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.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Valley Performance Lab's Summer Workshops for Kids


From June 27-July 8, the wonderful musician/performer, Felicia Sloin, and Sarah Marcus are offering:

VALLEY PERFORMANCE PLAYGROUND
-where campers will create and perform in their own original musical
-daily activities exploring acting, voice, movement, instruments, puppets, costume/set design and more...
WHO: Campers ages 8-12
WHERE: Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St, Northampton MA
WHEN: June 27-July 8, (no class July 4), 9am-3pm
COST: $450
MORE INFO: www.facebook.com/valleyperformancelab

And from Aug 1-Aug 5, the wonderful visual artist, Lindsay Fogg-Willits, and Sarah Marcus are offering:
ART AND THEATER INTERSECT
-where campers will create a new visual art piece daily, and use those pieces to inspire improvisation and theater games
WHO: Campers ages 6-10
WHERE: Arts and Industry Building, 221 Pine St, Studio 314, Florence, MA
WHEN: Aug 1-5, 8:30am-12pm
COST: $155
MORE INFO: http://art-always.net/index.php/summer-schedule/

When the Road Came Through: How Construction of I-91 Changed Western MA

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When the Road Came Through:
How Construction of I-91 Changed Western MA

Wednesday, April 6
Friends Annual Meeting at 6:30 followed by Historical Talk at 7 PM
Coolidge Museum

Concert Tour Premieres New Works


Three contemporary instrumental works will make their world premiere in the Baystate on a concert tour featuring two Valley artists, Pianist Andrew D'Antonio and Flautist Erin Pulley, during the first week of April.

The four-city tour begins at the Community Music School of Springfield on Tuesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Robyn Newhouse Hall, continuing with performances at the Edwards Church in Northampton, Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m.; The Green Room in Somerville, Saturday, April 9 at 6 p.m.; and St. John's Episcopal Church in Williamstown, Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m. The concerts are free; however, donations to defray the costs of the artists will be appreciated.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Dianne Mower



Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vocalist Dianne Mower Tuesday, April 5th, 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.

Friday, March 25, 2016

2016 Hampshire County Listening Tour


Please Join Senate Chair Eric Lesser & House Chair Cory Atkins of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development for the 2016 Hampshire County Listening Tour

Monday, May 9 UMass Fine Arts Center

Schedule:
9 to 10 a.m. Refreshments in the Fine Arts Center Lobby
10 to 12 p.m. Public Hearing in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall 12 to 4 p.m. VIP Luncheon and Tour of Region

RSVP to melissa@visithampshirecounty.com & indicate if you’d like to provide testimony at the hearing.





The New Haven Paint & Clay Club 115th ANNUAL JURIED ART EXHIBIT

C A L L F O R A R T I S T S

The New Haven Paint & Clay Club announces its

115th ANNUAL JURIED ART EXHIBIT
May 13 - JUNE 10, 2016

at The Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Various Arts events at Mass Audubon


Fundamental Digital Nature Photo Workshop
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Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
Location:
Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center, Southampton
Instructor:
Robert Floyd - Photojournalist
Audience:
Adult
Members:
$130.00
Nonmembers:
$145.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Do you have a new digital camera? Are you confused by all the dials .and buttons? Here's an opportunity to learn how to use your camera and have fun! Each session will explore a different camera control and how to use it. We’ll also receive tips on how to better capture images of birds and other critters, fall foliage, flowers, landscapes, waterfalls, and more. Composition, exposure, and cropping will be a main theme throughout all class sessions.
Class dates and times:
·         Thu, Mar 31, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
·         Thu, Apr 07, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
·         Thu, Apr 14, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
·         Thu, Apr 28, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
·         Thu, May 05, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
·         Thu, May 12, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instructions and Directions:
Please bring your manual to the first class.
Directions, Photo Gallery is located at the intersection of Route 10 and East Street, Southampton.
Registration is required.
Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.


Trail Camera Photography Workshop
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Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
Sun, Apr 03, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location:
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
Instructors:
Hollie Sutherland; Zalmai Moheb; Carolina Saenz Bolanos
Audience:
Adult
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Are you interested in wildlife and finding out ways to discover what is around you? Do you own a trail camera and want to know how to use it? If you answered yes to either of these questions this workshop is for you! 
We will be discussing how trail cameras work and how to set them up, what they are used for, how they can aide scientific research and how ‘you' can help conserve native wildlife across Massachusetts. 
We will also be traveling the world exploring trail camera studies in Afghanistan, looking at Snow Leopards and Persian Leopards, and in Costa Rica looking at Jaguars.
Part of the workshop will be outdoors - please bring appropriate clothing and footwear and a packed lunch. Older children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. 
Instructions and Directions:
Suggested donation $10 at the door
Registration is required.
Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

Botanical Illustration
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Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
Location:
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
Instructor:
Jan Ruby-Crystal - Professor of Art and Design
Audience:
Adult
Members:
$215.00
Nonmembers:
$255.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Using graphite pencils, technical pens, and watercolors, learn how to create botanical illustrations of plants, trees, and flowers. We will begin with instruction in line and tonal drawing before moving on to various watercolor techniques. Subjects will be selected from the plant life that thrives at Arcadia. We will learn to identify and illustrate important key features, such as leaf, tree, and flower type. Color studies, exercises and composition will be practiced throughout the course.
Class dates and times:
·         Mon, Apr 11, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Mon, Apr 18, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Mon, Apr 25, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Mon, May 02, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Mon, May 09, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Mon, May 16, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Art House Plein Air Art Making
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Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
Location:
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton
Instructor:
Jan Ruby-Crystal - Professor of Art and Design
Audience:
Adult
Members:
$205.00
Nonmembers:
$245.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Come create with us! Bring your own supplies for a morning of painting, drawing, photography, collaging, sculpting, etc. Follow your creative muse and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow creatives. Jan Ruby, MFA, will provide instruction in techniques, structure, and composition. She will also provide individual instruction to participants.
Class dates and times:
·         Tue, Apr 12, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Tue, Apr 19, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Tue, Apr 26, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Tue, May 03, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Tue, May 10, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
·         Tue, May 17, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 Instructions and Directions:
Please bring canvas and paper supplies, easels and 3-D materials. We will supply watercolors, brushes, drawing materials and inks of many colors.
Registration is required.
Call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.

Nature Photography Workshop: BEYOND Basics

Nature Photography Workshop: BEYOND Basics
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Class dates and times:
·         Sun, Apr 03, 2016 10:00 am - 12:30 am
·         Sun, Apr 10, 2016 10:00 am - 12:30 am
·         Sun, May 01, 2016 10:00 am - 12:30 am
·         Sun, May 08, 2016 10:00 am - 12:30 am

·         Robert Floyd, Photojournalist and Owner of Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center, Southampton
·         Sessions held at Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center, 2 East Street @ Route 10, Southampton 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Serious Play!'s Endgame Project


Join us at Gateway City Arts next weekend! Come to the talkback following Friday's show. Have dinner at Gateway's bistro, Tiny Kitchen, which is staying open from 5:00-7:30 pm especially for our audiences! Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800.838.3006.  
     
     Visit Gateway City Arts and Tiny Kitchen on Facebook:
      https://www.facebook.com/gatewaycityarts       https://www.facebook.com/gatewaycitybistro/?fref=ts
      and visit their website: www.gatewaycityarts.com

     

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

“Questions of Travel: Recent Landscapes” Recent Work by Justin Kim

Justin Kim Paintings and Other Events
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MARCH EXHIBITION AT A.P.E.
March 8 - April 2
“Questions of Travel: Recent Landscapes”
Recent Work by Justin Kim


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Join us March 25th when The ArtSalon goes to Ashfield!
 
When: Friday, March 25th, 6:30pm Reception, 7pm Presentations
Where: Double Edge Theatre, Ashfield, MA
Who: Hayley Wood, Frank Ward, Marissa Barringer, Sarah Holbrook and Jane Lund


Check out our Facebook page for updates!
The evening begins at 6:30pm with mingling and light refreshments, and presentations start at 7pm.
Food will be provided by Gloriosa & Co.
A brief Q&A period with the artists follows the presentations.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Ashfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Serious Play!'s ENDGAME PROJECT at Gateway City Arts, Holyoke
Thursday, March 31 / Friday, April 1 / Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 PM
Limited seating
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Directed by Sheryl Stoodley, with Kermit Dunkelberg, Rand Foerster, and puppeteer David Regan

 
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Vermont Performance Lab’s 10th Anniversary Season Begins

Vermont Performance Lab’s 10th Anniversary Season Begins in Partnership with Ghosts and a Dance, April 29

At the launch of its 10th Anniversary Season, Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) partners with The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) in Northampton, MA to co-present a work-in-progress of choreographer Aretha Aoki’s latest work, New, created in collaboration with visual and sound artist Ryan MacDonald.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Karrin Allyson


Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vocalist Karrin Allyson Tuesday, March 29th, 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.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features tenor saxophonists Paul Combs and Jim Cameron and the music of Tadd Dameron

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest tenor saxophonists Paul Combs and Jim Cameron and the music of Tadd Dameron Tuesday, March 22nd, 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.

8th annual Meltdown Family Music and Book Fest


Thousands expected to flock to 8th annual Meltdown Family Music and Book Fest

Three stages of Grammy-winning musicians, award-winning authors, puppets and storytellers. A dance club. Petting farm and exotic animals. Bounce house, circus, food court, vendors and so much more.

Meltdown Family Music and Book Fest returns to Smith Vocational High School this Saturday, March 26th from 10am-4pm. Admission is free.

“Meltdown has become the unofficial end-of-winter celebration for families with young children,” says Mark Lattanzi, Event Director. “We offer world class family musicians and authors, like Latin Grammy winner Mister G, bestselling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka, and Nick Jr. and PBS Kids illustrator and animator Bob Shea.” Each year over 3,000 adults and kids attend.

“Kids love Meltdown, whether it’s bouncing in one of the two bounce houses, petting the farm animals, meeting an armadillo, watching circus performers, playing with the giant Matchbox car track, dancing to the music, or catching a story or puppet show. And despite the name, there are very few actual meltdowns at Meltdown – it’s all fun!” says Lattanzi.

Meltdown also offers a food court filled with local restaurants, a digital photo booth, three stages and plenty of room to roam for families with young children. Kids aged toddler through elementary school age will find plenty to enjoy at Meltdown.

Meltdown is the creation of the Northampton Radio Group: WRSI 93.9 the River; WHMP; and Hits 94.3. It’s supported by Yankee Candle Village and several other local sponsors.

Full event schedule and information can be found at www.rivermeltdown.com

Monday, March 21, 2016

ArtsEZ 2016 Spring Grant Round


ArtsEZ Spring Grant Program

DEADLINE WAS MAY 15, 2016

The Northampton Arts Council is a unique Local Cultural Council in that it offers a second round of grants every spring with money raised through annual events like Transperformance and the Four Sundays in February Series

Funds will be available in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Schools, Theater, and Visual Arts

Last spring, the Council awarded $15,000 to 23 recipients with grants ranging from $250-$1500. 

Projects must start no earlier than July 1, 2016, and must be completed by June 30, 2017. 

ONLY ONLINE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Pittsfield Paintbox Program Announced

Pittsfield Paintbox Program Announced

Pittsfield Artscape has announced a partnership with Berkshire Money Management to bring more public art to the downtown with the Pittsfield Paintbox Program.

The Pittsfield Paintbox Program will bring intriguing and vibrant paintings to the streets' utility boxes (load centers). Artists will transform the typically drab electrical boxes, increasing the vibrancy of the artful streetscape. It will celebrate local artists, enliven the streetscape, and discourage vandalism of utility boxes throughout the downtown.

For the inaugural year, eight Paintbox designs will be installed in the downtown corridor from the Berkshire Museum to Persip Park; see map below.

Further support is provided by the Pittsfield Cultural Council, the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc., and the Berkshire Museum.

Click here for the Pittsfield Paintbox Application

SCDT presents (hut) performance


3 artists - 3 disciplines - 3 short sets

Sunday March 13th
7-9pm
25 Main Street 4th Floor Northampton, MA 01060

Jason Lescalleet - Electro-Acoustic Sound
Laura A. Warman - Poetry
Joy Davis - Dance

Show will start on time

Friday, March 4, 2016

Serious Play presents What is? by Samuel Beckett


Northampton Jazz Workshop features tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart Tuesday, March 8th, 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.

Meltdown 2016: a festival for kids and their grown-ups!

Meltdown 2016: a festival for kids and their grown-ups!
Saturday, March 26, 2016. 10am-4pm.
Smith Vocational High School, Northampton

Yankee Candle93.9 the River and yc_village_stack_blackHits 94.3 proudly present Meltdown 2016, Saturday March 26thSmith Vocational High School,Northampton MA.
FREE ADMISSION!
Three stages of music, authors, puppets and storytellers. A dance club. Petting zoo. Bounce house, circus, food court, vendors and so much more. And it’s all FREE!

Main Stage
The Main Stage room has plenty of space for dancing, tables for sitting and snacking, all our food vendors plus books, CDs and more!
Music from these performers: Latin Grammy-winning Mister G! Grammy-nominated Alastair Moock & FriendsThe Deedle Deedle DeesMoona LunaRatboy Jr. and Vered.
Readings from these children’s book authors/illustrators: Kelly LightAme DyckmanBob SheaMolly Burnham. And Jarrett’s Drawing Party with Nicole Tadgell and Anna Alter!

Craft Corner

Get crafty in the WEBS Craft Corner with a fun, FREE project – this year, make necklaces and bracelets with cork beads!



The Chill Room

Do you love puppets and stories? You’ll love the Chill Room! A day full of puppet shows and storytelling featuring Tom Knight PuppetsTalking Hands Theatre and Tom McCabe from Paintbox Theatre.

The Lounge

GSB-LOGO-RGB-8x2-600dpi-030316-222Get up close with small stage performances by Matt HeatonIn the Nick of TimeKB Whirly,  Sarah Aroesteand more!


The Meltdown Get Down Dance Party

Dance the day away in our kid friendly club where DJ Trumpy from Hits 94.3 spins pop hits and family friendly dance music!

The Gym

Watch the acrobatic circus performers from SHOW Circus Studio and New England Center for Circus Arts or just bounce in the bounce house! Check out the exotic animals from the Forest Park Zoo in the lobby!

Petting Farm

rivervalleycooplogoPresented by River Valley Coop and the Smith Vocational and Technical High School Future Farmers of America.
Meet all the animals in the barn! Pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys and more, and find out about how you can go to high school and learn to be a farmer!

Food Court



Enjoy fun and healthy treats from local vendors Cup and Top CafeBart’s Ice CreamHolyoke Hummus Co. and more in our Food Court!

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