Founding Director Linda Post says, “Paradise City attracts artists whose work is both exceptional and unique. When attendees visit the event for the first time, I can almost see their jaws drop! They expect a craft show, but this is so much more. It goes far beyond what you can imagine.”
“Up in the Air!”
Themed “show-within-a-show” exhibitions have been inspiring artists and intriguing patrons at Paradise City Arts Festivals for years. The sky is truly the limit at this spring’s special exhibition. The artists were asked to give us the sun, the moon and the stars! If it isn’t tethered to the ground, it’s fair game. “Up in the Air!” explores all that defies gravity, whether it flies, floats or is suspended in space.
“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci
Silent Art Auction Benefit for ILI
The International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI) provides free English classes for new arrivals from all over the world so they can utilize their skills in this country and successfully integrate into their community. The campaign for this program is called Giving Voice. A different selection of beautiful and valuable donations by Paradise City exhibitors will open for bidding each day at the Silent Auction Tables. Paradise City’s Silent Art Auctions have raised nearly $400,000 for community non-profits over the years.
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 spring’s show, using locally grown foods straight from the Valley’s farms. 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.
Paradise City introduces three new bands on the Soundstage this Memorial Day Weekend.
Saturday: Juke Joint Jazz plays their own hard-driving and melodic arrangements of the classic jazz repertoire, with influences ranging from Miles Davis to the Grateful Dead, from Monk to Funk. The quintet of piano, guitar, saxophone, bass and drums has played widely throughout New England.
Sunday: Sugar Ray and the Bluetones. Sugar Ray Norcia cut five albums with the legendary band Roomful of Blues, and has received three Grammy nominations and five Blues Music Awards. Sugar Ray and the Bluetones’ newest album, Living Tear to Tear, was released last summer and debuted #1 on The Living Blues Radio Charts.
Memorial Day: Powerhouse vocalist Evelyn Harris recorded 10 albums over 18 years with the internationally acclaimed Sweet Honey in the Rock. Harris, along with a backup trio, explores an extensive array of musical styles, interpreting African-American traditional and contemporary material, freedom songs from around the world, jazz, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel and blues.
All the Extras
Join master ceramist and raconteur Tim Scull, star of the WGBY/PBS program 'The Fire Within', as he captivates a rapt audience. Tim shares the secrets of his studio, discusses raku firing and demonstrates his expertise on the potter's wheel all weekend long.
Big Wheel Press gives kids (and their parents) a hands-on opportunity to try non-digital-age-printing. Using humorous antique engravings as well as original art carved by Big Wheel artists, they can create your own coasters and notecards on a 100-year-old letterpress.
Information: Call 800.511.9725 or visit: www.paradisecityarts.com