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.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

13 Queen Presents: Wishbone Zoe, Blame Cadence, Mad Habits

WHAT: Wishbone Zoe, Blame Cadence, Mad Habits
WHERE: 13 Queen, 13 King Street (second floor) Northampton, MA
WHEN: Thursday, February 22nd. 8:00pm

Come drink some tasty Thursday sounds at 13 Queen and recognize the awesome, kickflip face-slaughter power of the human voice--there'll be so much of that!

MAD HABITS - freaky experimental jazz/folk: a three piece tempest of the water element. Emotions you forgot you had or are too afraid to confront.

BLAME CADENCE - loops and vocs: wildflower gardens and time-lapsed cloud-skating skies of vibes paired with firey messages

WISHBONE ZOE - experimental poppy performance art plus bass: colorful auditory disturbances for your brain pets to eat

13 Queen is a unique Arts & Media Studio & Space in Downtown Northampton, MA producing Music, Video, Podcast & Events.

8pm - Suggested $3-7 - 13 King Street Northampton, MA
Supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council

Big Dance Theater’s CAGE SHUFFLE starring Paul Lazar Returns to Northampton

WHAT: Big Dance Theater’s CAGE SHUFFLE starring Paul Lazar
WHEN: Friday, March 9, 2018, 8:00 PM, Arts Night Out
WHERE: Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, Massachusetts

$10.00 admission
Seating is limited: Reservations recommended,
call 413 586-5553

After playing to a full house at A.P.E. Space in Northampton last summer, Paul Lazar is bringing back his “joyous” and “transfixing” dance/theatre solo, Cage Shuffle. In Cage Shuffle Paul Lazar speaks a series of one-minute stories by John Cage from his 1963 score Indeterminacy while simultaneously performing choreography by Annie-B Parson. The stories are spoken in a random order with no predetermined relationship to the dancing. Chance serves up its startling blend of inevitable and uncanny connections between text and movement.

“Paul and Annie B's Cage Shuffle is one of my favorite pieces ever. The cage stories are good to begin with, amusing in a zen kind of way, but when further randomized and amplified with the dance, and with Paul's voice- well, it becomes no longer a rarified cage piece but is transformed into something that is accessible to everyone. Beautiful, profound and hilarious- as all things should be.” – David Byrne

​Parson and Lazar founded Big Dance Theater in in 1991. Based in New York, the Company tours internationally and is known for its inspired use of dance, music, text and visual design. The company often works with wildly incongruent source material, weaving and braiding disparate strands into a multi-dimensional performance of stories and movement.

Often choreographing works for such diverse performers as David Byrne and Mikhail Baryshnikov and distinctive companies such as the Elixir Ensemble of senior dancers in London’s Sattler’s Wells and Soho Rep Theater of New York’s downtown art scene, Big Dance designs works for stages ranging from traditional theaters to intimate experimental spaces, including art galleries and museums.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

“Proverbs N Portraits” by Ken Gagne at A.P.E

WHAT: “Proverbs N Portraits” by Ken Gagne
WHEN: February 13- March 2, 2018
              Artist Reception: Friday, February 16: 6 -8 pm
WHERE: A.P.E 126 Main St Northampton, MA.

What do you get when you cross a proverb with a portrait? A.P.E. Gallery shines a spotlight on new work by local artist Ken Gagne that examines how, together, they can create a humorous situation, which nowadays isn’t so much a joke but a basic survival tool – a lifeboat we can use on life’s river.

“Ever since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by the power of the proverb and how it can offer wisdom to the heart, be practiced and passed along to others,” states Gagne. “Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience. Portraits are of a similar nature. Nothing in a portrait is a matter of indifference. Expression, gesture, dress, ink even – all must combine to realize a character.”

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"On The Horizon" Two evenings of work by 6 local artists at 33 Hawley St.

WHAT: "On The Horizon" Two evenings of work by 6 local creative artists
WHERE: Northampton Community Arts Trust building 33 Hawley St. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Friday Feb. 23rd and Saturday Feb. 24th: 8:00 pm

Two evenings of work by 6 local creative artists will be shown in an informal setting at The Northampton Community Arts Trust building at 33 Hawley St. in Northampton presented through the support of A.P.E.

Performance works by Kathy Couch, Mary Beth Booker, Madison Palffy, Molly McBride, Elena Marione, and Lauren Horn will be presented in the upstairs studio at 8 p.m. Curated by Peter Schmitz

Feb. 23rd and 24th: 8:00 pm
Suggested Donation $5-10 at the door, Limited seating

For information contact, 413.586.5553

Northampton Senior Center holds next Group Sing on Arts Night Out

WHERE: APE GALLERY, 126 Main Street.

Northampton Senior Services is joining forces with Forbes Library in planning a large community sing on the lawn of Forbes Library for the fall of 2018. We're hoping that you can attend the March 9 Group Sing led by local guitarist F. Alex Johnson to learn more about this project and how you can be a part of this celebration through song.

During 1918 as World War I was ending, the trustees of Forbes Library granted use of the library grounds for several large gatherings of Northampton citizens for “Community Sings,” primarily of patriotic songs.

The Gazette reported that the community sing of June 24, 1918, attracted a crowd of five to six thousand people! Spirits were high, automobiles were parked along West Street, and the view from the embankment on Smith College grounds was a maze of white blouses, long skirts, straw boaters, and 3-piece suits along with high school cadets and 2 drum corps. (See attached photos.)

Forbes Library plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of “the war to end all wars” by gathering again on the library lawn to raise spirits, support peaceful resolutions of conflicts, and confirm our sense of community by singing together. The large group sing will combine voices of individuals and singing groups in the area. Everyone will learn the same 3 songs and come together to sing in unison on the lawn, much in the same way the Library selects a book each year for all the entire community to read and then to gather and discuss. Our Community Sing will not be a performance, but a participatory, community event.

New Works by Luke Cavagnac, Jil Crary-Ross, Maclyn Milsark, and Kevin Pomerleau

WHAT: New Works by Luke Cavagnac, Jil Crary-Ross, Maclyn Milsark, and Kevin Pomerleau.
WHEN: Opening March 6, Show on display March 6-31
WHERE: A.P.E Gallery 126 Main Street Northampton, MA

Luke Cavagnac has a well-known presence in Easthampton, where his colorful, pop-art style can be seen on a big mural at 123 Cottage Street, on the side of the building that faces the entryway into Easthampton’s Cottage Street Cultural District. Working out of his “Invisible Fountain” studio in Eastworks, Cavagnac has concentrated on producing affordable and accessible works that also have a sense of humor. (Image above by Luke Cavagnac)

Jil Crary-Ross is an NYC based painter. Jil explores the relationship between identity, the built environment, and form to create an account of new Americana. Process, ritual, utility, and decay are central to Jil's material vocabulary.
Maclyn Milsark currently lives in Brooklyn and finds himself regularly noticing different patterns; in different spaces, in ways of speech, in earning and spending, and interactions between objects, living or inanimate. Maclyn studied at Pratt Institute, where he broadened his working mediums.
Kevin Pomerleau’s work focuses on telling stories through contemporary textiles that have inhabited spaces during relevant periods in his life. Ranging from topics such as isolation, relationships, and the plights of the queer community Pomerleau’s work hopes to convey a narrative that entices the viewer to look into his world without ever actually allowing them to enter.

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Valley Letters Project: Live on Stage

WHAT: The Valley Letters Project: Live on Stage
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Saturday, March 10th at 7:30pm, Doors at 7:00 pm

What do Susan B. Anthony, Alexander Graham Bell, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, Amelia
Earhart, Helen Keller, Leonard Nimoy, Elizabeth Taylor, Sylvia Plath, Dr. Seuss, Sojourner Truth
and Kurt Vonnegut all have in common? They have all impacted the historical fabric of our
beloved Pioneer Valley!

The Academy of Music Theatre is proud to present  The Valley Letters Project: Live on Stage,
a new series celebrating the art of letter writing and its connection to our local history.
The evening will feature letters by historic people of note connected to the Western
Massachusetts/Pioneer Valley region read aloud by contemporary people of note who are
currently impacting the Western Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley landscape.

Join us for letters of love, home, friendship and advice with letter readings by Joan Holliday,
Alika Hope, Daniel Jones, Richard Michelson, Mayor David Narkewicz, Bill Newman, Nannette
Vonnegut, Mo Willems and MORE!

A silent auction will take place in the Salon Room of the Academy of Music during the event.
All funds raised will benefit the operation of our beloved and historic Academy of Music

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