Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit 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.


The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as Transperformance and Four Sundays in February, and advocating on behalf of the arts community.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Call for Submissions


Are you a Northampton artist who is currently or formerly employed in the restaurant industry?

The Pioneer Valley Workers Center is seeking artwork made by restaurant workers for a gallery show this fall. We are open to all kinds of mediums--drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film/video, textiles, etc. We are also interested in performance--be it music, spoken word or a live installation--for the opening night.

The only requirement is that artists are current or former restaurant workers of Northampton, MA. We are interested in work about labor and class struggles, as well as artwork that explores any and all facets of restaurant workers' lives.

Date & location of show: -- October 23rd in Northampton, MA.

To submit your work, please send an email by October 5th, 2014, with the subject line "Worker Center Art Gallery" to

Please include

* a brief bio (2-3 sentences)

* the name of the restaurant(s) where you work(ed)

* an artist statement (however much or little info you would like to share)

* medium(s) of submitted work

* any possible equipment needed for installation

* 1-5 pictures of your work.

We encourage you to submit multiple works. We may not be able to accept all of the submissions we get, and depending on the volume of responses we may only take one to two of each artist's pieces.

Artists would be responsible for the transportation of their artwork to and from the gallery site.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Paradise City Arts Festival Fall 2014

The 20th Annual Paradise City Arts Festival opens to the public at the Three County Fairgrounds on Columbus Day Weekend, October 11, 12 & 13. 

New England’s most exciting and comprehensive arts festival, Paradise City has won many national awards for the quality and diversity of its fine crafts, paintings and sculpture. Founded by two working artists, this event is a unique opportunity to experience an entire festival designed from an artist’s perspective. Held in four buildings and under tents, Paradise City is an experience like no other — beautiful, unique, festive and fun.

This milestone event is the chance to meet face to face with 275 extraordinary artists traveling from every corner of the country, enjoy sensational cuisine by Northampton's best chefs and catch live performances by nationally and regionally acclaimed musicians. Stroll through a lush sculpture garden filled with artful delights and visit special exhibits, demonstrations and activities... all compelling reasons to come on down to Paradise City during the peak of New England’s fall foliage season.

American Craft Week
Join Paradise City Arts Festival during American Craft Week, when the nation recognizes the countless ways handmade objects enrich our daily lives and contribute to our national aesthetic and economy. Paradise City is proud to be a sponsor of American Craft Week. Founding Director Linda Post says, “In this digital age, dominated by the production of objects without the touch of human hands, American craft makers have actually formed the cutting edge of a new movement. The younger generation, jaded by cookie-cutter products, has embraced the handmade like no other generation since the 1960s!”

Face to Face: From Portraits to Selfies, the Art and Craft of Making Faces 
Through the ages, portrait styles have ranged from realism to cubism to today’s selfie, and manifest themselves in every media. At the Paradise City Art Festival this October, there will be faces in paintings, sculptures and photographs, on clocks and chairs, embedded in jewelry and vases. Funny faces, stoic faces and tranquil faces will peer out at you in the special “Face to Face” exhibit. These faces engage, confront, entertain and provoke, all filtered through each artist’s style and perspective. “Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?” ~ Pablo Picasso

Silent Art Auction Benefit for WGBY Public Television for Western New England
PBS provides multi-media ABC’s for kids, exciting entertainment for grown-ups such as Masterpiece Mystery and Downton Abbey, and fascinating scientific, political and cultural programming for all. WGBY Public Television for Western New England will receive 100% of the proceeds from the Festival’s Silent Art Auction, featuring hundreds of beautiful and valuable pieces donated by the Festival Artists.

Demonstrations and Children’s Creative Activities
Glassblower Philip Jacobs literally plays with fire every day for his dramatic glassblowing demonstrations next to the Exhibition Building, while master potter and raconteur Tim Scull shares his skills on the potter’s wheel and the secrets of his studio in the Arena Building.  The Fuller Craft Museum leads origami workshops, Alan Bennett teaches children how to sculpt imaginary creatures from clay, and at Big Wheel Press you can ignore the digital age and make your own notecards and coasters using two 100-year-old letterpresses and antique forms.

Fabulous Food and Cool Jazz under the Festival Dining Tent
“The food soars beyond expectations,” writes Boston Magazine. The Festival Dining Tent is a microcosm of Northampton’s vibrant restaurant scene, with recipes that span the globe. Expect lots of tasty surprises from the region’s restaurants at this fall’s show, using locally grown foods straight from the Valley’s farms. Sample exotic curries, pad thai, wood-fired pizza, fresh lobster and pulled pork sliders, dim sum, locavore burgers, overstuffed burritos, mango lassi, warm apple crisp and homemade ice cream.

Restaurants include Local Burger, Sierra Grille, Spoleto, Amber Waves, India House, Pizzeria Paradiso, Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream, Mama Iguana’s and the Great Wall.

While dining, enjoy live music on the Festival Soundstage every afternoon:

Saturday: The O-Tones will embrace you with soulful jazz ballads and punch out fiery Motown and R&B.

Sunday: Roger Salloom brings down the house with his award-winning original music, down-home blues and country rock.

Columbus Day: The Art Steele Blues Band is a fixture in the New England blues scene, and Art himself is a poet, raconteur and philosopher. Cap off the holiday weekend with the passion of the blues!

Information: Call 800.511.9725 or visit: 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Landscape drawings, etchings and paintings by Adell Donaghue, Anita Hunt and Elizabeth Lehman

October 2-30, 2014 in the Hosmer Gallery
Reception: Arts Night Out, October 10, 5-8 PM

Adell Donaghue
Easthampton artist Adell Donaghue shows recent drawings and etchings in graphite, ink, gouache and mixed media.

Exhibition statement: I have taken several cross country road trips over the past several years, in addition to traveling up and down the east coast. My travels along and the interstates in the United States have inspired me to draw and paint the American landscape in my own way. I am moved by the pervasive sense of lost promise, loneliness and deep anxiety that I find along the American highway. I find inspiration in American vernacular architecture and regional signage, including half deserted farms, aging grain silos, and iconic restaurant signage.

Elizabeth Lehman
Having developed a strong sense of place and love of the natural world from her childhood in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, Elizabeth Lehman prefers to paint outside directly in the landscape, usually returning to the same location in different seasons and at various times of day. Her recent work depicts views near her current home in Western Massachusetts along the Connecticut River and neighboring uplands.
Born in Ithaca, N.Y., Elizabeth has an A.B. in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College. Her painting teachers include Marion Miller, Marjorie Portnow, and Richard Yarde. She is represented by the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

Anita Hunt
Anita Hunt's visual tales of dark and light are deeply rooted in the places near and dear to her in rural western Massachusetts. She has been making prints of all kinds for more than 30 years and is currently etching on copper, using traditional methods combined with newer, less toxic materials. Anita is a long time member and instructor at Zea Mays Printmaking, a community of artists dedicated to practicing safer, sustainable processes.
She exhibits her work internationally.

Exhibition statement: For the Hosmer Gallery exhibit I will show a selected group of etchings created during the last three years. My recent work acknowledges and mourns the unraveling of nature. The changing landscape reminds me to pay close attention, celebrate the moment and take nothing for granted. These prints express grief and loss, but also posses a deep appreciation for the fragile, temporal beauty that remains.

Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
20 West St
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
(413) 587-1013

Friday, September 26, 2014

David Hartsough Presents His New Memoir "Waging Peace"

David Hartsough Presents His New Memoir
Waging Peace
Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00 PM @ Broadside Bookshop

David Hartsough has been an activist since he was 14, when he read Gandhi's All Men Are Brothers, and organized his first protest outside a Nike missile plant near Philadelphia. At 15 he met Martin Luther King. These experiences laid the foundation for a lifetime of fighting for justice, peace, and clean energy. He has blocked arms trains, had his arm broken by police, and been jailed numerous times, sometimes using the time in jail to organize workshops to educate the inmates about issues such as nuclear power. He has also worked with activists in Bosnia and Kosovo. Waging Peace:Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist is an inspiring chronicle of calm courage, strategic intelligence, and undaunting persistence in defiance of entrenched power.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Paint the Path Pink

You are invited to join Mayor David Narkewicz and Cooley Dickinson Health Care President and Chief Executive Officer Joanne Marqusee on a walk from City Hall to Cooley Dickinson Hospital (CDH) to place pink ribbons along the path to prevention.

The event will kick off with opening remarks from the Mayor and Ms. Marqusee on the steps of City Hall, 210 Main Street, Northampton at 5:15 pm.   

They will hand out pink bows which will then be placed on telephone poles during the 1.4 mile walk to Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

Following the walk, in the corridor of the Hospital’s Main Entrance, there will be a reception with refreshments, with brief remarks by Dr. Lindsay Rockwell, followed by a patient testimonial.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014



Green Burial Massachusetts and Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust will offer the first Western Massachusetts screening of the movie A Will for the Woods. The film, which will be shown on Thursday, October 2 at 7pm at Greenfield Garden Cinemas at 361 Main Street in Greenfield, is free. Donations will be accepted to support the work of Green Burial Massachusetts and Mount Grace in the creation of Massachusetts’ first green cemetery.

In the film, psychiatrist and classical musician Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma. The film follows Clark’s dream of leaving a loving, permanent legacy by using green burial to save a nearby woods.

The free screening will be followed by a Q&A session about the Green Cemetery Initiative, a collaboration between Mount Grace and Green Burial Massachusetts to establish Massachusetts’ first green cemetery open to all. “Currently, there are very few cemeteries in Massachusetts that allow for natural burial. Many people have expressed an interest in being buried as simply as possible and yet natural burial is not available for the majority of Massachusetts residents. Increasingly, people want to forgo the features of a conventional burial, including an expensive casket, cement grave liner and granite headstone. We believe that if someone wants to be buried in a plain pine box or wrapped in a shroud and placed directly into the ground, they should be given that choice,” explains Judith Lorei of Green Burial Massachusetts.

Mount Grace is currently assessing suitable land for a green cemetery. A property would need to be at least 50 acres with less than a 15% grade and easy access to a road. “We see this as a way to combine land conservation with the community’s expressed desire for more natural burials,” adds Sean Pollock, Director of Community Engagement at Mount Grace. “With this project, we can provide those who choose natural burials the opportunity to use their final act to protect the natural world and inspire future generations to make respectful use of it.”
If you know of a possible site for a green cemetery in eastern Franklin County or the North Quabbin region, please email

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 15th deadline for applications from organizations, schools and individuals for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to Council spokesperson Brian Foote, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds, including exhibits, writings, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.  The Northampton Arts Council will hold open office hours at their location at 240 Main Street, Memorial Hall Room #5 Northampton, MA 01060 on Wednesday October 8th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM for any potential applicants looking for advice on the application process.

The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Northampton Arts Council will distribute up to $10,592 in grants. Previously funded projects include: $750 to Historic Northampton for Fast Forward: New Filmmakers at Historic Northampton. $1000 to Donnabelle Casis for Florence Night Out. $750 to Serious Play! for "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf." $700 to Jennifer Polins for Catalyst Dancers, celebrating PVPA’s Catalyst Dancer’s 16th performance season.

For specific guidelines and complete information on the Northampton Arts Council please visit or contact Brian Foote at (413) 587-1069/  

Application forms will be available online beginning September 15th at This year the application process will be online only. Please do not submit paper applications.

Founded in 1980, the Northampton Arts Council has an all-volunteer board, appointed by the Mayor, and staff, consisting of one director, one part-time arts events producer, and one student intern.  Each fall, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency, allocates money to all of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns through 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs), one of which is the Northampton Arts Council, in support of community arts activities.  This is the largest decentralized program of its kind in the United States.

In addition to administering the LCC program, we were the first cultural council in the Commonwealth to raise money for a second round of funding every spring, with only a few other LCCs recently following our lead.  The Arts EZ Spring Grant round is made possible by two major fundraising events produced by the Northampton Arts Council: Transperformance, an end-of-summer concert at Look Park held every August, and the Four Sundays in February series which includes events such as the Silver Chord Bowl and the Really Big Show.  In addition to grant programs, the Northampton Arts Council offers arts enrichment programs in the public schools, initiates public art projects and advocates for the arts in the city.  For more information please visit our website: