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.

Monday, December 2, 2013


December 13th – January 7th at UNITE
202 Main St Northampton MA

In conjunction with Northampton's Art's Night Out, on Friday December 13th , UNITE will host a gallery reception for local artist, Ryan Leary from 6-9 pm. Refreshments will be served, and Ryan's work will be on display and for sale until January 7th.

Graduate of Holyoke Community College and Westfield State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. His focus remained primarily in drawing and painting techniques. He believes that it was his experience with clay and pottery that had the greatest impact on his sense and understanding of form and rhythm. This is the first time that Ryan has found success with a full, concise body of work, and he is beyond excited for the chance to put it on display. Here, he will feature a series of chalk & charcoal portraiture of past and present professional wrestlers.

Ryan was initially exposed to the squared circle by his father, Paul at a very early age. While his interest waned for some years, he was back on board by the Attitude Era.  He again lost track, but for many years now, has been back on board, and finds himself at the height of his fandom. Perhaps it's the larger than life characters, or just a greater understanding and appreciation of what makes the wrestler (as well as the company he works for). Or maybe it was just the right combination of CM Punk's famous Pipe Bomb, Brandon Stroud's relentless analysis, and his best friend Winston for the motivation the attend nearly a day's worth of live events in the last year.

For more information, please visit Don't miss the opportunity to experience Art's Night Out and support local artists!