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.

Sunday, July 31, 2016


Town of Montague

1 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
Montague Planning Department
Contact: Walter Ramsey, (413) 863-3200 (ext 207)

Northampton Jazz Workshop features flutist Jamie Baum

Northampton Jazz Workshop features flutist Jamie Baum Tuesday, August 2nd, 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 (413-584-4830).

The Life and Death of Queen Margaret

Photos by Real Live Theatre
Image feature actors Fay Hinckley, Ellen Morbyrne, Emily Tanch, and Linda Tardif

Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts 122 Green St. Smith College Northampton, MA 01063. The theatre is wheelchair-accessible.

Friday, July 29 at 7:30 PM Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 PM Sunday, July 31 at 2 PM
Friday, August 5 at 7:30 PM Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 PM

Ticket price is $18, with a sliding scale available starting at $10.
Tickets are available at and at the door.

Run-time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.

o See our website:

Real Live Theatre, a Valley-based theater company, presents “The Life and Death of Queen Margaret,” a new play adapted from Shakespeare’s history plays to tell the life story of one of Shakespeare’s most important female protagonists against the background of the Wars of the Roses, performed by an all-female ensemble in a dance-theater style.

Peter Zierlein's Transformer Box Makeover #2 (Pilot Program)

In coordination with the Northampton Arts Council Peter Zierlein painted the transformer box in the parking lot behind LaFiorentina Bakery, right by the Kirkland Ave underpass. This is the second box in a pilot program to get transformer boxes painted by artists, to beautify downtown, prevent vandalism and bring an artsy character to the town (ArtUp NoHo).

Tuesday, July 26, 2016



August 6-13, 2016

2x3: A Generative Artwork Residency Project

Exhibition dates: August 7-13, 2016

2x3: A Generative Artwork Residency Project will use the A.P.E. Gallery as an artists’ studio, production facility, and exhibition space. 2x3 will provide two-day, mini-residencies in the gallery to two artists, Leah Mackin and Sally Clegg, and one collective, Loculus. The artists will use their time in the gallery to create new work using a photocopier and simple bookmaking tools. 2x3 creates a transparent space for art-making and experimentation, where the means of production are both exposed and accessible.

The curators, Trevor Powers and Esther S White, have not imposed any requirements on what the artists produce during their residencies. Instead they offer a prompt, inviting the participants to develop generative artwork using a photocopier. Generative art refers to any art practice where the artist uses a system, a computer program, or a machine (in this case, a photocopier) which is then set into motion with some degree of autonomy resulting in a complex work of art. 2x3 aims to highlight the flexibility and influence of a ubiquitous communication tool – the photocopier – and in the process investigate and explore generative art, book arts, and publishing.

About the Artists:

Esther S White and Trevor Powers work together as Fugitive Arts, a collaborative, transient curatorial project dedicated to promoting experimental art and emerging artists in Western Massachusetts. The goal of Fugitive Arts is to create innovative, accessible, and engaging arts programming through exhibitions, publications, and public events.

Leah Mackin will perform Untitled (Book Objects), an ongoing performance/installation piece in which the artist sets up a photocopy machine to copy blank paper onto itself, creating geometric abstracted images on the fronts and backs of the sheets. Arranging the prints into stacks, she then perfect-binds the photocopies and finishes them using a guillotine paper cutter to create dimensional geometric forms, Book Objects. The repetitive production method mimicked the mechanized actions of the photocopier, which rhythmically churns out prints for the duration of her residency. The resulting objects carry this duality as austerely-presented, formal objects with the subtlety of hand-binding and intimate scale.

Sally Clegg will make new book work using drawings, prints, and collage. She is taking part in an 8-week spring artists residency on book arts at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

Loculus will work on a new volume of their quarterly journal and a new performance piece. The performance, directed by Madison Palffy and Olana Flynn, will be in response to the space, the equipment, and the book work made by Leah and Sally. Olana will also re-create collapsed reverberation, an original piece that takes place in a 6x6x6 cube in under 6 minutes. Collapsed reverberation was originally performed in December 2014, part of the inaugural Tiny Dance Festival in Brooklyn.


Monday, August 8
Loculus Workshop, 10 am – 12 pm
Loculus open hours, 4-6 pm

Tuesday, August 9
Loculus Workshop, 10 am – 12 pm
Loculus open hours, 4-6 pm

Wednesday, August 10
Loculus Workshop, 10 am – 12 pm
Sally Clegg at work, 4-6 pm
Thursday, August 11
Loculus Workshop, 10 am – 12 pm
Sally Clegg at work, 4-6 pm
Friday, August 12
Loculus Workshop, 10 am – 12 pm
Leah Mackin at work, 4-6 pm

Saturday, August 13
Open studio and artists’ reception with performances by Leah Mackin and Loculus, 4-8 pm

For more information, visit:

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and a grant from the Art Angels, through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

Monday, July 25, 2016


Susan Barocas will be showing a painting exhibit at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary,
127 Combs Rd., Easthampton, MA. Dates of showing: August, 2016. Free admission.
I am calling the exhibit "Sanctuary" because of the peace that nature gives to me.

“My work is generally done on panels, exclusively with a palette knife. There is much more color in the world than we generally note. Color is everything. I exaggerate color to evoke emotional response. As an artist, what I feel is translated into a visual statement. Whether I am painting abeautiful landscape or an impish pup, it is always the same goal, to communicate the feeling of the moment. It is how I speak and why I paint. I paint the joys of my life.”

The paintings in this exhibit are from Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Park Hill Orchard, and several from a recent trip to Amsterdam and Cape Cod.

A reception is planned for Thursday, August 18, from 5PM to 7PM at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary’s Visitors' Center. I am happy to donate 25% of any paintings sold at this exhibit as thanks to the good work of Arcadia Sanctuary in protecting a treasure!!!

Please visit my website and social media sites as follows:

sbarocas: Instagram

sbarocas: Twitter

Susan Barocas Fine Art: Facebook

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Gallery A3 - Opening August 4th - 5 -8 p.m.

6X6: Written on the Body: drawing, moving

This Week at 6 x 6: Written on the Body: drawing, moving
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6x6 will run from July 10 - August 20
and will feature six innovative projects at A.P.E.  that investigate 
the relationship between the public, the work, and the space in which it is made.

This Week:
 "The Candidate is Absent: A Pop-Up Campaign Office launched by the PineCone Finance Reform Party."
Events Happening this Week:
Listening Lunches: July 26th- 29th 12-1pm
Manifesto Writing: July 26th 7-9pm
Democracy In Design: Enzo Mari Furniture Building: July 27th 2-5pm
Public Speaking: July 27th 7-9pm
Electoral Ephemera Altier: July 28th 5-7pm
Collective Reading “I want a president…”: July 29th 7pm
Unconventional Victory Dance: July 29th 8-10pm
Click below for more information:

The PineCone Finance Reform Party will launch The Candidate's 2016 presidential campaign with a host of workshops and actions for the people. Workshops will address all aspects of platform-building, including Hands-On Democracy Contruction, an Electioneering Ephemera Atelier, Manifesto Writing, and Public Speaking.
Next Up:
July 31 – August 6
Addressing Perception
Artists: Peter Schmitz, Kathy Couch, Sasha Statmen-Weil
This project addresses perception. The public is invited to bring their perceptions into the space that the artists’ perception is creating. The public may give form and parameter to their experience with the curtains that surround this space, which are available to help  shape their literal vision. With them, the public is in charge of their own framing and vantage; you, the public determines what you see.

PaintBox Theatre July 22-July 30

PaintBox Theatre's
Summer 2016 Season

  Animals Going Wild
Katie, age 6 

  Chicken Feed
Faith, age 3 

  The Big Chicken
Eden, age 10
The Surfing Storyteller

The Great Race 
of the 
Tortoise and the Hare
Directed by Tom McCabe

July 22 - July 30 
Williston Theatre in Easthampton
Shea Theater in Turners Falls 
It's the greatest sports story of all time!
Welcome to The International Raceway. Our contestants: The Tortoise and the Hare. Who wins? You probably know the answer, but there will be twists and turns and hilarity before any critters cross the finish line. PaintBox favorite (and Valley icon) Kelsey Flynn is coming out of retirement, dusting off her rabbit ears, and hopping into the race as that pesky hare. We promise lots of cheering and excitement as we present this folktale dash for glory.
This year, PaintBox Theatre, the Pioneer Valley's theatre of imagination and improvisation for all ages, has moved to the Williston Theatre in Easthampton, with side trips to the Shea Theater in Turners Falls. We're thrilled to expand our audience and bring our shows to these beautiful (air-conditioned!)  
theaters. As always, PaintBox Theatre's shows will feature lots of audience participation, artwork created by dozens of local kids, and plenty of belly laughs.

Williston Theatre
Friday July 22, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24
10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Shea Theatre 
Friday July 29, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday July 30, 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Williston Theatre, Williston Northampton School, 18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton

Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls

Tickets: $10 general seating or at the door

Group Discount!
15 people or more - $7 per ticket
For group reservations

Coming Soon!

Peter Pan
Friday, August 5, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7
10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 
Everybody Can Fly!

PaintBox Theatre is a theatre of improvisation and imagination for the whole family. Audiences young and old have called it unique, wild, zany, and even educational. Audience members range in age from 1 to 100 and include parents, seniors and other adults.

To bring a classic tale to life the PaintBox way, start with the story, fold in art and literacy, stir. Voila! Out pops a funny, fanciful show that appeals to young and old.

Start with a children's classic. Add three actors. Add a theatre, the PaintBox stage and a screen. Add artwork (by kids). Add lots of audience participation and improvisation. Stir well. There you go: PaintBox!

Find us on Facebook
and Twitter
Tom McCabe | PO Box 128 | Northampton, Massachusetts 01061-0128 | 

Summer Photography Camps by NCTV

iPhone art photography
Use smartphones to explore where art photography and “snapshots” connect and diverge while practicing portraits, landscapes, close ups, time lapse, and sequencing in this 5-day workshop. Use filters and more controlled editing techniques to refine your photos, creating individual and collaborative photo series’ and stories. At the end of the week, hang and present a gallery show to parents, friends, and the wider community.

Digital SLR workshop
Try out NCTV’s Digital SLR cameras, lighting equipment, and editing stations in this 5-day photography workshop. Get the hang of lightning techniques, shutter speed, ISO and aperture to produce professional-quality photos, editing with Adobe software, then combine and sequence your photos and others’ in mea

Thursday, July 21, 2016

American Craft Week Announces 2016 Top Ten Towns for Craft Lovers

American Craft Week Announces 2016 Top Ten Towns for Craft Lovers

And, the winners are…

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—July 21, 2016—American Craft Week, the nation’s largest annual craft event, celebrated this year from October 1-16, has launched its second annual nationwide web competition to determine America’s favorite places to enjoy a vibrant craft scene. For the past six weeks, craft lovers have been logging on to the American Craft Week website to choose their favorite places to enjoy a vibrant craft scene. With more than 47,789 votes tallied, the contest closed Sunday, July 17, 2016. Diane Sulg, founder and co-chair of American Craft Week, today announced the winners:

“Congratulations, to all the wonderful places across the USA that made it into the Top Ten Towns For Craft Lovers. There was much excitement this year as community advocates rallied votes and brought people together to support this contest. The winners are impressive and we are happy to see so much community pride in all the places that received votes.”

The number one winner this year is Berea, KY. Last year Berea made the list at number 9 and this year through the efforts of many community groups coming together “pestering, posting and pleading” they made it to number one.

The complete top ten list includes #10 Louisville, KY (not on the list last year), #9 New Hope, PA (number 10 last year), #8 Northampton, MA (not on the list last year), #7 Asheville, NC number 5 last year), #6 Blue Ridge, GA (not on the list last year) #5 Brattleboro, VT (number 2 last year), #4 Cumberland Valley, PA (number 6 last year), #3 Bedford, VA (not on the list last year), #2 St. Petersburg, FL (number one last year) and #1 Berea, KY.

Now in its seventh year, American Craft Week, the country’s largest celebration of handmade American craft, is slated for October 1-16. With thousands of diverse events at galleries, artist studios, museums, schools and festivals, it is the premiere public celebration of handmade craft in America. It is a volunteer managed program of CRAFT (Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow) a trade association dedicated to the growth and vitality of the craft industry. For more information, visit and

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

6x6 will run from July 10 - August 20

This Week at 6 x 6: Written on the Body: drawing, moving
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6x6 will run from July 10 - August 20
and will feature six innovative projects at A.P.E.  that investigate 
the relationship between the public, the work, and the space in which it is made.

This Week:

WRITTEN ON THE BODY: drawing, moving
Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman and Neal Parks

Click HERE for a complete listing of their events and gallery hours.
 Monday-Thursday from 4-6pm the public is welcome to join in! Participants will have the opportunity to move freely across the gallery wall while visual artist Neal Parks “traces” their movement action on paper. This “tracing” is simultaneously video-projected onto their bodies in real time, as they move across the wall.
Next Up:
July 26 - July 29
The Candidate is Absent: a pop-up campaign office
by The Pinecone Finance Reform Party


CALL FOR ART: The 2016 CHEAP ART SHOW is produced by Creative Community Connections (C3) and will be on Sunday November 6 from 2-5pm at the Polish American Club at 46 South Main St in South Deerfield.

This is a one day show that celebrates financial accessibility to art and is based on the Bread and Puppet Cheap Art Manifesto. Feel free to bring originals, or you could bring small works, seconds, mistakes, color copies, or work that has been hanging around your studio forever and you would like to move out. We always get a great turn out and the art sells fast.

Please email for more details and to reserve your spot. Spread the word...

Friday, July 15, 2016

Register Now for an Online Application Preview Party

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Register Now for an Online Application Preview Party

The Local Cultural Council application is going online! Find out what LCC members should expect and let us answer your questions during one of our preview parties in August. Attendance is limited to the first 50 people who register, so sign up now.
  • Tuesday, August 2, 6 - 8 pm
    •  Northampton City Hall Hearing Room -- Register
  • Wednesday, August 10, 6 - 8 pm
    • Framingham McAuliffe Branch Library -- Register
  • Wednesday, August 176 - 7 pm
Visit MCC’s FAQ Page for LCC Online Applications for more information about the process.
In addition, we have organized separate trainings for applicants. We will be contacting previous applicants on file to invite them to these trainings. Please be in touch with your LCC staff contact if you’d like more information to share with potential applicants. For your information, here is the FAQ Page for Applicants.

Stay tuned for more details as we roll out this exciting service. 

About the MCC

The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.

The MCC's LCC Department

Jennifer Atwood, Program Manager
Charlotte Cutter, Program Officer
Miranda Cook, Program Support 

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