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.

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

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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.

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