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This Week's Newsletter: April 26, 2016

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
April 26, 2016
Issue #399

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Featured Listings:

Final week for "Almost Forgotten Stories"

Artist: Chie Yoshii
Start Date: March 30, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: William Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Wed 10-5, Thur-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-5
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.wbfinearts.com

A solo exhibition of oil paintings by Chie Yoshii. Almost Forgotten Stories refers to the mythological tales that are of primary interest to Ms. Yoshii. The artist states that she is interested with the analogy between mythological tales and human psychology. The show consists of approximately twenty new oil paintings that the artist has completed over the past two years.

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

 

Artisan Demonstration Day

Date: May 7, 10am-5pm
Location Name: Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School
Address: 161 Lower Westfield Road
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.artisansofwmass.com

Features several W. Mass artisans demonstrating the skills and techniques used in creating their handmade art and craft. All artisans will have work available for sale. This is a chance to see the care that goes into creating handmade products. Several artisans will offer "make and take" stations where, for a nominal fee, visitors can create their own take home project. The day promises to be a creatively fun, hands-on, and educational experience for all ages. Admission is free.

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

 

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Multi-location Exhibits/Events

12th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

Date: April 30 - May 1, 10am-5pm (both days)
Location Name: various locations
City/Town: Shelburne Falls, Greenfield, Florence, Hadley, Pelham, Northfield
Website: www.asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com

A free, self-guided tour and pottery sale featuring 22 artists at 9 locations. Visit clay studios in small town storefronts, converted barns, old factory buildings and beautiful homes. The studios are clustered in three areas: Northampton/Amherst; Greenfield and the northern Valley, and the Mohawk Trail village of Shelburne Falls. Join us and get your Pottery Passport stamped at 7 locations for a chance to win a piece of pottery. Map and directions on website.

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

 

Agawam Exhibits/Events

Thousand Cranes Studio

Start Date: April 1, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: Agawam Public Library
Hours: Mon-Thur 9am-9pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm
Address: 750 Cooper Street
City/Town: Agawam
Website: www.agawamlibrary.org

Across both levels of the library, visitors will also enjoy the colorful and creative artwork of the students from Thousand Cranes Studio. The artwork consists of drawings, sketches, and paintings from students as young as 3 years old! Thousand Cranes Studio is run by Stan and Sheila Coly and is located in Feeding Hills. For more information, please visit www.thousandcranesstudio.com.

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

 

Agawam Community Preservation Committee

Start Date: April 1, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: Agawam Public Library
Hours: Mon-Thur 9am-9pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm
Address: 750 Cooper Street
City/Town: Agawam
Website: www.agawamlibrary.org

On the gallery walls, visitors will enjoy a collection of photographs from the Agawam Community Preservation Committee. The photos feature past projects around town that were funded by the Community Preservation Act.

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

 

Amherst Exhibits/Events

Junior/Senior Awards Exhibition

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 2, 2016
End Date: May 7, 2016
Reception Date: Saturday, May 2, 10:30am-12pm
Location Name: Herter Art Gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm
Address: UMass
City/Town: Amherst

A juried mixed-media featuring recent works by both Junior and graduating Seniors at the Department of Art UMass Amherst.

Contact: Trevor Richardson
413-545-0976

 

PVPA Student Works 2016

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 5, 2016
End Date: May 28, 2016
Reception Date: Thursday, May 5, 5-8pm
Location Name: Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery
Hours: Mon-Wed & Fri 10-6, Thur 10-8, Sat 10-4
Address: 319 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.hopeandfeathersframing.com

An exhibition of drawing, painting, fashion, photography, and sculpture made by Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) students during the 2015-2016 school year. Exhibiting students include: Justice Alexander, Barry Auclair, Claire Bennet, Alex Chase, Claire Conklin, Brigit Ferry, Devon Franz, Nora Harris, Lauren LeCours, Bridget MacNeill, Emma O'Dell, Alex Robles.

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

 

Deconstructed Landscapes

Artist: Kathleen Jacobs
Start Date: May 3, 2016
End Date: May 13, 2016
Reception Date: Tuesday, May 3, 5-7pm
Location Name: Hampden Gallery, UMass
Hours: Tue-Fri 1-4pm
Address: 131 Southwest Circle, Hampden Bldg
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.fineartscenter.com/hampden

Kathleen Jacobs paints the landscape as a way to grapple with dire realities of today and to reflect her belief in nature's abiding beauty, grace and order. She embraces the knowledge that nothing in nature--or in life--remains fixed. What she sees in the landscape is order within randomness. For Jacobs, nature is a point of departure for her work-a means for conveying her own idea of order. She begins by painting the landscape from life, looking to nature as her ultimate source of authenticity.

Contact: Anne Seuthe
laprade@umass.edu
413-545-0680

 

Othello

Date: April 30, 1pm; & May 1, 7pm
Location Name: University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass
Address: 151 Presidents Drive, Fine Arts Center
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fac.umass.edu/UMCA/Online

Othello is performed in the museum and is presented in collaboration with the UMCA's video installation Question Bridge: Black Males. Both of these works highlight the racism that plagues our country and the dangers that it presents.

Contact: Eva Fierst
efierst@art.umass.edu
413-545-1176

 

Beauty, Here and There

Artists: Jackie Tuthill, Artemis Romell
Start Date: May 4, 2016
End Date: June 30, 2016
Location Name: Northampton Coop Bank Lobby
Hours: mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm, Sat 9am-12pm
Address: 253 Triangle Street
City/Town: Amherst

Jackie Tuthill and Artemis Romell, residents of Amherst,are showing their work of Photography and Paintings from areas in Western MA and New England.

Contact: Artemisro@comcast.net
413-253-3755

 

Sarah Belchetz-Swenson

Artist: Sarah Belchetz-Swenson
Start Date: May 2, 2016
End Date: August 16, 2016
Reception Date: May 5, 5-8pm
Location Name: The Hall Gallery, Jewish Community of Amherst
Address: 742 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst

Sarah's paintings, drawings and prints record her ongoing examination of the world around her. She is a figurative painter and a portraitist with work at Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges and at Amherst College where her portraits of Richard Wilbur, Rose Olver and William Henry Hastie hang in Johnson Chapel. Her work is in the collection of the Jewish Museum in New York and in a number of other collections in this country and abroad.

Contact: Carol Kaminsky
413-256-0160

 

Unimaginable by One Mind Alone: Exquisite Corpses from the William Green Collection of Japanese Prints

Start Date: April 14, 2016
End Date: July 24, 2016
Location Name: Mead Art Museum, Amherst College
Hours: Tue-Sun 9am-5pm
Address: 41 Quadrangle Drive
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.amherst.edu/museums/mead

Celebrate the opening with a gallery talk by exhibition organizer Bradley Bailey, associate curator of Asian art at the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact: Cathy Keefe
ckeefe@amherst.edu
413-542-2295

 

Declining Catch

Artist: Cathy Osman
Start Date: April 3, 2016
End Date: April 28, 2016
Location Name: Hampden Gallery Incubator Project Space, UMass
Hours: Mon-Fri 1-6pm, Sun 2-5pm
Address: 131 Southwest Circle, Hampden Bldg
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.fineartscenter.com/hampden

Cathy Osman makes large-scale collaged artwork which addresses ideas concerning the multifaceted relationship between Cambodia and the US.

Contact: Anne Seuthe
laprade@umass.edu
413-545-0680

 

Art Hysterical: Errors and Approximations

Artist: China Marks
Start Date: April 3, 2016
End Date: April 28, 2016
Location Name: Hampden Gallery, UMass
Hours: Mon-Fri 1-6pm, Sun 2-5pm
Address: 131 Southwest Circle, Hampden Bldg
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.fineartscenter.com/hampden

China Marks uses an industrial sewing machine to make process-directed constructed drawings with idiosyncratic figuration and invented dialogue -- uncanny dramas about the human condition.

Contact: Anne Seuthe
laprade@umass.edu
413-545-0680

 

RE>CRETE>FACTORY

Artist: Charles Goldman
Start Date: March 24, 2016
End Date: May 1, 2016
Location Name: University Museum of Contemporary Art
Hours: M-F 11am-4:45pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm
Address: Fine Arts Center, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fac.umass.edu/UMCA/Online

Charles Goldman is engaging students in the production of RE>CRETE>BRKS made from recyclable materials gathered by students from the Five College and western MA areas. Using the artist's RE>CRETE>RECIPE, the RE>CRETE>FACTORY produces bricks made from ground-up, wet, recycled materials pressed into molds. Once dried, the bricks will be sealed and bound together in units and then configured into a site-specific installation at the Museum. Afterwards they can be used as sculpture or architectural modules, or further recycled.

Contact: Eva Fierst
efierst@art.umass.edu
413-237-9115

 

Eyes are for Asking: Narrative Photography

Artists: group show
Start Date: March 24, 2016
End Date: May 1, 2016
Location Name: University Museum of Contemporary Art
Hours: M-F 11am-4:45pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm
Address: Fine Arts Center, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fac.umass.edu/UMCA/Online

The exhibition explores the stories that are found in still images and the diverse ways in which they can be read. Unlike a moving image, a photograph interrupts time and arrests the flow of narrative, thereby creating for the viewer a space for imaginative interpretation. In filling the gaps around this neat slice of time, one is able to take from it the revelation that is most personally relevant.

Contact: Eva Fierst
efierst@art.umass.edu
413-237-9115

 

Still LIFE!

Artist: Anne-Marie Taylor
Start Date: April 2, 2016
End Date: April 29, 2016
Location Name: Burnett Gallery, Jones Library
Hours: Mon 1-5pm, Tue & Thur 9am-9pm, Wed & Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1-4:30pm
Address: 43 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.facebook.com/AnneMarieTaylorArt

An exhibit of oil and pastel paintings that combine the classic serenity of still life with vibrant light and color in the tradition of the American Impressionists.

Contact: Anne-Marie Taylor
amtaylorart@verizon.net

 

Pentimento

Artist: Laurieanne Wysocki
Start Date: April 7, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 10-6, Thur 10-8, Sat 10-4
Address: 319 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.hopeandfeathersframing.com

Paintings and assemblages by Shutesbury artist Laurieanne Wysocki. Pentimento means a change made by an artist during the process of painting. It is a visible trace of earlier work beneath layers of paint. Laurieanne's work is very textural and built up slowly by applying layers of paint and acrylic mediums to canvas and wood. In this recent series of paintings, she has added rusted metals and other elements of mixed media to create a more dramatic dimension.

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

 

Recent Work

Artists: Keith Hollingworth, Larry Smith
Start Date: April 7, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: Gallery A3
Hours: Th-Su 1-7pm
Address: 28 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.gallerya3.com

Keith Hollingworth is an abstract painter who creates assemblages with his canvases and found natural objects, challenging us to find our place in the world. Larry Smith paints quiet, color-based still lifes that grow more complex as we take the time to see them. The Gallery will host "Artists in Conversation," an informal discussion about art and the artists' process, on April 21 at 7:30 pm.

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

 

SYNERGY

Artist: Alicia Hunsicker
Start Date: February 5, 2016
End Date: June 2, 2016
Location Name: Science & Engineering Library, UMass
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

 

Untitled (Foundation)

Artist: Tom Friedman
Start Date: February 16, 2016
End Date: June 26, 2016
Location Name: Mead Art Museum
Address: 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst College
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.amherst.edu/museums/mead

Exhibition curators David E. Little and Vanja Malloy will be on hand, along with artist Tom Friedman, at the opening reception.

Contact: Cathy Keefe
ckeefe@amherst.edu
413-542-2295

 

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.

 

Ashfield Exhibits/Events

Ashfield Watercolor Student Exhibition

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 8, 2016
End Date: June 7, 2016
Reception Date: May 14, 3-4:30pm
Location Name: Elmers Store
Address: Main Street (rt. 116)
City/Town: Ashfield
Website: www.facebook.com/Cudnohufsky-Watercolors-303525633011766/

A robust and compelling collection of recent paintings and subjects by twenty aspiring/ talented artists. Many for sale and affordable!

Contact: Walter Cudnohufsky
walt@wcala.com

 

Cummington Exhibits/Events

Outer Form, Inner Image

Artist: Tania Coletta
Start Date: April 1, 2016
End Date: April 28, 2016
Location Name: The Cummington Community House Gallery
Hours: 9-5, every day
Address: 33 Main Street
City/Town: Cummington

Tania's work includes watercolor, colored pencil, oil pastel, and oil paintings, variously inspired by nature and her season's, creatures from all realms, color, dreams, and the emotional dance of inner space.

Contact: Tania Coletta
moonhorse66@msn.com
413-667-0033

 

Easthampton Exhibits/Events

Landscapes, Times and Seasons

Artist: Elizabeth Brownlow
Start Date: May 1, 2016
End Date: May 31, 2016
Reception Date: Sunday, May 15, 3:30pm
Location Name: Lathrop Community Art Gallery
Hours: 9am-4pm daily
Address: 100 Bassett Brook Drive
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: lathrop.kendal.org

Elizabeth Brownlow was born in California, but has made New England her home for the last 25 years. She is inspired by the 19th century Barbizon school and French landscape painters. Her travels in Europe and the Southwest are reflected in her subjects, but she paints mostly local landscapes in Western Massachusetts, aiming to express the spiritual quality of the light, and its relationship to land, skies and water.

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

 

As We See It

Artists: Easthampton Art Guild (EAG)
Start Date: April 4, 2016
End Date: May 31, 2016
Location Name: Easthampton City Hall Gallery
Hours: Mon-Tues 7:30am-5pm, Wed 8am-6pm, Thurs 8am-5pm
Address: 50 Payson Avenue
City/Town: Easthampton

A group show of watercolors, oils and acrylics by members of EAG. This exhibit illustrates the range and variety of the group's painting interests and media from landscapes, flowers, animals, abstracts, etc.

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

 

Past Passages

Artist: David Ryan
Start Date: April 9, 2016
End Date: May 11, 2016
Location Name: Nash Gallery
Address: 40 Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.nashgalleryart.com

Easthampton Artist, David Ryan, has been a commercial photographer for over four decades. His latest work, recently compiled in a new book entitled "Passages", captures a series of "working" doorways from the Connecticut River Valley. The photographs reveal mysterious doorways into a past that is now mostly memory. They represent "found art" that is being devoured by the unrelenting ravages of time.

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

 

Urban Landscapes

Artist: Ed Kaplan
Start Date: April 9, 2016
End Date: May 5, 2016
Location Name: The Elusie Gallery
Address: 43 Main Street @ Old Town Hall
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.BigRedFrame.com

Ed Kaplan has always painted in a photorealistic style, but his intention is never to be a perfectionist in capturing the exact image. He does not work with a magnifying glass for details, uses photographs for visual reference only, but never limit himself as to be subservient to them. His works retains the photo realistic aspect, but with a painterly hand as well.

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

 

Enclosures and Inclusions

Artist: Fafnir Adamites
Start Date: April 6, 2016
End Date: April 26, 2016
Location Name: Easthampton City Arts Gallery
Address: 43 Main Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.easthamptoncityarts.com

Recent sculptural work inspired by tools that are not sound, containers that fail to hold, photographs that are obscured and handwriting unable to be read. The transformative quality of feltmaking and the mimicking possibilities with paper casting are used to deepen the conceptual backing of each piece. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Easthampton City Arts+, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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

 

Susan Goulet

Artist: Susan Goulet
Start Date: April 1, 2016
End Date: April 30, 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

Goulet is a self-taught artist based in Western MA. Inspired by her love of classic films, her work is a vibrant and whimsical celebration of 20th century American pop-culture. A published artist with an international client base, Susan's work has appeared in several books and CD liner notes; her portrait of Princess Diana was chosen to grace the cover of the 2007 coffee-table book Diana in Art.

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

 

Altered Books: A Book Arts Show

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 6, 2016
End Date: April 27, 2016
Location Name: Mill Arts Project, Eastworks
Address: 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 137
City/Town: Easthampton

Curated by John Landino, Mr Landino will feature a retrospective of his 30 years, "Iron Bound Series". He has also invited local and national artist to exhibit their book arts pieces. Throughout April there will be Happenings called Book Arts Wednesdays. They will include book readings, Video Art, live music, a group artist talk, a large book sculpture making by the public and exhibiting artists.

Contact: John Landino
experimentalhuman@gmail.com
413-588-8308

 

Nature's Treasures

Artist: Anne Ely
Start Date: March 20, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Visitor Center
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm
Address: 127 Combs Road
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.massaudubon.org

This photography exhibit of is of birds and animals photographed in Western Massachusetts.

Contact: Molly Reynolds
mreynolds@massaudubon.org
413-584-3009

 

Dynamic Portraits & Still lifes

Artist: Paul Leveille
Start Date: April 1, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: Lathrop Community Art Gallery
Hours: 9am-4pm daily
Address: 100 Bassett Brook Drive
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: lathrop.kendal.org

Paul is a graduate of Vesper George School of Art in Boston, MA. and paints the portraits of distinguished clients, both nationally and internationally and is also member of many national art associations. In addition to his portrait commissions, Paul teaches workshops around the country and in his studio in Holyoke. He has produced three videos/DVD's and is the author of three books. To view more commission portraits, still life and workshop information, visit www.paulleveillestudio.com

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

 

Eye Candy

Artist: Luke J. Cavagnac
Start Date: February 13, 2016
End Date: May 13, 2016
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

 

Florence Exhibits/Events

Florence Night Out

Date: Friday, May 6, 3-8pm
Location Name: various locations, downtown
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.florencenightout.com

Mobile Art Boxes will be blooming in Florence again this spring. These wonderful storage containers/pop-up galleries are part of the village-wide festivities that are happening as part of the 5th Florence Night Out. Florence Night out is a fun, free event that celebrates community through creativity. Starting at 3pm Florence will be hopping with art shows and open houses, an outdoor craft market and walking tours, special food and music all over town.

Contact: Joshua Braska
florencenightout@gmail.com
413-330-5462

 

Greenfield Exhibits/Events

Artspace Spring Pastel Studio

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 1, 2016
End Date: April 29, 2016
Location Name: Artspace
Hours: M-W & F 12-2:30pm & 4-6 pm, Thurs 12-1:30pm & 3:30-6pm
Address: 15 Mill Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: www.artspacegreenfield.com

Students of Becky Clark's advanced pastel class.

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

 

Color Range

Artist: E. Joseph McCarthy
Start Date: April 1, 2016
End Date: May 15, 2016
Location Name: The Greenfield Gallery & Fine Art Printing
Hours: Tue-Wed 10-6, Thur-Fri 12-8, Sat 10-4
Address: 231 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: www.facebook.com/TheGreenfieldGallery

E. Joseph McCarthy is a Buckland native who lived for twenty years in New Jersey before returning to Greenfield in 1972. Since that time he has been a full-time artist whose work has focused on color. His large abstract oil canvasses fill the eye with luminous yellows, oranges, reds, and balanced with cool blues, greens and purples, all edged in softness.

Contact: Kate Hunter
thegreenfieldgallery@gmail.com
413-772-9334

 

Holyoke Exhibits/Events

Exhibition and Open Studios

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 6, 2016
End Date: June 3, 2016
Reception Date: Friday, May 6, 6-9pm
Location Name: Paper City Studios
Hours: Sat-Sun 12-3pm (until May 29)
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke

Exhibition and Open Studios. Open Studios: Sat & Sun, May 7th & 8th, 12-3pm.

 

Artisan Demonstration Day

Date: May 7, 10am-5pm
Location Name: Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School
Address: 161 Lower Westfield Road
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.artisansofwmass.com

Features several W. Mass artisans demonstrating the skills and techniques used in creating their handmade art and craft. All artisans will have work available for sale. This is a chance to see the care that goes into creating handmade products. Several artisans will offer "make and take" stations where, for a nominal fee, visitors can create their own take home project. The day promises to be a creatively fun, hands-on, and educational experience for all ages. Admission is free.

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

 

1st Annual Wistariahurst Garden Art Fair

Date: April 30 & May 1, 10am-4pm
Location Name: Wistariahurst Museum Gardens
Address: 238 Cabot Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.holyokeartsbazaar.com

Exclusive, original artwork including sculpture, painting, photography, fabric arts, fine art, glass, ceramics, wood crafts, furniture, and jewelry by artists living and working in the region. A suggested donation of $5 benefits the Holyoke Creative Arts Center and Wistariahurst Museum. A special preview reception for Wistariahurst and Holyoke Creative Arts Center Members will be held on Friday night, April 29 from 5:30-7:30pm. Tickets to the preview event are $10.

Contact: Jenna Weingarten
holyokeartsbazaar@gmail.com

 

2016 Holyoke Community College Student Art Exhibition

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 11, 2016
End Date: May 5, 2016
Location Name: Taber Gallery
Address: Holyoke Community College
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: thetaberartgallery.blogspot.com

The HCC Student Art Show is held in 3 locations throughout the HCC campus: The Taber Gallery and the Library Showcases on the 2nd floor of the Donahue bldg; the Art Dept on the 3rd floor of C bldg; and the 3rd floor of G bldg in the Media Center. All locations are open to the public during regular school sessions (excepting the Taber Gallery which is open Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm).

Contact: 413-552-2614

 

Leverett Exhibits/Events

The Birdwatchers

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 1, 2016
End Date: April 31, 2016
Location Name: The Barnes Gallery, Leverett Crafts & Arts
Hours: weekdays 10am-4pm, Sun 2-5pm
Address: 13 Montague Road
City/Town: Leverett

Painting exhibit about birdwatchers, birders, bird photographers and painters, and what they create from a hobby which often borders on obsession.

Contact: 413-992-5554

 

Monson Exhibits/Events

Deep: 23rd Annual Spring Art Exhibition & Sale

Artists: Monson Arts Council
Start Date: April 23, 2016
End Date: May 1, 2016
Location Name: House of Art
Hours: Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 200 Main Street
City/Town: Monson
Website: www.monsonartscouncil.com

79 Artists. Nine Galleries. Sales Shop all in the House Of Art. 109 Outstanding Works in a Juried Show featuring Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Fiber Art, Drawing, Printmaking. $4300 Prizes awarded including Most Outstanding Monson Artist, President's Choice & Committee Choice. $1000 Best of Show award. Our show offers a reception every weekend!

Contact: Maureen Solomon
Monsonartscouncil@yahoo.com
413-267-3042

 

Montague Exhibits/Events

From Darkness Into Light

Artists: group show
Start Date: March 2, 2016
End Date: May 30, 2016
Location Name: Sawmill River Arts Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-6pm, Mon & Wed 11am-3pm
Address: 440 Greenfield Road (next to the Montague Bookmill)
City/Town: Montague
Website: www.sawmillriverarts.com

This just may be the friendliest gallery you'll ever visit. See recent works by the 16 member artists at the Sawmill River Arts Gallery collective. Image credit: "Backyard Visitor" oil on canvas, 36" x 24", by Patricia Czepiel Hayes.

Contact: Patricia Czepiel Hayes
ph@hadleydesignworks.net
413-259-5164

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

Be Still An Instant

Artist: Valerie Bassett
Start Date: May 2, 2016
End Date: July 31, 2016
Location Name: 22 Atwood Drive
Hours: 8am-8pm
Address: 22 Atwood Drive
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.fineartamerica.com

The artist is an oil painter living in Florence. As a seeker of stillness, she finds herself drawn to still life as a subject of painting. She finds peace and order in the containment of objects and she attempts to capture them as they appear, utilizing natural light as much as possible. The artist is a member of the Old Deerfield Painting Group and the Pittsfield College Club.

Contact: Valerie Bassett
Valeriebassett@comcast.net
413-563-3538

 

Watercolor Paintings

Artist: John Tomasetti
Start Date: May 2, 2016
End Date: May 31, 2016
Reception Date: Thursday, May 5, 4:30-6:30pm
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery
Hours: 8am-8pm
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton

The show will include recent paintings by the artist including seasonal landscapes of New England, florals and coastal themes.

Contact: John Tomasetti
413-367-9978

 

Recent Paintings

Artist: Christopher Bagg
Start Date: May 4, 2016
End Date: May 29, 2016
Reception Date: Friday, May 6, 5-8pm
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.oxbowgallery.org

Landscapes, still-lifes, and portraits, alpainted from life.

Contact: 413-586-6300

 

Scenes from the Beach

Artist: Barbara Hadden
Start Date: May 5, 2016
End Date: May 29, 2016
Reception Date: Friday, May 13, 6-8pm
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery, back room
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.oxbowgallery.org

Barbara Hadden's layered northern landscapes alternate between spatial representation and flat modernist abstraction. The figures present don't stand apart from the land but are part of it, dissolving both human and animal individuality into the natural world. Generated from photographic imagery (the artist is also a photographer), Hadden's paintings belie their origins through masterful paint handling."

Contact: 413-586-6300

 

Northampton High School Student Art Exhibition

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 6, 2016
End Date: May 26, 2016
Reception Date: Friday, May 13, 5-7pm
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

Students in Foundations of Art, Ceramics 1 & 2, Drawing & Painting 1, Graphic Design, and Honors Art 1-4 at Northampton High School will exhibit work in a variety of media. The selection is curated by teachers Lisa Leary and Sheryl Jaffe. Up to 100 students will be participating.

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

 

New England Landscapes

Artists: John Dunphy, Debra Dunphy
Start Date: May 2, 2016
End Date: May 31, 2016
Reception Date: Thursday, May 5, 4:30-6:30pm
Location Name: New Gallery, Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Hours: 8am-8pm
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton

Winter may be over, but you can still enjoy views of snowy New England landscapes during the month of May at the New Gallery in the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Original oil paintings from husband and wife artists John and Debra Dunphy will include images of romantic Vermont Inns, bustling ski resorts, quaint country stores and snowy street scenes.

Contact: Betty Krywicki
auxiliary@cooley-dickinson.org

 

Ink on Paper: Drawings

Artist: David Gloman
Start Date: April 11, 2016
End Date: May 16, 2016
Location Name: Oresman Gallery, Brown Fine Arts Center
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm
Address: Smith College
City/Town: Northampton

Contact: Rebecca Davis
artdept@smith.edu
413-585-3100

 

Lecture: Candice Breitz: From A to B and Back Again

Date: April 26, 7pm
Location Name: Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
Address: Smith College
City/Town: Northampton
Website: smith.edu/artmuseum/Events/Lectures/Miller-lecture-Candice-Breitz-From-A-to-B-and-Back-Again

Candice Breitz is a Berlin-based artist who is known for her moving image installations that explore popular culture and media's effect on the contemporary identity. In 2013, SCMA acquired Breitz's Factum Tremblay, a part of her Factum series. Factum Tremblay is on view at SCMA until August 28th, 2016. Reserved seating for SCMA Members only RSVP by April 25. The Miller Lecture series was established at SCMA in memory of Dulcy Blume Miller, class of 1946.

 

Moments in Travel

Artists: Elaine Findley, Shoshanna Zonderman, Debby Slavitt
Start Date: April 1, 2016
End Date: April 29, 2016
Location Name: Northampton Senior Center
Hours: 8:15am-4pm
Address: Conz Street
City/Town: Northampton

Join these three ladies as they display their photographs from various "moments in travel" Their story of how they got together is one you will enjoy.

Contact: Joanne Brooks
jbrooks@northamptonma.gov
413-587-1228

 

Magnetic Circuitries

Artist: David Brewster
Start Date: April 14, 2016
End Date: May 15, 2016
Reception Date: Friday, May 13, 5-8pm
Location Name: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery
Hours: Tue-Sun 12-5, Fri 12-8
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton

I'm in the process of creating a dynamic suite of interrelated oil paintings that provide exposure to rarely seen views of the spectacular visual realities implicit within various types of power generation plants operating in Massachusetts. The often monstrous and bizarre forms of nuclear silos, hydroelectric structures, wind turbines, and solar farms speak to vast movements of resources and energy and to unique and significant impacts on the surrounding landscape and communities.

Contact: 413-586-5553

 

Children of the Game: Northampton Little League Baseball Portraits

Artist: Robert Aller
Start Date: April 8, 2016
End Date: May 8, 2016
Location Name: Historic Northampton
Hours: Wed-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-5
Address: 6 Bridge Street
City/Town: Northampton

Aller began this project as he followed his son Jason's intense involvement with baseball. "Children of the Game" documents the young players and their families, showing that family support for this sport promotes moral and positive social values. Playing fields once used by the Florence Eagles are still filled with teams and spectators in the summer months.

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

 

Reflections From Within

Artist: Linda Houle
Start Date: April 1, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: North Gallery, Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Hours: 8am-8pm
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton

The artist will feature landscape, floral and still life oil paintings. Linda has been featured in numerous one woman and collaborative art shows in New England over the past 40 years. She has studied at UMASS, GCC, and under Barbara Johnson and Deborah Rubin.

Contact: Linda Houle
lindawall611@gmail.com
413-203-5503

 

Artist's Impressions

Artist: Louise Montague
Start Date: April 1, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: New Gallery, Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Hours: 8am-8pm
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton

The artist was introduced to drawing, charcoal, watercolor and oil painting as a student at the Northampton School for Girls. She settled on oil painting and has enjoyed many years taking photographs and in turn capturing the images on canvas.

Contact: Louise Montague
413-527-9058

 

Almost Forgotten Stories

Artist: Chie Yoshii
Start Date: March 30, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: William Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Wed 10-5, Thur-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-5
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.wbfinearts.com

A solo exhibition of oil paintings by Chie Yoshii. Almost Forgotten Stories refers to the mythological tales that are of primary interest to Ms. Yoshii. The artist states that she is interested with the analogy between mythological tales and human psychology. The show consists of approximately twenty new oil paintings that the artist has completed over the past two years.

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

 

Chakra Quilts

Artist: Anne Goodale
Start Date: April 2, 2016
End Date: April 29, 2016
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

Anne Goodale grew up in a family of quilt makers in Bucks County, PA. She studied painting at the Whitney Independent Study program in New York. Inspired by a show of Amish quilts at the Whitney Museum, fabric became her art medium of choice. Anne has been avidly creating art quilts for several decades. She has made commissioned pieces and sold her work in craft galleries in New York and Boston.

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

 

Romantic Surrealism

Artist: Alexander Spivak
Start Date: April 2, 2016
End Date: April 29, 2016
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

Alexander "Sasha" Spivak earned his MFA at the Lviv National Academy of Fine Arts, Ukraine. After 24 years in New York, he relocated his art studio to western MA. Sasha works with oil paintings, watercolors, monotypes, and drawings. His unusual imagery brought him through a surrealistic period to the present series of symbolic and content-rich art. In developing his original style, he established his unique visual world of Romantic Surrealism.

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

 

Branching Out

Artist: Deborah Rubin
Start Date: April 1, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: R. Michelson Galleries
Hours: M-W 10-6, Th-Sat 10-9, Sun 12-5
Address: 132 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.RMichelson.com

Artist's Talk: April 17th at 2pm. Event is free and open to the public.

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

 

Collecting to Create

Artist: Angela Lorenz
Start Date: March 17, 2016
End Date: May 27, 2016
Location Name: Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library
Hours: 7 days, 10am-10pm
Address: Smith College
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/angela-lorenz

Visual artist Angela Lorenz uses found objects, interesting trash, vintage ephemera, and strange "stuff" she has stumbled upon over the years as the raw material and inspiration for some of her artists books and projects. This is the first time that some of her ephemera is on display with prints of her watercolors of these objects. American-born, Angela Lorenz has made artists books since 1990 in Bologna, Italy.

Contact: Barbara Blumenthal
bblument@smith.edu
413-585-2906

 

Uncanny Valley: Portraits of the Almost-Human

Start Date: February 26, 2016
End Date: May 8, 2016
Location Name: Smith College Museum of Art
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm
Address: Elm Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.smith.edu/artmuseum/

Lifelike sculptures often have a peculiar, unsettling quality to them, occupying a space known as the "uncanny valley." Including eleven works by twentieth and twenty-first century photographers, "Uncanny Valley" captures the stark and strangely intimate world of human-facsimiles. From the coy disaffection of fashion mannequins, to the spectacle of religious shrines, to the likeness of Lady Liberty herself, the care with which these figures were photographed gives life to the not-quite-living.

 

Dislocation | Negotiating Identity: Contemporary Photographs from South and Southeast Asia

Artists: group show
Start Date: February 12, 2016
End Date: August 14, 2016
Location Name: Smith College Museum of Art
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm
Address: 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
City/Town: Northampton

This exhibit includes over 40 photographs by a diverse group of nine artists from Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Each of these artists is focused on the complexities of identity, within and beyond national boundaries to produce a set of highly evocative and powerful images. Rooted in complex histories, they are nevertheless highly contemporary and will be meaningful to viewers everywhere.

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

 

Mothers' Arms: Kathe Kollwitz's Women and War

Artist: Kathe Kollwitz
Start Date: January 29, 2016
End Date: May 29, 2016
Location Name: Smith College Museum of Art
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm
Address:20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.smith.edu/artmuseum/

Kathe Kollwitz's works offer powerful testimony not only concerning the ravages of both World Wars on her own life, but about the socio-political realities of Germany's role in this history. The personal circumstances of her life and work offer an incisive perspective on the perplexities of wartime experience. Drawn from the Museum's collections of prints with loans from private and public collections, the exhibition gives Kollwitz's works a political, historical, and cultural context.

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

 

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

 

Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

Something Else

Artist: Candace Silver
Start Date: April 27, 2016
End Date: May 30, 2016
Reception Date: May 7, 4-6pm
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Cooperative
Hours: Sun-Mon & Wed-Thur 11am-5pm, Fri-Sat 11am-7pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.ShelburneArtsCoop.com

Oils, Watercolors and Photography

Contact: 413-625-9324

 

Interludes

Artist: Cheryl Rezendes
Start Date: May 6, 2016
End Date: June 27, 2016
Reception Date: May 7, 4-6pm
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Sun-Wed 10am-5pm, Thur-Sat 10am-8pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.SalmonFallsGallery.com

A collection of new works by Bernardston fiber artist Cheryl Rezendes speaks to the moments of light, understanding and peace the artist felt during the time her father made his final journey from life here on earth to the unknown beyond. Reception and Art Walk, May 7, 4-6pm, music by harpist Rosemary Caine.

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

 

Along the River

Artist: Rebecca Clark
Start Date: May 6, 2016
End Date: June 27, 2016
Reception Date: May 15, 4-6pm
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Sun-Wed 10am-5pm, Thur-Sat 10am-8pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.SalmonFallsGallery.com

Pastels by Deerfield artist Rebecca Clark. Works from the artist's Patty Pan Series which includes all her works in Pastel. Abstractions that start with the seeds of water, hills, flowers, greens, and with the clouds above. Reception Sunday, May 15, 4-6pm in the Blue Rock lobby.

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

 

The Hawley Bog and Recent Works

Artist: Peggy Grose
Start Date: March 4, 2016
End Date: May 1, 2016
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Thur 10am-5pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun-Mon 10am-5pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.SalmonFallsGallery.com

Ashfield painter Peggy Grose started visiting the Hawley Bog a few years ago and completely immersed herself in its unusual ecosystem: carnivorous plants, lush tropical-looking vegetation, woodpeckers, dragonflies and red-winged blackbirds sharing one bog in West County. Visual patterns of light and shadow with the startling colors of the animals living there. In some cases her vision demanded a really large format, a few of these painting are 4x5 feet in size.

Contact: SalmonFalls@megaplanet.com
413-625-9833

 

Southampton Exhibits/Events

Mt. Tom, Hope and Strength

Artist: Roger Lobdell
Start Date: May 1, 2016
End Date: May 31, 2016
Reception Date: May 1, 1-6pm
Location Name: Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center
Hours: Tue & Sun 1-6pm, Wed 5-7pm
Address: 2 East Street @ Route 10
City/Town: Southampton
Website: www.robertfloydphoto.com

Mt. Tom has been a part of my life since living on Wolcott Road in Southampton as a young boy. It was one of the subjects I photographed on the first, and only, roll of film my father gave me. A couple of years ago, I saw parts of the devastation from the October 2014 microburst. It was not until this March when I walked the Mt. Tom park road and looked through my camera's viewfinder that I began to comprehend what happened. Reception: May 29, 1-6pm. Artist Conversations: 3pm on May 1 and May 29.

Contact: Robert Floyd
floyd@robertfloydphoto.com
413-529-2635

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn of the Century Photography

Start Date: April 12, 2015
End Date: August 28, 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

This exhibit celebrates the intrepid group of artists who seceded from the Camera Club of New York in 1902 and established photography as a full-fledged fine art. Drawn from a private collection, Photo-Secession includes classic examples of Pictorialism by the most ambitious artist-photographers, including Alfred Stieglitz, Heinrich Kuhn, Gertrude Kasebier, Edward Steichen, and Clarence White.

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

 

The Eclectic Eye

Artist: Jim Gambaro
Start Date: March 11, 2016
End Date: May 6, 2016
Location Name: Arts Alive Gallery
Address: Baystate Medical Center
City/Town: Springfield
Website: jimgambarophotography.zenfolio.com

From animals to abstracts, images ranging from the Pioneer Valley to Antarctica, often with a digitally induced twist, are included in award winning Belchertown photographer Jim Gambaro's exhibition.

Contact: Jim Gambaro
jim@jimgambarophotography.com

 

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

Minutiae

Artist: Michael Sjostedt
Start Date: April 16, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: The Rendezvous
Hours: 11:30am-1:30am
Address: 78 3rd Street
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: www.facebook.com/events/971873526220848/

My new collage series, Minutiae, is inspired by "functional design elements" - background colors, accents, flourishes. I collected these supporting role visual bits from catalogs, ads, brochures, mail stuffers, and posters/flyers from The Rendezvous.

 

On the Cusp

Artist: Natasha Hanna
Start Date: March 31, 2016
End Date: May 7, 2016
Reception Date: Saturday May 7, 5-7pm
Location Name: Nina's Nook
Hours: Thur-Sat 12-5pm, and by appt
Address: 25A Avenue A
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: www.ninasnook.com

Hanna's lens brings the viewer into a magic world through a focus on the everyday scenes transformed with digital artistry. "My photos are on the cusp of dream and reality... the line in-between is so vague." Meet the artist at a closing reception at the Nook on Saturday May 7. Nina's Nook is located at 125A Avenue A in Turners Falls, next to the Black Cow Burger Bar.

Contact: 413-834-8800

 

Zuihitsu

Artist: Greta Svalberg
Start Date: March 18, 2016
End Date: May 8, 2016
Location Name: LOOT
Hours: Sun & Wed 11-5, Thur-Sat 11-6
Address: 62 Avenue A
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: www.facebook.com/loottheshop/

Zuihitsu is a genre of Japanese literature consisting of loosely connected personal essays and fragmented ideas that typically respond to the author's surroundings. The name is derived from two Kanji meaning "to follow" and "brush." Thus works of the genre should be considered not as traditionally planned literary pieces but rather as casual or randomly recorded thoughts by the authors.

Contact: Erin
info@loottheshop.com
413-863-9500

 

Westfield Exhibits/Events

Spring Art Show and Sale

Artists: Artists at the Crossroads
Start Date: April 1, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2016
Location Name: Westfield Creative Arts Gallery
Address: 105 Elm Street
City/Town: Westfield

Forming in West Springfield in 2011, the Artists at the Crossroads are pleased to announce their Spring Art show and sale during the month of April. The Artists at the Crossroads are a group of professional fine artists from the western MA and northern CT regions. They include Sam Dupuis, Jackie Griswold, Janet Miller, Lynn Miller, Sue Newman, Peter Sarno, Donna Shaw and Steve Walbridge.

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

4th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival

Sponsoring Group Name: The West Springfield Arts Council
Submission Due Date: July 15
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: West Springfield

The festival will be held on the town common on Park Street, Saturday, August 6, 10am-4pm (Rain date Sunday, August 7, 10-4). Artists of all mediums are encouraged to participate in this annual event. A 15' x 15' exhibit space is only $45.00. Food and entertainment are also provided. For more information as well as applications, contact Rita Petersen.

Contact: Rita Petersen
413-732-8630
ritapete39@comcast.net

 

ArtsEZ Grant Applications

Sponsoring Group Name: The Northampton Arts Council
Submission Due Date: May 15
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.northamptonartscouncil.org/p/grants.html

These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds, including exhibits, writings, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures. Funds will be available in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Schools, Theater, and Visual Arts. Online application: http://application.northamptonartscouncil.org/2016S/

 

Create a large woodcut at Noho Print & Book Fair

Sponsoring Group Name: BIG INK
Submission Due Date: July 18
Submission Fees: Free to apply, $195 if selected
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.bigink.org/apply

BIG INK is pleased to partner with the Northampton Print & Book Fair and Zea Mays Printmaking's Print Fair North in Northampton, MA for a one-day large woodcut printing session October 2nd, 2016. We will be utilizing BIG INK's mobile 48" x 96" etching press to pull prints. Artists are invited to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24" x 36" in dimension, online at www.bigink.org on or before July 18th.

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

 

3rd Annual Juried Show

Sponsoring Group Name: Gallery A3
Submission Due Date: July 3
Submission Fees: $20; each additional is $5; with a maximum of three
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.gallerya3.com/CFA.html

An opened juried show to be held from July 7 through July 30, 2016. The juror is Mara Williams, Chief Curator of the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Artists wishing to submit work should deliver their artwork to the gallery on Saturday, July 2 between 9am and 12 noon or Sunday, July 3, 4-7pm. The fee for one entry for $20; each additional is $5; with a maximum of three. Complete submission guidelines on website.

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

 

The Yeti returns!

Sponsoring Group Name: Yeti Market
Submission Due Date: until spaces are filled
Submission Fees: $40 for a 10' x 10' space
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.facebook.com/Yeti-Market-1507716592882560/

Join us at the Spring Yeti Market an outdoor version of the popular art and artisan market. The Spring Yeti Market will be outside at the Florence Civic Center, in the center of Florence, as part of the art & music event, Florence Night Out Friday, May 6th 3-7:30pm. Vendors need to supply their own tables & tents. Vendors sharing a space must each pay a booth fee. There are limited spots available... please contact Rob Kimmel to reserve your space.

Contact: Rob Kimmel
rob.kimmel@gmail.com

 

Monster Arts Project II

Sponsoring Group Name: Monster Arts Project, ECA+, MAP, Eastworks
Submission Due Date: July 16, 2016
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.facebook.com/MonsterArtsProject/

Monster Arts Project is returning to Eastworks this October 7th-30th. I am looking for more artists that work around the concept of monsters/imaginary creatures. Artwork can be 2D or 3D, and any medium. Last year the space was converted into a Victorian era study, with the artwork interspersed among props to give the viewer a unique experience, this year we are doing 1920's. I am looking for 1-3 pieces per artist depending on the size and medium. Contact me for further information.

Contact: Sloan Tomlinson
sloan@sloantomlinson.com
413-923-8923

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Open Studio Time

Date & Time: Mondays, 9am-12pm, May 2-23
Fee: $25 per Monday
Organization: Lynn Sisler: Menagerie Studio
Class Location: Cottage Street Studios
Address: 1 Cottage Street, studio #508
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.lynnsisler.com/shows-and-workshops.html

This is for current and former students, new students who are working on 2-D or small 3-D artwork, as well as new students who are referred by other students using the Open Studio time. This time is for people who want to work independently or finish projects they've already begun, with instruction and guidance on an as-needed basis. Students have access to work space and some materials. In a way, it's like a book club for artists!

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

 

Making Art with your Alter Ego with Dean Nimmer

Date & Time: Sunday, May 15, 11am-3pm
Fee: $50
Class Location: Gateway City Arts
Address: 92 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.deannimmer.com

I designed this special workshop to help others suffering from the dreaded diagnosis, "claustrophobic regressive artistic paralysis" - C.R A.P. You can avoid this pathological, narcissistic disorder by taking the alter ego workshop so you can be cured and liberated as soon as possible! By the way, part of the cure for CRAP involves having a lot of fun along the way! Basic materials supplied. To reserve a place, please send a $25 deposit check to: Dean Nimmer 146 Allyn St, Holyoke, MA 01040.

Contact: deannimmer@gmail.com

 

Garden Sculpture Workshop

Date & Time: May 13-15
Fee: $450
Organization: Womanshelter/Companeras
Class Location: Wistariahurst Museum
Address: Cabot Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.womanshelter.org

Award-winning sculptor and author DJ Garrity will be conducting a Garden Sculpture Workshop as a fundraising event for Womanshelter/Companeras. The workshop participants will use basic hand tools to create unique works in stone, and the program has been well received by gardeners, artists and the lifelong learning community. The three-day workshop offers a rare opportunity to create an heirloom quality garden sculpture within the medium of white marble for the home, garden or gallery.

Contact: Sue Scully
sscully@womanshelter.org
413-538-9717

 

Fearless Painting Workshop with David Brewster

Date & Time: Fri-Sun, 8:30am-4pm, May 6-8
Fee: $800
Organization: Blueway Art Alliance
Class Location: Arts & Industry Building, Studio 460
Address: 221 Pine Street
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.bluewayartalliance.org

An outdoor three day painting workshop will take place in the urban streets of downtown Holyoke. Open to All Levels. Painter and PAFA alumnus David Brewster executes his theatrical interiors and landscapes in one swift pass, with the graphic urgency of improvisational response informing the energy of the mark. Join Brewster in this two-day workshop to refresh your technique and explore new modes of transcribing subject matter through a rapid, painterly approach.

Contact: Kathleen Jacobs
kathy@bluewayartalliance.org
413-570-5333

 

Figure Drawing Fridays

Date & Time: 6:30-9:30pm, Friday nights (ongoing)
Fee: $12-15 (less if more than 6 people show)
Address: 71 Bradford Street (in the studio - follow the signs)
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.facebook.com/figuredrawingfridays

Open Figure Drawing group in Northampton. We provide the model, some easels, 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 likely to be a puppy. She doesn't draw but she does like artists a lot. RSVP: requested as space is limited. (doors open at 6 - come early if you want an easel).

Contact: gundy
ehoartguy@gmail.com

 

Artist Workshops with Lorna Ritz

Fee: $75 for each three-hour class, or $425 for all six classes in the series
Class Location: Valley View Studio + Gallery
City/Town: Pelham
Website: www.lornaritz.com

A year-long series of six weekly three hour live model, still-life and/or landscape classes. Maximum enrollment of four students allows for individual instruction and group critiques. Prior registration, with payment, is required one week in advance of first class. Students' work will be exhibited in a private gallery on site at the conclusion of a series of classes. Supplies and materials list available upon request. Easels, live model, and still life material provided.

Contact: lenajenny3@yahoo.com

 

Imaginative Self-portraits

Date & Time: Sunday, May 1, 11am-3pm
Fee: $50
Class Location: Gateway City Arts
Address: 92 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.deannimmer.com

This class travels through new possibilities to explore visual interpretations of me, myself and I. Going beyond the stereotype - "Does this picture look like me?" - we will visualize some of the mysteries of our multi-faceted self. Some projects include: seeing ourselves as creatures and beasts; seeing ourselves as pure colors and shapes and seeing ourselves belonging to another world. Basic materials supplied. To reserve a place, please send a $25 deposit check to: Dean Nimmer 146 Allyn St, Holyoke, MA 01040.

Contact: deannimmer@gmail.com

 

Intermediate / Advanced Wheel

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 9-11:30am , May 10 - June 28
Fee: $350 (includes materials)
Organization: Tiffany Hilton Pottery
Class Location: Arts & Industry Building
Address: 221 Pine Street, Studio 352
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.tiffanyhilton.com/classes/

Take your skills to the next level with more advanced demonstrations to help you improve your skills, make a set of bowls or plates, try a teapot, lidded jar or another project you have been dreaming about. Small classes offer time for individual demonstrations and one-on-one problem solving.

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

 

Circus Sketch Labs

Date & Time: Saturday, May 14, 6-7:30pm
Fee: FREE to all participants
Organization: A Big Top Quilts and Show Circus Studio collaboration
Class Location: Show Circus Studio, Paragon Arts and Industry Building
Address: 150 Pleasant Street, Suite 313
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.bigtopquilts.com/events/circus-sketch-lab/

SHOW circus opens its doors to provide moving models for sketch artists of any level. Join us for continuous drawing workouts in your medium of choice and share your work in the June 25th sketch exhibit. Sketch artists of all ages are welcome. Circus artists require open studio permission (16+ unless noted). This event series is supported in part by grants from Southampton, Hadley and Easthampton cultural councils, which are local agencies supported by the Mass. Cultural Council, a state agency.

Contact: Audrey Hyvonen
audrey@bigtopquilts.com
413-230-0771

 

Mixed level oil painting instruction

Date & Time: ongoing
Fee: $30 hour
City/Town: Florence

Mixed level oil painting instruction with Valerie Bassett in her Florence studio. $30 hour private or shared lessons available day/eves. Email or call.

Contact: Bassettpainting@Gmail.com
413-563-3538

 

Hand-Building for all levels

Date & Time: Thursdays 6-8:15pm, May 12 - June 30
Fee: $300 includes materials
Class Location: Tiffany Hilton Pottery
Address: 221 Pine Street, Studio 352
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.tiffanyhilton.com/classes/

Explore many different hand-building techniques to construct functional or sculptural pieces. Beginners are welcome.

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

 

Creating on the Potter's Wheel: Beginner and Beyond

Date & Time: Tuesdays 6-8:15pm, May 10 - June 28
Fee: $300 includes materials
Class Location: Tiffany Hilton Pottery
Address: 221 Pine Street, Studio 352
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.tiffanyhilton.com/classes/

Try the potter's wheel for the first time or tackle a form you haven't tried yet. This is a very accommodating class with lots of demonstrations, individual instruction and opportunities to focus on your specific goals. The emphasis of the class will be on functional pottery using high-fired stoneware and glazes. Class session (8 weeks) offers time to explore bowls, mugs, plates and other forms based on student's experience. Beginners welcome. Class limited to five students.

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

 

Mosaic Garden Stepping Stones

Date & Time: 5-9pm, one-day class, April 7 - June 2
Fee: $65 per evening (includes all materials)
Organization: Christine Kenneally Mosaics
Class Location: Paragon Building
Address: 150 Pleasant Street, Suite 236
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.christinekenneallyart.com

Learn how to use glass, found objects and cement to make your own mosaic stepping stone for your garden or walkway. 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
kenneally.christine@gmail.com
413-244-2384

 

Stained Glass 101 Workshop

Date & Time: June 25, 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 listed above are: July 16, August 13.

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

 

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, Tuesday, June 14
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! Next workshop is Saturday, September 17.

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

 

Studio / Artist Space Available

Florence: 1400sf studio share at Arts + Industry Building

Date available: now
Location: Arts + Industry Building
Address: 221 Pine Street, 3rd floor
City/Town: Florence

Studio space is 1400sf with 8 floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floor and lots of wall space! It is shared with 2 lovely, respectful studio mates. Wifi/heat/electric all included for $375/mo.

Contact: Susa Talan
susa@susatalan.com

 

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