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22 November 2016

The Valley Arts Newsletter: November 22, 2016

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November 22, 2016
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Snow Farm Seconds Sale

Date: November 25-27
Location Name: Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program
Hours: 10am-4pm, each day
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City/Town: Williamsburg
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Buy handmade. See work by 200 craftspeople from New England and beyond. High quality seconds at amazing prices: glassware, pottery, wooden bowls and cutting boards, scarves and bags, jewelry and much more. Have lunch (or breakfast) in the cafe and make your own glass ornament in the glassblowing studio. Don't miss out - come visit us!

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Amherst Exhibits/Events

 

6th Annual Small Works Show

Artists: 100+ local artists
Start Date: November 28, 2016
End Date: January 14, 2017
Reception Date: Thursday, December 1, 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 100+ works by local artists--from photographs to paintings, illustrations to sculptures, the show features works in all mediums. All works cash-and-carry! Please join us on Thursday, December 1st, during Amherst Arts Night Plus, 5-8pm, for our Holiday Pie Party. Eat pie, drink spiced cider, and hang out with some local artists! A reception and art raffle will follow on Thursday, January 5th, 5-8pm. Join us for a chance to win one of the small works, winner's choice!

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

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Small Wonders: Holiday Show and Sale

Start Date: December 1, 2016
End Date: December 31, 2016
Reception Date: Thursday, December 1, 5-8pm
Location Name: Gallery A3
Hours: Thur-Sun 1-7pm
Address: 28 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.gallerya3.com

An annual exhibit of small, affordable fine art. Working with 5x7" panels, the artists created an array of individual works in painting, mixed-media, collage and photography. The result is a collection of small gems, identical in size but richly diverse in media, style and vision. The show of over fifty works in painting, photography, collage and mixed media opens on December 1 with a reception in conjunction with Amherst Arts Night Plus. The gallery will host a free night of music December 8, 7:30pm.

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

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Gallery Talk: Materiality - Laurence Kanter

Date: Thursday, December 1, 6:30-8:30pm
Location Name: Mead Art Museum
Address: 41 Quadrangle Drive
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/

What's the secret to identifying a painting's creator? Come hear the process by which the Mead's Renaissance painting The Crucifixion was identified as the work of the remarkably expressive devotional painter and monk Lorenzo Monaco (ca. 1370–1425). The scholar responsible for this new attribution, Laurence Kanter, Chief Curator and the Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art at Yale University Art Gallery, details his recent discovery. Followed by a reception.

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

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Balka's Lower East Side

Start Date: October 23, 2016
End Date: March 13, 2017
Location Name: Yiddish Book Center
Hours: Sun-Fri 10am-4pm
Address: 1021 West Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.yiddishbookcenter.org

A multi-artist exhibit that focuses on the experiences of Eastern European Jewish immigrants on New York's Lower East Side, with works on paper by artists including Saul Raskin, William Sharp, Raphael Soyer, and Joseph Hirsch.

Contact: programs@yiddishbookcenter.org
413-256-4900

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Light and Dark. Photographs from Germany

Artist: Barbara Klemm
Start Date: November 21, 2016
End Date: December 12, 2016
Location Name: Herter Art Gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 11-4, Sun 1-4pm
Address: UMass
City/Town: Amherst

This solo exhibition presents photographs by one of Germany's most distinguished photographers. Spanning forty years, Barbara Klemm's works bear witness to Germany's recent history, in a country that was divided for decades. Many of her pictures have become "icons of contemporary history", shaping the cultural memory of several generations. She has created a body of photographs which combine the documentary and the artistic in a manner seldom encountered in German press photography.

Contact: Trevor Richardson
413-545-0976

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O Children

Artist: Kelly Popoff
Start Date: November 19, 2016
End Date: December 16, 2016
Location Name: Herter Art Gallery (West gallery)
Hours: Mon-Fri 11-4, Sun 1-4pm
Address: UMass
City/Town: Amherst

The artist describes the ideas animating her work thusly: "...In November of 2014 my father-in-law passed away from a brain tumor. There was a yearbook on the table of memorabilia at his wake from 1956. I was drawn to the elementary school photos. The kids spoke to me in ways that I cannot explain in its fullness. When we got home to Massachusetts I made a large-scale painting inspired by the 60 yearbook photos, looking for the reason of their impact."

Contact: Trevor Richardson
413-545-0976

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New Weavings

Artist: Jen Simms
Start Date: November 19, 2016
End Date: December 16, 2016
Location Name: Herter Art Gallery (East gallery)
Hours: Mon-Fri 11-4, Sun 1-4pm
Address: UMass
City/Town: Amherst

The artist describes the ideas animating her work thusly: "…My woven abstractions, landscapes and portraits are emotional reactions to the absurdity of the human species, world politics, and our changing environment. Their chaotic nature represents the inability to understand what is going on in our world, while the underlying grid of the warp and weft provides an anchor to human's ability to hope. "

Contact: Trevor Richardson
413-545-0976

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Atrocity Landscapes

Artist: Sondra Peron
Start Date: November 13, 2016
End Date: December 14, 2016
Location Name: Hampden Gallery, UMass
Hours: Tue-Fri 1-6pm, Sun 2-5pm
Address: 131 Southwest Circle
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.fineartscenter.com/hampden

From the battlefields of the US Civil War, to the trenches of the Somme and forts of Verdun, large-scale black and white photographs reveal our collective historical memory as it inhabits our landscape today. A contemporary view of atrocity landscapes is juxtaposed with historical text challenging the viewer to reconsider these battlefields and their position in them. This body of work was produced using all vintage cameras, most notably the Kodak Hawkeye Brownie first manufactured in the 1940s through the 1960s.

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

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Wall Sculpture

Artist: Caroline Gould
Start Date: November 3, 2016
End Date: November 30, 2016
Location Name: Burnett Gallery, Jones Library
Address: Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.joneslibrary.org/burnett

Mixed media wall sculptures that combine objects, photographs, and paint. These pieces explore the coexistent beauty and danger in nature. As a backcountry adventurer she has traveled in wild places in all seasons for over forty years. Drawn to untamed, unpeopled places, in these works she looks to acknowledge nature's razor edge of restorative beauty balanced against its fearsome power.

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Jam Side Down

Artist: Isabel Margolin
Start Date: November 2, 2016
End Date: November 23, 2016
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

Isabel creates mosaics via the indirect method: materials are placed face-side-down on sticky paper, then turned over onto a bed of cement. It is through a certain controlled randomness, a willingness to cede expectations to gravitational forces and sticky tape, that she applies the indirect technique to expand the boundaries of this art form. It is a process of chance, choice, and discovery.

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

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Looking Back

Artist: G.K. Khalsa
Start Date: November 3, 2016
End Date: November 26, 2016
Location Name: Gallery A3
Hours: Thur-Sun 1-7pm
Address: 28 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.gallerya3.com

Guru Karam Khalsa, or G.K. as he's known, looks back over his fifteen years at Gallery A3. Much of his early work reflects the gallery's beginning. The group was formed in the months after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and G.K.'s paintings explore the politics of the times, such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his own vision of peace.

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

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A Retrospective of a Life in Sculpture and Painting

Artist: Miriam Berg
Start Date: October 27, 2016
End Date: February 20, 2017
Location Name: Applewood at Amherst
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, or by appt
Address: One Spencer Drive
City/Town: Amherst

At 89, Miriam Berg has had a long life creating sculptures from various stones -- African Wonderstone, White Italian Alabaster, Soapstone and others. Her sculptures are reflections of very personal subjects; centered on themes of the family-mothers and children, lovers and people. She will also show some paintings in oil and acrylic. Miriam began painting seven years ago when sculpting became too difficult.

Contact: Christine Sulborski
CSulborski@loomiscommunities.org
413-588-5312

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The Hate Project

Artist: Steve Cole
Start Date: October 12, 2016
End Date: December 8, 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

An art installation that depicts the growing prevalence of intolerance by graphically illustrating the almost 1,000 hate groups currently active in the United States as identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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

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Moving Day

Artists: group show
Start Date: October 7, 2016
End Date: December 11, 2016
Location Name: Simeon Strong House
Hours: Fri-Sun 12-4pm
Address: 67 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.amhersthistory.org

We are celebrating moving in to the Simeon Strong House 100 years ago on October 1, 1916. To commemorate this event, we asked artists to present their own visual representation of what it means to move in, move out or move on. Moving Day ties to the Historical Society's institutional history but is something we have all experienced--for better and worse. This is the 4th annual art show hosted by the Amherst Historical Society and Museum.

Contact: Marianne Curling
info@amhersthistory.org
413-256-0678

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Through the Photographer's Eyes

Artist: Diana Mara Henry
Start Date: August 19, 2016
End Date: January 13, 2017
Location Name: W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Address: 154 Hicks Road
City/Town: Amherst
Website: library.umass.edu/news/exhibits/through-the-photographers-eyes-the-diana-mara-henry-collection-20th-century-photographer/

On both the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives, on Floor 25, at Du Bois Library. The exhibit features photographs taken by Henry along with an array of related materials: speeches, brochures, and her personal notes-collected over the years, which document the political and cultural scene of the second half of the 20th Century.

Contact: Danielle Kovacs
dkovacs@library.umass.edu
413-545-2784

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Chicopee Exhibits/Events

Annual Fall Student Art Exhibition

Artists: Art Students at Elms College
Start Date: November 30, 2016
End Date: January 21, 2017
Reception Date: November 30, 12:15pm
Location Name: Borgia Gallery, Elms College
Address: 291 Springfield Street
City/Town: Chicopee
Website: www.elms.edu

A showcase of work by current students in Intro to Art, Printmaking, Drawing and Painting, plus, for the first time, research posters by Art History students.

Contact: 413-594-2761

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Deerfield Exhibits/Events

 

Reimagining Audubon

Artists: Lyell Castonguay, Gina Siepel
Start Date: November 9, 2016
End Date: December 16, 2016
Location Name: Deerfield Academy, von Auersperg Gallery
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4pm, Sat-Sun by appt
Address: 7 Boyden Lane
City/Town: Deerfield
Website: deerfield.edu/arts/facilities-and-equipment/von-auersperg-art-gallery/von-auersperg-art-gallery-current-exhibitions/

Juxtaposes the work of two contemporary artists with the 19th century prints of the renowned artist of America's birds, John James Audubon. Audubon attempted to depict all of the birds of United States true to size, appearance and nature by studying them in their habitats. Lyell and Gina approach their depictions of birds through a 21st century lens with a concern for their possible extinction.

Contact: Elizabeth Stone
ehstoneart@gmail.com
413-896-6812

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Easthampton Exhibits/Events

 

Fiber Becomes Art

Artists: Group show
Start Date: December 1, 2016
End Date: December 31, 2016
Reception Date: Sunday, December 11, 3:30pm
Location Name: Lathrop Community Art Gallery
Hours: 9am-4pm daily
Address: 100 Bassett Brook Drive
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: lathrop.kendal.org

Beverly Bowman will exhibit examples of her weavings, which are created using natural fibers. Janet Gillies is presenting several pieces of bobbin lace. Outstanding pieces of needlepoint, counted cross-stitch, and crewel work created by Marjorie Mix, Bonnie Robbins and Nancy and Herb Steeper will display different styles and stitches as well as a variety of subjects. Following the reception, attendees are invited to go to Nancy Steeper's home at 46 Huckleberry to see more of her family needlework.

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

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It's In My Nature

Artist: Marty Klein
Start Date: December 1, 2016
End Date: December 31, 2016
Reception Date: December 8, 5-7pm
Location Name: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Nature Center
Hours: Mon-Thur 9am-4pm, Fri 9am-3pm, Sat 9am-12pm
Address: 127 Combs Road
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.massaudubon.org/arcadia

Since 2005, Easthampton artist/naturalist Marty Klein has been sharing his deeply informed observations of nature in the Pioneer Valley, via the medium of scanography. This exhibition of prints, with subjects that include wild mushrooms, plants, nests, and flowers is a window into a world around us that we sometimes fail to see.

Contact: Ed Kaler
ekaler@massaudubon.org
413-584-3009

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THIRTEEN YEARS OF SOMETHING

Artist: Luke J. Cavagnac
Start Date: November 12, 2016
End Date: February 10, 2017
Location Name: The Invisible Fountain
Hours: Mon-Fri & sometimes on weekends
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite #206
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.invisiblefountain.com

1 painter, 2 windows, 3 words, 4 walls, 5 senses, 6 thousand paintings on the horizon, 7 lucky seven, 8 can be lazy, 9 innings, 10 fingers, 11 is the month, 12 is the day, 13 years and counting...

Contact: 413-896-8073

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Little Gems

Artists: Meg Bandarra, Martha Brouwer, Beverly Phaneuf
Start Date: November 12, 2016
End Date: December 7, 2016
Location Name: Nash Gallery
Address: 40 Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.nashgalleryart.com

Small-sized paintings from three local artists. A variety of subjects, mediums and styles representing each artist's creative point of view. Wonderfully different, wonderfully unique, wonderfully affordable. Come find your own little gem.

Contact: Meg Bandarra
megbandarra@gmail.com

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Travelogue

Artist: Julian Parker-Burns
Start Date: November 12, 2016
End Date: December 3, 2016
Location Name: The Elusie Gallery
Hours: see website
Address: 43 Main Street @ Old Town Hall
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.BigRedFrame.com

A "travelogue" is a movie, book, journal or illustrated lecture about the places visited and experiences encountered by a traveler. For the past seventeen years Parker-Burns has lived, worked in Taiwan, Ghana, Poland, Nepal, Uganda and the USA, and has created a complex and fascinating visual travelogue with camera, scissors, glue and paint.

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

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From Now Until Then, Progress in Works: Easthampton

Artist: Julian Parker-Burns
Start Date: November 1, 2016
End Date: November 30, 2016
Location Name: Knack: The Clever Art of Reuse
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.julianparkerburns.com

Recent mixed media photo collage and visual studies of Easthampton.

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Picture This: 2015 Traveling Exhibition

Start Date: November 1, 2016
End Date: November 30, 2016
Location Name: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Nature Center
Hours: Mon-Thur 9am-4pm, Fri 9am-3pm, Sat 9am-12pm
Address: 127 Combs Road
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia/exhibits/picture-this-2015-traveling-exhibition

Mass Audubon's sixth statewide photo contest produced remarkable photographs that revealed the inspiring beauty of Massachusetts, from a charming weasel to a vibrant endangered flower to a sunning snake. This exhibit showcases the Grand Prize winner and the 12 additional winners who had taken first place in seven subject categories (Birds, Mammals, Other Wildlife, Plants & Fungi, Landscapes, People in Nature, and Travel).

Contact: Ed Kaler
ekaler@massaudubon.org
413-584-3009

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People You Know

Artist: Tracey Eller
Start Date: November 12, 2016
End Date: December 4, 2016
Location Name: MAP Gallery, Eastworks
Hours: Thur 5-8pm, Fri-Sat 1-5pm, Sun 12-3pm
Address: 116 Pleasant Street, suite 137
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.ellerimages.com/altered-egos/

Eller, noticing the spotlight usually given to the more known town of Northampton, was curious to see the face of Easthampton up close. Having recently moved to Easthampton from neighboring Florence, Eller decided to utilize her skills as photographer to meet her neighbors and show the diversity and creativity of the local citizens.

Contact: tracey@ellerimages.com

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The Flood

Artist: Frances Kidder
Start Date: October 28, 2016
End Date: December 1, 2016
Location Name: Lathrop Community Art Gallery
Hours: 9am-4pm daily
Address: 100 Bassett Brook Drive
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: lathrop.kendal.org

This work is based on the Mill River disaster, of 1874, which killed 140 people in the towns of Williamsburg, Haydenville and Leeds. I live on that same river and have watched it, listened to it and painted it over the years.  But after reading Elizabeth Sharpe's In the Shadow of the Dam, a carefully and beautifully documented account of the flood, I began to think about making art about this tragic event.

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

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Florence Exhibits/Events

 

Images from the Greek Islands

Artist: Larry Rankin
Start Date: November 2, 2016
End Date: December 30, 2016
Location Name: Northampton Cooperative Bank
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm, Sat 9am-12pm
Address: 6 Main Street
City/Town: Florence

This exhibition of images from the Greek Islands by Florence fine art photographer Larry Rankin samples the history, light, colors, moods, and textures of these unique landscapes.

Contact: Larry Rankin
lsrphoto@comcast.net
413-584-0115

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Greenfield Exhibits/Events

 

Studio Art Sale

Artist: Astrid Sheckels
Date: Saturday, December 3, 9am-5pm
Address: 2 Mead Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: www.astridsheckels.com/

Astrid Sheckels, Greenfield artist and author/illustrator, will have her annual Studio Art Sale on Saturday, December 3. New watercolor paintings, signed children's books, paper dolls, cards, animal critters, and original illustrations. Her father, furniture designer Bill Sheckels, will join her with classy wooden items, including puzzles, beer crates, and cutting boards.

Contact: 413-512-3558

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Bare Trees & Bicycles

Artist: Astrid Sheckels
Start Date: November 4, 2016
End Date: November 27, 2016
Location Name: The Greenfield Gallery
Address: 231 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: www.facebook.com/events/1628446757448713/

A show of new watercolors by local artist Astrid Sheckels. The show features a range of landscapes and architectural paintings, as well as a delightful series of bicycles in quaint urban settings. Many of these images have never been seen before, so don't miss this show!

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

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inside art iii

Artists: group show
Start Date: October 31, 2016
End Date: December 2, 2016
Location Name: Artspace Greenfield
Hours: Mon-Fri 12-2:30pm & 4-6pm
Address: 15 Mill Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: www.artspacegreenfield.com

The third annual exhibit of photography and writing by residents of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. At the opening reception, local organizations will share information about prison policy issues in MA. The Elm Street Think Tank is the proud sponsor of inside art iii. We are a group of incarcerated people and community educators who meet weekly inside the jail to work on collective projects and raise awareness about incarceration.

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

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Bodies of Light

Artist: Scout Cuomo
Start Date: September 5, 2016
End Date: November 28, 2016
Location Name: Hope & Olive
Hours: Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm & 5-9pm, Sat 5-9pm, Sun 10am-2pm
Address: 44 Hope Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: www.scoutcuomo.com

Contact: Scout Cuomo
scoutcuomo@gmail.com

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Holyoke Exhibits/Events

 

Klausland: The Life and Work of Klaus Postler

Date: December 3, 6-9pm
Location Name: Paper City Studios
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke

"Klausland: The Life and Work of Klaus Postler" compiled by artist Eileen Claveloux and Meghan Piercy includes essays by writers, musicians, and curators who were privileged to know and work with Klaus throughout his prolific and fascinating life. Full color images of many of Mr. Postler's signature collages and mail art are included. The book will be for sale at the opening reception and will soon be available online at klausland.com

Contact: Eileen Claveloux
clavelouxe@gmail.com
413-687-1940

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Hyperopia

Artist: Anne LaPrade Seuthe
Start Date: October 11, 2016
End Date: December 15, 2016
Location Name: Taber Gallery, Holyoke Community College
Hours: Mon-Thur 10am-5pm
Address: 303 Homestead Avenue
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: thetaberartgallery.blogspot.com

The paintings in Hyperopia are inspired by scenes of Western Massachusetts that include Mt. Sugarloaf, the Quabbin Reservoir, and the Connecticut River. The paintings play with the notion of time of day, distance, and other factors that impact our perception of the landscape. As Hyperopia suggests: Things seen up close may appear indecipherable, and may only be understood viewed from a distance.

Contact: Amy Johnquest
413-552-2614

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Northampton Exhibits/Events

 

Light

Artist: Paul Hetzel
Start Date: December 2, 2016
End Date: December 30, 2016
Reception Date: December 3, 2-4pm
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

We as photographers write with light. Light expresses not only what we saw but how we saw our subject. Light alters shapes and spaces. We use light to lead the viewer not only to but through our image. I hope you will be drawn to these images and let the light take you through a magical tour through them.

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

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Abstract Expressionist Paintings

Artist: David Skillicorn
Start Date: December 2, 2016
End Date: December 30, 2016
Reception Date: December 3, 2-4pm
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

David Skillicorn reaches for an elusive quality which transcends a work's physical properties and can only be perceived intuitively. It's that unseen intangible essence which gives a painting "presence", making it something more than decoration or craft. Ultimately he says he strives to create something authentic, at once sensitive and meditative, yet resonate and contemporary.

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

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Gallery Talk: Eric Avery - AIDS Work

Date: Thursday, December 1, 11am-12pm
Location Name: Smith College Museum of Art
Address: 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
City/Town: Northampton

Join artist Eric Avery for a special gallery talk in the exhibition Eric Avery: AIDS WORK. Learn from the artist's perspective about the art works on display, including more than 30 prints and books acquired by SCMA and the Mortimer Rare Book Room in 2014. This group represents a cohesive and important body of work that documents three decades in the life of the major public health crisis of AIDS. As an artist, physician, and gay man, Avery was at the center of the crisis both personally and professionally.

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

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POP holiday shop

Start Date: November 18, 2016
End Date: January 11, 2017
Location Name: Thornes Marketplace (lower level)
Address: Main Street
City/Town: Northampton

POP artisan collective is a group of makers who have come together for the holidays to bring you locally made art and craft. By buying local you are helping to support your artisan neighbors. Buying local is fair trade at is finest. Please come and visit.

Contact: cristine
revisions2@verizon.net
413-339-4260

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Jeff Gola

Artist: Jeff Gola
Start Date: November 16, 2016
End Date: December 17, 2016
Location Name: William Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Wed 10am-5pm, Thur-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.wbfinearts.com

A solo exhibition of paintings by Jeff Gola. The exhibition consists of over twenty new landscape paintings done in egg tempera that the artist has completed over the past two years.

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

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Neighbors: Voices & Portraits of Muslims in the Valley

Artists: Jenny Bender, Amanda Herman
Start Date: November 11, 2016
End Date: December 2, 2016
Location Name: City Hall Gallery, Second Floor
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Address: 210 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton

Writer Jenny Bender and artist Amanda Herman have been interviewing and photographing Muslims in the Valley in order to learn about our Muslim neighbors. The project arose in response to the alarming rise of Islamophobia and the mistrust and misinformation many non-Muslims have about the religion and those who practice it. The exhibit features a series of 16 portraits of those interviewed, accompanied by edited, first-person statements from the interviews.

Contact: Brian Foote
413-587-1069

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Self-Made

Artist: Gina Siepel
Start Date: November 3, 2016
End Date: November 28, 2016
Location Name: Oresman Gallery, Brown Fine Arts Center, Smith College
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Address: 22 Elm Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.smith.edu/art/

Gina Siepel is an interdisciplinary artist based in Greenfield. Siepel's projects employ humor, craftsmanship, and collaboration in attempts to complicate and commemorate the past and imaginatively engage the present. In this installation, Siepel identifies connections between object making, self-making, and the mythic American "self-made man," exploring questions related to the construction of gender and the American value of self-reliance.

Contact: Siviva Levana
artdept@smith.edu
413-585-3103

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A Celebration

Artist: Mark Meunier
Start Date: November 19, 2016
End Date: December 3, 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

As many of you already know, Mark Meunier has been diagnosed with a rare form of incurable cancer. We are celebrating Mark's life on Saturday, November 19th from 5 to 7. Please join us and let Mark know what his friendship and artistic vision has meant to you. A percentage of sales from the show will be donated to Hospice of Franklin County.

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

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Northampton Unbuttoned: the Girls of The Mill River Button Company

Artists: Elisa Lanzi, Nancy Meager
Start Date: November 11, 2016
End Date: December 18, 2016
Location Name: Historic Northampton
Hours: Wed-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-5
Address: 46 Bridge Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.historicnorthampton.org

Letting the plaid dresses, working boots, patterns, corsets and all of the buttons and hooks that fastened them speak, Elisa Lanzi and Nancy Meagher have created Northampton Unbuttoned, an installation of contemporary artworks of two and three-dimensional design celebrating the Mill Girls.

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

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Fruit 'n' Loops

Artists: Elizabeth Caine, Tricia Kane
Start Date: October 27, 2016
End Date: November 27, 2016
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.oxbowgallery.org

Elizabeth Caine, vibrant oil paintings, shared w/Tricia Kane, a painter presently working with hooked rugs.

Contact: 413-586-6300

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It's about time

Artist: Marilyn Allen
Start Date: October 27, 2016
End Date: November 27, 2016
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery, Back Room
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.oxbowgallery.org

Marilyn Allen explores how the human concept of time stabilizes our perception of the fluid, visual world. Capturing the excitement of a moment of vision feeds her desire to paint. Planes of color come and go in an outward movement of form and line.

Contact: 413-586-6300

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Alive, Alive, Oh!

Artist: Jeanne Birdsall
Start Date: November 1, 2016
End Date: November 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

Jeanne, a noted portrait photographer for over 30 years and a pioneer of the gum bichromate process, has returned after an 11 year hiatus from photography. These works comprise a growing series, rich in intrigue, personality and unexpected life.

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

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Valueland Reconsidered

Artist: Christine Reynolds
Start Date: October 17, 2016
End Date: December 1, 2016
Location Name: Kahn Gallery, Neilson Library 3rd floor
Hours: Mon-Thur 7:30am-1am, Fri 7:30am-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-1am
Address: Smith College
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.smith.edu/kahninstitute

Works in "Valueland Reconsidered" use historical images of American landscape, nostalgic advertising signage, manipulated and appropriated images, popular culture and samples from Reynolds' past work, in juxtaposition with painting and mark-making to demonstrate conflict and tension created between the fallibility of historical and personal memory. Developed from the Kahn yearlong project Memory: Form, Function, and Fallibility (2015-2016).

Contact: creynold@smith.edu

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Three Ways

Artists: Wendy Chicoine, Ben Hodgekiss, Andrew Magee
Start Date: November 8, 2016
End Date: November 29, 2016
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists, Front Gallery
Hours: Tue-Thur & Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street (Next building south of the Shell Gas Station, Ground Floor)
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.facebook.com/anchorhouseartists

This charming exhibition of stone sculpture and oil paintings features three abstractionists. Image shown: Eyeball Girl by Wendy Chicoine.

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Art for the Holidays

Artists: Easthampton Art Guild
Start Date: November 1, 2016
End Date: November 30, 2016
Location Name: Cooley Dickinson Hospital, West Gallery
Hours: 8am-8pm
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton

A diverse collection of artwork by members of the Easthampton Art Guild. The group, formed in 2006, meets weekly to pursue their art, sharing techniques and providing instruction and support. Their media include watercolor, acrylic, water-based oils, pastel, and monoprints.

Contact: Betsy Chase
mountainvue@yahoo.com
413-527-3875

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Birds & New England

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

Q Holmes was trained in China and Japan. She uses both traditional brushes and rice paper along with western watercolors or acrylics on canvas. The represents the fusion of her Asian tradition and her love of New England.

Contact: Qian Holmes
qwholmes@gmail.com
413-625-0089

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27th Annual Children's Illustration Celebration

Artists: children's illustrators
Start Date: November 6, 2016
End Date: January 15, 2017
Reception 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

R. Michelson Galleries invites you to join us for the 27th Annual Children's Illustration Celebration. Come meet some of your favorite Illustrators and Authors as we celebrate, not only this year's exhibition, but also the 40th Anniversary of the Gallery!

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

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Forget What I Said

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 4, 2016
End Date: December 3, 2016
Location Name: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery
Hours:Tue-Sun 12-5pm, Fri 12-8pm
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.apearts.org

An exhibition featuring the work of eight artists: William Brayton, Brenda Garand, Carol Keller, Cathy Osman, Tim Segar, Joe Smith, Deborra Stewart-Pettengill, and Erica Wurtz. The exhibiting group is a community of artists loosely affiliated through collegial association, friendship, teaching, and the practice of making sculpture as well as other art forms.

Contact: Lisa Thompson
lisathompson@apearts.org

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Four Senior Artists

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 1, 2016
End Date: January 31, 2017
Location Name: 22 Atwood Drive, 2nd Floor Waiting Are
Hours: 8am-5pm
City/Town: Northampton

Ranging in age from 78 to 88, four women residents work together weekly as a studio group at the Northampton Lathrop community. Joan Davis, Nancy First, Sheila Lyford and Judy Van Heyst each brings a lifetime of art experience to share and to help each other grow, each in her own unique way.

Contact: Sheila Lyford
selyford@gmail.com
413-584-2908

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Cottage Street Art School: Works by Teachers and Students

Start Date: November 3, 2016
End Date: November 29, 2016
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

Five faculty and over 25 students are participating in the exhibition. Artists include: Barbara Johnson, Lynne Adams, Heather McLean, Amanda Barrow, Mary Teichman, Eva Schocken, Phyllis Muldoon, Barbara Fell-Johnson, Andrea Darby, Joyce Branhut, Elly Donkin, Leann Leake, Sylvia Keochakian, Edith Allison, Linda Repansky, Vicki Sterling, Dorry Taub Gardner, Cynthia Parsons, Pat Rogers, Carolyn Hicks, Shawn Gunderson, Pam Bartlet, Beth Scott, Mary Langeuin, and Tam Brudzinski.

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

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At the Gate of Memory

Artist: Elizabeth Pols
Start Date: September 12, 2016
End Date: December 16, 2016
Location Name: The Alumnae House Gallery, Smith College
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
Address: 33 Elm Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.elizabethpols.com

Paintings & sculptures of the Syrian city of Palmyra and of Italy's Venetian lagoon. Those of Venice are created from firsthand observation by the artist; the Palmyran works are her re-imaginings of thet city based on travel slides taken by an American woman in 1951, rescued 30 years later as they were being discarded after her death. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Contact: Elizabeth Pols
epols@admin.umass.edu
413-695-1265

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When In Rome: Prints & Photographs, 1550-1900

Start Date: September 30, 2016
End Date: December 30, 2016
Location Name: Smith College Museum of Art
Address: Smith College
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.smith.edu/artmuseum

Examines the many ways the city of Rome has been pictured. From sixteenth-century engravings to nineteenth-century photographs, the works in the exhibition document the changing face of Rome and its architecture using a variety of techniques and stylistic approaches. Including more than 50 engravings, etchings, and photographs, the exhibition focuses on a number of emblematic monuments--such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain--which have come to represent Rome in the popular imagination.

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The Lure of Italy: Travel books and manuscripts from the Gundersheimer Collection

Start Date: August 20, 2016
End Date: December 20, 2016
Location Name: Book Arts Gallery
Hours: Sun-Sat, 10am-10pm
Address: Neilson Library, Smith College
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/lure-of-italy

Features 50 books & manuscripts about travel to Italy from the 18th-20th century, given to Smith College in 2014 by Werner L. Gundersheimer, director emeritus of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Features illustrations by a number of different artists from the 18th through the 20th century, all focused on travel to Italy.

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

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Eric Avery: AIDS Work

Start Date: August 12, 2016
End Date: December 11, 2016
Location Name: Smith College Museum of Art
Address: 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
City/Town: Northampton

Includes more than 30 prints and books by Dr. Eric Avery acquired by Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) and the Mortimer Rare Book Room in 2014. This group represents a cohesive and important body of work that documents three decades in the life of the major public health crisis of AIDS (Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome). As an artist, physician, and gay man, Avery was at the center of the crisis both personally and professionally.

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

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Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

 

Wintery Mix

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 23, 2016
End Date: January 23, 2017
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Cooperative
Hours: Sun-Thur 11am-5pm, Fri-Sat 11am-8pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.ShelburneArtsCoop.com

A Holiday Group Show by artists at the Shelburne Arts Cooperative. In December, a Holiday Sale on Special Items and Music by Uncle Hal on Saturday afternoons.

Contact: 413-625-9324

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Painting Nature: Botanical Watercolors

Artist: Thayer Tomlinson
Start Date: November 4, 2016
End Date: December 31, 2016
Reception Date: Sunday, December 4, 4-6pm
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.salmonfallsgallery.com

Thayer's work highlights the details of plants and trees often found just outside her door. She creates botanical paintings that capture the everyday elements of the natural world and renders them with a sense of grace. Reception Sunday, December 4, 4-6pm, music by Blue Man Trio.

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

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The Liquid Edge

Artist: Sarah Holbrook
Start Date: November 4, 2016
End Date: December 31, 2016
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.salmonfallsgallery.com

Photographs of ice and sea by Sarah Holbrook of Ashfield. As a child, Holbrook rowed, sailed or motored the northern Maine Ocean, wishing she could continue north into Labrador. 20 years ago she returned to the ocean as a photographer, starting in Cape Cod and continuing the passion into the Arctic and even Antarctica.

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

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Southampton Exhibits/Events

 

Shades of Gray

Artist: Betsy Feick
Start Date: November 1, 2016
End Date: November 30, 2016
Reception Date: November 27
Location Name: Robert Floyd Photo Gallery
Hours: Tue & Sun 1-6pm, Wed 5-7pm
Address: 2 East Street/College Highway/Route 10
City/Town: Southampton
Website: www.RobertFloydPhoto.com

In these photographs I work with a synthesis of handmade prints and drawings, photographic veracity and digital possibilities. These pictures are our local landscapes transformed by love, ingenuity and play.

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

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Springfield Exhibits/Events

 

Silent and Live Auction with all the Trimmings

Date: December 3, 4-8pm
Location Name: Classical
Address: 235 State Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.art4thesoul.org

Art for the Soul Gallery will be hosting a silent and live auction featuring the works of many prominent artists such Frank Frazier, Richard Roy and Laverne Ross. Over fifty pieces will be available in the silent auction and five significant pieces will be in a live auction. Great opportunity to add to your art collection. Light fare and refreshments will be served. Funds raised will support upcoming exhibits at Art for the Soul Gallery. Visit website for more details.

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

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Turtle Power! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Samurai Heroes

Start Date: November 8, 2016
End Date: May 14, 2017
Location Name: George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield Museums
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.springfieldmuseums.org/exhibitions/turtle-power/

A unique and imaginative exhibit that brings together original graphic novel art from the collection of local TMNT enthusiast Elias Derby and the Museums' own world-famous collection of Japanese arms, armor, and pristine ukiyo-e prints. Featuring a Saturday morning cartoon area and samurai-inspired activities.

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

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Abstract Voices Inside & Out

Artist: Dean Nimmer
Start Date: November 6, 2016
End Date: December 10, 2016
Location Name: St. Germain Center Art Gallery, Western New England University
Address: 1215 Wilbraham Road
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.deannimmer.com

Gallery talk: Thursday, November 17, 7pm.

Contact: 413-782-1203

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Cats in Hats Illustrations from the Western Massachusetts Illustrators' Guild

Artists: over 40 artists from Western Mass and the region
Start Date: October 4, 2016
End Date: April 30, 2017
Location Name: Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield Museums
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.springfieldmuseums.org/exhibitions/cats-in-hats/

Cats in Hats includes works inspired by Dr. Seuss' famous children's book in celebration of the forthcoming museum in his honor. Over 40 of the region's best-known illustrators are featured, including Diane deGroat, Ruth Sanderson, and Jane Yolen, among others. Also includes an interactive space featuring a "Cat Walk" scavenger hunt, a "Cat Paw-trait" wall/selfie photo booth, and a "Cat-Toons" cartoon station area.

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

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Art Stop(s)

Artists: Chelsea Revelle, Joe Tomaselli, Justin Phillips
Start Date: October 5, 2016
End Date: December 21, 2016
Location Name: Three locations: 1550 Main Street, New England Public Radio, SilverBrick Lofts
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Address: 1550 Main Street, 1525 Main Street, 15 Taylor Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.SpringfieldCulture.Org/Projects

The Springfield Central Cultural District is launching three Art Stops in the heart of Downtown Springfield, to open consecutively. The works of Chelsea Revelle, Joe Tomaselli, and Justin Phillips will be shown in unexpected, pop-up galleries to celebrate the ability of art to activate spaces. Street food, performance art, live mural-making, and film will entertain you between the locations. Each gallery will host the artist, their work (of all different styles), light snack and drink.

Contact: Morgan Drewniany
morgan@springfieldculture.org
413-454-1195

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National Parks Centennial Exhibit: A Century of Service

Start Date: May 26, 2016
End Date: January 31, 2017
Location Name: Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Hours: Wed-Sun 9am-5pm
Address: One Armory Square
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.nps.gov/spar

This exhibit, dedicated to the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service, will highlight the compelling connection Springfield Armory has with other NPS sites through the history of firearms and the park's unique museum collection. During the nine month run of the centennial exhibit, Springfield Armory NHS curator Alex Mackenzie will display artifacts never before seen by the public.

Contact: Joanne M. Gangi-Wellman
Joannem_Gangi@nps.gov
413-734-8551

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Turners Falls Exhibits/Events

 

Wee the People

Start Date: December 1, 2016
End Date: December 31, 2016
Location Name: Nina's Nook
Hours: Thur-Fri 12-5pm, Wed & Sun 1-4 until Christmas
Address: 125A Avenue A
City/Town: Turners Falls

Presents little people, pets, and creatures during the month of December in the Valley's oddest gallery space. Come be stared at by dozens of tiny eyeballs in a ridiculously narrow store. Adopt a garden slug figurine, a Frida Kahlo doll, a felted Kibosh creature, a paper robot, or a flying death angel.

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

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Westfield Exhibits/Events

 

Images of Westfield

Artists: group show
Date: Saturday, December 3, 10am-5pm
Reception Date: Friday, December 2, 6-8pm
Location Name: Old City Hall
Address: 20 Broad Street
City/Town: Westfield
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/ArtWorksWestfield/

A group of visual artist who love Westfield and enjoy sharing the beauty they see in the city every day. While the group is very active online via their Facebook page, this is the group's inaugural gallery show. Their work is a wide and varied look at the many faces of Westfield, including cityscapes, landscapes and images of the many activities taking place in the city reflecting its diversity and vibrancy. The Old Town Hall building circa 1842 is the venue.

Contact: Bill Westerlind
wfwjr@yahoo.com
413-335-6976

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Affordable Art Weekend

Date: Saturday & Sunday, December 3-4, 10am-4pm
Location Name: Marie Flahive Art Studio
Address: 22 Cherry Street
City/Town: Westfield

This special opportunity to purchase accessibly priced original art and prints before the holidays, will feature many selections by Judy Bayliss, Marie Flahive, Marjory Lehan, Luann Rose, Insun Russell, and Joan Steinmeyer. Cards from Beverly Shurrocks will also be available for sale. These artists, who create their works in the area but show in a variety of places, are coming together for this special event. The studio offers free parking.

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Faculty Art Show

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 1, 2016
End Date: December 10, 2016
Location Name: Arno Maris Gallery, Ely Campus Center, 2nd floor
Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-2pm, Sat 11am-3pm
Address: Westfield State University
City/Town: Westfield
Website: www.westfield.ma.edu/galleries

Showcasing the individual directions that 15 faculty members take with their artwork. The show will display various disciplines of art including printmaking, painting, sculpture, drawing, graphic arts, ceramics, and illustration. On Wednesday, November 9, there will be a faculty discussion "Has Art Moved from a Personal Expression to a Cultural Expression?" led by guest moderator Angela Zammarelli.

Contact: Laura Phelon
Lphelon@westfield.ma.edu
413-572-5523

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Williamsburg Exhibits/Events

Snow Farm Seconds Sale

Date: November 25-27
Location Name: Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program
Hours: 10am-4pm, each day
Address: 5 Clary Road
City/Town: Williamsburg
Website: www.snowfarm.org

Buy handmade. See work by 200 craftspeople from New England and beyond. High quality seconds at amazing prices: glassware, pottery, wooden bowls and cutting boards, scarves and bags, jewelry and much more. Have lunch (or breakfast) in the cafe and make your own glass ornament in the glassblowing studio. Don't miss out - come visit us!

Contact: Lisa Oram
lisa@snowfarm-art.org
413-268-3101

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Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

 

15th Annual Women in History Photo Exhibit/Contest

Sponsoring Group Name: Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center
Submission Due Date: December 3
Submission Fees: $20/entry; 4 entries/$60
City/Town: Southampton
Website: www.robertfloydphoto.com

Exhibit dates: DEC 4 - DEC 18. Artist Gallery Conversations: DEC 4 and 11, 3:00 pm. Award Ceremony: DEC 18, 3:00 pm. Refreshments. Eligibility: Any woman who lives or works in the Pioneer Valley. Subject: Women anywhere in the world. Theme: Human Emotion. What to submit: Up to 4 (any frame) wired ready to hang black and white prints. Awards: Hundreds of dollars of cash and merchant awards.

Contact: floyd@robertfloydphoto.com

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Exhibit Opportunity

Sponsoring Group Name: Amherst Public Art Commission
Submission Due Date: December 31
Submission Fees: $20 (payable upon acceptance to exhibit)
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.amherstma.gov/FormCenter/Public-Art-Commission-26/Application-for-Amherst-Exhibits-105

Inviting area artists or groups of artists to submit work for consideration for exhibition in the Amherst Town Hall Gallery in 2017-2018. Both established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. 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.

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

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Seeking artists for new gallery space at Off The Map Studios

Sponsoring Group Name: Off The Map Studios
Submission Due Date: ongoing
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.offthemaptattoo.com

We are a custom tattoo studio, we recently moved location to the Majestic Theater and are looking for local and regional artists who may be interested in exhibiting in our new gallery. We want to bring in a wide range of visual artists to our studio and town. We have begun booking our calendar for 2017, and it's booking quickly. If you are interested in showing, please email Josh Suchoza. Please include a link to your online portfolio, and a brief description of your art exhibit.

Contact: Josh Suchoza
booking@offthemaptattoo.com
412-916-2888

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Opening for Commission Member

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

The Amherst Public Art Commission is looking for interested people to join the Commission. Artists and art supporters are encouraged to apply. The Commission is currently involved in a number of exciting projects to expand and improve the visual and performing arts in Amherst. For information in the work of the Commission and how to apply to be a Commission member, contact Rene Theberge, Chair.

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

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Bi-Monthly shows in the Lane Family Reading Room Gallery

Sponsoring Group Name: Sunderland Public Library
Submission Due Date: ongoing
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Sunderland
Website: www.sunderlandpubliclibrary.org

Accepting applications for bi-monthly (six annual) rotating exhibits in the Lane Family Reading Room. The exhibits aim to provide an opportunity for artists to show their work to the public in a variety of media and styles reflecting a diversity of cultural viewpoints. The Lane Family Reading Room gallery offers approximately 37 linear feet of wall space and use of adjacent open shelving. Artists are encouraged to view the space prior to submitting an application. See website for more info.

Contact: Katherine Hand
director@sunderlandpubliclibrary.org
413-665-2642

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7th Open Juried Photography Show at the Agawam Public Library

Sponsoring Group Name: Friends of the Agawam Public Library
Submission Due Date: January 28, 2017
Submission Fees: $25 per entry before January 14; $30 after
City/Town: Agawam
Website: www.agawamlibrary.org/about/friends

Multiple Entries per Category Allowed. Categories: Creative, Nature, Photojournalism, Pictorial. All images must be original and made by the photographer. Show dates: January 30 - February 24, 2017. Awards: Total $1,340 -- Best in Show ($300) and 1st ($120), 2nd ($80), 3rd ($60) in each Category plus 8 Honorable Mentions for a total of 21 awards. Download Prospectus / Entry form on website.

Contact: Bob Kadis
r.kadis@comcast.net
413-789-1550

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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+ weate. Visit the easthamptoncityarts.com/apply for further information.

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

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Classes & Workshops

 

The Art of Weaving

Date & Time: January 14-15, 1-5pm
Fee: $95 includes materials
Class Location: Studio 338
Address: Arts & Industry Building, 221 Pine Street, #338
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.paulaveleta.com

Have you been looking for a place to try your hand at weaving? Then this class is for you! This class offers you an opportunity to learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom. You will learn how to put a warp on the loom and what you can do once you've got the loom set up. Materials are included in the cost of the class. Classes are limited to 4 students and pre-registration is required. Contact Paula Veleta to register.

Contact: Paula Veleta
paulaerk@comcast.net
413-320-0808

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Holiday Ornament Workshop

Date & Time: December 1, 6-8:30pm; OR December 6, 6-8:30pm
Fee: $25
Class Location: New England Felting Supply​
Address: 122 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.feltingsupply.com/product/dec-1st-felted-holiday-ornament-workshop/​

Using materials from the store, NEFS staff will walk you through the steps of creating a variety of holiday ornaments! Choose two ornaments to make for the class with the option to take home the mini-kits for other designs if you like. These sessions filled fast last year when people decided it was a great way to get together with a couple of friends during the holidays while making stocking stuffer/secret Santa/hostess gifts. No experience is necessary. Spread the word and bring a pal!

Contact: Trish Cataldo​
sales@feltingsupply.com​
413-527-1188

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Stained Glass Workshop

Date & Time: Sunday, December 11, 12-4pm
Fee: $100
Class Location: Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio
Address: 19 Chapin Street
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 as is the use of all tools.

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

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Mixed level oil painting

City/Town: Florence

Mixed level oil painting instruction with artist Valerie Bassett in Florence. Private and small group instruction available.

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

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Abstract Painting 101 Workshop

Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, January 21-22, 10am-4pm
Fee: $285 + $65 materials fee
Organization: Kim Carlino Art Studio
Class Location: Eastworks, Suite 250
Address: 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.eventbrite.com/e/abstract-painting-101-tickets-29333489256

Curious about Abstraction? Want to try new materials? Want to be creative? Join me for a two-day workshop where we will explore nontraditional surfaces such as yupo, tyvek, acetate and more. We will learn about trends in abstraction while experimenting with watercolor, high flow acrylics, spray paint, and various other mediums. Please email with any questions. The materials fee covers all materials costs that will be provided. Limit 8 participants. www.kimcarlino.com

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

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Figure Drawing Fridays

Date & Time: Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm (doors open at 6 - come early if you want an easel)
Fee: $15/ $10 for students
Class Location: Studio One at Norseman Commons (follow the signs)
Address: 71 Bradford Street
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 Emma the studio pup will be there. She's not much for drawing but she really enjoys snacks. RSVP: requested as space is limited. RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/Figure-Drawing-Fridays/

Contact: gundy
ehoartguy@gmail.com

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Vision Quilt Workshop

Date & Time: December 1, 5-8pm
Fee:
Class Location: A.P.E. Gallery
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.visionquilt.org

Vision Quilt is a non-profit organization based out of southern Oregon. Cathy DeForest, the leader and creator, has devoted herself to starting a dialog about gun violence. Vision Quilt aims to bring people together to discuss, create, and work through the complex emotions that these incidents elicit. Materials will be provided, please come with an open mind and a willingness to speak about these issues.

Contact: Ivy Vance
ivy.vance@gmail.com

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Printmaking Workshop: Alternative Etching Grounds

Date & Time: Sat-Sun, December 3-4, 10am-5pm
Fee: $275 non-members, $245 members, $35 materials fee includes plates, ink, and paper
Class Location: Zea Mays Printmaking
Address: 320 Riverside Drive
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.zeamaysprintmaking.com/alternative-etching-grounds/

Learn how to use instant coffee, laundry soap and other household materials to create interesting textural and tonal effects in your copper plate etchings. You will be introduced to wiping skills and printing techniques as you develop and print your image and experiment with the wide breadth of mark making that these alternative lift grounds offer. This workshop is designed for artists with some basic intaglio experience. Copper plates, paper, inks and instructional handouts included.

Contact: liz@zeamaysprintmaking.com
413-584-1783

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Try a wheel throwing class

Date & Time: Thursdays, 6-8pm, ongoing
Fee: $35
Class Location: CyclePottery
Address: 225 Nonotuck Street, Unit A
City/Town: Florence
Website: www.cyclepottery.com

Studio potters, Andrew Quient, Raya Khedker and Kathryn Roszko will offer a chance for teens and adults to try out a wheel throwing class, Thursdays, 6-8pm for $35.

Contact: Kathryn Roszko
Kathryn@CyclePottery.com
413-219-9594

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Watercolor Workshops with Walter Cudnohufsky

Date & Time: Monthly from October 2016 to June 2017
Fee: $110 with discounts for multiple classes, seniors.
Class Location: Belding Memorial Library
Address: Main Street
City/Town: Ashfield
Website: www.cudnohufsky.com

Eleventh 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.cudnohufsky.com; facebook.com/Cudnohufsky-Watercolors-303525633011766

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

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Sew With Me: Open Sew at Big Top Quilts

Date & Time: Sunday, December 18, 9am-1pm
Fee: $10/person
Class Location: Big Top Quilts
Address: 62 Briggs Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.bigtopquilts.com

One of the many things people enjoy about classes is the social aspect and enthusiastic support of sewing together. Here's your opportunity to come Sewcialize at the Big Top Quilts in our Open Sew! This is not a class, but a true social sewing or stitching lounge, where you'll socialize and learn from each other rather than from an instructor. Bring your machine, your basic sewing supplies and your project of choice! The studio provides irons & iron boards, design wall space and assorted snacks.

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

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Greeting Card workshops

Date & Time: Thursday, Dec 8, 5:45-7:45pm
Class Location: Westfield Athenaeum
Address: 6 Elm Street
City/Town: Westfield
Website: www.westath.org

All materials and instruction are provided and all skill levels are welcome at this adult program. Pre registration is required as seating is limited. To register or for more information, please call Donna at 262-4934.

Contact: Donna
413-262-4934

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Amanda's Monotype Printmaking Workshop

Date & Time: 9.30am-3:30pm, Wednesday, December 15
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 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; 3 students maximum per workshop means personal attention. Please see website for more info!

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

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Studio / Artist Space Available

 

Holyoke: Studio Spaces at Open Square

Date available: immediately
Location: Open Square
Address: 4 Open Square Way
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.opensquare.com/space/studio/

Small creative businesses are a vital part of the community and atmosphere at Open Square. We offer a limited number of incredible work-only studios for makers, creators, artisans and small businesses with a special focus on the creative fields. Tenants enjoy all the amenities that Open Square has to offer along with great business to business opportunities at affordable pricing. Suites from 790 to 1,740 square feet, from $526 to $1,160/month *terms/conditions subject to change.

Contact: Maggie Bergin
marketing@opensquare.com
413-532-5057

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