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, October 14, 2020

Seeing Red, Feeling Blue - Work by Nanette Vonnegut and Jennifer McCandless

Seeing Red, Feeling Blue
Work by Nanette Vonnegut and Jennifer McCandless
November 10 - December 13, 2020

A.P.E. 126 Main Street Northampton, MA 
Gallery Open Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 12-5 pm; Friday, 12-8 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12-5 pm; Closed Monday. Visitors may also request a visit by appointment.

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Guidelines for visitors during COVID: Masks and hand sanitizing required, physical distancing, limit of 8 visitors at a time.

Artist Statement
Jennifer McCandless and I met in the spring, 2017, at The Loomis Chaffee School, where I was an artist in residence. As the head of the art department, it was Jen’s job to find out how I might be useful to the students there, which involved showing examples of my work. Shortly after that Jen gave me a tour of her studio. We quickly recognized something kindred in our work, dark undertows hiding under flowery scenes and cartoonish figures. There was laughing involved and, as artists, a very real connection. Before I left Loomis Chaffee, we knew we would find a way to show our work together. The idea that it would be fun was no small part in our thinking.

Thankfully, A.P.E. agreed, well before the pandemic hit us. Jen and I have chosen to not share everything we’ve been working on these past many months, trusting the thread of our connection would be there, as it was from the beginning. Jen recently told me she was feeling blue and it was affecting her work. How my work is being affected isn’t exactly clear, but there is a lot of red and fire in it, which might suggest anger. I’ll go with anger. What is certain for the both of us is that making art saves us from despair. Letting humor take a lead, in all its shades, is our way of taking shelter from the storms and ambient grief all around us.

126 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Board Meeting October 13, 2020


Editions/Artists' Book Fair 2020 Goes Virtual

WHAT: Editions/Artist Book Fair 
WHEN: October 14-28
WHERE: Visit the E/AB Fair Online

Visit Zea Mays Printmaking at their Editions/Artist Book Fair viewing room beginning at noon on October 14.

Sharing new work by T. Klacsmann, Tekla McInerney, Liz Chalfin and Kevin Pomerleau. 

Go directly to Purchase Prints 

T. Klacsmann Sonata in Red – Snow Leopard, 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020

Northampton Jazz Workshop at The Deck featuring Hendrik Meurkens

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring Hendrik Meurkens
WHEN: Wednesday, October 14th 6-7:30PM
WHERE: The Deck 9 Pearl Street, Northampton, MA.

The next concert in our series will be the "Northampton Jazz Workshop Night" featuring the master harmonica and vibes player (and pretty darn good comedian) Hendrik Meurkens along with the Green Street Tiro of Paul, George and Jon.

Come join us on Wednesday, October 14th to hear the great Hendrik Meurkens. We are all excited to play together again and I'm sure Hendrik, having had six months to prepare some new material, will not only share some fantastic music but will, I'm certain, bust out some wry, sly and very Germanic humor for us.

The new hours for the show will be one long set of music from 6-7:30PM. The Deck offers spacious, airy, safe and tented seating in a large outside area that can accommodate many guests with social distancing.

Reservations are suggested to ensure a seat. Call The Deck at 413-326-4151, 9 Pearl Street, Northampton, MA.

Covid-19 protocols are in place at The Deck. Wear your mask, order a drink and food, and sit back and enjoy the music!​

Evolving in Chaos at The Oxbow Gallery

WHAT: Evolving in Chaos. a group show
WHEN: October 2 - November 1, Gallery Hours: Friday (4-7p), Saturday (3-6p), and Sunday (2-5p) 
WHERE:  Oxbow Gallery, 273 Pleasant Street, Northampton MA 01060

The Oxbow Gallery continues with the exhibition, Evolving in Chaos, a group show comprised of rotating members and their work.

Every month different members will exhibit and during their time they may choose to swap out pieces. A visit at one time during the month may look very different at a later point. 

The individual front window shows will continue through late November. Currently, Fran Kidder is sharing her paintings of Pacifique

Look for the #alwayssomethingnew@theOxbow

New Gallery Hours
Friday (4-7p), Saturday (3-6p), and Sunday (2-5p)

The Oxbow Gallery opened in 2004 and is a collective with over 40 members who work in a wide range of styles and media. Their work shares a drive towards clarity of purpose, exploration of color and light, and a desire for experimentation.

Oxbow Gallery
273 Pleasant Street, Northampton MA 01060

Walking Blues: An American cultural history told through song and stories

WHAT: Walking Blues: An American cultural history told through song and stories
WHEN: October 17 3:00-4:00 PM 
WHERE: Register to receive the Zoom link

Musician Barrett Anderson presents a 90 minute program consisting of a historical narrative of southern African-American culture in the 1920s and 30s, and the great migration up the Mississippi River, from the Mississippi delta to Chicago and Detroit, and the music and culture that evolved as it was carried northward, from the fields of the south to the urban centers of the north. This story/journey will be narrated through the specific musicians directly involved in each scene - Charlie Patton, Son House, Skip James, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and more, and will consist of performances of each musician's songs and style, and stories of the individual artists fitting into the overarching narrative of this great migration northward, also touching on the implications/impact of one of the constant themes throughout all blues music - travel.

Please register to receive the Zoom link the day of the event!

We are still here for you! Our building is currently closed except for self-service holds and curbside pickup service. You can also access electronic/downloadable resources and online programs. Contact us by email, text, or phone, or book a virtual appointment with a librarian.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

195essential and Seed the Vote announce ‘Essential Voter’ T-Shirt Collection

195essential and Seed the Vote announce ‘Essential Voter’ T-Shirt Collection 

195essential is proud to announce our ‘Essential Voter’ Collection featuring designs by three BIPOC artists, while also donating 50% of proceeds to Seed the Vote. 195essential has partnered with Seed the Vote, a platform for organizers, activists, and community leaders to intervene in the election, to give back through the launch of their newest t-shirt collection, the ‘Essential Voter’ Collection.

Seed the Vote works with groups on the ground in Swing States to reach voters, help protect their vote, and persuade them to use their voting power during this important election. They aim to build progressive turnout and win—up and down the ballot. Their focus is on working with organizations that have deep roots in the communities where they are working. Seed the Vote’s goal is to support the building of long-term electoral and organizing power. Their scope is national, but focused on the battlegrounds—Arizona, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

“Supporting like-minded organizations like Seed the Vote is one of the foundations of 195essential’s mission, which is why we are honored to partner with and support them as a part of our ‘Essential Voter’ collection launch,” said Jason Harris, Co-founder of 195essential. “By donating a portion of sales from this collection, we hope to aid in the fight for equality, and encourage people to get out and vote during one of the most important elections of our lives.”

Designed by three BIPOC artists from across the Northeast, the ‘Essential Voter’ collection will go live on 195essential’s website on September 22, 2020, National Voter Registration Day. The artists who’s designs are featured in the collection include Rhode Island School of Design student and Massachusetts-native, Michelle Collado, NYU student, and New Jersey-native, Sydney Medina, and clothing and textiles painter, Fred White. Each design relates to the theme of voting, through the artist’s eyes.

“Seed the Vote is dedicated to reaching our goal of raising one million dollars to activate over 3,000 movement activists and organizers to reach over 1,000,000 voters,” said Le Tim Ly, of Seed the Vote. “We are thankful to have generous supporters like 195essential to help us reach these goals and enact real, systematic change.”

The collection will feature three new designs, available in an assortment of colors. 195essential’s ‘Essential Voter’ Collection is set to launch on September 22, 2020, National Voter Registration Day. To purchase from the collection, please visit For more information about Seed the Vote please visit


Michelle Callado

Michelle Collado is a Dominican Multidisciplinary Artist born and raised in Lawrence MA. Growing up in Lawrence and raised by immigrant parents, she's realized that people of her everyday life is what inspires her. Her Artwork focuses on the themes and ideas of BIPOC representation, social issues, social justice, and internal and societal experiences. Using people as her subjects, she focuses on the subjects' relationships to themselves, others and the external spaces in which they may have encountered. Whether it's Photography, Film production, painting or illustration, she attempts to capture an essence of experiences or feelings in which her audience can familiarize themselves with.

Fred White

Originating in NYC, Change.49 creator and maker Fred White has been hand-painting clothing and textiles since 2003. His creative expression and aesthetic evolves from observing impermanence, playful spontaneity, and in recognizing the interdependence of everything. His work on clothing is done without planning or to a fixed idea of what it will become, but gently guided by change.

Fred is a practitioner of Vipassana meditation, B student of the I-Ching, average rock climber, dissonant audiophile, and sews with ‘Alice’ his grandmothers 1953 Singer Featherweight.

Sydney Medina

Sydney Medina is a 19-year-old Black artist from Princeton, NJ, who currently resides in New York City. She attends NYU’s Gallatin School of Individual Studies, where she studies Urban Art and Fashion Design. Sydney has always been passionate about the Black Lives Matter, and especially how she can embody the movement into her art. She has been involved in creating art for her communities and has even spent the past year traveling, creating art and fashion in various locations in Europe and South America.


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