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, November 22, 2016

Click Workspace premieres Pastiche, A Makers Market


Click Workspace premieres Pastiche, A Makers Market


Click Workspace, Northampton’s coworking center at 9 ½ Market Street, will open its doors to the public to showcase a wide variety of handmade art, goods, and gifts from Pioneer Valley artists and socially-conscious local companies during Pastiche, A Makers Market, on Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th.

Friday’s market will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., as part of Arts Night Out Northampton. The evening will completed with refreshments, a bake sale by the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, and music by pianist Cara Hudson-Erdman. The market will continue on Saturday the 10th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s artist vendors include Weehah Greeting Cards by Louisa Wimberger, pottery by Cher Willems, marbled silk scarves and gifts by George Reynolds, colorful figurines from Sally White, jewelry by Laurie Wojtusik, 3D art quilts by Dawn Allen, button bracelets by Deena Sarvet, and subway-style map prints from graphic design firm Transit Authority Figures.



In addition, three social enterprises will showcase their products:



ArteSana will be selling accent pillows made by women in Holyoke. The organization collects donations of discarded tee shirts, strips them, and uses looms to weave them into products, which generates income for the weavers and helps fund free creative workshops and free English for Speakers of Other Languages classes made available to their community.


Prosperity Candle operates out of Easthampton’s Eastworks. Every hand-poured candle creates opportunities for women refugees building a brighter future in the U.S., and supports women’s entrepreneurship around the world. They will also be selling Pioneer Valley Gift Baskets, which feature small-batch products from area producers.



Amherst-based Esperanza Soaps makes all-natural, handmade soaps and scrubs at its factory in Las Malvinas II, a slum in the heart of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Their factory location was specifically chosen to bring good jobs to women that want a brighter future for themselves and their children.





Click Workspace invites everyone – from holiday shoppers to curious passers-by – to stop into Pastiche, meet these local artists, enjoy refreshments from Hungry Ghost Bread and River Valley Market, and find gifts to feel great about giving this season. More information is available at http://clickworkspace.org/events/pastiche.

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