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.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Northampton Jazz Workshop features tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart Tuesday, November 3rd 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Poetry Reading: Jenifer Browne Lawrence and Local Poet Markie Babbott

Poetry Reading

PERUGIA PRESS PRIZE Winner, Jenifer Browne Lawrence
and Local Poet Markie Babbott

Friday, November 6th at 7:30 PM
The Poetry Center at Smith College
Wright Hall, Northampton, MA

Poems about watery landscape, father-daughter relationship, 
and how the two inform each other


Monday, October 26, 2015

Northampton Jazz Workshop features tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart Tuesday, November 3rd 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

The Grand Parade in Springfield

The Grand Parade in Springfield

The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century) will be performed 
at CityStage 7:30 PM, October 29 & 30
Buy Tickets
Thursday 10/29                       Friday 10/30

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The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) presents:

RIFF TALKS_03 Writing From The Body, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Florence-based Contact Quarterly. For a weekend of performances, dancing and panel discussions, SCDT has gathered together an historic group of performance artists and writers from across the globe, including choreographer, author, dance critic and former editor of Dance magazine Wendy Perron; author, internationally renowned improvisation teacher and Chief Editor of Contact Quarterly Nancy Stark Smith; New York City artist and School of Hard Knocks-founder Yoshiko Chuma; Berlin-based artist and Professor of Dance at Kunst University Peter Pleyer; Amherst College Theater and Dance Director Wendy Woodson; author and Professor of Dance at Middlebury and visiting lecturer Smith Colleges, Andrea Olsen; and the Northampton-based performance artist Aretha Aoki.

Riff Talks- Fri Nov 13- Sun Nov 15, at 25 Main Street, 4th floor, in Northampton, MA. See scdtnoho.com for schedule details!


Friday, October 23, 2015

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Giacomo Gates

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vocalist Giacomo Gates Tuesday, October 27th 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Stephen Petegorsky Photographs

Stephen Petegorsky Photographs
November 5-29, 2015
Reception: November 13, 5-8 PM
126 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060


Fundraiser for Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble

John Sheldon, long-time Serious Play! collaborator and musician/composer extraordinaire, is presenting his newest work in Northampton for the first time, as a fundraiser for Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble.

"My Journey to the Center of the Earth," a dramatic monologue with music, written and performed by John Sheldon, is coming to A.P.E. Gallery, at 126 Main Street, Northampton, in November. Three evenings at 7:30 pm: Saturday, Nov 14 / Sunday, Nov 15 / Monday, Nov 16.

Tickets are $22 reserved, $25 at the door. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended: at brownpapertickets.com or call 800.838.3006.

Join us! And contribute toward keeping the art of ensemble theatre alive in the Pioneer Valley.


Art on the Menu

This year’s show will feature 25 visual, performance and musical artists who all work in Northampton restaurants. Join us for appetizers, drinks, and announcements.

WHEN: Wednesday October 21st
6-7pm: Opening and reception &  7- 11pm: Performances and mingling

WHERE: The Parlor Room, 24 Masonic St. Northampton

You can find the FB Page here and can RSVP here. You don't need tickets in advance but it does help us know how much food and booze to get :)

This event showcases the many talents of the workers who fuel the day to day of our downtown restaurant scene. These restaurant workers are parents, immigrants, artists, musicians, students and much more. Come show your support for them and learn about ongoing ways that we can grow a just and sustainable local food system that works for everyone!
Suggested donation: $10-25—but all are welcome, and no one turned away for lack of funds


Arts Events for Mass Audubon

Drawing and Painting
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Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
Instructor:
Jan Ruby-Crystal - Professor of Art and Design

Adult Members: $205.00 Nonmembers: $230.00

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Special Introductory Membership – half off with full 1 year Mass Audubon membership and other benefits.  $32 for a year.  Valid until Nov. 30, 2015.  Call phone # below for information.
Go to the following web page for detailed information.

Come to Arcadia for a morning of creativity and reconnection with yourself. Learn the rudiments of drawing, design, composition, and the techniques of water-based painting on gessoed paper and canvas. Each class will include instruction, demonstrations, and studio time. Cost includes all supplies and instruction for six classes. 
About the Instructor: Jan Ruby-Crystal has been an art educator for 36 years. During her long career as a University Professor she taught classes in 2-D design, painting, drawing, papermaking, printmaking, book arts, metal smithing, and digital photography and design. Her own artwork has melded into a multi-media mix of her skills with an emphasis on imagery from nature. Her work can be seen at Happy Valley in Northampton.
Registration is required.
Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

Class dates and times:
·         Mon, Nov 02, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Mon, Nov 09, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Mon, Nov 16, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Mon, Nov 23, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Mon, Nov 30, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Mon, Dec 07, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Autumn Art and Nature
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Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd. Easthampton
Instructor:
Jan Ruby-Crystal - Professor of Art and Design

Children (suitable for children 5 - 16 years)
Members: $55.00 Nonmembers: $68.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Special Introductory Membership – half off with full 1 year Mass Audubon membership and other benefits.  $32 for a year.  Valid until Nov. 30, 2015.  Call phone # below for information.
Go to the following web page for detailed information.

Every season provides new and exciting things to see in nature and incorporate into art projects. As late fall settles in, come see what is happening in the natural world and have fun making creative art projects. Each week we will work on a different project, such as flower faces, sticks and stones, and leaf critters!

Class dates and times:

·         Mon, Nov 02, 2015 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
·         Mon, Nov 09, 2015 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
·         Mon, Nov 16, 2015 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

 Instructions and Directions:
Adults are welcome, but not required. Please bring a smock and dress warmly to be outdoors for part of each class.
Registration is required.
Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
Intermediate Digital Nature Photography at Arcadia
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Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries and Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
Instructor:
Robert Floyd – Photojournalist

Adult Members: $150.00 Nonmembers: $180.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Special Introductory Membership – half off with full 1 year Mass Audubon membership and other benefits.  $32 for a year.  Valid until Nov. 30, 2015.  Call phone # below for information.
Go to the following web page for detailed information.

This class will concentrate on the visual, intellectual, and intuitive elements, which all create a strong image. This workshop is open to anyone looking for new ways to see - to explore photographic vision in depth. You will learn to increase your visual awareness and use your camera/ lens intuitively to connect, compose, enhance, and expand your mindfulness and personal vision. Capture the essence and magic of landscapes. Experience creating a sense of place in nature with your images.
Please bring your camera and manual to each class. We will be outdoors for a portion of each class.

Class dates and times:
·         Sun, Nov 08, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Sun, Nov 22, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Sun, Dec 06, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Sun, Dec 13, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration is required.
Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Biennial Poetry Reading at Forbes Library

The inaugural Northampton Arts Council’s Biennial Poetry Reading will take place on October 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The reading will be held in the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library in Northampton. Northampton’s own poet laureate, Patrick Donnelly, is emceeing the event and refreshments will be served.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/487105348163289/

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Emy Tseng

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vocalist Emy Tseng Tuesday, October 20th 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. No cover or minimum. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Collecting Their Thoughts: Two Women

Collecting Their Thoughts: Two Women
Judith Inglese; A Delicate Balance
Rochelle Shicoff: After All the Leaves Have Fallen

Oct. 7- Nov.1, 2015 at A.P.E. Gallery


Artist Talk: - Thursday, Oct 22: 7 pm.


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"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council"


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cinema Northampton: The Witches

The Witches (1990)

The Witches (1990)
Wednesday October 28, 2015
7:00 PM 
Academy of Music Theatre
Free Admission

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Double Edge Theatre presents The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)

Double Edge Theatre presents The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)

At CityStage in Springfield on October 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit our website http://www.doubleedgetheatre.org/springfield-grand-parade.html or call the City Stage Box office at 413-628-0277. Discount tickets are available for students, families, and groups of eight or more.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall Grant Round Q&A

The Northampton Arts Council invites you to attend an open office session on Wednesday October 7 from 4:30pm-6:30pm at our office on 240 Main Street, Memorial Hall Room #1.

Stop by and ask questions about our Fall Grant Round application process.

Link to start Fall Grant Round app: http://application.northamptonartscouncil.org/2015F

Inaugural Poet Laureate Reading

On Sunday, November 1, at 4:00 PM, Patrick Donnelly will give the inaugural Poet Laureate reading of his term, sponsored by the Gallery of Readers Series. The reading will take place at Neilson Browsing Room, Neilson Library, Smith College, 7 Neilson Drive, Northampton, Massachusetts. Google Maps Link

The reading will conclude with the first event of Donnelly’s Choral Poem Project, a performance of Albert Goldbarth’s poem “Library” given by a spoken-word choir comprised of a diverse group of people from the Northampton area.

The event will be free, but donations will be accepted to further the work of the Poet Laureate.

More information about Northampton's Poet Laureate here


Friday, October 2, 2015

Biennial Exhibition: Motion Emotion Reception



Motion-Emotion: A Juried Exhibition at Hosmer Gallery

October 2-30th, 2015

Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA

Hosmer Gallery Hours: Mon/Wed 9am to 9pm, Tue/Thu 1pm to 5 p.m., Fri/Sat 9am to 5pm


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