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, September 25, 2013

Florence Night Out - A Celebration of Community Through Creativity

We hope you can join us for Florence Night Out - a celebration of art and music in our community.

Thursday September 26th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

We are celebrating the completion of our wall mural and, in our front gallery at Pivot Media, a new show featuring some of my recent work.  There will be live music by  guitarist Mark Nomad (his Delta blues sets are outrageous) at 5:00 and 6:00 and African dance by the PVPA dance team WOFA at 5:30 and 6:30.  The weather is going to be beautiful and there will be art and music happenings all over Florence.  In short, an event not to be missed.

A Celebration of Community Through Creativity
Thursday, September 26 • 5-8 pm

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Wet Paint! Silent Art Auction & Wine Tasting



NORTHAMPTON, MA — On Saturday, September 21, artists set up their easels across the Valley to paint en plein air, in support of the Children’s Advocacy Center.  The original artwork, created especially for this benefit, will be auctioned off at the Wet Paint! Silent Art Auction & Wine Tasting, on Thursday, October 3 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Hotel Northampton (36 King Street, Northampton, MA).  Tickets to the event are $90 in advance, and are available at  For more information, call 413-522-2946.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013



The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 15th postmark 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 2nd from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM for any potential applicants looking for advice on the application process.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Marsha Lieberman: Still Life Exhibit at PROVISIONS

Still Life Exhibit at PROVISIONS, 30 Crafts Avenue, Northampton, MA
October 6 to November 1, 2013

Artist’s Reception: Northampton Arts Night Out, Friday October 11, 5pm to 7pm.

For Information: 413.727.3497
The paintings on exhibit at Provisions are from two separate series­, Tangerines Moving and Mazes & Labyrinths, created over a 12 year span.
These are whimsical portraits of fruits and flowers surrounded by textiles arranged in waves and folds or maze-like structures. By carefully juxtaposing and superposing patterns, I aim to convey the idea that space is never truly empty, and that beneath every layer is yet another teeming with design and movement.
I returned to painting in 1990 after spending many years as a professional dancer.  My dance career left me with a lasting interest in pattern and spatial design.

Be Here Now: A Juried Exhibition at Hosmer Gallery

Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton
October 1-30, 2013

Reception at Hosmer Gallery, Arts Night Out: Friday, October 11, 5pm to 8pm.

Event is free and open to the public.

The Northampton Arts Council presents Be Here Now, a juried exhibition of work interpreted freely by 2D, 3D, video, and performance artists.  The exhibition is of works by artists living and working in Western Massachusetts and is located at the Hosmer Gallery in Forbes Library during the month of October 2013.

Be Here Now presents a wide variety of types and styles of art from photography and paintings to cinematography and sculpture, all of which revolve around the central theme of being present. The exhibition showcases the work of 22 different local artists, selected from a group of more than 60 artists who submitted over 100 works of art for consideration.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Transperformance XXIII: Beyond Bob Wrap Up

Here are some video and photo highlights of our 23rd Transperformance at Pines Theater in Look Park


Josh Sitron made a great highlight video of most of Transperformance:

Eric Olsson as Bobby Darin here
Young@Heart as Bob Dylan (70's) here
Heather Maloney as Joni Mitchell here
Lord Russ & Friends as The Cure here
Vesuveo as Vanilla Ice here
King Radio as School House Rocks here
Philip Price as Robert Goulet here
Lux Deluxe as Devo here

We appreciate each and every person who puts forth their energy and effort to make this wonderful event a success.

You can find the program book for this year's Transperformance here

Here are some great shots from Jerrey Roberts of The Daily Hampshire GazetteGreg Saulmon of The Republican

A Prize Every Time!

A Prize Every Time!

September 6th - 29th

Come join us for pecuniary pleasures at our
Friday the 13th of September, 5-8 PM

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A Prize Every Time is a collaborative project by Sally Curcio, Amy Johnquest, and Anne LaPrade Seuthe, that addresses chance, luck, wealth, well-being and our emotional relationship with money.

On the surface this exhibition suggests a carnival, and on a deeper level it addresses the anxiety that is a consequence of the state of our local, national and global economies.

In their exhibition statement the artists write: “We trust advisors to invest wisely for us in the stock market, yet we know the stock market is a gamble. Like any game, there are rules to play by - no insider trading and don’t be a Bernard Madoff. Gambling and games infiltrate our culture at many levels. Attitudes about wealth vary wildly, but are often based on how it is acquired. The stock market, until very recently, had the air of legitimacy, while the lottery is widely viewed as seedy and the earnings from it are consequently viewed through a darker lens. State lottery funds, despite their questionable origins do benefit local communities.

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