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.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Northampton Ice Art Festival is Feeling the Love

Thanks to an infusion of funds from the Northampton Radio Group—broadcasters of WRSI The River, WHMP and Hits 94.3—and the energetic support of Arts Night Out and the City of Northampton, there will indeed be a Northampton Ice Art Festival beginning on Friday, February 13.  For the fifth time, the public is invited to share in thrills and chills as icy masterpieces take shape at a dozen downtown locations. Work starts at 10 am on the day, and completed pieces highlight Northampton's "Arts Night Out,” 5pm-8pm. They remain on display throughout the Valentine’s Day weekend—longer, if the weather cooperates.
The future of the Ice Art Festival, previously produced by the Northampton BID, has been in question for several months. “We didn’t want to see this special event fade away,” says Radio Group General Manager David Musante. “It brings people to town to stroll, shop, and dine. It creates great memories and keeps people coming back to downtown Northampton.” Musante goes on to note that “the enthusiastic assistance and institutional knowledge of Penny Burke from the Center for the Arts and former Northampton BID Director Natasha Yakovlev were key in putting this together on short notice.”



Featured ice artists come from diverse backgrounds with different levels of experience and expertise. Several of them have participated in all of the festivals, including professional ice carver Joe Almeida, painter/sculptor Greg Stone, and Don Chapelle, founder of Boston’s “Brilliant Ice Sculpture” who always creates a unique piece in front of Thornes Marketplace.  

Mixed media master Peter Dellert makes a third appearance this year. Versatile sculptors Tim de Christopher and Matt Evald Johnson return as does installation artist Chris Nelson. The eclectic Sally Curcio debuts along with wood carver Nathan Peterson and Royalston sculptor Tom Kellner.  And yes—another V-One Ice Luge will grace the terrace of the Eastside Grill. A map of artists and their installation sites will be available at Arts Night Out locations. 
Details are posted at www.nohoarts.org.