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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Northampton Arts Council Seeks Funding Proposals

NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS FUNDING PROPOSALS--Proposals for community-oriented arts, due October 17th, 2016.

The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 17th deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to Northampton Arts Council Director Brian Foote these grants can support a variety of artistic projects in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds-- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Northampton Arts Council will distribute about $11,590 in grants.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Northampton Arts Council, contact Brian Foote at (413) 587-1269 or Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

Our funding priorities are: 

• Northampton-based artists
• Artists who reside in another city but whose project will be held in Northampton, Florence or Leeds
• Work demonstrating the highest artistic/cultural merit
• Projects that include a public component, such as an exhibition, literary reading or performance held in Northampton, Florence or Leeds that clearly benefits the residents of Northampton
• Non-profit cultural and educational institutions that offer programs and events that bring arts and culture to a Northampton area audience
• Projects that are financially feasible

Homeschool Class: Creating Movies from Your Stories

Homeschool Class: Creating Movies from Your Stories

Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries

Location: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

Instructor: Laura Tate-Beltran - Educator

Audience: Children (suitable for children 12 - 16 years)

Class dates and times:

Tuesdays, Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 04, Oct 11

Times: 9:30am to 12:30pm

Members: $96.00

Nonmembers: $116.00

Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Explore the world of digital storytelling using nature stories as a starting point. We’ll begin by creating our own stories, decide which images, videos, and music to include with the story, and put it all together in iMovie. Then we’ll end the session by inviting friends and family to view our digital nature stories. An iPhone with the iMovie app is needed.

Registration is required.

Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

Northampton Senior Center Group Sing with the A-E-I-O-UKES

The next Group Sing is Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 7:00pm at the Northampton Senior Center with the A-E-I-O-UKES. Northampton Group Sing

With The A-E-I-O-Ukes

The on-going Group Sing at the Senior Center, a monthly sing-along that has been going regularly for over 4 years, is free and open to the public. For singers and non-singers alike, the Group Sing is designed for the "over 50" crowd, but all ages are welcome. The Group Sing generally meets the first Wednesday of each month.

The A-E-I-O-Ukes is an ensemble of 18 ukulele players who get together a couple of times a month to sing and strum popular tunes, led by Downtown Sounds owner Joe Blumenthal. It’s 2 hours of singing, just for the enjoyment of singing with others. Lyric sheets for the songs sung that night are handed out at the beginning of the evening, and those who are on the Group Sing email list receive the lyrics in advance.

Why sing? As composer Brian Eno said on National Public Radio’s I BELIEVE program, “I believe that singing is the key to long life, a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness and a better sense of humor”. Singing transforms and uplifts spirits.

For more information or to be placed on the contact list, please call (413) 587-1228 or email . The Northampton Senior Center is located at 67 Conz Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. Group Sing is funded by the Northampton Senior Services and Arts Council.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Summer 2016 News: Award and National Tour begins!

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photo credit: video projection still; bottom left and right Kelly Fletcher photography, Margaret Paek dancing in Dianich Gallery during Vermont Performance Lab Progressive Performance Festival September 2015. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest saxophonist Felipe Salles

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest saxophonist Felipe Salles Tuesday, August 30th, 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 Northampton Playwrights Lab and the Massachusetts Cultural Council present: PLAY BY PLAY

The Northampton Playwrights Lab and the Massachusetts Cultural Council present:


Second annual festival of readings of new plays performed by local professional actors September 15 – 25, 2016

A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St, downtown Northampton

Featuring new plays and performance pieces by playwrights Meryl Cohn, Mojie Crigler, Harley Erdman, Leanna James Blackwell, Tanyss Rhea Martula, and Eric Henry Sanders.

All Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. One Sunday matinee performance at 4 p.m.

Suggestion donation at the door: $10

Friday, August 26, 2016

Transperformance 26: Labor Party! Music Benefit

Each year on the last Tuesday in August the Northampton Arts Council and the Parent Teacher Organizations of Northampton’s public school system join forces to raise funds for arts enrichment in the schools and the ArtsEZ grant program.

Once again, on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 it’s time to celebrate our community and the arts with Transperformance 26: Labor Party! everyone's favorite benefit music festival at Pines Theater in Look Park. Local musicians will choose an artist that is related to a job, occupation, or type of work (Scroll down for Lineup.) 
Performers are encouraged to impersonate the band or occupation from the bands that they Transperform. Local celebrities will host the event as characters from Office Space or The Office, Steve Jobs, Rosie the Riveter, and other notable work related characters. Come celebrate 26 years of bringing our community members together to support music and the arts!

What: Transperformance 26: Labor Party! Benefit Music Festival
When: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 4:00-9:30pm

Where: Pines Theater-Look Park, 300 N Main Street Florence, MA 01062

How Much:
Adults 13+ $10
Seniors 65+ & Veterans $8
Kids 12 & under $5

Day off at Pines Theater Box Office starting at 3:00PM

In person pre-sale@
State Street Fruit Store-Northampton
Cooper's Corner-Florence
AJ Hastings-Amherst

4:05 Queen + Radiohead starring NCMC BANDS 1+2 
4:20 Primus starring JESSE STERLING HARRISON 
4:35 Bonnie Prince Billy starring ADAM DUNETZ
4:50 The Replacements starring THEE ARCADIANS 
5:03 Sam Cooke starring JASON BOURGEOIS
5:08 The Meat Puppets starring GOLDWATER THE SECOND 5:23 Dr. John starring MISTER G
5:38 Johnny Paycheck starring ZIP CODY
5:53 The Boss starring MIKEY SWEET
6:08 The Waitresses starring WISHBONE ZÖE
6:23 Red House Painter starring PHILIP PRICE
6:38 The Highwaymen starring FANCY TRASH
6:53 Drunk Stuntmen starring LONESOME BROTHERS 
7:08 The Smiths starring MARY JANE JONES BAND 
7:38 Men At Work starring KING RADIO 
7:53 Foo Fighters starring COLORWAY 
8:05 The Pretenders starring THE FAWNS 
8:20 Talking Heads starring OUTER STYLIE 
8:35 The Police starring PAGE SIX
8:50 Prince starring SOUL MAGNETS

Rain Date: Wednesday, August 31st at Pines Theater, Look Park

Rain Predicted Both Days: Tuesday, August 30 at John M Green Hall, Smith College

Food will be available from La Veracruzana, Bart’s Homemade, and other local pizza restaurants. No pets, no coolers and no beverages please, per request of Look Park. Look Park charges a $5 special events vehicle entry fee for all vehicles without season passes. No refunds/exchanges.




Sound - Dan Richardson
Lights - Theatrix
Poster/Graphic Design – Alison Wood

Thursday, August 25, 2016


Artists Esther S. White and Jamie Williams present their textile, fiber and mixed media works in “Unbound: new work,” at the ECA+ Gallery, in a show running from Sept 6 to Sept 27. The opening reception coincides with the September Art Walk “Busking Central: Street Performers” on Sept 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

"Unbound" presents the fiber-based creations of White and Williams side-by-side. White transforms blank lengths of fabric into tangibly complex textile works. “I use printmaking and craft methods to explore themes of memory, time, and my dual identity as an Artist-Mother/Mother-Artist,” says White. Williams creates embroidered hooped canvases using a highly-focused and deliberate process, simultaneously reflecting on themes of anxiety and uncertainty. “I place a premium on my personal growth and development, and I want my artwork to reflect this internal movement,” she says.

Both artists explore pattern and abstraction, constantly pushing the boundaries between fine arts and decorative media. In her piece, [1], Williams punctuates bright and busy fields of color with areas of quietude, filling them with neatly-ordered, geometric and traditional patterns of ornamentation that suggest a blank spreadsheet or the pattern of the underlying canvas itself. In Esther’s quilts, opposing forces clash, creating beautiful secondary patterns where they intersect. In “A Measured Routine,” White joins a hand-painted motif with a screenprinted one, then irreversibly binds them to one another with a machine-stitched pattern. For White, this process mirrors her experience of motherhood – the constant need to start over, the decisions which cannot be undone – leading to the beautiful results that follow.

Esther White is an artist, curator, and community arts organizer living in Northampton, MA. She holds a BA in Art and Art History from Barnard College and has studied at the International Center of Photography in New York City. White teaches printmaking at Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, MA, and at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, MA.

Jamie Williams is an emerging fiber artist based in Easthampton, MA. She graduated from Smith College with a BA in 2015, majoring in both psychology and in art. She recently left her studio in Eastworks and now works from home.

The ECA+ Gallery is located in Easthampton’s Old Town Hall at 43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA. The gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday from 12 PM to 6 PM during Sept. For more information,, or the artists' websites at and

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Good Night's Sleep August Film Event

Good Night's Sleep August Film Event
Saturday August 27th
80 Williams St.
Northampton, MA
8:00 PM

Good Night’s Sleep is a monthly screening of experimental film and video made by artists connected to Western Mass.

Featuring works by Sam Hadge, Lauren Cook, Tristatic Collective, and many more.

$5-7 suggested donation for the artists.

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Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest trombonist Steve Davis

Trombonist Steve Davis

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest trombonist Steve Davis Tuesday August 30th, 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.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Final 6 x 6 Project: Come have tea tomorrow Friday, August 19 from 5 - 6 pm in the Golden Structure by Sue Huang

Final 6 x 6 Project: Sue Huang: The Golden Structure 
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Final 6 x 6 Project:

Come have tea tomorrow Friday, August 19 from 5 - 6 pm in the 

Golden Structure by Sue Huang 


Local Artist Denise Beaudet will exhibit
'What I Am' from August 26 - August 28, with a celebratory reception on Saturday, August 27 from 5-8pm. '
What I Am' contains more than 150 tiny paintings and photos that are full of narrative rememberings, and woodland critters. 


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Seventh Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival Colors Downtown

Seventh Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival Colors Downtown

Northampton, MA—“Arts Night Out” has invited a record number of talented artists to create colorful masterpieces in chalk on the sidewalks of downtown during the seventh annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival on Friday, September 9. The competitive event kicks off a festive weekend that includes the Northampton Arts Council’s RETROFAIRE on Saturday, September 10.

Drawing takes place from 10 am until 4 pm on Friday. The public is encouraged to watch chalk art pieces develop and to view completed work in the evening while enjoying Northampton’s monthly gallery walk 5-8 pm. Cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 will be awarded by a panel of judges for the top three creations. Presentations are made by the Mayor on the steps of City Hall at 5 pm.

The public is also invited to an informal family free draw 5-7 pm. Participants will be asked to help “decorate” the RETROFAIRE site located in the area between Thornes Marketplace and the city parking garage. Plenty of sidewalk chalk will be on hand for anyone who wants to take part in the activity.

Individual chalk artists for 2016 feature former prize winners and seasoned competitors Brandon Avery, Linda Babcock, Jennifer Gutterman, Robert Markey, Chrissy Neithercott, Paul Siqueira, and Sloan Tomlinson. They are joined by veteran Team Bodalimadriguez, aka Stephanie Gerolimatos, Mark Bodah and Matt Rodriguez, who return for the 7th time. New to the event are artists Erin Cleary, Jim Dubois, Rob Kimmel, Sankit Sabnis, and the duo of Anne and Simson Musante.

Chalk art sites are situated along the customary Arts Night Out route so that viewers also have an opportunity to stop at participating galleries and other venues. Festival locations include the Smith College Museum of Art on Elm Street in addition to Ode, Memorial Hall, Pinch, the Artisan Gallery, Thornes Marketplace, Cathy Cross/J. Rich, First Churches, Florence Bank, and Don Muller Gallery on Main Street. New sites this year are Sylvester’s, adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce on Pleasant Street, The Tunnel Bar on Strong Avenue, and Click Workspace on Market Street. Maps of the chalk art locations, along with their assigned artists, will be available online in early September, and printed copies will be at a variety of Arts Night Out venues.

The Northampton Chalk Art Festival is sponsored by Chartpak, Inc. and the Northampton Radio Group. It is produced in cooperation with the City of Northampton and the Northampton Center for the Arts. Details updated at

Monday, August 15, 2016

Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Grant Stewart

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest saxophonist Grant Stewart Tuesday, August 23rd, 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.

6 x 6 Final Week: August 14-20 Golden Structure by Sue Huang

6 x 6 Project this week:  Sue Huang's Golden Structure 
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6 x 6 Final Week:  August 14-20 

Golden Structure by Sue Huang 


6x6 Final Project
Sue Huang's Golden Structure

Golden Structure explores the creation and evolution of forts within the space of A.P.E.  The artist, Sue Huang will use the textile of gold lamé to build the forts and rooms and invites the community to join her in this exploration as she reconstructs the tented structures of her childhood. The textile used to build the structure has been selected for its sheen and gilded surface, which evoke the precious, dreamlike experience of the reconstruction of memory as well as the artist’s own memories of gold interior decor from her childhood in the Middle East.

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Easthampton, Mass., August 17, 2016 - Easthampton City Arts+ (ECA+) announces new online applications for the upcoming 2017 grant cycle. Applications are being accepted for programming in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences for projects benefitting the residents of Easthampton. The deadline for applications is October 17, 2016. ECA+ has also scheduled a free Grant Writing Workshop on Sept. 14, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 43 Main St., Easthampton 01027. Attendees will learn about guidelines, priorities, and the new online application process.

“Moving to online applications will make the process much easier for everyone, especially applicants,” said Christy Crutchfield, ECA+ Grants Committee Chair. “We can’t wait to fund innovative and engaging projects in 2017.” Online applications will be available on September 1, 2016, and ECA+ will also announce their funding allocation at that time.

Each year the ECA+ Grants Committee, a Local Cultural Council, selects projects that strengthen and diversify arts and culture in the community. Projects must occur during 2017 and priority will be given to proposals that utilize Easthampton spaces and resources. Applications, however, will not be denied solely on this funding priority and will be evaluated based on local guidelines and those outlined by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Funding for the ECA+ Grants Committee is provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). Previously funded projects Bear Fest (2009), Art in the Orchard (2012), REACH (2013) and Unbuttoned (2015) have received recognition as Gold Star recipients, exemplary projects reflecting the mission of MCC. For more information please see

Easthampton City Arts+, formed in 2005, enriches lives through the integration of arts, culture and community and promotes revitalization and protection of Easthampton’s cultural assets. ECA merged with the Easthampton Cultural Council & Art Walk Easthampton to form ECA+ in 2011. Easthampton City Arts+ is funded in-part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary: Suzette Alsop Jones

Suzette Alsop Jones will be displaying her art work at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, in the Nature Ctr. during the month of Sept. Arcadia is located at 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton. This event is Free. The Arcadia Nature Ctr. is open 6-7 days a week.

Susan has an MFA in printmaking and painting. Her website is: Please go to her website to see many very beautiful paintings.

“For me, painting is about trying to capture the energy of living things, whether it’s the movement in afternoon clouds coming up over mountains, the miraculous opening of a lily bud or the way a bird angles its wings to ride the wind. That underlying flow of energy is what I feel and look for when I lay out a composition.”

Please call Arcadia at 413-584-3009 for further information.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vocalist Rebecca Parris

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vocalist Rebecca Parris Tuesday August 23rd, 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, August 9, 2016

Arts Night Out: Greg Stone - Life Drawing at J. Rich

Cathy Cross and J Rich pay tribute to the paintings of Gregory Stone. view the work and join us in an outdoor life drawing session. Materials, models, and refreshments provided.
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