours: 8:30am-5pm
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton

All of John's paintings are representational whether a winter snow scene, the Maine Coast or a bouquet of flowers. His paint application and abstract giving the paintings a life that is fun, spirited and carefree. Vivid, colorful and energetic these paintings are of birches and bridges found in New England.

Contact: John Tomasetti
413-367-9978

 

Valerie McQuillan

Artist: Valerie McQuillan
Start Date: May 1, 2018
End Date: July 31, 2018
Location Name: 22 Atwood, 2nd Floor Waiting Area
Hours: 8:30am-5pm
Address: 22 Atwood Drive
City/Town: Northampton

As a life long local resident, the artist is still in awe of the beauty of her surroundings. She tries to capture that in her paintings. Her interest in nature, native wildflowers and birds will show up in the artwork displayed.

Contact: Valerie McQullan
vmhavenart@aol.com
413-527-7343

 

In Flight

Artist: Turi MacCombie
Start Date: May 1, 2018
End Date: May 31, 2018
Location Name: R. Michelson Galleries
Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-6pm, Thur-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 132 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: RMichelson.com

This exhibition of new watercolors will run for the month of May.

Contact: Elana Chernick-Kritz
Elana@RMichelson.com
413-586-3964

 

Seeing Music: Color Finds Rhythms, Harmonies, and Counterpoints

Artist: Lorna Ritz
Start Date: April 17, 2018
End Date: May 17, 2018
Location Name: Oresman Gallery, Smith College
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30pm
Address: 22 Elm Street
City/Town: Northampton

My painting process is unsettling, passionate, radical, and driven. This body of 16 paintings are like the movements of a symphony that take a year or more to fully realize. Each painting has immediacy to it, but takes time to complete; it's my own personal paradox. The painting is the consequence of technique and skill brought about by the concept. That is how what ends up on my canvas gets said, and how my paintings come to be.

Contact: 413-585-3100

 

ROOTS OF RESISTANCE

Artist: Denise Beaudet
Start Date: March 6, 2018
End Date: May 30, 2018
Location Name: New England Visionary Artists Museum
Hours: Tue-Thur & Sat 1-6pm, and by appt
Address: Anchor House of Artists, 518 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: neva-museum.org

Beaudet is known for her strong visionary technique and commitment to justice. Her "Roots To Resistance" is a suite of eight-foot-high painted portraits of twelve women activists from across the globe and their earthshaking justice work! These incredible images are on exhibit at the New England Visionary Artists Museum wing of the Anchor House of Artists. This stop for this traveling exhibit is a fundraiser for the work of Afghan Women's Activist, Malalai Joya. Image: Detail of Malalai Joya portrait.

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

 

A Dance to Spring, Astaire, and Getting Old

Artist: Jules Feiffer
Start Date: April 1, 2018
End Date: May 31, 2018
Location Name: R. Michelson Galleries
Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-6pm, Thur-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 132 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: RMichelson.com

At 89 years old, Jules Feiffer is arguably the most important living cartoonist.

Contact: Elana Chernick-Kritz
Elana@RMichelson.com
413-586-3964

 

Single Room Occupancy: Portraits and Stories from Northampton Lodging 1976 - 2016

Artists: Cassandra Holden, Paul Shoul
Start Date: March 9, 2018
End Date: June 10, 2018
Location Name: Historic Northampton
Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-5pm
Address: 46 Bridge Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.historicnorthampton.org

In 2016 Northampton Lodging was demolished. Cassandra Holden has been interviewing former residents of about what it was like to live there and photographer Paul Shoul has captured thoughtful portraits of them just before they were relocated. The exhibition traces the waning years of boarding house living in Northampton and raises questions about how we enfold those at the edges of our community.

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

 

Modern Images of the Body from East Asia

Start Date: February 2, 2018
End Date: August 26, 2018
Location Name: Smith College Museum of Art
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sun 12-4pm
Address: 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
City/Town: Northampton
Website: smith.edu

The exhibition looks at multifaceted representations of the body in East Asia from the 19th century to the present. The character 体, used in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, serves as the point of departure. It refers to the material existence of a person. It also connotes substance, form, and organizing principles. The exhibition explores portrayals of physical appearances in East Asia and how these images symbolize identities and challenge conceptions of humankind.

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

 

Northfield Exhibits/Events

Mixed Messages: Graphic Art in Words and Images

Artists: DVAA
Start Date: April 6, 2018
End Date: June 3, 2018
Location Name: DVAA Center for the Arts
Hours: Fri-Sun 12-4pm
Address: 105 Main Street
City/Town: Northfield
Website: www.deerfieldvalleyart.org

Altered photos, book art, calligraphy, cartoons, collagraphs, eco prints, digital art, lithographs, lino & woodprints, monoprints, sketches, solarplates.

Contact: Marge
margedvaa@gmail.com

 

Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

For the Birds

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 2, 2018
End Date: May 28, 2018
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Co-op
Hours: Sun-Mon & Wed-Thur 11am-5pm, Fri-Sat 11am-7pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.shelburneartsccop.com

Avian images are featured in media including painting, prints, photography, sculpture, fiber, clay, glass and collage.

Contact: Flo Rosenstock
sac01370@gmail.com
413-625-9324

 

In My Nature

Artist: Marty Klein
Start Date: May 4, 2018
End Date: July 1, 2018
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: 7 days, 10am-6pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: salmonfallsgallery.com/marty-klein.html

Easthampton Artist Mary Klein creates images with natural objects (most locally grown or foraged) as subjects. The medium is called scanography. Klein has been creating images in this manner since 2006, both as an outlet for his creativity and as a way to share his knowledge and appreciation of the natural world with others. All of Klein's prints are on fine art rag paper or canvas, using archival inks. The prints capture the ephemeral nature of his organic subjects for posterity.

Contact: Donna Gates
salmonfalls@megaplanet.com
413-625-9833

 

상실: Drawings & Sewn Works on Paper

Artist: Katie Yun
Start Date: May 4, 2018
End Date: July 1, 2018
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: 7 days, 10am-6pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: salmonfallsgallery.com/katie-yun.html

Both an artist and a chef, Yun's work explores identity and feelings of otherness. 상실 is comprised of reflections from her time living in the Franklin county area. As a Korean-American queer woman, Yun's art brings to light the inherent politics of identity.

Contact: Donna Gates
salmonfalls@megaplanet.com
413-625-9833

 

PRECARIOUS

Artist: Alice Thomas
Start Date: April 16, 2018
End Date: May 31, 2018
Location Name: McCusker's Market
Hours: Daily, 7am-8pm
Address: 3 State Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls

A series of 8 paintings that speak to: the historical practice of subterranean detonations of nuclear weapons (in our country), the treaty that changed that practice , and our current nuclear situation(s).

 

South Hadley Exhibits/Events

Piece Together: The Quilts of Mary Lee Bendolph

Artist: Mary Lee Bendolph
Start Date: January 23, 2018
End Date: May 27, 2018
Location Name: Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat-Sun 1-5pm
Address: 50 College Street,
City/Town: South Hadley
Website: artmuseum.mtholyoke.edu

Experience the bold, improvisational designs of an acclaimed Gee's Bend quiltmaker.

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

Paulitics

Artist: Paul Midura
Start Date: March 30, 2018
End Date: June 30, 2018
Location Name: Art for the Soul Gallery
Address: 235 State Street, Suite 10
City/Town: Springfield
Website: art4thesoul.org

Contact: 413-788-3903

 

IMAGINATION TO APPLICATION

Artist: Paul Goodnight
Start Date: April 17, 2018
End Date: June 16, 2018
Location Name: Art for the Soul Gallery
Address: Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, 2nd Floor
City/Town: Springfield
Website: art4thesoul.org

The works of Paul Goodnight with fellow artists Ekua Holmes and Lawrence Pierce.

Contact: artforthesoulgallery@gmail.com
413-301-6314

 

Turners Falls Exhibits/Events

Sculptures

Artist: Ron Edwards
Start Date: May 12, 2018
End Date: June 23, 2018
Location Name: Nina's Nook
Hours: Thur-Sat 12-5pm
Address: 125A Avenue A
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: ninasnook.com

The small scale mixed media sculptures on display in this show are made from wood collected along rivers and in forests in western Massachusetts. These are painted with acrylic paint and often have handmade or found objects affixed to them. On his trips through the wood and along rivers, Edwards always uses a walking stick. In the last few years, the 82-year-old artist turned to making walking sticks. Each uniquely detailed stick in this show has a specific theme painted in acrylic paint.

Contact: 413-834-8800

 

Seen/Unseen

Artist: Cindi Oldham
Start Date: April 6, 2018
End Date: May 30, 2018
Location Name: Great Falls Discovery Center
Hours: Wed-Sun 10am-4pm
Address: 2 Avenue A
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: www.cindioldham.com

A conceptual portrait series that explores what it means to be seen, yet unseen at the same time. The viewer can see the subject's likeness in their portraits while learning a little bit about each one of them by reading the narratives that correspond with them. You may learn something about them that is often overlooked, something that one can only notice when they take a second look, or something that has been right there in plain sight, yet invisible; until now.

 

West Springfield Exhibits/Events

18th Annual Student Fine Arts Festival

Date: Thursday, May 17, 6-8pm
Location Name: West Springfield High School
Address: 425 Piper Road
City/Town: West Springfield

Featuring music, theater and visual art! Free and open to the public.

Contact: 413-263-3400

 

Westfield Exhibits/Events

Westfield Creative Arts Open House

Date: Saturday, May 19, 10am-2pm
Location Name: Westfield Creative Arts, Rinnova building
Address: 105 Elm Street
City/Town: Westfield
Website: www.westfieldcreativearts.com

With a variety of classes in fine and fiber arts, photography and more, we have something for everyone age 8 and up. All are welcome to meet our teachers and discover our newly renovated Art Studio in the Rinnova building. Light refreshments will be offered. A variety of one day workshops are also planned. For up to date information on classes and workshops please see website.

Contact: 413-579-5967

 

Craft Fairs & Pop-up Shops

Art Farm

Date: Saturday, May 26, 11am-5pm
Location Name: Captain Jack's Roadside Shack
Address: 232 Northampton Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.facebook.com/events/1942258399417530

A bouillabaisse of local artists, creators and crafters hustling their goods on our sacred grounds. Dj Just Joan spinning all day and Coco and the Shack are joining forces with a hot dog that will loosen your socks - proceeds from the dog supporting a local children's theater group - tell your friends!

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

Large-Scale Woodblock Printing Event at Zea Mays Printmaking

Sponsoring Group Name: BIG INK
Submission Due Date: June 4
Submission Fees: free to apply; $295 if your proposal is accepted
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.bigink.org/apply

BIG INK is pleased to partner with Zea Mays Printmaking for two days of large-scale woodblock printing. We will be utilizing BIG INK's giant mobile etching press to pull prints. If accepted, artists have two months prior to the event to carve their image into a piece of plywood. All consumable materials including paper, ink, cleaning supplies and equipment usage are included. Participants are only required to bring a fully carved and ready to print woodblock on their assigned day.

Contact: Lyell Castonguay
contact@bigink.org
207-576-9356

 

Millside Park Signage

Sponsoring Group Name: Easthampton City Arts & Easthampton Parks and Recreation Department
Submission Due Date: June 19, 6pm
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: drive.google.com/file/d/1YS3BNCLv7eI6nlJJ5ErmJVFlnIzmkV1B/view

Seeking designs for a permanent artist-designed outdoor Millside Park Gateway sign -- to be located in Easthampton. The sign will be placed at the entrance of Millside Park 2 Ferry Street in the heart of the Mill District. This opportunity is open to all Massachusetts residents 18 years of age or older. The selected applicant will receive a $5000 honorarium. Full details on application.

 

Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library

Sponsoring Group Name: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
Submission Due Date: June 15
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org/gallery/info-for-artists/

Western Massachusetts artists in all media are eligible! Exhibits will take place between December 2018 and December 2019. Forbes is celebrating its 125th year in 2019. In celebration of this anniversary, some historical materials from the library archives will be displayed in the Gallery, alongside the work of local artists that are the Hosmer Gallery's core mission. We are particularly interested in art that contributes to the celebration of our community's past, present and future. Details on website.

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

 

ArtsEZ 2018 Grants

Sponsoring Group Name: Northampton Arts Council
Submission Due Date: May 18
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.northamptonartscouncil.org/p/grants.html

Individuals as well as schools and arts organizations are encouraged to seek funding for creative projects to be held in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds. The Arts Council will award up to $20,000 in grants to local artists and arts groups. Grants will be awarded in the following categories: dance, film/video, literature, mixed media, music, schools, theater, and visual arts. Individual artists and arts organizations will receive equal consideration for grants. See wesbite for more info.

Contact: Brian Foote
bfoote@northamptonma.gov
413-587-1069

 

3rd Annual Garden Party

Sponsoring Group Name: The Garden: Center for Grieving Children and Teens
Submission Due Date: May 27
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Longmeadow
Website: www.cooleydickinson.org/gardenparty

The Garden offers programs for grieving young people--helping them come out of isolation and talk about their loss. There are no limits on how, when or where the death occurred. Free of charge to any grieving young person in Western MA. June 10th will be the 3rd annual Garden Party raising critical funds to support grieving youth. We welcome 3D and 2D art submissions in the theme of Bird Baths. They will be part of a silent auction. Call for more information. THANK YOU!

Contact: Shelly Bathe Lenn
slenn@cooleydickinson.org
413-582-5312

 

Uncommon Merits & Awards

Sponsoring Group Name: Holyoke Community College, Taber Art Gallery
Submission Due Date: July 1
Submission Fees: $10, includes up to 4 entries/digital images
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: meritsandawards.wordpress.com

We all know it is standard to win prizes for anything from "Best in Show" to a commendation for valor on the battle field. But what about the many non-traditional milestones that may go unrecognized? Whether they be personal, community oriented, political, or cosmic, we ask that your approach to the merits and awards theme be humorous and/or light hearted. This will be a regional juried show, curated by Amy Johnquest and Jill St. Coeur. Projected exhibition dates: Sept 4 - Oct 25.

 

Openings on the Amherst Public Art Commission

Sponsoring Group Name: Amherst Public Art Commission
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.amherstma.gov/1212/Public-Art-Commission

The Amherst Public Art Commission is currently looking for interested volunteers to join the Commission. The Commission is involved in a number of exciting projects to expand and improve the visual and performing arts in Amherst. For information on the work of the Commission and how to apply to join, contact: Rene Theberge, Chair.

Contact: Rene Theberge
rene.theberge@icloud.com
413-575-8123

 

10th Open Juried Art Show at the Agawam Public Library

Sponsoring Group Name: Friends of the Agawam Public Library
Submission Due Date: October 13-27
Submission Fees: 25 per entry by October 13th, $30 after
City/Town: Agawam
Website: www.agawamlibrary.org/about/friends

Multiple Entries per Category Allowed of original art only. Fee applies to each entry. Categories: Acrylics, Oils, Watercolors, Pastels, Other Media (pencil drawing, charcoals, pen and inks, block prints, collage, encaustics, fiber art). Download Prospectus/Entry form on website. Show Dates: October 29 - November 30, 2018.

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

 

Gallery A3 announces Call for Artists for 5th Annual Juried Show

Sponsoring Group Name: Gallery A3
Submission Due Date: June 4
Submission Fees: $25 for one piece; $30 for two
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.gallerya3.com

Open to all artists 18 years and older. Artists wishing to submit work should download, print, and complete the entry form (available on the website) and deliver their artwork to Gallery A3 on Sunday, June 3, 1-7pm, or Monday, June 4, 9am-12 noon. All media are eligible, except reproductions and video. Work must not exceed 26 inches in width. The Gallery has limited display capability for sculpture, so sculptors may be asked to provide a pedestal for their work.

Contact: Diane Steingart
ds@jwoodbridge.com
413-230-0805

 

Classes & Workshops

Introduction to the Art of Drawing Part 2 with Barbara Johnson

Date & Time: June 1-6
Fee: $375
Organization: Barbara Johnson Studio
Class Location: Cottage Street Studios
Address: One Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.BarbaraJohnsonWorkshops.com

This workshop continues the basic form-building skills covered in Part I, with more in-depth deciphering of the role of the mark in drawing. Artists will explore new approaches to those still essential elements: Space, scale, surface, materials, mark making, and composition. Through a series of exercises using both traditional and non traditional tools and surfaces, participants will discover more creative possibilities.

Contact: Barbara Johnson
BarbaraJohnson202@gmail.com
413-259-7727

 

The Fundamentals of Figure Drawing with Paul Goodnight

Date & Time: 1-5pm, Saturday, June 9
Fee: $125 (includes lunch)
Class Location: Art for the Soul Gallery
Address: Tower Square, 1500 Main Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.art4thesoul.org

Join renowned artist Paul Goodnight for a master class. $50 deposit due at time of registration. Balance due by June 2. Participants need two #2B pencils, 14x17" sketch pad and eraser. To register, visit or call the gallery.

Contact: 413-301-6315

 

Wipe-Out! Mass Drawing Workshop with Eliza Moser

Date & Time: 10am-1pm, Saturday, May 26
Fee: $65
Class Location: Workshop13
Address: 13 Church Street
City/Town: Ware
Website: www.workshop13.org

Learn a new method of drawing! "Wipeout method", using charcoal and paper, deals with a non-linear approach to figure drawing by shaping and moving masses of charcoal, instead of "coloring-in" an outline. This mass-oriented technique is excellent for drawing students who are looking for a new perspective, or looking for a segway into painting. It also helps students overcome the most common beginner mistake--over-describing details.

Contact: Marie Lauderdale
info@workshop13.org
413-277-6072

 

Portrait Painting with Eliza Moser

Date & Time: June 1-3
Fee: $225 Non-Member/ $180 Member
Class Location: Workshop13
Address: 13 Church Street
City/Town: Ware
Website: www.workshop13.org

Portrait painting doesn't have to be daunting! This 3-day workshop will take you step-by-step through the process of creating a beautiful and convincing portrait. The process is broken down into a simple method so that students can approach the canvas with confidence. Open to all levels, prior drawing or painting experience is helpful, but not required.

Contact: Marie Lauderdale
info@workshop13.org
413-277-6072

 

Amanda's Monotype Printmaking Workshop

Date & Time: Saturday, September 15, 9:30am-3:00pm
Fee: $155 includes all materials
Class Location: Amanda Barrow, Arts Studio
Address: One Cottage Street, studio #415
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.amandabarrow.net/monotype-print-workshops

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 AKUA water-based inks, brushes, and different papers to create your one-of-a-kind prints. No experience necessary; three students max per workshop means personal attention. See website for more info.

 

Family Art Photomontage Project

Date & Time: 9:30-11:30am, May 20, June 9 & 16
Fee: Adults $22, Children $14, per class
Organization: May Studio Arts
Class Location: Judie's Art Bar
Address: 49 Boltwood Avenue
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.judiesartbar.com

It's scrapbooking except on canvas with paint! Enjoy time with your children, grandchildren or each other creating a family photomontage with your photos on canvas. Pick a family theme, event, beloved pet or most-liked photographs and bring to class a number of enlarged color photocopies. Through guided instruction and a variety of other materials create together a family memory on canvas. One 16 x 20 canvas, paint and collage materials included.

Contact: May Emery
maystudioarts@gmail.com
413-367-0234

 

Mosaic Garden Stepping Stones

Date & Time: 5-9pm, June 5 - July 12 (each evening is a separate class - see website for dates)
Fee:$75 per evening (includes all materials)
Organization: Mosaics by Christine Kenneally
Class Location: Paragon Building
Address: 150 Pleasant Street, Suite 236
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.christinekenneallymosaics.com

Learn how to use glass and cement to make your own mosaic stepping stone for your garden or walkway in this popular and exciting class! We'll discuss the patterns used in mosaics and see some examples of this art form that has been around for centuries. Learn how to cut glass and use the Indirect Method for creating a mosaic that will be a conversation piece in any garden! Students will make one stepping stone each evening, which can be picked up the following week. Sign up for one evening, or as many as you want.

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

 

Figure Drawing Fridays

Date & Time: Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm (doors open at 6 - come early if you want an easel)
Fee: $15/ $10 for students
Class Location: Studio One (side door - follow the signs)
Address: 71 Bradford Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.facebook.com/figuredrawingfridays

Every Friday night we draw inspiration from the live nude to create, converse and commune. We provide the model, some easels and drawing horses, music, conversation and 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 but there is often peer review. High school students are welcome with parental consent. RSVP: requested as space is limited.

Contact: gundy
ehoartguy@gmail.com

 

Basket Weaving Classes

Date & Time: 9am-3pm, May 20 OR June 9
Fee: $50 for 4 hours, or $75 for 6 hours; includes materials for one basket
Organization: ML Basket Designs
Class Location: Arts and Industry #424
Address: Pine Street
City/Town: Florence
Website: mlbasketdesigns.com

Learn to weave a beautiful and functional basket. You can choose from 3 different styles. One can be done in 4 hours, the other 2 take 6 hours to complete. You can choose your own colors and size and there will be several options for varying the appearance. Learn a chase, continuous or start-stop weaving technique.

Contact: Marsha Leavitt
marsha@mlbasketdesigns.com
413-320-3646

 

Anatomy and the Art of Figure Drawing, Part I with Barbara Johnson

Date & Time: Thursdays, 6:30-9pm, May 24 - June 28
Fee: $400
Organization: Barbara Johnson Workshops
Address: 30 Burncolt Road
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.BarbaraJohnsonWorkshops.com

Learn the essential skeletal and muscle structures that influence the surface forms on the human figure while drawing from the live model. Part I covers the skeleton, torso, arm, and leg. By analyzing master figure drawings, and exploring a variety of drawing techniques and exercises, you will build your knowledge of the human form and greatly improve your figure drawing. Artists will work from the live model at each meeting, alternating male and female subjects.

Contact: 413-259-7727

 

Classes at Snow Farm

Date & Time: new classes start in April/May
Fee: varies
Class Location: Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program
Address: 5 Clary Road
City/Town: Williamsburg
Website: www.snowfarm.org

Offering 2, 3, 4 and 5-day workshops in 2D & Mixed Media, Ceramics, Fiber & Baskets, Glass, Metalsmithing & Jewelry, Mosaics, Welding, and Woodworking from May through October. Room and board available or workshop only (lunch included). In July, Snow Farm Summer Program for Teens is open to young artists ages 14 - 18. Visit www.snowfarm.org for full list of workshops and for more information.

Contact: Miriam Cody
info@snowfarm-art.org
413-268-3101

 

Ashfield Water Color Classes

Date & Time: 9am-5pm, once monthly until June 16, 2018
Fee: $110 inclusive (discounts available)
Organization: Walter Cudnohufsky Artist
Class Location: Belding Memorial Library
Address: 344 Main Street (116)
City/Town: Ashfield
Website: www.cudnohufsky.com

Fifteenth year of full day (8-9 hr.) week end classes with changing subjects each month. All materials and supplies provided. Everyone can paint and an assured success. For all levels of experience. Demonstrations and skilled personalized instruction in small classes. Contact for more detailed information. Private classes available.

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

 

Studio / Artist Space Available

Florence: Studio share at Arts and Industry Building

Location name: Arts and Industry Building
Date(s) available: July 1
Address: 220 Pine Street
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.mlbasketdesigns.com

Studio space to share. 1/2 of 620 sq ft for $257.50 a month (plus 1/2 the insurance). Fourth floor, great views, and big windows for lots of light. Water and bathrooms very close. I am a basket weaver and would like someone who doesn't make a lot of dust or smelly work - sorry no potters or oil painters. Lease begins July 1st - however current person would like to sublet for July and August.

Contact: Marsha Leavitt
marsha3072@gmail.com
413-320-3646

 

Crowdfunding

Aid These Hands: A Maker's Main Tool

Goal: $500
End Date: May 29, 2018
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1892934396/704277792

Shawna Rohan of Glory Ceramics is a local potter raising funding for a piece of equipment called a Peter Pugger that helps to recycle used clay. She spends half of her time creating at Glory Ceramics and the other half waitressing at local restaurant, Jakes in Northampton. She'd like to create a better, ergonomic environment for her one-woman potter's business. She is offering pottery rewards to all of her backers from her new Spring line.

Contact: contactgloryceramics@gmail.com

 

Help me go to Illustration Master Class

Goal: $2,600
End Date: June 10, 2018
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.gofundme.com/gottapaint

Leann Leake is a local artist whose paintings explores dreams, memories, and the natural world. She is asking for donations to offset costs to attend an intense week-long illustration class in June (the Illustration Master Class). Donors can choose from rewards ranging from prints to pet portraits and custom paintings. Learn more about her artistic journey and see more examples of her work at the link above.

 

Help Me Make Art In Finland

Goal: $2,500
End Date: June 1, 2018
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: www.gofundme.com/4xra2m8

Turners Falls photographer Anja Schutz has been awarded a one-month residency at the Arteles Creative Residency Program for July 2018. This gives an artist a whole month out in the Finnish countryside to devote fully to art, with studios accessible 24 hours a day. "The idea that I've been granted a month to focus on my practice in a foreign land that will also invite me to notice things anew is an honor to me. I would be so grateful for your help in enabling me to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

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