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This Week's Newsletter: April 16, 2024

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
April 16, 2024
Issue #815

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Featured Listings:

MICAfest Art for Change: The M/others' View

Artists: Mothers Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA)
Start Date: May 1, 2023
End Date: May 31, 2024
Reception Date: May 1 & 25
Location: Northampton Center for the Arts / NEVAmuseum at Anchor House of Artists / Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity
Address: see website for location details
City/Town: Northampton & Florence
Website: experiencemica.org

MICAfest is back! Tickets on sale now. 80 m/other artists converge this May for MICAfest Art for Change: The M/others' View, a month-long, multidisciplinary festival in Northampton presented by MICA, a Western MA mom-run organization. Brace yourself for an unprecedented event with a visual exhibition and interdisciplinary weekly showcases. Don’t miss this groundbreaking celebration, igniting essential conversations about m/otherhood, art, and social change. Free events and sliding scale tickets.

Contact: Lyza Fennell
hello@experiencemica.org
413-341-6916

 

Beginning Stained Glass at Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio

Date & Time: April 20, 10am-3:30pm
Fee: $125
Location: Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, suite 229
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: DragonflyStainedGlassStudio.com

Create a beautiful sun catcher or ornaments to grace your home or give as gifts. We will cover the skills and techniques to build a unique piece of stained glass art. The perfect class for students with no experience or intermediate students with some experience who may want a refresher course. All levels welcome. Glass and supplies are included in the tuition and the use of all tools. Dates for same class: April 21, and more.

Contact: Heather McLean
Info@DragonflyStainedGlassStudio.com
413-559-1010

 

Amanda Barrow's Monotype & Gel Plate Printing Workshops

Date & Time: Monotype: Saturday, April 27 / Gel Plate: Sunday, April 28
Fee: $140 for Monotype class / $105 for Gel Plate class / $235 for both
Location: Amanda Barrow Printmaking Studio
Address: One Cottage Street, studio #415
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: artlink.click/1778e6

Take these classes separately or experience a Printmaking Power Combo! Monotype & Gel Plate prints are one-of-a-kind prints! Imagine painting on a sheet of plastic, placing paper over it, & running it through a printing press. Voila, the image comes out on paper in reverse to how you painted it! Come have fun & play with AKUA soy-based inks, brushes, & different papers to create original prints. All materials included, share ink, make friends; take home a Gel Plate & 7 prints with each class!

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

 

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Agawam Exhibits/Events

Thousand Cranes Studio

Artists: Thousand Cranes Studio
Start Date: April 1, 2024
End Date: April 30, 2024
Location: Agawam Public Library
Hours: Mon-Thur 9am-9pm, Fri & Sat 9am-5pm
Address: 750 Cooper Street
City/Town: Agawam
Website: agawamlibrary.org

The Agawam Public Library is proud to welcome back Thousand Cranes Art Studio during the month of April. Across both levels of the library, visitors will also enjoy the colorful and creative artwork of the students from Thousand Cranes Studio. The artwork consists of drawings, sketches, and paintings from students as young as 4 years old! Thousand Cranes Studio is run by Stan and Sheila Coly and is located in Feeding Hills. For more information, please visit www.thousandcranesstudio.com.

Contact: Erica LeFebvre
elefebvre@agawamlibrary.org
413-789-1550

 

Amherst Exhibits/Events

Spring Art Walk at UMass Fine Arts Center

Date: Friday, April 19, 3-6pm
Location: Fine Arts Center
Address: UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/ec7712

Join us for the fall Fine Arts Center Art Walk. Celebrate the incredible art on campus by visiting the Fine Arts Center's three visual arts venues, Augusta Savage Gallery, Hampden Gallery, and the University Museum of Contemporary Art. This once-a-semester event features free cider donuts, hands-on art activities, live performances, visual art, and fun.

 

Quarterly Art Opening at The Mill District Local Art Gallery

Artists: over 30 local artists
Date: Friday, April 26, 5-7pm
Location: The Mill District Local Art Gallery
Address: 91 Cowls Road
City/Town: Amherst
Website: generalstorelocalgallery.com

All artists, art lovers, and community members are invited to the Mill District Local Art Gallery's free Quarterly Art Reception. Please join us in celebrating the current collection of art on exhibit and available for purchase by over 30 local artists! Don’t miss this wonderful evening of conversation, art, and complementary light refreshments from Provisions. Live piano music provided by Avi Steinhardt.

Contact: Shannon Borrell
gallery@cowls.com
413-835-0966

 

Gallery A3 Artists at GoBerry 'n Cream

Artists: Gallery A3 Artists
Start Date: April 2, 2024
End Date: May 31, 2024
Location: GoBerry 'n Cream
Hours: Sun 1-9pm, Thur 4-10pm, Fri & Sat 1-10pm
Address: 28 Amity Street, Suite 1E
City/Town: Amherst
Website: goberryncream.com

Try a taste of Spring with the fresh flavors of local frozen yogurt at GoBerry ’n Cream and take a look at a new exhibit by artists from Gallery A3. Image: Leaves in Window, photograph by Laura Holland

 

Pieces of Us

Artists: Pelham Elementary Students
Start Date: March 30, 2024
End Date: April 27, 2024
Location: The Mill District Local Art Gallery
Address: 91 Cowls Road
City/Town: Amherst
Website: generalstorelocalgallery.com

Artworks by Pelham Elementary School students, aged 5 to 12, exploring identity themes. Each piece reflects discussions on diversity and individuality, with students choosing to represent a single aspect of themselves. With full creative control, they used various mediums to craft their authentic expressions. Organized by Emily Stewart, the art teacher at Pelham Elementary.

Contact: Shannon Borrell
gallery@cowls.com
413-835-0966

 

DEFINING SPACE

Artists: Karen Iglehart, Janet W. Winston
Start Date: April 4, 2024
End Date: April 27, 2024
Location: Gallery A3
Hours: Thur-Sun 2-7pm
Address: 28 Amity Street 1D
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

DEFINING SPACE displays abstract paintings by Karen Iglehart and loosely interpreted New England landscapes by Janet W. Winston. The artists will discuss their working process, online, on Thursday, April 18, at 7:30pm. Image Left: Karen Iglehart, Allowing Space #5, oil on canvas; Right: Janet W. Winston, Hadley Fields, oil on canvas.

Contact: Karen Iglehart
info@karen-iglehart.com

 

FAINT/HIDDEN/SHROUDED: Contemplating Obscurity

Start Date: March 27, 2024
End Date: May 10, 2024
Location: University Museum of Contemporary Art
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-4:30pm, Sat & Sun 12-4pm, first Thursdays until 8pm
Address: Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts, 151 Presidents Drive
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/abd9c7

Annual Eva Fierst Graduate Curatorial Exhibition. Pulling work from the UMCA's permanent collection, our extraordinary graduate curatorial fellows have assembled pieces from often overlooked artists such as Chakaia Booker, Elliott Erwitt, Ralph Gibson, Rashid Johnson, and Jefferson Pinder. Curated by UMass graduate students Ruthie Baker, Simone Cambridge, and Olivia Haynes.

 

Rendered from the Void; A Brief but Eternal Moment

Artists: Beau Guenther, Luka Eriksens
Start Date: March 10, 2024
End Date: May 14, 2024
Location: AIRSpace Gallery
Hours: Wed-Fri 12-6pm Sat 12-5pm
Address: 534 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: airspacegallery.net

At its core, our artistic practice is an act of total submission to the collective and individual subconscious. By subverting intellect and intent we create pieces which, upon completion, are baffling even to ourselves. This action tears us apart and bares all from the Sublime, Divine, and Beautiful, to the ignorant, Dark, and shameful. Each piece serves as a visual language for that which cannot be otherwise described, implying varying degrees of narrative, allegory, or personal theology.

Contact: Yaning Xing
info@airspacegallery.net
413-835-5072

 

Black Art Matters Festival

Start Date: February 27, 2024
End Date: July 7, 2024
Location: Mead Art Museum
Address: Amherst College
City/Town: Amherst
Website: amherst.edu/museums/mead/events/BAM-Fest

The annual Black Art Matters Festival affirms and celebrates Black student artists and creators at Amherst College. Initiated by Zoe Akoto AC '21, the Festival has blossomed over the past seven years under the care of student artists and organizers. This year's visual arts exhibition will feature sculpture, ceramics, photography, painting, and more from current students.

 

Boundless (pt 2)

Start Date: February 27, 2024
End Date: July 7, 2024
Location: Mead Art Museum
Hours: Tue-Sun 9am-5pm, Thur 9am-10pm
Address: 41 Quadrangle Drive
City/Town: Amherst
Website: amherst.edu/museums/mead

The second Boundless installation (curated by Heid E. Erdrich) roots itself in the shared aesthetic, intellectual, & spiritual traditions that connect Indigenous peoples across the globe. Bringing together the works of artists and writers like Brian D. Tripp, Enrique Chagoya, Kohar Avakian, Maggie Napangardi Watson Warlukurlangu, and Kaya Agari, the exhibition establishes the abundance and resilience of the artists' respective cultural traditions across time and into the future.

 

BREACH: LOGBOOK 24 | STACCATO

Artist: Courtney M. Leonard
Start Date: February 22, 2024
End Date: May 10, 2024
Location: University Museum of Contemporary Art
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-4:30pm, Sat & Sun 12-4pm, first Thursdays until 8pm
Address: Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts, 151 Presidents Drive
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/543afd

Shinnecock artist Courtney M. Leonard explores marine biology, Indigenous food sovereignty, migration, and human environmental impact through visual logbooks. BREACH: LOGBOOK 24 | STACCATO, includes paintings, sculptures, and video based on the life and kinship ties of Staccato, a North Atlantic right whale killed by a ship strike in 1999, whose remains are housed in the UMass collections. On view until May 10 & Sept 19 - Dec 6.

Contact: Lucy Norton
lucy.norton@umass.edu

 

Like a Slow Walk with Trees

Artist: Alicia Grullón
Start Date: January 26, 2024
End Date: June 9, 2024
Location: Mead Art Museum
Hours: Tue-Sun 9am-5pm, Thur 9am-10pm
Address: 41 Quadrangle Drive
City/Town: Amherst
Website: amherst.edu/museums/mead/exhibitions/2024/like-a-slow-walk-with-trees-alicia-grullon

This exhibition presents new work by Alicia Grullón (including banners, photographs, + video) that explore ideas of land and labor. Reflecting research on recent protests in a range of industries such as mining, shipping, and entertainment, Grullón poetically knits together the direct language used to make demands with other references that layer and complicate associations while addressing current issues. Alicia Grullón is an artist and activist based in NYC.

Contact: Charlotte Murtishaw
cmurtishaw@amherst.edu

 

Trópico es Político: Caribbean Art Under the Visitor Economy Regime

Start Date: January 26, 2024
End Date: May 5, 2024
Location: Mead Art Museum
Hours: Tue-Sun 9am-5pm, Thur 9am-10pm
Address: 41 Quadrangle Drive
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/3b1cf4

Trópico es Político: Caribbean Art Under the Visitor Economy Regime considers notions of natural & fiscal paradise through the work of artists living in the Caribbean and its diaspora. Curated by Marina Reyes Franco, the show explores artists' responses to the "visitor economy regime" defined by the confluence of tourism + finance. Across mediums, artists center exchange, bodies + territories as part of a critical investigation of how the tropical is political. Img: Ricardo Cabret.

Contact: Charlotte Murtishaw
cmurtishaw@amherst.edu

 

FABRICATIONS and DREAMS

Artist: Cynthia Guild
Start Date: February 14, 2024
End Date: May 3, 2024
Location: Hampden Gallery
Hours: Mon-Tue & Thur-Fri 1-5pm, Wed 1-7pm
Address: Hampden Dining Commons, 131 Southwest Circle
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/09bfc7

FABRICATIONS and DREAMS juxtaposes two series of oil paintings and drawings. In one body of work, Cynthia Guild presents industrial mechanical imagery representing logic. In the second body of work, she depicts dreamy, snowy alpine scenes of nature that represent escape and reverie.

Contact: Lucy Norton
lucy.norton@umass.edu
413-387-7466

 

Obsessive Compulsive Drawings

Artist: Gonzalo Silva
Start Date: February 14, 2024
End Date: May 3, 2024
Location: Hampden Gallery, Incubator Project Space
Hours: Mon-Tue & Thur-Fri 1-5pm, Wed 1-7pm
Address: Hampden Dining Commons, 131 Southwest Circle
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/93aa62

Chilean musician and artist Gonzalo Silva expands the utilitarian boundaries of the household ballpoint pen by detailing his compulsions on the back of 8.5"x11" stationery. Of the stationery, he says, "These items are important to me, like summons, default notices, or support group meeting lists."

Contact: Lucy Norton
lucy.norton@umass.edu
413-387-7466

 

As We Move Forward

Artists: seventeen BIPOC women artists
Start Date: February 7, 2024
End Date: May 10, 2024
Location: Augusta Savage Gallery
Hours: Mon-Tue 1-5pm, Wed-Fri 1-7pm
Address: New Africa House, 180 Infirmary Way
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/ae5e09

This exhibit honors the work and legacy of American sculptor and educator Augusta Savage (1892-1962), who paved the way for future generations of Black artists. Co-curators Juana Valdes and Nhadya Lawes have chosen the works of seventeen BIPOC women artists from Savage's home state of Florida. The exhibition combines photography, painting, sculpture, videography, textile work, and other mixed media to create a space of celebration and growth for these emerging artists.

Contact: Lucy Norton
lucy.norton@umass.edu
413-387-7466

 

Easthampton Exhibits/Events

Black Joy Revelations

Artist: Ebbie Russell
Start Date: April 11, 2024
End Date: TBA
Location: ECA Gallery
Address: 43 Main Street / Old Town Hall
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: easthamptoncityarts.com/event/black-joy-revelation-at-eca-gallery

We invite you to join us to experience Ebbie Russell's installation "Black Joy Revelation" at ECA Gallery in conjunction with Easthampton Poetry Month!

 

Have a Heart for Public Art

Date: Sunday, April 21, 10am-1pm
Location: Galaxy
Address: 60 Main Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: eventbrite.com/e/have-a-heart-for-public-art-tickets-874363192847

Join us for an all-you-can-eat brunch at Galaxy where 100% of the proceeds will support the restoration of Peggy Grose's mural of Nashawannuck Pond wildlife on Pine Street in the Cottage Street Cultural District! Tickets $35.

 

Retrospective

Artist: Eleanor Herman
Start Date: April 1, 2024
End Date: April 30, 2024
Location: Lathrop Community
Hours: 7 days, 9am-5pm
Address: 100 Bassett Brook Drive
City/Town: Easthampton

Eleanor's retrospective covers the years from 1975 through 2016. For her painting is all-absorbing and intense. It is a more complete way of expressing myself than words alone. She paints with oil because the colors are rich and vibrant ad may be mixed endlessly coating new hues. Nature is her color, inspiration and color is her joy.

Contact: Marcia Jestaedt
marciajestaedt@verizon.net
301-693-0427

 

FULL CIRCLE

Artist: Whendy Carter
Start Date: April 2, 2024
End Date: May 8, 2024
Location: The Grubbs Gallery, Reed Campus Center, The Williston Northampton School
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-3pm, Wed 8:30am-12:30pm
Address: 40 Park Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: whendycarter.com

Large-scale monotype collages that focus on pattern and repetition, in a variety of colorways including blacks, golds, bronze, and jewel tones. During the run of the exhibit WHENDY CARTER will be present at the Grubbs Gallery from 1-3pm, FRIDAYS, April 12, 19, 26 and May 3. If you are not available on Fridays at that time, please text or call to schedule a private tour.

Contact: Whendy Carter
whendy.carter@gmail.com
917-597-5935

 

The Debt you Owe

Artist: Oliver James
Start Date: April 11, 2024
End Date: May 8, 2024
Location: 50 Arrow Gallery
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 136
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: 50arrowgallery.com

The highly anticipated solo exhibit by acclaimed Washington DC muralist and artist Oliver James. The exhibit promises to challenge perceptions, provoke dialogue, and confront uncomfortable truths about oppression within capitalist societies. Through a striking collection of original paintings and prints, Oliver James boldly confronts the often-overlooked history of indigenous genocide and oppression upon which economic superpowers like the USD and Yuan are built.

Contact: Jason Montgomery
jasonm@50arrowgallery.com
860-214-6214

 

The Hand Sees What the Eye Feels

Artist: Kamini Avril
Start Date: April 4, 2024
End Date: April 28, 2024
Location: The Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 40 Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

Contact: theoxbowgallery@gmail.com
413-203-1196

 

Lorna Ritz

Artist: Lorna Ritz
Start Date: April 4, 2024
End Date: April 28, 2024
Location: The Oxbow Gallery, back room gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm, Fri 2-7pm
Address: 40 Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

Lorna Ritz will show abstract expressionist-impressionist oil paintings, and landscape oil crayon drawings.

Contact: 413-203-1196

 

STORYWEAR

Artist: Lauren Leja
Start Date: April 11, 2024
End Date: May 4, 2024
Location: The Elusie Gallery @ Old Town Hall
Hours: see website
Address: 43 Main Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: bigredframe.com/gallery

I have constructed artist books for years, but the pandemic lockdown gave me the time to explore the materials I had collected for decades: snapshots, diaries, antique textiles, and re-examine the very essence of the book. Can a dress be a book if it is a vehicle for text? Experiments led to the inevitable yet organic synthesis: STORYWEAR. I am fascinated with found objects, the collision of modern and antique, but mostly with the constant dialogue between feminism and femininity.

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

 

Resonance Advisory Council

Artists: Alyssya Clark, Gerald Clark
Start Date: March 14, 2024
End Date: April 27, 2024
Location: 50 Arrow Gallery
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 136
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: 50arrowgallery.com

"Resonance Advisory Council" promises to transport attendees into a realm of expressive visioning and introspective exploration. Alyssya Clark, a Western Mass local and new mother, brings her emotive artwork to life, guided by the depths of her feelings. Gerald Clark, a true traveler at heart, shares his unique perspective through installations that weave stories along perceptual paths, drawing inspiration from the beauty found in nature's minutiae.

Contact: Jason Montgomery
jasonm@50arrowgallery.com
860-214-6214

 

Journeys in Hope

Artist: Doris W. Madsen
Start Date: March 4, 2024
End Date: April 29, 2024
Location: E-Media
Hours: Mon-Wed & Fri 10am-6pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sat 11am-4pm (by appt)
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Ste 102
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: easthamptonmedia.org/create/gallery

Doris W. Madsen has utilized paper bags to carry her message of hope. A multitude of watery layers are used to convey a sense of fluidity of boundary and influences. Her combinations of painting, printmaking and words move us along a journey to explore our own feelings and journeys. Doris was deeply influenced by the words of Refaat Alareer, Palestinian poet, killed Dec. 6, 2023; "If I must die, you must live, to tell my story...If I must die, let it bring hope, let it be a tale."

Contact: Lucinda Arnold
info@easthamptonmedia.org
413-203-1360

 

Ned Wagers Dibble

Artist: Ned Wagers Dibble
Start Date: June 26, 2023
End Date: June 26, 2024
Location: New City Brewery
Hours: Mon-Fri 4-11pm, Sat & Sun 12-9pm
Address: 180 Pleasant Street (behind the Paragon Building)
City/Town: Easthampton

Paintings, prints and greeting cards.

Contact: Ned Wagers Dibble
nxdnwd@gmail.com
413-768-9087

 

Florence Exhibits/Events

Three Years of Conversation: Selections from Zea Mays Printmaking's Virtual Lunch Group

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 19, 2024
End Date: May 12, 2024
Reception Date: April 27, 2-4pm
Location: The Sanford Gallery @ Zea Mays Printmaking
Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 320 Riverside Drive
City/Town: Florence
Website: zeamaysprintmaking.com/three-years-of-conversation-selections-from-zmps-virtual-lunch-group

The ZMP virtual lunch group began meeting early in the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues as a vital, informative, and supportive part of our art life. In this exhibit, we celebrate this impact by showing works influenced by the suggestions, examples, ideas, and processes learned during the weekly virtual lunch meetings. This exhibit is an opportunity for group members, as well as other viewers, to take part, and continue, our conversation.

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

 

Greenfield Exhibits/Events

Photography

Artist: Pauline Star
Start Date: April 11, 2024
End Date: April 30, 2024
Location: The LAVA Center
Hours: Mon-Tue & Sat 11am-2pm, Thur & Fri 5-8pm
Address: 324 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: thelavacenter.org/exhibits/pauline-star-photography

As a mom in recovery, I need to find time to fill my spirit with healthy things. One of those things I found was photography. I would wake before the sun came up and drive. I sometimes searched for the darkest dirt roads and highest peaks to get the right shots. When I looked for something to shoot with my camera (just my iPhone), I went with how it felt emotionally. I would snap a picture if I saw something that resonated with me.

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

 

Divinities

Artist: Jules Jones
Start Date: April 5, 2024
End Date: April 26, 2024
Location: Artspace Community Arts Center
Hours: Tue 9am-12pm, Thur & Fri 5-8pm, Sat 10am-1pm
Address: 15 Mill Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: artspacegreenfield.org

Artist Jules Jones incorporates oil painting and collage through a mosaic-like process. Throughout their work, Jones references more overt Medieval themes, as well as further investigations into the Divine Feminine via goddess imagery, as well as broad themes on love and spirituality.

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

 

Holyoke Exhibits/Events

2024 Holyoke Community College Student Art Exhibition

Artists: HCC Art Students
Start Date: April 10, 2024
End Date: May 1, 2024
Location: Taber Art Gallery at HCC
Hours: Mon-Thur 10am-5pm
Address: 303 Homestead Avenue
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: hcc.edu/taber

Join the HCC Visual Art community to celebrate the work of this year's students. The exhibition features work from the 42 Visual Art courses taught at HCC this year including Animation, Motion Graphics, Photography, Ceramics, and more.

Contact: Rachel Rushing
rrushing@hcc.edu
413-552-2614

 

Las Hermanas Iglesias

Artists: group show
Start Date: March 30, 2024
End Date: April 28, 2024
Location: PULP
Hours: Fri-Sun 11am-4pm, or by appt
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: pulpholyoke.com

Las Hermanas' works at Pulp feature collaborative textiles by Bodhild Brendryen Iglesias and her daughters Janelle and Lisa Iglesias. These projects communicate a dialogic call and response between the family members, a corresponding visual conversation where abstract motifs are translated from one medium into another, and are passed back and forth amongst the artists.

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

 

Tana Oshima

Artist: Tana Oshima
Start Date: March 30, 2024
End Date: April 28, 2024
Location: PULP, front room space
Hours: Fri-Sun 11am-4pm, or by appt
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: pulpholyoke.com

Tana Oshima is a Japanese-Spanish self-taught visual artist living in NYC. Born in Kanagawa, Japan, she was first a writer in her mother tongue, Spanish, then started drawing and painting a few years back. She has self-published more than ten zines and translated contemporary female Japanese literature from Japanese (her other mother tongue) into Spanish. She teaches art to children to make ends meet and has exhibited nationally.

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

 

Nature/Nurture

Artists: group show
Start Date: March 12, 2024
End Date: April 16, 2024
Location: Wistariahurst Museum
Hours: Mon 10am-2pm, Tue 4:30-6:30pm
Address: Cabot Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: wistariahurst.org/event/nature-nurture-art-exhibit-opening-reception

Artists identifying as female or nonbinary were asked how they viewed the theme of nature versus nurture. This debate centers around our genes and surroundings, with both factors playing a role in mental and physical well-being while shaping personalities. This exhibition showcases a variety of viewpoints on the complex interplay between nature and nurture. Artists include: Anne Bradford Spencer, Deborah Yaffe, Shelsy Rodiguez, Camille Roos, and River Nation.

Contact: info@wistariahurst.org
413-322-5660

 

SPRING!

Artist: Christine Copeland
Start Date: March 5, 2024
End Date: April 28, 2024
Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park
Hours: Tue-Sun 12-4pm
Address: 221 Appleton Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: mass.gov/locations/holyoke-heritage-state-park

Paintings of the season in the Connecticut River valley and forest, featuring shad, eel, sturgeon, ovenbird, turkey, salamanders, dogwoods and ephemeral flowers in land and waterscapes intimate and grand, brimming with color and shadow. Great for kids - combine with the Carousel and Children's Museum.

Contact: Christine Copeland
christinecopeland16@gmail.com
413-834-1020

 

Leverett Exhibits/Events

Painting and Pottery

Artists: Bill Dolan, Dianne Dolan
Start Date: April 7, 2024
End Date: April 28, 2024
Location: Galleries at Leverett Crafts & Arts
Hours: Sat & Sun 1-5pm
Address: 13 Montague Road
City/Town: Leverett
Website: leverettcraftsandarts.org

 

The Dancing Bear Farms Fig Paintings

Artist: Susan Valentine
Date: April 20 & 21, 1-6pm
Location: Leverett Crafts & Arts
Address: 13 Montague Road
City/Town: Leverett
Website: leverettcraftsandarts.org

Weekend pop up exhibit. Oil paintings by Susan Valentine.

 

Longmeadow Exhibits/Events

Intaglio Etchings

Artist: Olwen Dowling
Start Date: April 2, 2024
End Date: April 27, 2024
Location: Richard Salter Storrs Library
Hours: Mon-Thur 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm
Address: 693 Longmeadow Street
City/Town: Longmeadow
Website: olwendowling.com

Contact: Carly Neville
413-565-4181

 

Monson Exhibits/Events

MAC 30th Annual Spring Art Exhibition & Sale

Start Date: April 20, 2024
End Date: May 5, 2024
Reception Date: April 20, 1-4pm
Location: Monson's House of Art
Hours: Sat & Sun, 12-5pm
Address: 200 Main Street
City/Town: Monson
Website: monsonartscouncil.org

Presenting some of the finest quality works of art from around the region. The works will be on display in Monson's House of Art and Memorial Hall each weekend from April 20th through May 5th. Cash prizes will be presented in four categories including: Painting, Photography, Multidimensional Art, and Graphic Arts/Mixed Media. This year's cash prizes total $4,500. Awards will be announced April 20 at 2pm. The Quaboag Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold a reception April 25 at 5pm.

Contact: Alan Morin
alanm@monsonartscouncil.org

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

Revelry at 33: a Fundraiser for The Northampton Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday, April 27, 7-10:30pm
Location: Northampton Center For The Arts
Address: 33 Hawley Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: nohoarts.org/events/category/revelry-at-33-1

Please join us for live music, delicious hors d'oeuvres, signature cocktails, a silent auction, and a special art exhibit featuring 30+ local artists. This is a fun and meaningful way to support the Center while partying in a gorgeous modern space, surrounded by art and music. Get your tickets now! $50 in advance, or $60 at the door.

 

Sent From Fern Season

Artist: Alexis Fedorjaczenko
Start Date: April 12, 2024
End Date: June 7, 2024
Location: Gallery #1 on the Northampton Bike Path
Hours: all hours!
Address: 281 State Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: tinyartforallgallery.com/poetry

Join in the Tiny Gallery project by making your own postcard poem or collage! All ages, kid- and adult-friendly. Working with found materials is fun and accessible to all. Stop by Gallery #1 to see the Visual Poetry exhibit and pick up a postcard kit. Then send in your postcard to be included in the Tiny Gallery and/or in our online Community Gallery. All details on the website including pop-up poetry dates when you can make your collage onsite, chat with a poet, and wander down the path.

Contact: poetryonthepath@gmail.com

 

PLATITUDE: Queer Serviceware

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 19, 2024
End Date: May 26, 2024
Reception Date: April 19, 5-8pm
Location: A.P.E. Gallery
Hours: Wed-Sun 12-5pm, Fri 12-8pm
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org

Scheduled to coincide with Northampton's annual Pride celebrations, PLATITUDE looks at contemporary queer life in America through the form of ceramic serviceware. PLATITUDE values the various perspectives of the queer experience by featuring artists at different career and life milestones. Artists include: Connor Czora, Ayumi Horie, Jeremy Brooks, Ron Geibel, Kathy King, Bri Murphy, Leo Minski, Jinsik Yoo, Mark Burns. Curated by ceramics artist Adam Chau.

Contact: Kathy Couch
kathycouch@apearts.org

 

Private Acts of Observation

Artist: Alexa Thomas
Start Date: April 10, 2024
End Date: April 27, 2024
Location: The New England Visionary Artists Museum, Bumpus Gallery
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: neva-museum.org

This is Alexa Thomas's first exhibit at this venue. Her visions are glanced at and immediate. In her work, she explains, "When designing fashion studies and designs, I look for color and texture to inspire."

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Outdoors and Open Air

Artist: Coralie Donahue
Start Date: April 10, 2024
End Date: April 27, 2024
Location: The New England Visionary Artists Museum, Bumpus Gallery
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: neva-museum.org

A self-taught painter, Donahue is generously applies thick layers of bright color to render vibrant scenes free of self-consciousness and fresh with expression. Her works are very happy.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Parallels

Artist: Mars
Start Date: April 10, 2024
End Date: April 27, 2024
Location: The New England Visionary Artists Museum, Bumpus Gallery
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: neva-museum.org

"What drives my art practice is meditation and movement. When I'm creating, silence washes over my mind. Chaos of the outside world turns to color & texture and movement. I like to call myself a movement experimentalist; as I work larger, I get to move more, which allows my pieces to become dynamic." Parallels is a representation of the mental, emotional & physical landscapes for the first show at this venue. The profound and powerful vocalist and bassist Mal Divisa performs at the reception.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Sculpture Jam

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 10, 2024
End Date: April 27, 2024
Location: The New England Visionary Artists Museum
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: neva-museum.org

Sculpture is usually thought of as objects in the gallery that get in the way of the paintings. This usually true. Collecting them all in a little space without paintings is an experiment in spatial relations. We bring together a bunch of works from several artists in a barely but still accessible room to see how the art objects speak to one another. Sculptors Judith Abraham, Joe Chirchirillo, Anya Klepacki, and Shawn Farley are represented with others.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

A Cultured Room

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 10, 2024
End Date: April 27, 2024
Location: The New England Visionary Artists Museum, Gallery 3
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: neva-museum.org

Free from the distraction of sculpture and liberated from gravity, we fill a room full of fine artworks collected over a whole lot of years. Neal Parks, Bruce Ackerson, Anna Bayles Arthur, Scott Prior, Mark Brown, and others represented. A real free-for-all of design and color, cultivated to conserve a slice of Valley culture. Image shown: Detail of oil painting by Bruce Ackerson.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

James Brown Review

Artist: James Brown
Start Date: April 10, 2024
End Date: April 27, 2024
Location: The New England Visionary Artists Museum
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: neva-museum.org

Forty pen drawings, oil paintings, and watercolor sketches by an elder artist, James Brown. Brown spent a half semester at the Boston MFA school before he went off on his own. His self-styled ballpoint pen on index paper drawings are powerful, expressive, and colloquially relatable. He bought and scrounged photograph frames to display them. Fifty works are on display of over one hundred in our archives.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Mo Willems 8th Annual Benefit Exhibit: 100 Doodles

Artist: Mo Willems
Start Date: April 1, 2024
End Date: April 30, 2024
Location: R. Michelson Galleries
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 12-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 132 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: rmichelson.com/illustration/mo-willems/doodles-a-mo-willems-sketchbook-volume-31

This exhibition features doodles and drawings created for Mo's 31st Annual Sketchbook, in preparation for his newly released YouTube show, Snack Doodles. All of Mo's proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to Grow Food Northampton to support their efforts in creating a just and resilient local food system that nourishes our community and protects and enriches the earth.

Contact: events@rmichelson.com
413-586-3964

 

Off the Wall

Artists: local muralists
Start Date: April 1, 2024
End Date: April 29, 2024
Location: Barn Door Gallery at Northampton Center for the Arts
Hours: Wed-Sat 12-6pm
Address: 33 Hawley Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: nohoarts.org

We are living through a mural renaissance. Drab spaces are now dripping with color. Off the Wall is an exploration of how muralists create art in their "off time." This collection includes graff work and abstract work, Realistic and stylized work. By comparing their mural work to their studio work, one can see more of the thought process behind the making of art. For while the technique differs, the mind behind it remains the same. Curated by Melissa Pandina.

Contact: Melissa Joyce Pandina
deshria@gmail.com
413-552-8068

 

Chemistry

Artist: Michael Sjostedt
Start Date: April 1, 2024
End Date: April 30, 2024
Location: Assemble Made & Curated
Address: 164 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: assemblenorthampton.com

Chemistry symbolizes the serendipitous connections in my art. Blending past cultural elements with scientific structure and exploring themes of gender and complex human interactions, I showcase the playful and chaotic chemistry of creative experimentation.

Contact: Michael Sjostedt
msjost@gmail.com
413-230-1812

 

NSC Artist of the Month

Artist: Deb Lohmeyer
Start Date: April 1, 2024
End Date: April 30, 2024
Location: Northampton Senior Center
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Address: 67 Conz Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: deblohmeyer.com

Black and White Fine Art Photography that evokes and invites the viewer's emotions. These photos explore the tonal aspects of rural and urban landscapes that through shadows, light, and mist express both possibility and memory.

Contact: Deb Lohmeyer
dlohme@gmail.com
413-626-4581

 

New Monotypes

Artist: Arch MacInnes
Start Date: April 2, 2024
End Date: April 29, 2024
Location: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org/gallery

Structure is at the heart of our perception of existence. A visual understanding of the architecture of our surroundings--an ability so basic that it can easily be taken for granted--is essential for us to fully function in the world. Recognizing its importance, my current work centers on hand-drawn graphic armatures that form complex spatial arrangements derived from an initial series of gestures.

Contact: fkaufmann@forbeslibrary.org
413-587-1013

 

The energy of the local landscape

Artist: Donna M. Roy
Start Date: April 2, 2024
End Date: April 29, 2024
Location: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org/gallery

My current work explores expressionistic color and energetic mark making. I'm inspired by ordinary landscapes and strive to render them with unordinary colors and values, those that I see lurking in the underlayers. By intensifying these layers, I hope to give the viewer a peek into my world, one that is expressed in bold, exuberant, and chaotic movement in an extroverted painting. I hope to impact how they see the ordinary world around them.

Contact: fkaufmann@forbeslibrary.org
413-587-1013

 

We all Matter - We Are All Matter

Artist: Amy Dawn Kotel
Start Date: April 2, 2024
End Date: April 29, 2024
Location: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org/gallery

We are all made of matter and there is so much going on we humans normally can not take in and Amy's art often reflects this idea. Her work is a combination of planned and intuitive.She loves creating beautiful scenes/landscapes, comical imagery, gender influenced portraits, surreal-esque work and abstract art pieces. Her hope is that the viewer feels something and comes up with a story based on what they see, even if it has nothing to do with the artist's intention.

Contact: fkaufmann@forbeslibrary.org
413-587-1013

 

Selected Works

Artist: Gabriela Sepulveda
Start Date: March 8, 2024
End Date: May 3, 2024
Location: CLICK Workspace
Address: 9 1/2 Market Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: clickworkspace.org/events/2024/03/08/gabriela-sepulveda

This exhibition represents a fusion of diverse collections, encapsulating the essence of my current obsessions and introspections. Each canvas whispers a unique narrative, inviting viewers to explore different worlds and glimpse the kaleidoscope of emotions that have shaped these creations. Whether it's the haunting allure of shadow and light or the bold strokes of vibrant hues, every artwork reflects a moment frozen in time, capturing the essence of an ever-evolving artistic exploration.

Contact: info@clickworkspace.org
413-270-3879

 

Photographs

Artist: Jim Gambaro
Start Date: March 28, 2024
End Date: April 30, 2024
Location: North Gallery at Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: jimgambarophotography.zenfolio.com

This eclectic display of work by Belchertown fine art photographer Jim Gambaro presents images are as diverse as a sunset at Quabbin Reservoir to a street scene in the Galapagos. New work includes a variety of images from Southwest canyons.

Contact: Jim Gambaro
jimgam117@aol.com
413-262-0955

 

Painting the Persianate World: Portable Images on Paper, Cloth and Clay

Start Date: February 2, 2024
End Date: July 7, 2024
Location: Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA)
Address: 22 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
City/Town: Northampton
Website: scma.smith.edu/art/exhibitions/painting-persianate-world-portable-images-paper-cloth-and-clay

Painting the Persianate World introduces a view of cultures in flux through migration and contact. The movement of people from regions that comprise today's Iran and Afghanistan to present-day Pakistan, India and Bangladesh--and with them the Persian language-- formed what has come to be known as the Persianate world. Manuscript illustrations, dye-painted textiles, and decorated ceramics played an important role in binding these regions together.

Contact: Tiffany Bradley
tbradley@smith.edu
413-585-2759

 

Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

The Hilltown Draw-Around Fundraiser for The Art Garden

Date: Saturday, April 27, 12pm-12am
Location: The Cowell Gym
Address: 51 Maple Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: theartgarden.org/hilltown-draw-around

A pay-what-you-can, draw-where-you-want fundraiser for The Art Garden's youth programming. An inclusive, all-ages event with creative prompts, workshops, music, & pop-up cafe. Come for an hour or twelve! Thank you Local Cultural Councils: Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Rowe, Shelburne, & Community Foundation of WMA. See website for more info or email laura@theartgarden.org

Contact: Laura Iveson
laura@theartgarden.org
413-475-4233

 

Volcanix

Artist: Christin Couture
Start Date: January 15, 2024
End Date: April 30, 2024
Location: Art in the Hall / Art Bank Building
Hours: by chance or appt
Address: 26 Bridge Street, 2nd floor
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: redtidebluefire.com

Mixed medium prints based on a woodcut of the Mexican volcano Popocatépetl. As a universal symbol of destruction, upheaval, hidden emotions, and creativity, the volcano image appears in 19th Century literature and art, from Emily Dickinson's poetry, to the paintings of Frederick Edwin Church. These works were inspired by watching a 24 hour webcam of the volcano over a period of several years.

Contact: Rose Hall
Redtidebluefire@gmail.com
413-625-0137

 

Local Color, Local Light

Artist: Ken Condon
Start Date: April 3, 2024
End Date: April 29, 2024
Location: Shelburne Arts Co-op
Hours: Mon & Wed-Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: shelburneartscoop.com

Ken Condon's delicate and exquisitely rendered paintings in oil and gouache depict aspects of the local landscape.

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

 

Southampton Exhibits/Events

23rd Annual Women in History Exhibit

Artists: Westfield H.S. women students
Start Date: April 21, 2024
End Date: May 8, 2024
Reception Date: April 21
Location: Robert Floyd Gallery
Hours: Tue-Wed & Sunday 1-5pm
Address: 2 East Street corner of Rt. 10/College Highway
City/Town: Southampton
Website: floydgallery.com

The Floyd Gallery is proud to continue honoring women for our 23rd consecutive year. Our 23rd Annual Women in History Month exhibit features women students from Westfield H.S. Our Exhibitors are Ava Beardsley, Alisha Bhujel, Sania Bhujel, Elizabeth Coach, Laura Lujan, and Rita Sardinha. These women photographers will share Artist Gallery Conversations on Sundays, April 21 and May 5. Refreshments. Image: Handstand © 2024 Rita Sardinha

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

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

Artist Square: Past and Present

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 29, 2023
End Date: April 29, 2024
Location: Art for the Soul Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-4pm
Address: Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, 2nd Floor
City/Town: Springfield
Website: artforthesoulgallery.com/post/artist-square-past-and-present

Come view this group exhibition featuring artists Lorraine MacAlpine, Paul Midura, Ryan Murray, Awilda Oxios, Don Blanton, Paul Blanton, Morocco Flowers, Kristine Crimmins, Glen Rossi, Timothy Champoux, and Gloria Arce who have shown in the Artist Square Group Gallery. The gallery has since evolved to become Art for the Soul, and these artists have evolved to expand their careers and bodies of work.

Contact: Emily Munsell
emilyartforthesoul@gmail.com
413-301-6314

 

2024 Spring Members Exhibit

Artists: Quabbin Art Association
Start Date: March 5, 2024
End Date: May 6, 2024
Location: Baystate Medical Center
Address: 759 Chestnut Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: baystatehealth.org/locations/baystate-medical-center

The show features the works of more than a dozen QAA members including watercolor, oil, acrylic, pencil, pastel, mixed media and photography. The artwork is available through May 6th for viewing in the main corridor with many pieces for sale directly from the artists.

Contact: info@quabbinartassociation.com

 

The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today

Start Date: February 17, 2024
End Date: May 5, 2024
Location: D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield Museums
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/exhibitions/the-outwin-2022-american-portraiture-today

The Springfield Museums is one of only four museums in the country to host this major exhibition organized by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. The Outwin 2022 is the culminating exhibition from the most recent Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which every three years invites emerging and established artists who are living and working in the United States to submit a recent portrait to a panel of experts chosen by the Portrait Gallery.

Contact: Michelle M. Murphy
mmurphy@springfieldmuseums.org
413-263-6800

 

Animationland

Start Date: January 13, 2024
End Date: May 5, 2024
Location: Springfield Science Museum
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/exhibitions/animationland

Dive into the world of storytelling and channel your creativity to develop your own animated production using storyboarding, sketching, stop-motion movie making, and more! The quirky cast of characters and hands-on interactives break down the process step-by-step to reveal how animated features are created. Animationland empowers visitors of all ages to experiment, learn, and tell their own stories through animation.

Contact: Michelle M. Murphy
mmurphy@springfieldmuseums.org
413-263-6800

 

Turners Falls Exhibits/Events

Auto Partita

Artist: Nina Rossi
Start Date: March 1, 2023
End Date: April 30, 2024
Location: LOOT found + made
Hours: Wed 11am-4pm, Thur & Fri 11am-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
Address: 62 Avenue A
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: loottheshop.com

Art installations by Turners Falls artist Nina Rossi that incorporate found objects from LOOT.

Contact: hello@loottheshop.com
413-863-9500

 

Ware Exhibits/Events

3rd Annual Celebrating the Figure

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 6, 2024
End Date: April 28, 2024
Location: ArtWorks Gallery
Hours: Sat & Sun 1-4pm
Address: 69 Main Street
City/Town: Ware
Website: workshop13.org

An artistic celebration of the human figure! Image: Best in Show award winner, "The Goat Farmer" by Anne VanArsdell

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

 

Multi-location Exhibits/Events

MICAfest Art for Change: The M/others' View

Artists: Mothers Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA)
Start Date: May 1, 2023
End Date: May 31, 2024
Reception Date: May 1 & 25
Location: Northampton Center for the Arts / NEVAmuseum at Anchor House of Artists / Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity
Address: see website for location details
City/Town: Northampton & Florence
Website: experiencemica.org

MICAfest is back! Tickets on sale now. 80 m/other artists converge this May for MICAfest Art for Change: The M/others' View, a month-long, multidisciplinary festival in Northampton presented by MICA, a Western MA mom-run organization. Brace yourself for an unprecedented event with a visual exhibition and interdisciplinary weekly showcases. Don’t miss this groundbreaking celebration, igniting essential conversations about m/otherhood, art, and social change. Free events and sliding scale tickets.

Contact: Lyza Fennell
hello@experiencemica.org
413-341-6916

 

Craft & Maker Fairs / Open Studios / Pop-ups / Festivals

Uncanny Valley Night Market

Date: Saturday, April 20, 5-10pm
Location: 10 Forward
Address: 10 Fiske Avenue
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: instagram.com/deadeyeprints

A makers market featuring a selection of artist, makers, and purveyors of the strange and unusual from The Valley and across New England.

 

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

Date: April 27 & 28, 10am-5pm both days
Location: multiple locations, see website for map
City/Town: Florence, Hadley, Greenfield, Shelburne Falls
Website: asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com

The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail is celebrating their 20th annual studio tour April 27 & 28. Visit 29 ceramic artists at 8 studio locations. Look for distinctive yellow signs guiding visitors to studios in Florence, Hadley, Greenfield, and Shelburne Falls. Pottery will be available for sale in a wide range of ceramics for tabletop, home, and garden. Visitors will also have the opportunity to talk with the artists about their work, techniques and sources of inspiration.

Contact: Molly Cantor
molly@mollycantor.com
413-625-2870

 

Press On: Indie Publishing Festival 2024

Date: April 27, 11am-5pm
Location: 50 Arrow Gallery
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 136
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: instagram.com/neighboring.systems

A day full of art and poetry activities, opportunities to meet the makers and buy printed matter, all-ages and always free in an accessible community space. Programs include youth-oriented art-making, poetry prompts, a zine and comic-making workshop on the theme of gender justice, an immersive gallery exhibition, an intergenerational climate poetry, and a poetry reading. More details on website.

Contact: systems.neighboring@gmail.com

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

Celebrate Art

Sponsoring Group Name: Scantic River Artisans
Deadline: May 23
Submission/Entry Fees: Members $25 1st entry; $35 up to 3 entries / Assoc Members $30 1st entr; $40 up to 3 entries / Non-members $35 1st entry; $45 up to 3 entries
City/Town: Hampden
Website: scanticriverartisans.com

Show dates: June 1 (noon - 5pm) and June 2 (11 - 3pm). Reception and awards June 2 (noon - 2pm). Accepted Works will be posted by 5pm on May 28th. Categories for prizes and awards: Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, Watercolor, Sculpture, Graphics, Photography, Mixed Media. Must be at least six entrants for the category to qualify for prizes. Criteria: Original work only. All art must be for sale. 10% commission to SRA for all sales. Visit website for entry forms.

Contact: Christine Sterritt
chrisps@charter.net
413-537-8162

 

Ecstatic Resistance Magazine

Sponsoring Group Name: Fortuna Major Press / Astral Cherry Healing Arts
Deadline: June 30
Submission/Entry Fees: none
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: astralcherryart.com/fmp

Calling all creatives, visionaries, and catalysts with a cause! Fortuna Major Press is thrilled to announce submissions to our first issue, Beyond Separation, are OPEN NOW. The mission: to amplify the voices of marginalized communities and uplift the work of creatives who are pushing boundaries and cultivating a world of justice and belonging. To learn more about the magazine and submit, visit astralcherryart.com/opportunities

Contact: Lachlan Thompson
fortunamajorpress@gmail.com

 

REFLECTIONS: Main Street Art Activations

Sponsoring Group Name: Cummington Cultural District
Deadline: May 31
Submission/Entry Fees: none
City/Town: Cummington
Website: cummingtonculture.art

An annual application-based program offering up to $1,000 and marketing support to local artists and organizations to produce public artworks, cultural events, and other activities within the Cummington Cultural District. Preference will be given to artists from Cummington and the adjacent towns of Ashfield, Windsor, Worthington, Chesterfield, Goshen and Plainfield.

Contact: culturaldistrictcummington@gmail.com

 

4th Annual LAVA Film Festival

Sponsoring Group Name: The LAVA Center
Deadline: August 11 (early bird deadline: July 21)
Submission/Entry Fees: free for Valley filmmakers (email for promo code)
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: thelavacenter.org/lava-film-festival

The newest, brightest, and best of Massachusetts filmmaking talent--from students to professionals and everyone in between! Festival dates: October 4-6. Submission requirements: Films must be made by current residents of Massachusetts. We will accept films and videos of any length, any subject, any style. Films must be creative projects in their own right, as opposed to live events or performances filmed for documentation purposes. Valley filmmakers can submit for free! To get a promo code to waive the entry fee, email us and tell us where you live.

Contact: info@thelavacenter.org

 

Northampton Senior Center Call for Artists

Sponsoring Group Name: Northampton Senior Center
Deadline: May 17, 2024
Submission/Entry Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: northamptonma.gov/2493/Application-for-Artist-of-the-Month

Call for artists for August 2024 to May 2025. Juried show, Selected artists will be notified by June 7. Must be 55+ years of age and live within Northampton area. Accepting flatwork with minimum 12 pieces of work ready to hang. Email submission with your name, address, email address, phone number and include 2-3 high resolution photos of your work as jpeg attachments; identify size and media you used.

Contact: nscartspace@gmail.com

 

Artist in Residence at Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

Sponsoring Group Name: Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies
Deadline: July 1, 2024
Submission/Entry Fees: none
City/Town: Amherst
Website: umass.edu/renaissance/2022-2023callproposals

Aided by the Center's collection of over 1,000 rare books, gardens, and meadowscape, artists are invited to explore how their work intersects with Renaissance (1490-1750) thought and craft to produce work that generates new perspectives on the relationship between the early modern world and our own. Projects should creatively open onto the ways in which today's most urgent topics ranging from global capitalism to environmental and social justice traffic in ideas that extend into the Renaissance.

Contact: Liz Fox
efox@umass.edu
413-577-3600

 

Beyond the Scars at Art Fluent

Sponsoring Group Name: Art Fluent
Deadline: June 7, 2024
Submission/Entry Fees: $25 first entry / $10 for each additional entry
City/Town: Boston
Website: art-fluent.com/calls-for-art/beyond-the-scars-prospectus

As artists, we know that our creations can be born from the unexpected, where accidents and errors are transformed into elements of beauty. It's the unexpected aesthetic that emerges when we embrace the imperfections of the creative process. Join us in celebrating the imperfect in art, where every flaw has a story to tell, each imperfection adds character, and every mistake is a tribute to the unpredictable beauty of the creative journey. Show us BEYOND THE SCARS from your perspective.

Contact: Amy Matteson Neill
hello@art-fluent.com
508-419-1015

 

Field Trip

Sponsoring Group Name: Elusie Gallery
Deadline: June 13, 2024
Submission/Entry Fees: none
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: antlereditions.com/fieldtrip

This is a show about the best feelings/moments/places of your youth. We want the viewers to enter the gallery and be immersed in an environment filled with whimsey, nostalgia and wonder. Pieces of any medium to show at Elusie Gallery- July 6th to July 30th. Opening during ArtWalk- Saturday July 6. Submissions due June 13th. Accepted submissions due by July 3rd at Elusie Gallery. Need to be ready to hang or display. Full details on website.

Contact: Lisa Hersey
lisa@antlereditions.com
413-204-2431

 

Summer 2024 Shows at Becket Arts Center

Sponsoring Group Name: Becket Arts Center
Deadline: July 1, 2024
Submission/Entry Fees: $5-$20
City/Town: Becket
Website: 2024becketarts.artcall.org/current-calls-for-entry

We have several open calls for art including three large group shows and two small group shows. Apply now

Contact: Jenn Beatty
jenn@becketartscenter.org
413-623-6635

 

ART Under 25! at Articulture Westfield 2024

Sponsoring Group Name: ArtWorks Westfield
Deadline: April 21, 2024
Submission/Entry Fees: none
City/Town: Westfield
Website: forms.gle/mzoLZY4BCDV1NvUY7

Call for artists under 25 years old to show your work at Articulture Westfield May 3 & 4, our annual community experience featuring local and regional artists at Amelia Park Arena. Ten spaces reserved for Artists Under 25! Accepted media: painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, collage, photography, printmaking, digital art, wood, glass, metal, fiber, clay, ceramics. Email three image samples of your work, your name, medium, contact info by 4/21 to info@artworkswestfield.com or apply online.

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

 

SCANS DownStream Art Project

Sponsoring Group Name: Springfield Conservation And Nature Stewardship (SCANS)
Deadline: April 22, 2024
Submission/Entry Fees: none
City/Town: Springfield
Website: sites.google.com/view/scans-downstream-art/home

SCANS, a Springfield non-profit that advocates for City natural resources, woodlands, and waterways, is seeking local artists to create street murals near our city storm drains, to illustrate the connection between city streets, Lake Massasoit - also known as Watershops Pond - down to the Connecticut River. This year's theme: "Only Clean Water Here". Full details on website. Mural painting will take place on Saturday, May 18. $300 stipend to artists whose submissions are chosen.

Contact: Denise Caputo
browneyedgirldc.1@gmail.com

 

What's on Your Plate?

Sponsoring Group Name: Exploded View
Deadline: April 26, 2024
Submission/Entry Fees: none
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: tinyurl.com/EVPlates

What's On Your Plate? asks artists to investigate the entanglement of food, time, commitment, and ecology. How is what we eat related to our personal history, and to the climate emergency? What should be on our plate as we think about our planet's future? Curated by Exploded View, a multi-disciplinary arts group, the exhibit will take place in May and June at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls. Artists living within 60 miles of Montague are eligible. Full details on website.

Contact: explodedviewma@gmail.com

 

/'ab,strak(t)/ at Art Fluent

Sponsoring Group Name: Art Fluent
Deadline: May 3, 2024
Submission/Entry Fees: $25 first entry / $10 for each additional entry
City/Town: Boston
Website: art-fluent.com/calls-for-art/abstrakt-prospectus

Abstract art is like breaking the rules of traditional art--it doesn't try to show things as they are in real life. Instead, it uses colors, shapes, and lines in wild and creative ways to express feelings or ideas, often leaving interpretation open to the viewer. It's a celebration of artistic freedom and imagination. Show us /'ab,strak(t)/ from your perspective.

Contact: Amy Matteson Neill
hello@art-fluent.com
508-419-1015

 

Zea Mays Printmaking BIPOC Artist Membership Program

Sponsoring Group Name: Zea Mays Printmaking
Deadline: May 14, 2024
Submission/Entry Fees: none
City/Town: Florence
Website: zeamaysprintmaking.com/education/scholarships/bipoc-artist-membership

Zea Mays Printmaking is offering two free memberships to BIPOC artists in 2024. Membership includes the ability to work independently at the fully equipped printmaking studio, a discount on workshop registration, and the opportunity to submit work to the Zea Mays Printmaking Flat File and participate in community exhibitions. Awardees of the BIPOC Artist Membership will also receive 100 free hours of studio usage. Awardees will be decided by lottery on May 31st.

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

 

Articulture Westfield 2024

Sponsoring Group Name: ArtWorks Westfield
Deadline: April 21, 2024
Submission/Entry Fees: none
City/Town: Westfield
Website: bit.ly/CallForArtistsArticulture2024

Call for new, emerging, experienced and pro artists! Articulture Westfield is our annual community experience featuring local and regional artists and authors on the arena floor at Amelia Park Arena. Cash prizes! Accepted media includes painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, collage, photography, printmaking, digital art, wood, glass, metal, fiber, clay, ceramics. Email three image samples of your work, your name, medium, contact info by 4/21 to info@artworkswestfield.com or apply online.

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

 

2024 Holyoke Pride Fest

Sponsoring Group Name: Holyoke Pride
Deadline: May 1, 2024
Submission/Entry Fees: $50 for 10x10' space
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: forms.gle/2AjYtBb1EvTea3Hw6

2024 Holyoke Pride Fest at will be held at Veterans Park on Saturday, June 22, 12-6pm. (Rain location: the Holyoke War Memorial). Each business or organization will receive a single 10x10' space at the park. Cost is $50. You will need to provide your own table, chairs, and tent. If you have any questions or concerns, please email info@holyokepride.org. Once your application is submitted, we'll be back in touch with payment information.

Contact: info@holyokepride.org

 

Mentoring Program for Early Career Artists from the Connecticut River Valley

Sponsoring Group Name: Valley Arts Mentors (VAM)
Deadline: rolling
Submission/Entry Fees: none
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: artsmentors.org/mentorship

VAM is currently accepting registrations for mentors and mentees! We match 10 - 15 mentor/mentee pairs a year on a rolling basis. Commitment: Mentors and mentees connect online or in person once every two weeks for a six month period. Full details and registration form on website.

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

 

Local Art at the Montague Center Library

Sponsoring Group Name: Montague Center Library
Deadline: June 1, 2024
Submission/Entry Fees: none
City/Town: Montague

Live in or near Montague? Want to show your art in the Montague Center Library? We have a small exhibition area to feature local artists. Please email for more information. Call for artists is ongoing. All 2D (or close to) art will be considered.

Contact: Kate Martineau
kmartineau@cwmars.org
413-367-2852

 

50 Arrow Gallery Call for Artists

Sponsoring Group Name: 50 Arrow Gallery
Deadline: open
Submission/Entry Fees: none
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: 50arrowgallery.com/artists-apply

At 50 Arrow Gallery, we are committed to promoting social equity and inclusion through art. Our BIPOC-centered gallery space is dedicated to showcasing work by BIPOC artists and providing a platform for artists who may not have had access to traditional gallery spaces. We're always looking for new artists to feature in our gallery, so if you're a BIPOC artist interested in showcasing your work, please get in touch. We can't wait to see what amazing art we'll be featuring next!

Contact: info@50arrowgallery.com

 

Display your art at The LAVA Center

Sponsoring Group Name: The LAVA Center
Deadline: open
Submission/Entry Fees: no fee to apply
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: localaccess.org/gallery-space

We have two gallery spaces in our large, window-less space in downtown Greenfield. No windows means no sun damage, and lots of uninterrupted white space to better highlight your work. Both gallery spaces include a reception, generally on the first weekend of the month; regular public gallery hours throughout the month; marketing and promotions: a press release sent to local and regional news outlets and being featured on our website, in our email newsletter, and in social media. Full details on website.

 

Borgia Gallery at Elms College

Sponsoring Group Name: Elms College
Deadline: July 12, 2024
Submission/Entry 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 1000 square feet, and it is located in the Mary Dooley College Center. Exhibitions run from 4 to 8 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 scoona@elms.edu

Contact: Dr Amber Scoon
scoona@elmse.edu

 

Classes / Workshops / Seminars / Meet Ups

Scratchboard Workshop with Ruth Sanderson

Date & Time: Saturday, May 11, 1-4pm
Fee: none
Location: Community Room at Forbes Library
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/11881069

Ruth Sanderson will lead students in discovering the techniques used in scratchboard art. Everyone will work on a portrait of an animal, learning how to create realistic animal eyes and fur. All materials will be provided. Recommended for adults and teens.

 

Classical Painting Workshop with Barbara Johnson

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 6-9pm, May 1 - June 5
Fee: $475
Organization: Barbara Johnson Studio
Location: Cottage Street Studios
Address: One Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: BarbaraJohnson.com

Beginners welcome, and artists with personal projects. Demos on techniques and study of Old Master and Contemporary artists to analyze and discuss methods and influences. Class size limited to ensure quality individualized instruction. All levels welcome.

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

 

Watercolor: Think Slow Paint Fast with Barbara Johnson

Date & Time: Sundays, 10am-5pm, June 9 & 16
Fee: $335
Organization: Barbara Johnson Studio
Location: Cottage Street Studios
Address: One Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: BarbaraJohnson.com

Explore the delightful medium of watercolor. An introduction to the basic principles and possibilities of the “live medium” and the joys to be found in the process. Students are guided through a series of painting exercises designed to build their skills with materials both traditional and experimental. Participants benefit greatly from each other’s explorations and achievements in a supportive setting. Class size limited to ensure quality individualized instruction. All levels welcome.

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

 

Artist Sessions at Wistariahurst

Date & Time: Saturday, April 27, 11am-2pm (last Saturday of every month)
Fee: none
Location: Wistariahurst Museum
Address: 238 Cabot Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: wistariahurst.org/event/artist-sessions-at-wistariahurst-artmaking-and-creative-building

Are you an artist wanting to connect with other local artists? Are you stuck on a project or piece of art? The Artist Sessions is the perfect opportunity for you! Led by local artist Jackie Delarosa, these sessions are meant to help artists in the western MA area come together to create a supportive environment. Once a month Wistariahurst Museum will host various workshops and sessions to help artists focus on their personal goals and enhance their practices by interacting with other artists.

Contact: info@wistariahurst.org
413-322-5660

 

Figure Drawing: Anatomy & Structure of the Torso with Steve Saxenian

Date & Time: May 11 & 18, 10am-4pm
Fee: $175, sliding scale available
Location: Stephen Saxenian Studio
Address: 79 Teawaddle Hill Road
City/Town: Leverett
Website: stephensaxenian.com

The aim of this workshop is to introduce methods of incorporating anatomical structure into representational figure drawings. Using physical and 3D models, master drawings and live models, we will focus primarily on the skeletal and muscular forms of the torso, learning how to identify them on the model and how to draw them as simplified geometric shapes and elements. Read more and register here: bit.ly/anatomy-torso-may-2024

Contact: Steve Saxenian
stevesaxenian@gmail.com
413-336-8025

 

Still Life in Charcoal with Deborah Padden

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 10am-12:30pm, April 16 & 23
Fee: $35 per class / 10% member discount at checkout / sliding scale pricing available
Location: Workshop13
Address: 13 Church Street
City/Town: Ware
Website: workshop13.org

Embark on a creative journey into the world of charcoal drawing. Sign up for all classes for a full experience of charcoal technique or choose what week works with your schedule. All materials included.

Contact: Mary Remington
info@workshop13.org
413-277-6072

 

Painting in Oils with Roc Goudreau

Date & Time: Wednesdays, April 17 - May 22, 10am-12pm & 2-4pm intermediate to advanced; 4-6pm beginner to intermediate
Fee: $175 / 10% member discount at checkout / sliding scale pricing available
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. Ages: 15 to adult.

Contact: Mary Remington
info@workshop13.org
413-277-6072

 

A Quick Spin at ClayWorks

Date & Time: Saturday, April 20, 3-5:30pm
Fee: $65 / 10% member discount at checkout
Location: Workshop13
Address: 71 Main Street
City/Town: Ware
Website: workshop13.org

Have you always wanted to try the potters' wheel? This is your chance! In this 2.5 hr workshop, our instructors will help get you centered then off you go! Offered the 3rd Saturday of each month. Ages: 11 years to adult (or with parental assistance if younger than 11).

Contact: Mary Remington
info@workshop13.org
413-277-6072

 

Mommy and Me Class with Linda Carrier

Date & Time: Sunday, April 21, 12-3pm
Fee: $45, materials included
Location: The Mill District Local Art Gallery
Address: 191 Cowls Road
City/Town: Amherst
Website: generalstorelocalgallery.com

Spend a fun Sunday afternoon making wearable art jewelry with Mom! Join Linda Carrier at the Mill District Local Art Gallery on Sunday, April 21 from 12-3pm, for a fun afternoon making intricate copper wire wrapped pendants. Only eight seats available so reserve your spot today! Ages 14+

Contact: Shannon Borrell
Gallery@cowls.com
413-835-0966

 

Painting Flowers & Floral Arrangements with Eliza Moser

Date & Time: May 25, 9:30am-4:30pm
Fee: $115, material rental options available
Location: Eliza Moser Fine Art - Studio & Gallery
Address: 21 College Street, Suite #9
City/Town: South Hadley
Website: elizamoser.com

Learn the secrets to painting Flowers in this one-day workshop. Working directly on the canvas, students will learn how to first sketch the basic structure of a flower or floral arrangement, then how to mix colors and apply paint. Along the way we will discuss the form and "structure" of petals and botanicals, as well as learning other tips and tricks specific to this timeless subject matter.

Contact: Eliza Moser
elizamoserfineart@gmail.com
413-204-4797

 

Classical Painting Techniques with Barbara Johnson

Date & Time: Tuesdays 10am-1pm, April 23 - May 28,
Fee: $475
Organization: Barbara Johnson Studio
Location: Cottage Street Studios
Address: One Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: BarbaraJohnson.com

Learn the essential ingredients of strong realism since the Rennaisance, mixing colors, temperature, care and function of materials, your own personal station for equipment provided. See website for description.

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

 

Drawing for Beginners

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 6-8pm, April 17 - June 5
Fee: $200 + basic drawing materials
Location: JFK Middle School
Address: 100 Bridge Road
City/Town: Florence
Website: northamptonma.gov/2423/Drawing-For-Beginners

It's impossible to worry and draw at the same time. Give your brain and heart a break, and join us in a drawing class! Using pencil, charcoal and erasers, we'll practice gesture, contour and shading. Our goals will be still life drawings and portraits. You'll sketch from slides, photo copies, a mirror and still life setups. I communicate by speaking and showing examples from our diverse communities including all genders. So sharpen your pencils, and join us for a little work and a lot of fun.

Contact: Jim Miller
recreation@northamptonma.gov
413-587-1040

 

Easthampton Clay: Registration open for Spring II term

Date & Time: classes start May 6th
Fee: $285-$310
Location: Easthampton Clay
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: easthamptonclay.com

This term we have lots of exciting new classes for you to explore at all experience levels! Classes tend to fill quickly at, so keep that in mind as you consider your options, and be sure to browse our complete list course offerings before registering. Adult Classes (ages 17 and up) run for 8 weeks, at $285-$310. Each adult course will include one 25-pound bag of clay. Kids & Teen Classes: tool kits and a bag of clay are included with each class.

Contact: info@easthamptonclay.com

 

Weekly Painting Class with Eliza Moser

Date & Time: Thursdays, 6-8:30pm, May 9-30
Fee: $200 (for 4-week class)
Location: Eliza Moser Fine Art - Studio & Gallery
Address: 21 College Street, Suite #9
City/Town: South Hadley
Website: elizamoser.com

Join us for our weekly Painting class to learn the fundamentals of oil painting. Open to all skill levels, this class will teach students a step-by-step process of painting. New students will begin with painting exercises designed to teach the method, after which students may bring in projects or subject matters of their own choosing. The regular nature of this class encourages students to build up their painting skills over time and apply what they've learned to their own artistic goals.

Contact: Eliza Moser
elizamoserfineart@gmail.com
413-204-4797

 

Painting Clouds & Skies with Eliza Moser

Date & Time: April 20, 9:30am-4:30pm
Fee: $115, material rental options available
Location: Eliza Moser Fine Art - Studio & Gallery
Address: 21 College Street, Suite #9
City/Town: South Hadley
Website: elizamoser.com

Learn the secrets to painting Clouds and Skies in this one-day workshop. Working in oil paints, we will learn about the various types of clouds, & how to find the hidden "structure" of a cloud. Additionally, we will study the tricks to capturing the sky, especially in various lighting situations ranging from bright sunny day, misty mornings, or glorious sunsets.

Contact: Eliza Moser
elizamoserfineart@gmail.com
413-204-4797

 

Wet Felted Bowl Workshop with Christine Pellerin

Date & Time: Saturday, April 20, 12:30-3:30pm
Fee: $45 DVAA members / $55 nonmembers + materials fee
Location: Fiddleheads Gallery
Address: 105 Main Street
City/Town: Northfield
Website: deerfieldvalleyart.org

Learn how to use a flat "resist" to form a 3 dimensional vessel, lay out fiber, make the fibers form fabric, and how to shape and shrink the piece. All materials will be provided (choice of colors: $5); purchase wet felting mat and roller for an additional charge ($15). Please bring a large bowl or basin, plastic dishwashing gloves, and 2 old bath towels. Reserve by emailing cspellerin603@gmail.com by 4/13. Minimum age: 10 yrs old; under 16 requires an adult present to assist. Beginner friendly.

Contact: Christine Pellerin
cspellerin603@gmail.com
413-387-5387

 

Paper Marbling at Zea Mays Printmaking

Date & Time: Sunday, May 19, 10am-5pm
Fee: $165 + $15 materials fee
Location: Zea Mays Printmaking
Address: 320 Riverside Drive
City/Town: Florence
Website: zeamaysprintmaking.com/event/paper-marbling

Suminagashi is a traditional Japanese technique for marbling paper by manipulating pigment in water, then taking an impression on paper of the liquid's surface. The water becomes a monotype plate that's in constant motion, and the resulting impression on paper is a print that captures the fluid motion. Each participant will have the opportunity to create several pieces of marbled paper with a variety of pigments available. Set up, materials, and a variety of techniques will also be discussed.

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

 

All About Akua Inks with Joyce Silverstone

Date & Time: Saturday, May 11, 10am-5pm
Fee: $140 + $25 materials fee
Location: Zea Mays Printmaking
Address: 320 Riverside Drive
City/Town: Florence
Website: zeamaysprintmaking.com/event/all-about-akua-inks

Akua Inks are versatile, economical and can be cleaned up with soap and water. This makes them the ink of choice for many printmakers, and this workshop is a chance to learn all about the tricks of using them to make your art look the best it can! Demonstrations will include modifying inks for opacity and transparency, learning the principles of monotype printing, printing with and from stencils, creating surface rolls and gradations of color, cleaning up and storage. Beginners welcome.

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

 

Summer Camps at CyclePottery

Date & Time: July 15 - August 23, Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm (three sessions)
Fee: $450
Location: CyclePottery
Address: 42 Maple Street
City/Town: Florence
Website: artlink.click/9dc1f7

SUMMER CAMPS! PRE-REGISTER NOW! You heard it first! Now's your chance to reserve a spot before they are advertised to the public. July 15th -19th: w/ Kathryn & Sophia. July 29th - Aug 2nd: w/Kathryn & Owen. August 19th - 23rd: (9-12 year olds) w/Kathryn & Sophia. Ages 9+. Learn more & pre-register on website.

 

Amanda Barrow's Monotype & Gel Plate Printing Workshops

Date & Time: Monotype: Saturday, April 27 / Gel Plate: Sunday, April 28
Fee: $140 for Monotype class / $105 for Gel Plate class / $235 for both
Location: Amanda Barrow Printmaking Studio
Address: One Cottage Street, studio #415
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: artlink.click/1778e6

Take these classes separately or experience a Printmaking Power Combo! Monotype & Gel Plate prints are one-of-a-kind prints! Imagine painting on a sheet of plastic, placing paper over it, & running it through a printing press. Voila, the image comes out on paper in reverse to how you painted it! Come have fun & play with AKUA soy-based inks, brushes, & different papers to create original prints. All materials included, share ink, make friends; take home a Gel Plate & 7 prints with each class!

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

 

Painters Meetup at Resilient Community Arts

Date & Time: April 25, May 16; 6-8pm
Fee: $10-$20 suggested donation per visit
Location: Resilient Community Arts
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Ste #238
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: resilientcommunityarts.org/program-registration/p/painters-meetup

Painter's Meet Up is a monthly gathering open to the public, for anyone interested in connecting with other painters at any experience level. Feel free to bring a project you are working on, or come with just an idea and use RCA's supplies to get started! Painter's Meet Up is supported by Canvas Connection's instructors so you can receive guidance from your peers and practiced teachers. Open to Ages 16+, all materials provided.

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

 

Wine & Bind with Lisa Hersey

Date & Time: Thursday, April 25, 7-9pm
Fee: $48
Location: Tip Top Wine Shop
Address: 150 Pleasant St #155
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: antlereditions.com/workshops/wine-bind

In this class we will use a PRIXEL press to stamp our book covers and learn to sew our own books. Each book contains 46 entries for wines you have tasted. Start your wine tasting journey with a few select choices offered by Tip Top Wine shop at this workshop! Snacks and beverages will be served. All skill levels welcome, no printing or binding experience necessary. Must be able to thread and handle a needle. All materials provided.

Contact: Lisa Hersey
lisa@antlereditions.com
413-204-2431

 

Reimagining Art and Business: Discovering Old Beliefs to Connect with Flow with Beth Pellettieri

Date & Time: May 19, 3:30-5pm
Fee: sliding scale
Location: Northampton Center for the Arts
Address: 33 Hawley Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: bethpellettieri.com/upcoming-events/rethinking-art-and-business

The intersection of art and business is complicated. Creativity requires freedom and flow, a capacity to tune into your artistic vision. And, yet to maintain and sustain yourself, money is required. Yet often the need for financial nourishment feels like compromising your values, selling yourself short, or becoming dependent on others in a way that feels icky. In this workshop, we'll rethink the meeting point of creativity and business from a place of ease, integrity, and purpose.

Contact: Beth Pellettieri
beth@bethpellettieri.com

 

ARTeens at The Art Garden

Date & Time: Tuesdays or Thurdays, 3-6pm, April 23 - June 6
Fee: pay-what-you-can
Location: The Art Garden
Address: 14 Depot Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: theartgarden.org

ARTeens is a 7-week after school program for teens 12-19 who are interested in making art. The Art Garden provides snacks, a wide variety of art supplies, demonstrations of art techniques or materials, exposure to contemporary artists, weekly art prompts, and time for teens to explore their own ideas. ARTeens provides the studio space for teens to explore and share their creativity making the art they want to make in a supportive community. See website for more info and to apply.

Contact: Laura Iveson
laura@theartgarden.org
413-475-4233

 

Amherst Plein Air Society

Date & Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 9am-1pm, until October 31
Fee: $45 annual dues
Location: Amherst area
City/Town: Amherst
Website: facebook.com/Amherst-Plein-Air-Society-392391357552048

APAS artists paint en plein air together three days a week from 9am-1pm at different beautiful locations in the Valley. All media, ages, and levels of experience are warmly welcome. We are a friendly, supportive group of artists who learn from and help each other grow in our work. To come try a paint-out to see if APAS is a good fit for you, email Susanne.

Contact: Susanne Personette
susannepersonette@gmail.com
413-835-5229

 

April Break Art Week at Artspace Community Arts Center

Date & Time: April 16-19, 8:30am-12:30pm
Fee: $145
Location: Artspace Community Arts Center
Address: 15 Mill Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: artspacegreenfield.org

April Break Art Week Group 1 - Ages 6-9. Instructor Chaldea Deyman. Monoprints, carved stamping, relief prints, and more! April Break Art Week Group 2 - Ages 10+. Instructor Lucas May. Cyanotypes, collaging, lumen prints, and more! April Break workshops will end with a public art exhibit hosted and sponsored by the Franklin Community Co-Op! This exhibit will be on view at the end of April at the Co-Op's Community Room.

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

 

Drop-In Public Studio at Resilient Community Arts

Date & Time: second Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm
Fee: donations appreciated but not required
Location: Resilient Community Arts
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Ste #238
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

 

Cut Loose: Crafts & Drafts - Collage Coasters with Michael Sjostedt

Date & Time: May 2, 6:30-9pm
Fee: $40
Location: Progression Brewing Company
Address: 9 Pearl Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: michaelsjostedt.com

Come unwind, create, and connect as you make your own collage coasters. Dive into a world of colors and patterns as you layer, glue, and seal your way to unique, personalized coasters ready for any drink and decor. All materials included. Workshop is limited to 25 people.

Contact: Michael Sjostedt
msjost@gmail.com
413-230-1812

 

Zine-Making Collage Workshop with Lisa Hersey and Michael Sjostedt

Date & Time: Saturday, May 11, 10am-1pm
Fee: $75
Location: Antler Editions
Address: 1 Cottage Street, #512
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: michaelsjostedt.com

Lisa Hersey of Antler Editions and Michael Sjostedt from Cut Loose Collage Workshops are teaming up to teach a Zine-Making class! Discover how to craft your own one sheet fold-up zines and express yourself with collage, utilizing the zines you create alongside a selection of vintage and repurposed materials! $75 per person includes materials and snacks/refreshments.

Contact: Michael Sjostedt
msjost@gmail.com
413-230-1812

 

Cut Loose: Thrift Store Art Collage Makeover with Michael Sjostedt

Date & Time: Saturday, May 18, 10am-2pm
Fee: $75
Location: Meetinghouse Architecture
Address: 35 N Main Street
City/Town: Florence
Website: michaelsjostedt.com

Upcyclers, this workshop is for YOU! Transform castaway thrift store art into your own mixed media masterpiece! You'll collage on top of found vintage paintings and posters using a wide range of ephemera, creating a new story and vibe all your own. Everyone will have a chance to rework several thrift store art finds. We'll even have a makeshift "art open" at the end of the workshop! $75 per person, includes materials and refreshments. Space is limited to 8 people.

Contact: Michael Sjostedt
msjost@gmail.com
413-230-1812

 

Queer And Trans Art Group at Resilient Community Arts

Date & Time: every other Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm
Fee: donations appreciated but not required
Location: Resilient Community Arts
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Ste #238
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: resilientcommunityarts.org/program-registration/p/qtag

Open to anyone who identifies as queer, trans, or gender-expansive. This is a bi-weekly program happens every other Wednesday at 7pm with our fabulous facilitator Mi! Come hang out, make art in community, or just connect with other queer and trans folks in a safer space.

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

 

Stichery Vessels Workshop with Julie Crabtree

Date & Time: May 11, 1-3:30pm
Fee: $60 + $20 materials fee
Location: Salmon Falls Gallery
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: salmonfallsgallery.com/pages/stichery-vessels-workshop-with-julie-crabtree-may-11-2023

Bring Spring inside with fabrics and stitchery to create a slow stitched, embroidered and embellished miniature vessel. An ideal Mother's Day gift, a container for a candle, plant, jewelry, or life's bits and pieces. No previous embroidery knowledge is needed, all materials are provided and the background will be assembled and ready for you to stitch and embellish

 

Week-Long Art Workshops for Kids at Artspace

Date & Time: July 8 - August 7 (4 week-long workshops)
Fee: $179 per workshop
Location: Artspace Community Arts Center
Address: 15 Mill Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artspacegreenfield.org/classes-workshops

Young artists can unleash their creativity each week with multi-media projects, movement, and play. Summer is a time for fun and to learn new techniques for creative self-expression! These workshops are geared towards kids ages 7-11. If your child is a year or two outside of our age range and you think they would fit well with this workshop, we would love to have them! Please email our office alongside your registration or prior to registering if you have questions.

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

 

Beginning Stained Glass at Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio

Date & Time: April 20, 10am-3:30pm
Fee: $125
Location: Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, suite 229
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: DragonflyStainedGlassStudio.com

Create a beautiful sun catcher or ornaments to grace your home or give as gifts. We will cover the skills and techniques to build a unique piece of stained glass art. The perfect class for students with no experience or intermediate students with some experience who may want a refresher course. All levels welcome. Glass and supplies are included in the tuition and the use of all tools. Dates for same class: April 21, and more.

Contact: Heather McLean
Info@DragonflyStainedGlassStudio.com
413-559-1010

 

Snow Farm 2024 Registration

Date & Time: classes start late April and run through June
Fee: varies
Location: Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program
Address: 5 Clary Road
City/Town: Williamsburg
Website: snowfarm.org

The 2024 schedule has over 200 workshops, one of our biggest years ever. Glassblowing is back, and the newly renovated 3D & Mixed Media studio is a wonderful new home for workshops that need room to spread out and work large. Full details on website. Registration opens January 11th.

Contact: info@snowfarm.org
413-268-3101

 

Art for A Change: Space to Incubate + Hatch Ideas

Date & Time: first Wednesdays of the month through May, 6-9pm
Fee: free / donations welcomed
Location: The Art Garden
Address: 14 Depot Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: theartgarden.org

Meeting the 1st Wednesday of every month, January through May to workshop the ideas people bring to the group. Intended for: artists who want their creativity engaged for activism, activists who want their work to be more creative, and community members who want to be a part of it all. (No idea is too small or too large to work on.) Facilitated by Phyllis Labanowski and Jane Wegscheider. Simple snacks and tea provided. Feel free to bring dinner.

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

 

Snow Farm Summer for Teens

Date & Time: Session 1: June 30 - July 13; Session 2: July 14-27
Fee: varies / scholarships available
Location: Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program
Address: 5 Clary Road
City/Town: Williamsburg
Website: snowfarm.org/teens/summer-art-program

Snow Farm Summer is a welcoming, creative community with small classes, intensive instruction, passionate instructors, and modern studios. Open to teens ages 14-18. The heart of the program are the studio classes in flameworking, ceramics, painting & drawing, metalsmithing/jewelry, sculpture, and flat glass. Students enroll in two studios each session; one class meets in the morning from 9am to 12pm and the second one meets from 1pm to 4pm. Full details on website.

Contact: highschool@snowfarm.org
413-268-3101

 

Stitch Circle at the Mill District Local Art Gallery

Date & Time: Thursdays, 4-6pm, until May 16, 2024
Fee: none
Location: The Mill District Local Art Gallery
Address: 191 Cowls Road
City/Town: Amherst
Website: generalstorelocalgallery.com

The Mill District General Store and Local Art Gallery offers a weekly Stitch Circle every Thursday from 4 to 6pm. Bring your own project: knit, crochet, embroider, or hand quilt. Free and welcoming. Ages 16+

Contact: Shannon Borrell
Gallery@cowls.com
413-835-0966

 

Studio / Artist Space Available

Studio Share at Eastworks

Date(s) available: May 1
Location: Eastworks
Address: 116 Pleasant Street, #244
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: amandabarrow.net

Seeking a quiet/respectful artist to share a studio. $275/mth gets you 250sf, N window side, available in vibrant artist community EASTWORKS building, #244, on coveted 2nd fl., drama-free, 1 yr lease/possibly more, 24/7 studio access, sink down the hall, excellent Open Studios event every Nov., liability insurance a must. A.C./Wi-Fi not included, but you can acquire if desired. I teach printmaking workshops, paint, & make prints. No live-in, no musicians, no fumes. Perfect for a writer!

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

 

Art Crowdfunding / Fundraising / Crowdsourcing / Volunteer Help

MICAfest Art for Change: The M/others' View

Goal: $10,000
Start Date: April 15
End Date: May 31
City/Town: Northampton
Website: fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/mica-mothers-institute-for-collaboration-and-art

MICAfest Needs You! Help m/other artists shatter outdated narratives of motherhood this May in Northampton. Donate to support our monthlong festival performances, art, and community and challenge outdated motherhood myths. Every gift gets us closer to our $10,000 goal and the chance to win an additional $1,000 in the Fractured Atlas Spring Match! Act NOW in the Fractured Atlas Spring Match - your donation could be increased! Donate to MICAfest and ignite change in the art world.

Contact: Lyza Fennell
hello@experiencemica.org
413-341-6916

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