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This Week's Newsletter: February 23, 2021

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
February 23, 2021
Issue #652

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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:

Pastel Painting: Skies, Clouds, & Sunsets with Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: Tuesdays, March 9-30, 4-6:30pm
Fee: $140+ Materials
Location: Online via Zoom
Website: megbandarra.com/workshops

Pastels and skies are the perfect pairing of medium and subject. The unique luminescence of pastel pigment, coupled with the medium's blendability, creates gorgeous skies. In this workshop you'll learn how to paint different types of cloud forms, as well as the perspective, color and value relationships necessary to make convincing skies. You'll also learn wet underpainting and blending techniques. Space is limited (just a few spots left). Details and online registration on website.

Contact: megbandarra@gmail.com

 

Call to Artists: The 6th Biennial Art in the Orchard

Sponsoring Group Name: Art in the Orchard
Deadline: April 1, 2021
Submission Fees: $20
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: artintheorchard.org/apply

Outdoor Sculpture and Installations: Art in the Orchard is seeking sculptures for New England exhibition. The 6th Biennial will draw more than 20,000 visitors from Aug 1st to Nov 28th and feature 30 works. Selected artists receive a $500 honorarium. Apply by April 1st.

Contact: Jean-Pierre Pasche
support@artintheorchard.org
413-303-1603

 

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Online Exhibits/Events

UP CLOSE: Jason Montgomery

Date: February 2021
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 1 features Jason Montgomery, a Chicano and Indigenous Californian writer, painter, and playwright from El Centro, California. In 2016, along with Poet Alexandra Woolner, and illustrator Jen Wagner, JRM founded Attack Bear Press in Easthampton.

Contact: valleyartsalon@gmail.com

 

Authors & Artists Online Festival: Honoring Nature

Date: February 27 & 28
Location Name: Online via Northfield Authors & Artists Festival
Website: authorsandartistsfestival.wordpress.com

A free two-day festival with cultural activists, essayists, presenters and poets sharing relationshionships to the natural world.

 

Amherst Exhibits/Events

80's Kid

Artist: Chris Bordenca
Start Date: March 4, 2021
End Date: April 26, 2021
Location Name: Hope & Feathers
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Address: 319 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: hopeandfeathersframing.com/chris-bordenca-80s-kid

The nostalgia and sense of fun is clear in Chris Bordenca's vibrantly-colored paintings of toys, action figures, and other treasured memorabilia from the 70's and 80's. His subjects are iconic and familiar: Star Wars characters, Batman villains, Rubik's Cubes, video games, sea monkeys, and more, that immediately evoke that pre-internet era, especially for 80's kids.

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

 

PURPLE AND YELLOW: Optical Pop

Artists: Gallery A3 members
Start Date: March 4, 2021
End Date: April 24, 2021
Location Name: Gallery A3
Hours: daily window viewing
Address: 28 Amity Street, 1D
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

As purple and yellow crocuses lead the way for spring flowers, Gallery A3 devotes its March/April window display to artworks that play a range of purple tones against various shades of yellow. PURPLE and YELLOW: Optical Pop includes painting, photography, and photographic montage as well as three-dimensional work, all installed in the windows of Gallery A3 and the adjacent GoBerry Frozen Yogurt in downtown Amherst.

Contact: gallerya3@gmail.com

 

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: artlink.click/cf27d

Alicia Renadette borrowed the title from a quote by the artist Joseph Beuys. Like Beuys, Renadette believes that most materials and objects contain hidden symbolic potential. The materials she chooses are mostly discarded items that were meant to provide domestic comfort, decoration and order, but which have been heaped onto curbside piles of holiday aftermaths; tangled and strewn across landscapes; or lumped in with the other rejects at the thrift store. Artist talk: March 12, 12pm.

 

We Are For Freedoms

Artists: group show
Start Date: February 16, 2021
End Date: April 30, 2021
Reception Date: March 4, 5pm (virtual reception)
Location Name: University Museum of Contemporary Art
Hours: Tue-Fri, 11am-4:30pm
Address: 151 Presidents Drive
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/8c15a

UMCA commissioned a series of posters from local and regional artists, asking them to respond visually to their interpretation of freedom. Artists: Javiera Benavente, Anne Beresford, Catherine D'Ignazio, Liz Chalfin, Andrae Green, Priya Nadkarni Green, Imo Imeh, Jonathan Jackson, kara lynch, and Ali Osborn. UMCA is open to the UMass Community only. The public is invited to view exhibitions online and to join our virtual events.

Contact: umca@umass.edu
413-545-3672

 

Mirror Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar

Artist: Alison Saar
Start Date: February 16, 2021
End Date: April 30, 2021
Location Name: University Museum of Contemporary Art
Hours: Tue-Fri, 11am-4:30pm
Address: 151 Presidents Drive
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/5d561

Saar's works narrate stories of the African American experience, moving effortlessly from the personal to the political. In many of her works, she charts the tragic history of slavery in America, but her figures symbolize defiance and strength. Other recurring images are informed by jazz, romance, and desire. Through decades of work, Alison Saar has used the power of art to tell stories, and especially ones that matter. UMCA will be open to the UMass Community only. The public is invited to view exhibitions online and to join our virtual events.

Contact: umca@umass.edu
413-545-3672

 

Artifacts at the End of a Decade

Start Date: February 16, 2021
End Date: April 30, 2021
Reception Date: Thursday, February 25, 6pm (virtual reception)
Location Name: University Museum of Contemporary Art
Hours: Tue-Fri, 11am-4:30pm
Address: 151 Presidents Drive
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/1070e

A project completed in 1981 in response to the previous decade, exhibited in its entirety for the first time since 1989. Artifacts at the End of a Decade is an unbound artists' book whose "pages" consist of 44 unique pieces of photography, ceramics, fiber, print, clothing, painting, and drawing, contributed by artists including Martha Rosler, Fab 5 Freddy, Laurie Anderson, Sol LeWitt, Michelle Stuart, John Ashbery, Robert Wilson, Lucinda Childs, and Robert Kushner, among many others.

Contact: umca@umass.edu
413-545-3672

 

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

 

Works by Robyn Thompson-Duong

Artist: Robyn Thompson-Duong
Start Date: February 1, 2021
End Date: February 28, 2021
Location Name: Online via Burnett Gallery at the Jones Library
City/Town: Amherst
Website: joneslibrary.org/889/Current-Virtual-Exhibit

Emphasizing magical realism, beauty and love of color, my work evokes pride in Black culture and the spirit of femininity. robynthompsonduong.com

Contact: Robyn Thompson-Duong
robynthompsonduong@gmail.com

 

CURRENT | UNDERCURRENT

Artists: 35 artists
Start Date: February 1, 2021
End Date: May 14, 2021
Location Name: Online via Hampden Gallery, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website:

A free Online Exhibition and Curator Talk that is a visual conversation relating to current events such as COVID-19, gender (LGBTQIA+, masculinity) racial justice (Black Lives Matter), and climate change. Curated by Linda Griggs and M. Charlene Stevens. Savona Bailey-McClain from the West Harlem Arts Fund, Inc. will be Co-Speaker at the Curator Talk, February 12, 12-12:30pm. Sponsored by New England Public Media (NEPM) and the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

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

 

Freedom

Artist: Andrae Green
Start Date: January 15, 2021
End Date: February 27, 2021
Location Name: Hope & Feathers
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Address: 319 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: hopeandfeathersframing.com/andrae-green-freedom

New drawings by Springfield artist Andrae Green. This expressive series of drawings in oils was done in response to the George Floyd murder and features solo dancers as avatars of freedom. Andrae's intent is that they inspire in these turbulent times. Floyd's last words were not only "I can't breathe", he also called for his mother. Andrae says, "That led me to think about woman as an avatar for freedom. Freedom of movement and self-expression are keys to what it means to be human."

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

 

Bridge Through My Window: In Support of Black Lives Matter

Artists: Gallery A3 members
Start Date: January 7, 2021
End Date: February 27, 2021
Location Name: Gallery A3
Hours: daily window viewing
Address: 28 Amity Street, 1D
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

The exhibition's title, "Bridge through My Window," takes inspiration from an Audre Lorde poem of the same name. The show is a collection of works by gallery members that seek through their making and viewing to convey a sense of looking inward as artists in regards to race, privilege and collective change. As white artists we hope to learn as we go – to open up and expand our "tokenism" to genuinely protest racism. An Art Forum will be held on Zoom on Thursday, February 4 at 7:30pm.

Contact: gallerya3@gmail.com

 

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

 

Florence Exhibits/Events

Loretta Kane

Artist: Loretta Kane
Start Date: January 2, 2021
End Date: February 28, 2021
Location Name: Greenfield Cooperative Bank
Address: 6 Main Street
City/Town: Florence
Website: greenfieldcoopbank.com

Florence artist Loretta Kane will be sharing her collection of crow drawings and paintings.

 

Greenfield Exhibits/Events

Artist Talk: Greta Rybus

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 12-1pm
Location Name: Online via Greenfield Community College
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: gcc.mass.edu/events/artist-talk-greta-rybus

Greta Rybus is a photojournalist based in Portland, Maine. Her work investigates human relationships with the natural world, with an interest in documenting redemptive and reciprocal connections with nature. She photographs assignments for magazines and newspapers like the New York Times, Smithsonian, The Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal. Learn more at gretarybus.com. An Art Department Zoom event.

Contact: Joan O'Beirne
obeirnej@gcc.mass.edu
413-775-1898

 

Artist Talk: Terry Jenoure

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 12-1pm
Location Name: Online via Greenfield Community College
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: gcc.mass.edu/events/artist-talk-terry-jenoure

Terry Jenoure is a musician, visual artist, writer and educator born and raised in the Bronx, New York into a Puerto Rican and Jamaican family. Her goal is always to blend the many aspects of her creative work. A self-taught visual artist who works with assemblage fiber figures and watercolor illustrations, she began exhibiting in 2005 and her hand-stitched dolls are carried by the Smithsonian Institute gift shop and in private collections. An Art Department Zoom event.

Contact: Joan O'Beirne
obeirnej@gcc.mass.edu
413-775-1898

 

Hatfield Exhibits/Events

Cyanotypes and Spore Prints at BBV

Artist: Madge Evers
Start Date: November, 2020
End Date: February 21, 2021
Location Name: Black Birch Vineyard
Hours: Wed-Sat 12-6pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 108 Straits Road
City/Town: Hatfield
Website: madgeevers.com

Fitchburg Art Museum director Nick Capasso notes that "Madge Evers has invented an entirely new medium to evoke mysterious places where nature and imagination collide: mushroom spore prints." A range of Madge's spore print work, as well botanical cyanotypes, will be exhibited at Black Birch Vineyard until the end of February. See the work in person following the winery's safety precautions; afterwards, if you schedule it just right, sit outside by your very own fire pit with a glass of wine.

Contact: Madge Evers
madge@madgeevers.com

 

Holyoke Exhibits/Events

The Misfits

Artists: group show
Start Date: February 20, 2021
End Date: March 14, 2021
Location Name: PULP
Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-4pm
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: pulpholyoke.com

Rebecca Doughty, Torai Keita, Matt Neckers, Claudio Pedraza, Michael Sjostedt.

Contact: 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

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

Over the Rainbow

Artist: Caitlin Hurd
Start Date: March 3, 2021
End Date: April 1, 2021
Reception Date: Friday, March 12, 3-8pm
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists, Gallery One & Two
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

An exhibition of 15 oil paintings & drawings by Caitlin Hurd. The show features a series of work that Hurd made shortly before a life-changing experience when the artist was run over by a vehicle in New York City and of her most recent paintings informed by the effects of this trauma. She has an MFA from the New York Academy of the Arts & founded the Artists off the Grid residency program. Her large canvases show masterfully handled oil colors. Image detail: Nursing Sow.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Details

Artist: Ben Hotchkiss
Start Date: March 3, 2021
End Date: April 1, 2021
Reception Date: Friday, March 12, 3-8pm
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists, Gallery One & Two
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

The New England Visionary Artists Museum presents the intricate oils on panels of Ben Hotchkiss, paintings made with tiny brushes with an intense mental focus. His work is entirely authentic and self-taught. Reclusive and prolific, there are over one thousand works now stored at Anchor House of Artists. This exhibit shows new work and some selections that were shown at the Ricco Maresca Gallery in NYC, where he was once represented. He is placed in many private outsider art collections.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

POV: Out of Body

Artist: Genevieve Burnett, Mary Dunn, Deborah Sklar
Start Date: March 3, 2021
End Date: April 1, 2021
Reception Date: Friday, March 12, 3-8pm
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists OCEC gallery
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

This exhibit contains artifacts tracing the personal history of three women as artists living in a world that saw them mostly through a lens polarized by a community's understanding of mental illness. The three lived in a shadow shaped by provincial beliefs even in the fairly progressive region of Western Massachusetts. The exhibit is virtual and physical. Virtually posted on Augusta Savage gallery website, link found on the AHOA site. The physical portion is at the Anchor House OCEC gallery.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Five Who Paint Outside

Artists: group show
Start Date: March 4, 2021
End Date: March 28, 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

This group exhibition features five artists from the Pioneer Valley, each of whom find their subject matter working outside. Frank Gregory, David Brewster, Ray Larrow, Dave Gloman, and Christine Labich. Curated by Frank Gregory.

Contact: Lisa Thompson
lisathompson@apearts.org

 

Pandemic Paintings

Artists: Brianna Ashe
Start Date: February 17, 2021
End Date: February 28, 2021
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery, Window Show
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

New black and white work made in isolation.

Contact: info@oxbowartgallery.com

 

Student Voices: Inside SCMA

Artists: student workers at SCMA
Date: February 24, 12:15pm & March 24, 12:15pm
Location Name: Online via Smith College Museum of Art
City/Town: Northampton
Website: scma.smith.edu/calendar

Spend your lunch break with SCMA students to hear what they have been working on during these unprecedented times. February 24 @ 12:15 SCMA student workers Lexie Casais '23 and Sophie Poux '21 will be discussing what projects they have been working on with their supervisor Henriette Kets de Vries. March 24 @ 12:15 SCMA student worker Grayson Matula '23 will be discussing what projects they have been working on with their supervisors Danielle Carrabino and Yao Wu.

Contact: Martha Ebner
scmagen@smith.edu
413-585-2760

 

Evolving in Chaos at Oxbow Gallery

Artists: Oxbow Gallery members
Start Date: February 5, 2021
End Date: February 28, 2021
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Fri-Sun 1-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

40 artists rotate new works in and out of dynamic group shows at Oxbow. Since November, the changing menu of new works creates a lively experience for visitors.

Contact: Joan Dix Blair
413-281-2105

 

Light In the Rabbit Hole

Artist: Larry Slezak
Start Date: January 7, 2021
End Date: February 28, 2021
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists, Gallery One, Two & Three
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

In this house-wide exhibit, Slezak's holistic approach to medium & technique with conceptual, graphic, polychromatic sculpture is demonstrated in each gallery. You've got to see the glowing paintings in the blacklight room This fun exhibit lasts through February 28. Four guests per half-hour tour, Pre-registration is requested. Please see our website or call for an appointment. Detail of painting on paper seen here.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Photographs of Foggy Northampton

Artist: Dominique Thiebaut
Start Date: January 20 2021
End Date: February 27, 2021
Location Name: Woodstar Cafe
Hours: Mon-Tue 7:30am-4pm, Wed-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8am-5:30pm
Address: 60 Masonic Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: dominiquethiebaut.com/photography

The metal prints display landscapes local to the Pioneer Valley, featuring the Holyoke range and views Northampton landmarks at night, with fog as a leitmotif. Fog is caught by the first rays of sunrise hitting Bare Mountain, blurs the red marquee of the Academy of Music on a dark night, and reveals two kayakers gliding on a still Connecticut River during an early winter morning.

Contact: Dominique Thiebaut
dominique.t@gmail.com
413-586-2705

 

25th Anniversary Exhibition

Artists: 27 artists from the gallery's past, present, and future
Start Date: February 3, 2021
End Date: March 13, 2021
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=8510

William Baczek Fine Arts is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an exhibition of prints, photos, sculptures, and paintings from 27 artists from the gallery's past, present, and future. Founded in 1996, the gallery started off representing local realist painters, but has since expanded to include many different style and media from artists from as far away as Italy and Latvia, earning what MassLive calls, "a solid reputation for showing and promoting some of the best art from the Pioneer Valley and beyond."

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

 

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

Nordic Journey

Artists: Becky Ashenden, John Leni Marcy
Start Date: March 1, 2021
End Date: April 25, 2021
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Fri-Mon 10am-5pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: salmonfallsgallery.com

A collaborative effort of weaver Becky Ashenden and photographer John Leni Marcy. Becky is the founder of Vavstuga Weaving School and the 501c3 nonprofit Fabric of Life. Both organizations are dedicated to teaching and promoting traditional crafts and skills. Marcy's exceptional photographs give context to the exhibit. The exhibit serves to introduce the programs coming through Vavstuga and Fabric of Life. Rich woolen blankets, table linens, curtains, rugs, all woven by Becky, will be on display.

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

 

Pears, Monks & Dogs in Boats

Artist: Lilian R. Jackman
Start Date: March 1, 2021
End Date: April 25, 2021
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Fri-Mon 10am-5pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: salmonfallsgallery.com

Perhaps best known as the owner of Wilder Hill Gardens in Conway, MA, Jackman is also a visual artist. The winter months are her time for working in 2D. Her chosen art form is letterpress and woodblock printmaking. The prints for this exhibit include 3 basic directions: woodblock illustrations for her children's book "Violeta: One Dog's Journey", letterpress pieces composed from the typographic elements known as dingbats, and woodblock prints inspired by her graduate studies at Yale Divinity School.

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

 

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

Artists: group show
Start Date: February 5, 2021
End Date: February 27, 2021
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Co-op
Hours: Fri-Sat 12-4pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: shelburneartscoop.com

The sweetness of the season is celebrated in this group exhibition of paintings, prints, photographs, fiber art, jewelry and mixed media pieces.

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

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

Rhizomatic

Artists: group show
Start Date: February 8, 2021
End Date: March 5, 2021
Location Name: William Blizard Gallery
Hours: Mon-Thur 9:30am-4:30pm
Address: Springfield College Visual Arts Center
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfield.edu/william-blizard-gallery

In botany, rhizomes are root masses that send out roots and shoots from various nodes. As a theoretical framework, the rhizome suggests an image of thought, one which has multiple entry and exit points, a non-hierarchical structure with no beginning and no end. The work in this exhibit explores these connections in imagery and process as well as in material and conceptual approaches. Curated by Jacin Giordano and Jessica Poser. Virtual and Live Art Exhibition.

Contact: blizardgallery@springfield.edu

 

This Is Us: Regional Portraiture Today

Artists: group show
Start Date: October 24, 2020
End Date: May 2, 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

Phase 2 now on view! 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

 

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

 

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

 

Williamsburg Exhibits/Events

Flower Hill Farm Retreat Virtual Open Studio

Artist: Carol Duke
Start Date: December 20, 2020
End Date: February 28, 2021
Location Name: Artemisia Gallery at Flower Hill Farm Retreat
City/Town: Williamsburg
Website: caroldukeflowers.com/shop

Photography of the gardens and wildlife habitat at Flower Hill Farm Retreat by artist/farmer Carol Duke. In lieu of an exhibit in our gallery space, we're instead offering prints and notecards of Carol's photography and paintings for sale online as a virtual open studio event. It is our hope that these collections will inspire you to help preserve and create wildlife habitat. Country roadside pick-up (by appointment) or delivery.

Contact: Carol Duke
carol@caroldukeflowers.com
413-268-7481

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

The 6th Biennial Art in the Orchard

Sponsoring Group Name: Art in the Orchard
Deadline: April 1, 2021
Submission Fees: $20
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: artintheorchard.org/apply

Outdoor Sculpture and Installations: Art in the Orchard is seeking sculptures for New England exhibition. The 6th Biennial will draw more than 20,000 visitors from Aug 1st to Nov 28th and feature 30 works. Selected artists receive a $500 honorarium. Apply by April 1st.

Contact: Jean-Pierre Pasche
support@artintheorchard.org
413-303-1603

 

GFN Impact Map

Sponsoring Group Name: Grow Food Northampton
Deadline: ASAP
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: growfoodnorthampton.org

Grow Food Northampton is a nonprofit in the city working to build a just and equitable food system through a rich network of programs and land stewardship. We want to create a map that illustrates the places in the city that our work connects to- a map of Northampton with some landmarks and pins in all of the places that our programs touch and a key that explains the pins. We want to work with an artist to illustrate this map collaboratively with us. Please email your interest.

Contact: Niki Lankowski
niki@growfoodnorthampton.org
413-627-7322

 

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

Online Stained Glass Class & Studio Kit Rental

Date & Time: March 28, 12pm - April 3, 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 all the skills and techniques to teach you the art of copper foil stained glass. It also 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.

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

 

Pastel Painting: Skies, Clouds, & Sunsets with Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: Tuesdays, March 9-30, 4-6:30pm
Fee: $140+ Materials
Location: Online via Zoom
Website: megbandarra.com/workshops

Pastels and skies are the perfect pairing of medium and subject. The unique luminescence of pastel pigment, coupled with the medium's blendability, creates gorgeous skies. In this workshop you'll learn how to paint different types of cloud forms, as well as the perspective, color and value relationships necessary to make convincing skies. You'll also learn wet underpainting and blending techniques. Space is limited (just a few spots left). Details and online registration on website.

Contact: megbandarra@gmail.com

 

Beyond the Usual with Alisa Greenbacher

Date & Time: March 13 - April 17, in person 9-10:15am, or online 10:30-11.45am
Fee: sliding scale $60-$120
Location: Northampton Center for the Arts
Address: 33 Hawley Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: nohoarts.org/art-classes/category/wild-arts-cafe-online-and-in-person

The Center for the Arts is thrilled to offer intermodal arts classes for kids in partnership with Alisa Greenbacher of Wild Arts Cafe! Kids can attend in-person or online! Create a Spontaneous Collage on a Cereal Box. Create a Life-Sized Painted Body Map. What happens when you close your eyes and work with clay for 15 minutes? Listen to music and paint on paper as Large as a Door. Discover images hiding in your paintings and write stories about them. And so much more. For kids in grades 4 to 6.

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

 

Stitch n' Bitch Community Craft Night with Kristina Wong

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 24, 7pm
Fee: free
Location: Online via UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/6178b

Meet and sew with the rock-star volunteers from Kristina's Auntie Sewing Squad, a national collective of volunteers of all genders who will take newcomers through the activity of making their own hand sewn mask and share what sewing means to them in this time. Beginners and other crafts welcome! Tickets are free but required. Zoom Event.

 

Find Your Happy Place: a workshop combining meditation and collage

Date & Time: Registration open until April 14
Fee: FREE to all registrants
Location: Online via Big Top Quilts
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: BigTopQuilts.com

A self-paced online class. A "happy place" is a place you can visit in your mind that helps you to recreate an experience of happiness. Using simple guided imagery exercises & playful fabric or paper collage, participants will work to create individual expressions of their uniquely created happy places. Craft kits containing fabric scraps & fusible will be provided for the first 20 registrants. Workshop supported by multiple local cultural councils through the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Contact: Audrey Hyvonen
audrey@bigtopquilts.com
413-230-0771

 

The Thing About Cups with Mark Shapiro

Date & Time: Saturday, March 13, 12-2pm
Fee: $50
Location: Online via Project Art
City/Town: Cummington
Website: projectart01026.com/online-workshops

In this jam-packed mini workshop, Mark Shapiro will demonstrate a series of approaches to this essential form, including faceted porcelain and rope-inlayed teacups, footed chalices, and water "glasses," including his signature surface treatments. The demonstration will take place on Zoom. A link will be sent out to participants after they have registered and purchased a ticket.

Contact: info.projectart01026@gmail.com

 

Eyes, Ears, Nose, Lips with Sergei Isupov

Date & Time: Saturday, April 17, 12pm
Fee: $50
Location: Online via Project Art
City/Town: Cummington
Website: projectart01026.com/online-workshops

Join internationally acclaimed sculptor Sergei Isupov for a livestream demonstration. The program will include a 1.5 hour demonstration, followed by a half-hour Q&A. The demonstration will cover techniques for forming these sculptural features and highlighting details with underglaze paint and glaze. A separate, future workshop will demonstrate how to build a full head. The demonstration will take place using Zoom. A link will be sent to participants after they have registered and purchased a ticket.

Contact: info.projectart01026@gmail.com

 

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! .

 

Drawing into Watercolor in Nature with Jeannie Donovan

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm, March 3-31
Fee: $150
Location: Northampton Center for the Arts
Address: 33 Hawley Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: nohoarts.org/art-classes

Connect with your creative spirit in this fun and relaxing class where we explore the basics of black and white drawing and watercolor painting, with an emphasis on nature and landscape. Technique in brush application, dry brush, washes, and color mixing will be covered as we explore still life, composition, perspective, and natural environment. Open to all levels and returning students. Materials list provided once registered.

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

 

Creative Resilience Dialogues with Chelvanaya Gabriel

Date & Time: Sunday, February 28, 1-3pm
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

 

Painting Spring Flowering Trees With Pastel with Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: Saturday, March 20, 1-4pm
Fee: $45+ Materials
Location: Online via Zoom
Website: megbandarra.com/workshops

The early-spring color pallet can be a challenging subject to paint. Join Meg to explore color strategies, and pastel techniques like wet underpainting and mark making. All while learning to create the character and essence of flowering trees. Students use a supplied image. The workshop includes demonstrations, and feedback both during and after class. A full description is on the artist's website. All levels of pastel experience welcome. Some painting experience (with any medium) is recommended.

Contact: megbandarra@gmail.com

 

Northampton Community Making Space

Date & Time: Third Saturdays, 4-7pm: Feb 27
Fee: free
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, 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. Masks will be required at all times. The space will accommodate 10 people at one time. Sign up online. See website for more info.

 

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 Eastworks

Location name: Eastworks
Date(s) available: now
Address: 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: westernmass.craigslist.org/off/d/easthampton-eastworks-shared-studio/7260616177.html

An artist and a designer are looking for a third person to share our 1,000 sq. ft studio space in Eastworks. The studio is spacious and we're taking precautions for COVID. Details: 1,000 sq. ft. to share $250-290/month (negotiable based on space needed). Utilities included (heat, electricity, wifi). Send us an email with some details about yourself and how you'd like to use the space.

Contact: Sharon Leshner
sharonacolor@gmail.com

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