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This Week's Newsletter: November 29, 2022

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
November 29, 2022
Issue #743

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Featured Listings:

Cottage Street December Open Studios

Date: December 3-4 & 10, 10am-5pm
Location: Cottage Street Studios
Address: One Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: cottagestreetstudios.com

Located in the heart of the Easthampton Cultural District, Cottage Street Studios hosts its annual December Open Studios Event! A talented group of more than 40 local fine artists and makers will offer a creative selection of gifts and fine art for home, family, and friends in all price ranges. Meet the artists, see where the magic happens, learn how things are made, and find that special gift or treasure that will last a lifetime. Every studio tells a story.

Contact: Ellen Koteen
ellen27louise@yahoo.com
413-210-5141

 

25 Years of Art Over Matter at Anchor House of Artists

Artists: Anchor House of Artists all, 25 years
Start Date: December 1, 2022
End Date: December 31, 2022
Reception Date: December 3, 9 & 17
Location: Anchor House of Artists, the New England Visionary Artists Museum
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Anchor House of Artists, the New England Visionary Museum, founded in 1997 to subsidize studio life & represent artwork for artists living with neurodiverse conditions & create a platform for professionals--artists, musicians, & poets--to self-stage shows, integrate, & create parity in the art establishment, celebrates its 25th with a Dec 3rd, 3-5pm discussion with CAKE; a Dec 9th, ANO 6-8pm with CAKE; & a R&B Dance, Dec 17th with CAKE. ALL EVENTS/FREE CAKE. Image by Vincent Frano.

 

Prints & Watercolors

Artist: Olwen Dowling
Start Date: December 2, 2022
End Date: December 29, 2022
Reception Date: Saturday, December 10, 2-4pm
Location: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org/gallery

The earth with its rich and diverse bounty and our Oceans which may save us all in the end due to Climate Change are what sustain us. My way of responding is to find a way to try and live my life to its fullest and appreciate how beautiful it can be by doing my art. Nature and what it brings to our daily lives is the ultimate healer. These monotype, dry points, intaglio etchings, and a few watercolors center on this experience and hopefully bring a sense of stillness and quietude to the viewer.

Contact: fkaufmann@forbeslibrary.org

 

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Amherst Exhibits/Events

SMALL WONDERS Holiday Show and Sale

Artists: Gallery A3 members
Start Date: December 2, 2022
End Date: December 30, 2022
Reception Date: Thursday, December 1, 5-7pm
Location: Gallery A3
Hours: Thur-Sun 2-7pm, Christmas Eve 2-4:30pm
Address: 28 Amity Street 1D
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

Intimate, in-person, fun, and affordable... Gallery A3's annual Holiday Show and Sale SMALL WONDERS features small works created by members of this contemporary cooperative gallery, plus two invited guest artists. Most of the original artwork is on 6" x 6" or 5" x 7" wood panels, and includes paintings, prints, photographs, collages, and assemblages. All pieces are cash and carry. Prices range from $50 to $150.

Contact: gallerya3@gmail.com

 

11th Annual Small Works Show at Hope & Feathers

Start Date: December 1, 2022
End Date: January 12, 2023
Reception Date: Thursday, December 1, 5-8pm
Location: 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/11th-annual-small-works-show

Come celebrate the 11th Annual Small Works Show at the Opening Reception & Pie Party: Thursday, December 1st, 5-8pm. There will be pie, sangria, and hot chocolate! All are welcome and please invite your friends and family. Featuring works by local artists -- all 6x6", 5x7" and 8x10" and all in fabulous frames! From paintings to photographs, illustrations to assemblages, and more, the show features works in various mediums—all cash-and-carry for easy holiday shopping.

Contact: Katie Bete
Katie@hopeandfeathersframing.com
413-835-0197

 

3 Artists, Three Perspectives

Artists: Martha Brouwer, Sally Dillon, Judy Novak
Start Date: December 2, 2022
End Date: December 29, 2022
Reception Date: December 8, 4-7pm
Location: Burnett Gallery at Jones Library (2nd floor)
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat 9am-5:15pm; Tue & Thur 9am-8:15pm; Sun 1-5:15pm
Address: 43 Amity Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/fba68d

Martha Brouwer plays to her strengths of color and texture. Each painting is a rich surface of textured paint highlighting the smaller prime focus. Sally Dillon believes that you can see things more thoughtfully and carefully by drawing and painting them. She has applied this to her travels, and walks in the woods. Judy Novak is equally at home creating collage, watercolor and acrylic painting as well as pencil and digital drawings. She has garnered many favorable reviews on social media.

Contact: Martha Brouwer
marthabrouwer@gmail.com
413-461-1261

 

Wintertide

Artists: Gallery A3 artists
Start Date: November 10, 2022
End Date: December 30, 2022
Location: GoBerry 'n Cream
Hours: see website
Address: 28 Amity Street 1E
City/Town: Amherst
Website: goberryncream.com

Gallery A3 artists display work at GoBerry 'n Cream and welcome the change in seasons in an exhibit called "Wintertide." Image below: "Alight", mixed media by Keith Hollingsworth.

Contact: 413-230-3163

 

Foraged: Kitchen Garden Herbaria

Artist: Madge Evers
Start Date: November 12, 2022
End Date: March 15, 2023
Location: Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm
Address: 650 East Pleasant Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: umass.edu/renaissance/artist-residence

The Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies showcases new work from artist in residence Madge Evers that highlights interdependent relationships across species through cyanotype and mushroom spore prints. All are welcome to view the exhibit and explore the Center's kitchen garden, apple orchard, and meadows. Free parking is available.

Contact: Liz Fox
efox@umass.edu
413-320-8041

 

Scanography from Green World

Artist: Marty Klein
Start Date: November 8, 2022
End Date: January 6, 2023
Location: Jewish Community of Amherst
Hours: Tue-Thur 10am-4pm, Fri 10am-3pm
Address: 742 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: martykleinarts.com

Marty Klein is a pioneer in scanography, the art of using a flatbed scanner as a macro camera. His work is remarkable for its deeply informed connection to nature, for its wit, and for its joy in life. What gives Klein depth is his intimacy with Nature, for he is a true naturalist, a man of the land. This exhibit will feature 16 prints covering a range of subjects-plants, flowers, mushrooms, etc.

Contact: Marty Klein
forager2@gmail.com
413-529 -9594

 

New Generation Abstraction

Artist: LG Talbot
Start Date: October 26, 2022
End Date: November 30, 2022
Location: Hampden Pop-up Gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 1-5pm, Wed 1-7pm
Address: Bartlett Hall, Rm. 156, 130 Hicks Way, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fineartscenter.com/hampden

Western MA based painter LG Talbot invigorates the legacy of America's Abstractionist with large paintings whose energetic layers of transparent and opaque gestural brushstrokes sizzle on the canvas. The work's pithy titles provide a window into the painting's content that alludes to the pleasures and pains of living in our world today.

Contact: Sally Curcio
sallycurcio@umass.edu
413-545-3394

 

Valerie Bassett & Joann Denehy

Artists: Valerie Bassett, Joann Denehy
Start Date: November 2, 2022
End Date: November 30, 2022
Location: Burnett Gallery at Jones Library
Address: 43 Amity Place
City/Town: Amherst

 

Have a Beer with Nancy

Artist: Gary Hallgren
Start Date: July 7, 2022
End Date: January 1, 2023
Location: The Moan and Dove
Hours: Mon-Fri 3pm-1am, Sat-Sun 1pm-1am
Address: 460 West Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: garyhallgren.com

Nancy, Fritzi Ritz and other characters from the iconic comic strip are rendered in acrylic paint in unusual ways. Hallgren has been parodying comics on an easel for more than 30 years. Come and see these humorous and skillful artworks in a relaxed and welcoming context. Some of the paintings are available as limited edition prints. There will be a takedown party, date to be announced and at that time Nancy will buy you a beer.

Contact: Gary Hallgren
garyhallgren@gmail.com
413-531-1029

 

60 Years of Collecting

Start Date: September 30, 2022
End Date: December 11, 2022
Location: University Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 151 Presidents Drive, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/99f9e9

An anniversary exhibition celebrating the UMCA Permanent Art Collection. The 60th anniversary exhibition is a milestone for the UMCA, also a moment for reflection, critical examination, and charting new directions. The exhibition reveals the museum's most recent collecting strategy that prioritizes diversifying the collection. Recent acquisitions of works by women and by artists of color point to a renewed commitment to inclusion of artwork by emerging artists into this important UMass repository for study and research.

Contact: 413-545-3672

 

STITCHING TIME: The Social Justice Collaboration Quilts Project

Start Date: September 12, 2022
End Date: December 9, 2022
Location: Augusta Savage Gallery, UMass
Address: 80 Infirmary Way
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/fc3193

This exhibition focuses on work made by the founders of the Social Justice Collaboration Quilts Project, Kenya, and Kelleher, and the first member of the Project, Sharif as well as Leonard Peltier, Zulu, Ramsey Orta, Abu Ali, Tex, Louisiana State Penitentiary Hospice Volunteers and inmates of Norton Correctional Facility. Their quilts address racial injustice in American history and celebrate Black creativity, thought, and political activism.

 

If You See Something Be Something

Artist: Luke Cavagnac
Start Date: September 14, 2022
End Date: November 30, 2022
Location: Hampden Pop-up Gallery: Bartlett Hall, Room 156
Address: UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/90c2fe

Luke Cavagnac paints a lot and plays rock and roll. Cavagnac has more than 6,000 paintings and counting, and wants you to look at these paintings and think whatever you want to think. There is nothing to "get." They can mean anything you want them to. This painting will be about connecting people with art and with each other.

 

Easthampton Exhibits/Events

Easthampton Art Walk

Date: Friday, December 2, 5-8pm
Location: various locations
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: easthamptoncityarts.com/events/category/art-walk

All year long, Art Walk brings Easthampton to life the first Friday of every month February through December, from 5-8pm. Downtown awakens through art exhibitions and creative performances, and is enhanced by a diverse array of local restaurants and social establishments against the seasonally shifting backdrop of the City's natural scenic beauty.

 

Marking Time at Oxbow Gallery

Artists: Deborra Stewart-Pettengill, B.Z. Reily
Start Date: December 1, 2022
End Date: December 30, 2022
Reception Date: Friday, December 2, 5-8pm
Location: The Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm, Fri 12-7pm
Address: 40 Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

Deborra Stewart-Pettengill is showing sculptures, paintings and prints created from 2020-2022. The work is inspired by natural forms and patterns, without a direct reference. B.Z. Reily presents a retrospective of found object sculptures created over the past ten years. Incorporating materials as diverse as antique baseball gloves, industrial machine parts, old children’s toys, and natural elements, these works possess their own sense of time and history.

Contact: 413-203-1196

 

Small Works Member's Group Show at Oxbow Gallery

Start Date: December 1, 2022
End Date: December 30, 2022
Reception Date: Friday, December 2, 5-8pm
Location: The Oxbow Gallery, back gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm, Fri 12-7pm
Address: 40 Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

All work $200 and below.

Contact: 413-203-1196

 

Tradition for the Future

Artist: Nate Begay
Start Date: November 5, 2022
End Date: December 4, 2022
Location: 50 Arrow Gallery at Attack Bear Press
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 244
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: facebook.com/fiftyarrowgallery

Featuring the amazing work of artist Nate Begay for the month of November. Nate Begay is a Dine' (Navajo) artist from Flagstaff, Arizona, and represents 22 tribes from this state and over 600 in North America.

Contact: jasonm@attackbearpress.com

 

Florence Exhibits/Events

The ArtSalon in Florence

Date: December 8, 6pm
Location: BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity
Address: 130 Pine Street
City/Town: Florence
Website: theartsalon.com

Join us for our final Art Salon of 2022. Doors open at 6pm and presentations begin at 6:30pm. Featured artists include: Angel Abreu, Jessica Scott, Lisa Iglesias, Kelly Clare, and Johanna Hesse. Sliding scale donation for entry: $5-$10.

Contact: valleyartsalon@gmail.com

 

Zea Mays Printmaking Flat File Sale

Start Date: November 1, 2022
End Date: December 31, 2022
Location: Zea Mays Printmaking
Address: 320 Riverside Drive
City/Town: Florence
Website: zeamaysprintmaking.com/see-prints/flat-file

Zea Mays Printmaking is holding a sale of the 2022 Flat File! Hundreds of limited edition prints, available for 20% off until the end of the year. Stop by the Sanford Gallery or simply browse and buy online. Many of these prints won't be returning to the Flat File next year, so now's the time to take one home!

Contact: Kaye Carroll
kaye@zeamaysprintmaking.com
413-584-1783

 

Making Book: An Artists' Book Exhibition

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 1, 2022
End Date: December 31, 2022
Location: The Sanford Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, 2nd & 4th Sat-Sun of month 11am-5pm
Address: 320 Riverside Drive
City/Town: Florence
Website: zeamaysprintmaking.com/making-book

This exhibition includes the work of Zea Mays Printmaking members who, alongside their printmaking practice, create meaningful and often beautiful books in a variety of forms and mediums. Featuring works from Olivia Arau-McSweeney, Liz Chalfin, Krista Feichtinger, Jennifer Gover, Elisa Lanzi, Doris Madsen, Ann Miller, Therese Moriarty, Annie Rogers, Bobbie Salthouse and Rich Turnbull.

Contact: Kaye Carroll
kaye@zeamaysprintmaking.com
413-584-1783

 

Greenfield Exhibits/Events

Andrea Moreau

Artist: Andrea Moreau
Start Date: November 16, 2022
End Date: December 14, 2022
Location: South Gallery at Greenfield Community College
Hours: Mon-Thur 7am-9pm, Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 8am-6pm
Address: One College Drive
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: gcc.mass.edu/humanities/exhibit/andrea-moreau

Andrea Moreau's drawings function as personal interpretations of political or commercial propaganda. She studies the imagery on postage stamps and printed advertisements and, using the visual logic and graphic language of the image, she teases out a larger framework from which to consider it. The finished drawings and paintings are a record of this study; they are a dialogue between the printed and the drawn, the official and the personal, the real and the imaginary. Gallery talk: Wednesday, December 7th, 12pm.

Contact: Joan O'Beirne
obeirnej@gcc.mass.edu

 

Healing the Heart: Community Art Exhibit

Start Date: November 3, 2022
End Date: December 31, 2022
Location: The LAVA Center
Hours: Thur 5-8pm, Sat 11am-2pm
Address: 324 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: localaccess.org/art/healing-the-heart

A community art exhibit curated by K. Kemah Wilson. Artists showcase original artwork depicting how art influences their lives and how they see the world. Artists: Carol Brussel, Maricela Garcia, Karen Lowe, Melinda O'Brien, and curator K. Kemah Wilson.

Contact: info@localaccess.org
413-376-8118‬

 

LAVA's third annual Community Art Show

Start Date: November 5, 2022
End Date: December 31, 2022
Location: The LAVA Center
Hours: Thur 5-8pm, Sat 11am-2pm
Address: 324 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: localaccess.org

This year, the curatorial committee decided to not have a theme, but to allow free expression from our community members in a family-friendly atmosphere. The artwork on display from: Charmae Bartlett, Anne Buchanan, Sophie Chambers, Edite Cunhã, Laura Curran, S. T. Gately, Emerald Glenn, Drew Hutchison, Anton Kaplan, Bella LaMontagne, David Nader, Amy Newland, John Nordell, Hannah Papadakos, Art Schwenger, Adelyn Seney, Charlotte Treiber and Lindy Whiton.

Contact: info@localaccess.org
413-376-8118‬

 

New Photography

Artist: Elaine Darr-Morton
Start Date: October 30, 2022
End Date: January 7, 2023
Location: Baystate Franklin Medical Center - Oncology Wing
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Address: 164 High Street
City/Town: Greenfield

Elaine S. Darr-Morton is a photographer who loves the medium of photography to document and preserve the beauty of special moments in her life. Her approach to photography is simply straightforward pictorial documentation wherein the intent and emphasis is not on interpretation but on presenting as effectively as possible the essence of a particular subject at a particular time while adhering to the proven age-old principles of classical pictorialism.

Contact: Elaine Darr-Morton
darrmorton@charter.net

 

inside art VI

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 4, 2022
End Date: November 30, 2022
Location: Artspace Greenfield Gallery
Hours: see website
Address: 15 Mill Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: artspacegreenfield.com

Six residents incarcerated in the women's unit at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) enrolled in Joan O'Beirne's Greenfield Community College (GCC) photography class in the summer of 2022. While O'Beirne visited FCSO, the artists were given access to cameras, computers, and a printer to create their work. The artists were encouraged to investigate the intersection of visual and written language. They all had stories to tell.

 

Donna Estabrooks at Goose Divine Energy

Artist: Donna Estabrooks
Start Date: September 18, 2022
End Date: January 15, 2023
Location: Goose Divine Energy
Hours: Mon-Sat 12-5:30pm
Address: 223 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: goosedivineenergy.com

Perfect for gifting, Donna's work emits a positive vibration mixed with inspiring sentiments to create a deep balance of calm & joy. Experience the bright embrace of these paintings along with her glass framed prints & tables. Experience the bright embrace of these paintings in our front gallery and check out the prints in the rear gallery along with other local artwork.

Contact: Astranada Gamsey
greenfieldgoose@gmail.com
413-773-3706

 

Hadley Exhibits/Events

Valley Watercolor Painters Exhibit

Artists: Valley Watercolor Painters
Start Date: November 1, 2022
End Date: December 30, 2022
Location: Hadley Senior Center
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
Address: 46 Middle Street
City/Town: Hadley

Featuring the work of 20 local artists.

Contact: Louise T. Currin
louandcecil@currin.org
413-896-3887

 

Holyoke Exhibits/Events

Brief Encounters

Artist: Daisy Patton
Start Date: November 5, 2022
End Date: December 4, 2022
Location: Pulp
Hours: Fri-Sun 11am-4pm
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: pulpholyoke.com

Brief Encounters is an iteration of on-going series Forgetting is so long, where I enlarge abandoned family photographs to life-size and paint over them as a kind of re-enlivening and presence. The exhibition is focused specifically on the portrait, a form that reveals the person depicted and their sense of self. These works expand and complicate the fractures of time--discarded photographs transfigured into painted portraits--by inviting viewers to consider each work as a form of visitation or return.

Contact: pulpholyoke@gmail.com
413-362-6368

 

Gregg Stanger

Artist: Gregg Stanger
Start Date: November 5, 2022
End Date: December 4, 2022
Location: Pulp, Front Room Gallery
Hours: Fri-Sun 11am-4pm
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: pulpholyoke.com

Stanger's cyanotype-based artworks on folded paper are built up through multiple layers of emulsions, exposures, and processings. The creases in the paper act a structural template on which the emulsion is applied in repetitive patterns and fields. With a background in fine art and biology, Stanger found traditional photography to be the ideal intersection between art and science. In recent years he moved away from the camera, negative, and print; choosing to work with only light sensitive photographic emulsion.

Contact: pulpholyoke@gmail.com
413-362-6368

 

Double your Pleasure

Artist: Maryanne Benns
Start Date: September 26, 2022
End Date: November 30, 2022
Location: Holyoke Community College, Taber Art Gallery
Hours: Mon-Thur 10am-5pm
Address: 303 Homestead Avenue
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: thetaberartgallery.blogspot.com

Two shows by Maryanne Benns. "Accessories Sold Separately": If toys are used to instruct children on future expectations, these sculptures are the dolls I wish I had to be better prepared for the real world. "Curiosities From The Anthropocene And Yonder": An immersive cabinet of curiosities, some tangible, some fantastical, reflecting my perceptions on what it means to be human, trying to fit in the orderly natural system, within the context of our geologic time and after.

Contact: 413-552-2614

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

Artist of the Month

Artist: Roger Duffy
Start Date: December 1, 2022
End Date: December 30, 2022
Location: Northampton Senior Center, Hall Gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Address: 67 Conz Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: rogeraduffy.com

Roger Duffy's award winning pen and ink illustrations can take up to six months to completely finish- and there is always the chance of having to start over again.The limitations of monochromatic art inspires Roger to achieve different techniques to illustrate the simplicity and the complexity of this medium. www.rogeraduffy.com

Contact: Nancy Yesu
Nyesu@northamptonma.gov
413 587-1313

 

It's a Kitschy World

Artist: Susan Flex Gilbert
Start Date: December 6, 2022
End Date: December 31, 2022
Reception Date: Friday, December 9, 6-8pm
Location: Anchor House of Artists, the New England Visionary Artists Museum
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

All December, 3 showrooms are packed with brilliantly colored assemblage affronts by a wildly creative artist from the Berkshires. Susan Flex Gilbert uses subjects culled from American culture and her life experiences in it to tell visual stories. She claims the artworks are not social commentary, but present iconic activities, events, behaviors or customs that are distinctly American. The work is a visual blast and belly laughs result.

 

Celebrate Lisa Thompson / Open House & Reception at A.P.E.

Date: Saturday, December 10, 5:30-7pm
Location: A.P.E. Gallery
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org

After 26 years of stewarding A.P.E.'s vision and programming, Lisa Thompson is stepping down from her position as Associate Director. Often working tirelessly behind the scenes, Lisa has supported the work of hundreds of artists and helped sustain the vibrancy of the Valley's art scene. We hope you will join us on December 10th to celebrate Lisa and all of her work. Please come offer your thanks, memories, and kudos to Lisa!

Contact: kathycouch@apearts.org

 

Metal Scuplture

Artist: Brian McQuillan
Start Date: December 2, 2022
End Date: December 29, 2022
Reception Date: Saturday, December 10, 2-4pm
Location: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org/gallery

I am very excited about my upcoming show at the Hosmer Gallery! It's a great opportunity to share my sense of humor, my love of animals, and a little bit of my darker side. All my sculptures are made from Recycled Metal, Junk, and Antique metals: my little reincarnations. They are all created with a lot of Love, Junk, and a strong dose of High Voltage Electricity. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Contact: fkaufmann@forbeslibrary.org

 

Prints & Watercolors

Artist: Olwen Dowling
Start Date: December 2, 2022
End Date: December 29, 2022
Reception Date: Saturday, December 10, 2-4pm
Location: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org/gallery

The earth with its rich and diverse bounty and our Oceans which may save us all in the end due to Climate Change are what sustain us. My way of responding is to find a way to try and live my life to its fullest and appreciate how beautiful it can be by doing my art. Nature and what it brings to our daily lives is the ultimate healer. These monotype, dry points, intaglio etchings, and a few watercolors center on this experience and hopefully bring a sense of stillness and quietude to the viewer.

Contact: fkaufmann@forbeslibrary.org

 

Photographs

Artist: Dave Madeloni
Start Date: December 2, 2022
End Date: December 29, 2022
Reception Date: Saturday, December 10, 2-4pm
Location: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org/gallery

Dave Madeloni is an educator, activist, and journalist who resides in Northampton. Neither of his parents graduated high school, but they strongly encouraged his curiosity and creativity, which led him to capture images of performers, protesters, and more recently, puddles. All the photographs displayed were taken within a few miles of the library during the Covid era. Their purpose is to remind us to both cherish and protect the beauty and vulnerability that surround us.

Contact: fkaufmann@forbeslibrary.org

 

Missing Department

Artists: Ligia Bouton, Matt Donovan
Start Date: November 11, 2022
End Date: December 10, 2022
Location: A.P.E. Gallery
Hours: Tue-Sun 12-5pm, Fri 12-8pm
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org

A collaborative exhibition by artist Ligia Bouton and writer Matt Donovan, uses visual art and poetry to respond to missing person ads that were placed in pulp fiction magazines from the early 20th-century. In addition to the displayed artwork and poems, this exhibition will culminate in a reading by student poets from Mount Holyoke and Smith College on Friday, December 9th, 7-9pm.

Contact: 413-586-5553

 

33rd Annual Children's Illustration Celebration

Start Date: November 13, 2022
End Date: January 15, 2023
Location: R Michelson Galleries
Address: 132 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: RMichelson.com

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

 

Portraits in RED: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Indigenous People Painting Project

Artist: Nayana LaFond
Start Date: November 2, 2022
End Date: November 30, 2022
Location: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org/gallery

Nayana LaFond is a painter and multi-disciplinary artist based in Western MA. Her work tackles deeply personal subjects related to trauma and life experience. Her recent series, "Portraits in RED, Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Painting Project", has garnered national acclaim. She has written articles on art and culture and regularly lectures on topics related to Missing and Murdered Indigenous People, processing trauma through art and Artivism.

Contact: fkaufmann@forbeslibrary.org

 

Luminous Places

Artist: Christopher Curtis
Start Date: November 2, 2022
End Date: November 30, 2022
Location: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org/gallery

My exhibit includes images from wild places around the world. Many of these places are vanishing forever, just in the time that I have been on the planet. With these photographs, I hope to convey the sense and experience of place in each landscape, along with the extraordinary beauty and fragility of our planet.

Contact: fkaufmann@forbeslibrary.org

 

Intaglio

Artist: Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling
Start Date: November 1, 2022
End Date: November 30, 2022
Location: Northampton Senior Center
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Address: 67 Conz Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: olwendowling.com

Olwen Dowling, both a painter and a member of Zea Mays Printmaking, will be showing her intaglio copper etchings -one of the oldest forms of etching, originating in the 15th century. Olwen's art is informed by her background and training in Biology, focusing on plant life - most currently the sea beds and ocean plant life. Olwen's degrees in Studio Art and Plant Biology have blended together in her approach.

Contact: Nancy Yesu
Nyesu@northamptonma.gov
413 587-1313

 

25 Years of Art Over Matter at Anchor House of Artists

Artists: Anchor House of Artists all, 25 years
Start Date: December 1, 2022
End Date: December 31, 2022
Reception Date: December 3, 9 & 17
Location: Anchor House of Artists, the New England Visionary Artists Museum
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Anchor House of Artists, the New England Visionary Museum, founded in 1997 to subsidize studio life & represent artwork for artists living with neurodiverse conditions & create a platform for professionals--artists, musicians, & poets--to self-stage shows, integrate, & create parity in the art establishment, celebrates its 25th with a Dec 3rd, 3-5pm discussion with CAKE; a Dec 9th, ANO 6-8pm with CAKE; & a R&B Dance, Dec 17th with CAKE. ALL EVENTS/FREE CAKE. Image by Vincent Frano.

 

Windham College (1951 - 1976)

Artists: Windham College faculty and alumni
Start Date: November 5, 2022
End Date: November 30, 2022
Location: Anchor House of Artists, the New England Visionary Artists Museum
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Windham College in Putney VT, a small liberal arts college much like Hampshire, had a good run from 1951 until it closed in 1976 when the irony of what its students fought for, the end of the Viet Nam War, happened and enrollments plummeted. Oh well. The art division of that school was headed by luminary figures Chuck Ginnever, Peter Forakis, and David Rohn; the latter built the art department. This exhibition features samples from these artists surrounded by selected student works.

 

Looking Out Of 90 Years of Protest

Artist: Charles Miller
Start Date: November 5, 2022
End Date: November 30, 2022
Location: Anchor House of Artists, the New England Visionary Artists Museum
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

This 12th installment of paintings by Charles Miller, who turns 91 this month, concludes the year-long, revolving exhibit of his life's work. For those who have followed along over the year, they have seen how the artist struggled with his concern over the fate of humanity, its seeming self-hatred & the violence it hurls at its existence. When he turns away from humanity's nihilistic self-absorption, he looks to the stars. That's what produced the deep space series, which is featured this month.

 

Winter 2022-2023 Exhibition at William Baczek Fine Arts

Artists: group show
Start Date: October 26, 2022
End Date: January 2, 2023
Location: William Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 12–5pm
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: wbfinearts.com

This group exhibition highlights the work of gallery artists. The featured works span many mediums, including oil, watercolor, and egg tempera painting.

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

 

Tintillation: An Exploration in Color

Artist: Donnabelle Casis
Start Date: October 14, 2022
End Date: January 6, 2023
Location: CLICK Workspace
Address: 9 1/2 Market Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: clickworkspace.org/events

Donnabelle Casis is a Filipina-American woman artist working in Western Massachusetts. She is fascinated by visual perception and how meaning is derived from what we see. Her current works explore the relationship of personal identity to visual systems of signification in both ancient and modern cultures. Casis draws from various sources such as Filipino tribal tattoos and textiles, facial recognition software, cosmology and the philosophy of metaphysics, among others.

Contact: Caitlyn Patel
member.advocate@clickworkspace.org
413-270-3879

 

Northfield Exhibits/Events

Season of Light Holiday Exhibit

Artists: Deerfield Valley Art Association
Start Date: November 11, 2022
End Date: January 15, 2023
Location: Fiddleheads Gallery
Hours: Fri-Sat 12-5pm, Sun 12-4pm
Address: 105 Main Street
City/Town: Northfield
Website: deerfieldvalleyart.org

Shop the gallery and gift shop for unique holiday gifts! This holiday member show features small, affordable art, craft, and sculpture. Must be vaccinated for gallery visits and receptions. Masks optional. Image: Stained glass birds by Sarah Alessandro.

Contact: Marge Anderson
margedvaa@gmail.com

 

Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

Season of Wonder at Shelburne Arts Co-op

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 22, 2022
End Date: January 30, 2023
Location: Shelburne Arts Co-op
Hours: Mon & Wed-Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: shelburneartscoop.com

The joy and wonder of changing landscapes, changing hues, changing moods are reflected in paintings, prints, photographs, wearable and decorative fiber art, collage, and mixed pieces.

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

 

South Hadley Exhibits/Events

The Rarest Black Woman on the Planet Earth

Artist: vanessa german
Start Date: September 21, 2022
End Date: May 28, 2023
Location: Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Address: 50 College Street
City/Town: South Hadley
Website: artlink.click/43c7e4

german's response to the Skinner Museum, an early 20th-century cabinet of curiosities at Mount Holyoke. For the exhibition, german began with a question: "How do we decolonize a thing, a museum, a collection?" Her answer turned into an emancipatory endeavor: to touch every object in the Skinner collection. In this way, the artist felt that the story of the museum could be reanimated and retold.

Contact: artmuseum@mtholyoke.edu

 

Southampton Exhibits/Events

The Forest Floor: Intimate Landscapes from Kestrel Land Trust

Artist: Patricia Crutchfield
Start Date: November 1, 2022
End Date: November 30, 2022
Location: Robert Floyd Gallery/Learning Center
Address: Sun & Tues-Wed 1-5pm
Hours: 2 East Street (@ Rt 10/College Hwy)
City/Town: Southampton
Website: floydgallery.com

Robert Floyd Gallery is pleased to present Patricia Crutchfield's photographs. This exhibit springs from her most recent exhibit at the Monson House of Art. There, Pat curated the exhibit CELEBRATE KESTREL LAND TRUST: 50 YEARS AND GOING STRONG EXHIBIT as well as exhibited her 74 prints. Pat photographed Kestrel areas for 18 months. Pat is known for her annual social justice projects, A Chorus of Color and Light: Urban and Country Scapes, COMMUNITIES OF HOPE: GARDENING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC.

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

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

Gurvitch Memorial Adult Art Exhibit

Artists: group show
Start Date: October 16, 2022
End Date: December 1, 2023
Location: Springfield Jewish Community Center
Hours: Mon-Thur 5:30am-8pm, Fri 5:30am-5:30pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm
Address: 1160 Dickinson Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: SpringfieldJCC.org

Sponsored by the Lepow-Gurvitch family in loving memory of Sadie and Eli Gurvitch, this annual art exhibit highlights the creative efforts of non-professional senior artists who wish to exhibit their work. The show is dedicated primarily to Sadie Gurvitch, who in her 60s developed a strong interest in art and painting.

Contact: Nicole Longhi
NLonghi@SpringfieldJCC.org
413-739-4715

 

Visionary Explorations in Glass

Artist: Josh Simpson
Start Date: October 15, 2022
End Date: January 15, 2023
Location: D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: artlink.click/d77e20

A 50-year retrospective of one of the most innovative glass artists of our time. Simpson has long been captivated by the fickle properties and phenomenal possibilities of red-hot molten glass. Largely self-taught, Simpson's artistic vision marries groundbreaking techniques with new forms and materials and his intrepid experimentations have resulted in advances in the chemistry and artistry of glass. Additonal events include a spectacular fundraising event, studio tour, and more. Details on website.

Contact: info@springfieldmuseums.org

 

We're Still Here

Artists: group show
Start Date: September 1, 2022
End Date: June 30, 2022
Location: Native Hall at the Springfield Science Museum
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/exhibitions/were-still-here

Curated by Springfield resident Aprell May--who has ancestry from the Mohawk tribe of the great Iroquois Confederacy and is a member of the Native American Inter-Tribal Council of Western Massachusetts--"We're Still Here" bridges the past to the present. By exploring varied themes of ancestry, resilience, and identity through the words of contemporary Native peoples, this exhibit says in many voices: "We're Still Here!"

Contact: Karen Fisk
kfisk@springfieldmuseums.org
413-263-6800

 

Turners Falls Exhibits/Events

Junior Duck Stamps

Artists: students in grades K-12
Start Date: December 3, 2022
End Date: January 1, 2023
Location: Great Falls Discovery Center
Hours: Tue 10am-4pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm
Address: 2 Avenue A
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org

See the top Massachusetts youth entries for the 2022 Junior Duck Stamp competition! This state-wide art contest by students from Kindergarten to High School heightens awareness of the importance of preserving wetland habitats and the delights of wildlife. While you're here, visit our duck investigation station in the Great Hall. Make your own duck stamp!

Contact: Janel Nockleby
janel.nockleby@mass.gov
413-863-3221

 

The Good Old Days

Artist: Lee Gray
Start Date: November 4, 2022
End Date: November 30, 2022
Location: Great Falls Discovery Center
Hours: Tue 10am-4pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm
Address: 2 Avenue A
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org

Painter Lee Gray brings us scenes from the good old days when the world was good and kind.

Contact: Janel Nockleby
janel.nockleby@mass.gov
413-863-3221

 

Wendell Exhibits/Events

Inner Beasties

Artist: Jacqueline Strauss
Start Date: October 4, 2022
End Date: December 3, 2022
Location: Wendell Free Library
Hours: Tue 2-7pm, Wed 10am-5pm, Fri 1-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm
Address: 7 Wendell Depot
City/Town: Wendell
Website: wendellmass.us/wendell-free-library.html

Playful soft sculptures, for all ages. Where the muse, the textile and artist meet. Freeing the inner beastie. Not to be missed. upcycled art, a testament to the bottomless nature of creativity.

Contact: Jacqueline Strauss
Jezaculear@gmail.com
413-687-4437

 

West Springfield Exhibits/Events

Sixth Annual Yuletree Jubilee

Start Date: November 26, 2022
End Date: December 4, 2022
Location: West Springfield Public Library
Address: 200 Park Avenue
City/Town: West Springfield
Website: redthreadnetworkforthearts.org

The Red Thread Network for the arts will host the Sixth Annual Yuletree Jubilee in the West Springfield Public Library Community Room. Twenty four trees, decorated and donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals, will be displayed and raffled off for 10 days to the delight of visitors. Thursday evenings, 5-8pm, will be the town caroling downtown, hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department. The tree display will be open for that event.

Contact: Jane Barrientos
janetrompe@comcast.net

 

Westfield Exhibits/Events

Frank Cressotti

Artist: Frank Cressotti
Start Date: November 1, 2022
End Date: January 14, 2023
Location: Jasper Rand Art Museum at Westfield Athenaeum
Address: 6 Elm Street
City/Town: Westfield
Website: westath.org/art-museum

A selection of paintings illuminating Cressotti's explorations over the last several years.

 

Wilbraham Exhibits/Events

New Group Members Exhibition

Artists: Quabbin Art Association
Start Date: November 2, 2022
End Date: November 30, 2022
Location: Wilbraham Public Library
Hours: Mon-Wed 9am-8pm, Thur-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-2pm
Address: 25 Crane Park Drive
City/Town: Wilbraham
Website: wilbrahamlibrary.org

The Quabbin Art Association just opened one of their largest Group Exhibitions at the Wilbraham Public Library for the Month of November. More than 50 works of art by members are on exhibit and many are for sale. The show includes oils, acrylics, watercolors, charcoal, photography, collage and display cases of 3D mixed media creations.

Contact: info@quabbinartassociation.com

 

Williamsburg Exhibits/Events

Treasure the Land

Artist: Angela Sciotti Vincent
Start Date: October 1, 2022
End Date: November 29, 2022
Location: Meekins Library
Hours: Tue 10am-6pm Wed 1-7pm, Thur 3-6pm, Sat 9am-2pm
Address: 2 Williams Street
City/Town: Williamsburg
Website: meekins-library.org

Treasure the Land, an exhibit by Angela Sciotti Vincent is at Meekins Library during October and November. Presented is a series of recent landscapes that promote an awareness and appreciation of conservation efforts in our valley. Executed in oil, watercolor, and pastel, the works represent efforts to preserve and conserve land. Angela has participated in local exhibits over the past several years. A resident of Goshen, her portfolio is online at www.dovehollow.gallery

Contact: Angela Sciotti Vincent
avincent@dovehollow.gallery
413-207-4477

 

Craft & Maker Fairs / Open Studios / Pop-up Shops

Blue Room Pop-up

Date: December 2, 5-8pm
Location: The Blue Room at CitySpace
Address: 43 Main Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: artlink.click/b51fba

Artists and makers exhibit their work in CitySpace's Blue Room during Art Walk. Stop by and grab some one-of-a-kind gifts and special somethings while you enjoy gallery exhibitions and more! Participating artists include: Sophia Aussant, Isidora Germain, Amanda Petrovato, Martha Ture, Caroline Wampole, and Archives and the Attic with Doris Madsen and Marjory Zaik.

 

It's A Wonderful Westfield Pop-up Art Show

Date: December 2, 6-8pm & December 3, 10am-5pm
Location: Olver Transit Pavilion
Address: 10 Arnold Street
City/Town: Westfield
Website: artworkswestfield.com

A production of ArtWorks Westfield and part of the Art In Unusual Spaces series, this holiday pop-up fine art show takes place in the Olver Transit Pavilion in downtown Westfield! Local and regional artists will be showing their work in a fully functional public transit facility.

 

Holiday Art Fair hosted by Lora Barrett

Date: December 4, 2-4pm
Location: The Holyoke ARTery
Address: 289 High Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: holyokeart.com

Celebrate the new paintings and cards created by Holyoke artist Lora Barrett in the rear gallery. Enjoy her bright, bold, and lovingly depicted Holyoke Mill Series, Gardens of Holyoke series, and numerous other paintings and cards. Parking is free in Holyoke on Sundays.

Contact: Lora Barrett
loramcnb@comcast.net
413-237-2746

 

Paragon Open Studios

Date: December 10, 11am-6pm
Location: Paragon Arts and Industry
Address: 150 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: fb.me/e/39ZDkNwrj

We are thrilled to welcome you back into our studios for the first Open Studios since 2019! We have more studios open this year than ever and an exciting variety of offerings including many visual artists, artisans, vintage furniture, up-cycled wares and Pop Up gallery exhibition "Objects of Memory". We are proud to announce that our event is accessible with a elevator service to the second and third floors. Find more information on our event page.

Contact: Maggie Nowinski
maggienowinski@gmail.com
413-539-7894

 

The Gift Show at Paper City Studios

Date: December 11-12 & 17, 12-6pm each day
Location: Paper City Studios
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.maryannebenns.com

Ceramic Artist Maryanne Benns will host an open studio Saturday 12/10, Sunday 12/11, and Saturday 12/17. Saturday 12/10 will feature MichelleBijou showcasing her exciting new designs in hand-crafted Jewelry. Sunday 12/11, come celebrate International Mountain Day by creating a card with a Monumental flair. Other art studios in the building will be open too!

Contact: maryanne Benns
maryanne@maryannebenns.com

 

Queer Winter Makers Market at The Majestic Saloon

Date: December 10, 12-5pm
Location: The Majestic Saloon
Address: 24 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: fb.me/e/2nCiUEham

We are excited to announce our first ever Queer Winter Makers Market at Majestic! Support local queer artists this holiday season.

 

Holiday Open Studios at Paper City Studios

Date: December 10 & 11, 1-6pm
Location: Paper City Studios
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: phyllislabanowski.com

First and second floor studios will be open 1-6pm. Phyllis Labanowski (maker of shrines, prints, and adornment for the décolletage) will be hosting three other artists in her 2nd floor studio: Reed Arahood (cardboard artist), Ricky Baruch (rustic wood worker), and Nalini Goordial (purveyor of spice mixes and tisanes). Eat. Drink. Shop for affordable holiday gifts. Like many artists, we prefer cash or check. (Sorry, our scrappy little building does NOT have an elevator.)

Contact: Phyllis Labanowski
phyllislabanowski@comcast.net
413-320-7986

 

Winter Makers Market at 33 Hawley

Date: December 10, 12-4pm
Location: Mezzanine at 33 Hawley
Address: 33 Hawley Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org/events--projects.html

 

9th Annual Art is a Gift

Start Date: November 26, 2022
End Date: December 31, 2022
Location: Big Red Frame
Hours: Tue-Thur 10:30am-5:30pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-12pm
Address: 43 Main Street / Old Town Hall
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: bigredframe.com/events/artis-a-gift

Art is a Gift is unique in the local Holiday Market Place in that it lasts for one whole month, opening on Small Business Saturday and lasting through the end of the year Holidays. Featuring an eclectic selection of Arts and Crafts from many local artists and artisans, in two galleries conveniently located on the first floor of Easthampton's Old Town Hall.

Contact: yourfriends@bigredframe.com

 

Holiday Open Studio & Pop-up

Date: December 3, 11am-3pm
Location: Milk Barn Studio
Address: 25 S. Ferry Road
City/Town: Montague

Tracy Vernon of Milk Barn Studio and Chris Pellerin of Dunroamin Farm Design Fiber Art Studio are teaming up for a holiday open studio. Browse original pastel and watercolor paintings, prints, and cards; touch soft felted wool scarves; nibble holiday treats and sip hot drinks as you shop for one-of-a-kind handmade gifts in a no-pressure environment. Raffles benefit our local charity, Warm the Children. Bad weather postpones until Sunday, December 4. Masks encouraged indoors.

Contact: Chris Pellerin
cspellerin@comcast.net
413-387-5387

 

Saturday Holiday Salon at the LAVA Center

Date: Saturdays, 11am-2pm, until December 17
Location: The LAVA Center
Address: 324 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: localaccess.org/saturday-holiday-salon

Shop local and support small businesses and artists this holiday season! For the third year, The LAVA Center will host its Saturday Holiday Salon, a popup art salon and marketplace featuring local vendors, artisans and craftspeople selling locally-made wares. Come on out for unique and 100% local holiday gifts! There will be rotating vendors, storytime with Mrs. Claus, live music, and other special surprises.

 

Lowbrow Craft Fair

Date: December 3, 11am-5pm
Location: First Churches Northampton (entrance across from Iron Horse)
Address: 129 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: fb.me/e/3BH7Liq1y

25+ artists and crafters with a wide range of unique, quirky, fun handmade goods for a craft fair unlike any other in the Valley. Many thing priced under twenty bucks!

Contact: lowbrowfair@gmail.com

 

Cottage Street December Open Studios

Date: December 3-4 & 10, 10am-5pm
Location: Cottage Street Studios
Address: One Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: cottagestreetstudios.com

Located in the heart of the Easthampton Cultural District, Cottage Street Studios hosts its annual December Open Studios Event! A talented group of more than 40 local fine artists and makers will offer a creative selection of gifts and fine art for home, family, and friends in all price ranges. Meet the artists, see where the magic happens, learn how things are made, and find that special gift or treasure that will last a lifetime. Every studio tells a story.

Contact: Ellen Koteen
ellen27louise@yahoo.com
413-210-5141

 

A Winter Market

Date: Sunday, December 4, 11am-5pm
Location: Cityspace's Blue Room at Old Town Hall
Address: 43 Main Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: cityspaceeasthampton.org

20+ local artists and makers selling handmade goods at this seasonal pop-up market. Come by and find unique gifts for your loved ones, or gift yourself something special (like an on-site tarot/ astrology reading)!

Contact: Adele Fantasia
afantasi@skidmore.edu
413-320-6444

 

Santa's Workshop

Date: December 4, 12-3pm
Location: John Boyle O'Reilly Club
Address: 33 Progress Avenue
City/Town: Springfield
Website: fb.me/e/3QBnzfOe1

Santa's Workshop presented by Black Rose Academy of Irish Dance featuring local Crafters and vendors, kids coloring contest, raffles, santa photos and more! Irish dance performance at 1:30pm. Free and open to the public.

Contact: Bridget
Blackroseacademyofirishdance@yahoo.com

 

Blue Room Pop-up: Marjory Zaik and Doris Madsen

Date: December 2, 5-8pm
Location: Cityspace's Blue Room at Old Town Hall
Address: 43 Main Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: cityspaceeasthampton.org

Join us at CitySpace's Art Walk Pop-up at Old Town Hall, where we will be selling art and wares from the archives and the attic. Doris Madsen is offering one-of-a-kind prints, paintings and note cards suitable for gift giving at affordable prices. Images include still lifes and landscapes. Marjory Zaik is offering collages, ephemera packs, and collaged gift boxes from her attic studio.

Contact: Doris Madsen
doriswmadsen@gmail.com
413-210-2885

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

Open Muralist Call 2023

Sponsoring Group Name: Common Wealth Murals
Deadline: rolling until March 2023
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Springfield
Website: artlink.click/afb754

Common Wealth Murals manages the Fresh Paint Springfield mural festival and individual mural commissions in Massachusetts. We are building a roster of muralists interested in community-oriented mural commissions. For these projects, the client will determine the theme of the mural, and the artist will create the design and respond to client feedback with design edits. The Artist Fee for each mural will be between $3,000 - 6,000. We anticipate offering 25 mural commissions in 2023.

Contact: info@commonwealthmurals.org

 

South Hadley Artists: Open Studio Tour Survey

Sponsoring Group Name: South Hadley Cultural Council
Deadline: December 21
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: South Hadley
Website: forms.gle/x43TN2kMPPKmGGPX6

Showcase South Hadley: A Celebration of Art & Culture welcomes any South Hadley working artist, with an accessible studio, to complete the survey. We are hoping to include an open studio tour which will be part of a larger local cultural celebration slated for spring of 2023. We welcome fine artists, makers, and musicians who create their work and maintain their studio in South Hadley. Artists may be one or more persons at the same location. The studio must be accessible for all guests and operational.

 

Holiday Market at the ARTery

Sponsoring Group Name: ARTery
Deadline: November 30
Submission Fees: no fee to apply
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: forms.gle/mTUfJtcB7tJwj65Q6

We are looking for unique and distinct items and objects of your own design and creation, or services you provide. They do not have to be winter holiday themed, but they should be of good quality. We will be limiting the number of same-item vendors to ensure a diversity of items at the market. Applying does not guarantee you a spot. Accepted vendors will be notified no later than December 5th. Cost for a space is $20.

 

The Fine Art & Craft of Fiber

Sponsoring Group Name: ArtWorks Gallery
Deadline: December 27
Submission Fees: $22 for one entry / $30 for two entries / $40 for three entries
City/Town: Ware
Website: workshop13.org

We invite you to submit work that celebrates the diverse nature of textiles. Felting, weaving, knitting, embroidery, quilting, mixed fiber and more are welcome. We encourage work that straddles the space between fine art and decorative craft - or moves far beyond craft into the realm of fine art.

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

 

Zea Mays Printmaking Residency Fellowship

Sponsoring Group Name: Zea Mays Printmaking
Deadline: December 1
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Florence
Website: zeamaysprintmaking.com/residencies/residency-fellowship

Zea Mays Printmaking is offering a subsidized fellowship for a 2-week residency in our printmaking studio to one practicing printmaker or a pair of 2 collaborative printmakers. Applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate a commitment to Zea Mays Printmaking's mission to research, practice and share safer and non-toxic printmaking processes. Residency Dates: June 6-18, 2023.

Contact: Kaye Carroll
kaye@zeamaysprintmaking.com
413-584-1783

 

3rd Open Juried Virtual Photography Show

Sponsoring Group Name: Friends of the Agawam Public Library
Deadline: February 15, 2023
Submission Fees: $25 per entry
City/Town: Agawam
Website: agawamlibrary.org/about-2/friends/#FriendsPhotoShow

The Friends of the Agawam Public Library call for entries to their 3rd Open Juried Virtual Photography Show March 15, 2023. The show provides a platform to recognize and encourage photographers and benefits the Agawam Public Library. Awards totaling $1,340 will be determined by judging done on March 1, 2023. Eileen Donelan and Gene Suponski, both well recognized photographers, will be the jury judges. Full details on website.

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

 

Seeking Submissions for the Looky Here Art Auction Gala

Sponsoring Group Name: Looky Here
Deadline: December 3
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: instagram.com/p/CkQ4gtipsdz

Looky Here is still accepting donations for the Art Auction Gala! The gala will celebrate our 5th year as a non-profit art gallery, workshop space, thrift store for art supplies, Risopgraph print shop and Art clubhouse. Funds raised will help keep Looky Here staffed and open, and contribute to a workshop scholarship fund. Looky Here would not exist without the support of our artist community, and we hope to celebrate them all at this fancy, flouncy Gala! See website link for full details.

Contact: lookyheregreenfield@gmail.com

 

Greenfield Public Library Donor Wall

Sponsoring Group Name: Greenfield Public Library Foundation
Deadline: December 15
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: greenfieldpubliclibraryfoundationma.org/donor-recognition-rfp.html

The Greenfield Public Library Foundation is requesting proposals from local artists to design a unique donor wall. The donor wall will be displayed in the new Greenfield Public Library lobby. Contact the GPL Foundation at gplfoundation.info@gmail.com for questions and to submit proposals.

Contact: Jessica Remillard
jess.remillard@gmail.com
413-772-9230

 

ARTery

Sponsoring Group Name: City of Holyoke in collaboration with the Greater Holyoke Chamber, and Print Shop Inc
Deadline: rolling
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: forms.gle/UJrX4JAbj7gFreeL7

An art store and gallery at 289 High Street to run throughout 2023 and to feature original and re-made works crafted by a diverse array of regional talent. Original artwork, handcrafted and/or up-cycled/refinished items, and locally produced artisan goods ONLY. Full details and registration form on website.

Contact: artery@holyokeart.com

 

Call for Collaborators: Queer & Trans Survivor Tarot

Sponsoring Group Name: Astral Cherry Art
Deadline: December 15
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: astralcherryart.com/qtsurvivortarot2023

Astral Cherry Art is looking for queer & trans survivors of sexual or interpersonal violence to be part of creating a personalized tarot or oracle card for inclusion in a public exhibition in June 2023 at The Bloomery Art Gallery & Meeting Place. Survivors may remain anonymous, and the creation of a personalized card is completely free of charge in exchange for being shown in the exhibition.

Contact: Lachlan Thompson
astralcherryart@gmail.com
612-229-3886

 

Call For Workshops, Classes, and Events

Sponsoring Group Name: Resilient Community Arts
Deadline: December 31
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: resilientcommunityarts.org

Resilient Community Arts (RCA) is looking for local creatives to collaborate with in offering PAID workshops, classes, and events for Western Mass designed and led by YOU. We especially want to amplify offerings from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Disabled community members. RCA is built on the philosophy that when community members have a place to voice their experiences, to harness cultural power, and amplify their stories we take steps forward together towards a more just and equitable world.

Contact: Lachlan Thompson
info@resilientcommunityarts.org

 

Quality Creations at PATS

Sponsoring Group Name: Quality Creations
Deadline: December 1
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Williamsburg

We are a consignment shop strictly for artists and craftsmen. Looking for more consignors. 20 percent commission, additional 4 percent if customer uses credit card, no other fees. Presently we have 23 consignors of varying types. We have space for much more.

Contact: Caroline Smith
champagnesmith@aol.com
413-268-7454

 

Borgia Gallery at Elms College

Sponsoring Group Name: Elms College
Deadline: July 12, 2024
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Chicopee
Website: elms.edu/academics/humanities/borgia-gallery

The Borgia Gallery at Elms College in Chicopee is seeking artists and/or artist groups working in two-dimensional or small three-dimensional media to exhibit work. The gallery space is approximately 1200 square feet, and it is located in the Mary Dooley College Center. Exhibitions run from 4 to 6 weeks in length and the college provides printed marketing materials such as postcards and flyers. Interested parties should submit 10 digital images or website to kiernanb@elms.edu

Contact: Brian Kiernan
kiernanb@elms.edu

 

Valley Arts Mentors Remote Mentoring Program

Sponsoring Group Name: Valley Arts Mentors
Deadline: rolling
Submission Fees: none
Website: artsmentors.org/mentorship

VAM is currently accepting registrations for Year 2's Mentorship Cohort! We will be matching 10 arts mentors with 10 mentees on a rolling basis. Commitment: Mentors and mentees connect online or, pandemic allowing, in person once every two weeks for a six month period. We seek applications from mentees, and we are recruiting mentors who are established artists or arts professionals with 15+ years of experience in their field. Full details on website.

 

Saturday Salon at The LAVA Center

Sponsoring Group Name: The LAVA Center
Deadline: open
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: forms.gle/jNEhqYGk8gBRhL5v5

Seeking artists and vendors to display their work during our Saturday Salon. Artists of all stripes--visual artists, writers, musicians, vendors, filmmakers, etc.--are welcome to join us!

Contact: vanessa@localaccess.org

 

Classes / Workshops / Seminars / Meet Ups

The Most Important Things You Learn In Art School with Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: January - July
Fee: $35 for each mini-workshop
Location: Online via Zoom
City/Town: Northampton
Website: megbandarra.com/art-school-workshop

A prerecorded series of six mini-workshops teaching the most important skills I learned from my days in art school - perfect for anyone who feels like they missed out on some of the fundamental lessons you learn with a formal art education. Starting in January, each mini-workshop is available for two specific calendar months, and can be rewatched over and over during that time. The series has a natural progression, but each workshop can be taken individually. Visit the website for more details.

Contact: Meg Bandarra
megbandarra@gmail.com

 

Introduction To Pastel with Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: 10am-12:30pm, January 28 & 29
Fee: $85 plus materials
Location: Online via Zoom
City/Town: Northampton
Website: megbandarra.com/intro-pastel

Soft pastel is a fun and forgiving medium that has beautifully rich color, and a unique luminescence not found in any other medium. If you've been wanting to try something new- join me online for this fun weekend workshop. We'll be using a limited palette to keep material costs lower, and in a loose style, to keep the focus on the medium instead of the subject. Visit the website for more details.

Contact: Meg Bandarra
megbandarra@gmail.com

 

Sunset Skies In Pastel with Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: 1:30-4pm, February 9-16
Fee: $85 plus materials
Location: Online via Zoom
City/Town: Northampton
Website: megbandarra.com/skies-workshop

Join me online for this two-week workshop, and learn about the perspective, value, and color relationships necessary to create convincing sunsets using soft pastel. The unique luminescence of pastel coupled with its ability to blend, create gorgeous sunsets. It's the perfect pairing of medium and subject! All experience levels are welcome. Visit the website for more details.

Contact: Meg Bandarra
megbandarra@gmail.com

 

Pencil, Paper, Draw! with Roc Goudreau

Date & Time: Thursdays, 5-7pm, December 1-22
Fee: $125 non-members / $100 members, all materials included
Location: Workshop13
Address: 13 Church Street
City/Town: Ware
Website: workshop13.org

Have you always wanted to draw but don't know where to start? In this 4 week course, professional artist and illustrator Roc Goudreau will share his secrets using pencil techniques, proportions, shading, and measurement to make your art come to life! Ages: 13-adult.

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

 

Painting in Oils with Roc Goudreau

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 2-4pm (intermediate to advanced), 4-6pm (beginner to intermediate), November 30 - January 4
Fee: $188 Non-Member / $150 member, all materials included (or bring your own)
Location: Workshop13
Address: 13 Church Street
City/Town: Ware
Website: workshop13.org

Painting with oils is far easier than you might think and incredibly satisfying! Three different oil painting techniques, monochromatic, oil washes, and abstract realism will be taught with this hands-on approach.

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

 

Artsy Elves: Holiday Make & Take

Date & Time: Saturday, December 10, 10am-1pm
Fee: free
Location: Workshop13
Address: 13 Church Street
City/Town: Ware
Website: workshop13.org

Ornament making, painted cookies, printmaking cards, and much more! This is a FREE holiday workshop for all ages.

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

 

Genreflux: Collage As Creative Nonfiction Storytelling

Date & Time: November 29, 6-8pm
Fee: from $15
Location: Zoom via Astral Cherry Art
City/Town: Northampton
Website: astralcherryart.com/store/p/genreflux-collage-as-creative-nonfiction-storytelling

Together, collage and creative nonfiction ask us to imagine new ways to share our stories together. Where does the truth end, and fiction begin? Come to learn an oral storytelling practice and then transform your story into a creative nonfiction collage. You'll end the night with a list of prompts to inspire future explorations and resource recommendations for learning more about creative nonfiction as a genre.

Contact: Lachlan Thompson
astralcherryart@gmail.com

 

Holiday Necklace-Making with Phyllis Labanowski

Date & Time: November 16 - December 17
Fee: $30 per class
Location: Paper City Studios
Address: 80 Race Street (2nd floor)
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: phyllislabanowski.com

Adorn your décolletage or make a gift. Beads and supplies provided along with instruction. Bring your own charms, pendants, milagros, or parts from broken necklaces and earrings to incorporate. $30 per class. WEDNESDAYS 1-5pm: November 30 & December 14. FRIDAY 1-5pm: December 16. SATURDAY 2-6pm: December 17. Space is limited. Sign up is required. Cash or check. (Sorry, but this building does not have an elevator.)

Contact: Phyllis Labanowski
phyllislabanowski@comcast.net
413-320-7986

 

Experimental Watercolor and Collage

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 6-8pm, November 30 - December 14
Fee: $175
Location: The Color Collaborative
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 228
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: sharonacolor.com/shop/experimental-watercolor-and-collage8-week-session

Let it flow! This class is awesome for anyone looking to explore new territories in their own creativity. We will focus on learning and mastering watercolor and collage techniques. We will practice pouring with fluid acrylics, layering with inks, and creating multi-color gradations, and more. Students will leave with an abundance of new artworks and free-flowing creativity. No experience is required.

Contact: sharonacolor@gmail.com

 

Queer & Trans Art Group at Resilient Community Arts

Date & Time: bi-weekly - even numbered Wednesdays, 7pm
Fee: free / optional donation
Location: Resilient Community Arts
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 044
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: artlink.click/b1fb4b

Open to anyone who identifies as queer, trans, or gender-expansive. Come hang out, make art in community, or just connect with other queer and trans folks in a safer space. With our fabulous facilitator Mi! Ages 18+

Contact: info@resilientcommunityarts.org
413-342-0396

 

Glass Pendants and Figures with Sally Prasch

Date & Time: Saturday, December 3, 10am-4pm
Fee: $205 + $45 term fee
Location: UMass, Lederle Graduate Research Center, Room A-19
Address: 740 N. Pleasant Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: cns.umass.edu/research/glassblowing

Come to the University of Massachusetts Glassblowing Lab and learn how to create glass pendants and small figures out of glass. In this class, we will be shaping borosilicate clear and color rod into a colorful pendants and small figures. No prior experience necessary.

Contact: Sally Prasch
sprasch@umass.edu
413-250-3405

 

Amanda's Monotype Printmaking Workshop

Date & Time: Saturday, December 17, 10am-3pm
Fee: $140 includes all materials, including humor
Location: Amanda Barrow, Arts Studio
Address: One Cottage Street, studio #415
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: artlink.click/74j

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. You take home 7 prints! No experience necessary; three students max per workshop means personal attention. Next workshops: Jan 21 & Feb 18.

Contact: Amanda Barrow
bridge.arts.1@gmail.com

 

Drop In Public Studio at Resilient Community Arts

Date & Time: Saturdays, 11am-3pm
Fee: $5-$10 suggested donation
Location: Resilient Community Arts
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 044
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: resilientcommunityarts.org/program-registration/p/drop-in-studio

The time is yours! Drop In Public Studio is supervised by RCA studio assistants and instructors. There is no set theme or project for drop-in studio hours, but our staff will always be there to share new techniques, equipment, and ideas with you! Come to hang out in community, use any of RCA's supplies, and create independently! Artists younger than 11 must be accompanied by an adult, ages 12-17 need written or phone call permission from a guardian to be at the studio without an adult.

Contact: info@resilientcommunityarts.org
413-342-0396

 

Figure Drawing Fridays in Northampton

Date & Time: alternating Friday nights, 6:30-9:30pm
Fee: $15 / $10 for students ($16 if paying online)
Address: 71 Bradford Street (side door - follow the signs)
City/Town: Northampton
Website: facebook.com/figuredrawingfridays

We draw inspiration from the live nude to create, converse and commune. We provide the model, some easels, music, and conversation. We are an easy-going group and enjoy the social/ community aspect of these sessions as much as the actual drawing. Bring your own materials and BYOB if you want. NO INSTRUCTOR but there is often peer review. High school students welcome with parental consent. Scent/smoke/vape-free building. RSVP required. Upcoming dates: 12/2, 12/16, 12/30.

Contact: gundy
ehoartguy@gmail.com

 

Drawing in the landscape with Lorna Ritz

Date & Time: Wednesday afternoons
Location: Mt. Pollux
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.lornaritz.com

Technical & Aesthetic Instruction: a critical approach to your drawing focusing color changes in the mountains, trees, fields, sky. Lorna encourages artists to ask questions on paper rather than stating what the eye perceptually sees and/or what the mind already knows. The eye, instead, moves around and not just on the object being drawn or painted, so that movement is created between objects through color relationships. Individual or group critiques.

Contact: lenajenny3@yahoo.com

 

Studio / Artist Space Available

Florence: Studio Share at Arts & Industry

Location: Arts & Industry
Date(s) available: December
Address: 221 Pine Street
City/Town: Florence

Sunny studio space to share. First floor on the river side. Please text if you would like more details.

Contact: Liz
Audubonarts@icloud.com
413-923-2809

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