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This Week's Newsletter: September 15, 2020

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
September 15, 2020
Issue #629

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Featured Listings:

The Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition

Start Date: September 26, 2020
End Date: October 11, 2020
Reception Date: Saturday, September 26, 1-4pm (3pm Awards Ceremony)
Location Name: Workshop13 y
Hours: Fri 4-7pm, Sat-Sun 1-4pm
Address: 13 Church Street
City/Town: Ware
Website: www.facebook.com/workshop13art

THE SHOW IS ON! Our 2nd annual Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition in Traditional Realism is one you don't want to miss! The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held outdoors, with small groups escorted into the Grand Hall to view the exhibition. Masks are mandatory. You can also follow us on FB Live at the Opening Reception: facebook.com/workshop13art, or visit workshop13.org/artworks-gallery/northeast-fine-arts-exhibition-2020 after October 1st to view the entire show virtually.

Contact: Marie Lauderdale
marie@workshop13.org

 

Roots/Raices: The Diversity of the Latinx Community

Artists: group show
Start Date: September 15, 2020
End Date: October 15, 2020
Reception Date: Sunday, September 20, 2pm (meet & greet with the artists)
Location Name: Art for the Soul Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 12-5pm
Address: Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, 2nd Floor
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.artforthesoulgallery.com

Elizabeth Baez, Alexx Diaz, Ellis Echevarria, Raymond Escribano, and Jason Montgomery will be featured in an exhibition illustrating the cultural diversity of the Latinx community. Adhering to necessary COVID-19 precautions, there will be opportunities to meet the artists through virtual talks and tours or events with limited ticketing. There will be additional programming featuring poetry, dance and a panel on anti-blackness in the Latinx community. Sponsored in part by the Springfield Cultural Council.

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

 

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Multi-Location Exhibits/Events

14th Annual Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour & Sale Online

Date: September 26 & 27, opens at 10am
Location Name: online
Website: www.hilltown6.com

For the last 13 years, 9 local potters have opened their studios and kilns to the public for the popular Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour & Sale. This year, due to the pandemic, Hilltown 6 members and 20 guest artists will offer their wares for purchase online, with several studios offering scheduled onsite or virtual visits during the weekend, by appointment only. In addition, educational demonstrations will take place in video format going live throughout the weekend. See website for details.

Contact: Sara Wein
nesaka@comcast.net
413-695-1638

 

Amherst Exhibits/Events

Art Forum: Limited Access

Date: Thursday, September 17, 7:30pm
Location Name: Online via Zoom at Gallery A3
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

Artists Rebecca Muller and Valerie Gilman present a site-specific ephemeral installation at Gallery A3. Over the past month they combined their artistic sensibilities, life experience, and vision to this exploration and dialogue. Diaphanous scrim punctuated by eroded metal lines float in space and articulate complex and paradoxical sensations. Join the Artists in an interactive dialogue and a virtual gallery tour. Please email for a zoom link.

Contact: gallerya3@gmail.com

 

The Presence of Absence

Artist: Trish Crapo
Start Date: September 15, 2020
End Date: October 7, 2020
Location Name: Online at Hampden Gallery, UMass Amherst
Address: 131 Southwest Circle, Hampden Commons
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fineartscenter.com/hampden

Aiming her lens on the expanse of the Cape's unpopulated dunes, Crapo captures the nuances of nature, opening our eyes to see more than what is there. The shadow on a fence becomes as significant as its counterpart of sunlight. The grass bending with the wind contrasts with the stillness of the sandy mounds. A diminutive shack underscores the majesty of the sea. Crapo captures these scenes not as a documentarian but as an artist contemplating the profound loss of a loved one.

Contact: Sally Curcio
413-545-3394

 

Artist Led Poetry Event: The Presence of Absence

Artist: Trish Crapo
Date: September 17, 12-12:30pm
Location Name: Live on Zoom
Address: 131 Southwest Circle, Hampden Commons
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fineartscenter.com/hampden

The online exhibition includes a movie that combines a reading of Crapo's original poetry with images of a simple white nightgown hung from a clothesline on the beach. For the artist, this image conjures her beloved sister, Susan, who died in 2008 of breast cancer. The live Zoom event will feature Crapo reading her original poetry combined with her photography and will include a Q&A with visitors to the event. Free but registration is required via the website.

 

Embodied Taste - Virtual Tour

End Date: January 3, 2021
Location Name: Online / Mead Art Museum
Address: Amherst College
City/Town: Amherst
Website: my.matterport.com/show/?m=kSW2nAjYDXc

Navigate a 3-D online gallery space to take a byte of this exhibit on food, culture and power. Embodied Taste offers visitors an immersive exploration of food and how it moves—through our bodies and our world. From seed to harvest, food is vibrant matter that incorporates labor, memory, and community. This exhibition asks audiences to explore the collaborations, connections, and stories that are consumed every time you take a bite.

 

Armature of Light

Artist: Scott Tulay
Start Date: September 3, 2020
End Date: October 31, 2020
Location Name: Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Address: 319 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: hopeandfeathersframing.com/tulay-armature-of-light

Through his drawings, Tulay investigates the ambiguity of space. Whether inspired by built form or natural context, his art is constructed of an armature of light. Light, or what looks like atmosphere or fog, is engaged in either defining space or dematerializing the landscape or architectural elements depicted. Walk ins are welcome for the gallery, on your own or small groups of up to three people. Please wear a mask.

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

 

Variations in 3-D

Artists: Laura Holland, Nancy Meagher
Start Date: September 3, 2020
End Date: September 26, 2020
Location Name: GoBerry (next door to Gallery A3)
Address: 28 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

Relating to the sculptural installation in Gallery A3, Nancy Meagher and Laura Holland play with 3-D variations of 2-D work in Go Berry's storefront windows. Nancy created a wire sculpture of a dress riffing off her illustrations of workers at the Leeds Mill River Button Company swept away in the flood of 1874. Laura cut her large-scale photographs from their frames, then folded each into an eight-page book.

Contact: gallerya3@gmail.com

 

Limited Access

Artists: Val Gilman, Rebecca Muller
Start Date: September 3, 2020
End Date: September 26, 2020
Location Name: Gallery A3
Hours: daily via window; pop-up hours: Fri-Sat 4-6pm, 1 person at a time
Address: 28 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

Gilman and Muller combine their creative energy and experience as 3-D and installation artists, to explore ways to draw the viewer's attention into deeper space. They combine translucent and partially masked elements using vocabulary/matter familiar to each of them: scrim, clay, debris, rusted and deteriorated metal, rebar, mesh, wood, and other industrial material. While working "inside, their challenge to draw the viewer's attention into a space that can primarily be viewed only from "outside."

Contact: gallerya3@gmail.com

 

Breathing While Black

Artists: group show
Start Date: September 1, 2020
End Date: November 20, 2020
Location Name: Augusta Savage Gallery
Address: online
City/Town: Amherst
Website: bit.ly/3hsg9e2

Featuring works by over 50 artists from 17 countries, Breathing While Black is a juried digital visual art exhibition, inviting international response to the recent and ongoing slaughter of Black Americans.

 

Deerfield Exhibits/Events

Self-Supporting Women: Self-Expression by Franklin County Women in the Pre-Suffrage Era

Start Date: September 1, 2020
End Date: October 31, 2020
Location Name: Memorial Hall Museum
Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-4:30pm
Address: 8 Memorial Street
City/Town: Deerfield
Website: deerfield-ma.org

Self-Supporting Women uses art to look at the tremendous accomplishments of ten women who were never granted the right to vote. Though these particular women didn't live to see a day when their country valued their civic engagement, they lived fascinating lives and left legacies that have shaped the community, the region, and, in some cases, the entire country. On July 25, 1919, MA became the 8th state to ratify the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote.

Contact: Ellen White
pvmaoffice@deerfield.history.museum
413-774-7476

 

Fabric of Time: New England History Told Through Domestic Art

Start Date: August 1, 2020
End Date: October 31, 2020
Location Name: Memorial Hall Museum
Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-4:30pm
Address: 8 Memorial Street
City/Town: Deerfield
Website: deerfield-ma.org

This new exhibit at Memorial Hall Museum looks at the history of quilting in New England and explores how quilters expressed their aspirations and observations through their art. With 20 quilts and related objects spanning more than two and a half centuries, visitors can see the enduring traditions and technological advancements and learn how they impacted the creative forces behind some of New England's domestic art.

Contact: Ellen White
pvmaoffice@deerfield.history.museum
413-774-7476

 

Easthampton Exhibits/Events

Urban Scenes

Artist: Richard Bulda
Start Date: July 8, 2020
End Date: TBD
Location Name: Mill 180 Park
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-6pm
Address: 180 Pleasant Street, Suite 217
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.richardwbulda.com

Urban Scenes taken over the past few months by Richard Bulda. Many of these cityscapes are quasi-dystopian in their emptiness. Places like New York City's Time Square and Hudson Yards, which were crowded and vibrant earlier this year, are now desolate. The risk is that scenes that should seem bizarre may begin to seem normal. Venice Beach and Las Vegas Art District: photos taken the last weeks of January, 2020 before everything shut down.

Contact: Richard@arturbanstudio.com
413-527-2698

 

Greenfield Exhibits/Events

Saturday Salon Series at The LAVA Center

Date: Saturdays, 10.30am-1pm, September 19 - October 31
Location Name: The LAVA Center
Address: 324 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: facebook.com/events/228887521882618

Every Saturday in September and October stop by The LAVA Center in downtown Greenfield for an eclectic offering of local art and shopping. The Saturday Salon Series is a popup art salon and marketplace that will feature our regular gallery display, popup art and video installations, curated pre-recorded music, local vendors, and more. This event series is free to attend (donations are welcome and will help to support the artists and the space).

Contact: info@localaccess.org
413-512-3063

 

Hadley Exhibits/Events

Selected Works

Artist: Diane Nevinsmith
Start Date: August 1, 2020
End Date: TBD
Location Name: Hadley Senior Center
Hours: by appointment only until end of pandemic
Address: 46 Middle Street
City/Town: Hadley
Website: dianenevinsmithart.com

The Hadley COA is offering display space to local artists and I am the lucky first show! Displayed is a retrospective of landscapes and still lifes.

Contact: Diane Nevinsmith
mail@dianenevinsmithart.com
413-586-3772

 

Holyoke Exhibits/Events

The Space Between

Artist: Chris Nelson
Start Date: September 12, 2020
End Date: October 10, 2020
Location Name: Readywipe
Hours: September 19 & 27 and October 2 & 10, 2-4pm
Address: 532 Main Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca8a62da5f5c16-readywipe

Join us for a solo exhibition by the artist Chris Nelson exploring the illuminated particle and the new meaning of what floats in the air between us. It will be a safe and timely event. Due to COVID-19 restrictions you must pre-register to attend via the website link.

Contact: Chris Nelson
info@readywipegallery

 

NONFICTION

Artists: Beth Hankes, Joe Smith
Start Date: September 12, 2020
End Date: October 3, 2020
Location Name: PULP
Hours: Fri-Sun 10am-3pm
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: pulpholyoke.com

Recent work by artists Beth Hankes & Joe Smith. Truth has become slippery. Perhaps it always has been. Through art we attempt get to the bottom of what is. Both artists, through their art, are digging deep and have created powerful bodies of work.

Contact: Dean Brown
dean@homeandhomme.com
413-362-6368

 

2020 HCC Virtual Student Art Exhibition

Location Name: Holyoke Community College
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: 2020hccstudentartexhibition.blogspot.com

Creativity is at the heart of making this particular school year work for everyone. Without creativity we never could have carried on through this uniquely challenging time. At the end of every school year we hold the HCC Student Art Exhibition to celebrate student works by filling the Taber Gallery and the Art and Photo department walls from floor to ceiling with amazing works. Though the campus is closed, this year we're grateful to be able to continue this custom by showcasing the work online.

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

Gather Round

Artist: Nan Salky
Start Date: September 9, 2020
End Date: September 30, 2020
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists, Gallery 3
Hours: Wed-Sat 3-5pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Salky shows well-crafted fantasy artworks that lend themselves to storytelling. Preview visits by appointment. Reservations for four-person half-hour tours at a time. We ask for what we call Pandetiquette when you attend any time: assured personal wellness, face coverings, & physical distancing.

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

 

Evolving in Chaos

Artists: group show
Start Date: September 4, 2020
End Date: TBD
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Fri 4-7pm, Sat 3-6pm, Sun2-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowgallery.org

"Evolving in Chaos" is the theme and title of the Oxbow Gallery's reopening exhibition beginning September 4. Every month a different group of members will exhibit new work. During that time, artists may choose to swap out their pieces. A visit at one time during the month may look very different at a later point. Additionally, individual front window shows will be on-going through late November. #alwayssomethingnewattheoxbow

 

The Abstracted Landscape

Artist: Joanne Holtje
Start Date: August 4, 2020
End Date: October 5, 2020
Location Name: Curran & Keegan Financial Offices
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
Address: 48 Round Hill Road
City/Town: Northampton
Website: joanneholtje.com

A large collection of landscape-inspired oil paintings that express the artist's sense the energy, movement, and color she experiences from the landscape will be on display in the public areas of this historic building, converted to office spaces. Please visit us on the beautiful campus of the Clarke School in the Coolidge Building. Please remember your mask.

Contact: Joanne Holtje
jwholejay@aol.com

 

Does My Voice Count? Voter Suppression Then and Now

Artist: Jim Lemkin
Start Date: September 4, 2020
End Date: September 27, 2020
Location Name: A.P.E. Gallery
Hours: Tue-Thur & Sat 12-5pm, Fri 12-8pm, Sun by appt
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org

An exhibit of photographs spanning two moments in U.S. history, separated by 55 years, against a backdrop of a 400-year history of injustice and institutional racism. These photographs focus on only one aspect of that history--the attempt to suppress the voice and power of another. Masks and hand sanitizing required, physical distancing, limit of 8 visitors at a time.

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

 

Flower, Fire, and Fallen Star

Artist: Jana Brike
Start Date: August 26, 2020
End Date: September 26, 2020
Location Name: William Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Wed 10am-5pm, Thur-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.wbfinearts.com/index.php?id=8200

Jana Brike's artwork combines memories of her childhood in Latvia, folklore, mythology, and her experiences as a woman and mother to create her "poetic visual autobiography." Many of the images hint at climate change or social upheaval, with flooded vistas and toppled or burning icons of Western society, but the diverse women and children who inhabit these worlds are fearless and empowered. In their strength they suggest possible new ways of living, connected with the earth and living things.

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

 

2020 Virtual Hosmer Gallery

Location Name: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org/gallery/virtual-gallery/

While so many public spaces are closed, and exhibits in the Hosmer Gallery are rescheduled for next year, Forbes Library is hosting a Virtual Hosmer Gallery to create an online community art exhibit. Visit often, as new art works are being added frequently!

Contact: hosmergallery@forbeslibrary.org

 

Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

Fotografia

Artists: group show
Start Date: September 3, 2020
End Date: October 11, 2020
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Co-op
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-4pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.shelburneartscoop.com

The work of these four photographers (Thierry Borcy, Albyn Davis, Marty Yaffee, Candace Silver) includes Borcy's dramatic black and white outdoor landscapes, Davis's artistically manipulated colorful scenes incorporating people and architectural features, Yaffee's striking colorful scenes of the Bridge of Flowers in different lights, and Silver's still life and nature images that blur the boundary between photography and painting.

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

 

Out of the Ashes: Cast Glass + Farm Implements

Artist: Robert DuGrenier
Start Date: August 7, 2020
End Date: September 27, 2020
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Thur-Mon 11am-5pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.SalmonFallsGallery.com

This collection of DuGrenier's work was born out of tragedy: the historic barn on his property burned to the ground in October 2015. He's been using the metal and cast iron pieces (missing, of course, their wooden handles and parts) from farm implements and antiques that were left behind in the debris, to create stunning sculptures. Many of the pieces in the series at first glance appear to be encased in ice; not until the viewer comes close is it revealed that the sculpture is made with glass.

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

 

Southampton Exhibits/Events

Rock & Roll Nostalgia: Look Back With Barrie Wentzell (60s)

Artist: Barrie Wentzell
Start Date: September 6, 2020
End Date: September 30, 2020
Reception Date: September 20, 3pm via zoom
Location Name: Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center
Hours: Sun & Tue-Wed 1-5pm
Address: 2 East Street (@College Highway/Route 10)
City/Town: Southampton
Website: floydgallery.com

One different image will display each day on The Floyd Gallery website from its signed limited-edition black and white print collection from "The Legend Series" portfolio by Barrie Wentzell. Each print is available at 50% of its appraised value. Two separate appraisals accompany each print. The musicians range from Taj Mahal to Creedence Clearwater Revival, from George Harrison to Paul Simon, from Melanie to Donavan. Image: "Taj Mahal (c) 1968 Barrie Wentzell. Two masked visitors at a time.

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

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

Roots/Raices: The Diversity of the Latinx Community

Artists: group show
Start Date: September 15, 2020
End Date: October 15, 2020
Reception Date: September 20, 2pm (meet & greet with the artists)
Location Name: Art for the Soul Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 12-5pm
Address: Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, 2nd Floor
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.artforthesoulgallery.com

Elizabeth Baez, Alexx Diaz, Ellis Echevarria, Raymond Escribano, and Jason Montgomery will be featured in an exhibition illustrating the cultural diversity of the Latinx community. Adhering to necessary COVID-19 precautions, there will be opportunities to meet the artists through virtual talks and tours or events with limited ticketing. There will be additional programming featuring poetry, dance and a panel on anti-blackness in the Latinx community. Sponsored in part by the Springfield Cultural Council.

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

 

Voices of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the Move

Start Date: February 15, 2020
End Date: January 3, 2021
Location Name: D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/exhibitions/voices-resilience-intersection-women-move

Celebrates the intersecting lives of women in Massachusetts and beyond who have changed the course of history. Through highlights of diverse 'hidden figures' and narratives, this exhibition explores the collaborative and interconnected stories of social, educational, and cultural change as defined by women, women of color and others on the move to a more inclusive and just world.

Contact: info@springfieldmuseums.org

 

Turners Falls Exhibits/Events

The Pedestal Take Over Photo Project

Artist: Nina Rossi
Start Date: July 30, 2020
End Date: October 2020
Location Name: Spinner Park
Address: corner of Fourth Street and Avenue A
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: ninasnook.com

Features 40 photographs of local women holding tools of their trade or other personal symbols while posing on an empty pedestal at the park. The original Spinner Statue, installed in 1985 in honor of the women who worked in the mills, is temporarily removed while the park is being reconstructed. The project was made by Nina Rossi of Nina's Nook, with support from Turners Falls RiverCulture, and is installed on construction fencing around the park. It will remain until the work is completed in October.

 

Ware Exhibits/Events

The Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition

Start Date: September 26, 2020
End Date: October 11, 2020
Reception Date: Saturday, September 26, 1-4pm (3pm Awards Ceremony)
Location Name: Workshop13 y
Hours: Fri 4-7pm, Sat-Sun 1-4pm
Address: 13 Church Street
City/Town: Ware
Website: www.facebook.com/workshop13art

THE SHOW IS ON! Our 2nd annual Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition in Traditional Realism is one you don't want to miss! The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held outdoors, with small groups escorted into the Grand Hall to view the exhibition. Masks are mandatory. You can also follow us on FB Live at the Opening Reception: facebook.com/workshop13art, or visit workshop13.org/artworks-gallery/northeast-fine-arts-exhibition-2020 after October 1st to view the entire show virtually.

Contact: Marie Lauderdale
marie@workshop13.org

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

Seeking artists and vendors for Saturday Salon Series

Sponsoring Group Name: The LAVA Center
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: localaccess.org

Seeking artists and vendors to display their work during our Saturday Salon Series in September and October. Visual artists: gallery walls are taken, but maybe you've got installation or video work you can display. Writers: Display writings for sale, maybe an impromptu reading when there's a small audience. Musicians: pre-recorded music only. Vendors: depending on your wares, you could use one of our tables or bring your own (6 feet or less please). Email Vanessa with details about your work.

Contact: vanessa@localaccess.org

 

Local Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) group

Sponsoring Group Name: National Women's Caucus for Art
Deadline: open
Submission Fees: membership/discounts
City/Town: Western MA
Website: nationalwca.org

The WCA has been bringing women artists & professionals together since 1972! We are committed to recognizing the contributions of women in the arts and providing women with leadership opportunities, professional development, networking and exhibition opportunities. We support local, national and global art activism. We advocate for equity in the arts for all. If you are interested in joining WCA to form a new local Western MA Group, contact Dara. Explore the website for information about WCA.

Contact: Dara Herman Zierlein
hermandara1@gmail.com
413-813-5394

 

POST PAUSE

Sponsoring Group Name: Easthampton City Arts, curated by Maggie Nowinski
Deadline: September 22
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: easthamptoncityarts.com/post-pause-call-to-artists

Online arts exhibition - works created during this time of pandemic in recognition of expanded community of artists in Western Mass. Work made after March 13, 2020 considered. Artists in any media in western MA encouraged to apply. Selected artworks displayed via Easthampton City Arts' Online Gallery Fall 2020 & promoted. Support for artists, exposure & connection! BIPOC artists strongly encouraged to apply. Exhibition possible by support from Easthampton City Arts' Artist Grant Initiative.

Contact: Maggie Nowinski
postpauseart@gmail.com

 

Community Call for Portraits

Sponsoring Group Name: Springfield Museums
Deadline: October 3, 2020
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/portraits

In conjunction with the exhibition "The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today" (on view October 3, 2020 - April 4, 2021), the Springfield Museums invite submissions of original portraits by artists of all ages residing in the Connecticut River Valley and Hartford County, CT. We are especially interested in works that complement the themes explored in the exhibition: identity, human connection, and responses to the current political and social environment. Full details on website.

 

Pioneer Valley Arts Mentorship Program

Sponsoring Group Name: Valley Arts Mentors (VAM)
Deadline: rolling basis until all slots are filled
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: artsmentors.org

VAM is pleased to announce its first arts mentorship cohort! We will be matching 10 arts mentors with 10 mentees on a rolling basis, pairing artists with 15+ years of professional experience with younger artists ages 18+ or those considering a career change. Commitment: Mentors and mentees connect online or, pandemic allowing, in person once every two weeks for a six month period. Full details on website.

Contact: admin@artsmentors.org
508-439-2069

 

Virtual Hosmer Gallery

Sponsoring Group Name: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
Deadline: open
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forms.gle/GRf9ywTFZn5A3xfC8

In this extraordinary time of social isolation, people still need to connect with others, share ideas, see something new, and express our creativity. The Hosmer Gallery welcomes anyone living and making visual art in the Pioneer Valley to submit up to 3 digital images of their work for inclusion in the online exhibit. Artists and visitors of all ages are invited! This exhibit will grow until the library building reopens, and stay visible for at least a month after that.

 

Classes & Workshops

Classes at ClayWorks Ceramics Studio & ArtWorks Gallery

Location: Workshop13 Cultural Arts & Learning Center
Address: 13 Church Street
City/Town: Ware
Website: workshop13.org

We are open and offering small in person classes in fine arts and ceramics for adults, kids, teens and homeschoolers. Our studio spaces are large and airy and great for established artists, musicians, potters and private groups looking for a place to create. Book our pottery studio or Grand Hall for an evening of fun with your family or Covid19 bubble! For more information on our venue, programs and Covid19 safety protocols, visit workshop13.org, email or call.

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

 

Online Watercolor Masters Class with Deborah Rubin

Date & Time: October 19 - November 23
Fee: $60
Location: online
Website: www.deborahrubin.com

This class is for seasoned watercolor painters who want to paint from their own images or ideas but need guidance in doing so. I will first see what you want to paint and we will go from there. Occasionally, I will show a technique if that's applicable but mostly I'll be critiquing and coaxing, talking about elements of design, emotional content, and more. All will be done by email using attached pictures or videos.

Contact: Deborah Rubin
artist@deborahrubin.com
413-253-79225

 

Learn Basics of Digital Photography Workshop via Zoom with Marc St. Onge

Date & Time: 7-9pm, September 17 - October 8
Fee: $175 for 4 Zoom class sessions with image critiques
Location: Robert Floyd Gallery & Learning Center
Address: 2 East Street (@College Highway/Route 10)
City/Town: Southampton
Website: floydgallery.com

Our workshop introduces you to camera, lenses, shutter, aperture, exposure, and composition. Learn to use them comfortably with purpose for the photographs you will create. Gain knowledge and confidence to create great images. Learn what needs to be in focus and how to achieve it. Understand good composition and its role in pulling the viewer into your photograph. Rewarding fun experience awaits you. 5 participants max. Image: "Goldfinch" (c) 2020 Marc St. Onge

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

 

Brilliant Fall Foliage with Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: Sat-Sun, 9-11:30am, September 26-27
Fee: $75 plus materials
Location: online
Website: megbandarra.com/p/classes-and-workshops.html

The light, color, and beauty of autumn at your fingertips. Pastels and fall foliage make a beautiful pair. Learn how to manage the high-intensity colors of fall while avoiding the usual stumbling blocks. All experience levels welcome!

Contact: Meg Bandarra
megbandarra@gmail.com

 

Urban Nightscapes with Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: Fri-Sun, 9-11:30am, October 23-25
Fee: $125 +materials
Location: online
Website: megbandarra.com/p/classes-and-workshops.html

Who's afraid of the dark? Not you after this workshop! Learn to make gorgeous glowing nightscapes in this 3-day intensive. Ideal for those with some pastel experience. Those without pastel experience can contact instructor to discuss.

Contact: Meg Bandarra
megbandarra@gmail.com

 

Amherst Cultural Council Grants Information Meeting

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 30, 5:30-6:30pm
Fee: none
Location: Amherst Cultural Council
Address: online via Zoom
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.amherstma.gov/1221/Cultural-Council

The Amherst Cultural Council will have a public information meeting on September 30. Please check with the Town of Amherst calendar for the link to this meeting held via Zoom. Application forms will be available on October 1 and will be due on November 16. Contact Georgia Barnhill for additional information.

Contact: Georgia Barnhill
curatorgbb@yahoo.com

 

Introduction to Watercolors at HCC with Melissa Pandina

Date & Time: 6:15-9:15pm, Sept 23 - Nov 4
Fee: $189
Location: Holyoke Community College
Address: online
City/Town: Ware
Website: hcc.3dcartstores.com/Beginning-Watercolor-Painting-Ware_p_17195.html

Watercolor painting with no fear. Embracing the chaos is important when learning watercolor. We will start with very loose paintings and then expand into watercolor sketches. By the end of the session, we'll tighten your sketches into a finished work. We will cover landscapes, still-life, and human figures. All levels welcome but it will be geared to beginners.

 

Drawing at HCC with Melissa Pandina

Date & Time: 6:15-9:15pm, Oct 8 - Nov 19
Fee: $189
Location: Holyoke Community College
Address: online
City/Town: Ware
Website: hcc.3dcartstores.com/Beginning-Drawing-Ware_p_17198.html

If you can you draw a stick figure, with practice and instruction you can easily develop into drawing realistically. Starting with primitive drawing, you'll advance through the stepping stones to drawing realistically, and have fun doing it. Learn and explore shapes and shadow, negative space, rudimentary perspective, line quality and composition. All levels welcome but will be geared to beginners.

 

Art Jumpstart with Meredith Broberg via Zoom

Date & Time: Fridays, 10am-12pm, October 2 – November 6
Fee: $150 - $350 sliding scale
Location: Zea Mays Printmaking
Address: Online via Zoom
City/Town: Florence
Website: zeamaysprintmaking.com/art-jumpstart

This workshop aims to inspire new approaches, fresh momentum, and renewed energy for making images, whatever your medium. Our format combines discussion, short exercises and assignments, with slideshows of contemporary & historical artists. Weekly prompts and exercises are designed to open up your enjoyment of your own process, identify snags and clarify your strengths. Fee includes an additional half-hour phone call for individual feedback from the instructor. Limited to 6 participants. Full details on website.

 

Amherst Plein Air Society

Date & Time: Wednesdays & Fridays, April-October
Fee: none
Location: a different location in the Valley every week
City/Town: Amherst
Website: facebook.com/Amherst-Plein-Air-Society-392391357552048

APAS artists paint en plein air together twice each week at varied beautiful locations in the Valley. All media, ages, and levels of experience are welcome. We are a very friendly, supportive environment where we all learn from and help each other grow in our work. During the pandemic, we've continued to paint in the fresh air outdoors while observing physical distancing and wearing masks. To come try a paint-out to see if APAS is a good fit for you, contact Susanne Personette.

Contact: Susanne Personette
SusannePersonette@gmail.com

 

Free Composing & Encoding Collage Online Class #1: Stillness and Line with Regan Drouin Halas

Date & Time: anytime / on your own time
Fee: tips happily accepted, not expected
Website: unsungstudio.net/workshop

In this workshop, a simple, contemplative structure makes painting into an interior journey as well as a satisfying creative challenge. We will settle the mind and explore techniques of line-work and composition. The creative process and the beauty of imperfection is emphasized. No experience needed! You will emerge with 3 original paintings.

Contact: Regan
UnSungStudio@gmail.com
970-901-0779

 

Online Acrylic Painting Sessions with Richard Nowak

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
Fee: none

A continuation of classes offered at Westfield Creative Arts Center for the last 4 years. 4 to 5 regular students now meet via zoom. They are intermediate painting students who paint their own different painting at each session and I offer them suggestions and critiques and from each other. No pressure and they paint at their own pace. I thought that other painters may want to join the zoom meeting for the encouragement and helpful hints from other experienced painters. Please call for Zoom access info.

Contact: Richard Nowak
413 563-6565

 

Figure Drawing Fridays - Virtual Edition

Date & Time: Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm via Zoom
Fee: $16
Website: facebook.com/figuredrawingfridays

While we can't meet in person we are going to continue to run our drawing sessions via Zoom. To join: RSVP and pay the model fee via paypal ($16) to norsemanrealty@gmail.com. Everyone who pays in advance will receive the meeting invite - please make sure we have some form of contact (e-mail or text) so we can send it. Watch our facebook page or the meetup page (search figure drawing fridays) to make sure we have a model for the week. Full refund if session is cancelled. Participants limited to to 8 for now to keep the zoom meeting sane and ensure everyone can be seen/heard.

Contact: gundy
figuredrawingnoho@gmail.com

 

Artist Workshops with Lorna Ritz

Date & Time: ongoing
Location: Valley View Studio + Gallery
City/Town: Pelham
Website: www.lornaritz.com

Technical and Aesthetic Instruction: A critical approach to your painting and drawing. A year long series of six weekly three hour classes, still life and/or figure. Lorna encourages artists to ask questions on paper or canvas with curiosity, rather than stating only what the eye perceptually sees. The eye, instead, moves around and not just on the object being drawn or painted, so that movement is created through color relationships. Individual critiques offered as well.

Contact: gchilenski@gmail.com

 

Studio / Artist Space Available

Florence: Studio Space on Nonotuck Street

Date(s) available: September 15
Address: 225 Nonotuck Street
City/Town: Florence

300 sq ft (15' x 20') includes 1/2 bathroom with utility sink, unfinished floor, northern light, track lighting, small furnishings and access to washer/dryer upon request. $250 per month. Includes utilities, 200 mbps wifi internet, and parking. Prorated for September, or available 10/1. As a first floor studio within a larger work/live space, the space shares an entryway with an upstairs occupant. Covid safety agreement with lease. Contact Jack for more information.

Contact: Jack Sweeney-Taylor
jack.sweeneytaylor@gmail.com
978-877-0760

 

Art Crowdfunding / Fundraising

Northampton Mural for Diversity

Goal: $8,750
End Date: September 2020
City/Town: Northampton
Website: gofundme.com/f/northampton-mural-for-diversity

Responding to the recent uprisings against racism, we are creating a community mural where we honor Black lives, and create a vibrant symbol of support, solidarity, empowerment, and visibility of the Black Lives Matter movement. Over 50 people will benefit from this project directly, including local BIPOC youth, artists, activists, and others who are involved with the project process. The Northampton community will benefit now and into the future.

Contact: youthempowermentartscollective@gmail.com

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