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This Week's Newsletter: June 15, 2021

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
June 15, 2021
Issue #668

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Featured Listings:

Wear Orange in the Window

Artists: group show
Start Date: June 2, 2021
End Date: June 29, 2021
Location Name: Windows at 40 Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: easthamptoncityarts.com/wearorange

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is presenting Wear Orange: an Art Exhibit a virtual gallery, consisting of visual expressions of gun violence, hosted by Easthampton City Arts. Selected pieces by western Massachusetts artists will be displayed in the storefront window. Doris Madsen of Easthampton is the principal organizer with assistance from other Moms Demand Action volunteers. Read the history of Wear Orange at wearorange.org

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

 

Call to Artists: Planetary & Human Health

Sponsoring Group Name: Hosmer Gallery
Deadline: June 26
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org/exhibit-2021

The Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library invites artists and writers to submit work for an online exhibition highlighting the interconnectedness of planetary and human health. We invite all visual arts media that can be displayed on our website: photos of 2D and 3D work, digital design, and short video (up to 5 minutes). We also invite poetry and brief prose pieces or excerpts (up to 500 words) that fit the theme. Online Exhibit dates: July 5th to September 5th. Full details on website.

 

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Online Exhibits/Events

UP CLOSE: Alex Callender

Location Name: Online via The ArtSalon
Website: theartsalon.com

UP CLOSE is a series of five short videos that provide a window into the art practices of Valley area artists. Through studio tours and curatorial driven interviews, these films enable The ArtSalon to expand its mission to a virtual platform. Volume 4 features Alex Callender. Callendar's studio practice incorporates painting, drawing and installation to explore intersections between myth, identity and material culture.

Contact: valleyartsalon@gmail.com

 

Wear Orange: an Art Exhibit (the movie online)

Location Name: Online via Wear Orange Summer Jam
Website: wearorangesummerjam.com/easthampton-gallery

Watch the 25-minute movie online. Over fifty artists from New England and beyond, including 17 survivors of gun violence are featured. The works present reflections on historic and current gun violence, particular incidents of homicides, mass shootings and personal experience. Doris Madsen of Easthampton is the creator of the movie and primary organizer of the art show.

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

 

Amherst Exhibits/Events

Windows into Art

Start Date: June 1, 2021
End Date: August 30, 2021
Location Name: various downtown locations
City/Town: Amherst
Website: amherstcenterculturaldistrict.org/windows-into-art

The work of local artists is displayed in business windows throughout town.

 

Juneteenth Amherst 2021 Community Celebration

Date: Saturday, June 19, 10am-8pm
Location Name: various locations
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/cc764e

A daylong event spread over four locations. 10am: Tribute to our Soldiers at the West Cemetery in Amherst Center. 11am: Commemoration and Civil War Tablet Exhibit at the Bangs Center Courtyard. 1pm: Community Jubilee on the Town Common with entertainment and food available for purchase from local BIPOC vendors. 6pm: Sunset Reception at The Mill District in North Amherst featuring an artist collective and fashion show.

Contact: Jennifer Moyston
moystonj@amherstma.gov
413-259-3002

 

A Celebration of the Arts

Date: June 27, 12-6pm
Location Name: Amherst Town Common
Address: Amherst Center
City/Town: Amherst
Website: amherstcenterculturaldistrict.org/windows-into-art

Featuring performances by 2020 Artist Contest awardees in Poetry, Dance, and Music and 2021 Amherst Cultural Council grantees. Jeff Gavioli and the Bad News Jazz and Blues Orchestra, Dina Stander - Poetry, Madeleine Bonn – Dance, Ilana Morris – Music, the Driving Wheel Band, Karina Dise - Spoken Word, Daniel Hales – Music, Musical The Musical - Theater, and performances by Amherst Ballet students. Artists displaying art in windows throughout town will be present on the common in an Artists Market.

 

Out of this World

Artist: Corrin Halford
Start Date: June 3, 2021
End Date: July 2, 2021
Location Name: Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sat 10-4pm
Address: 319 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: hopeandfeathersframing.com

Resin artist Corrin Halford created galaxies in acrylic and resin for her show Out of this World, currently on display in the Gallery Shop at Hope & Feathers. An Easthampton native, Halford discovered resin artwork through social media in 2018 and quickly started creating her own. In her work she seeks to bring the infinite space of the universe into each and every piece, creating a dreamy, starry, and ever-expanding feel through her glimmering creations.

Contact: 413-835-0197

 

GalleryA3 @ GoBerry 'n Cream

Artists: Gallery A3 members
Start Date: June 1, 2021
End Date: June 26, 2021
Location Name: GoBerry 'n Cream
Hours: Sun-Thur 12-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-11pm
Address: 28 Amity Street, 1E
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

Gallery A3 artists celebrate the opening of "GoBerry 'n Cream" with a colorful showing of paintings, photographs, and mixed media. We are enthusiastic about exhibiting with Goberry 'n Cream family member, Susan Handlen. Come enjoy this flavorful artwork along with a frosty treat. Image, "My Bones Hollow" by Kerry St. Laurent.

Contact: gallerya3@gmail.com

 

Creative People Leading Climate Action

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 16, 2021
End Date: June 30, 2021
Location Name: Online via The Augusta Savage Gallery, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/47c5d2

Get inspired into action by viewing nearly 200 pieces from more than eighty artists working to address the climate crisis. The virtual exhibition hosted by the Augusta Savage Gallery presents inspired artforms from across the US and Canada including sculptures, installations, paintings, videos, poems and more. From high school students to professional artists, collectively the exhibit envisions a new world and motivates change as we near Earth Day.

 

The World of Water

Artists: Gallery A3 members
Start Date: April 29, 2021
End Date: June 26, 2021
Location Name: Gallery A3
Hours: daily window viewing
Address: 28 Amity Street, 1D
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

Gallery A3 looks to the world of water--its great power and beauty, its essential abilities to sustain and destroy life, and its qualities of transparency, reflection, and refraction. Work inspired by water includes a wire mesh fish shimmering with copper spots, landscape paintings depicting a pond and all the life it supports, and an abstract view of water, distorting the world around it.

Contact: gallerya3@gmail.com

 

Founding Narratives

Start Date: August 25, 2020
End Date: July 18, 2021
Location Name: Online via Mead Art Museum
City/Town: Amherst
Website: amherst.edu/museums/mead/exhibitions/2020/founding-narratives

Artworks produced in the US between 1800 and today that offer opportunities to consider the role of art in creating, reinforcing, and challenging stories about national identity. Drawn entirely from the Mead Art Museum's extensive collection of American art, the exhibition raises questions about representation and the absence of representation in national narratives and in the establishment of a national art, about the significance of "firsts," and about the interpretative frameworks that museums offer about artists and artworks.

Contact: mead@amherst.edu

 

Covid 19: The Artist Contest

Location Name: Online via Amherst Cultural District
City/Town: Amherst
Website: amherstcenterculturaldistrict.org/virtualexhibit

The impact of COVID-19 continues to broadly affect every aspect of life around the world. Artists can best communicate, express and decipher complicated and challenging times. Where and how we live, eat, work, communicate, reflect, stay informed, vote, stay healthy, provide for ourselves and our family, stay sane and balanced and resilient are daily, even hourly concerns. We are experiencing this together, but every experience is not the same.

 

Easthampton Exhibits/Events

Wear Orange: an Art Exhibit

Artists: group show
Start Date: June 1, 2021
End Date: September 30, 2021
Location Name: Online via Easthampton City Arts
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: easthamptoncityarts.com/wearorange

Moms Demand Action is presenting Wear Orange: an Art Exhibit. Over fifty artists from New England and beyond, including 17 survivors of gun violence, will be exhibiting works in all medium. The works present reflections on historic and current gun violence, particular incidents of homicides, mass shootings and personal experience. Doris Madsen of Easthampton was the principal organizer with assistance from other Moms Demand Action volunteers. Read the history of Wear Orange at wearorange.org

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

 

Wear Orange in the Window

Artists: group show
Start Date: June 2, 2021
End Date: June 29, 2021
Location Name: Windows at 40 Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: easthamptoncityarts.com/wearorange

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is presenting Wear Orange: an Art Exhibit a virtual gallery, consisting of visual expressions of gun violence, hosted by Easthampton City Arts. Selected pieces by western Massachusetts artists will be displayed in the storefront window. Doris Madsen of Easthampton is the principal organizer with assistance from other Moms Demand Action volunteers. Read the history of Wear Orange at wearorange.org

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

 

Urban Scenes

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

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

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

 

Greenfield Exhibits/Events

Urgent Unity, Unprecedented Healing: Reflections from COVID

Artists: group show
Start Date: June 4, 2021
End Date: July 24, 2021
Location Name: YOU+ME Gallery
Address: Sat 11am-3pm
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: instagram.com/youandme_gallery

As visual artists we have the tools to transcend reality, to come together and reimagine our world, to begin healing. We invite you to join us as we reflect on how the pandemic has shaped the work of these 50+ incredible visual artists. Artist's work will be for sale and 10% of proceeds of each sale will go to The Bail Project. 8-10 people at a time in the gallery. Masks required.

Contact: you.me.gallery@gmail.com

 

GCC Annual Art Student Exhibit

Location Name: Online via Greenfield Community College
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: gcc.mass.edu/annual-art-student-exhibit

Features student work from the Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 academic year art courses that were held online due to COVID restrictions. This mode of learning is often challenging for art students and faculty alike and yet the work featured here demonstrates a willingness to try, an ability to succeed and, in some cases, to surpass. They have risen to the challenge, struggled along the way, failed and picked themselves up again, and these are the fruits of their labors.

 

Poetics of Repair: Being Earth, Being Water

Artist: JuPong Lin
Start Date: May 1, 2021
End Date: June 30, 2021
Reception Date: June 30, 7-9pm
Location Name: The LAVA Center
Hours: Sat 11am-2pm, Wed 5-9pm
Address: 324 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: localaccess.org/poetics-of-repair-being-earth-being-water-jupong-lin

Poetics of Repair responds to the climate catastrophe by creating a space of collective care, using poetry and papercraft to transform grief and terror into love and cooperative action for all life threatened by climate injustice. Closing reception: June 30, 7-9pm, an evening of poetry and performance with JuPong Lin and the No-No Project.

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

 

Words from the Rookery

Artist: Lindy Whiton
Start Date: May 1, 2021
End Date: June 30, 2021
Location Name: The LAVA Center
Hours: Sat 11am-2pm, Wed 5-9pm
Address: 324 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: localaccess.org/words-from-the-rookery-lindy-whiton

Local artist and educator Lindy Whiton chronicled a local heron rookery every day for six months during the pandemic. She was able to watch the entire process of 23 birds arriving, mating, sitting eggs, fledging and redistributing to other waterways and she documented it all, both in photographs and in text. The show consists of 20 photographs of the rookery and a slide show of the six months with an audio track of poems that Lindy wrote throughout the time span reflecting a juxtaposition of lives.

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

 

Saturday Salons at The LAVA Center

Date: Saturdays, 11am-2pm
Location Name: The LAVA Center
Address: 324 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: localaccess.org

Every Saturday, stop by The LAVA Center in downtown Greenfield for an eclectic offering of local art and shopping. The Saturday Salon is a popup art salon and marketplace featuring art, poetry, music, video, local vendors, and more.

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

 

Holyoke Exhibits/Events

The Educated N-G-R

Artist: Kiayani Douglas
Start Date: June 19, 2021
End Date: July 11, 2021
Reception Date: Saturday, June 19, 1-5pm
Location Name: PULP
Hours: Fri-Sun 11am-4pm, or by appt
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: pulpholyoke.com

A show showcasing various portraits that have been created to engage people in a deeper conversation around race, history, and privilege. These portraits embody individuals who advocate for the widespread knowledge of black history in the Americas and its Diaspora. "The Educated N-G-R" is a play on words meaning God in ancient Egyptian, it can also be connected to the word "N" word used to demonstrate power by white supremacy. No appointment need. Masks required.

Contact: 413-362-6368

 

Paper City Studios' Second but-not-Annual Artist Purge and Flea Market

Date: Saturday, June 26, 9am-2pm
Location Name: Outdoors at 80 Race Street Holyoke along the canal
City/Town: Holyoke

Something fun for everyone! Arts & craft supplies, cool stuff for making art and cool stuff that's just cool. Plus, fresh food and refreshing drinks with the Holyoke Farmers Market and The Amour Yard Biergarten just two doors down!

Contact: maryanne@maryannebenns.com

 

El Corazón/The Heart of Holyoke - Walking Tour

Location Name: downtown Holyoke
Address: various locations / Main Street area
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: nuevaofholyoke.org/el-corazon

A placekeeping and public art project on Main Street that reflects the vital Puerto Rican and Latinx culture of the surrounding neighborhoods. See website for self guided tours of the artworks installed along Main Street, and artist bios and statements. Artists include: Shey Rivera Ríos, Yadilette Rivera-Colón, Madeline Medina, Chelvanaya Gabriel, Michelle Falcón Fontánez, C. Yolanda Gonzalez, Emma Mesa-Melendez, Dreamclub, Frankie Borrero.

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

Reach: A Pop Up Show

Artists: Marla Allisan, Amy Dawn Kotel
Date: June 20, 9am-4pm
Address: Outdoors at 93 Franklin Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: amydawnkotelart.com

This event is the fruition of two artist's appreciation of their own and each other's art who wanted to find a safe way to share their creativity with their community. A one-day rain or shine event. Our work is colorful, expressive, full of life, movement, and love. Come be part of our art community and bring your mask. The event is very close to downtown and Smith College. Please check out our websites to see a little bit about us. amydawnkotelart.com and figuresinflow.com

Contact: Marla Allisan
marlasart@hotmail.com
413-427-8701

 

Social Fabric: A Community Rugmaking Project

Artist: Jo Hesse
Start Date: June 20, 2021
End Date: July 10, 2021
Location Name: A.P.E. Gallery
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org

Hesse makes felt rugs and wall art using traditional pre-industrial feltmaking techniques. This project is part exhibition, part collaborative art, and part an ongoing and interactive performance of hand fabrication and ancient technology. Part of A.P.E.'s ARC (activate, research, create) program of 1-2 week summer projects. During each project's residency, artists will create and shape work in the gallery space, which will be open to the public through a variety of events and interactive moments.

Contact: Lisa Thompson
lisathompson@apearts.org

 

New Works

Artist: Aljava Yamin Johnson
Start Date: June 9, 2021
End Date: June 30, 2021
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists
Hours: Wed, Thur & Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

An unhoused artist, Johnson's work shaped through the tools available to a mobile life: a paper held safe on a clipboard & pens he could carry. He relates, "At age 9, I learned to draw Tony the Tiger. At 10, I drew Bruce Lee. While incarcerated, I learned to enhance my drawings through shading to where they are today. Now, at 46, I've learned to deepen my art as I explore poetry, a gift from above, & through friends, I'm elevating myself."

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

 

Landscape and Masked Figures

Artist: Dominique Thiébaut
Start Date: June 9, 2021
End Date: June 30, 2021
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists
Hours: Wed, Thur & Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Dominique Thiébaut was born in Paris, France & moved to the Pioneer Valley in the 1980s. Currently, he lives in Northampton where he was a Smith College professor for many years. He works in photography & watercolor, yet he discovered digital painting, adopting it as a primary painting tool. This exhibit features photos, animations & digital tablet paintings created during COVID time confinement. The photos are printed on recycled aluminum sheets, the paintings are printed on Hahnemühle paper.

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

 

A DRAWING OF ITSELF: a collection of new continuous line drawings from 2021

Artist: Jonathan Stark
Start Date: June 9, 2021
End Date: June 30, 2021
Location Name:Open Creative Education Center gallery at the Anchor House of Artists
Hours: Wed, Thur & Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

In his continuous line drawings, each design evolves from a single, curling line that travels through the entire work. Where the design changes color, Stark switches pens and begins again at the same point. Each is hand-drawn on archival paper. Stark is college-educated but his artmaking method is self-taught and comes from years of super-focused processing.

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

 

Recent Paintings

Artist: Megan Marden
Start Date: June 3, 2021
End Date: June 27, 2021
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery, Back Room
Hours: Thur-Sun 1-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

"In my paintings, I communicate a specificity of place that is non-visual--the musty, attic-like smell, the sounds of an old building and a framing shop next-door. The sense of being in the center of a small city, but also feeling isolated and disconnected from it." Marden's paintings show reverence for the long tradition of perceptual painting, while also looking toward the future.

Contact: Megan Marden
megmarden@gmail.com
203-501-2407

 

Plein Air Landscapes

Artist: Marjorie Portnow
Start Date: June 3, 2021
End Date: June 27, 2021
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery, Back Room
Hours: Thur-Sun 1-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

Marjorie generally works on site, in plein air, sometimes also working in the studio. She catches the ephemeral and specific qualities of outdoor light and the greater spirit and mysteries of nature.

Contact: theoxbowgallery@gmail.com
413-586-6300

 

Omnivorous Eye

Artist: Peter Schlessinger
Start Date: June 3, 2021
End Date: June 27, 2021
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Fri-Sun 1-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

A display of carefully curated photographic curiosity and discovery. It's the latest result of my half-century long career in photographic image-making, displaying a wide range of intention and subject matter. Consisting of both new and recently rediscovered works, it points to the medium's potential as a way to freely explore both inner and outer landscapes.

Contact: theoxbowgallery@gmail.com
413-586-6300

 

AirDrop: Dreamscapes of 21st century Americana

Artist: Jil Crary-Ross
Start Date: June 6, 2021
End Date: June 19, 2021
Location Name: A.P.E. Gallery
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org

A series of narrative portrait paintings that capture individuals and their encounters between interior, exterior, and digital spaces. Airdrop expands upon a traditional show, complimenting the paintings with an interactive virtual element and extending a collaborative role to the audience. Part of A.P.E.'s ARC (activate, research, create) program of 1-2 week summer projects. During each project's residency, artists will create and shape work in the gallery space, which will be open to the public through a variety of events and interactive moments.

Contact: Lisa Thompson
lisathompson@apearts.org

 

Different Take on Scott Prior

Artist: Scott Prior
Start Date: May 12, 2021
End Date: June 30, 2021
Location Name: Gallery One, Two, and Three at the Anchor House of Artists
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

In this exhibit, held over until June 30, Scott Prior gives us a surprisingly odd twist to his known work. His artwork is represented in major public & private collections. This rare exhibition reveals Prior's more private, wild graphic art; one unseen behind the fine, ethereal representative work he is known for. For more insight, use SEARCH TERMS-- gazettenet Scott Prior

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Photographs by Jim Gambaro

Artist: Jim Gambaro
Start Date: May 1, 2021
End Date: June 30, 2021
Location Name: West Gallery, Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: jimgambarophotography.zenfolio.com

Images from as close to home as the Quabbin Reservoir and as far away as Antarctica by Belchertown photographer Jim Gambaro in this "visual thank you" to our health care workers. Works range from horses and penguins to soft-focus cityscapes and abstracts.

Contact: Jim Gambaro
jim@jimgambarophotography.com
413-323-5117

 

Virtual Hosmer Gallery Community Art Exhibit

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

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

Contact: hosmergallery@forbeslibrary.org

 

Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

Sparkling Summer

Artists: group show
Start Date: June 10, 2021
End Date: July 19, 2021
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Co-op
Hours: Thur-Mon 11am-4pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: shelburneartscoop.com

The colors and light of summer are highlighted in this exhibition, which includes paintings, printing, photographs, fiber art, jewelry, glass, sculpture and mixed media pieces.

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

 

David Ernster Curates Clay

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 30, 2021
End Date: June 27, 2021
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Thur-Fri & Sun-Mon 10am-5pm, Sat 12-5pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: salmonfallsgallery.com

This season at Salmon Falls Gallery we have invited a few of our artists, past and present, to curate exhibits. Clay artist David Ernster starts us off this May and June by selecting ten truly remarkable artists to participate in his exhibit: Boyan Moskov, Laurel MacDuffie, David Orser, Steven Procter, Don Williams, Tom White, Sarah Burns, Lulu Fichter, Andy Hampton, Larry Elardo, David Ernster.

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

 

South Hadley Exhibits/Events

Long Distance Relationship

Start Date: May 4, 2021
Location Name: Online via Mount Holyoke Art Museum
City/Town: South Hadley
Website: artmuseum.mtholyoke.edu/virtual-engagement/long-distance-relationship

Virtual exhibition created by Class of 2020 and 2021 students in "Senior Studio" capstone course. 15 artists navigate new territories sprung from the global pandemic and associated landscapes of stress, disconnection, and trauma. Throughout the projects presented in Long Distance Relationship, ranging from textile creations and paintings on paper, to video, performance and site specific sculpture, the artists contend with our reality of social distancing and shifts in time zones.

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

Sensory Friendly Saturdays at Springfield Museums

Date: Second Saturdays, 9-11am
Location Name: Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Springfield Science Museum
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org

Sensory Friendly Saturdays provide less noise, less bright light, and cool-down spaces for those who have sensory sensitivity. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Springfield Science Museum will open early, with some exhibits modified to provide an opportunity for people with a range of differing abilities to experience what the museums have to offer. Trained staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer. Sensory-friendly crafts for all ages will be available in the Cat's Corner.

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

 

Creative Quarantine Springfield

Start Date: April 1, 2021
End Date: June 30, 2021
Location Name: Art for the Soul Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat by appt
Address: 1500 Main Street, 2nd Floor
City/Town: Springfield
Website: artforthesoulgallery.com

This exhibit showcases the work of 12 artists working independently and collaboratively during their month-long Creative Quarantine, from January 1st to 31st. Artists include: Kathleen DeQuence Anderson, LaShun Beal, Frankie Borrero, Larry Poncho Brown, Carren Clarke, Louise Cutler, Sheeba Maya, Lorraine McAlpine, Ryan A. Murray, Deborah Shedrick, Sheldon Smith, Michelle Vigeant.

Contact: 413-301-6314

 

Constructing Poetry: Sculptural Work by Don Gummer

Artist: Don Gummer
Start Date: May 1, 2021
End Date: September 12, 2021
Location Name: D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts & Quadrangle Green
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/exhibitions/don-gummer

An exhibit that will take place both within the galleries and outside on the Springfield Museums grounds. Large-scale, abstract, three-dimensional sculptures by the internationally renowned artist Don Gummer will join the whimsical characters in the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden on the Museums grounds. Smaller sculptures, maquettes, and a painting will grace two galleries in the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

Contact: info@springfieldmuseums.org

 

Multi-location Exhibits/Events

[de]Range

Artist: Jason R. Montgomery
Start Date: June 14, 2021
End Date: June 30, 2021
Location Name: 3 locations in western MA
City/Town: Holyoke / Easthampton / Northampton

[de]range was created by Attack Bear Press lead BIPOC artist Jason R. Montgomery (JRM) to engage and highlight the facts and potential solutions to the gun violence epidemic in the US. As an artist, gun owner and a survivor of gun violence JRM fully recognizes the complexity of the issue and how deeply rooted it is in our culture. Baustein Building, 532 Main St, Holyoke, Mon-Fri 8am-3:30pm; Eastworks: 116 Pleasant St, suite 160, Easthampton, daily 8am-8pm; 33 Hawley St, Northampton, Mon-Fri 1-4pm.

Contact: Jason Montgomery
860-214-6214

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

Open Screen Online Film Festival

Sponsoring Group Name: The LAVA Center
Deadline: July 1
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: localaccess.org/open-screen-online-film-festival

The LAVA Center will host the Open Screen Film Festival, July 11-25, a virtual showcase of local filmmaking talent, from students to professionals and everyone in between. This festival will function like an open mic, in that there will be no competitive selection process--all appropriate films that are submitted will be screened! Full details on website.

 

Sawmill River Arts Community Small Works Exhibit

Sponsoring Group Name: Sawmill River Arts
Deadline: July 11-25
Submission Fees: $5 per piece (2 maximum)
City/Town: Montague
Website: sawmillriverarts.com/small-works-show-2021

Sawmill River Arts' Community Small Works Exhibit and Sale will be happening again this coming August! We are eagerly looking forward to seeing what artists have been creating and to showcase their work on our walls. Show dates will be August 1-31, with the reception on August 1. Applications due July 11-25. Detailed information can be found on the website.

Contact: sawmillriverarts@gmail.com

 

2021 Visual Art and Poetry Biennial

Sponsoring Group Name: The Northampton Arts Council
Deadline: August 1
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: westmassbiennial.artcall.org

Seeking Submissions for the 2021 Visual Art and Poetry Biennial, to be held at Forbes Library's Hosmer Gallery, October 2-29. The Biennial is a juried art exhibit and poetry event open to artists and poets from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. Artists and writers are asked to submit their best work that was created within the timeframe of January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, and most closely represents the artist's or poet's personal artistic vision. Full details on website.

Contact: Brian Foote
bfoote@northamptonma.gov
413-587-1069

 

Planetary & Human Health

Sponsoring Group Name: Hosmer Gallery
Deadline: June 26
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org/exhibit-2021

The Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library invites artists and writers to submit work for an online exhibition highlighting the interconnectedness of planetary and human health. We invite all visual arts media that can be displayed on our website: photos of 2D and 3D work, digital design, and short video (up to 5 minutes). We also invite poetry and brief prose pieces or excerpts (up to 500 words) that fit the theme. Online Exhibit dates: July 5th to September 5th. Full details on website.

 

Hannah's Local Art Gallery

Deadline: rolling
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: North Amherst
Website: facebook.com/Hannahslocalartgallery

Hannah's Local Art Gallery is a community hub for local artists to show and sell their work, teach pop-up classes, & learn from one another. Rent space for $20/linear foot/month + a 20% commission fee on monthly sales, which is cycled into the gallery to support marketing & events. Opportunities to sell in the Mill District General Store! Painting, drawing, mixed media, fiber/leather, photography, jewelry, sculpture, metal, wood, and more! Apply for space: bit.ly/HannahsGalleryApplication

Contact: Hannah Rechtschaffen
gallery@cowls.com
413-835-1765

 

Canary in the Coal Mine Project

Sponsoring Group Name: Zea Mays Printmaking
Deadline: rolling basis up until October 1
Submission Fees: $10
City/Town: Florence
Website: zeamaysprintmaking.com/canary-in-the-coal-mine-project

As part of Zea Mays Printmaking's participation in Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, we are inviting any artist interested in collaborating with us to join in the Canary in the Coal Mine Project. Let's create a visual reminder of the birds we will lose if we don't take action on the climate crisis now. Speak up with your printmaking! Your participation will help fund Zea Mays Printmaking's technical research into safer and more sustainable printmaking practices. Full details on website.

 

1st Open Juried Virtual Art Show

Sponsoring Group Name: Friends of the Agawam Public Library (FAPL)
Deadline: September 30
Submission Fees: $25 per entry
City/Town: Agawam
Website: artlink.click/bfc521

Five Categories: Acrylics, Oils, Watercolors, Pastels, Other Media (pencil drawing, charcoals, pen and inks, block prints, collage, encaustics, fiber art, collagraphy). Cash awards. Multiple Entries per Category are allowed. Fee applies to each entry. Original art only. Online show, will be online by November 15. Full details on website.

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

 

Saturday Salon at The LAVA Center

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

Seeking artists and vendors to display their work during our Saturday Salon. Visual artists: our gallery walls are taken, but maybe you've got installation or video work you can display. Writers: display writings for sale, maybe perform an impromptu reading when there's a small audience. Musicians: we're looking for pre-recorded music only, not live. Vendors: use one of our tables or bring your own (6 feet or less). If interested, email with details about your work, and please include pictures.

Contact: vanessa@localaccess.org

 

Virtual Hosmer Gallery Community Art Exhibit

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

In this extraordinary time of social isolation, people still need to connect with others, share ideas, see something new, and express our creativity. The Hosmer Gallery welcomes anyone living and making visual art in the Pioneer Valley to submit up to 3 digital images of their work for inclusion in the online exhibit. Artists and visitors of all ages are invited!

 

Classes & Workshops

Plein Aire Landscape Painting with Peter Barnett

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 9-11am, August 24 - September 28
Fee: $15 for all six sessions
Organization: Monson Arts Council
Location Name: House of ART
Address: 200 Main Street
City/Town: Monson
Website: monsonartscouncil.org

Peter Barnett will give this 6-week workshop in painting landscapes directly from nature. First Session: at the House of Art, Orientation and Demo. Participant choice of medium. For those working in oils or acrylics, prepared painting panels will be offered at cost, (small = $0.50, large = $1.00) up to a limit of 6 panels. Other materials will need to be provided by the participants.

Contact: Peter Barnett
Peter@monsonartscouncil.org
413-267-9764

 

Summer Art Classes for Children with Jane Morrison

Date & Time: Thursdays, 3-4pm, June 24 - July 29
Fee: $25 per class (including materials) or $120 for 6 weeks
Organization: Open Creative Education Center
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists, the New England Visionary Artists Museum
Address: 518 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: janiem.com/home.html

Educational and fun-filled lessons designed to inspire the unique and creative gifts of each child. For children ages six to eleven, these classes offer a wide range of lively subject matter and art techniques in drawing, painting, and collage. Jane Morrison, a Northampton native, is an artist and former elementary teacher. She holds a BA in visual art from Smith College and a MA teacher's license from Westfield University. A great opportunity to have cool summer enjoyment for your child.

Contact: Jane Morrison
ms.janie@yahoo.com
413-387-8942

 

Stained Glass Workshop with Heather McLean

Date & Time: Friday, September 10, 9:30am-3pm (with a lunch break)
Fee: $125
Location: Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 032
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: DragonflyStainedGlassStudio.com

Create a beautiful sun catcher, a small panel, or a few ornaments to grace your home or give as gifts. We will cover all of the skills and techniques to build a unique piece of stained glass art using the copper foil technique. This is a perfect class for students with no experience as well as intermediate students with some experience who may want a refresher course. All glass and supplies included in the tuition and the use of all tools. See website for more dates.

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

 

Creative Resilience Dialogues with Chelvanaya Gabriel

Date & Time: Sunday, June 27, 1-2:30pm
Fee: sliding scale $10-$40 each (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Location: Online via Northampton Center for the Arts
City/Town: Northampton
Website: nohoarts.org/art-classes/category/creative-resilience-dialogues-with-chelvanaya-gabriel-online

A series of workshops, community-engaged art presentations and consultation work designed with creative non-verbal expression as the entry point to community building, relational change and exploring ideas about wellness, identity, and resilience. See website for more info and upcoming dates.

 

Painting Summer Flowers in Watercolor with Deborah Rubin

Date & Time: 6:30-9pm, August 16, 18, 23, 25
Fee: $160 plus materials
Location: Northampton Center for the Arts
Address: 33 Hawley Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: nohoarts.org

Paint some glorious summer flowers! Focusing on color and contrast, you'll complete two paintings in the two-week session. Techniques include dry brush, wet on wet, big and flat brush. Some demos, some critiques, and a lot of fun! All levels are welcome.

Contact: Kelly Silliman
ncfa@nohoarts.org
413-584-7327

 

Thrown & Altered: Wheel and hand-building with Tiffany Hilton

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 6-8:30pm, June 15 - August 3
Fee: $360 includes materials
Organization: Pivot Pottery / Tiffany Hilton Pottery
Location: Arts & Industry Building
Address: 221 Pine Street, #334
City/Town: Florence
Website: pivotpottery.com/classes-and-workshops

Combine wheel throwing and hand-building to alter forms. Make thrown parts and slabs to construct oval, squared and other shaped pots. We will make casserole dishes, lidded forms, and get playful with some new techniques and shapes. Some basic wheel experience required. Adults and teens (age 16+). Tiffany Hilton has been working with clay for 30 years and recently expanded her studio to offer her students a safer, more spacious environment.

Contact: Tiffany Hilton
info@pivotpottery.com
413-824-6506

 

FARM & ART

Date & Time: August 2-6, 9am-3pm
Fee: $100 - $350 (pay-what-you-can)
Location: Wilder Brook Farm
City/Town: East Charlemont

The Art Garden, Wilder Brook Farm, and environmental educator Robin Huntley are excited to yet again offer FARM & ART, a hands-on, nature-based summer youth program. Program facilitators, John Hoffman, Robin Huntley, Jane Beatrice Wegscheider and 4 teen mentors will guide participants (ages 7-14+) as they explore the farm's gardens, fields, woods, and stream while learning to experience the natural world as an artist, a farmer, and a naturalist. Email for more information.

Contact: Jane
csartgarden@gmail.com

 

CLAY, YOGA & ART and CLAY & ART for kids and teens

Date & Time: July 6-9 or July 12-16 or July 26-30
Fee: $335 or $340 (financial aid available)
Location: The Mill
Address: 49 Conway Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: studio.mollycantor.com/product-category/uncategorized

CLAY & ART (ages 13-19), CLAY, YOGA & ART (ages 9-12), or CLAY, YOGA & ART (ages 6-9). The Art Garden, Shelburne Falls Yoga, and The Handle Factory Community Clay Studio collaborate to offer these week-long programs. Participants will start the morning with Clay Classes in the Handle Factory, followed by mid-day movement in a shaded area outside the Mill. They will eat their bag lunches down by the river, and spend afternoons creating mixed media art in a lovely wooded area behind the Mill. See website for full details.

Contact: csartgarden@gmail.com

 

Art Camp for 6-12 year olds with Betsy Koscher

Date & Time: 9am-3pm, July 5-9
Fee: $150 for the week
Location: Rutabaga Art Studio
City/Town: Ludlow

Designing a book, animation, water color, acrylic, and much more. Swimming until 4pm.

Contact: 413-335-0521

 

Adult Art Classes with Betsy Koscher

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, ongoing
Fee: $10 per class
Location: Rutabaga Art Studio
City/Town: Ludlow

All media materials included.

Contact: 413-335-0521

 

Zea Mays Printmaking's Online Printmaking School

Date & Time: ongoing
Fee: varies
Location: Online via Zea Mays Printmaking
City/Town: Florence
Website: zeamaysprintmaking.podia.com

Featuring professionally made video tutorials by our wonderful faculty. Learn at your own pace, in the comfort of your home studio. Watch as often as you like, a one-time fee gets you unlimited access to demonstrations, inspirational slideshows, downloadable instructions and more.

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

 

Northampton Community Making Space

Date & Time: third Saturdays, 4-7pm: June 19
Fee: none
Location: Northampton Center for the Arts
Address: 33 Hawley Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: nohoarts.org/events/category/northampton-community-making-space

We will each have a 6' space. You will be provided a table, a chair or easy chair, a dedicated power strip, and a drop cloth. You will need to bring your own materials and tools. Please bring projects that are appropriate for working on in a group setting. There will be 3-foot aisles between each space, and masks will be required at all times. The space will accommodate 10 people at one time. In order to organize our safe attendance, please email to sign up.

Contact: amybputnam@gmail.com

 

Amherst Plein Air Society

Date & Time: 9am-1pm, Mon-Fri, April to October
Fee: $40 per year
Location: a different location in the Valley every week
City/Town: Amherst
Website: facebook.com/Amherst-Plein-Air-Society-392391357552048

APAS artists paint en plein air together every day of the week at different beautiful locations in the Valley. All media, ages, and levels of experience are welcome. We are a welcoming, supportive group where we all learn from and help each other grow in our work. During the pandemic, we've continued to paint outdoors right through winter while observing physical distancing and wearing masks. We're now looking forward to warmer weather! To come try a paint-out to see if APAS is a good fit for you.

Contact: Susanne Personette
SusannePersonette@gmail.com

 

Väv Immersion Weaving Intensive

Date & Time: July 12 - September 3
Fee: $6500, with scholarships available
Location: Fabric of Life
Address: 80 Bassett Road
City/Town: Shelburne
Website: fabric-of-life.org/vav-immersion-2021

In-depth program reinforcing the historic lineage of Scandinavian hand weaving through a range of educational opportunities. Full details on website.

Contact: M Rudder
office@fabric-of-life.org
413-203-9448

 

Crafty Crochet Club

Date & Time: 1st and 3rd Mondays, 7pm
Fee: free
Location: via Zoom at Make-It Springfield
City/Town: Springfield
Website: artlink.click/7250e

Sew, Crochet, Knit, Craft: Get connected to our Craft Club! Until we can meet in person, stop by for a Zoom meet up whenever you feel like sharing and connecting with others! Work on a project, share your knowledge, learn from others or just chat while you work. All ages welcome! .

 

Online Artist Workshops with Lorna Ritz

Date & Time: ongoing
Location: online
Website: www.lornaritz.com

Technical & Aesthetic Instruction, Winter 2021: a critical approach to your painting and/or drawing focusing on still life. (in spring we will meet in the landscape). Lorna encourages artists to ask questions on paper or canvas with curiosity, rather than stating what the eye perceptually sees and/or what the mind already knows. The eye, instead, moves around and not just on the object being drawn or painted, so that movement is created between objects through color relationships. Individual or group critiques.

Contact: gchilenski@gmail.com

 

Studio / Artist Space Available

Holyoke: Studio at Paper City Studios

Location: Paper City Studios
Date(s) available: now
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke

This studio is 28'x28' 3rd floor walk up, has two arched windows overlooking the Canal Walk and Canal. Perfect for one or two artists. The rent is $580 plus heat. Electric and WiFi included. Bathroom, slop sink and a large common area on the same floor. Work studio only, no living areas.

Contact: Bruce Fowler
brucefowlerart@yahoo.com

 

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