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This Week's Newsletter: December 12, 2017

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
December 12, 2017
Issue #484

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Featured Listing:

Holiday Gift Show & Open Studios

Date: December 21-22, 11am-8pm
Location Name: PCS80 Gallery
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.holyoke-arts-league.org

Come for the gifts, stay for the fun! Bring your friends and family, and savor the holidays in Holyoke! Thursday: Free open studios, including a live model and snacks. Bring your drawing and painting supplies, socialize, and make art. Drop in at Dunphy Art Studio whenever you like between 11-8! Gift show will be open during this time at the adjacent PCS80 Gallery. Friday: Gift show open from 11-8, with a special Art League potluck beginning at 6pm. Come one, come all!

Contact: Liz Popolo
holyokeartsleague@gmail.com
978-505-1744

 

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Amherst Exhibits/Events

3rd Floor Painters Annual Open Studio

Date: Saturday, December 16, 10am-4pm
Location Name: 3rd Floor
Address: 16 Main Street (above Russell's Liquors)
City/Town: Amherst

Annual open studio show and sale of oils, watercolors and fabric art. Landscapes and portraits both representational and abstract works. Artists: Janna Essig, Mary Kersell, Linn Bower, Ruth Elcan, Edith Adams Allison, Bella Halsted.

Contact: Mary Kersell
marykersell@gmail.com
413-256-6977

 

Life Through A Lens

Artist: Marissa Perotta
Start Date: December 10, 2017
End Date: December 15, 2017
Location Name: Hampden Gallery, UMass Amherst
Hours: Tues-Fri 1-4pm, Sun 2-4pm
Address: 131 Southwest Circle
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.fineartscenter.com/hampden

A BFA Thesis Exhibition. In Perotta's digitally composed mosaics, hundreds of small images come together to form larger images. The smaller images are photographs taken throughout her life and arranged in chronological order, while the larger images are self portrait drawings; implying that her identity is literally and figuratively formed by her past experiences.

Contact: Anne LaPrade Seuthe
413-545-0680

 

Sacred Lines

Artist: Kelly Carroll
Start Date: December 10, 2017
End Date: December 15, 2017
Location Name: Hampden Gallery, UMass Amherst
Hours: Tues-Fri 1-4pm, Sun 2-4pm
Address: 131 Southwest Circle
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.fineartscenter.com/hampden

A BFA Thesis Exhibition. Sacred Lines is a collection of drawings that explores the subculture of tattooed people and fine art through portraiture. The emotional gaze of each subject inspires contemplation of personal identity and expressions of a broader human condition.

Contact: Anne LaPrade Seuthe
413-545-0680

 

Small Wonders

Artists: group show
Start Date: December 7, 2017
End Date: December 30, 2017
Location Name: Gallery A3
Hours: Thur-Sun 1-7pm
Address: 28 Amity Street 1D
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.gallerya3.com

An annual exhibit of small, affordable fine art. over fifty works in painting, photography, collage and mixed media. The annual Small Wonders exhibit offers fun and eclectic work, sized for gift-giving, and specially priced for the December holidays. Cash & Carry offers art reasonably priced for holiday gift giving and ready to go upon purchase.

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

 

7th Annual Small Works Show

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 30, 2017
End Date: January 13, 2018
Reception Date: Thursday, January 4, 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

Featuring over 100 works by local artists -- all 6x6". From paintings to photographs, illustrations to assemblages and more, the show features works in wide variety of mediums. All cash-and-carry! reception and art raffle Thursday, January 4th, 5-8pm. Join us for a chance to win one of the small works, winner's choice!

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

 

Amherst au Naturale: Up Close and Personal

Artist: Alan Hurwitz
Start Date: November 8, 2017
End Date: February 28, 2018
Location Name: Hitchcock Center Living Building
Address: 845 West Street
City/Town: Amherst

This photo exhibit is designed to show some special aspects of our local natural world. All are of subjects found right here in Amherst - many captured on the Station Road property of the photographer, Alan Hurwitz.

Contact: Casey Beebe
casey@hitchcockcenter.org
413-256-6006

 

Winter's Bone

Artist: Carl Nardiello
Start Date: November 2, 2017
End Date: December 29, 2017
Location Name: Amherst Town Hall
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
Address: 4 Boltwood Avenue
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.CarlNardiello.com

Artist statement: Images from the Connecticut River Series and the Oxbow. After summer foliage is gone the subtle, vibrant, tones of fall, winter, and spring, manifest. Featuring recent works including panoramic and abstract studies at various stretches along the river.

Contact: Carl Nardiello
carlnardiello@mac.com
212-242-3106

 

¡Hola Cuba!

Artist: Carol Pike
Start Date: September 5, 2017
End Date: December 15, 2017
Location Name: Science & Engineering Library (SEL), UMass
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Address: 740 N Pleasant Street, #A273
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.library.umass.edu

Travel Photography by Carol Pike.

Contact: Paulina Borrego
pborrego@library.umass.edu
413-545-7891

 

Chicopee Exhibits/Events

Fall Student Art Show

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 29, 2017
End Date: January 21, 2018
Location Name: The Borgia Gallery, Elms College
Address: 291 Springfield Street
City/Town: Chicopee
Website: www.elms.edu

A survey of work by current art department students from Intro to Art, Painting I, Drawing & Design I, Color Exploration with Mixed Media, and Art History. Sponsored by the Division of Humanities & Fine Arts.

Contact: 413-594-2761

 

Easthampton Exhibits/Events

Last June

Artist: Paul Specht
Start Date: December 9, 2017
End Date: January 6, 2018
Location Name: Nash Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm
Address: 40 Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.nashgalleryart.com

This exhibition is a three person show. On display are the photographs by Paul Specht, Needlepoint works by Judy Wirth and the sewing and quilting talent of Janet Miller. This series of photographs is a study of care. Each composite image was created while supporting my husband and mother-in-law as her life slowly drew to a close. Representing incredible comfort while simultaneously masking great pain, this series touches upon a sentiment of life that we all eventually deal with, but seldom prepare for.

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

 

9th Annual Small Works Show & Sale

Start Date: December 9, 2017
End Date: December 23, 2017
Location Name: ECA Gallery
Hours: Mon & Wed 12-5pm, Thur 12-7pm
Address: 43 Main Street / Old Town Hall
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: facebook.com/events/406311443105564/

This cash and carry, salon style exhibit aims to benefit patrons and artists alike during the holiday season. This year's Show and Sale will include over 100 works from artists located in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

Contact: arts@easthampton.org

 

Deck the Walls

Artists: Easthampton Art Guild
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: December 29, 2017
Location Name: The Inn at Lathrop Community
Hours: 9am-4pm daily
Address: 100 Bassett Brook Drive
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: lathrop.kendal.org

Members of the Easthampton Art Guild are celebrating the season of light during the month of December. Works include oils, watercolors, acrylics, and monoprints. The nine artists in this exhibit are Nancy Caffall, Elizabeth Chase, Terry Faivre, Eleanor Herman, Joanne O'Leary, Lois Peirent, Marorie Tauer, Betty Schaffer and Gwen Whelan.

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

 

Florence Exhibits/Events

Recent Oil Paintings

Artist: Jacqueline Brodeur
Start Date: November 1, 2017
End Date: December 30, 2017
Location Name: Northampton Cooperative Bank
Address: 6 Main Street
City/Town: Florence
Website: jackiebrodeur.blogspot.com

Contact: willows2@comcast.net

 

Greenfield Exhibits/Events

Sensorium

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 30, 2017
End Date: December 20, 2017
Location Name: Artspace Community Arts Center
Hours: Mon-Fri 12-2:30pm & 4-6pm
Address: 15 Mill Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: artspacegreenfield.com

An exhibit of works by local artists affiliated with Greenfield Community College.

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

 

Paintings by Paul Hoffman

Artist: Paul Hoffman
Start Date: November 3, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
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: www.facebook.com/pg/TheGreenfieldGallery

Using composition and intentional rhythms, Paul Hoffman creates order and harmony within the world's natural complexities. Hoffman's new collection of paintings include pieces that are reminiscent of past works featuring the juxtaposition of the manmade world and natural world and pieces that make a slight departure from works seen in the past.

Contact: Rachael or Kate
info@TheGreenfieldGallery.com
413-772-9334

 

Hatfield Exhibits/Events

What Does it Mean to Live by a River?

Artist: Russell Steven Powell
Start Date: December 13, 2017
End Date: January 3, 2018
Reception Date: Wednesday, December 13, 5-7pm
Location Name: Old Mill Inn
Hours: 9am-8pm daily
Address: 87 School Street-
City/Town: Hatfield
Website: russellpowell.net

New oil and acrylic paintings with the Connecticut River as a main theme. The exhibit is a prelude to a talk/presentation on Wednesday, January 3, as part of Brook Hollow Arts's "First Wednesdays" series.

Contact: Russell Steven Powell
russellstevenpowell@gmail.com
413-247-3232

 

Holyoke Exhibits/Events

Holiday Gift Show & Open Studios

Date: December 21-22, 11am-8pm
Location Name: PCS80 Gallery
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.holyoke-arts-league.org

Come for the gifts, stay for the fun! Bring your friends and family, and savor the holidays in Holyoke! Thursday: Free open studios, including a live model and snacks. Bring your drawing and painting supplies, socialize, and make art. Drop in at Dunphy Art Studio whenever you like between 11-8! Gift show will be open during this time at the adjacent PCS80 Gallery. Friday: Gift show open from 11-8, with a special Art League potluck beginning at 6pm. Come one, come all!

Contact: Liz Popolo
holyokeartsleague@gmail.com
978-505-1744

 

Small Works Show at Readywipe

Artists: group show
Start Date: December 2, 2017
End Date: December 30, 2017
Location Name: Readywipe
Hours: Sat-Sun 3-5pm, or by appt
Address: 532 Main Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: readywipegallery.com

The first annual Small Works Show at Readywipe. Artists: Janette Shelley, Evan Anderson, Donnabelle Casis, Margot Glass, Dave Gloman, Joanne Holtje, Sharon Ligorner, Elizabeth Meyersohn, Barbara Neulinger, Dina Noto, Gabriel Phipps, Katy Schneider, Pablo Yglesias.

Contact: Susannah Auferoth
info@readywipegallery.com

 

Pioneer Valley 2017 High School Art Show

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 20, 2017
End Date: December 14, 2017
Location Name: The Taber Art Gallery
Hours: Mon-Thur 10am-6pm
Address: Holyoke Community College
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: thetaberartgallery.blogspot.com

Works include drawing, painting, graphic design, photography, ceramics, and sculpture.

Contact: 413-552-2614

 

Uncommon Goods: String Holders

Artists: artists from MA and New England
Start Date: November 18, 2017
End Date: December 17, 2017
Location Name: Race Street Gallery
Hours: Sat-Sun 11-3pm, and by appt
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.facebook.com/UncommonGoodsStringHolders

The utilitarian device known as a "String Holder" has been around since the invention of string, yarn and hemp dating back centuries. Over time, string holders evolved into bizarre folk art objects that abandoned the principle of "form follows function" in favor of novel caricatures and strange contraptions that have no practical purpose -- i.e. art. The String Holder Show presents fascinating sculptures, paintings and mixed media creations by over 20 artists from across MA and New England.

Contact: Dean Nimmer
deannimmer@gmail.com
413-533-4883

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

Erotic Visionary Sculpture

Artist: Ben Westbrock
Start Date: December 16, 2017
End Date: December 29, 2017
Location Name: New England Visionary Artists Musuem
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: Facebook.com/anchorhouseartists

Ben Westbrock, b.1937, has produced unique, outlandish ceramic sculpture for several decades, works represented in international collections. The visionary effects of the world created in these works evoke organic forms that are erotic in places. On his present move to Las Vegas, he is emptying out his studio with this exhibit of thirty, fantastic artworks, offered now at radically reduced prices--no price over $275--only between December 15-29. Jazz by Doug Abrams Quartet on Dec 21 night. Image: "Rocker" detail

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

200 artworks for 20 years

Artists: group show
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: December 29, 2017
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists, All Galleries
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: Facebook.com/anchorhouseartists

Over 200 artworks fill three galleries, 40 artworks in the adjacent New England Visionary Artists Museum, in addition to Westbrock's visionary ceramic sculpture. Celebrating the winter solstice with this bright art and Jazz by Doug Abrams Quartet the evening of Thursday, December 21, 6:30pm to 9pm. Call gallery and consult facebook or website for details. Image: Gallery walls

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Hindsight/Foresight

Artists: The Royal Frog Ballet
Start Date: December 6, 2017
End Date: December 22, 2017
Location Name: A.P.E. Gallery
Hours: Tue-Sun 12-5pm, Fri 12-8pm
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org

A visual collection of past work from The Royal Frog Ballet's annual outdoor Surrealist Cabaret and other performances. The collective will also be teaching workshops aimed at playful and collaborative art making processes. There will be two listening evenings on December 9 & 16. On December 15, The RFB will host a community discussion on future visioning and brief panel led by visual artists showing new work. On Sundays, December 10 & 17, collective members will be leading workshops for all ages.

Contact: Lisa Thompson
lisathompson@apearts.org
413-586-5553

 

5x7 Holiday Show: Benefit for the Oxbow Gallery

Artists: group show
Start Date: December 7, 2017
End Date: January 7, 2018
Location Name: The Oxbow Gallery, Back Room
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowgallery.org

A Holiday Show with proceeds from the sale to benefit the gallery. The 5" x 7" Holiday Show features artwork created by Oxbow Gallery members and invited guest artists. The event will be an exciting and affordable way for the community to buy original works of art with all postcard sized work priced at $40.

Contact: 413-586-6300

 

MOMENTS IN TIME

Artist: Marie Welch
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Location Name: Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Hours: 8am-8pm
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton

The artist has been painting for over 30 years as a casual hobby and her growth as a painter has been self guided in the years since. She tries to use tone, color and rendering to conjure subtle and fleeing moments in time, captured at or near her home.

 

Around the Corner and Beyond

Artist: Robert Masla
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
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

In this exhibit, the artist celebrates and explores the "Sacred Landscape" and his relationship with nature.

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

 

Recent Work

Artist: Justin Kim
Start Date: December 7, 2017
End Date: January 7, 2018
Location Name: The Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowgallery.org

Contact: 413-586-6300

 

Dancer from the Dance: New Paintings

Artist: Elizabeth Meyersohn
Start Date: December 7, 2017
End Date: January 7, 2018
Location Name: The Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowgallery.org

Meyersohn's paintings are characterized by strong experimentation in color a radical sense of nothingness.

Contact: 413-586-6300

 

Impressionistic Landscapes and Flowers

Artist: Maggie Hodges
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: January 31, 2018
Location Name: Cooley Dickinson Hospital, North Gallery
Hours: 8am-8pm
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: Maggiehodgesart.com

Maggie Hodges grew up in an environment filled with beautiful works of art. She received her BFA from Syracuse University in Graphic Design. More recently, she took a painting class and discovered a passion for oil painting. In the last six years, she has taken numerous painting classes and workshops to help develop her own style.

Contact: Maggie Hodges
mhbete@aol.com

 

Photographs

Artist: Bill Orr
Start Date: December 2, 2017
End Date: December 29, 2017
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: www.forbeslibrary.org

Since the dawn of the art nearly 200 years ago, photographers have created countless images using the technology technology to express their impressions of the beauty of nature. As an avid amateur for many years I have added my share of photos to this trove.

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

 

Collages

Artist: Keila Ploof
Start Date: December 2, 2017
End Date: December 29, 2017
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: www.forbeslibrary.org

Keila has always been drawn to paper, collecting and saving pieces that spoke to her since childhood. It wasn't until recently that her love of painting and paper collided. The paper is applied almost all by brush, just like painting. Each piece is either cut or ripped to create the "brush stroke" before it even hits the canvas. Most of her paper creations begin with very old paper. The books she uses are damaged beyond use and feels honored to give them a second life.

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

 

Weeds Triumphant: a Fecund Look

Artist: Andrew Held
Start Date: December 4, 2017
End Date: January 30, 2018
Location Name: Oresman Gallery, Smith College
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30am-5pm
Address: 22 Elm Street
City/Town: Northampton

Photographer Andrew Held creates images of the endlessly complex interface between weeds and the human-built environment. He works in black and white in hope that it relaxes our natural enmity for weeds and permits them to begin to colonize our esthetic and inquisitive minds. "My goal is encourage weeds to move up from the gardens, walkways and lawns, into your home and gentler visions," says Held, not entirely ingenuously.

 

The Ebbs and Flows of Heartblood

Artist: Jana Brike
Start Date: November 14, 2017
End Date: December 16, 2017
Location Name: William Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Wed 10am-5pm, Thur-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.wbfinearts.com

Latvian painter Jana Brike often depicts solitary females in nature. They are heroic, sensual, in-charge and often partially or fully nude. But unlike many paintings of unclothed females in nature, Brike's paintings are empowering, as if their bodies are not only interacting with nature, but truly part of it. The artist often uses herself as a model and hidden in her work are many layers of meaning, some more literal than others, many left up to the interpretation of the viewer.

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

 

Vanished: the Hospital on the Hill

Artist: Stan Sherer
Start Date: November 10, 2017
End Date: December 22, 2017
Location Name: Historic Northampton
Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 46 Bridge Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.historicnorthampton.org/hosptial-on-the-hill.html

"Vanished" tells the story of the Northampton State Hospital through the words of the employees, Stan Sherer's photographs, commentary by J. Michael Moore, and historical photographs from the collection of Historic Northampton.

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

 

Fall for Riverside

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 3, 2017
End Date: January 2018
Location Name: Hampshire Cardiovascular Associates
Address: 22 Atwood Drive, 3rd Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.rsi.org/programs/riverside-arts

Riverside Arts, a non-profit program for adults with developmental disabilities, is showing a large selection of artworks at the Hampshire Cardiovascular Associates as part of Northampton's Arts Night Out in November. The collection includes paintings of all mediums, drawings, and photographs.

Contact: Halley Philips
413-527-2711

 

L.G. TALBOT

Artist: Lora Talbot
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: January 31, 2018
Location Name: 22 Atwood, 2nd Floor Waiting Area
Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm
Address: 22 Atwood
City/Town: Northampton
Website: lgtalbot.com

Her work is energy and pure expression of images that explode onto the canvases. The painting process itself becomes a performance. She paces the room to obtain the perspective necessary for the images to reveal themselves, come forward and speak to her. The images are five feet and greater challenging the viewer with human proportions.

Contact: Lora Talbot
loratalbot@surfglobal.net

 

28th Annual Children's Illustration Celebration

Artists: Children's Illustrators
Start Date: November 12, 2017
End Date: January 15, 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

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

 

A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honore Sharrer

Artist: Honore Sharrer
Start Date: September 29, 2017
End Date: January 7, 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

Honore Sharrer's rise in the art world was meteoric. Starting at nineteen and throughout her twenties, she was included in major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. This is the first exhibition to reveal the voice of this artist. Honore Sharrer's work presents a potent and often unsettling critique of the conventions of American culture. Image: Honore Sharrer American, 1920–2009. Nursery Rhyme, 1971. Oil on canvas.

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

 

Greenhouse Panoramas: a Process of Reinvention

Artist: Esther Pullman
Start Date: September 8, 2017
End Date: January 8, 2018
Location Name: Smith College Alumnae House gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Address: 33 Elm Street
City/Town: Northampton

This series of large-scale greenhouse images, which began as an intuitive and visceral effort to bring light and life into my own home, as I anticipated the darkening seasons, gradually took on a more symbolic and metaphorical meaning in the face of our increasingly imperiled home planet.

 

Northfield Exhibits/Events

Gifts for the Holidays Show

Start Date: November 19, 2017
End Date: December 24, 2017
Location Name: DVAA Center for the Arts
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-4pm
Address: 105 Main Street
City/Town: Northfield
Website: deerfieldvalleyart.org

Over fifty member artists and crafters are participating in our first Holiday show and sale at our new DVAA location in Northfield.

Contact: Bev Phelps
edcp.bap@comcast.net
413 522-2325

 

Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

Captivating Chaos

Artist: Mary Mosley
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: January 17, 2018
Location Name: Arms Library
Hours: Mon 1-7pm, Wed 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-3pm
Address: 60 Main Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.armslibrary.org

Mixed media artist, Mary Mosley, displays works created from random elements of paper, paint, stencils, yarns and threads, and salvaged, torn, or cut bits and pieces of what others might call scrap until the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts: out of mundance elements, she creates wonder.

Contact: Maureen Moore
mosarmslibrary@gmail.com
413-625-6728

 

Illumination

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 29, 2017
End Date: January 29, 2018
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Co-op
Hours: Sun-Mon & Wed-Thur 11am-5pm, Fri-Sat 11am-8pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.shelburneartscoop.com

A winter exhibit brings light to a time of darkness. Paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, fiber art, and glass relate to the theme of "illumination" in its many symbolic, metaphorical, and literal aspects.

Contact: Flo Rosenstock
sac01370@gmail.com
413-635-9324

 

Drawing in Steel

Artist: Bob Compton
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Sun-Thur 11am-6pm, Fri-Sat 11am-7pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.salmonfallsgallery.com

Any of you who have come to the gallery on a regular basis know Bob Compton's steel dragonflies gently swaying over their rock bases. They show just a bit of the breadth of Bob's abilities in forging steel. There always seems to be a commission in his work life for functional steel installations in homes and businesses. Now we get to see the pure fine art of his vision: steel as drawings.

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

 

An Intersection of Pottery & Architecture: Ceramics & Drawing

Artist: Andrew Quient
Start Date: November 3, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Sun-Thur 11am-6pm, Fri-Sat 11am-7pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.salmonfallsgallery.com

Reception on Dec. 9, 4-6pm. Music by Chris Eriquezzo, guitar.

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

 

Big Wheel Press: Letterpress Monoprints & Broadsides

Artists: Lisa Hersey, Chris Campbell
Start Date: November 3, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Sun-Thur 11am-6pm, Fri-Sat 11am-7pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.salmonfallsgallery.com

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

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

7th Generation: Contemporary Native American Artists of the 21st Century

Artists: artists from nine nations
Start Date: October 12, 2017
End Date: January 16, 2018
Location Name: Art for the Soul Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat by appt
Address: 1500 Main Street, Tower Square, 2nd floor
City/Town: Springfield
Website: art4thesoul.org

Billy Myers is the Artistic Director for Art for the Soul and Curator of this show. There will be a film series, musical performance, visual artist, genealogy and performance by the infamous Peace Poets​.

Contact: Rosemary Tracy Woods
artforthesoulgallery@gmail.com
413-301-6314

 

Push the Green Hand Ahead: Springfield Armory in World War I

Start Date: April 6, 2017
End Date: January 7, 2018
Location Name: Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Hours: Wed-Sun 9am-5pm
Address: One Armory Square
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.nps.gov/spar

It was precisely 100 years ago on April 6th, 1917 that President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution from Congress to enter into "a war to end all wars" that had already been raging in Europe for nearly three years. This exhibit is a unique opportunity to learn the compelling role of Springfield Armory in World War I, when the government arms factory pushed its workforce to supply the soldiers on the front line with essential armaments.

Contact: Alex MacKenzie
Alex_MacKenzie@nps.gov
413-271-3971

 

Westfield Exhibits/Events

Burial: A timeless journey in ceramics

Artist: Adam John Mulcahy
Start Date: November 19, 2017
End Date: December 22, 2017
Location Name: Eli Library, Westfield State University
Hours: Mon-Thur 8am-12am, Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 1pm -12am
Address: 577 Western Avenue
City/Town: Westfield
Website: lib.westfield.ma.edu/home

Local Artist Adam Mulcahy will be showing work from his senior thesis project at Westfield State. The work was created over the past several months and consists of over 20 ceramic burial urns. Several pieces of pit fired pottery are on display as well as those fired in electric and gas kilns. The influence of many time periods and burial practices can be seen in the work.

Contact: Adam Mulcahy
mulcahydesignco@gmail.com
413-210-6057

 

Pondworks

Artist: William Scully
Start Date: November 1, 2017
End Date: December 15, 2017
Location Name: Arno Maris Gallery
Address: Westfield State University
City/Town: Westfield
Website: westfield.ma.edu/galleries

The underwater photography of William Scully. His visuals speak to the idea of gesture in the plant forms that he captures in a unique way.

 

Westhampton Exhibits/Events

Holiday Sale Sundays

Artist: Robbie Heidinger
Date: Sundays, December 16 & 23, 2-5pm, or by appt
Location Name: Robbie Heidinger Studio
Address: 1 Stage Road
City/Town: Westhampton

Unique plates, bowls, and vases make perfect holiday gifts. Modern forms add a special touch to any tabletop! All handmade by Robbie Heidinger, available for sale Sundays in December. Give the person you love something they'll love.

Contact: 413-695-7994

 

Craft Fairs & Pop-up Shops

Holiday Gift Show & Open Studios

Date: December 21-22, 11am-8pm
Location Name: PCS80 Gallery
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.holyoke-arts-league.org

Come for the gifts, stay for the fun! Bring your friends and family, and savor the holidays in Holyoke! Thursday: Free open studios, including a live model and snacks. Bring your drawing and painting supplies, socialize, and make art. Drop in at Dunphy Art Studio whenever you like between 11-8! Gift show will be open during this time at the adjacent PCS80 Gallery. Friday: Gift show open from 11-8, with a special Art League potluck beginning at 6pm. Come one, come all!

Contact: Liz Popolo
holyokeartsleague@gmail.com
978-505-1744

 

Eastworks Holiday Pop-up Shop

Start Date: November 1, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Location Name: Eastworks
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm
Address: 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.facebook.com/eastworkspopup/

6th annual holiday pop-up shop featuring handmade and vintage treasures, art, photography and other goods and gifts from Eastworks tenants and local artists and artisans.

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

Call to Printmakers: Give a Sh*t

Sponsoring Group Name: Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery
Submission Due Date: January 9
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Amherst
Website: bit.ly/gs-call

Take a stand, inspire a conversation... Are you a printmaker creating work with a social message? Hope & Feathers invites you to Give a Sh*t - a printmaking show co-curated by B.Z. Reily. Politically-leaning 2D prints (any type of print - including: intaglio, relief, serigraphy, photopolymer, letterpress, monotype, collagraph, mixed media). Artists may submit up to 3 works. More info on the website.

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

 

8th Open Juried Photography Show at the Agawam Public Library

Sponsoring Group Name: Friends of the Agawam Public Library
Submission Due Date: January 27, 2018
Submission Fees: $25 per entry; $30 after January 13
City/Town: Agawam
Website: www.agawamlibrary.org/about/friends

Multiple Entries per Category Allowed. All images must be original and made by the photographer. Categories: Creative, Nature, Photojournalism, Pictorial. Awards: Total $1,340. Best in Show ($300) and 1st ($120), 2nd ($80), 3rd ($60) in each Category. 8 Honorable Mentions, and a Photographers' Choice for a total of 22 awards. Download Prospectus/Entry form from the website.

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

 

Amherst Town Hall Gallery

Sponsoring Group Name: Amherst Public Art Commission
Submission Due Date: January 20
Submission Fees: $20 entry fee payable upon acceptance to exhibit
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.amherstma.gov/FormCenter/Public-Art-Commission-26/Application-for-Amherst-Exhibits-105

Exhibitions are on display for two months, and artists are asked to participate in the monthly Amherst Arts Night Plus during their show. Various hanging media including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, pastels, mixed media, fiber and illustration will be considered. Submission requirements: Completed application, artist statement and/or resume, and 5 digital images. Applications must be received no later than January 20. Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by February 5.

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

 

Classes & Workshops

Classical Painting Techniques

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, January 9 - February 13
Fee: $400
Organization: Barbara Johnson Studio
Class Location: Cottage Street Studios
Address: One Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.BarbaraJohnsonWorkshops.com

Students are guided through a series of painting exercises designed to build their perception of tonal values, color temperature, and aerial perspective, the essential ingredients of strong realistic painting since the Renaissance. Information on color mixing, organizing the palette, the care, maintenance, and function of the various brushes and materials used. Class size limited to ensure quality individualized instruction. All levels welcome.

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

 

Introduction to the Art of Drawing

Date & Time: Fridays, 9:30am-12pm, January 19 - February 23
Fee: $375
Organization: Barbara Johnson Studio
Class Location: Cottage Street Studios
Address: One Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.BarbaraJohnsonWorkshops.com

Explore the basic language and principles of drawing- the foundation of art explorations. Experience a series of exercises and materials designed to build the perceptual skills used in the "art of seeing". Gain confidence with graphite and charcoal pencils and become familiar with the different surfaces available in paper, and their effects. Examples from the history of drawing show the possibilities inherent in each of the exercises explored.

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

 

Body: Skin: Cocoon: Transformation: A Course in Transformation Design

Date & Time: Fridays, 12-5pm, March 23 - April 27
Fee: $286
Organization: Lisa Hoag Designs
Class Location: MGHPCC
Address: 100 Bigelow Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.eventbrite.com/e/body-skin-cocoon-transformation-a-course-in-transformational-design-tickets-37502226168

Reconsidering our projects as transformational experiences for our audience. Just as a caterpillar needs a chrysalis to become a butterfly, we each need a safe container in which to evolve and grow. In this class, we will learn to translate any project into a creative container, which provides a transformational experience for a viewer/audience/experiencer. Projects can arise from any discipline or medium, and be expressed in any discipline or medium or a combination.

Contact: Lisa Hoag
lisahoagdesigns@gmail.com
978-544-7894

 

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
Address: 71 Bradford Street, in Studio One
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, space is limited.

Contact: gundy
ehoartguy@gmail.com

 

Amanda's Monotype Printmaking Workshop

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 12, 9.30am-3:30pm
Fee: $165 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-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. NEXT WORKSHOP: Sun Dec 16.

Contact: Amanda Barrow
bridge_arts@yahoo.com

 

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

 

Open Sew with Big Top Quilts

Date & Time: Sunday, December 17, 8am-12pm
Fee: $10
Class Location: Big Top Quilts
Address: 62 Briggs Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: bigtopquilts.com

At Open Sew, you can work on any kind of sewing project you like! What should I bring to the event? Bring your machine, your basic sewing supplies and your project of choice! The studio provides irons, ironing boards, design wall space and assorted snacks.

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

 

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