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This Week's Newsletter: May 26, 2020

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
May 26, 2020
Issue #613

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Featured Listings:

Summer Online Workshops with Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: June 15 - Aug 26, Various Sessions
Fee: $75-$140 + Materials
Class Location: Online via Zoom
Website: www.megbandarra.com/p/classes-and-workshops.html

Learn online with four new pastel workshops. Pastel 101: 4 Classes, Session I: Mondays, 9-11:30am, June 15- July 6. Session II: Mondays, 4-6:30pm, July 20- August 10. Skies, Clouds and Sunsets: 4 Classes, Wednesdays, 9-11:30am, July 1-29. Waves: 3 Classes 9:30-12:30, August 14-16, Waterfalls: 2 Classes, Wednesdays, 9-11:30am, August 19 and 26. Limited to 9 participants, Level: Beginner+. Visit website for details.

Contact: Meg Bandarra
megbandarra@gmail.com

 

Open for Takeout: contact-free studio clearance sale

Date: Wednesday, May 27, thru Saturday, June 30, 12-6pm each day (or until shelves are empty)
Location Name: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: maryannebenns.com

Here's how it works: all work in the windows is priced at $10 each (yes $10, I need the space, you need the art!). This is a mixture of older/newer work, samples, and seconds. This will be added to weekly. Come by the studio, point to the piece, slip the cash or check into the slot, and your new treasure will be bagged and set on the step. Buy 2 or more and receive a free little treat! To see more, visit the ARTmarket at maryannebenns.com, new items will be featured regularly.

 

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Amherst Exhibits/Events

A conversation about the art of Avital Sagalyn

Artist: Avital Sagalyn
Location Name: UMCA, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.avitalsagalyn.com/a-conversation-with-hugh-davies

We hope you enjoyed our fall 2019 exhibition of work by Avital Sagalyn. Sagalyn was among the first female Fulbright scholars selected to study painting in Paris in the early 1950s, where was befriended by such iconic 20th century artists as Pablo Picasso, among others. She has lived in Amherst since 1968. Her son has made a video of his discussion with Hugh Davies. Davies was the founding director of the University Gallery (now known as the University Museum of Contemporary Art) at the UMass Fine Arts Center.

 

Virtual Exhibition: Rethinking the Boundaries

Artist: Ponnapa Prakkamakul
Start Date: April 6, 2020
End Date: May 31, 2020
Location Name: Augusta Savage Gallery, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: fac.umass.edu/online/article/prakkamakul

Ponnapa Prakkamakul creates work in which site investigation and immersion play important roles. Engaging with the landscape through searching, studying, sketching and collecting organic and non-organic materials to paint with, she investigates environments using the painting process as a tool to form connections with her surroundings. She identifies this act of fostering connections to new places as being an immigrant, or as she states, "cultivating a sense of place in a new land through art."

 

Florence Exhibits/Events

Inside Out and Outside In - Virtual Tour & Fundraiser

Artist: Binda Colebrook
Location Name: Red Light Gallery
City/Town: Florence
Website: bindacolebrookart.com/inside-out-show.html

Due to the pandemic, the opening for the show at Red Light Gallery did not happen. The work is still up though, quietly waiting to see what happens. BUT... While you cannot see the work in the show in person right now, you can purchase it for a good cause! 100% of proceeds raised from this work will go to two local organizations: Northampton Survival Center & Western Mass Mutual Aid Fund. See website for details.

 

Greenfield Exhibits/Events

Within, Without - Living the Remote Life

Location Name: Greenfield Community College
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: gcc.mass.edu/within-without

An online student/faculty art gallery with works inspired by the pandemic.

 

Holyoke Exhibits/Events

Open for Takeout: contact-free studio clearance sale

Date: Wednesday, May 27, thru Saturday, June 30, 12-6pm each day (or until shelves are empty)
Location Name: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: maryannebenns.com

Here's how it works: all work in the windows is priced at $10 each (yes $10, I need the space, you need the art!). This is a mixture of older/newer work, samples, and seconds. This will be added to weekly. Come by the studio, point to the piece, slip the cash or check into the slot, and your new treasure will be bagged and set on the step. Buy 2 or more and receive a free little treat! To see more, visit the ARTmarket at maryannebenns.com, new items will be featured regularly.

 

Pushing the Envelope: Art in the Time of Pandemic

Location Name: PULP
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.pulpholyoke.com

A call for entries was sent out. The criteria was simple. Put your art on an envelope and drop it in the mail. We were not prepared for the response. We have received over 400 works of art, from 34 states, canada, the uk, and south america. The show is now online. We are also preparing to exhibit the work in our gallery and hope to have approx 400 envelopes exhibited. All the work is for sale, with 100% going to the artists. All work is $70.

Contact: Dean Brown
dean@homeandhomme.com
413-362-6368

 

2020 HCC Virtual Student Art Exhibition

Location Name: Holyoke Community College
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: 2020hccstudentartexhibition.blogspot.com

Creativity is at the heart of making this particular school year work for everyone. Without creativity we never could have carried on through this uniquely challenging time. At the end of every school year we hold the HCC Student Art Exhibition to celebrate student works by filling the Taber Gallery and the Art and Photo department walls from floor to ceiling with amazing works. Though the campus is closed, this year we're grateful to be able to continue this custom by showcasing the work online.

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

In the Window at A.P.E.

End Date: June 5, 2020
Location Name: A.P.E. Gallery
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org

New life in the window at A.P.E. Sculpture by Michael Tillyer & paintings by Anna Bayles Arthur.

 

Window Show Series at The Oxbow Gallery

Start Date: May 13, 2020
Location Name: The Oxbow Gallery
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowgallery.org

The Oxbow Gallery is pleased to announce our new Window Show Series, twelve-day shows of work by our member artists while the gallery remains closed. Beginning May 13th, we offer these mini exhibits to affirm our ongoing presence on Pleasant Street. We hope they intrigue, engage and lift the spirits of passersby. Please join us at our windows! See website for more information.

 

Spring 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 the spring 2020 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

 

Virtual Tour of to be listened into speaking Exhibit

Artist: Jamila Jackson
Location Name: Northampton Center for the Arts
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.nohoarts.org/events/category/the-afromation-festival

A video tour of Jamila Jackson's thesis exhibit.

Contact: hosmergallery@forbeslibrary.org

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

inkling Virtual Tour

Artist: Donnabelle Casis
Location Name: Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery
Address: Springfield Technical Community College, Pearl Street Entrance, Building 28
City/Town: Springfield
Website: www.stcc.edu/about-stcc/news/stcc-offers-virtual-art-exhibit-at-carberry-gallery.html

Casis' work explores personal identity and its relationship to markers and patterns. The title 'inkling' can be defined as: a slight knowledge or suspicion; a hint. It can also loosely refer to the ink of tattooing or a word taken from the Philippine word tinikling: a traditional Philippine folk dance which originated during the Spanish colonial era. Casis believes visual information is contextualized is akin to moving and reshifting, where connections can be compelling and indelible.

Contact: Sondra Peron
speron@stcc.edu
413-755-5258

 

Ware Exhibits/Events

Where? Ware!

Location Name: Artworks Gallery
City/Town: Ware
Website: workshop13.org/artworks-gallery

Replica masterpiece portraits painted by local artists for our installation is now up on a storefront on Main Street, downtown Ware. The building is across the street from Country Bank. If you are in the area or want to take a relaxing drive come check it out. Order take out from the neighboring restaurant, Hanna Devine's, and enjoy the view. It's pretty awesome!

 

Multi-location Exhibits/Events

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

Start Date: May 30, 12pm
End Date: May 31, midnight
Website: www.apotterytrail.com

The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail is moving its 16th annual studio tour online in response to current public health restrictions. From the safety of your homes, visitors will be treated to virtual tours of studio spaces and the opportunity to support over 25 potters at this critical time through online sales of a rich and varied range of wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics goods for tabletop, home and garden. Artists: Mary Barringer, Molly Cantor, Stephen Earp, Lucy Fagella, James Guggina, Tiffany Hilton, Donna McGee, Francine & Frank Ozereko, Tom White and 16 additional guest artists.

Contact: Tiffany Hilton
high_fired@hotmail.com

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

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. This Spring, 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

Summer Online Workshops with Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: June 15 - Aug 26, Various Sessions
Fee: $75-$140 + Materials
Class Location: Online via Zoom
Website: www.megbandarra.com/p/classes-and-workshops.html

Learn online with four new pastel workshops. Pastel 101: 4 Classes, Session I: Mondays, 9-11:30am, June 15- July 6. Session II: Mondays, 4-6:30pm, July 20- August 10. Skies, Clouds and Sunsets: 4 Classes, Wednesdays, 9-11:30am, July 1-29. Waves: 3 Classes 9:30-12:30, August 14-16, Waterfalls: 2 Classes, Wednesdays, 9-11:30am, August 19 and 26. Limited to 9 participants, Level: Beginner+. Visit website for details.

Contact: Meg Bandarra
megbandarra@gmail.com

 

Free Online Workshop Info Session with Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 27, 10am, or Monday, June 1, 9am
Fee: $140 + Materials
Class Location: Online via Zoom
Website: www.megbandarra.com/p/classes-and-workshops.html

Not sure if one of my online video workshops is right for you? Join me for a free info session to see how using Zoom can help you learn pastel painting techniques and keep us all connected in a time of social distancing. You will need the ability to download the Zoom app to your device or the software to your computer. Registration is required.

Contact: Meg Bandarra
megbandarra@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

 

Seeing Everyday with Lynn Peterfreund and guest presenters

Date & Time: Mondays & Wednesdays, 12pm, April 27 - June 3
Fee: free but a donation is encouraged to one of the three local organizations (see website for details)
Website: www.apearts.org/online-offerings.html

Seeing Everyday is a project originally conceived for the summer ARC series at A.P.E. as a participatory community art week-long event. For now, the project is happening online on Zoom. Lynn will be teaching six different drawing lessons. Guest presenters will describe the way they see. Lynn will be offering 1-1/5 hour long drawing sessions at noon on Mondays. Guests will present at noon on Wednesdays. Email to receive zoom sign in info. See website for full details.

Contact: lynnpeterfreund@gmail.com

 

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

 

Oasis In The Storm Online Meditation Group

Date & Time: Thursdays, 6:30-8pm
Fee: none
Organization: Oasis In The Storm

Weekly free meditation sessions gently lead you to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, break creative blocks. There will be traditional guided meditation as well as meditative creative experientials (visual arts, writing and movement). Become aware of and trust your inner knowledge, access your inner wisdom, build self-esteem and self-confidence, and find a more cohesive sense of self. No arts experience needed. Email for Zoom invite and questions.

Contact: Doris Dittmer
oasisinthestorm@gmail.com
917-346-0969

 

Figure Drawing Fridays - Virtual Edition

Date & Time: Friday evenings
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. 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

 

Broom Making Workshop with Eva Gaultney

Date & Time: Sunday, June 14, 9-11:30am
Fee: Sliding Scale $55 - $85 (includes materials)
Organization: Fabric of Life
Class Location: Farmhouse
Address: 80 Bassett Road
City/Town: Shelburne
Website: www.fabric-of-life.org/broom-making-workshop

Attend a 2.5 hour workshop and learn the craft of broom making. You will learn the basics and weave one broom that will be cut into three brooms. Participants will learn the process of broom making and weave their own shaker combo broom.

Contact: Melissa Rudder
office@fabric-of-life.org
413-387-2684

 

Ashfield Watercolors with Walter Cudnohufsky

Date & Time: Saturdays, 9am-5:30pm, until June 6
Fee: $110 per class ($100 seniors)
Class Location: Belding Library
Address: 344 Main Street
City/Town: Ashfield
Website: www.cudnohufsky.com

Fifteenth year of uncommon success dedicated to the adage everyone can paint. "Thank you so much for our day filled with so much creativity and excellent teaching techniques, knowledge and generosity, Also thank you for the wonderful pictures, materials list, and homework assignment." --Diane

Contact: Walter Cudnohufsky
walt@wcala.com
413-628-4600

 

Artist Workshops with Lorna Ritz

Date & Time: ongoing (winter)
Class 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

 

Art Crowdfunding / Fundraising

Snow Farm Needs Your Help

Goal: open
City/Town: Williamsburg
Website: www.snowfarm.org/support/donate/2019

Snow Farm is a nonprofit organization, a craft education center, and a community. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all programming through the end of July has been cancelled, and Snow Farm is facing a loss of earned income. In normal times, Snow Farm runs as a nimble, efficient, and resourceful organization. However, we do not have an endowment, investments, or deep cash reserves. Without earned income, Snow Farm faces a daunting and potentially devastating situation.

 

Easthampton City Arts Artist Grants

Goal: $5,000
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: gofundme.com/f/easthampton-city-arts-artist-grants

ECA has created the ECA Artist Grants Initiative in an effort to create new opportunities for artists to work and to be supported for the value they bring to our community. ECA has committed $10,000 to local artists through this Initiative, which will roll out in phases during the weeks and months to come. Additional funds can be raised to directly and exclusively support this effort. For every $300 raised through this platform, 1 new artist will be supported through this program.

 

Support the Shelburne Arts Co-op

Goal: $15,000
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: www.gofundme.com/f/support-the-shelburne-arts-coop

Like many other small businesses, the Shelburne Arts Cooperative and its 42 artist members have been dramatically affected by the necessary restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We at the Shelburne Arts Co-op reluctantly but hopefully ask for your support at this challenging time, in hopes that raising a modest amount of money, $15,000, will enable us to cover our monthly expenses, possibly needed until the end of 2020, with the expectation that we will eventually be able to reopen.

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