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.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hosmer Gallery October 2016

Fractal Art by Bob Laclair
Animation Art by Sachio Cook
Diorama by Judith Abraham
Out of Print by Marguerite Belkin

On view October 3-30, 2016
3 Receptions and Events:
Arts Night Out: October 14, 5-8 PM ~ Laclair and Abraham
Closing Reception: October 26, 4-6 PM ~ Cook
Origami Demo & Reception: October 29, 12:30-3 PM ~ Belkin

Judith Abraham is a local sculptor and mixed media artist.
MadWimmin Books diorama is modeled after the women’s bookstore in the comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. There were women’s bookstores all over the U.S. during the 80’s and 90’s. In Northampton we had more than one. The women’s bookstores of that time were the visible tip of the iceberg in a thriving women’s community.

Sachio Cook is an animation artist from Yamagata, Japan and Queens, NY who is currently based in Northampton. She earned her BFA in Traditional Animation from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and has since been working in the animation industry. She is inspired by the rural landscape of Pioneer Valley which is reminiscent of the environment of her hometown in Yamagata.
For this exhibit, she will show a series of works on paper that are the cross section of figurative and abstract looping animations that will be played on an adjacent screen. The purpose of the work is to show a dissection of animation as multiple drawings strung together, and invite the viewer to investigate the relationship between each individual drawing and the motion created by the drawings when played on screen.

Artist Bob Laclair made his home in Western Massachusetts, working predominantly in the medium of contemporary digital design, specializing in fractal art. His work also included video, jazz photography and graphic design. His art blends the disciplines of physics and abstract art, creating a unique and original visual style.
His final project was called “365 Fractal Compositions” creating a new fractal image each day for a year. The project was not completed, as Bob died unexpectedly August 5, 2016 peacefully in his home. He was 67.

Marguerite Belkin's story as a late blooming artist begins in 2004 in Texas with an origami butterfly class. Before she knew it, she was designing unique jewelry using origami elements.
Her origami experience led to a passion for paper, and a penchant for relief and assemblage.
Presently, she is exploring the use of discarded books as a sculpture medium. Last year, she relocated to Western Massachusetts to be closer to family. She is inspired by the beautiful scenery and phenomenal support the region provides to artists.

Gallery Hours

Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.

Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
20 West St
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

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