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.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Second Annual Open House and Art Market at 33 Hawley Street

Public Invited to Second Annual Open House and Art Market at 33 Hawley Street

Northampton, MA—After a rousing success last year, Arts Night Out and the Northampton Community Arts Trust host another festive Open House and Art Market on Friday evening, December 12, 5-8 pm at 33 Hawley Street. The market continues on Saturday, December 13, 10 am-3 pm.

The public is invited to browse and buy work displayed by participating artists while viewing the building, currently in transition from fitness center to affordable creative space for the community. The latest architectural renderings of the project are also on display.

All sales are cash and carry, with 10 percent of the proceeds donated to the Northampton Community Arts Trust. The informal Friday evening event features light refreshments, a wine bar, and music by Mando Paradiso. Archguitar Peter Blanchette joins on both Friday and Saturday.

Photo credit: Stephen Petegorsky

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Valley Gives Day


The Northampton Arts Council encourages you to participate in Valley Gives.

On Wednesday December 10, 2014, residents of Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties will join in 24 hours of special events and online campaigns to support local non-profit organizations.

The Northampton Arts Council asks its' supporters to consider making an online donation by clicking here so that we can continue our awesome annual events like the Silver Chord Bowl and Transperformance and also keep giving grants to local artists, schools, and arts organizations.

The more of individuals who contribute, the better our chances will be to win one of the special Valley Gives matching grant prizes.

Valley Gives video on how to donate:

Valley Gives Day

Monday, December 1, 2014

Next ArtSalon December 5th

Friday, December 5th

Refreshments at 6:30pm and Presentations begin at 7pm
$5 Suggested Donation
At the Northampton Community Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street
Esther S White, printmaker
Stephen Petegorsky, photographer
Thomas Douglas, architect
Elizabeth Meyersohn, painter
Rob Kimmel, designer & illustrator
Dugan Hammock, animation

First Night Northampton 2015 - 30th Anniversary!

Button Up and Countdown for First Night Northampton 2015 - 30th Anniversary!

On Wednesday, December 31st, the public is invited to a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts presented by the Northampton Center for the Arts and PeoplesBank. For the 30th time, the city of Northampton hosts its signature New Year’s Eve event, boasting an astounding array of entertainment at 20 downtown venues.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Northampton Arts Council Announces 2014 Arts Lottery Grant Award Winners

The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 24 grants totaling $10,593 in support of a variety of projects. The caliber of applications this round was outstanding, and we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 61 requests for almost $69,000 of funding. These grants were awarded in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Mixed Media, Music, Theater and Visual Arts from funds allotted by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

$500 to Nancy Stark Smith of Contact Quarterly for A Conversation on Contact.
$500 to Kelly Silliman of the tinydance project for The Second Annual tiny tour.
$400 to Maureen Shea of The Dance Generators for A Season, and New Works.
$500 to Jennifer Polins of The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought for RIFF Talks.

$1000 to Emma Weinstein for Guerrilla Filmmaking For Teens.
$250 to Carlin P. Trietsch for the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

$500 to Katie Martin for Dance and Music Performance with Katie Martin and Jake Meginsky.
$500 to Elena Zachary for Group Landscape Show.
$200 to Davis Bates for Summer Reading Song & Story Celebration @ Forbes Library.
$300 to Benjamin Swift of Pleasure Editions for 3-4 Artist Books.

$250 to Karen Collins of Music In Deerfield for new Concert Season.
$250 to Martha Roman of Novi Cantori of Greater Springfield for Visions of Peace, a Choral Concert.
$600 to Rachel Courtney of Valley Free Radio for Valley Free Radio Community Production Studio.
$400 to Charles Neville for Jazz Improvisation/ African American Music History Workshop and Performance.
$250 to Susanne Dunlap of Pioneer Valley Symphony for CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA; A semi-staged opera.
$750 to Lynne Bertrand of The Parlor Room for The Parlor Sessions.
$200 to Sheila Ayala Heady of Ensemble Musica Humana for Pioneer Valley Early Music Day.
$250 to Ashlee Cancio-Bello of the Northampton Council on Aging for Northampton Group Sing.

$950 to Russell Brooks for eLviS D - Tripping With The King.
$200 to Keith Black of Starlight's Youth Theatre for CATS.

$800 to Elizabeth Pols for “Letters from Away” Contemporary Art at Historic Northampton.
$250 to Katie Richardson for Disease: Reflections of History.
$350 to Jan Ruby-Crystal of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary for Art and Nature.
$443 to Michelle Mallory for JFK Middle School Community Mural.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NCTV Production Grants Available

Last year was a huge success!

Once again Northampton Community Television is providing grant opportunities for local filmmakers to create short films.

We will be handing out $6000 to local artists to create short pieces as well as providing potentially tens of thousands of dollars in resources for filmmakers to use in the process.

Deadline is January 15, 2015.

Details at

NCTV Production Grants Available

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Silver Chord Bowl 2015 - Four Sundays in February Event #1

Silver Chord Bowl 2015

Four Sundays in February Event #1
When: February 1, 2015  – 2:00PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30PM

How Much: 
Premium Assigned Seating - $30 (Available through BrownPaperTickets Only) 
General Admission - $15

Online Tickets: or call 1-800-838-3006

Local Ticket Outlets for General Admission Tickets Only: 

This legendary a cappella event is a tradition. People jam the 2000 seat hall. This year we will showcase some of the best collegiate groups in the country: Yale Whiffenpoofs, UMASS DooWop Shop, S#arp Attitude from UMASS, Dartmouth Aires, and Tufts SQ. Performances by local sensations The Groove from Smith College and the Northamptones from Northampton High School. Mayor David Narkewicz and Smith College President Kathleen McCartney will be on hand as emcees for this classic Northampton event.

Sponsored by Whalen Insurance Agency

Four Sundays in February 2015 Sponsors

Llama Lasagne 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert

Eat Up!  Llama Lasagne is On The Menu

Llama Lasagne is an ever evolving circus of Pioneer Valley musicians, artists, and business that strive to encourage collaboration and cross promotion among Pioneer Valley artists via bi-annual theme-based stage performances with a charitable goal.

Back in the VFW Cathedral
Cover: $10 - Save $2 at the door with a food donation
Ages: 16+
Doors: 8:30 PM
Show: 9PM-12AM
Afterparty 12AM-1AM (at the 13th Floor Lounge in Florence)

Local music sensations play cover songs with a food theme:

Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra
Outer Stylie
Jamie Kent and the Options
Rusty Belle
Eric Olsson Band
Drunk Stuntmen
Bella's Bartok
Fat Bradley
Jatoba (VT)
Dave Hayes of Colorway
Brotherhood of Thieves
The Mary Jane Jones
Smack My Bishop
Ed Vadas Trio
The Problemaddicts / Mystika Music
Shiprock & Anchordog
Rhythm Inc
Chocolate Peach
Groove Shoes

Strangers Helping Strangers will be hosting a Canned Food Drive for the Food Bank of Western MA!

Some of the most-needed items for canned food drives include: canned products such as fruit, pasta/ravioli, beans, vegetables, or tuna fish; rice and pasta; healthy snacks such as granola bars; peanut butter and jelly; and cereal. No glass jars, please.

It’s a great idea to try to collect items that can be combined to make a healthy meal, such as:
Peanut butter and jelly
Rice and canned or dry beans
Spaghetti and canned spaghetti sauce
Canned or boxed pasta/rice meals and canned vegetables
Canned or instant soups/stews and rice
Dry oatmeal and canned fruit

Did you know that in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties in Western Massachusetts, approximately 1 in every 8 people suffers from chronic food shortages or needs emergency food assistance? In some areas, rates of hunger and food insecurity are more than 6x higher than the Massachusetts statewide average.

Expect the most ridiculous, and we'll possibly top it!

Facebook event:

This production will be funded in part by the Northampton Arts Council

RIFF TALKS: Illuminating Artist Dialogues about Performance Practices

RIFF TALKS is produced by SCDT
Illuminating Artist Dialogues about Performance Practices
curated by Jen Polins and Jennifer Nugent

Talk #1 Nancy Stark Smith and Peter Schmitz
"Improvisation in Performance"

Sat Nov 15, 2014
7:00-9:00 PM

The Arts Trust Building
33 Hawley Street, Northampton MA

$15 General
$8 Students/Seniors

No Reservations

Monday, November 10, 2014

POETRY READING: Corrie Williamson and Carol Edelstein




Perugia Press publishes the best new women poets in the country. Now, two Perugia Press Prize winners will read together: local poet, Carol Edelstein, whose book, The Disappearing Letters, won in 2005, and the newest 2014 winner, Corrie Williamson, who will be coming from Montana to read from her book, Sweet Husk. This reading showcases how a local nonprofit with a national reach can fulfill its tight mission by publishing books with range and variation.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Creative Time Summit at UMass

Live from Stockholm:  Arts Extension Service and Art Department screens the Creative Time Summit at UMass
The UMass Arts Extension Service (AES) and the Art Department are collaborating to livestream segments of the Creative Time Summit at the Studio Arts Building, Room 240, on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..  The 6th Annual Creative Time Summit will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, and will be investigating Nationalisms, Performing The City, Activating Public Space, Art in the Age of Surveillance, and Migrations, each presented by a panel of international artists, activists, writers, curators, parliament, and scholars.  According to Creative Time, a New York City-based nonprofit public arts organization, the artists "will unpack the ways in which the financial crisis and subsequent austerity measures have radicalized segments of the population, leading to protest, activism, and a push for immigrant rights, as well as a rise to nationalism and xenophobia." The Summit will pose such questions as: Who is art in the public sphere for and what is it supposed to do? How does art produce debate, contribute to a sense of the civic, or perhaps, more cynically, merely perpetuate the status quo? And more generally, who is the city for and how can our public spheres and its arts work across a heterogeneous space?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Diorama Show

The Diorama Show

Event Dates: 11/7/2014 - 12/7/2014
Location: A.P.E. Gallery
126 Main Street
Northampton Massachusetts 01062

The Diorama Show will include the disparate visions of 8 contemporary artists. Their various approaches are conceptual, realistic, dreamlike, symbolic or reflective often with a strong vein of wit. The dioramas range from small wall hung boxes to a store window-sized scenario. One includes a transmuting projected image and another hides under the skirts of ceiling-hung dresses.

Artists: Judith Abraham, Kathy Couch, Sally Curcio, Beckie Kravetz, Jane Lund, Lindsay Palermo, Elizabeth Stone, and Michael Tillyer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


LIVE ART MAGAZINE is coming back to Northampton for a one-night-only show on
Friday Oct 24th at 7:30pm.

Live Art Magazine – or Live Art – is a contemporary art and music show structured like a magazine: a series of short, 3 to 8 minute performances by local and regional writers, poets, artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers and other creative “risk-takers” revealing unseen work and works-in-progress.

NCTV Annual Meeting

Please join us Saturday for our Annual Meeting - we need as many members present as possible at 2pm!

There will be snacks and mingling, then stay for "The Sprintys" at 3pm - the 7Day Film Sprint Screening and Awards!

Campaign for Local Peace and Justice Activist Frances Crowe

Please join us as we celebrate our campaign for Local Peace and Justice Activist Frances Crowe. Saturday November 15th at the Florence Civic Center 3PM. It will be an amazing afternoon of Art served up with delicious wine offerings, snacks and speakers that will Inform, Incite and Inspire! We are thrilled to have Professor Yasser Munif joining us to speak about his work within the Syrian Revolution, Uprisings in the Middle East and Partnership with Roots To Resistance. It will be an amazing afternoon of Community and Connection!

An evening of poetry with U.S. Poet Laureate, Charles Wright

The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents an evening of poetry with U.S. Poet Laureate, Charles Wright on October 23rd at 8pm in the Bernie Dallas Room in Goodell Hall. Mr. Wright will be introduced by Robert Casper (MFA, class of 2004), Head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress.

Mister G Hosts 3rd Annual Halloween Fiesta Costume Party for Families

Mister G Hosts 3rd Annual Halloween Fiesta Costume Party for Families:
Academy of Music Theatre, Sunday, October 26th at 11:00 am

Northampton, MA – Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer), a 2014 Latin GRAMMY nominee, who has been dubbed a “kid-friendly, bilingual rock star” by The Washington Post and “irresistible” by People magazine, will be giving performing his third annual Halloween Fiesta concert on October 26th at the Academy of Music Theatre on 274 Main St. in Northampton.  Showtime is 11:00 am.  Children (and parents) are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.  The previous two Halloween Fiesta concerts have drawn hundreds of families from the Pioneer Valley and beyond to sing and dance along to Mister G hits like “Ghosts and Goblins,” “Chocolalala,” and “Sneaky Chihuahua.” 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Print Fair North @ Zea Mays Printmaking November 8+9, 2014

PRINT FAIR NORTH 2014 – Zea Mays Printmaking’s 10th

Original prints, artists’ books, cards, editioned wearables, live printmaking demonstrations, food truck, and raffle!

This year marks Zea Mays Printmaking’s 10th and open to the public, visitors are invited to view and purchase original fine art prints, artists’ books, cards, editioned wearables, and other print ephemera. The sale provides a great opportunity to get an early start on affordable and creative holiday gift shopping.

Live printmaking demonstrations throughout the weekend will feature some of the printmaking techniques taught at Zea Mays Printmaking:

Saturday, November 8 at 1:30 PM: Larinda Meade will demonstrate intaglio etching

Sunday, November 9 at 1:30 PM: Joyce Silverstone will demonstrate monotype

Monday, October 6, 2014

YouthFilm 2015 Guidelines and Application

YouthFilm 2015 Guidelines

All Entries Must:
1. Be the work of a student under 18 currently attending an elementary school, middle school, or high school (public or private.)
2. Be digital files in .mpeg or .avi format. Please note that submitted materials will not be returned.
3. Include a completed Submission Form for each film submitted.
4. Include one still image file from your film: 300 dpi, .jpeg files only, and no larger than 5 MB file size. These images may be used for promotional purposes.
5. Be no more than 30 minutes in length, including titles/credits, for full consideration.
6. Be in good taste.
7. Be mailed or dropped at Northampton Arts Council 240 Main Street, Room 5 Northampton, MA 01060. Entries may also be shared on google drive with

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Happy La Peartree Art Gallery & Teaching Studio to Celebrate GrandOpening During Upcoming Arts Night Out Northampton

What: Owned and operated by Northampton based artist and art teacher Amanda LaMontagne, the Happy La Peartree art gallery and teaching studio will celebrate its grand opening during October’s Arts Night Out Northampton. Attendees will be able to view LaMontagne’s artwork while enjoying refreshments and lively conversation. Pieces will be for sale via silent auction, and attendees can sign up for Happy La Peartree’s first art class at a discounted rate. 

Where: Happy La Peartree gallery and teaching studio, 17 New South Street, Suite 107, downtown Northampton, MA (in the Old School Commons building, next to the Academy of Music).

When: Friday, October 10, 2014, 3:30 - 8:30 P.M. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Midnight to Midnight Slideshow Northampton's self-portrait in 48 hours

Midnight to Midnight Slideshow Northampton's self-portrait in 48 hours

Arts Night Out, Friday October 10, 5-8 PM in the Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library

On May 2 and 3, 2014, the community was invited to photograph Northampton, Florence and Leeds during a 48 hour period. For this first ever "selfie" of the city, more than one hundred amateur and professional photographers submitted almost 1000 photos of people, places and events.  The collection will act as a “digital archive” for Northampton’s history.  Historic Northampton, in collaboration with the Northampton Camera Club and Forbes Library, oversaw the call for photos that have the chance to become part of the city's historical record.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Call for Submissions


Are you a Northampton artist who is currently or formerly employed in the restaurant industry?

The Pioneer Valley Workers Center is seeking artwork made by restaurant workers for a gallery show this fall. We are open to all kinds of mediums--drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film/video, textiles, etc. We are also interested in performance--be it music, spoken word or a live installation--for the opening night.

The only requirement is that artists are current or former restaurant workers of Northampton, MA. We are interested in work about labor and class struggles, as well as artwork that explores any and all facets of restaurant workers' lives.

Date & location of show: -- October 23rd in Northampton, MA.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Paradise City Arts Festival Fall 2014

The 20th Annual Paradise City Arts Festival opens to the public at the Three County Fairgrounds on Columbus Day Weekend, October 11, 12 & 13. 

New England’s most exciting and comprehensive arts festival, Paradise City has won many national awards for the quality and diversity of its fine crafts, paintings and sculpture. Founded by two working artists, this event is a unique opportunity to experience an entire festival designed from an artist’s perspective. Held in four buildings and under tents, Paradise City is an experience like no other — beautiful, unique, festive and fun.

This milestone event is the chance to meet face to face with 275 extraordinary artists traveling from every corner of the country, enjoy sensational cuisine by Northampton's best chefs and catch live performances by nationally and regionally acclaimed musicians. Stroll through a lush sculpture garden filled with artful delights and visit special exhibits, demonstrations and activities... all compelling reasons to come on down to Paradise City during the peak of New England’s fall foliage season.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Landscape drawings, etchings and paintings by Adell Donaghue, Anita Hunt and Elizabeth Lehman

October 2-30, 2014 in the Hosmer Gallery
Reception: Arts Night Out, October 10, 5-8 PM

Adell Donaghue
Easthampton artist Adell Donaghue shows recent drawings and etchings in graphite, ink, gouache and mixed media.

Exhibition statement: I have taken several cross country road trips over the past several years, in addition to traveling up and down the east coast. My travels along and the interstates in the United States have inspired me to draw and paint the American landscape in my own way. I am moved by the pervasive sense of lost promise, loneliness and deep anxiety that I find along the American highway. I find inspiration in American vernacular architecture and regional signage, including half deserted farms, aging grain silos, and iconic restaurant signage.

Elizabeth Lehman
Having developed a strong sense of place and love of the natural world from her childhood in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, Elizabeth Lehman prefers to paint outside directly in the landscape, usually returning to the same location in different seasons and at various times of day. Her recent work depicts views near her current home in Western Massachusetts along the Connecticut River and neighboring uplands.
Born in Ithaca, N.Y., Elizabeth has an A.B. in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College. Her painting teachers include Marion Miller, Marjorie Portnow, and Richard Yarde. She is represented by the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Paint the Path Pink

You are invited to join Mayor David Narkewicz and Cooley Dickinson Health Care President and Chief Executive Officer Joanne Marqusee on a walk from City Hall to Cooley Dickinson Hospital (CDH) to place pink ribbons along the path to prevention.

The event will kick off with opening remarks from the Mayor and Ms. Marqusee on the steps of City Hall, 210 Main Street, Northampton at 5:15 pm.   

Wednesday, September 24, 2014



Green Burial Massachusetts and Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust will offer the first Western Massachusetts screening of the movie A Will for the Woods. The film, which will be shown on Thursday, October 2 at 7pm at Greenfield Garden Cinemas at 361 Main Street in Greenfield, is free. Donations will be accepted to support the work of Green Burial Massachusetts and Mount Grace in the creation of Massachusetts’ first green cemetery.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 15th 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 8th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM for any potential applicants looking for advice on the application process.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Moma Baby God at Smith College!

Take a cupcake, put on a name tag, and prepare to be thrown into the world of the Christian Right, where sexual purity workshops and anti-abortion rallies are sandwiched between karaoke sing-alongs and pro-life slumber parties. Choices for Life Crisis Pregnancy Center is hosting the Students for Life of America conference, and right-wing teenagers are vying for popularity while preparing for political battle. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Positively Center Street

When retired music impresario Jordi Herold contacted longtime music writer and national magazine editor David Sokol to help chronicle the Iron Horse’s first 25 years, little did he think that seven years later, the project would finally take shape in the form of a full-color 164-page book. In Positively Center Street, a richly illustrated memoir, Herold—who owned the beloved, still-thriving club from 1979 through 1993 and then programmed it from 1995 to 2004—details some of his most memorable experiences at the Northampton, MA club that played a vital role in the booming cultural expansion and renaissance of this once-quiet college town.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Eloi Saint Bris - Featured Artist

From Eloi's Website
1. I live in Paris and I’m 25 years old. I'm a writer and creative entrepreneur who seeks answers to a question. What does it take to say 'we'? 
2. My first project is Bain de Minuit, an art collective I co-founded. We combine art direction, storytelling and sociology to create immersive parties & performances that question the world we live in, yet invite everyone to step in and interfere freely.
    2.a visit our website
    2.b this is the art book from our last performance
    2.c read some raw reactions

Florence Night Out - Friday, September 19, 5:30-8:30pm

For more information:

Pop-Up Mobile Art Boxes Take Art to the Streets at 3rd FLORENCE NIGHT OUT 
A fun, free event that celebrates community through art, dance, music, film and local business

FLORENCE, MA – Interactive Mobile Art Boxes, where artworks explode from within the box, will delight all ages at this fall’s FLORENCE NIGHT OUT (FNO), Friday, September 19, 2014 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Florence artist and lead organizer Donnabelle Casis is co-curating the event with local writer and Co-Director of The Creativity Center at Hampshire College Carla Costa, to create a dynamic lineup. Donnabelle teamed up with Tony Gleason, Florence resident and owner of DIY Mobile Box, to have six “Mobile Art Boxes” (MABs). MABs are 8’x8’x16’ pop-up temporary art spaces that will house interactive, multimedia installations by artists: John Slepian (performance art), Jake Meginsky (sound art/installation), Maggie Nowinski (video), Chris Nelson (installation), Sally Curcio & Anne LaPrade Suethe (installation), The Quarry & The Coast with Mount Emult aka Matthew Newman (short films). MABs will occupy surprising areas all over downtown Florence. 

Bach to Baghdad: A New Beginning

Northampton, MA--"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent,” wrote Victor Hugo. It is in that spirit that the Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange offers Bach to Baghdad, a concert featuring internationally acclaimed musician Peter Blanchette. The event takes place on Sunday, September 28 at 2 pm at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street. All tickets are $15 and are available online in advance at Door sales are cash or check only.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Artists Selected for Fifth Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival

Artists Selected for Fifth Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival

Following a juried selection process, nine artists have been invited to render their work in chalk on cement canvases located throughout downtown during the BID’s fifth annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival on Friday, September 12.

This special “Arts Night Out” event features cash prizes of $250, $150, and $100 awarded by a panel of judges for the top three creations. Presentations are made on the steps of City Hall at 5 pm.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Recipher: Coding With Collage

Recipher: Coding With Collage Features Ten Diverse Artists Exploring the
Malleability of Meaning and Context of Print Media Imagery
The group show opens on Saturday, September 13, at MAP (Mill Arts Project) in Easthampton, MA

Easthampton, MA, August 4, 2014 – What does collage’s inherent manipulation of content and context offer an artist? Recipher: Coding With Collage invites 10 artists to explore how collage can be used to reinterpret and repurpose the messages and representations in mass communication into something more elusive and personal. The group show features a diverse roster of local, national, and international collage artists.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014



Saturday, September 6th 2014 at the Northampton Jazz Festival.

The Northampton Arts Council is proud to present an exciting opportunity to vend
your vintage fashion and vinyl on Saturday, September 6th at the Northampton Jazz
Festival. This stimulating day of live performances, farm fresh food, and an
estimated 6,000 visitors will be located directly behind Thornes Marketplace in
downtown Northampton.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Northampton Arts Council Announces ArtsEZ 2014 Grant Award Winners

The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 31 ArtsEZ 2014 grants totaling $12,500.  

The quality of the applications was outstanding in this round. The Arts Council was unable to fund many worthy projects. We received 58 requests totaling $68,342. ArtsEZ grants are fund-raised by the Northampton Arts Council through event programming such as Transperformance and Four Sundays in February.  Grants were awarded in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Schools, Theater, Visual Art, and Other.

Friday, June 20, 2014

8 ROOMS New Work by Sally Clegg

Friday, June 27th marks the opening of 8 ROOMS, new work by local artist Sally Clegg. The Sanford
Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking will host a reception from 6-8pm.

The show will be comprised of 8 prints—8 Rooms—created by the artist in Zea Mays Printmaking's
non-toxic studio facility, as well as large collages built from dozens of proofs created in the making of
those original images.

The exhibition conveys the experience of hypervigilance: a heightened state of sensitivity to one's
environment where ordinary spaces and their contents are perceived by the brain in a contorted way.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


TRANSPERFORMANCE XXIV-OFF THE MAP: Hamp’s Annual End of Summer Music Festival

Presented by the Northampton Arts Council

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 • 4:00-9:30 PM Pines Theater, Look Park

Adults - $10; Seniors 65 & Over - $8; Kids 12 & Under - $4
No refunds/No exchanges
Available in person: State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence

Available the day of the show at the gates of the event starting 3:00 PM

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Northampton Chalk Art Festival Invites Artists To Apply!

The Northampton Center for the Arts is seeking artists to participate in the fifth annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival on Friday, September 12, 2014. Participation is selective and requires the completion of an application form by Friday, August 29. Details are at
The festival is scheduled from 8 am until 8 pm and is part of Northampton’s monthly Arts Night Out. Artists will be invited to work from 8 am until 4 pm, rendering drawings in chalk on 5’x5’ cement canvases located throughout downtown Northampton. All who participate receive a $100 stipend. In addition, cash prices of $250, $150 and $100 will be awarded by a panel of judges for the top three creations.
This event is sponsored by the Northampton BID and Chartpak Inc. It is produced in cooperation with the City of Northampton, the Northampton Center for the Arts, and Arts Night Out.

Attached image by Clara Flynn, winner of 2013 Northampton Chalk 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

“Plein Air Around Town” Takes Fresh Look at Northampton in July

Northampton, MA—Artist Paula Gottlieb offers a 3-day workshop from Tuesday, July 22 through Thursday, July 24, 10am-4 pm. The plein air (“in the open air”) session will be based at the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street. The group will wander out from there.

According to Gottlieb, understanding how to structure and organize drawings and paintings can strengthen an artist’s work. Her workshop will address and demonstrate methods for translating the landscape onto paper. The group will observe landscape and buildings, working primarily with drawing materials to understand visual principles such as composition, value and perspective. Materials may include graphite pencils, water soluble graphite, color pencils, water soluble color pencils, pen and ink, cray pas and watercolor. The fee is $295 plus materials. Registration details at or call (413) 584-7327 for information.

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