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.

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.

American Craft Week
Join Paradise City Arts Festival during American Craft Week, when the nation recognizes the countless ways handmade objects enrich our daily lives and contribute to our national aesthetic and economy. Paradise City is proud to be a sponsor of American Craft Week. Founding Director Linda Post says, “In this digital age, dominated by the production of objects without the touch of human hands, American craft makers have actually formed the cutting edge of a new movement. The younger generation, jaded by cookie-cutter products, has embraced the handmade like no other generation since the 1960s!”

Face to Face: From Portraits to Selfies, the Art and Craft of Making Faces 
Through the ages, portrait styles have ranged from realism to cubism to today’s selfie, and manifest themselves in every media. At the Paradise City Art Festival this October, there will be faces in paintings, sculptures and photographs, on clocks and chairs, embedded in jewelry and vases. Funny faces, stoic faces and tranquil faces will peer out at you in the special “Face to Face” exhibit. These faces engage, confront, entertain and provoke, all filtered through each artist’s style and perspective. “Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?” ~ Pablo Picasso

Silent Art Auction Benefit for WGBY Public Television for Western New England
PBS provides multi-media ABC’s for kids, exciting entertainment for grown-ups such as Masterpiece Mystery and Downton Abbey, and fascinating scientific, political and cultural programming for all. WGBY Public Television for Western New England will receive 100% of the proceeds from the Festival’s Silent Art Auction, featuring hundreds of beautiful and valuable pieces donated by the Festival Artists.

Demonstrations and Children’s Creative Activities
Glassblower Philip Jacobs literally plays with fire every day for his dramatic glassblowing demonstrations next to the Exhibition Building, while master potter and raconteur Tim Scull shares his skills on the potter’s wheel and the secrets of his studio in the Arena Building.  The Fuller Craft Museum leads origami workshops, Alan Bennett teaches children how to sculpt imaginary creatures from clay, and at Big Wheel Press you can ignore the digital age and make your own notecards and coasters using two 100-year-old letterpresses and antique forms.

Fabulous Food and Cool Jazz under the Festival Dining Tent
“The food soars beyond expectations,” writes Boston Magazine. The Festival Dining Tent is a microcosm of Northampton’s vibrant restaurant scene, with recipes that span the globe. Expect lots of tasty surprises from the region’s restaurants at this fall’s show, using locally grown foods straight from the Valley’s farms. Sample exotic curries, pad thai, wood-fired pizza, fresh lobster and pulled pork sliders, dim sum, locavore burgers, overstuffed burritos, mango lassi, warm apple crisp and homemade ice cream.

Restaurants include Local Burger, Sierra Grille, Spoleto, Amber Waves, India House, Pizzeria Paradiso, Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream, Mama Iguana’s and the Great Wall.

While dining, enjoy live music on the Festival Soundstage every afternoon:

Saturday: The O-Tones will embrace you with soulful jazz ballads and punch out fiery Motown and R&B.

Sunday: Roger Salloom brings down the house with his award-winning original music, down-home blues and country rock.

Columbus Day: The Art Steele Blues Band is a fixture in the New England blues scene, and Art himself is a poet, raconteur and philosopher. Cap off the holiday weekend with the passion of the blues!

Information: Call 800.511.9725 or visit: