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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series 2017

Downtown Northampton
Summer Concert Series 2017

Outdoor concerts on summer nights in downtown Northampton is a tradition that dates back to the 1970’s. Northampton has been fertile ground for producing original music, often renowned on the national level. The Northampton Arts Council is proud to continue this tradition, and presents the 2017 Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series. The lineup for this series reflects will expose acts of varying age and style to the greater regional community.

Join us as we celebrate our local music scene with FIVE FREE LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES ON FRIDAY NIGHTS in the heart of downtown Northampton, starting July 21st and running through August 18th. All concerts start at 5:30 PM, are FREE and open to the public, and run until 7:30 PM.

Hampshire County Courthouse lawn (first two shows)
Pulaski Park (final three shows)

How Much:
FREE (bring cash for local vendors)

When & Who:
Friday July 21st - Courthouse Lawn - Winterpills, Midnight Snack, Nomad Vs. Settler
Friday July 28th - Courthouse Lawn - Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Eli Catlin
Friday August 4th - Pulaski Park - Rebelle, Rhythm Inc., i-ganic sound system
Friday August 11th - Pulaski Park - Beige, Lou Barlow (Sebadoh)
Friday August 18th - Pulaski Park - Workman Song + Special Guests TBA

Headline Sponsors:
Support Sponsors:
Stage Support: Thornes Marketplace

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Stop Making Sense - Free Outdoor Movie at 33 Hawley

Stop Making Sense film screening
Wednesday, July 19th - 8:00pm (or sundown)
33 Hawley Street, Northampton
Rain Date - Friday July 21st.

The Northampton Community Arts Trust will be one of many locations throughout the country celebrating the late Jonathan Demme by screening his seminal film of the Talking Heads in concert. Shot over three performances in LA in December 1983, Demme's creative genius, wall-to-wall music, beautiful cinematography, the legendary "Big Suit" and the band's explosive energy makes this film an exhilarating and exciting event. This is definitely a film you can dance to.

“…not one of the countless concerts filmed in the years since ever captured a band's energy quite like Jonathan Demme did in this film.” – Wired

Bring a blanket to sit on or a low chair to lounge in, and take the opportunity to have a quick look inside 33 Hawley as we prepare to partially open the building this fall.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wilbraham Friends of the Library Annual Art Exhibit Call to Artists

The Wilbraham Friends of the Library Annual Art Exhibit Call to Artists

The Wilbraham Friends of the Library (WFL) will present their Annual Art Exhibit, taking place at the Brooks Room of the Wilbraham Public Library from September 2 to September 29 with a reception for artists and Friends Saturday, September 16 from11:00 –1:00. Artists will be able to sell additional unframed pieces at the reception. The library is located at 25 Crane Park Drive, Wilbraham.

The show is open for various art media, and Chairman Mary Bandouveres is now welcoming artist's applications. Respond early at to insure your spot. Entry deadline is August 25.

The event is free and open to the public. This show is always popular and many of the artists will have pieces for sale.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

BFMC's 4th Annual Posh Picnic at Tanglewood

BFMC's 4th Annual "Posh Picnic at Tanglewood"

WHEN: Sunday, July 23rd 12:00 - 2:30pm
WHERE: Tanglewood Music Center, 97 West St, Lenox, MA 01240

*All proceeds from the Posh Picnic benefit BFMC's educational programs*
Includes a catered lunch on the lawn, VIP parking & Shed seating to the afternoon BSO Concert

Honoring Production Designer/Art Director Carl Sprague
Announcing the winners of our Screenwriting Contest!
PLUS: A fab Auction (bid on House Seats to HAMILTON!)
A Bloody Mary bar and great hats!

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Debriti Show, A Textual Experience by JonMarc Edwards at A.P.E

The Debriti Show
A Textual Experience
by JonMarc Edwards

Show Runs: July 7 -22
Artist Reception: Friday, July 14: 6-8 pm
Location: A.P.E. Ltd. 126 Main Street, Northampton, Ma 01060

"The Debriti Show,” created by JonMarc Edwards, is an interactive installation that comments on the power of language and communication. It is set in what at first appears to be an apothecary or medical marijuana dispensary, but rather than weed, it dispenses text, words and poetry. The Helvetica text is made from biodegradable materials and sold by the word, the phrase or by weight. In interaction with Debriti word tenders, attendees are encouraged to explore their relationship to language by forming a tangible relationship with text. In our current political climate and in a world where much of our communication takes place in 140 character tweets, the Debriti Show could not be more timely!


Dogs in Water, Selections by Marion Miller at Oxbow Gallery

Dogs in Water, Selections
by Marion Miller

Show dates: June 29-July 30, 2017
Reception: Friday, July 14, 5-8 p.m.
Oxbow Gallery, 273 Pleasant Street, Northampton MA

I hope these paintings speak for themselves, as a celebration of light and space, and of course dogs.
The "Dogs in Water" series grows concurrently with my series of horse-and-rider paintings. It explores many of the same issues of light and space, both as force and agency. But instead of the dramatic figures being massive creatures in the confined space of the arena, here the figures play on a lateral field with implications of infinity and interact in the entirely unique medium of water, itself both plane and figure.

Odyssey: New Paintings by Joanne Holtje at Oxbow Gallery

Odyssey: New Paintings by Joanne Holtje

Show dates: June 29-July 30, 2017
Reception: Friday, July 14, 5-8 p.m.
Oxbow Gallery, 273 Pleasant Street, Northampton MA

Joanne Holtje's bold, color-driven, expressive, abstract paintings explore scenes and characters from Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Artist Sean Greene and Jackson Street School's 5th Grade create “Be Kind” Mural


Local Mural Artist Sean Greene spent several weeks this summer working with the 5th grade students and Art Specialist teacher Brenda Lilly to create a new mural to grace the outdoor walls of Jackson Street School.

Sean Greene, who lives in Florence, has been exhibiting frequently in the U.S. in galleries such as the Brian Morris Gallery in New York, and William Baczek Fine Arts and Geoffrey Young Gallery in Massachusetts, the Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia, and New Image Art in West Hollywood, among others. He received grants from the Somerville and Northampton Arts Councils, the Artists Resource Trust and recently has been awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship. His work is in private collections in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and France, as well as the corporate collection of Neiman Marcus, and the University Museum of Contemporary Art in Amherst.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Call to Artists: 2017 Northampton Arts Council Biennial


Visual Arts & Poetry

The Northampton Arts Council enthusiastically invites submissions for their 2017 Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial, to be held at Forbes Library’s Hosmer Gallery from October 2 through October 28 2017. The Arts Council Biennial is a juried art exhibit and poetry event with free entry, open to artists and poets from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. Artists and writers are asked to submit their best work created over the past two years, including pieces they are most proud of and most closely represent their personal artistic vision.

All two and three-dimensional art in any style, as well as video and performance art will be considered for the visual arts component. The Arts Council also encourages submissions of performance art, and large 3-dimensional, weather-tolerant art for the outdoor exhibition space on the Forbes Library lawn.

Poets can submit up to 3 poems and previously published work will be accepted. Accepted poems will be displayed in the Forbes Library Hosmer Gallery throughout the Biennial for viewing by the public. The Northampton Arts Council will host the Biennial Poetry Reading, held at Forbes Library’s Calvin Coolidge Reading Room, on Monday, October 23, 2017.

The submission deadline for visual arts and poetry is August 1, 2017, 11:59 pm.

The Arts Council is proud to announce a well-rounded panel of jurors, professionals in the field who represent various aspects of the art community in western Massachusetts. The 2017 Biennial jurors for visual art will be Rosemary Tracy Woods from Art for Soul Gallery in Springfield; Justin Kimball, photographer and faculty member at Amherst College; and H. Emerson Blake, Editor-in-Chief at Orion Magazine. Poetry jurors include Northampton’s poet laureate Amy Dryansky; Diana Babineau Owen, Managing Editor at Orion Magazine; and Robbie Dunning, poet.

By hosting the Biennial, the Northampton Arts Council hopes to nurture connections between artists, writers and art lovers and contribute to a vital, sustaining art community in Western Massachusetts. For more information on the submission process for both visual arts and poetry, please visit the Northampton Arts Council website. Submission to the Biennial is always free!


Conditions: The Northampton Arts Council reserves the right to use any accepted image for promotional purposes. The Northampton Arts Council reserves the right to reject an accepted artwork if it is misrepresented by the submitted digital image.

Hanging in the Hosmer Gallery: 2 Dimensional work is hung from molding hooks and heavy weight monofilament. If framing, place hanging hardware near the top of the sides. The walls do not support nails. Pedestals and glass display cases are available for sculpture and small works. Using these guidelines, please frame and prepare your work to be hung in a professional manner.

Art displayed in the Hosmer Gallery is not insured.

Artists may offer their work for sale. If a piece is sold, a donation of 15% of the proceeds goes directly to Forbes Library.

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2017, 11:59 pm
Notification of work accepted: September 1, 2017
Delivery of accepted work: Friday, September 29, Saturday, September 30. Specific times to be announced. (Please be in touch with us directly to arrange an alternative time for drop-off if the specified time does not work.)
Installation of work: Monday, October 2, 2017
Reception: In conjunction with Arts Night Out, Friday, October 13th, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Exhibition closes: Saturday, October 28, 5:00pm.
Pick-up: Monday, October 30, 9:00am - 9:00pm
(Please be in touch with us directly to arrange an alternative time for pick-up if the specified time
does not work.)


How to submit poetry:
Submit poems as a pdf attachment to an email addressed to with Biennial Poetry in the subject line.
Judging will be blind. Include your name, address, email address, and phone contact in the body of your email but not on your poems.


How to submit visual work:

Click here to submit your work

Please read instructions for uploading images before beginning your submission. Artists may include up to 3 images. On this page and the next pages, follow the instructions. Complete and accurate information about your artwork will help in the jury process. You have now completed Steps 1 and 2 and may continue on to Step 3.

Step 3 UPLOAD Digital Files:

  • Allowed entry file types: .jpg .png .gif .mp3 .pdf .doc .mov .mp4 .wmv
  • The maximum file size is 20mb, the minimum file size is 1500kb(1.5mb), and the minimum image width is 600 pixels.
  • Up to three digital images may be submitted per artist. Submit only one digital image for diptychs, triptychs, etc. Do not hit the submit button until you have uploaded and reviewed in the next step all of your images.
Step 4 REVIEW: After uploading all your digital files, you may view your entry files.

Step 5 SUBMIT: If satisfied with your images, go on to Step 5 and submit your entry. Do not hit the submit this entry button until you are satisfied with the way your images look. You will not be able to change your entry files after hitting the submit button.

This exhibition is proudly hosted by the Northampton Arts Council, in cooperation with the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library.


Email: Ellen Augarten

Email: Brian Foote

Brian Foote at 413-587-1069.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

RETROFAIRE Open-Air Market 2017

What: RETROFAIRE Open-Air Market with live vinyl DJ sets
When: Saturday September 9th from 10:30am-6:00pm
Where: Behind Thornes Marketplace, Armory Street Parking Lot.
1 Kirkland Ave, Northampton, MA

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The Northampton Arts Council invites you to the fourth annual RETROFAIRE Open-Air Market on Saturday, September 9.

RETROFAIRE features a bounty of vintage fashion, unique reclaimed and re-purposed jewelry & design, as well as hard-to find music gear and vinyl records. Come check out collections from local and regional vendors selling the finest vintage fashions, the freshest records and unique reclaimed & re-purposed designs.

Why not spend the day supporting art, buying art and wearing art, all while listening to djays play great records and enjoying the savory smell of fine foods wafting in the background.

Come to RETROFAIRE Open-Air Market and enjoy the search for hidden treasures.

All proceeds benefit the Northampton Arts Council’s BJ Goodwin Grant. A grant designed to provide direct assistance to a Northampton-based artist, writer or arts organization in recognition of exceptional work and to support the further development of artistic talents.

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