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This Week's Newsletter: April 13, 2021

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
April 13, 2021
Issue #659

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Featured Listings:

Notorious Weld

Artist: Jon Bander aka Notorious Weld
Start Date: April 1, 2021
End Date: April 30, 2021
Location Name: Online via Burnett Gallery at the Jones Library
City/Town: Amherst
Website: joneslibrary.org/virtualburnett

Local sculptor Jon Bander enjoys bringing life to life old and broken tools and other found materials. He combines a passion for art and with a love for welding. He finds and uses manufactured shapes, placing them in new ways, cutting and welding them into something entirely new and original. The foundation of his art is in repurposing old materials. A collection of Bander's work is being hosted online by the Burnett Gallery during the month of April.

Contact: jbander94@gmail.com

 

Call to Artists: Fall 2021 Paradise City Arts Festivals

Sponsoring Group Name: Paradise City Arts Festivals
Deadline: May 3
Submission Fees: $30 for one show, $20 for each additional show
City/Town: Northampton & Marlborough
Website: bit.ly/ApplyParadise

Apply online! Produced by artists, for artists, Paradise City presents New England's leading shows of handmade craft, painting and sculpture. Paradise City's events showcase fresh, innovative work in all media in airy indoor settings, with outdoor space available in Northampton for large-scale sculpture. Applications from new and emerging artists are encouraged. For over 25 years Paradise City has been known for setting new standards in show publicity and marketing, and for its user-friendly approach to artists.

Contact: Katherine Sanderson
artist@paradisecityarts.com
800-511-9725

 

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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

Look At Art. Get Paid.

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 6pm
Location Name: Online via UMCA, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/b9743

Join a live conversation about museums, art, and cultural accessibility with artists Maia Chao and Josephine Devanbu, the creators of "Look At Art. Get Paid." — a socially engaged art project. LAAGP invites people (who usually don't visit museums) to visit museums as guest critics of the art and the institution – and pays them. Free tickets available on web site. *Disclaimer: No visitors will be paid for participation in this virtual event.

 

Intergenerational Conversation: Art, Climate, Action

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 12-1:30pm
Location Name: Online via Arts Extension Service, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: umass.irisregistration.com/Site/CWLCA

Panel co-moderated by Dee Boyle-Clapp, Arts Extension Service Director and Hind Mari, Women of Color Leadership Network, UMass. Panelists Susan Theberge, Citizen's Action Network/ Extinction Rebellion Red Brigade; Carolina Aragon, Landscape Architecture UMass, Climate Visualization Artist; Nicole Young, Performance Poet and Philanthropy Professional; Wize (Uwizeyimana) Angelique, The Performance Project/First Generation, and more will share how they use their art to address the climate crisis. Pre-registration required.

 

Notorious Weld

Artist: Jon Bander aka Notorious Weld
Start Date: April 1, 2021
End Date: April 30, 2021
Location Name: Online via Burnett Gallery at the Jones Library
City/Town: Amherst
Website: joneslibrary.org/virtualburnett

Local sculptor Jon Bander enjoys bringing life to life old and broken tools and other found materials. He combines a passion for art and with a love for welding. He finds and uses manufactured shapes, placing them in new ways, cutting and welding them into something entirely new and original. The foundation of his art is in repurposing old materials. A collection of Bander's work is being hosted online by the Burnett Gallery during the month of April.

Contact: jbander94@gmail.com

 

Poetics of Repair - Being Earth, Being Water

Artist: JuPong Lin
Start Date: April 2, 2021
End Date: April 22, 2021
Reception Date: April 22, 4pm
Location Name: Online via Augusta Savage Gallery, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/53749

A participatory installation of poetry and paper cranes and canoes, concocting a medicine of decolonial love to mend our ravaged world. JuPong will offer a live, on-line workshop and community performance on the first three Fridays in April (in solidarity with Fridays for Future) that includes a guided meditation, poetry reading and paperfolding lesson. Closing reception: Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 4pm.

 

A Journey Through My Heart and Mind

Artist: Carolyn Mae Lassiter
Start Date: March 23, 2021
End Date: April 20, 2021
Location Name: Online via Augusta Savage Gallery, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/d2788

Carolyn Mae Lassiter's vibrant and uniquely executed paintings and drawings are inspired by dreams, spirituality, life in the country, family, and animals. In particular, the soulful female body often shows up with pride and marvelous eccentricity.

 

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

 

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

 

We Are For Freedoms

Artists: group show
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/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
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

 

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

Artist Talk: Jonathan Gitelson

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 12-1pm
Location Name: Online via Greenfield Community College
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: gcc.mass.edu/events/artist-talk-jonathan-gitelson

Jonathan Gitelson (b. 1975) is originally from Mount Kisco, NY and currently resides in Brattleboro, VT. He is a Professor of Art at Keene State College in NH and works in a variety of mediums that include photography, artist books, video, installation, and public art. Jonathan's work has been exhibited at institutions throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. An Art Department Zoom event.

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

 

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

Midnight Dialogues

Artist: Alex Callender
Start Date: March 27, 2020
End Date: April 18, 2020
Location Name: PULP
Hours: Fri-Sun 11am-4pm
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: pulpholyoke.com

Callender's work proposes an alternative Atlantic history, performed in scenes by women channeled from colonial painting imagery. She explores representations of gender, racialization, and the development of consumer buying power as a marker of identity, and the depiction of economic narratives that attempt to normalize inequity and invisible labor.

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

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

Over the Rainbow

Artist: Caitlin Hurd
Start Date: March 3, 2021
End Date: April 30, 2021
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists, Gallery One, Two & Three
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: Kiss.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Walk in the Park

Artist: Charles Miller
Start Date: April 9, 2021
End Date: April 30, 2021
Location Name: The New England Visionary Artists Museum
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Featuring an 80" x 70' oil painting featuring several parkgoers relaxing in the brightness of the day as witnessed from the cross of the crucifixion. This work inspired the suite of fourteen paintings of the Stations of the Cross Miller executed in the 1980s, illustrating the path of Jesus to Golgotha. Miller set his SOTC in contemporary Boston as the Walk in the Park is also in a modern setting.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

On the Home Front

Artists: Holly Murray, Rebecca Graves
Start Date: April 9, 2021
End Date: April 30, 2021
Location Name: The New England Visionary Artists Museum
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

This suite of high craft ceramic dioramas document actual domestic violence crime scenes including actual victim testimony etched into mirrors positioned above each work. The irony of the fine art objects with the most base of human behaviors shock the audience into the consciousness of one of the most pressing epidemics in our society made worse by the COVID isolation now. It is on view for the rest of April until it will be brought back in October in the main gallery as a whole collection.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

New Work

Artist: Jane Morrison
Start Date: April 9, 2021
End Date: April 30, 2021
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists OCEC gallery
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

This group of new abstraction oil paintings follows in the developing line of Morrison's explorations of landscapes of the Greek coastline that started many years ago and inspired by her tour there. Increasing the freedom of interpretation, these atmospherics take on surfaces more impasto and gestured.

Contact: 413-588-4337

 

Nothing Stable Under Heaven: A Showcase of Black Art

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 1, 2021
End Date: April 25, 2021
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

The exhibit gets its title from a quote by James Baldwin: "A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven." Sculpture, paintings, photographs, prints, poetry and book art by featured artists Andrew "Moon" Bain, Bobby Brown, Mars Champagne, John Hughes, Simone Johnson, Gloria Matlock, Beatrice Mitchell and Emily Roman. Will also be viewable virtually, see website.

Contact: Marjorie Morgan
marjoriemorgannet@gmail.com
413-586-6300

 

Return to Iceland

Artist: Janet Palin
Start Date: April 1, 2021
End Date: April 25, 2021
Location Name: Oxbow Gallery, Back Room
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

Pastel landscapes of Iceland. Traveling to Iceland took Janet to the American West looking for similar landscapes. In 2019 she had a 20-year retrospective at the Oxbow, tracing her path from Iceland to the present day. Recently she travelled to Iceland again, expecting to feel she was closing the loop on this long journey. Instead, she fell in love with the Icelandic landscape all over again. In this show is the work inspired by the trip.

Contact: info@oxbowartgallery.com

 

Nocturnes

Artist: Scott Prior
Start Date: March 24, 2021
End Date: May 1, 2021
Location Name: William Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: artlink.click/d49d4

A solo exhibition of paintings by Scott Prior, exploring Western Massachusetts and Cape Cod scenes set at dusk, night, and sunrise. Here in the absence of bright sunlight, his scenes shimmer with other sources of illumination, from moonlight and fireflies to electric lights inside buildings and far-off fireworks. Little details like footprints in sand, a forgotten ball, or a light shining from a bedroom suggest stories that feel at the same time familiar and entirely new.

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

 

BIG INK

Artists: group show
Start Date: April 3, 2021
End Date: April 27, 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

BIG INK visited A.P.E on April 10 & 11 to host a printmaking demonstration of monumental proportions with their one-of-a-kind printing press called The Big Tuna. Sixteen local artists printed their work. Accompanying the demo is an exhibition of large-scale woodblock prints from the BIG INK collection, which includes over a dozen works created during previous demos.

Contact: Lisa Thompson
lisathompson@apearts.org

 

Pattern Interruptions II

Artist: Chelvanaya Gabriel
Start Date: March 9, 2021
End Date: April 21, 2021
Location Name: Northampton Center for the Arts
Hours: Tues-Wed 1-4pm
Address: 33 Hawley Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: nohoarts.org

What are the ways that we move through the world that create connection and healing across space and time? And what are the ways that do not? In this multi-modal exhibit, I invite you to engage with my work in various ways as a dialogue between us and for your own self-reflection and inner dialogue. I invite you to join me in uprooting ingrained patterns and planting new ways of being in the fertile soil of creative expression and reflective dialogue.

Contact: programs@nohoarts.org

 

Student Voices: Inside SCMA

Artists: student workers at SCMA
Date: April 14, 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. SCMA student workers Charlie Diaz '22 and Ariella Heise '22 will be discussing what projects they have been working on with their supervisor Martha Ebner, Acting Associate Director of Marketing and Communications.

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

 

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

Orange You Glad We're Still Here!

Artists: group show
Start Date: March 5, 2021
End Date: April 25, 2021
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Co-op
Hours: Fri & Sat 12-4pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: shelburneartscoop.com

Highlighting the vibrancy of the color orange and the endurance of the Shelburne Arts Co-op during these challenging times, the exhibition includes work in many media. Paintings, prints, photographs, fiber art, clay, jewelry, sculpture and mixed media are featured.

Contact: sac01370@gmail.com

 

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

 

South Hadley Exhibits/Events

Sightlines Tour: Keep, Scrap, Transform: The Art of Reimagining Tradition

Date: Saturday, April 17, 1:30pm
Location Name: Online via Mount Holyoke Art Museum
City/Town: South Hadley
Website: artmuseum.mtholyoke.edu/event/keep-scrap-transform-art-reimagining-tradition

Join MHCAM Student Guides as they lead their own thematic tours. Tours are live and interactive! In this tour, we will engage with works of art, ranging from prints to pottery, ancient Rome to modern day. We will dive into their subjects, methods of creation, and artists' experiences to explore the theme of tradition. How and why do artists reinterpret and transform tradition? How do we pay homage to our histories while reinventing ourselves and our own legacies? Free / registration required.

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

Creative Quarantine Springfield

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

View the work that was created during the 31 days of Creative Quarantine. The show runs until July 2021 with various artists' talks, workshops, and other activities. Artists include: Kathleen DeQuence Anderson, LaShun Beal, Frankie Borrero, Larry Poncho Brown, Carren Clarke, Louise Cutler, Sheeba Maya, Lorraine McAlpine, Ryan A. Murray, Deborah Shedrick, Sheldon Smith, Michelle Vigeant.

Contact: 413-301-6314

 

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

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

Fresh Paint Springfield 2021 Community Muralist Apprentice Program

Sponsoring Group Name: Common Wealth Murals
Deadline: April 23
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Springfield
Website: artlink.click/4f2c3

10 local artists and early-career muralists will be selected for a paid apprenticeship program during FPS2021 to learn the processes and techniques of parachute cloth community muralism. Apprentices will work under the guidance of Greta McLain, one of the leading community parachute cloth muralists in the US. By the end of the training, Apprentices will be able to independently plan, design, and install high quality community-engaged parachute cloth murals. Full details on website.

Contact: britt@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

 

Urgent Unity, Unprecedented Healing: Reflections from COVID

Sponsoring Group Name: YOU+ME Gallery
Deadline: April 20
Submission Fees: sliding scale $5-10
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: artlink.click/33650

As visual artists we have the tools to transcend reality, to come together and reimagine our world, to begin healing. We invite you to reflect on how the pandemic has shaped you and your art practice. Open to local artists, anyone in driving distance of Greenfield. All mediums are welcome (except digital). Limit 3 pieces per artist. Selections will be made by jury. 10% of each sale will go to a gallery fund. Full details on website.

Contact: you.me.gallery@gmail.com

 

Northampton Public Arts Festival 2021

Sponsoring Group Name: The Northampton Arts Council
Deadline: May 3
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: facebook.com/events/831310517595772/

The Northampton Arts Council is looking for artists to submit work for consideration for the Traffic Light Utility Box Mural Program. The program is designed to encourage community pride and beautify the streets of Northampton. Murals will be installed in public places and must be suitable for viewing by all ages. The Commission anticipates selecting artwork for up to 7 utility boxes and The Northampton Arts Council will fund $350 per utility box, inclusive of all artist's fees, paints and materials.

 

Fall 2021 Paradise City Arts Festivals

Sponsoring Group Name: Paradise City Arts Festivals
Deadline: May 3
Submission Fees: $30 for one show, $20 for each additional show
City/Town: Northampton & Marlborough
Website: bit.ly/ApplyParadise

Apply online! Produced by artists, for artists, Paradise City presents New England's leading shows of handmade craft, painting and sculpture. Paradise City's events showcase fresh, innovative work in all media in airy indoor settings, with outdoor space available in Northampton for large-scale sculpture. Applications from new and emerging artists are encouraged. For over 25 years Paradise City has been known for setting new standards in show publicity and marketing, and for its user-friendly approach to artists.

Contact: Katherine Sanderson
artist@paradisecityarts.com
800-511-9725

 

Windows Into Art 2021

Sponsoring Group Name: Amherst Center Cultural District
Deadline: April 20
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/207a0

The Amherst Center Cultural District (ACCD) is transforming downtown Amherst into an art gallery once more. You are invited to showcase your works of art throughout the town center in windows on streets, walkways, and municipal areas in downtown Amherst. Installations will be on view for 3 months, from June through Labor Day Weekend. There is no fee to apply.

 

The Colors of Change

Sponsoring Group Name: Monson Arts Council
Deadline: April 14
Submission Fees: $25 - 1 piece, $35 - 2 pieces, $45 - 3 pieces
City/Town: Monson
Website: monsonartscouncil.org

We welcome work in every medium: Photography/video, Painting, Multidimensional art - including Fiber Art, Graphic Art, Drawing, Printmaking. All entries must be originated by the artist, entered under their own name, completed within past 3 years, not previously exhibited in a MAC show, and for sale. Show will be held in House of ART, with careful attention to Covid 19 safety guidelines plus an online gallery. Full details on website.

Contact: David Dupuis
artshows@monsonartscouncil.org
413-813-5770

 

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

 

Wear Orange: An Art Exhibit

Sponsoring Group Name: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Deadline: May 1, 2021
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: wearorangesummerjam.com

Moms Demand is seeking visual art submissions by artists across the country including work by survivors of gun violence. All visual media will be accepted. The virtual exhibit will be located at easthamptoncityarts.com June 1-July 31, 2021. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Doris W. Madsen of Easthampton is the primary organizer and curator of the virtual exhibit.

Contact: Doris W. Madsen
WearOrange2021@gmail.com
413-210-2885

 

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

Multi-Arts April Virtual Spring Program

Date & Time: April 19-23, 9am-6pm
Fee: suggested contributions or pay what you can (see website for details)
Location: Online via Multi-Arts
City/Town: Hadley
Website: multi-arts.org/spring-program-2021.html

Join Virtual Multi-Arts this April vacation 19-23. Art, Puppet Party, Book Illustration, Crafts & Story Time, Theater, & Arts For Change! Best News: You can pay a suggested contribution or "Pay as You Can". Your children will be able to sign up for one activity, for two activities, or for "All-you-can-Have". For ages 4-12.

Contact: multiarts.org@gmail.com
413-584-7951

 

Northampton Community Making Space

Date & Time: third Saturdays, 4-7pm: April 17, 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

 

Beginner Pastel Painting and Skyscapes with Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 5:30-8pm, April 13 - May 4
Fee: $140
Location: Northampton Center for the Arts
Address: 33 Hawley Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: nohoarts.org/art-classes/category/meg-bandarra

Learn to paint clouds, sunsets, and evening skies with pastel. Pastels and skies are the perfect pairing of medium and subject. The unique luminescence and blendability of pastels creates gorgeous skies. In this workshop you'll learn to paint different types of cloud forms, as well as the perspective, color, and value relationships necessary to make convincing skies. This workshop is perfect for those who want to learn to paint with pastel, or would like to further their pastel experience.

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

 

Floral Art in Pastels with Lisa Regopoulos

Date & Time: April 30, 10am-3pm
Fee: $88 / members $75
Location: Springfield Museums
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/program/floral-art-pastels-5

Working from live flowers, learn how to capture a still life in pastels. Beginning with a demonstration, explore the application, effects, color massing, and tonal values as you complete a drawing from start to finish. For all levels. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Supply list provided.

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

 

Storm Skies In Pastel With Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: April 24-25, 9:30am-12:00pm
Fee: $75 + Materials
Location: Online via Zoom
Website: megbandarra.com/storm-workshop

Dramatic, brooding, ominous, and powerful, stormy skies are fun to paint! Pastel's unique form of blendability and rich pigments create lovely weather effects and cloud structures for storm scenes. Using wet underpaintings as a foundation we'll create mini paintings to explore a variety of storm structures, and a larger piece to fully capture the dramatic color and cloud forms of a thunderstorm. Join me and learn to create beautiful storms. Details and online registration at the web link above.

Contact: megbandarra@gmail.com

 

Online Stained Glass Class & Studio Kit Rental

Date & Time: April 25, 12pm - May 1, 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

 

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

 

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! .

 

Creative Resilience Dialogues with Chelvanaya Gabriel

Date & Time: Sunday, April 25, 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

 

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

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