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This Week's Newsletter: May 4, 2021

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
May 4, 2021
Issue #662

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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:

From Seas to Marquees

Artist: Richard Bulda
Start Date: April 27, 2021
End Date: May 28, 2021
Reception Date: Friday, May 14, 5-8pm
Location Name: Tower Square
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm
Address: 1500 Main Street, second floor
City/Town: Springfield

Journeys from Venice to Miami beaches, and cities East and West document history, human movement, grand structures of architecture, the automobile, and details of flashing and chasing Baroque marquees. Photos of emptiness in cities devoid of people during lockdown appear staged-resemble scenes from a deserted movie set rendered in hyper-color.

Contact: Richard Bulda
richardbulda@gmail.com
413-319-2971

 

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. Art Forum, May 20, 7:30pm: "Prose, Poetry and Art".

Contact: gallerya3@gmail.com

 

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Online Exhibits/Events

Our Truth, Our Power - A Survivor Arts Exhibition

Artists: 24 survivor artists
Start Date: April 23, 2021
Location Name: Online via Survivor Arts Collective
Website: fb.me/e/Sp6Xb6NP

Our Truth, Our Power aims to center survivors' voices and stories through art. This exhibition is made by us, for us. This exhibition strives to forge space where we can come together and cultivate a community grounded in care. Join Survivor Arts Collective in celebrating the 24-survivor artists who submitted & the launch of this exhibition on Friday, April 23rd. We will have a Zoom-based event that evening with details TBD. Please visit the website for more information.

Contact: Lachlan Thompson
Lachlangthomp@gmail.com

 

UP CLOSE: Ligia Bouton

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 2 features Ligia Bouton, Associate Professor of Studio Art at Mount Holyoke College. Her creative work combines sculpture and drawing with performance, digital video, and photography to recreate appropriated narratives.

Contact: valleyartsalon@gmail.com

 

Amherst Exhibits/Events

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.

 

Birds-Eye Views

Artist: Bruce Ackerson
Start Date: March 1, 2021
End Date: May 14, 2021
Location Name: Online via Hampden Gallery, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fineartscenter.com/hampden

Ackerson's paintings are distinguished by their high vantage points and richly textured surfaces. From a birds-eye view, he presents narrative scenes which are an imaginative take on popular culture, modern life and the hidden world of the human psyche. His exciting, agitated brushwork adds to the tension inherent in his unusual depictions. This results in making his works both active and compelling. Image: "Spaghetti Night" oil on panel, 24x24 inches, 2020.

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

 

Energy Constellation

Artist: Alicia Renadette
Start Date: March 1, 2021
End Date: May 14, 2021
Location Name: Online via Hampden Gallery, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fineartscenter.com/hampden

"Drawing upon the overheated aesthetics of handmade fantasy movie sets, holiday retail displays, and really fancy cakes, my work entices viewers into a hothouse universe that re-examines our relationship with an excessively materialistic world and the traumas it inscribes on bodies and minds" - Alicia Renadette. Image: My Spirit Animal is a Mutant Fawn, mixed media 5.5 ft x 2.5 ft x 4 ft, 2018, photo credit John Polak.

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

 

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. Art Forum, May 20, 7:30pm: "Prose, Poetry and Art".

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

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

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, 2020
End Date: June 30, 2021
Location Name: The LAVA Center
Hours: Sat 11am-2pm, Wed 5-9pm
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. Poetics of Repair invites participants to make medicine together, to fold sacred objects for our ancestors (of all species), to mend relationships with our beloved kin and our Mother Earth.

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

 

Words from the Rookery

Artist: Lindy Whiton
Start Date: May 1, 2020
End Date: June 30, 2021
Location Name: The LAVA Center
Hours: Sat 11am-2pm, Wed 5-9pm
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

The Saturday Salon at The LAVA Center returns! The Saturday Salon is a popup art salon and marketplace that will feature our regular gallery display, art and video installations, curated and live music, local vendors, and more. The salon began last September, as a way to safely reopen our space and be a space for the arts to happen during the pandemic. After the holidays, we had to shutter our arts center again due to the winter surge. Now we are reopening, still with strict pandemic guidelines in place.

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

 

Hatfield Exhibits/Events

Tree Tarot - In Progress

Artist: Jackie Gallo
Start Date: March 18, 2020
End Date: June 18, 2020
Location Name: Black Birch Vineyard
Hours: Wed-Sat 12-6pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 108 Straits Road
City/Town: Hatfield
Website: jackiegallo.com

Black Birch Vineyard is graciously hosting works by local artist Jacqueline Gallo. The Tree Tarot is an in-progress concept tarot deck that Jackie is currently developing. The imagery incorporates her love of trees and the ancient symbolism of selected species. Her plan is to complete and publish the 78 cards within the next year or two. Her dream is to send a percentage of the profits to organizations that directly benefit forests and encourage deeper protections for generations to come.

Contact: Jackie Gallo
jackiegallo@live.com
413-345-2028‬

 

Holyoke Exhibits/Events

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.

 

STIMULUS iii

Artist: Vick Quezada
Start Date: April 24, 2020
End Date: May 16, 2020
Location Name: PULP
Hours: Fri-Sun 11am-4pm
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: pulpholyoke.com

Vick Quezada (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, exploring hybrid forms in Indigenous-Latinx history and the function of these histories in contested lands, primarily in the U.S.-Mexico Border. They work with a variety of mediums: video performance, sculpture and ceramics. Quezada's work explores liberation through an approach that is rooted in queer and Indigenous knowledge, histories, and aesthetics.

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

 

2021 HCC Visual Art Faculty Exhibition

Artists: group show
Location Name: Online via Holyoke Community College
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: artlink.click/48efb

Holyoke Community College is fortunate to have a rich variety of highly creative and dedicated visual art faculty members. Artists include: Alix Hegeler, Benj Gleeksman, Bill Devine, Christopher Willingham, Cynthia Ludlam, Douglas Breault, Felice Caivano, Joe Saphire, John Calhoun, John Calhoun, Margie Rothermich, Tara Conant, Vance Chatel.

Contact: Amy Johnquest, Director
ajohnquest@hcc.edu

 

Montague Exhibits/Events

Mother's Day Pop-Up Event at Sawmill River Arts

Date: Saturday, May 8, 11am-4pm
Location Name: Sawmill River Arts Gallery at the Montague Mill
Address: 440 Greenfield Road
City/Town: Montague
Website: sawmillriverarts.com

A mini pop-up craft fair, including Megan Reed of M. Sward Ceramics featuring her one-of-a-kind handmade colanders, berry bowls, and mugs; Hannah Staiger of La Boa Brava with handcrafted jewelry; and Josh Hannon of Hannon Made with cutting boards, coasters and other wooden pieces for the home. Special guest Nina Dodge of SkyClad Quilts will have handmade quilts that feature abstract scenes from nature in bold dynamic colors. The gallery will be open 11-5, and all other businesses at the mill are now open.

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

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

Nothing so Alone as Alone

Artist: James Brown
Start Date: May 12, 2021
End Date: May 29, 2021
Reception Date: Friday, May 14, 3-8pm
Location Name: Open Creative Education Center at the Anchor House of Artists
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Amherst resident James Brown scribes street scenes in ballpoint and paints arboreal paintings on fire with color. Trained earlier in his life at the Boston Museum School, his path uncoiled to difficult places recorded in soulful images. His drawings catch life indelibly from the outside looking in & his paintings trap the essence of the fens & fields in bright, vivid imagination. A longtime member at the Anchor House of Artists, his work is now at the Pulp Gallery in Holyoke, too.

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

 

Pandemic FLUCK Series

Artist: Andre Bowser
Start Date: May 12, 2021
End Date: May 29, 2021
Reception Date: Friday, May 14, 3-8pm
Location Name: Open Creative Education Center at the Anchor House of Artists
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

A reserve officer in the United States Air Force and marketing executive at the Leeds VA Medical Center, Pratt Institute-trained artist Andre Bowser brings a flabbergasting sculpture and wall art suite here to our Open Creative Education Center Gallery. With an approach to art-making he calls GRABSTRACTISM, he presents outsider-like figures that wrestle with the problems of environmentalism. Hobbling together words, spent lottery tickets, detritus, textures, & adhesive acetate, his work amazes.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Different Take on Scott Prior

Artist: Scott Prior
Start Date: May 12, 2021
End Date: May 29, 2021
Reception Date: Friday, May 14, 3-8pm
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

Northampton resident since 1971, Scott Prior gives us a surprisingly odd twist to his known work. Prior has artwork in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the DeCordova Museum, the Danforth Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Rose Art Museum, & other major public & private collections. He has shown extensively in the United States & abroad. This rare exhibition reveals Prior's more private, wild graphic art; one unseen behind the fine, ethereal representative work he is known for.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Simple Question: Walking Chapbook & No-No Project Album

Start Date: April 25, 2021
End Date: May 4, 2021
Location Name: various locations
Address: Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: instagram.com/attackbearpress

The project consists of poetry broadsides (18" x 24" illustrated posters with poems on them) placed in windows of Main Street businesses, featuring poems and art by Easthampton's Poet Laureate Jason Montgomery. Each broadside also has a QR code so that you can hear Union St. Record's No-No Project's musical soundscape of the poems.

 

Pivot

Artists: Mary Witt, Brianna Ashe
Start Date: May 6, 2021
End Date: May 30, 2021
Reception Date: May 8, 3-5pm
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 1-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

Mary Witt is an abstract painter, working intuitively with color and texture to create mysterious environments. During the pandemic she was moved to work in her studio, a 1905 icehouse, on large canvases, exploring scale and themes of the times. Brianna’s new work gets back to basic shapes, color and text. During quarantine, Brianna limited herself to few materials, to keep creating straight forward and uncomplicated. Structure, in a time of chaos kept her grounded and focused.

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

 

Metal in Bloom

Artist: Chris Serra, John Galt
Start Date: May 6, 2021
End Date: May 30, 2021
Reception Date: May 8, 3-5pm
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery, Back Room
Hours: Thur-Sun 1-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

Serra is a sculptor and illustrator. He lives in Conway. This work calls to mind the discovery of fossils and artifacts. The objects are for the most part, an amalgam of imagined, or once living creatures, combined with vintage signage painted on steel. John Galt is a sculptor and Professor of sculpture at Skidmore College, showing small sculpture and drawings.

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

 

MEMORIA

Artist: Phil Lawrence
Start Date: May 7, 2021
End Date: May 29, 2021
Reception Date: Friday, May 14, 3-8pm
Location Name: The Foyer at the Anchor House of Artists
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Phil Lawrence is a Northampton-based conceptual artist whose work with ideas is both provocative & instructive. He has filled the foyer with textual layers on the subject of death, arranged such that they form patterns, becoming oddly decorative. He explains, "This installation represents a remembering of life & loss, abstract and personal, that occurred in the distant past, the recent past, the present & the future. A timeless present. A strategy of memory enhancement, an aid to discourse."

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Out Takes / In Sights

Artists: Carl Caivano, Nancy Campbell
Start Date: May 5, 2021
End Date: May 29, 2021
Location Name: A.P.E. Gallery
Hours: Wed-Sun 12-5pm, Fri 12-8pm
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org

These two artists explore two and three dimensional space from different perspectives yet their work finds connection and meaning in wonderful ways.

Contact: Lisa Thompson
lisathompson@apearts.org

 

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

 

Orange Exhibits/Events

North Quabbin Artist Info Session

Date: Thursday, May 6, 7pm
Location Name: LaunchSpace
Address: 131 W Main Street
City/Town: Orange
Website: facebook.com/events/226768305868604

We are hosting Hannah Rechtschaffen from The Mill District to come and talk about the NEW LOCAL ART GALLERY in North Amherst. This event is for any North Quabbin Artist interested in joining the gallery community and the many benefits that come with it.

Contact: Hannah
gallery@cowls.com

 

Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

Spring Awakening

Artists: group show
Start Date: May 1, 2021
End Date: May 31, 2021
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Co-op
Hours: Thur-Mon 11am-5pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: shelburneartscoop.com

The arrival of spring, bringing warmth, light, and color, is celebrated in this exhibit. Paintings, prints, photographs, pottery, fiber art, glass, jewelry, wood, sculpture and mixed media pieces are featured.

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

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 4:30-5:30pm
Location Name: Online via Mount Holyoke Art Museum
City/Town: South Hadley
Website: artmuseum.mtholyoke.edu/event/exhibition-opening-long-distance-relationship

Join us for the opening event of "Long Distance Relationship," a virtual exhibition created by Class of 2020 and 2021 students from the Senior Studio capstone course. Students will offer remarks about the final studio projects featured in their new online exhibition.

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

Seeing This Makes Me Sweat Big Drops: Dilemmas in Curating/Translating African Art in American Art Museums

Date: Thursday, May 6, 12:15-1:30pm
Location Name: Online via Springfield Museums
City/Town: Springfield
Website: artlink.click/6ee08d

This illustrated lecture presents an opportunity to discuss the dissimilarities between African and Western approaches to curatorial methodologies of contemporary art from the African continent. Beginning with objects of African cultural expression entering into the collections of art museums in the United States in the late 1800's, University of Massachusetts Amherst PhD candidate Kymberly S. Newberry, will consider modern day dilemmas of contextualizing African artworks once they are placed in US museums.

Contact: lectures@springfieldmuseums.org
413-314-6488

 

Made It: The Women Who Revolutionized Fashion

Date: Thursday, May 13, 12:15-1:30pm
Location Name: Online via Springfield Museums
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/program/made-women-revolutionized-fashion

From Mary Todd Lincoln's seamstress to Elsa Schiaparelli and Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel, to experimental labels like Chromat, women designers have transcended genres and revolutionized ideas of identity. In this talk, curator Petra Slinkard will discuss the often-overlooked contributions of women to the fashion and design industry. Cost: $4 / Members: $2.

Contact: lectures@springfieldmuseums.org
413-314-6488

 

From Seas to Marquees

Artist: Richard Bulda
Start Date: April 27, 2021
End Date: May 28, 2021
Reception Date: Friday, May 14, 5-8pm
Location Name: Tower Square
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm
Address: 1500 Main Street, second floor
City/Town: Springfield

Journeys from Venice to Miami beaches, and cities East and West document history, human movement, grand structures of architecture, the automobile, and details of flashing and chasing Baroque marquees. Photos of emptiness in cities devoid of people during lockdown appear staged-resemble scenes from a deserted movie set rendered in hyper-color.

Contact: Richard Bulda
richardbulda@gmail.com
413-319-2971

 

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

 

Creative Quarantine Springfield

Start Date: April 1, 2021
End Date: June 30, 2021
Reception Date: Friday, May 14, 5-7pm
Location Name: Art for the Soul Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 12-3pm, Sun by appt
Address: 1500 Main Street, 2nd Floor
City/Town: Springfield
Website: artforthesoulgallery.com

Work created during the 31 days of Creative Quarantine. 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. Meet the Artists reception: May 14th, 5-7pm, music by Billy Arnold Trio followed by an artists panel discussion. Bon Voyage reception for out-of-town artists: May 15th, 12-5pm.

Contact: 413-301-6314

 

How People Make Things

Start Date: January 16, 2021
End Date: May 9, 2021
Location Name: Springfield Science Museum
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/exhibitions/people-make-things/

An exhibit inspired by Mr. Rogers's Factory Tours. Every object has a story of how it is made. "How People Make Things" celebrates that story--the people, the manufacturing processes, and the technologies used to make everyday objects in our world.

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

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

ELF Student Engagement Mini-Grants

Sponsoring Group Name: Easthampton Learning Foundation (ELF) & Easthampton Public Schools
Deadline: rolling
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: elfhelps.org/apply-for-a-grant.html

Inviting proposals for projects, initiatives, and activities that provide enriching experiences to students in collaboration with school administrators. The activities must take place outdoors, during school hours, and must follow COVID-19 safety protocols as prescribed by the CDC. With 7 weeks left in the school year, grant decisions will be made quickly, applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals as soon as possible. Full details on website.

Contact: Jenny
jenny.papa@gmail.com
413-695-8680

 

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

 

7 Day Film Sprint

Sponsoring Group Name: Northampton Open Media
Deadline: sign up before May 5
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: northamptonopenmedia.org/return-of-the-7-day-film-sprint

The annual weeklong celebration of multimedia making returns to film another day. Go it alone or gather a team, but sign up and show up on May 5th at 7pm (virtually – details will be sent along to you) to receive your prompts to make a two-minute all-original film in just one week – the May 12th deadline for completion. You can have no experience and you can be an Oscar-winning auteur. Come play, come make something with us. It's time to Sprint.

 

Pioneers Past and Present: The Mason Square Hall of Fame Wall

Sponsoring Group Name: Common Wealth Murals
Deadline: May 7
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Springfield
Website: artlink.click/10744d

A mural will be created on a centrally located, highly visible wall in the center of Mason Square. The mural will replicate the wall of a museum, filled with portraits of 14 pioneering men and women, past and present, from Mason Square in Springfield. 7 to 10 portrait painters will be selected to paint one or two portraits each. The people to be depicted have been selected by a committee of residents and leaders of the Mason Square Community. Selected artists will be paid $500 per portrait.

Contact: info@commonwealthmurals.org

 

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

 

Reigning Cats & Dogs

Sponsoring Group Name: ArtWorks Gallery
Deadline: May 8 & 9, 11am-5pm
Submission Fees: $20
City/Town: Ware
Website: workshop13.org

ArtWorks Gallery needs your purr-tiest animal art for our upcoming exhibition, "Reigning Cats & Dogs." (Creatures with feathers, fins, and scales welcomed as well.) Paw-sitively all media and skill levels are invited to participate in this fun show! $20 per entry, no commission taken. Accepting entries by drop-off: May 8th & 9th, 11am-5pm. Exhibition dates: May 22nd to June 27th. In-person reception, Saturday, May 22nd, 3-7pm. Full details on website.

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

 

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/mentorship

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 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

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

 

Digital Art Workshop with iOS Procreate with Don Smith

Date & Time: May 12, 5:30-8:30pm
Fee: $30 / Members: $26
Location: Online via Springfiled Museums
City/Town: Northampton
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/program/digital-art-workshop-ios-procreate-5

Explore the possibilities of iOS Procreate for iPad. This iOS application provides artists with the ability to virtually visualize, draw, paint, and print your art. This workshop will explore the basics of this new media to give artists another creative tool. A Zoom link will be sent the day before the class.

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

 

Feltbeating with Jo Hesse

Date & Time: 9:30am-6:30pm, May 22 & May 23
Fee: $125
Location: APE@Hawley
Address: 22 Hawley Street (outside in the courtyard)
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org/events--projects.html

Join rug-making artist Jo Hesse for one-day outdoor workshops at 33 Hawley Street. Come to one or both! Learn traditional methods for making thick, durable felt. Create either a patterned seat pad or a bokhcha (bag) and come away with skills applicable to larger scale rugmaking.

 

Painting the Figure with Rami Baglio

Date & Time: May 14-16 (register by April 29)
Fee: $545 + materials fee
Location: SnowFarm
Address: 5 Clary Road
City/Town: Williamsburg
Website: snowfarm.org/workshops/topics/painting-figure

Beginners and advanced artists alike will delight in the luscious and generous medium of oil painting while developing a nuanced approach to painting the figure from a live model. Students will expand their understanding of gesture, proportion, and a global light effect through an investigation of color, value, and chromatic intensity. Students will experience a variety of exercises that they will then use in one long-pose painting on canvas.

 

Poetics of Repair Workshop with JuPong Lin

Date & Time: May 15, 2-5pm
Fee: none
Location: Online via the The LAVA Center
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: localaccess.org/poetics-of-repair-being-earth-being-water-jupong-lin

JuPong will offer a live and on-line workshop in conjunction with the "Poetics of Repair" exhibit. The workshop includes guided meditation, poetry reading and writing, and paperfolding lessons. Those interested in contributing paper cranes, canoes and/or horseshoe crabs for the installation may purchase joss paper at Tran's World Food Market in Hadley, and mail or drop off folded objects to be incorporated in the installation.

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

 

Northampton Community Making Space

Date & Time: third Saturdays, 4-7pm: May 15, 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: 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 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

 

Hand Stitching to Repair and Embellish with Katie Cavacco

Date & Time: Saturday, June 12, 9:30am-12:30pm
Fee: sliding scale $60 to $90
Location: Fabric of Life
Address: 80 Bassett Road
City/Town: Shelburne
Website: fabric-of-life.org/product/hand-stitching-to-repair-and-embellish/

Learn a variety of simple utility stitches that can be used to repair knits and wovens and extend the life of favorite garments and household textiles.

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

 

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

 

Online Stained Glass Class & Studio Kit Rental

Date & Time: May 9, 12pm - May 15, 1pm (self-paced)
Fee: $150
Location: Online via Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: dragonflystainedglassstudio.com

A self-paced, online class of 3+ hours of detailed videos demonstrating the skills and techniques to teach you the art of copper foil stained glass. Includes 1 hour of live Zoom time with stained glass artist and teacher, Heather McLean, to address any issues or challenges. Glass and supplies for creating a sun catcher are included. Studio kits include $800+ worth of materials and tools. Everything you'll need to set up your own stained glass studio and complete projects in your own home. See website for more upcoming class dates.

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

 

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! .

 

Creative Resilience Dialogues with Chelvanaya Gabriel

Date & Time: Sunday, May 9, 1-2:30pm
Fee: $10-$40 sliding scale
Location: Online via Northampton Center for the Arts
City/Town: Northampton
Website: nohoarts.org/art-classes

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. These experiences are integrated with decolonized contemplative and somatic therapeutic practices and all workshops/trainings, regardless of topic, are designed with a liberatory social-justice framework. See website for more upcoming dates.

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

 

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

 

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

Easthampton: Studio Share at Paragon

Location: Paragon
Date(s) available: June 1
Address: 150 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton

Beautiful 115 sq ft space available in larger studio. $125/month including utilities. Amazing light (a whole wall of windows!), good ventilation, wood floors and wall space. Ideal for painters. No dust producing practices. Slop sink in studio. Also in the studio are a painter and a ceramicist, both are very kind and take covid precautions seriously. All the stuff in the picture will be cleared out. The Paragon building is located ideally in Easthampton and hosts a great community of artists.

Contact: Lena Schmid
schmid.lena@gmail.com

 

Shelburne Falls: Studio Share

Location: The Art Bank
Date(s) available: soon
Address: 22 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls

Second floor. Great light, 10' ceilings, sink, 5 windows. Share half of 500 sq ft. $250 per month, includes heat, electric, high speed internet.

Contact: 413–625-6177

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