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, August 17, 2017

Zea Mays Printmaking Residency Openings

Zea Mays Printmaking
320 Riverside Dr, Florence, MA

We still have some openings for Fall - Winter 2017-18 Residencies and we're expediting applications! Apply now and receive an answer within a week.

Full Residency - including private studio and on-site accommodations
December 4-17, 2017
January 2-14, 2018
January 30 - February 11, 2018
February 13 -25, 2018

Mini-Residency - 6 days in the members' studio with on-site accommodations
September 19-24, 2017
December 5-10, 2017
January 9-14, 2018
February 6-11, 2018
February 20-25, 2018

You can do a residency at Zea Mays Printmaking in two ways -

A Full residency includes a private studio with our largest press (Takach 40" x 72" etching press), access to all of our etching, photopolymer, screen printing and monotype facilities and equipment and accommodations in our lovely on-site apartment. Price is $1500 for 2 weeks.

A mini-residency brings you into our members' studio where you get two work tables and share a press with our members. Mini-residencies are 6 days long and include access to the studio and all of the facilities and equipment during open hours, plus accommodations in the on-site apartment. Price is $600 for 6 days.

Read more about both types of residencies and apply!

STUDIO4 Fall Season Announcement


STUDIO FOR movement, music, art, film, STUDIO FOR performance, STUDIO FOR you!

STUDIO4, the vibrant community arts space located in the heart of downtown Northampton is proud to announce a packed season of DANCE, MUSIC, FILM and THEATER programs for all ages. STUDIO4 Fall 2017 programming launches some new series: SATURDOOZY- a kid’s night out on the 3rd Saturday of each month starting September 16th, COLLIDER- People STUDIO4 continues with dynamic interdisciplinary performance series that include HUT- 3 artists, 3 genres, 3 short sets on Saturday Oct 7th at 8 PM, and A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP- an experimental film series on Saturday Sept 22 at 8 PM. Tickets and details at Or at 413 570 4491.

STUDIO4 is the home to THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND THOUGHT (SCDT) that offers movement classes for youth and adults, showcasing the teen dance company who recently performed at Jacob’s Pillow, HATCHERY. SCDT hosts space for local performers in WIP works in progress performance series and presents international artists for the fall season including local choreographer Michelle Marroquin, Italian vocalist and performer Massimiliano Balduzzi, and San Francisco based performance activist: Taja Will.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Transperformance 2016 Documentary

Departure Reading Series #3 at A.P.E

Departure Reading Series #3
Thursday, August 17 at 8 pm.
A.P.E. Ltd - 126 Main Street Northampton, MA

Friends! Come to APE gallery on August 17th to witness the writerly work of:
April Grayce
Nico Gomez-Horton
John Goodhue
Maggie Foley

Expect an instruction at the door. For what? You'll have to come to find out, my curious ones. We promise it to be poetic & not embarrassing, unless you want it to be.

Molly McBride's wildcrafted teas will be there, & we will be accepting donations for the Prison Birth Project.

Departure Reading Series is a monthly series curated by Nellie Prior and G.D Harkavy. Each month will find us in a new container somewhere in Western Massachusetts as we attempt to challenge accepted conventions of poetry spaces.

This event is funded by the Northampton Arts Council.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Big Dance Theater’s CAGE SHUFFLE starring Paul Lazar

Big Dance Theater’s CAGE SHUFFLE starring Paul Lazar

One Night Only!
Monday, August 14, 2017
8:00pm (running time: 50 min.)
$10.00 - No Reservations - Tickets at the Door
A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery 126 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

In Cage Shuffle Paul Lazar speaks a series of one-minute stories by John Cage from his 1963 score Indeterminacy while simultaneously performing choreography by Annie-B Parson.
The stories are spoken in a random order with no predetermined relationship to the dancing. Chance serves up its startling blend of inevitable and uncanny connections between text and movement.

Local Artists Turn Downtown Utility Boxes into Artwork

Local Artists Turn Downtown Utility Boxes into Artwork

If you take a stroll down Main Street in Northampton, you may notice something a little bit different. Where there used to be four blank utility boxes, there now stand four beautiful pieces of artwork. Designed and painted by local artists, these four utility boxes are the product of the downtown art project, Paint This Box!

Paint This Box! began as a project inspired by Peter Zierlein, who had previously painted two utility boxes in Northampton. Peter saw his artwork as something that could be further replicated, so he reached out to Northampton Arts Council Director, Brian Foote, to see if they could collaborate. Brian was excited about this idea and they began to set the project in motion.

Following the success of BenchWalk, Brian contacted Jonathan Goldman who had helped lead that project. Jonathan happily joined the planning team and, within a few weeks, they had created a full plan for how to execute what was now being called, “Paint This Box!” The name was inspired by Peter who was hoping to see this project as both an opportunity for artists to be recognized and to get the Northampton community excited about public art.

Paint This Box! quickly caught on, and when the selection jury had received all of the submissions for the project, they were stuck with difficult decisions. Ultimately, the jury of Brian, Northampton Arts Council Member Joseph Pesce, and A. P. E. Associate Director Lisa Thompson decided on Mo Willems, Corinne Cascioppo, Ryan Murray, and Peter Zierlein.

On Sunday, June 11th, Mo, Corinne, Ryan, and Peter hit Main Street to paint their boxes. With great weather in the forecast, the artists were prepared to turn these seemingly boring objects into beautiful artwork. By the end of the day, when the artists hung up their brushes, they left behind four new, great additions to the expanding public art of downtown Northampton.

With Pulaski Park soon to be completed and more public art projects being thought up everyday, Paint This Box! is another step towards seeing Northampton grow as a public art community. Not only do projects like this help make our community more beautiful but they also help support the artists who call Northampton home.

Thank you to everyone who supported this project and made Paint This Box! possible. Without the generous donations from Smith College and Florence Bank, donations of supplies from Foster Farrar and Royal Talens, North America, and the generous support of the Northampton Arts Council, City of Northampton, and Massachusetts Cultural Council this project would not have been possible.

We can’t wait to see what else we can all accomplish if we work together to continue expanding Northampton as a public art community!

POZ @ Hawley Street and Bridge Street

Mo and Cher Willems @ Main Street and Pleasant Street

Brian Foote and Ryan Murray @ West Street and Main Street

Corinne Cascioppo @ South Street and Main Street

POZ @ Hawley Street and Bridge Street

POZ @ Hawley Street and Bridge Street

POZ @ Hawley Street and Bridge Street

POZ @ Hawley Street and Bridge Street

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Shadow Puppetry in Pulaski Park with The Brothers Čampur

What: The Brothers Čampur: An Evening of Indonesian Shadow Puppet Theater
When: Friday, September 8, 2017, 7pm
Where: Pulaski Park, Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

The Northampton Arts Council welcomes The Brothers Čampur to the stage for an evening of Wayang Kulit, in the park. Wayang Kulit is a form of traditional shadow-puppetry from Bali, Indonesia that brings together elements from the island’s rich cultural traditions: Hindu epics, complex music, leather carving, ritual, movement, and slap-stick comedy.

Since 2012, The Brothers Čampur—puppeteers Putu Rekayasa and Panji Wilimantara, theatre artist Sam Jay Gold, and ethnomusicologist Ian Coss—have presented this dynamic art form to audiences in both Indonesia and the United States. They are thrilled to share their newest show under the stars in Downtown Northampton Pulaski Park for one night only. Witness heroes rescue loved ones, clowns fight demons, and Gods crack jokes about Twitter and Instagram — all from the shadows.

Ordinary Devotion: A photography installation by Martha Fleming-Ives

Ordinary Devotion
A photography installation by Martha Fleming-Ives
August 8 – August 26, 2017
Artist Reception: Friday, August 11 , 6 - 8 pm
A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery 126 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

​A.P.E is pleased to present Ordinary Devotion, an exhibition of new photographs by Martha Fleming-Ives. Taken during the artist’s first year of motherhood and her daughter’s infancy, Ordinary Devotion depicts her early experiences as a mother through images of her growing child, her changing body, and the domestic space immediately surrounding them. Over the past several years, Fleming-Ives’ photographic practice has focused upon unflinching portraits of members of her family, at times capturing vulnerable periods of transition and growth. Here, Fleming-Ives turns her lens to herself, identifying the mother-child relationship as a familial point of origin. Taking its title from English pediatrician and psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott’s statement that an “ordinary devoted mother”—present rather than perfect—is enough for the healthy development of a child, Fleming-Ives’ series acts as a negotiation between the seemingly opposite mundane tasks of daily life tending to an infant and the blissful, often spiritual, sensuality present in caring for a new child.

Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra - Open Rehearsal

Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra
Outside the Box
33 Hawley Street
Wednesday, August 9, 7:30pm

An evening with one of the Valley’s greatest musical extravaganzas

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
Practice, practice, practice.

Founded in 2009 by musical director Peter Blanchette, HVGO is a true avant-garde orchestra, comprised of talented and enthusiastic guitarists — both acoustic and electric — from widely varied traditions. HVGO creates new and beautiful music that could only come from such an eclectic mélange, inspiring musicians to work together who might otherwise never collaborate.

This evening's open rehearsal offers an inside look — listen, more accurately — at how the collaborative creative process works. Recently returned from playing solo gigs in Europe, maestro Blanchette will lead, encourage and occasionally cajole his players through both old and new material.

This is a free event. Bring an old blanket to sit on or a low chair to lounge in. And please, take the opportunity to have a quick look inside 33 Hawley as we prepare to partially open the building this fall.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

On View at Hosmer Gallery: Works by Shannon E. Ryan, Ray Radigan and Lisa Yeisley

Half of America by Ray Radigan
'Secrets of the Sea' Underwater Photography by Shannon E. Ryan
Portraits and Drawings by Lisa Yeisley

August 2-30, 2017
Reception: Wednesday August 2, 5-7 PM
Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton MA 01060

It was on long, cross-country drives that Ray Radigan first glimpsed the American struggle between hope and despair that became the inspiration behind his paintings. His oil paintings of buildings depict this struggle: to repair or to demolish. They are not intended as commentary, only as observations. Each has its own history and tells a different story. Together, they help to exemplify a nation’s people caught between optimism and surrender.

After growing up in Pearl River, NY, Ray attended SUNY New Paltz where he studied art education. He earned his masters degree in illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Since graduating in 2008, he has worked for the National Park Service and non-profit museums on illustration and design projects. In 2013, he began painting his “Half of America” series.

Secrets of the Sea by Shannon Ryan: “Since I was 7 years old I have been deeply drawn to the ocean and the life it holds. As I grew older I became aware of just how vast and intricate the oceans really are, how all life is connected to the oceans, and how we as humans are treating this crucial part of our existence. My main goal in sharing my photographs is to bring both awe and knowledge to the public. I want people to be aware of the ‘Secrets of the Sea’ and understand their role in sustaining it. I am particularly drawn to preserving this invaluable resource including sharks, the planet’s most misunderstood marine animal. I am a local resident, certified as an advanced and nitrox scuba diver, and a third year student at Maharishi University of Management majoring in Sustainability.”

Lisa Yeisley is a portrait and figurative artist based in Western Massachusetts, near a lake with eagles, otters and the occasional double rainbow. She’s been drawing all her life, and after a decades-long detour into the world of graphic design, she returned to full-time art making because she was tired of keyboards and screens… and she really really missed getting her hands dirty.

Incision Objects Sound Installation by Jake Meginsky

Incision Objects Sound Installation by Jake Meginsky
July 31th- August 5th 2017
A.P.E. Ltd. 126 Main StreetNorthampton, Ma 01060

Performance event with dancers Katie Martin and Jenny Bennet
Friday Aug 4th from 6pm-8pm. Free

Regular gallery hours Aug. 1st–5th, 12-5 pm

Jake Meginsky's Sound Installation seeks to directly engage listeners with the normally unheard sonic properties of everyday structures and settings by using pure electronics and electro-magnetic transducers to set architectural spaces and materials into vibration. In this work, all musical elements of each piece—pitch, rhythm, duration and timbre—would be determined by the physical qualities of the vibrating objects and/or spaces themselves. In essence, this project exists as a dynamic intersection of music, sound and architecture.


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