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This Week's Newsletter: October 26, 2021

 

The Valley Arts Newsletter
October 26, 2021
Issue #686

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Featured Listings:

29th Annual Arts & Industry Open Studios & Holiday Sale

Date: November 13 & 14, 10am-5pm
Location: Brushworks Arts & Industry
Address: 221 Pine Street
City/Town: Florence
Website: brushworksopenstudios.com

50+ Artists and Craftspeople. Shop some of the areas Finest Paintings, Jewelry, Pottery, Fashions, Crafts, & much more.

 

Pop Geometric: The Art of Carlos Mateu

Artist: Carlos Mateu
Start Date: September 18, 2021
End Date: October 29, 2021
Reception Date: October 29, 6-9pm
Location: Art for the Soul Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 12-3pm, Sun by appt only
Address: Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, 2nd Floor
City/Town: Springfield
Website: artlink.click/db898e

Features the art of Afro-Cuban visual artist and professional dancer, Carlos Mateu. Mateu's paintings, which are inspired by his background, his life in the US and his own creative interpretation of his experience, fuse elements of cubism, realism, surrealism and mysticism. Closing reception: Oct 29, 6-9pm. $10 donation suggested. Cuban dance workshop with Carlos at 7pm. Masks required. Also on view is Literate Hands: Beading as an Act of Resilience, featuring the beaded jewelry of Lauren Johnson.

Contact: Ashley Zurc Pereira
ashleyzurcpereira@gmail.com
413-575-7054

 

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Multi-Location Exhibits/Events

Valley Artists Expo

Date: ongoing through Thanksgiving
Location: ValleyBike Kiosks
City/Town: Springfield, West Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, South Hadley, Easthampton, Northampton, and Amherst
Website: commonwealthmurals.org/valley-artist-expo

Common Wealth Murals collaborated with ValleyBike on the Valley Artists Expo, which celebrates the work of Pioneer Valley artists. Twenty local visual artists and their work are displayed on ValleyBike Kiosks throughout the region, showing the diversity of artists and artistic work being created in the Pioneer Valley. The artists were photographed with a piece of their work by Amherst portrait photographer, Isabella Dellolio.

Contact: Britt Ruhe
britt@commonwealthmurals.org
413-230-8146

 

Amherst Exhibits/Events

Dear Black Child

Artist: Eesha Suntai
Start Date: October 27, 2021
End Date: December 10, 2021
Reception Date: Wednesday, October 27, 5pm
Location: Augusta Savage Gallery
Hours: Mon-Tue 1-7pm, Wed-Fri 1-5pm
Address: New Africa House, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/cbc4d7

Suntai focuses on subject matter possessing bold, evocative, and unapologetically dramatic color. This exhibition will include portraiture reflecting on her perspective of growing up as a person of color -- a black child in America.

 

"...in this backyard garden of the mind..."

Artist: Rebecca Muller
Start Date: November 4, 2021
End Date: November 27, 2021
Reception Date: Thursday, November 4, 5-7pm
Location: Gallery A3
Hours: Thur-Sun 3-7pm
Address: 28 Amity Street, 1D
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

Spilling wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling, an immersive mixed media installation by Rebecca Muller transforms the interior space of Gallery A3 with found matter, wire mesh, and photographic images. Art Forum Online: Thursday, November 18, 7:30-9pm. Pre-register on website. Image: photograph with rebar, eroded metal, black mesh, coated wire, organic debris. Rebecca Muller, "...in this backyard garden...".

 

Green and Orange

Artists: Gallery A3 members
Start Date: October 28, 2021
End Date: November 30, 2021
Location: GoBerry 'n Cream
Hours: Sun-Thur 12-9:15pm, Fri-Sat 12-10pm
Address: 28 Amity Street, 1E
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

Come experience fresh, local frozen yogurt or ice cream, while enjoying Gallery A3's exhibit titled, "Green and Orange." Photograph, "New Haven", by Nancy Meagher.

 

Solace

Artist: Ruth Rinard
Start Date: October 4, 2021
End Date: October 29, 2021
Location: Hope & Feathers Framing
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Address: 319 Main Street
City/Town: Amherst
Website: hopeandfeathersframing.com/ruth-rinard-solace

A collection of original pastels by Ruth Rinard, created in the Plein Air style through a pandemic year.

Contact: contact@hopeandfeathersframing.com

 

A Journey to Watercolor

Artist: Hongbing Tang
Start Date: October 1, 2021
End Date: October 31, 2021
Location: Online via Burnett Gallery at Jones Library
City/Town: Amherst
Website: joneslibrary.org/919/Current-Virtual-Exhibit

A collection of watercolors by Hongbing Tang, a landscape architect and member of the American Professional Artist League. This exhibit features bridges, buildings, landscapes, and people that are special in her life across geographical and cultural boundaries. The artist attempts to capture the spirit of inspiring places and the special moments in life.

Contact: hongbingt@gmail.com

 

Reflex & At a Glimpse

Artists: Kerry St. Laurent, Abbie Wanamaker
Start Date: October 7, 2021
End Date: October 30, 2021
Location: Gallery A3
Hours: Thur-Sun 3-7pm
Address: 28 Amity Street, 1D
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

Kerry St. Laurent displays a series of intimately-scaled alcohol ink and mixed media works in Reflex, while Abbie Wanamaker, At a Glimpse, exhibits large-scale abstract paintings on wood. Images: Left: Abbie Wanamaker, Untitled (dark blue); Right: Kerry St. Laurent, Salvador.

 

The Thing Itself

Artist: Christopher Janke
Start Date: September 7, 2021
End Date: December 1, 2021
Reception Date: Thursday, November 4, 5-7pm (Artist Talk 6-6:30pm)
Location: Hampden Gallery
Hours: Tue & Thur & Fri 1:30-5:30pm, Mon & Wed 2:30-6:30pm
Address: 131 Southwest Circle, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/xvx

Janke's latest show is an exhibit of light, video, rainwater, found artifacts, and periscopes. It investigates the gallery into which the work has been installed, previewing glimpses into rooms that have been closed to the public since 1997. The work questions the reliability of what we receive and prioritize through our senses and everyday experiences. Image: Christopher Janke, "The Thing Itself: Hallway Arches Looking South", Dimensions: 144" x 72" x 178, 560 minutes, Material: Light.

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

 

Formed with Silica

Artist: group show
Start Date: September 7, 2021
End Date: December 31, 2021
Location: Online via Hampden Gallery
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/sz4

Formed with Silica is an international online exhibition curated by Sally Prasch that features works from glass artists that range from realism, surrealism, to abstraction. Sally Prasch exhibits her work internationally and is a Scientific Glassblower and Glass Instructor at UMass Amherst.

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

 

Lateral Geographies

Artist: Daniel Zeller
Start Date: September 7, 2021
End Date: December 31, 2021
Location: Online via Hampden Gallery
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/e9e

Lateral Geographies is comprised of a series of recent (mostly) abstract drawings that attempt to explore a connection between what can be presented through our advanced tools of observation and what can be invented or distorted utilizing similar visual elements. Artist Zoom Talk: Tuesday, October 12, 6:30pm (register online). Image: Daniel Zeller, "Integrated Input", ink and acrylic on paper, 23 x 30 inches, 2017.

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

 

Prince

Artist: Nicole Eisenman
Start Date: September 23, 2021
End Date: December 5, 2021
Location: University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA)
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 2-5pm
Address: Fine Arts Center, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/q90

An exhibition of prints by internationally renowned artist Nicole Eisenman is the artist's first museum exhibition to focus solely on their remarkable prints (lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, paper pulp prints, and monotypes). Despite Eisenman's reputation as one of the leading artists of our time, this exhibition provides a first glimpse into the range of the artist's exploration and experimentation in printmaking. Virtual live chat with the artist: November 10, 6-7pm.

Contact: 413-545-3672

 

Shape, Texture, Color

Artists: Gallery A3 members
Start Date: September 22, 2021
End Date: October 28, 2021
Location: GoBerry 'n Cream
Hours: Sun-Thur 12-9:15pm, Fri-Sat 12-10pm
Address: 28 Amity Street, 1E
City/Town: Amherst
Website: gallerya3.com

Enjoy a fresh and local frozen yogurt or ice cream, while savoring the theme of, "Shape, Texture, Color", by (next door) Gallery A3 artists. Image: "Spools of Yarn" photograph by Laura Holland.

 

Tools = Work

Artist: Peter Dellert
Start Date: September 7, 2021
End Date: May 14, 2022
Location: Hampden Gallery Sculpture Garden
Hours: Tue & Thur & Fri 1:30-5:30pm, Mon & Wed 2:30-6:30pm
Address: 131 Southwest Circle, UMass
City/Town: Amherst
Website: artlink.click/mzj

Two enlarged vintage kitchen tool sculptures are on exhibition in the Hampden gallery outdoor sculpture garden. These pieces reflect on the past and present production and use of hand tools, and tool users at home and at work in both the past and the present contemporary culture. Image: Peter Dellet, "Blend", turned, painted wood, stainless steel, recycled plastic. 72 x 36x 36 inches, 2019. Photo credit: Motoko Inoue.

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

 

Interstitial Zigzags

Artist: Benjamin Cowden
Start Date: September 10, 2021
End Date: November 30, 2021
Location: Portal Gallery
Address: Boltwood Plaza, Boltwood Walk
City/Town: Amherst

The inaugural exhibition at the new Portal Gallery on Boltwood Plaza, located in the headhouse above the town parking garage. Cowden's exhibition features five small windows into moving worlds. The artworks are kinetic and interactive: "viewers can make noise or shine light from their cell phones to activate the sculptures."

Contact: William Kaizen
publicart@amherstma.gov

 

Deerfield Exhibits/Events

Visions & Transitions - Paintings: 1971-2021

Artist: Robert Moorhead
Start Date: October 29, 2021
End Date: December 17, 2021
Reception Date: November 7, 4:30-7:30pm
Location: Von Auersperg Gallery
Address: Deerfield Academy
City/Town: Deerfield

Images based on letter forms from the Roman and Arabic alphabets, isometric planes, poetic texts, and geometric abstractions. Executed in standard, iridescent and interference acrylic paint, many of the works respond to varying light sources and viewing positions. Moorhead admires and is influenced by early Christian mysticism, French Romanesque frescoes, and Russian icons. His grounding in the values of 'modernism' finds its way into his work as does the rendering of deep philosophical states.

 

A Tale of Two Fiddles: Perception vs. Reality

Start Date: July 22, 2021
End Date: October 31, 2021
Location: Memorial Hall Museum
Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-4:30pm
Address: 8 Memorial Street
City/Town: Deerfield
Website: deerfield-ma.org

This FREE, small (but important) display in an existing exhibit at Memorial Hall Museum compares historical perceptions of African American musicians to their documented experiences. The stories highlighted help us understand racial attitudes of the time and their lasting impacts today.

Contact: Ellen White
pvmaoffice@deerfieldmuseum.org
413-774-7476

 

Fabric of Time: New England History Told Through Domestic Art

Start Date: July 22, 2021
End Date: October 31, 2021
Location: Memorial Hall Museum
Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-4:30pm
Address: 8 Memorial Street
City/Town: Deerfield
Website: deerfield-ma.org

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

Contact: Ellen White
pvmaoffice@deerfieldmuseum.org
413-774-7476

 

Easthampton Exhibits/Events

Sound and Color

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 5, 2021
End Date: November 30, 2021
Reception Date: November 5, 6-8pm
Location: Go With the Float in Keystone Building
Hours: Wed 9:30am-10pm, Thur-Fri 12-10pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am-10pm, Mon 12-10pm
Address: 122 Pleasant Street, Suite 126
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: gwtfloat.com

Four women artists, Sabrina Herman, Amy Dawn Kotel, Sharona Leshner, and Melissa Pandina, come together to share their tasty flavors of colorful art for your visual enjoyment and consumption. There are ways we all overlap in our style and yet, we are all so different. There is something splendid for every eye taste, as long as you appreciate a little color. Accompanying our art will be the exquisite sounds of Panthalasa. a spontaneous sound exploration experience. Masks required.

Contact: Amy Dawn Kotel
adkzab@gmail.com
413-923-2554

 

OUR TIMES?

Artists: Ken Gagne & grandchildren
Start Date: October 1, 2021
End Date: October 30, 2021
Location: The Elusie Gallery, Big Red Frame
Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-5pm
Address: 43 Main Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: bigredframe.com/the-elusie-gallery

Mixed media collage collaboration between Ken Gagne and his grandchildren, Matt Gagne and Anthony and Mariah Pacinella, creating a thought provoking and sometimes disturbing representation in clear children's art forms of current topics, like climate change or gun control.

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

 

Save the Man: Memorial Art Installation & Community Poetry Reflection on Native Residential Schools

Artist: Jason Montgomery
Start Date: September 30, 2021
End Date: November 8, 2021
Location: MAP Space
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: facebook.com/events/4355056124617314

The discovery of the bodies of nearly 8,000 native children at former residential school sites in Canada has provided evidence of the systematic brutality of the residential school program in the USA and Canada. This installation was created to remember and honour the children who never returned home from those schools. This piece also asks the community to reflect and leave a word or phrase in the boxes provided. These will be used by Easthampton Poets Laurate Alexandra Woolner and Jason Montgomery to craft weekly poems.

 

Art In the Orchard 2021 - The Sixth Biennial

Start Date: August 1, 2021
End Date: November 28, 2021
Location: Park Hill Orchard
Hours: dawn to dusk daily
Address: 82 Park Hill Road
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: parkhillorchard.com/art

A multifaceted sculpture exhibition and festival on the grounds of a working New England apple orchard. AIO 2021 is a curated invitational sculpture exhibition along a walking trail showcasing three-dimensional outdoor works and installations created by local and regional artists. Additional events (such as music, storytelling, theater, and school field trips) will be programmed most weeks.

Contact: Jean-Pierre Pasche
jean-pierre@parkhillorchard.com

 

Florence Exhibits/Events

Print Projects

Artist: Margaret Jean Taylor
Start Date: October 19, 2021
End Date: November 28, 2021
Reception Date: Saturday, October 30, 2-4pm
Location: Sanford Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm (Oct 23-24 & 30-31, Nov 13-14 & Nov 27-28)
Address: 320 Riverside Drive
City/Town: Florence
Website: zeamaysprintmaking.com

Throughout her career as an artist, Ms. Taylor has turned her focus to the landscapes of the places she's lived and loved, from New England to Montana to Texas and beyond. Print Projects showcases prints from four of the artists' print projects, including "Montana Spring", "The Rose & Fire and Ash", "Darkness and Light" and "Shattered." We ask that visitors to the Sanford Gallery wear masks.

Contact: info@zeamaysprintmaking.com
413-584-17831

 

Greenfield Exhibits/Events

Artist Talk: Alex Callender

Date: Wednesday, October 20, 12-1pm
Location: Online via GCC
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: gcc.mass.edu/events/artist-talk-alex-callender

Alex Callender, b.1980 in New York City, received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and BA from Connecticut College, and is an assistant professor of art at Smith College. She has had recent solo shows at The Rubber Factory (NY), The Gallatin Galleries NYU (NY), Pulp Gallery (Holyoke, MA), LookOut Gallery (Michigan State University). An Art Department Zoom event. Zoom link on website.

Contact: Joan O'Beirne
obeirnej@gcc.mass.edu

 

Gilding the Lilies

Artist: Kevin Pomerleau
Start Date: October 15, 2021
End Date: November 19, 2021
Location: Geissler Gallery at Stoneleigh Burnham School
Hours: by appt
Address: 574 Bernardston Road
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: sbschool.org

The artist explores moments of monotony, intensity, happiness, and anger in his cinematic etchings. Each scene invites the viewer to fill in details and explore their hypothetical involvement in the presented situation. The artist uses carpets and textiles as templates for exploring symbolic motifs. The work serves as a form of catharsis and self-exploration for both the artist and the viewer. Masks and vaccinations required. Email to schedule a viewing appointment.

Contact: Alysa Robb
arobb@sbschool.org
413-774-2711

 

florescence

Artist: Maggie Madole
Start Date: October 1, 2021
End Date: October 31, 2021
Location: Artspace Community Arts Center
Hours: Sun-Thur 2-7pm
Address: 15 Mill Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: artspacegreenfield.com/events/gallery-florescence

An exhibit by local artist Maggie Madole. "This body of work was created entirely in the growing season of 2021. The blooms span from spring to late summer and they are all from my garden... These are portraits of the beauty and the chaos that inhabits the garden; invitations to let the beauty hold you and to find solace in the reminder that we are not the ones in charge here." Read more about the exhibit, the artist, her process, and more on our website.

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

 

Ancestors/Ancestras

Artist: María Sparrow
Start Date: September 11, 2021
End Date: October 30, 2021
Location: The LAVA Center
Hours: Sat 11am-2pm, Thurs 5-8pm
Address: 324 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: localaccess.org

María Sparrow is a painter, teacher, and musician living in Greenfield. The daughter of an Argentine mother, María grew up in Iowa and Maine and was awarded a scholarship to attend Amherst College in 2011. In her work she is interested in representations of womxn and in themes of belonging and alienation. Her show will include paintings from an ongoing series titled "Ancestors/Ancestras." In English and in Spanish.

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

 

Saturday Salons at The LAVA Center

Date: Saturdays, 11am-2pm
Location: The LAVA Center
Address: 324 Main Street
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: localaccess.org

Every Saturday, stop by The LAVA Center in downtown Greenfield for an eclectic offering of local art and shopping. The Saturday Salon is a popup art salon and marketplace that will feature our regular gallery display, art and video installations, curated and live music, local vendors, and more.

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

 

Hampden Exhibits/Events

Learning Through Art with Brian McQuillan

Date: November 4, 7pm
Location: Community Room at Hampden Senior Center
Address: 104 Allen Street
City/Town: Hampden
Website: scanticriverartisans.org

A free Interactive "Learning Through Art" program hosted by artisan Brian McQuillan. Brian's passion is Metal Sculpture, and he will share some of his means and methods for creating art from junk or scrap metal. This fascinating program will introduce interactive instruction on how to transform metal into art.

Contact: scanticriverartisans@gmail.com
413-205-7985

 

A Gift of Art

Artists: Scantic River Artisans
Date: November 6, 10am-4pm & November 7, 11am-3pm
Location: Community Room at Hampden Senior Center
Address: 104 Allen Street
City/Town: Hampden
Website: scanticriverartisans.org

We invite you to experience, explore and purchase the diverse art on display. A Reception will be held Sunday, 12-2pm, and you can meet the artisans.

Contact: scanticriverartisans@gmail.com
413-205-7985

 

Holyoke Exhibits/Events

CYCLE OF MOTORS

Artist: Bill Alatalo
Start Date: October 6, 2021
End Date: November 12, 2021
Location: The Small Works Gallery at Gateway City Arts
Hours: Wed-Sat 5-10pm
Address: 92 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: gatewaycityarts.com

The art of motorcycle culture. Painted works by Bill Alatalo.

 

Deatley/Nimmer/Sawicki

Artists: Brantner Deatley, Dean Nimmer, Sean Sawicki
Start Date: October 9, 2021
End Date: October 31, 2021
Location: PULP
Hours: Fri-Sun 11am-4pm
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: pulpholyoke.com

Three artists, each in different stages of their careers, explore environmental issues, nature and politics through painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics.

 

El Corazón/The Heart of Holyoke - Walking Tour

Location: downtown Holyoke
Address: various locations / Main Street area
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: nuevaofholyoke.org/el-corazon

A placekeeping and public art project on Main Street that reflects the vital Puerto Rican and Latinx culture of the surrounding neighborhoods. See website for self guided tours of the artworks installed along Main Street, and artist bios and statements. Artists include: Shey Rivera Ríos, Yadilette Rivera-Colón, Madeline Medina, Chelvanaya Gabriel, Michelle Falcón Fontánez, C. Yolanda Gonzalez, Emma Mesa-Melendez, Dreamclub, Frankie Borrero.

 

Leverett Exhibits/Events

Sally Dillon: Retrospective

Artist: Sally Dillon
Start Date: October 2, 2021
End Date: October 30, 2021
Location: Leverett Crafts & Arts
Hours: Sat-Sun 10am-5pm, Tue-Fri 12-4pm
Address: 13 Montague Road
City/Town: Leverett
Website: barnesgallery.org

Sally will show her bronze castings from the 1960s, stuffed sculpture from the 1970s, hand-painted silk clothing and quilts from the 1980s and 1990s as well as more recent felted pieces, oil paintings and watercolors.

Contact: Sally Dillon
sally@sallydillon.com
413-374-3979

 

Montague Exhibits/Events

Spirits of Black Women

Artist: Belinda Lyons Zucker
Start Date: September 17, 2021
End Date: October 31, 2021
Location: Sawmill River Arts Gallery
Hours: Thur-Mon 11am-5pm
Address: 440 Greenfield Road
City/Town: Montague
Website: sawmillriverarts.com

Guest Artist Belinda Lyons Zucker's "Spirits of Black Women" highlights Zucker's skill and imagination through figures formed with cloth and clay. Her imagery celebrates her African ancestry and Black experience.

Contact: Chris Pellerin
cspellerin@comcast.net
413-367-3052

 

Northampton Exhibits/Events

Transition

Artist: Chie Yoshii
Start Date: November 3, 2021
End Date: December 4, 2021
Location: Wiliam Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: wbfinearts.com

Chie Yoshii, from Japan and now residing in Los Angeles, will be exhibiting new figurative oil paintings.

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

 

Dictionaries of the Wind

Artist: El Gato Chimney
Start Date: November 3, 2021
End Date: December 4, 2021
Location: Wiliam Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: wbfinearts.com

El Gato Chimney, from Milan, Italy, will present new large-scale watercolors.

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

 

Steel Musings

Artist: Joseph Chichirillo
Start Date: November 4, 2021
End Date: November 30, 2021
Reception Date: Friday, November 12, 6-8pm
Location: Anchor House of Artists, Gallery One and Two
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Chichirillo emerges out of the pandemic with the desire to change his working methods, with the ways he deals with process and material. "I have never been interested in making sculpture that is purely architectural or organic in look or feel. I have been searching for different materials & methods to express my thoughts. My sculpture is conceptual. My ideas become real as the piece is built." He is the founder and curator of NBOSS, a summer sculpture exhibition in North Bennington, VT.

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

 

New Constructions

Artist: Shawn Farley
Start Date: November 4, 2021
End Date: November 30, 2021
Reception Date: Friday, November 12, 6-8pm
Location: Anchor House of Artists, Gallery Three
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Fresh from her solo exhibition at the Springfield Art Museum, Farley presents a new collection of "shapeshifters", figurative painted wood sculptures that are constructed from discarded setup blocks used by machinists and other appropriated materials. The resultant colorful objects, cubist-like, radiate personality and voice, demanding an opportunity at another life. Her work is widely collected and very desirable. See shawnfarley.art.

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

 

Photographs by Denise M. Riggs

Artist: Denise M. Riggs
Start Date: November 1, 2021
End Date: December 31, 2021
Location: Cooley Dickinson Hospital, West Gallery
Hours: 12-7pm weekly
Address: 30 Locust Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: denisemriggs.com

Denise M. Riggs is a native of Massachusetts and has lived in the Pioneer Valley since 2002. She approaches photography in a semi-abstracted manor, taking her subject out of its ordinary context, oftentimes creating a puzzle of sorts for the viewer to decipher. Reflections are a favorite subject matter as well as urban imagery. Denise has exhibited her work widely for over 30 years and holds a BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Image: Barney's Reflection.

Contact: Denise M. Riggs
esinedmorr@gmail.com

 

In Memoriam

Artists: Michihrio "Yoshi" Yoshida (1930-2018) & Harriet Graicerstein (1928-2019)
Start Date: November 4, 2021
End Date: November 30, 2021
Reception Date: Friday, November 12, 6-8pm
Location: Anchor House of Artists, New England Visionary Artists Museum wing
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Exhibit features "Surrealistic Mythic Modernist" oil painting of this WWII Japanese Air Force veteran. Yoshida used painting to work out the horrors he had witnessed in the war including the decimation of Hiroshima by the Atomic Bomb in 1945. He received professional recognition before his tragic death when he was struck by a car in South Hadley. Also featured is work by NYC-based artist educator in an exhibit curated by her daughter Simone Alter-Muri. The artists knew each other for 36 years.

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

 

Hilltown and Island Landscapes

Artist: Chris Bagg
Start Date: October 28, 2021
End Date: November 28, 2021
Location: The Oxbow Gallery, back gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

This show features a group of landscapes painted in the Berkshire Hills and on Swans Island on the coast of Maine.

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

 

Explorations, Suggestions and Accidents

Artist: Gary Niswonger
Start Date: October 28, 2021
End Date: November 28, 2021
Location: The Oxbow Gallery, front gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 273 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: oxbowartgallery.com

Gouache Paintings on paper 2020-21. The strokes create accidents that find structure, building textural patterns. Each painting is unique, though the process of search remains the same.

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

 

The Graffiti Element

Date: November 5, 6-10pm
Location: Northampton Center For The Arts
Address: 33 HawleyStreet
City/Town: Northampton
Website: thegraffitielement.com

The Graffiti Element kicks off with our premier show at NCFA. The show will feature graffiti inspired art from artists in the pioneer valley and beyond in one collaborative event! These great works will also be available for purchase which gives you a chance to support these fine artists. We will have Live DJ’s spinning vinyl throughout the event with an artist round table from 7p to 8p, hope to see you there! Masks and vax or negative PCR test 48 hours prior required.

 

Photographs of Vietnam

Artist: Len Seeve
Start Date: November 2, 2021
End Date: November 30, 2021
Location: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
Hours: Mon-Thur 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-6pm
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org

I've travelled to Vietnam a number of times over the years and each time I've been enthralled by its sensual impact - the colors, textures and smells. From the rice terraces in the mountainous north to the street food of Hanoi, from the fishing villages on the coast to the water buffalo markets in the countryside, the journey of the senses can sometimes seem overwhelming. And yet as alluring and intriguing as the sites are, it's the people that have always made it a special experience.

Contact: Len Seeve
lseeve@comcast.net
413-374-2971

 

Birds and Nature Photography

Artist: Karen Gardner
Start Date: November 2, 2021
End Date: November 29, 2021
Location: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
Address: 20 West Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.org

After a career designing and writing software, I discovered a love of birds and nature photography. Pursuing both, I found that capturing images of the birds that I love, and the natural world in which they reside allowed me to share what I was seeing with others. Though my eye is always searching out birds to photograph, I also love to photograph landscapes, seascapes, and other critters.

Contact: fkaufmann@forbeslibrary.org

 

Artist of the Month

Artist: Marge Orens
Start Date: October 1, 2021
End Date: October 29, 2021
Location: Northampton Senior Center Gallery
Address: 67 Conz Street
City/Town: Northampton

Marge Orens is a watercolor artist trained at H. of Music & Art and Cooper Union in New York, who was a member of Long Beach Art League and Ann Bragg's ArtClass. She has been painting and drawing for much of her 90+ years, using bright colors to interpret still life, portraits and city scenes that are represented in this show.

Contact: Nancy Yesu
Nyesu@northamptonma.gov
413-587-1313

 

Hollywood Nights

Artist: Ryan Landry
Start Date: September 29, 2021
End Date: October 30, 2021
Location: Wiliam Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 36 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: wbfinearts.com

Ryan Landry's oil paintings explore pop culture with an unerring eye to history, humor and camp. He mines his vast knowledge of Hollywood culture to create portraits of movie stars in their most well-known roles, as well as cityscapes, and landscapes all in bright vivid color.

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

 

Going Vertical

Artists: group show
Start Date: October 5, 2021
End Date: October 28, 2021
Location: Northampton Center for the Arts
Address: 33 Hawley Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: nohoarts.org/events/category/exhibit-going-vertical

An exhibition showcasing the diverse talent of the members of the Northampton Center for the Arts Figure Drawing Group. The figure, drawn in the round, is the common soul of this collection, which also features other works of art.

 

The Polus Center Art Exhibit

Artists: Gregory Stone, Stephen Petegosky, Syrian children
Start Date: October 1, 2021
End Date: October 31, 2021
Location: Anchor House of Artists
Hours: Wed-Sat 3-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development hosts an exhibition featuring paintings by Gregory Stone (1947-2016), photographs by Stephen Petegorsky, and paintings by Syrian refugee children. The artworks highlight people around the world whose lives have been influenced by the work of the Polus Center. The subjects range from coffee farmers in Latin America and Africa to Syrian refugees, most of whom have lost limbs as civilian victims of conflict, land mines, and explosive remnants of war.

Contact: Michael Lundquist
mlundquist@poluscenter.org
508-450-6713

 

Homage to Life

Artist: Cynthia Chamberland
Start Date: October 6, 2021
End Date: October 30, 2021
Location: Anchor House of Artists, OCEC showroom
Hours: Wed-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

Chamberland's statement, "Homage to Life is my affirmation that life is beautiful," is sincere. She was a child artist, more inclined to make images than her classmates, but at age 19, she broke her neck in an automobile accident, leaving her completely paralyzed below her chest, her life changed forever. Now though a wheelchair user with limited use of her hands, she has not lost her child spirit to make artwork. These soft pastel and watercolor artworks are happy, wistful, and kind-spirited.

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

 

On the Home Front (OTHF)

Artists: Holly Murray, Rebecca Graves
Start Date: October 6, 2021
End Date: October 30, 2021
Location: Anchor House of Artists, Gallery One and Two
Hours: Wed-Sat 1-6pm
Address: 518 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: anchorhouseartists.org

OTHF features ceramic sculpted dioramas of actual violent crimes against women as documented in personal testimony, court documents, and media coverage. Art is meant to be transformative even when it articulates horrible things because when terror is not in the light it grows more deadly. Murray & Grave's OTHF assures that it is impossible to use ignorance as an excuse for blindness to domestic violence. Also featured: a talk by Safe Passage, safepass.org, an advocacy organization.

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

 

Positions and Props: a loosening line

Artists: Roberly Bell & Sandy Litchfield
Start Date: October 6, 2021
End Date: November 6, 2021
Location: A.P.E. Gallery
Address: 126 Main Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: apearts.org

Positions and Props brings together the sculpture of Roberley Bell with paintings of Sandy Litchfield. Recognizing a shared formal language, these two artists have engaged an ongoing conversation about landscape. This exhibition pairs unexpected colors and distinctive compositions in both painting and sculpture, suggesting the ordinary (and extraordinary) nature of being in place.

Contact: lisathompson@apearts.org

 

Plein Air Moments

Artist: Deborah Sacon
Start Date: October 5, 2021
End Date: November 8, 2021
Location: Woodstar Cafe
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-4pm
Address: 60 Masonic Street
City/Town: Northampton
Website: deborahpaints.com

Deborah Sacon's recent landscapes, in water-soluble oil, show movement, vivid color and spirit; of late, her concentration has been to depict the energy of changing light, shadows, and reflections in a way that both represents realism and captivates viewers' imaginations through abstraction.

Contact: Deborah Sacon
debsacon@gmail.com
413-695-6475

 

Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

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A View From the Hills in Blue and White

Artist: Stephen Earp
Start Date: October 27, 2021
End Date: November 22, 2021
Location: Shelburne Arts Co-op
Hours: Wed-Mon 11-4pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: shelburneartscoop.com

I love historical ceramics, not just the forms but also the quirky sense of humor, the enigmatic imagery, the elegance. The more I study ceramic history, the more I love it--the places it has taken me, the people it has introduced to me along the way, and how all that has helped my work to grow. The majority of my work is my own interpretation of traditional types and styles.

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

 

Sojourns: Artists' Books and Handmade Paper

Artists: group show
Start Date: September 3, 2021
End Date: October 31, 2021
Location: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: 7 days, 11am-5pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: salmonfallsgallery.com

What happens when you take the idea of what a book is, and put it in the hands of a visual artist? Do you need to have words? Is it bound? Does it have pages that you can turn? Everything you thought you knew about what a book looks like, is up for revision. Sojourns is 7 artists exploring these questions: Valerie Carrigan, Fenfolio (Fenneke Wolters-Sinke), Sheryl Jaffe, Elisa Lanzi, Marjorie Morgan, Janet Poirrier, and Edda Valborg Sigurðardóttir. Curated by Elisa Lanzi.

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

 

Silent Auction to benefit Out Now

Start Date: September 3, 2021
End Date: October 31, 2021
Location: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: 7 days, 11am-5pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: salmonfallsgallery.com

As part of the Marilyn Andrews retrospective exhibit, Salmon Falls Gallery is auctioning a sculpture made collaboratively by Marilyn Andrews and Andrew VanAssche to benefit Out Now, a Springfield based youth group empowering LGBTQ youth for the last 21 years. The piece was created by the couple in 1983 to explore the gender roles in their own marriage with the intention of discarding them. The exhibit can be seen through October 31. Bids can be placed by phone, in person, or by emailing the gallery.

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

 

Works in Clay, A Retrospective Exhibit

Artist: Marilyn Andrews
Start Date: September 3, 2021
End Date: October 31, 2021
Location: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: 7 days, 11am-5pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
City/Town: Shelburne Falls
Website: salmonfallsgallery.com

Plainfield sculptor Marilyn Andrews died in December of 2019. This exhibit was originally hung in March of 2020, but then came COVID and the gallery had to close its doors on the exhibit of 75 sculptures, wall works, articles and the statements which charted her creative life chronologically. Now we are trying again! This exhibit will be about half the size, but Marilyn's strong sense of emotional truth, social justice and just plain creative potency shines throughout the entire collection.

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

 

South Hadley Exhibits/Events

Falkenberg Lecture: Lenka Clayton: My Grandmother Lived To Be One Hundred Years Old

Date: Thursday, October 28, 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Online via Zoom / Gamble Auditorium
Address: Mount Holyoke College
City/Town: South Hadley
Website: artmuseum.mtholyoke.edu/event/lenka-clayton-my-grandmother-lived-be-one-hundred-years-old

Join us for the 2021 Patricia and Edward Falkenberg Lecture with contemporary artist Lenka Clayton whose interdisciplinary work uncovers hidden truths about everyday life. Clayton will discuss her artistic practice and her new exhibition Comedy Plus Tragedy at MHCAM, mounted to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum bequest to Mount Holyoke College. In-person seating available to those with a valid MHC ID. Zoom registration for those unable to attend in person.

 

Springfield Exhibits/Events

Springfield Then and Now

Date: ongoing
Location: Skyview Downtown storefront windows
Address: Dwight Street (between Harrison and State streets)
City/Town: Springfield

Common Wealth Murals has created a new exhibit featuring images of inspirational people from Springfield's past, paired with a young person living in Springfield today with similar interests or passions. The exhibit will be displayed in the Skyview Downtown storefront windows. Brief biographies about the individuals will accompany each image, in both English and Spanish.

Contact: Britt Ruhe
britt@commonwealthmurals.org
413-230-8146

 

Gun Violence and Art Therapy, a Zoom Talk

Date: October 26, 6:30-7:45pm
Location: Online via Springfield City Library
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldlibrary.org/library/gun-violence-and-art-therapy

Springfield College professor and freelance visual artist Simone Alter-Muri presents on gun violence and how art therapy can aid healing in both the individuals and the community. Q & A will follow. Ages 18+. This program is sponsored by the Springfield City Library, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and the Springfield Cultural Council. See website for more info and registration.

Contact: Matthew Jaquith
MJaquith@springfieldlibrary.org
413-263-6836

 

Here +54: From the Smithsonian to Soweto, Arts of the African Americas and Africa

Date: October 26, 6-8pm
Location: Online via Springfield Museums
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/program/54-smithsonian-soweto-arts-african-americas-africa/all

This eight-part lecture series is an introduction to the visual art production of African American artists and makers, as well as an introduction to the visual art of the African Diaspora. Here +54 is an ode to African American art and the visual art and material culture of the 54 countries on the African continent. Presented by Kymberly S. Newberry. Register for individual sessions. Other lecture dates: Nov 2, 9, 16.

Contact: museumschool@springfieldmuseums
413-314-6477

 

Pop Geometric: The Art of Carlos Mateu

Artist: Carlos Mateu
Start Date: September 18, 2021
End Date: October 29, 2021
Reception Date: October 29, 6-9pm
Location: Art for the Soul Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 12-3pm, Sun by appt only
Address: Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, 2nd Floor
City/Town: Springfield
Website: artlink.click/db898e

Features the art of Afro-Cuban visual artist and professional dancer, Carlos Mateu. Mateu's paintings, which are inspired by his background, his life in the US and his own creative interpretation of his experience, fuse elements of cubism, realism, surrealism and mysticism. Closing reception: Oct 29, 6-9pm. $10 donation suggested. Cuban dance workshop with Carlos at 7pm. Masks required. Also on view is Literate Hands: Beading as an Act of Resilience, featuring the beaded jewelry of Lauren Johnson.

Contact: Ashley Zurc Pereira
ashleyzurcpereira@gmail.com
413-575-7054

 

Literate Hands: Beading as an Act of Resilience

Artist: Lauren Johnson
Start Date: September 18, 2021
End Date: October 29, 2021
Location: Art for the Soul Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 12-3pm, Sun by appt only
Address: Tower Square, 1500 Main Street, 2nd Floor
City/Town: Springfield
Website: artforthesoulgallery.com

A collaboration between Magdalena Gómez, an award-winning artist and Poet Laureate for Springfield, and guest curator, Ashley Zurc Pereira featuring the beaded jewelry of Lauren Johnson.

Contact: Ashley Zurc Pereira
ashleyzurcpereira@gmail.com
413-575-7054

 

Tradition and Dissent

Artist: Ai Weiwei
Start Date: July 17, 2021
End Date: January 2, 2022
Location: D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Wheeler and Barn Galleries
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/exhibitions/ai-weiwei

Internationally renowned artist and social activist Ai Weiwei, is an art innovator, provocateur, and political dissident who explores tradition in non-traditional, even radical ways. This special exhibition curated exclusively for the Springfield Museums features rare works from three decades of the artist's career.

Contact: info@springfieldmuseums.org

 

Sensory Friendly Saturdays at Springfield Museums

Date: Second Saturdays, 9-11am
Location: Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Springfield Science Museum
Address: 21 Edwards Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org

Sensory Friendly Saturdays provide less noise, less bright light, and cool-down spaces for those who have sensory sensitivity. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Springfield Science Museum will open early, with some exhibits modified to provide an opportunity for people with a range of differing abilities to experience what the museums have to offer. Trained staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer. Sensory-friendly crafts for all ages will be available in the Cat's Corner.

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

 

West Springfield Exhibits/Events

The Annual Fiber Festival of New England

Date: Saturday, November 6, 9am-5pm & Sunday, November 7, 9am-3pm
Location: Eastern States Exposition
Address: 1305 Memorial Avenue
City/Town: West Springfield
Website: fiberfestival.org

Fiber enthusiasts are coming together at the Mallary Complex on the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds for the annual Fiber Festival of New England to promote the use of wool and other natural fibers and related products. Workshops, demonstrations and 150 vendors. Workshops and Tickets $7, under 12 free.

 

Westfield Exhibits/Events

Inalienable World

Artist: Colin McMullan
Start Date: November 2, 2021
End Date: November 30, 2021
Location: Arno Maris Art Gallery, Westfield State University
Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-2pm, Sat 11am-3pm
Address: 577 Western Avenue
City/Town: Westfield
Website: westfield.ma.edu/offices/arno-maris-art-gallery/gallery-history

For "Inalienable World," the related works "speak to our existential experiences with land that we have divided and subdivided for many generations," McMullan explained. "We claim ownership over tiny fragments of an intricate and holistic world that, in truth, belongs to all of us equally, or to none of us at all." Artist talk: Thursday, Nov 4, 10am.

Contact: Troy Watkins
twatkins@westfield.ma.edu
413-572-5523

 

Craft Fairs & Open Studios & Pop-up Shops

Easthampton: Eastworks Open Studios

Date: November 6 & 7, 10am-5pm both days
Location: Eastworks
Address: 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: fb.me/e/Jn1vDvDq

Eastworks Open Studios is a chance to meet celebrated artists and artisans, learn about their processes and shop in their studios. Experience fitness and wellness demonstrations, massage and live curated musical performances. Browse artist and retail spaces for a variety of local goods from pottery to candles, to vintage wares, jewelry and organic fabrics. This is only a taste of what you will encounter when you visit. We hope you will come with plenty of time to explore the offerings from the 3rd floor to the ground floor.

Contact: Kim Carlino
EastworksOpenStudios@gmail.com
413-695-3514

 

Easthampton: Jean Minuchin Open Studio

Date: November 6 & 7, 10am-5pm both days
Location: Eastworks, room #147
Address: 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: jeanminuchin.com

Come see sculptures and videos of puppetry by artist Jean Minuchin during Eastworks Open Studios in room 147 (first floor). Enjoy music and art during this two day festival (masks are required throughout the building).

Contact: Jean Minuchin
jean@worldandeye.com
954-540-9897

 

Indian Orchard Mills Open Studios

Date: November 6 & 7, 12-4pm both days
Location: Indian Orchard Mills
Address: 34-40 Front Street
City/Town: Indian Orchard
Website: iomills.com

Art exhibit held in the Dane Gallery representing the art of local resident artists. Food trucks and live music both days. Explore the mill complex and visit with artists as well as other businesses in their private studios. Painting, Jewelry, Interactive Plant Bar, Fishing Lures, Designers, Photographers, Programs for Kids, Lessons for Adults, Woodworking, Fiber Arts and much more! Local brewery on site as well as many other businesses. $3 suggested donation, children welcome & masks required.

Contact: Michelle Pescetta
mpescetta@gmail.com
413-563-7405

 

Holyoke: Hallow's Eve Night Market at Depot Square

Date: Saturday, October 30, 4-11pm
Location: Depot Square
Address: 62 Main Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: facebook.com/events/855112038471970

European-style night market full of local vendors selling fun and funky handcrafted items, including soap, monster hats, felted items, spooky books, and other seasonal treasures. Food trucks and a beer tent along with other Halloween activities and seasonal fun, including a costume contest, games and activities, and a zombie Flash Mob!

Contact: Jeff Bianchine
jeff@printshopholyoke.org
855-507-1066

 

Florence: 29th Annual Arts & Industry Open Studios & Holiday Sale

Date: November 13 & 14, 10am-5pm
Location: Brushworks Arts & Industry
Address: 221 Pine Street
City/Town: Florence
Website: brushworksopenstudios.com

50+ Artists and Craftspeople. Shop some of the areas Finest Paintings, Jewelry, Pottery, Fashions, Crafts, & much more.

 

Easthampton: EHS World Language Craft Fair

Date: Saturday, 9am-3:30pm, October 30
Location: Easthampton High School
Address: 70 Williston Avenue
City/Town: Easthampton

The fifth annual craft fair is a fundraiser for students who participate in the World Language Program. The event features over 50 local crafters and vendors, food and live music by EHS chorus members and band Accousticca.

Contact: Toni Mango
amango@epsd.us
413-529-1585

 

Westfield: Little River Open Studio

Date: Saturdays, 10am-3pm, October 2-30
Location: Little River Studio
Address: 399 Little River Road
City/Town: Westfield
Website: donnacarmel.com

Artworks of monotypes and monoprints of landscapes, framed and unframed prints, watercolors, and acrylic paintings by 5 Westfield artists. Free printmaking demonstrations. Every Saturday 10am to 3pm or by appointment.

Contact: Donna Carmel
lrprintmaking@gmail.com
413-297-2070

 

Amherst: The Mill District Farmers & Artisans Market

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2-7pm
Location: The Mill District
Address: 134 Montague Road
City/Town: Amherst
Website: facebook.com/events/523505888872159

A growing selection of farm & artisan vendors, anchored by Quabbin Hill Farms! Interested in vending art goods? Send an email of interest to milldistrictfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Contact: milldistrictfarmersmarket@gmail.com

 

Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

2nd Open Juried Virtual Photography Show

Sponsoring Group Name: The Friends of the Agawam Public Library
Deadline: February 15, 2022
Submission Fees: $25 per entry
City/Town: Agawam
Website: agawamlibrary.org/about-2/friends/#FriendsPhotoShow2ndVirtual

Categories: Creative, Nature, Photojournalism, Pictorial. Awards: Total $1,340 - Best in Show ($300) and 1st ($120), 2nd ($80), 3rd ($60) in each Category and 8 Honorable Mentions for a total of 21 awards. Show Dates: online show, will become available after March 15, 2022. Our library is working out of the Agawam Senior Center until extensive repairs are completed. We do not believe our Library would be ready in time for an in-person Photography Show. Full details on website.

Contact: Bob Kadis
r.kadis@comcast.net

 

Art Workspace Easthampton

Sponsoring Group Name: Easthampton City Arts (ECA)
Deadline: November 8
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: easthamptoncityarts.com/resources/eca-artist-residency/

A residency program for visual, literary & performing artists. While this program initially emerged as a direct recalibration of ECA's public programming during the onset of the pandemic, it is clear that offering workspace to artists is still deeply valuable and relevant in our area. ECA will offer a total of 5 two-month studio residencies per year--all free of charge--at MAP Space in Eastworks, beginning in January 2022.

Contact: pazzarello@easthamptonma.gov

 

Artist of the Month Solo Shows at Northampton Senior Center

Sponsoring Group Name: Northampton Senior Center
Deadline: January 1, 2022
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Northampton
Website: northamptonma.gov/2055/Senior-Services

Flatwork including drawing, painting, pastel, photography, fabric and mixed media accepted. Artists should be 55+ and live in or near Northampton. Minimum 12 pieces of work should be ready to hang. Email photos of 2-3 pieces in jpeg format with your name, address and phone number, and preferred contact method. Submissions will be juried by three local artists, Paul Shoul, Nanny Vonnegut and Betsy Stone for March 2022-February 2023. Months for shows will be randomly assigned to selected artists.

Contact: Nancy Yesu
nscartspace@gmail.com

 

Buttery Brook Under Our Feet

Sponsoring Group Name: South Hadley Planning & Conservation Department
Deadline: November 1
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: South Hadley
Website: southhadley.org/bids.aspx

Call to create site-specific original temporary artwork to enhance the asphalt with graphic patterns applied to the street. The street canvas will enhance the connection to the culverted Buttery Brook that runs beneath Main Street in South Hadley Falls. This temporary art installation is to bring awareness and education to the community as part of the MVP Action Grant feasibility study centered on the Queensville Dam (Titus Pond) Removal and Buttery Brook Watershed Enhancement. $2,500+ stipend.

Contact: Rebekah L. Cornell
rcornell@southhadleyma.gov
413-538-2017

 

Heart and Hands Art Collaborative January Exhibit

Sponsoring Group Name: Heart and Hands Art Collaborative
Deadline: December 1
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Online / Northampton

Heart and Hands Art Collaborative seeks submissions for their online exhibit. HHAC is a group of parents/caregivers with special needs kids who do art as a means of self-care, and who show their work to raise awareness of art's therapeutic value. We invite any parent/caregiver of a special needs child to submit 3 hi-res photos of your work and a short blurb about how art helps you manage the demands of raising a high needs child. If interested, contact Gayla at HeartHandsArt@gmail.com

Contact: Gayla Berry
HeartHandsArt@gmail.com

 

Hope & Feathers 10th Annual Small Works Show

Sponsoring Group Name: Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery
Deadline: November 26
Submission Fees: $30
City/Town: Amherst
Website: hopeandfeathersframing.com/info-for-artists-2021

The 10th Annual Small Works Show is coming! The $30 entry fee includes one 5×7" or 6x6" birch panel, a frame, and glass. Choose your frame when you drop off your finished piece. Show dates: December 1st - January 11th. Full details on website.

Contact: contact@hopeandfeathersframing.com

 

Individual & Group Shows at Borgia Gallery

Sponsoring Group Name: Borgia Gallery, Elms College
Deadline: ongoing
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Chicopee
Website: elms.edu/academics/humanities/borgia-gallery

The Borgia Gallery at Elms College in Chicopee, is seeking artists and/or artist groups working in two-dimensional or small three-dimensional media to exhibit work. Exhibitions are approximately one month in length and the college provides printed marketing materials such as postcards and flyers. Interested parties should submit 10 digital images or website to kiernanb@elms.edu.

Contact: Brian Kiernan
kiernanb@elms.edu

 

Gingerbread: Under the Sea

Sponsoring Group Name: The Springfield Museums
Deadline: November 8
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Springfield
Website: springfieldmuseums.org/gingerbread

In this 12th annual holiday exhibit, visitors will dive into the enchanted waters and journey to the bottom of the sea where fantastical creatures and colorful plants are interpreted as culinary creations! We invite interested bakeries, schools, organizations, individuals and families to register by Monday, November 8. Gingerbread creations will be on display from November 26th to January 2nd, in a large exhibit hall with creative murals, festive decorations, and other enchanting elements.

Contact: programs@springfieldmuseums.org
413-314-6486

 

Authors and Artists Festival

Sponsoring Group Name: NatureCulture
Deadline: December 30
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Online
Website: artlink.click/59e

The Third annual Authors and Artists Festival, to be held online February 26-27, 2022, is now accepting entries for the online art exhibit. The festival seeks artwork in any discipline that interprets how artists "write the land"; for example, artwork that tells stories of land, reveals our relationship with land (ecoliteracy), or incorporates words to connect images of land and written landscapes. Full details on website.

Contact: JuPong Lin
jupong2trees@gmail.com

 

Saturday Salon at The LAVA Center

Sponsoring Group Name: The LAVA Center
Deadline: open
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Greenfield
Website: forms.gle/jNEhqYGk8gBRhL5v5

Seeking artists and vendors to display their work during our Saturday Salon. Artists of all stripes--visual artists, writers, musicians, vendors, filmmakers, etc.--are welcome to join us!

Contact: vanessa@localaccess.org

 

Classes & Workshops

Mixed Media Gel Printing with Mari Chavez

Date & Time: Saturdays, November 6-27, time TBD
Fee: sliding scale, see website for details
Organization: Resilient Community Arts
Location: Eastworks, Studio #044
Address: 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: resilientcommunityarts.org/programs

Gel printing basics will be discussed for the first 15 minutes of every class for newcomers, and then we will launch into some new techniques and project challenges; make your own mini journals, prints, ephemera, and collage fodder, all using stamps, stencils, and more to make your fun messy and fabulously you project come to life! The time for this class is still being decided, please share what times you are available on Nov 6-27 and we will to pick a time that works for everyone. Register online.

Contact: Maddie McDougall
maddie@resilientcommunityarts.org

 

Stained Glass Workshops with Heather McLean

Date & Time: Friday, November 19, 9:30am-3pm
Fee: $125
Location: Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio
Address: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 032
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: dragonflystainedglassstudio.com

Create a beautiful sun catcher, small panel, or a few ornaments to grace your home or give as gifts. We will cover all the skills and techniques to build a unique piece of stained glass art using the copper foil technique. A perfect class for students with no experience as well as intermediate students with some experience who may want a refresher course. All glass and supplies included in tuition and the use of all tools. More class dates: Nov 20, 21, Dec 3, 4, 5, 17, 19.

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

 

Creative Resilience Dialogues with Chelvanaya Gabriel

Date & Time: Sunday, November 21, 1-3pm
Fee: sliding scale $10-$40 each (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Location: Online via Northampton Center for the Arts
City/Town: Northampton
Website: nohoarts.org/art-classes/category/creative-resilience-dialogues-with-chelvanaya-gabriel-online

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. See website for more info and upcoming dates.

Contact: programs@nohoarts.org

 

Art Adventure Camp Homeschool Program

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, November 2-23
Fee: $200
Organization: Sharona Color Art
Location: Eastworks Studio #228
Address: 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: sharonacolor.com/shop/art-adventure-kids

Explore the wildest corners of the imagination through painting, drawing, collage, and fiber arts. This class is great for kids who are interested in exploring many different mediums and techniques. Each week we will create fun projects like making personalized cartoon characters, mandalas, yarn art, and more.

Contact: Sharon Leshner
Sharonacolor@gmail.com

 

Intro to Stained Glass

Date & Time: Saturday, November 13, 2-5pm
Fee: $35, partially refundable
Organization: Glass Visions Stained Glass Studio
Location: Mill Park Office Commons
Address: Mill Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: glassvisions.biz

A basic introduction to copper-foil stained glass construction. We'll introduce the stained glass art form including its history, designs, types, stained glass overview and construction techniques. Students can try glass cutting, grinding, foiling & soldering and see a few actual pieces in construction. A great class to see what stained glass art is all about and/or to help you make a decision about taking our BEGINNING STAINED GLASS class. More dates for same class: Nov 18, Dec 12.

Contact: Christopher Lyons
training@glassvisions.biz
413-562-4740

 

Beginning Stained Glass

Date & Time: Mondays, 6pm, November 8-29
Fee: $150
Organization: Glass Visions Stained Glass Studio
Location: Mill Park Office Commons
Address: Mill Street
City/Town: Springfield
Website: glassvisions.biz

Copper-foil stained glass class for beginners/intermediates (15-hr / 5 weeks). We cover history, Tiffany/La Farge, types of stained glass projects, stained glass details, how to select glass for your projects, patterns, equipment use & safety, construction process and finishing techniques. Fee covers instruction, glass & supplies for your take-home panel and a copy of my Stained Glass Reference Book. Mention ad for $10 discount. Other date for same class: Sundays, Nov 21 - Dec 19.

Contact: Christopher Lyons
training@glassvisions.biz
413-562-4740

 

Drawing in the landscape with Lorna Ritz

Date & Time: Wednesday afternoons
Location: Mt. Pollux
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.lornaritz.com

Technical & Aesthetic Instruction: a critical approach to your drawing focusing color changes in the mountains, trees, fields, sky. Lorna encourages artists to ask questions on paper 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: lenajenny3@yahoo.com

 

Marketing Your Artwork with Robert Floyd

Date & Time: November 9 & 16, 6:30pm
Fee: free
Location: Onine via Forbes Library
City/Town: Northampton
Website: forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/8049474

This class is designed for artists who grapple with questions like how to price their art appropriately, where and how to show it -- including online -- and how to connect to resources that will help their careers. We will cover a range of strategies for building an audience, selling and licensing original art in today's ever-changing marketplace. Participants will learn time- and stress-saving business and organizational skills for the working artist. Registration required.

 

Experimental Watercolor and Collage

Date & Time: Thursdays, 6-8pm, October 28 - November 18
Fee: $200
Organization: Sharona Color Art
Location: Eastworks Studio #228
Address: 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: sharonacolor.com/shop/experimental-watercolor-and-collage8-week-session

Let it flow! This class is awesome for anyone looking to explore new territories in their own creativity. We will focus on learning and mastering watercolor and collage techniques. We will practice pouring with fluid acrylics, layering with inks, and creating multi-color gradations, and more. Students will leave with an abundance of new artworks and free-flowing creativity.

Contact: Sharon Leshner
Sharonacolor@gmail.com

 

Fall Programs at Resilient Community Arts

Date & Time: classes run into November
Fee: varies
Organization: Resilient Community Arts
Location: Eastworks
Address: 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: resilientcommunityarts.org/programs

We have programs happening in the upcoming months for ALL ages and ALL abilities. We cannot wait to welcome you into our space. And of course, all CDC guidelines and contact tracing protocols will be followed. We've also opened up an option to become an Artist Member, which gets you 50% off all program fees and several other perks! Register on website.

Contact: info@resilientcommunityarts.org

 

Beginning Watercolor Painting with Melissa Pandina

Date & Time: Mondays, 6:15-9:15pm, November 8 - December 20
Fee: $189
Location: Holyoke Community College
Address: 79 Main Street
City/Town: Ware
Website: artlink.click/qod

Watercolor painting with no fear. Embracing the chaos is important when learning watercolor. We will start with very loose paintings and then expand into watercolor sketches. By the end of the session, we'll tighten your sketches into a finished work. We will cover landscapes, still-life, and human figures. All levels welcome but it will be geared to beginners. Materials not included but expect to spend approximately $100. Students will receive supply list by email on the day of registration.

 

Beginner Pastel Painting with Meg Bandarra

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm, October 27 - November 10
Fee: $125 + Materials
Location: Online via Zoom
Website: megbandarra.com/beginnerpastel-workshop

Have you been wanting to make art or try something new? This 3-week workshop is for those who've been thinking about painting (for the first time or after a break), those who've just stared using pastel, or artists who work in another medium but have no pastel experience. Pastel is a forgiving medium with rich color and a unique luminescent quality. It's a tactile, versatile, fun way to paint. For more information or to register online visit megbandarra.com/workshops. Limit of six students.

 

Amherst Plein Air Society

Date & Time: 9am-1pm, Mon-Fri, April to October
Fee: $40 per year
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. To come try a paint-out to see if APAS is a good fit for you.

Contact: Susanne Personette
SusannePersonette@gmail.com

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