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This Week's Newsletter: October 27, 2020

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
October 27, 2020
Issue #635

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What/where is the Pioneer Valley? The three western MA counties that surround the CT River: Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties.

Featured Listings:

After Reprimand

Artist: Susan Mikula
Start Date: October 1, 2020
End Date: October 31, 2020
Location Name: William Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.wbfinearts.com/index.php?id=7992

Susan Mikula creates her cinematic photos using only available light to capture images on expired Polaroid film, then recreates the rich darks and subtle lights in large prints with a 19th century platinum/palladium process. The artist writes that this process "can work like form in a poem … allow[ing] a specific kind of beauty to emerge; one in which an old camera and an empty hallway produce an image that could have been plucked from your own memory."

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

 

This Is Us: Regional Portraiture Today

Artists: group show
Start Date: October 24, 2020
End Date: April 4, 2021
Location Name: D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/exhibitions/this-is-us

This Is Us showcases local portraiture and highlights the rich artistic talent of our region. Created within the last two years, many submissions respond to current events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for social justice. In a year marked by social distancing, the exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to "meet" their neighbors, and to gather in celebration of the power of human connection and the joy of creativity.

Contact: info@springfieldmuseums.org
413-263-6800

 

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Amherst Exhibits/Events

Artist Talk with Heather Agyepong

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 4:30-5:30pm
Location Name: Online via Mead Art Museum
City/Town: Amherst
Website: amherst.edu/news/calendar/node/782237

London-based artist Heather Agyepong has worked within photographic and performance arts since 2009 and is interested in mental health and well-being, activism, invisibility, the diaspora and the archive. Join us to learn more about Agyepong's artistic practice, her acclaimed project "Too Many Blackamoors," and her forthcoming projects, performances and exhibitions. This program will take place via Zoom. Registration is required.

 

Covid 19: The Artist Contest

Location Name: Onilne 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.

 

INSIDE: Window exhibition at Gallery A3

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 5, 2020
End Date: November 28, 2020
Location Name: Gallery A3
Address: 28 Amity Street, 1D
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

Continuing a series of gallery window exhibitions inaugurated this summer, Gallery A3 presents INSIDE, a group show by member artists. Exhibit co-coordinator Janet W. Winston explains that the theme of INSIDE reflects the altered way we navigate life now, as a consequence of the pandemic. "Of necessity, we have moved inside our thoughts, our hearts, our fears, and the constraints of having limited physical contact with our family, friends, and community. This exhibition explores how some artists have reacted to these changes."

 

The Passing Show

Artist: Kathryn Fanelli
Start Date: September 21, 2020
End Date: November 2, 2020
Reception Date: October 30, 5-7pm, by appt
Location Name: Studio Arts Building, UMass
Hours: by appt
Address: 110 Thatcher Road
City/Town: Amherst
Website: signupgenius.com/go/70a0b4eacae23abf85-thepassing

MFA thesis exhibition that juxtaposes contemplative practice with the carnivalesque-including a repurposed 1924 carousel-that considers unusual approaches to heal from the past and reimagine the future. The centerpiece of the show is an installation created from a 20-foot diameter kinetic, revolving, antique carousel liberated from its histories, embellished trappings and former meanings, in the second-floor atrium of the Studio Arts Building and is visible from the street and illuminated 24 hours a day.

 

While You Were Away

Artist: Procheta Mukherjee Olson
Start Date: October 14, 2020
End Date: November 11, 2020
Location Name: Online at Hampden Gallery, UMass Amherst
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fineartscenter.com/hampden

A collaborative project between an Indian artist in the US and her American friend in India. They recorded initial experiences of the place that each had just moved to. These impressions are inscribed on objects that are peculiar to this new place, something unseen in their country of origin. They deconstructed and examined the process of assimilation. They aim to create a consciousness of similarity and difference while also showing how personal narratives act as gateways into the larger collective.

Contact: Sally Curcio
sallycurcio@umass.edu

 

Imagimenagerie

Artist: Kenny Harris
Start Date: October 14, 2020
End Date: November 11, 2020
Location Name: Online at Hampden Gallery, UMass Amherst
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fineartscenter.com/hampden

Myths have the power to both reflect and effect the psychology of their contributing cultures. Through a developed creative language, mythology allows the human psyche to create the world anew, showcasing the human propensity towards imagination. It is through this creative process that a single species utilizes its imagination to attempt to understand its environment, regardless of cultural or external contexts. Kenny Harris, explores this rich territory in his whimsical, graphic, figurative forms.

Contact: Sally Curcio
sallycurcio@umass.edu

 

Piece Me Back Together

Artist: Jules Jones
Start Date: October 7, 2020
End Date: October 28, 2020
Location Name: Online at Augusta Savage Gallery, UMass Amherst
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fineartscenter.com/julesjones

Jules Jones closely inspects the concept of Wellness through vibrant collage and print paintings that explode with energy.

 

Embodied Taste - Virtual Tour

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

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

 

Armature of Light

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

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

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

 

Breathing While Black

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

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

 

Hues of Blue

Artists: group show
Start Date: October 1, 2020
End Date: October 31, 2020
Location Name: Gallery A3
Hours: daily via window
Address: 28 Amity Street, 1D
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

Building on a series of gallery window exhibitions in July, August, and September, Gallery A3 presents Hues of Blue. Gallery members join together in a group show celebrating the color blue in all its beauty and variety, and metaphorical meanings. The window exhibition continues Gallery A3's efforts to keep visual art actively present in the community, despite the restrictions due to the pandemic that forces the gallery to keep its doors closed.

Contact: gallerya3@gmail.com

 

Deerfield Exhibits/Events

150th Anniversary Exhibit

Start Date: September 18, 2020
End Date: October 31, 2020
Location Name: Memorial Hall Museum
Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-4:30pm
Address: 8 Memorial Street
City/Town: Deerfield
Website: deerfield-ma.org

This exhibit celebrates the 150th anniversary of Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, one of the oldest historical societies in America. It does so by looking back at the values of the PVMA founders through 15 of the objects they preserved for us in their first decade (1870-1880). It concludes by asking visitors what objects will represent our values for those looking back 150 years from today. Visitors receive a map and will find the 15 objects highlighted throughout the museum.

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Fabric of Time: New England History Told Through Domestic Art

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

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

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

 

Easthampton Exhibits/Events

The Myth of Utopia

Artist: Ruth Kjaer
Start Date: October 12, 2020
End Date: November 26, 2020
Location Name: The Elusie Gallery
Hours: by appt only
Address: 43 Main Street, Old Town Hall
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.bigredframe.com/the-elusie-gallery

After seven months of dormancy the Elusie Gallery is open again! Easthampton Artist Ruth Kjaer exhibits a compelling body of work. The paintings on display speak to the viewers in a passionate way, confronting them with some of difficult issues we face as a society today. The exhibit is open to the public by appointment (please call 413-529-9265) and runs through the end of November 2020.

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

 

Urban Scenes

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

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

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

 

Greenfield Exhibits/Events

Saturday Salon Series at The LAVA Center

Date: Saturdays, 10:30am-1pm, until December 19
Location Name: The LAVA Center
Address: 324 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: facebook.com/events/228887521882618

Every Saturday until December 19th, stop by The LAVA Center in downtown Greenfield for an eclectic offering of local art and shopping. The Saturday Salon Series is a popup art salon and marketplace that will feature our regular gallery display, popup art and video installations, curated pre-recorded music, local vendors, and more. This event series is free to attend (donations are welcome and will help to support the artists and the space).

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

 

GCC Artist Talk: Pipo Nguyen-duy

Date: Wednesday October 28, 12pm
Location Name: Online via Zoom / Greenfield Community College Art Department
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: gcc.mass.edu/events/artist-talk-pipo-nguyen-duy

Join us on Zoom for the Art Department's fall lecture series. Pipo Nguyen-duy was born in Hue, Vietnam. Growing up within thirty kilometers of the demilitarized zone of the 18th Parallel, he describes hearing gunfire every day of his early life He immigrated to the United States as a political refugee. Pipo is a Professor teaching photography at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.

 

Hadley Exhibits/Events

Selected Works

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

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

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

 

Holyoke Exhibits/Events

Kelly Popoff

Artist: Kelly Popoff
Start Date: October 17, 2020
End Date: November 8, 2020
Location Name: PULP
Hours: Fri-Sun, 10am-3pm
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: pulpholyoke.com

"My creative life has been most influenced by my childhood and the injustices that i felt in two areas that dominated during that time: my home life and my Catholic school education. The social dynamics of these two realms overlap in ways that fuel my desire to bring to light abuses of power. My work addresses social concerns, often pertaining to children, animals and others in powerless positions that are susceptible to manipulation."

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

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

Oxbow Window Show: Elizabeth Meyersohn

Artist: Elizabeth Meyersohn
Start Date: October 28, 2020
End Date: November 8, 2020
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowgallery.org

These two paintings are based on a small painting Elizabeth made 20 years ago depicting a rock thrown into a pool of water creating ripples. One painting is a vibrant interpretation, the other more somber.

 

Student Work at Janotta Gallery

Artists: group show
Start Date: October 28, 2020
End Date: November 13, 2020
Location Name: Online via Smith College Department of Art Janotta Gallery
City/Town: Northampton
Website: sophia.smith.edu/art-jannotta-gallery/schedule

Student work from 200 + 300 Level / Intermediate + Advanced Architecture.

Contact: Rebecca Davis
bdavis@smith.edu

 

Michael Tillyer

Artist: Michael Tillyer
Start Date: November 4, 2020
End Date: November 13, 2020
Reception Date: Wednesday, November 5, 3pm
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists
Hours: 3-5pm by appt
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Pandemia COVID Relief effort, the Hundred Dollar offers Tillyer watercolors at half imperial sheet size and down for a hundred dollars and less. We ask for what we call Pandetiquette when you attend any time: assured personal wellness, face coverings, & physical distancing.

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

 

Brooke, Brown, and Boss

Artists: Brooke Schnabel, Mark Brown, Susan Boss
Start Date: November 5, 2020
End Date: November 28, 2020
Reception Date: Friday, November 13
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists, Gallery 1, 2 & 3
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Unity from variety is the work that Anchor House of Artists seeks to do, and this November, in three galleries, we bring three artists that use vastly different approaches to reach this. Brooke Schabel presents new experiments in mixed media. Mark Brown extends his oeuvre of plaque-like face constructions. Susan Boss creates onsite new mandala-like installations, ephemeral, and made of materials taken from nature. Visitor pre-registration online or by phone, please. $ contribution appreciated.

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

 

Paintings by Ben Hotchkiss

Artist: Ben Hotchkiss
Start Date: October 1, 2020
End Date: October 29, 2020
Location Name: Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Main Floor Gallery
Address: Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Ben Hotchkiss, know for his self-styled abstractions shows a small selection from the over 1000 located at the Anchor House of Artists.

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

 

Gratitude: The Unrecognized Essential Workers Series

Artist: Robert Masla
Start Date: October 2, 2020
End Date: October 31, 2020
Location Name: R. Michelson Galleries
Hours: Tue-Thur & Sat 10am-6pm, Fri 12-8pm, Sun-Mon by appt
Address: 132 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: rmichelson.com

This new collection of paintings depicts the various unheralded but much needed essential workers that have come into the spotlight during the COVID era. Included in this group is the burgeoning protest movement, essential now more than ever. Masks and appropriate social distancing are practiced and required while in the gallery.

 

Evolving in Chaos

Artists: group show
Start Date: October 2, 2020
End Date: November 1, 2020
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Fri 4-7pm, Sat 3-6pm, Sun 2-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowgallery.org

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

 

Extraction: Green to the Extreme

Artists: Zea Mays Printmaking
Start Date: October 4, 2020
End Date: November 1, 2020
Location Name: A.P.E. Gallery
Hours: Tue-Thur 12-5pm, Fri 12-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org

An exhibition featuring multimedia printmaking works by 38 artists about the political, social, and personal issues related to natural resource exploitation--its forms and its consequences, including its effect on art making and human life.

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

 

New Sculpture and Paintings

Artist: John Landino
Start Date: October 7, 2020
End Date: October 30, 2020
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists, Gallery 2 & 3
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

John Landino presents tiny new metal sculptures that have the heft and presence of large steel sculptures. He also presents his new "Paint-Over" paintings, where he takes prints of sometimes famous masterworks and paints over them.

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

 

Loaded Palette

Artists: Greg Stone, Charlie Miller, Bruce Ackerson, Peter Dellert, and more
Start Date: October 7, 2020
End Date: October 30, 2020
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists, Gallery 1
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Anchor House of Artists, The New England Visionary Artists Museum has now taken on the Gregory Stone collection into its care. To celebrate, two paintings, Marion Brown and Freddie Clayton are on display in Gallery 1 with fine works by Peter Dellert, Bruce Ackerson, and others. We ask for what we call Pandetiquette when you attend any time: assured personal wellness, face coverings, & physical distancing.

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

 

UNSEEN: Encaustics, Monoprints and Pastels from the estate of Mallory Lake

Artist: Mallory Lake
Start Date: October 1, 2020
End Date: October 31, 2020
Location Name: William Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.wbfinearts.com/index.php?id=7993

A curated selection of never-before-exhibited artwork by artist Mallory Lake. Best known for her pastels of Italian landscapes, Lake enjoyed experimenting with other techniques and materials throughout her life. Visitors will see pastels of Tuscany and Florence; velvety botanical monoprints; and encaustics, which use layers of wax and pigments to create a unique, luminous surface.

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

 

After Reprimand

Artist: Susan Mikula
Start Date: October 1, 2020
End Date: October 31, 2020
Location Name: William Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.wbfinearts.com/index.php?id=7992

Susan Mikula creates her cinematic photos using only available light to capture images on expired Polaroid film, then recreates the rich darks and subtle lights in large prints with a 19th century platinum/palladium process. The artist writes that this process "can work like form in a poem … allow[ing] a specific kind of beauty to emerge; one in which an old camera and an empty hallway produce an image that could have been plucked from your own memory."

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

 

2020 Virtual Hosmer Gallery

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

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

Contact: hosmergallery@forbeslibrary.org

 

Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

Splash of Color

Artists: group show
Start Date: October 15, 2020
End Date: November 22, 2020
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Co-op
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-4pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.shelburneartscoop.com

The delights of color in our surroundings and all aspects of our lives are celebrated in this exhibit of paintings, photographs, prints, fiber art, mixed media, glass and jewelry.

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

 

Florals Large & Small

Artist: Susan Valentine
Start Date: October 2, 2020
End Date: November 15, 2020
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Thur-Mon 11am-5pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.SalmonFallsGallery.com

A series of luminious, realistic oil-on-canvas paintings of flowers as small as 9x12" to 5'w x 9'h. Depicting the beauty of our earth on canvas is more than just a pastime for Valentine, it is her response to the environmental degradation that humans have inflicted on the planet.

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

 

Embodied Landscape

Artist: Laura Radwell
Start Date: October 2, 2020
End Date: November 15, 2020
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Thur-Mon 11am-5pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.SalmonFallsGallery.com

Larger oil on canvas paintings. "Much of my work has been characterized by atmospheric and dream-like components of landscape that drift into, overlap, and morph into one another. These new works are an exploration of a further point along the continuum in that they involve tighter, more disciplined, and dynamic compositions. ... I see the work as a melding of gesture and body contained in landscape and landscape contained in the body."

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

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

BLART: Black Art & Activism Exhibit and Fundraiser

Date: Friday, October 30, 5-10:30pm
Location Name: The Ethnic Study
Address: 222 Worthington Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: facebook.com/events/787248948740406

Join us for a community soft opening event we've entitled “BLART: Black Art and Activism”! A multimedia art experience and fundraiser to support the growth and development of The Ethnic Study Coworking Space and projects like BLART. SEE, FEEL, AND HEAR the stories of pain and perseverance, struggle and strength, revolution, resilience, and radical hope as 413 creatives of color gather to tell their stories of Black Art and Activism in 2020. Come for the people, stay for the art, leave with a new perspective.

 

She Shapes History

Start Date: October 23, 2020
End Date: December 28, 2020
Location Name: Art for the Soul Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 12-4pm
Address: 1500 Main Street, 2nd Floor
City/Town: Springfield
Website: artforthesoulgallery.com

Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, in which women won the right to vote. Discover the stories of the unsung heroes, including local heroes, Elizabeth Freeman and Sojourner Truth, and also African American women’s suffragist clubs and women factory worker labor union organizers, who fought the struggle and impacted US history of the past two centuries. On loan from the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA.

Contact: artforthesoulgallery@gmail.com

 

This Is Us: Regional Portraiture Today

Artists: group show
Start Date: October 24, 2020
End Date: April 4, 2021
Location Name: D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/exhibitions/this-is-us

This Is Us showcases local portraiture and highlights the rich artistic talent of our region. Created within the last two years, many submissions respond to current events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for social justice. In a year marked by social distancing, the exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to "meet" their neighbors, and to gather in celebration of the power of human connection and the joy of creativity.

Contact: info@springfieldmuseums.org
413-263-6800

 

Virtual Lecture Series: The Corporal from Corsica: Creating Napoleon

Date: November 5, 12:15-1:30pm
Location Name: Online via the Springfield Museums
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/program/corporal-corsica-creating-napoleon

Napoleon recognized the critical need to create an image that would transmit to the French and the world his superior nature and cleverly disguise any faults or weaknesses. This talk will explore the evolution of the style Napoleon through painting, sculpture, furniture, architecture, and the state symbols of power, including the military. Presentations will take place via ZOOM. Please register in advance. Cost: $4 / $2 members.

Contact: kfisk@springfieldmuseums.org

 

Flora Inspired

Artists: Artists of Springfield MA
Start Date: October 15, 2020
End Date: December 15, 2020
Location Name: 1550 Main Street
Hours: email to schedule a visit
Address: 1550 Main Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: facebook.com/ArtistsofSpringfieldMA

Matthew Cowles, Laura Geryk, Sheldon Smith, Gabriela Sepulveda, Amanda Marrero, and Livia Shelasky show work that is inspired by floral and landscape motifs. Email mjshelasky@gmail.com to schedule a visit of up to 4 people. Artists of Springfield MA works to raise the visibility of artists who live in, work in and contribute to our city. This exhibit is supported by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Contact: MARLA SHELASKY
mjshelasky@gmail.com
413-626-2891

 

Chance Encounters

Artist: Shawn Farley
Start Date: August 15, 2020
End Date: March 7, 2021
Location Name: D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/exhibitions/chance-encounters-mixed-media-constructions-shawn-farley

Shawn Farley creates sculptural assemblages that give new life to obsolete foundry molds and other found objects. By embracing chance and trusting her keen artistic instincts, Farley constructs clever compositions that take on human qualities and adopt their own personalities. As the artist says, her works, "assume new identities and an evocation of something soulful."

Contact: info@springfieldmuseums.org
413-263-6800

 

Voices of Resilience: The Intersection of Women on the Move

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

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

Contact: info@springfieldmuseums.org

 

Turners Falls Exhibits/Events

The Pedestal Take Over Photo Project

Artist: Nina Rossi
Start Date: July 30, 2020
End Date: December 15, 2020
Location Name: Spinner Park
Address: corner of Fourth Street and Avenue A
City/Town: Turners Falls
Website: ninasnook.com

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

 

West Springfield Exhibits/Events

New Community Mural

Location Name: Amostown Road and Smyrna Street
City/Town: West Springfield
Website: redthreadnetworkforthearts.org

At the community pool off Amostown Road and Smyrna Streets in West Springfield. The Artist is John Matlock from West Springfield. Sponsored by The Red Thread Network for the Arts and the town's Parks and Recreation Department. Part of our future mural trail in West Springfield. John is a marine artist, part of a national art group. We hope to raise enough money to have another mural painted next spring.

 

Westfield Exhibits/Events

WSU Alumni/Student Virtual Invitational Exhibition

Location Name: Online via Arno Maris Gallery at Westfield State University
City/Town: Westfield
Website: artlink.click/1b7f3

In this time of COVID, the arts are alive and well at Westfield State University. This virtual exhibit is a celebration of the accomplishments of current students and of alumni. Their artist statements express the creative mind in a multitude of ways.

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

Celebrate! - Online Art Exhibit

Sponsoring Group Name: Monson Arts Council
Deadline: November 8-30
Submission Fees: $15 for two entries
City/Town: Monson
Website: www.monsonartscouncil.org

elebrate! is an Online Art Exhibit for Painting, Photography, Multi-dimensional Art, Drawing & Graphic Arts. Juror Roc Goudreau of Workshop 13 in Ware will select prize winners from all entrants: 1st Prize - $250; 2nd Prize - $100, 3rd Prize - $50 plus Honorable Mentions. All entries will be exhibited at monsonartscouncil.org. Prize winners and entrants will also be featured on the Arts Council Facebook page and on Instagram. Work may be for sale, no commissions will be charged.

Contact: Tim Denney
artshows@monsonartscouncil.org
413-267-3208

 

Community Ofrenda / Ofrenda Comunitaria 2020

Sponsoring Group Name: Attack Bear Press
Deadline: October 30
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: attackbearpress.com/community-ofrenda-2020

Hosted at the Readywipe Gallery, Oct 31 to Nov 2. Please submit photos of your loved ones who have passed. These will be displayed at the indoor ofrenda and also projected onto a public space outdoors. This community generated ceremony is an indigenous cultural practice, and not an "alternative Halloween", however, given the weight of 2020 we are welcoming all people to come together in peace to honor their ancestors and those who left us to continue their journey.

Contact: jasonm@attackbearpress.com

 

1st Open Juried Virtual Photography Show

Sponsoring Group Name: Friends of the Agawam Public Library (FAPL)
Deadline: January 1, 2021
Submission Fees: $25 per entry until November 30, $30 after
City/Town: Agawam
Website: agawamlibrary.org/about/friends

Categories: Creative, Nature, Photojournalism, Pictorial. Multiple entries allowed. All images must be original, made by the photographer, captured with light sensitive material (either film or digital), and cannot be previous entries in our shows. Awards: Total $1,340 - Best in Show ($300) and 1st ($120), 2nd ($80), 3rd ($60) in each Category and 8 Honorable Mentions. Show will be online after February 1, 2021. Full details and entry form on website.

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

 

Seeking artists and vendors for Saturday Salon Series

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

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

Contact: vanessa@localaccess.org

 

Local Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) group

Sponsoring Group Name: National Women's Caucus for Art
Deadline: none
Submission Fees: membership/discounts
City/Town: Western MA
Website: nationalwca.org

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

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

 

Pioneer Valley Arts Mentorship Program

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

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

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

 

Virtual Hosmer Gallery

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

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

 

Classes & Workshops

ARTSPACE Fall 2020 Online Courses

Date & Time: ongoing, see website
Fee: varies
Location: Online via Artspace Community Arts Center
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: artspacegreenfield.com

Fourteen new art and writing courses are being offered this semester for students of all ages and skill levels, as well as some new music classes. Some are multi-session classes while others are one-off workshops, but all involve collaboration and an open mind. Adults exploring a new medium can take intro-level courses in paper and book art or drawing, while children and teens can take an array of courses tailored to their age groups that work with pastels, poetry, performance and mail art.

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

 

Upholstery with Gary Clarke

Date & Time: ongoing 4-week sessions, see website
Fee: varies $125 to $208
Location: Holyoke Creative Arts Center in West Springfield
Address: 150 Front Street, Dock 5
City/Town: West Springfield
Website: www.holyokecac.org

Led by Master Upholsterer Gary Clarke. Students bring their own chair and they are stored here. We have all the equipment for you to use and other than your fabric, we have all the supplies you will need, available for purchase here. Classes ongoing in 4-week sessions, days or evenings, starting around the beginning of each month. See website for details.

Contact: Margaret Chandler
admin@holyokecac.org
917-536-3967

 

Stained Glass Online Zoom Workshops / Stained Glass Studio Kit Rentals

Date & Time: November 9 & 11, 1-3pm (both days)
Fee: $100
Location: Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio
Address: Online via Zoom
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: DragonflyStainedGlassStudio.com

We will cover all of the skills and techniques to build a unique piece of stained glass art. During the two online workshops we will learn the art of cutting, grinding, copper foiling and soldering. Before the class you will be invited to the studio to choose your pattern and glass. If you don't have your own equipment, there is an option to rent a stained glass studio kit for $75/week, which includes over $800 worth of materials, tools and supplies. More class dates and info on website. All levels welcome.

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

 

Classes at ClayWorks Ceramics Studio & ArtWorks Gallery

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

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

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

 

Amherst Plein Air Society

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

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

Contact: Susanne Personette
SusannePersonette@gmail.com

 

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

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

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

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

 

Online Acrylic Painting Sessions with Richard Nowak

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

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

Contact: Richard Nowak
413 563-6565

 

Figure Drawing Fridays - Virtual Edition

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

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

Contact: gundy
figuredrawingnoho@gmail.com

 

Artist Workshops with Lorna Ritz

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

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

Contact: gchilenski@gmail.com

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