Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council is an organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Celebrating Print Culture: Northampton Print and Book Fair 2019

WHAT: Northampton Print and Book Fair 2019
WHEN: Sunday, September 29, 2019 12:00–5:00pm
WHERE: A.P.E Ltd Gallery 126 Main Street Northampton, MA.

Free and open to the public
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On September 29th, over 30 artists will fill the storefront gallery at the A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery with self-published artists’ books, editions, and publications. The participating exhibitors represents a diverse community of voices, media, and techniques in contemporary printmaking and publishing.

Established in 2015, the Northampton Print and Book Fair (NPBF) was created to promote contemporary prints and publications, celebrating local talent while bringing regional artists and publishers to our community. Artists, independent publishers, and art collectives are invited to display and sell their work—including artists’ books, zines, chapbooks, mini-comics, screenprints, risographs, letterpress prints, etchings, photographs, photobooks, digital prints, and ephemera.

The 2018 and 2017 fairs each attracted over 1000 visitors. The annual fair attracts artists from all over New England and beyond to share their work with the greater Northampton arts community. To continue the conversation, the organizers of the fair are producing a series of events about self-publishing and community at Forbes Library, scheduled for October and November 2019.

​The NPBF is run by volunteers, sponsored in part by the Northampton Arts Council, and produced by Fugitive Arts. With support from Catlabs of JP, Small Oven Bakery, Collective Copies, and the Mass Cultural Council Festivals program.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Human Element film screening for Climate Preparedness Week

WHAT: The Human Element film screening for Climate Preparedness Week
WHEN: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:15 PM
WHERE: 33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA.

James Balog, a longtime photographer and explorer, has focused his career on the complex relationship between humans and nature. The Human Element is a documentary that explores the ever-changing and significant effects of the human race on an already fragile world.

In honor of Climate Preparedness Week (September 24-30) the City of Northampton, in collaboration with Northampton Open Media, the Northampton Arts Council, and Forbes Library present The Human Element.


We humans are a force of nature. At the same time human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire – those elements change human life.

In an arresting new documentary from the producers of RACING EXTINCTION, THE COVE and CHASING ICE, environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change. With rare compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT inspires us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world.

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring French horn player John Clark

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring French horn player John Clark
WHEN: Tuesday, September 17th from 7:30 to 8:30 followed by the open jazz jam session.
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA.

Our guest on 9/17 is one of the best, and one of the few, jazz French hornists around. He's also an award winning composer and a part time farmer so this will be a very special concert (an amazing talent with a down to earth personality). Here's an excerpt about John from Wikipedia: Clark has performed or recorded with a wide variety of musicians, including: Gary Bartz, Carla Bley, Ornette Coleman, Gil Evans, John Faddis, Johnny Griffin, Dave Grusin, Jerome Harris, Jim Hall, Jimmy Heath, Anthony Jackson, Leroy Jenkins, Howard Johnson, Oliver Lake, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Grachan Moncur, Gerry Mulligan, Jaco Pastorius, Rachel Z, Paquito D'Rivera, Mike Richmond, John Scofield, Frank Sinatra, Lew Soloff, Spyro Gyra, David Taylor, Toots Thielemans, the Turtle Island String Quartet, McCoy Tyner, Glen Velez, Paul Winter Consort, Akiko Yano, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set and donations to the band gratefully accepted. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

Also of Interest:
Northampton Jazz Festival - October 4-6.
10/4 - The Jazz Fest Strut - local bands
5PM Pulaski Park
6PM Iconica
6:30 Haymarket
7PM Northampton Brewery
7:30 Platform Bar
8PM Progression Brewery
8:30 McLadden's Pub
10/5 - Main Stage Events (daytime free to the public)
Click Workspace - Emmet Cohen solo piano
Northampton Center for the Arts - Native Soul Quartet
Unitarian Society - Endea Owens Cookout -sextet
The Parlor Room - Jack Wilkins Trio
10/5 - Featured concert at Academy of Music (ticketed event)
7:30-9PM - Kurt Elling Quintet
10/6 Jazz Festival Jazz Brunch from 11:30-2 at the Delaney House in Holyoke that will feature a performance by a great band from Hartford, the DeChamplain Quartet featuring Matt and Atla DeChamplain along with Matt Dwonszyk and Chris Morrison. Besides some great food and music, $10 from each ticket purchased will help fund the Festivals Davis Financial Jazz Artists in the Schools program. Get your tickets soon before it sells out. Tickets available at:
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Upcoming Guest Artists:
9/24 - David Eure on violin
10/1 - Giacomo Gates on vocals
10/8 - Kristen Lee Sergeant on vocals
10/15- Warren Chaisson on vibes
1022 - Stephen Riley on tenor sax
10/29 -Greg Abate on sax and flute

Illustrated Talk by Local historian and author John Sinton: Mill River Greenway Initiative—Looking Toward the Future of the Mill River

What: Mill River Greenway Initiative—Looking Toward the Future of the Mill River
           An Illustrated Talk by Local historian and author John Sinton 
When: Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton

Free and open to the public, his talk kicks off the second season of the popular Speakers Series, featuring prominent local and regional personalities, sponsored by Northampton Neighbors and the Senior Center.

John Sinton, author of the acclaimed Devil’s Den to Lickingwater: The Mill River Through Landscape & History, and co-moderator of the Mill River Greenway Initiative, will share a fascinating history of the River and its impact on the city’s development. “We will see how the Mill River dictated Northampton’s street pattern and peculiar shape,” Sinton states. Other topics he plans to cover include the city’s frequent flooding, the location of “Little Venice” and the diversions of 1710 and 1940. “The 1940 diversion of the Mill River out of downtown Northampton,” he notes, “marked a turning point in the River’s story, but not its final chapter.” The presentation will end with his question: “Why does the Mill River matter?”

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Greenhouse Effect Resurrected

WHAT: The Greenhouse Effect Resurrected
WHEN: Saturday ▪ September 21 ▪ 2-3pm
WHERE: Forbes Library

“Hilarious & harrowing...the thinking person’s performance artist.”
– The Boston Globe

The Greenhouse Effect Resurrected ... a surprisingly satirical yet serious performative video documentary on surviving a broken neck.

SALLY GREENHOUSE wrote, directed, produced, and was featured in the long- running series on NCTV The Greenhouse Effect, for which she was awarded the New England Women in Video Foundation Award and the Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship. Greenhouse is a previous recipient of numerous grants and awards including an endowed residential artist fellowship at Yaddo in Performance Art/Video, The Djerassi Foundation, and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art. Her artwork is interdisciplinary, drawing from original writing, theater, video, comedy, and sound art. She has previously performed at several downtown New York City as well as national venues and was an artist-in-residence at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

“From Seed to Fruition” Northampton Arts Council 2019 Biennial

WHAT: “From Seed to Fruition” Northampton Arts Council 2019 Biennial
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA
WHEN: October 2nd - 30th, 2019
Gallery Hours: Mon/Wed 9am to 9pm, Tue/Thu 10pm to 6pm, Fri/Sat 9am to 5pm

The Northampton Arts Council is proud to announce the 2019 Northampton Biennial. This is the third Northampton Biennial to include both poetry and visual arts.

Our opening celebration for visual art will take place in conjunction with Arts Night Out, at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library on Friday, October 11th, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Our poetry reading and reception will take place on Saturday, October 12th at 2:00pm in the Calvin Coolidge Room at Forbes Library. These events are free and open to the public.

For the 2019 Biennial, the Northampton Arts Council asked artists and writers who live and work in Western Massachusetts to submit work that interprets the theme “from seed to fruition” in a literal form or as a work/body of work that has been fully developed and most closely represents the artist’s personal artistic vision.

The visual art for the Biennial Exhibition was selected by three jurors: Donna Gates, Gallery Director and Curator, Salmon Falls Gallery; Jameson Johnson, Founder and Editor in chief, The Boston Art Review; Robert Wiesenburger, the Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects for The Clark art Institute. The jurors selected work in a wide variety of styles and media from, including painting, printmaking, book arts, photography, video, and sculpture. Their selections reflect their shared interest in experimentation, innovative use of materials, and an open-ended approach to narrative.

Poetry jurors include Nellie Prior, Co organizer of Departure Reading series; Karen Skolfield, current poet laureate of Northampton and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Catherine Weiss, Organizer of Northampton Poetry.

Materialized: group show curated by Suzan Shutan

WHAT: Materialized, group show curated by Suzan Shutan
WHERE: Hampden Gallery, UMass.
WHEN: September 8 - October 6, 2019
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Please come see this fantastic exhibition happening at Hampden Gallery, UMass (click for more info). There are 18 artists all working with materials in inventive ways, curated by Suzan Shutan, who also has an installation in the neighboring gallery.

"We are living in a twenty first century of diversification and descent. Art is defying and celebrating traditional systems of structure and process. New forms and material properties create intersections of constructed and found, two and three dimensions, painting and sculpture. Work can be both deliberate and random. The artists explore material, color and form in contemporary art with great skill and manipulation, each constructing a personal and formal language that melds material, dimension and process with resonating forms that rupture our notion of space and how an artwork must function."

Sarah Braman
Carolyn Clayton
Jaynie Gillman Crimmins
Karen Dolmanisth
Lorrie Fredette
Carla Goldberg
Bob Gregson
Ruth Hardinger
Susan Knight
Michael Kukla
Laura Moriarty
Antonia Perez
Judy Pfaff
Patrice Yourdon
Jayoung Yoon
Derrick Velasquez
Sean Greene -

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