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.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tour of Forbes Library's permanent collection

WHAT: Tour of Forbes Library's permanent collection
WHEN: Thursday, December 20th, 3pm
WHERE: Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Cookies with a Curator is a monthly show and tell from the Forbes Library's Collection on Third Thursdays at 3pm in the Coolidge Museum. This month's offering is a walking tour of the Forbes Library's permanent Art Collection on display in the building, by Arts & Music Librarian Faith Kaufmann.

Join us as this monthly series kicks off a year long celebration of the 125th anniversary of Forbes Library! September 2018-October 2019 topics will feature materials from the collections focusing on the construction and history of the building, staff, trustees, donors and our community. 

Ninfa/Nancy Donato Northampton Show

WHAT: NINFA outerwear show
WHEN: Friday, December 14, 5pm-8pm, Saturday, December 15, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Click Workspace, 9 1/2 Market St, Northampton MA

Oxbow Gallery Presents Marilyn Allen: Walking into Painting

WHAT: Marilyn Allen: Walking into Painting
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday December 14th 5-8 pm during ARTS NIGHT OUT
On View: December 6, 2018 - January 6, 2019
WHERE: Oxbow Gallery 273, Pleasant St, Northampton MA

Please Join Us!!

Gallery Hours: Thurs-Sun 12 noon - 5 pm
or by appointment

In the Back Gallery:
a show of small works by Oxbow artists and friends
Cash and Carry from opening night through January 8th

Hosmer Gallery January: Amanda Maciuba and Colleen Keough

WHAT: Hosmer Gallery January: Amanda Maciuba and Colleen Keough
WHEN: Gallery Talk by the artists: Saturday, January 12, 2-3 PM
Reception with the artists: Saturday, January 26, 2-4 PM
Show on View: January 3-30, 2019
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Amanda Maciuba: Flyover

Amanda Maciuba’s work is concerned with the landscapes, communities, development practices and environmental concerns prevalent throughout the United States. By reacting directly to the landscapes and environments she is living in at the time, her work examines, celebrates, and critiques place. Flyover contains a selection of prints and artist’s books created in the last five years, inspired by her time living in three different states in the Midwest and her most recent home in Western Massachusetts.

A native of the Buffalo, NY area, Amanda Maciuba graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Visual Studies. She has a MFA in printmaking and a Certificate of Book Arts from the University of Iowa. She shows her work regularly throughout the United States and has participated in artist residencies at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Fire Island National Seashore and the Lawrence Arts Center, in Lawrence, Kansas. Currently, she teaches printmaking, drawing and book arts at Mount Holyoke College.

Colleen Keough: Electric Feminine Cosmic Hybrid: Infinite Desire

Colleen Keough is a Trans-Disciplinary Hybrid Media artist working in lens and time-based media, performance, installation, creative writing, and digital art. Her integrated media works explore feminist new media themes through the intersection of pop culture, identity, myth and
technology. The "Electric Feminine Cosmic Hybrid" series is created from digital print cut outs, which are then collaged into large scale site-specific compositions. The work explores relationships between desire, excess, embodiment, spirituality, electronic media and nature, and speaks to the elasticity of feminine sexuality, imagination and consciousness.

Keough’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and festivals in Europe, China, and the US. Artist residencies include: Cite' Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France, Experimental Television Center, Owego, NY, Signal Culture, Owego, NY and the Institute for Electronic Arts, Alfred, NY. She completed undergraduate studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, & DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and earned an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from NYSCC Alfred University in New York. She is currently a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Art at UMASS Amherst. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

First Night Northampton 2019

Happy New Year! You're invited to attend Northampton's most beloved signature event. On Monday, December 31st, the Northampton Arts Council and PeoplesBank welcome you to the 34th edition of our city-wide New Year's Eve party. Since 1985, First Night Northampton has filled the Paradise City with a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts culminating in a traditional ball-raising from the roof of the Hotel Northampton. Gather with friends, neighbors and visitors at 20 terrific downtown venues for an astounding array of entertainment presented by hundreds of talented performers. Our efforts are supported by generous local sponsors and dedicated volunteers. Proceeds benefit community arts.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Phantom Sheep Productions presents LaughCrafters Holiday Show

WHAT: Phantom Sheep Productions presents LaughCrafters Holiday Show
WHEN: December 17 at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001

Local comedy troupe Phantom Sheep returns to the Agawam Public Library with a free performance celebrating the season on Monday, December 17th starting at 6:30PM. “LaughCrafters” will feature live unscripted scenes, each with a custom holiday twist, created right on the spot with lots of audience interaction.  This Holiday show has been an annual tradition for many years to share a night of laughter with the local community.

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The Phantom Sheep Players repertoire includes Western MA natives Eric Boucher, Devin Horan, Jessica Lamoureaux, Tommy Lynch, Jesse Redmond, Greg Seymour, and Jeff Tingley. The troupe has worked together for over 15 years writing, performing and producing shows and workshops for schools, libraries, special events, and the theme park industry. They have also been teaching and performing at the Springfield JCC since 2014 and will offer their next session of weekly classes starting early 2019.

Real Live Theatre presents When Last We Flew

WHAT: Real Live Theatre presents When Last We Flew
WHEN: December 6, 7, 8 at 7:00 PM, December 9 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts @ 33 Hawley Street

Real Live Theatre presents "When Last We Flew," by Harrison David Rivers: a reflection, a holding, a celebration of black, brown, queer, and activist youth coming into their various identities while navigating family and relationships, and seeking connection. These characters are nuanced and real, their stories are relatable and simultaneously inspiring. This coming of age story follows teenagers Paul, Ian, and Natalie (and their families) as they discover who they really are.

After stealing his local library's only copy of "Angels in America," misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom and begins reading Tony Kushner's landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas suburb are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen.

Tickets are $25. There is a sliding scale for those who need it starting at $10. There is also a sponsor sliding scale for those who can afford to support the arts starting at $26.

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