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, October 17, 2019

November Exhibits in Hosmer Gallery



WHAT: November Exhibits in Hosmer Gallery
WHERE: Forbes Library 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.
WHEN: November 2-27, 2019

Marla Shelasky and Steve Shelasky: Like Father, Like Daughter

Northampton Reflections: An art exhibit presented by The Hilltown Plein Air Painters

The Hilltown Plein Air Painters are excited to participate in Forbes Library’s 125th anniversary year with an exhibit titled “Northampton Reflections” to be held at the Hosmer Gallery during the month of November.

This collection of plein air paintings was inspired by the Hosmer’s 2019 Call for Artists, which challenged us to examine what is important and binds us together as a community. For artists living in nearby hilltowns, Northampton is where we go for many of life’s events; for entertainment, shopping, celebrations, inspiration and study. The paintings in this collection are a direct result of that challenge.



Like Father, Like Daughter
Steve Shelasky, nature photographs
Marla Shelasky, woven paintings

Steve, a former business man in Northampton and currently of Longmeadow, has been taking nature photos all his adult life and has gained local and national recognition. He is well known among Pioneer Valley birders, has won accolades from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and has a number of photos chosen for nature calendars.
Marla, raised and currently working in Northampton, has made a career in marketing and communications, including graphic design and illustration, while continuing to pursue a love of drawing and textile painting. Her recent work is a series of woven paintings -- the merging of two acrylic paintings on paper.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring saxophonist Stephen Riley


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring saxophonist Stephen Riley with the Green Street Trio
WHEN: Tuesday, October 22nd 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

We are really looking forward to playing again with NYC saxophonist Stephen Riley. He is a very special player with his own style and a sound somewhat reminiscent of the great Stan Getz. Making it extra special for the trio is we will also be playing in Hartford the night before at Black Eyed Sally's so we will be warmed up and ready to go for you. Here's an excerpt from his bio:

Stephen Riley has been and is currently a featured artist at "Jazz at Lincoln Center's" concert series. Performances include. Blues in the Bucket with (Nicholas Payton, Cyrus chestnut, Ray Drummond, Victor Lewis, Harry Sweets Edison, Al grey.) Boudoir Tenors (Frank Wess, Lew Tebackin, Wayne Escoffery, Stephen Riley) Performances with Harry Sweets Edison and Clark Terry at "The Jazz Showcase" in Chicago. Marcus Roberts (Romance , Swing and the blues) concerts at Lincoln center. Marcus Roberts. "Deep in the Shed" (performances at Lincoln center) Marcus Roberts The music of Earl Hines and Bud Powell (Lincoln center concert series). Etc etc........
http://www.durhamjazzworkshop.org/stephen-riley.html

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 Interest1. Sunday, October 26th JAZZ SHARES PRESENTS: Devin Gray's Socialytics. 7:30 at Hampshire College music and dance building. www.jazzshares.org

Upcoming Guest Artists:
10/29 -Greg Abate on sax and flute
11/5 - Don Braden on sax and flute
11/12 - Steve Cardenas on guitar
11/19 - Claire Daly on baritone saz
11/26 - Dmitry Baevsky on alto sax

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see FB at: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop




Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Real Live Theatre: Athena by Gracie Gardner


WHAT: Real Live Theatre: Athena by Gracie Gardner
WHERE: A.P.E. @ Northampton Community Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St Northampton, MA.
WHEN: October 24-26, 7pm
              October 27, 1pm & 7pm

They’re training for Nationals.
They’re training for life.

A.P.E. @ 33 Hawley and Real Live Theatre present Athena this month in the Flex Performance Space of the Arts Trust Building (33 Hawley Street). Athena, described by the New York Times as “a deadly serious comedy about ambition, success, and owning your superiority... (The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2018) is produced by Real Live Theatre, a cooperatively produced theatre company based in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Athena is directed by Ellen Morbyrne, stage managed by Ezekiel Baskin, and stars Rachel Hall and Syl Simmons.

Two young fencers. Once dedication to training. Endless opportunity for connection and collision. Mary Wallace and Athena are brave, and seventeen, and fencers, and training for Nationals. They practice together, they compete against each other, they spend their lives together. They wish they were friends.

Tickets: $25 general admission; sponsor tickets on a sliding scale starting at $26; those needing lower priced tickets may pay on a sliding scale starting at $10.

Purchase at: https://rltathena.brownpapertickets.com or https://rltathena.bpt.me

Sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy.
33 Hawley is a project of the Northampton Community Arts Trust.

Links: www.reallivetheatre.net/now-playing
https://www.facebook.com/events/2339711732814831/

Forbes Library Music and Social Justice Series presents Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron


WHAT: Forbes Library Music and Social Justice Series presents Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron
WHERE: Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum 20 West St., Northampton
WHEN: Wednesday, October 30, 7 PM

Forbes Library is honored to present Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron, for the fifth event in this year's Music and Social Justice Series. Tom Neilson combines art with activism. He is a story teller who has received over two dozen awards, to include two song of the year awards from Independent Musicians. In 2017, he received the Arab American Women Association Award for Education About Palestine Through Performance Art. In 2015 he was nominated for the United Nations Nelson Mandela Award for Lifetime Achievement in Peace and Justice. Says Michael Stock of WLRN, Miami, FL, “Tom does a great job of reminding people of what is really important, and the power of folk music to say it.”

Tom’s wife, Lynn Waldron joins him in performance. Her activist work includes working with the Wendell State Forest Alliance to prevent logging in public forests in Massachusetts. She joins Tom as actress and singer in community theater work. She also sings in a hospice choir where small groups sing at bedside for the critically ill and dying. They live in Greenfield, MA.

Event contact: 413-587-1013 music@forbeslibrary.org

Wednesday, October 30, 7 PM
in the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum
20 West St., Northampton
Free, all ages

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Mirabai Bush Author Talk: Walking Each Other Home




WHAT: Mirabai Bush Author Talk
WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton.

Mirabai Bush to speak about her new book, co-authored with Ram Dass—Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying and Compassion: Setting Out on the Path of Service. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Northampton Neighbors and the Senior Center.

Dr. Bush will talk about her experience in writing Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying with Ram Dass. Short meditative practices, discussions, and reflections based on the interests and experiences of the participants will follow her talk.

She is Senior Fellow of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and served as Executive Director until 2008. Under her direction, the Center introduced contemplative practices into education, law, business, environment leadership, the military, and social justice activism. She co-developed the curriculum for Search Inside Yourself for Google, the first program in mindfulness-based emotional intelligence; it has been attended by thousands of Google employees. She has been teaching workshops and courses on contemplative practice in life and work for 45 years, integrating her experience in organizational management, teaching, and consulting, A founding board member of the Seva Foundation, an international public health organization, she directed the Seva Guatemala Project, supporting sustainable agriculture and integrated community development.

The NN and NSC Speakers Series features prominent local and regional personalities with interesting and lively presentations to entertain and challenge us.

Northampton Neighbors Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization
info@northamptonneighbors.org/www.northamptonneighbors.org (413) 341-0160

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Abstractions - Selections from the Zea Mays Flat File Project



WHAT: Abstractions - Selections from the Zea Mays Flat File Project
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center
WHEN: October 1-30, 2019
Reception: October 11, 5-8 PM – Northampton Arts Night Out

Curated by Lindsey Barry from the 2019 ZMP Flat File.

Participating Artists: Linda Bills, Judith Bowerman, Pamela Crawford, Betsy Feick, Channing Lefebvre, Paul Lewis, Doris Madsen, Scott McDaniel, Erika Radich, Joyce Silverstone, Janet Wallerstein Winston

Northampton Senior Center
67 Conz St. Northampton, MA 01060

Gallery Hours:
8 – 5 M, W, F
8 – 7 T, Th
Closed weekends

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring vibraphonist Warren Chiasson




WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring vibraphonist Warren Chiasson
WHEN: Tuesday, October 15th 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.

Be prepared for a fun show as we welcome master vibraphonist Warren Chiasson. He just LOVES playing music for people and his spirit is infectious. Besides that, he brings with him an amazing history of making music with so many well known, diverse and powerful forces in music. Here are a few excerpts from his bio:

Originally a member of the George Shearing Quintet, he has emerged as his own man with a distinctive four-mallet technique that he weaves into a percussive, melodic style.

Prior to forming his own group, Chiasson was for many years best known for his creative contributions to the Chet Baker Quartet, the Tal Farlow Trio, and jazz/pop diva Roberta Flack. In addition to recording his own albums, he has played on over 100 recordings with such artists as Eric Dolphy, Bill Dixon, Hank Crawford and was featured on a Grammy Award winning album with B.B. King.

Since then Chiasson has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in jazz including Paul Bley, Ron Carter, Roland Hanna and the late Jimmy Garrison from the original John Coltrane Quintet. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Warren Chiasson/Jimmy Garrison Duo played regularly at Gregory's in New York City, while Chiasson also hosted a weekly jam session at the Signs of the Zodiac in Harlem. Regular guests included Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Joe Farrell, Wilbur Ware and Joe Chambers.

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
1. Saturday October 12th the Vermont Jazz Center presents the Nicholas Paytonand Cyrille Aimée Duo vtjazz.org

Upcoming Guest Artists:
10/15- Warren Chiasson on vibes
1022 - Stephen Riley on tenor sax
10/29 -Greg Abate on sax and flute

11/5 - Don Braden on sax and flute
11/12 - Steve Cardenas on guitar
11/19 - Claire Daly on baritone saz
11/26 - Dmitry Baevsky on alto sax

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see FB at: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop



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