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, May 22, 2018

Help us make Northampton less vulnerable to Climate Change


WHAT: Resilience and Regeneration Plan Public Meeting
WHERE: Great Room, Northampton Senior Center - 67 Conz Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: June 5, 2018. 7:00pm - 9:00pm

City departments, community partners, and residents have started collaborating on ways to help Northampton thrive by creating happy, healthy, inclusive, and sustainable communities that are prepared for climate change.

This public meeting will share progress and kick off the next steps for developing this Resilience and Regeneration Plan.

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Great Room, Northampton Senior Center
67 Conz Street, Northampton

Can’t make this meeting, but want to help?
Let us know at the link below!
I'd like to know about future opportunities: https://goo.gl/forms/N05fjXvukWhOe0V62

Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum Community Day


WHAT: COMMUNITY DAY FOR NORTHAMPTON AND HATFIELD
WHERE: THE PORTER-PHELPS-HUNTINGTON MUSEUM 30 River Drive Hadley, MA. 
WHEN: JUNE 2, 2018 10:00am to 3:30pm

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington-Museum invites all residents of Northampton and Hatfield to a Community Day on Saturday, June 2 from 10:00am to 3:30pm. All residents are welcome to the Museum for free tours on the half hour. Afterwards, guests can relax on the back veranda with complimentary lemonade and cookies. Members of the community are encouraged to explore the homestead and grounds of one of the founding families of Hadley and learn about the history of the Connecticut River Valley.

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum provides a detailed look at the role of one family in the span of over 200 years of history in the Connecticut Valley. The home, built in 1752, is preserved to its circa 1800 structure and interior d├ęcor, and houses the family’s personal belongings accumulated over generations. During a tour of the house, visitors witness the impact of historical events like the Revolutionary War, the abolition of slavery, learn more about the changing role of women, and the influence of various theological movements on local society. As the house was passed from woman to woman, unusual in its time, the museum offers an oft-overlooked perspective on women’s social roles and history over the past few centuries. A visit to the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House is a unique experience that allows guests to explore the history of New England on a personal, intimate level through the eyes of one family.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Call to Artists: Be Counted and Be Included


Are you an artist, musician, craftsperson, performer, graphic designer or creative that works or lives in Springfield or Indian Orchard? Art for the Soul Gallery and the UMass Arts Extension Service want you to be counted and included!

Whether you work full-time or part-time at your craft, you are invited to join the effort to be counted and included when future opportunities to exhibit, perform, or gain access to grant funds when they are available.

Fill out the survey at the link below by May 25th, and be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from the Springfield Central Cultural District. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time traveling to the past or the future with Multi-Arts


WHAT: Time traveling to the past or the future with Multi-Arts
WHEN: Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
WHERE: Forbes Library Community Room, 20 West St., Northampton MA

Join us in a fun, engaging theatrical activity that inspires collaboration and discovery!

Who would you like to meet if you could travel to the past? Where would you like to explore if you could travel to the future? Work together to create a theatrical story that explores these questions in a new, exciting way!

Afterwards, enjoy our presentation of a journey to the 1840’s! When young Justine is sent back in time, she meets Angeline Palmer, a brave African American girl who was saved from slavery with the help of the town. Learn the true story of Angeline and experience the roots of what makes our community such a unique place: our avant-garde spirit, celebration of differences, and ability to come together as a community to stand up for human rights.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Community Room

More info: https://forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/4175966

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SATURDOOZY! Arts Focused Kids Night Out at STUDIO4


WHAT: SATURDOOZY! ARTS FOCUSED KIDS NIGHT OUT 
WHEN: Saturday May 19th 6-10 PM
WHERE: STUDIO4, 25 Main St, 4th floor, Northampton MA.

Please save the date and spread the word about the LAST SATURDOOZY of the season!

Celebrate an extended mother's day by sending your kids to an awesome arts focused kids night where they can boogie, chase invisible monkeys and feast with friends while you go out on the town or take a nap... or both!

check out our trailer and spread the word
https://vimeo.com/242992461

Ask about our "VALET SERVICE" !

PRE REGISTER ONLINE NOW!
6-10pm $30 / 6-8pm $20 [additional siblings half price]
https://www.studio4noho.com/saturdoozy

ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/events/162910907677217/

UMASS Arts Extension Service hiring Administrative Assistant


Clerk IV/Dean Humanities and Fine Arts-Arts Extenstion Service (AES) (Part-Time)
Full Posting: https://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=97680

Category: Non-Exempt 
Department: Dean Humanities and Fine Arts/AES
Locations: Amherst, MA
Posted: May 10, '18
Type: Part-time
Ref. No.: R152773

Job Description:

GRADE 13 PART-TIME/50%

1ST SHIFT MONDAY-FRIDAY (18.75 hrs/wk)

Coordinate program administrative and support services for the Arts Extension Service (AES) in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Support online and campus programs and courses. Relate to AES students, artists, state and local Arts Agency cutomers, grant sponsors, and others.

Duties and Responsibilities

Serve as the central contact person and perform all tasks associated with supporting office interactions and administrative work. Provide administrative support to the director with all matters pertaining to the Arts Extension Service programs, courses, and projects including the following:
Monitor and respond to AES email and phone inquiries.
Maintain Customer Relationship Management database (CRM). Input data, pull reports, create queries.
Participate in weekly staff meetings with director and program coordinators. Work collaboratively and assist with routine problem solving.
Submit Faculty Appointment forms, Grad Status, and Contracts to lecturers and instructors on a timely basis each semester.
Provide excellent customer service through phone and e-mail. Aid students with registration and basic Blackboard access problems.
Distribute, collect, and tabulate program evaluation materials on Survey Monkey. Prepare summary or statistical reports.
Generate reports via spreadsheets and surveys. Proofread and verify accuracy of information.
Submit deposits to HFA Business Office and file documentation accordingly. Using Commerce Manager, conduct book fulfillment; process and ship books nationally and internationally and via downloads.
Work collegially with staff in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Continuing and Professional Education, University Without Walls, Records and Registration, and others in the performance of duties.
Schedule, train, and supervise student employees; teach use of CRM, review work for accuracy, and with director, establish weekly student workload and assign duties.
Update website using Drupal; create content, edit and add images, update course information, and create and build new pages.
Update all AES social media; write and collect content and photos. Create and print campus-based marketing materials, publications, website, office stationary, etc. using Adobe programs. Assist University Relations with revision of off-campus brochures and other press and marketing materials; review, edit for grammar, spelling, and graphic issues.
Produce regular marketing e-mails; create content and submission of e-blasts. Write, create, and release schedule to market courses, trainings, and AES events.
Perform Blackboard and Moodle updates for all courses online and on campus (35-40 courses annually). Create online and on-campus course syllabi, update calendar, assignments, discussion, and feedback release dates. Assist faculty with resolving Blackboard and Moodle problems. Support course set-up and student enrollment in SPIRE/CAPS.
Track and document student progress for campus and online certificates. Verify student course completion, manage application forms, submit forms to the Registrar, print and mail certificates. Coordinate Student Response To Instruction (SRTI) forms.
Provide support for AES trainings/events, including revising and editing director's PowerPoint presentations and handouts, drafting press releases, ordering food, and attending to travel needs. Coordinate Audio/Visual needs.
Assist with research for publications and programs.
Open, close, and cover the office during normal operating hours and in the absence of the director.
Perform other duties as required.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features trombonist Steve Davis

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features trombonist Steve Davis
WHEN: Tuesday, May 22nd, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM 
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

One of the hottest players on the New York scene today just happens to be one of our regular guest artists and good friends. Trombonist Steve Davis has been recently working with all the top players in NYC, recording, gigging and touring internationally. He is currently on the road with the Christian McBride Big Band. It's always fun, straight ahead and hard swinging when Steve comes so I hope you can join us. Steve is also an inspired educator and I'm sure many of his past and present students will show up for the jam session that follows the concert set. Also, Jon Fisher will be back on drums and I'm sure sounding great as he returns from working seven days a week with some great players on a cruise ship. http://stevedavismusic.com

Upcoming Guest Artists:
5/8 - Fred Haas - alto sax with Claire Arenius on drums
5/15 - Don Braden - sax and flute with Jimmy Maddison on drums
5/22 - Steve Davis - trombone with Jon Fisher on drums
5/29 - Hendrik Meurkens - vibes and harmonica with Jon Fisher on drums

6/5 - Wanda Houston - vocals
6/12 - Ray Vega - trumpet
6/19 - Nicole Pasternak and Ralph Lalama - vocals and tenor sax
6/26 - Rob Sheps - saxes

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: www.facebook.com/Northampt onJazzWorkshop

Green River Festival at Arts Night Out June 8


WHAT: Green River Festival 2018 Pop Up Show
WHEN: Arts Night Out - June 8th 5-8pm
WHERE: Pulaski Park Main Street Northampton, MA
                Rain Location: The Parlor Room 32 Masonic St. Northampton, MA.

Featuring:

Twisted Pine (EP Release Show)
http://www.twistedpineband.com

The Sea The Sea
https://www.theseathesea.com


Free Show! Come out for your chance to WIN TICKETS to Green River Fest!
Deep Discounts on festival merchandise & memorabilia.

Transperformance 28

Each year in August the Northampton Arts Council and the Parent Teacher Organizations of Northampton’s public school system join forces to raise funds for arts enrichment in the schools and for the ArtsEZ grant program. Once again, on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 it’s time to celebrate our community and the arts with Transperformance 28, THE end-of-the-summer music festival at Pines Theater-Look Park.

The original concept for Transperformance was for local bands to take on a persona of another established nationally recognized act and perform or “Transperform” their bands’ style. The acts that are chosen are done thematically, such as Transperformance 22 “Food Groups” (Heather Maloney as Amy Winehouse) or Transperformance 24 “Off the Map” (Colorway as Boston) or Transperformance 23 “Beyond Bob” (Rusty Belle as Bob Dylan). Over the years Transperformance has evolved and tribute style performances have become acceptable if not the norm.

What: Transperformance 28: THEME TBA!

When: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 4:00-9:30pm

Where: Pines Theater-Look Park, 300 N Main Street Florence, MA 01062

How Much:

Adults 13+ $10

Seniors 65+ & Veterans $8

Kids 12 & under $5

Tickets:

ONLINE, State Street Fruit Store-Northampton, Cooper's Corner-Florence, AJ Hastings-Amherst

Rain Date: Wednesday, August 22 at Pines Theater, Look Park

Rain Predicted Both Days: Tuesday, August 21 at John M Greene Hall, Smith College

Northampton Summer Concert Series 2018


Outdoor concerts on summer nights in downtown Northampton are 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 2018 Northampton Summer Concert Series. The lineup for this series 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 20th and running through August 17th. All concerts start at 5:30 PM, are FREE and open to the public, and run until 7:30 PM. 

Where:
Hampshire County Courthouse lawn
Pulaski Park

How Much:
FREE

When: 

ALL FIVE SHOWS 5:30PM-7:30PM

Friday July 20th - Courthouse Lawn

Friday July 27th - Pulaski Park

Friday August 3rd - Pulaski Park

Friday August 10th - Courthouse Lawn

Friday August 17th - Pulaski Park

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

cartOOn schOOl at 33 Hawley


WHAT: cartOOn schOOl :: episode 1: strange transformations
WHEN: Jun 8, 2018 at 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
WHERE: 33 Hawley St. Northampton, MA.

Big-screen animation roars back to Northampton on Friday, June 8 when Northampton Media (formerly Northampton Community Television) proudly presents cartOOn schOOl. The first in this series of screenings is Episode 1: Strange Transformations.

Animator and lecturer Luke Jaeger will screen a curated show of classic cartoons as well as contemporary and rare, hard-to-find short films, from two to eight minutes long. The show will feature everything from WWII propaganda to personal films by artists from Russia, Colombia, Canada, the Netherlands, and the US. Jaeger promises “90 minutes of cinematic shenanigans. These films transform the familiar into the uncanny: housepets into monsters, bathtubs into battle zones, and reality itself into mind-bending surrealism.“ There will be weaponized cuckoo clocks, booty-shaking ancient goddesses, a steak the size of Los Angeles, a certain rabbit singing opera, and an opportunity for Q and A. Admission is free; all are welcome.

FB RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/885086598330945/ 

Luke Jaeger | www.trickfilm.org

Monday, May 14, 2018

A.P.E. presents its summer series: ARC.18 (Activate, Research, Create)


A.P.E.‘s third season of summer projects continues to expand the understanding of a contemporary art gallery as an active space within the community. A.P.E.’s current location in the center of Northampton, easily accessible to artists and audience alike, provides opportunities for innovative programming and increases the presence of contemporary arts within a community. ARC.18 consists of four distinct projects that run from June through August, 2018.

Project 1
June 5 – 30, 2018
Artist Reception,:Friday, June 8: 5-8 pm, Norhtampton Arts Night Out

SHELTER, curated by B.Z. Reily and Nan Fleming, will include eight Pioneer Valley women artists who use recycled or re-purposed materials in their work. Participating artists include Pat Bennett, Harriet Diamond, Nan Fleming, Heather Hall, Amy Johnquest, Louise Laplante, B.Z. Reily and Abby Reiser.

This project and installation will explore the timely topic of SHELTER using metal, clay, wood, paper and fibers. There are many ways to think about shelter - besides the general definition of housing - there is protection, refuge, asylum, sanctuary and safety to consider. With the wide range of materials and techniques used by the artists, this project will be both diverse and unified by the commitment to use common, scrap or unusual objects in innovative ways.

SHELTER will invite participation and community engagement with interactive public events, including fundraising for a local organization dedicated to shelter.


Project 2
July 5 – 29, 2018
Artists’ Reception: Friday, July 13: 5:30-8 pm, Northampton Arts Night Out
"GATHERING LIGHT"
Artists: Ellen Augarten, Mary Ann Kelly, Jan Ruby-Crystal

Light with its infinite nuances from bright to dark, from quiet to buoyant, is the source of inspiration for this new and varied work. “Gathering Light” is the culmination of a year of keeping the idea of ‘light’ at the forefront of our visual explorations. Ellen Augarten, Mary Ann Kelly and Jan Ruby Crystal, three Northampton artists who have a long association, have been meeting over the last year with a trajectory to create a mixed media project for A.P.E.’s summer series, ARC.18

Public Gallery Events in July:
Reading: Friday, July 27 at 7pm, by local poets on the theme of light
Workshop: with Jan Ruby Crystal, Thursday, July 19, 7-8 PM—Finding the Light Within


Project 3
August 3 – 17, 2018
Artist Reception: Friday, August 10: 5-8 pm, Northampton Arts Night Out
THE SPACE BETWEEN: Weaving and Fibrous Connection
Artists: Claire Hawley Crews, Anastatia Spicer, Sarah Rose Lejeune

Three handweavers whose work treads a line between craft and conceptual art will create an exhibition at A.P.E. that includes site-specific handwoven sculptures, fibrous drawings, and reflections on clothmaking today. These tactile manifestations create new ways of building kinship and connection, cultivating curiosity around how the process of handweaving serves as a metaphor for alternative ways of being in relation to one another. Patrons will be invited to weave with the artists on a loom in the gallery as well as interact with the work through sound installations.


Project 4
August 20 – September 2
Artist Reception: Friday, Aug. 24: 6-8 pm
BUILDING LINES by Chris Serra

Living and working in industrial spaces of South Boston and Holyoke, Massachusetts led Chris Serra to explore warehouses and waterfront alleyways and sparked a fascination with the inherent beauty of rundown factory buildings, broken machines and rusted mechanisms.

​Combining materials, the artist thinks about how their disparate characteristics will play against or act on each other: oxidized steel, bleeding into plaster or a delicate mylar form floating in cement. In this project, Serra will exhibit some of this work in conjunction with his sketchbooks – the rough “blueprints” for his sculptures. These books reveal connections and metamorphoses between figurative and nonrepresentational images and are accompanied by notes and instructions to the artist.


ARC.18 is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council Portfolio program,
the Northampton Arts Council and the Community Foundation of Western MA.

Call to Artists: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library



WHAT: Applications Open for Hosmer Gallery 2019 season
WHEN: Application Period runs May 14 through June 15, 2018
WHERE: Forbes Library Hosmer Gallery 20 West Street Northampton, MA.

Western Massachusetts artists in all media are eligible!

From May 14 through June 15, 2018, artists may apply to exhibit their work in the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library next year. Submissions are due by June 15, 2018. Exhibits will take place between December 2018 and December 2019.

Forbes is celebrating its 125th year in 2019. In honor of this anniversary, some historical materials from the library archives will be displayed in the Gallery, alongside the work of local artists that are the Hosmer Gallery's core mission. We are particularly interested in art that contributes to the celebration of our community's past, present and future.

The application can be completed online or printed and mailed with a CD or flashdrive of images. Criteria for review include technical and artistic quality, a coherent theme, and contribution to an interesting and varied program for the year. Artists living and working in the greater Northampton area are eligible to apply. First-time exhibitors, individuals and groups are welcome.

The Hosmer Art Gallery is designed to provide opportunities for local artists to show their work to the public. Exhibits include a wide range of media and content reflecting the diversity of the Pioneer Valley community. The Hosmer Gallery has versatile display panels, cases and pedestals to accommodate a variety of two- and three-dimensional art formats.

There is no fee for application or for the use of the space. Details can be found at http://forbeslibrary.org/gallery/info-for-artists/. The link will contain application forms as of May 14.

*Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire Counties

Forbes Library Hosmer Gallery
20 West Street
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
(413) 587-1013
www.forbeslibrary.org/gallery

Arts Trust receives $100K award from Mass Cultural Council


We are pleased to announcethat the Northampton Community Arts Trust is the recipient of a $100,000 Cultural Facilities Fund grant, awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in partnership with MassDevelopment. This grant is for exterior site work at 33 Hawley Street, including: city-mandated curb cuts; parking lot regrading and resurfacing; creation of small outdoor community gathering spaces; and, sodding and re-fencing our outdoor event space.

This is our third Cultural Facilities Fund grant for the Hawley renovation. In all, we have received $1.22 million in funding to date from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts via earmark and program grants. This is in addition to the nearly $3.5 million we have received from other institutions and, most importantly, individual members of our community — we would not have made all this progress without you! Many, many hands have kept this project moving forward, helping to keep art in the heart of your community.

As with all Cultural Facilities Fund grants, this latest grant must be matched before funds are released. And before we raise the matching funds and turn our attention to exterior site work, we need to raise roughly $2 million to finish interior spaces and bring Phases 1 and 2 to completion. We thank you again for your interest in and support of this project, and ask you to keep us in mind for gifts and to be an advocate for this exciting new era for the arts in Northampton and beyond.

Thank you again for your support!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

SCDT's The Hatchery Spring Dance Showcase



WHAT: The Hatchery Spring Dance Showcase
WHEN: Preview in Pulaski Park Northampton May 12th 12:45-1:45pmRAINED OUT
              Full Season Premiere at STUDIO4 25 Main st 4th floor Northampton.June 2-3

Hatchery is the innovative, inspiring youth dance company of The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (scdtnoho.com). The company will share some excerpts of new work in Pulaski Park on May 12 from 12:45-1:45pm. The full season will premiere at STUDIO4 on June 2-3!

The Hatchery Spring Dance Showcase features work by company members and a bounty of renowned professional choreographers such as Hip Hop Artist ( Springfield native) Shakia Johnson, Bessie award winner ( and Amherst Native) Stuart Singer, and San Francisco's Kathleen Hermesdorf.

The company is comprised of 15 teens ages 13-18 from over 5 schools around the pioneer valley! Hatchery is in its second prolific year, and 4th season, and toured to Jacob's Pillow last June.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist and flutist Don Braden


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist and flutist Don Braden 
WHEN: Tuesday, May 15th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.
We are always excited when the great Don Braden joins us on sax and flute. Don is a great composer, arranger and a very soulful and brilliant improviser. He also has a wonderful sound on both instruments and always lights up the bandstand. This will be Don's fifth appearance at the workshop and we are really looking forward to it. We will be playing some of the music from his new CD entitled Earth, Wind and Wonder. http://www.donbraden.com/

Upcoming Guest Artists:
5/15 - Don Braden - sax and flute with Jimmy Maddison on drums
5/22 - Steve Davis - trombone with Jon Fisher on drums
5/29 - Hendrik Meurkens - vibes and harmonica with Jon Fisher on drums

6/5 - Wanda Houston - vocals
6/12 - Ray Vega - trumpet
6/19 - Nicole Pasternak and Ralph Lalama - vocal and tenor sax
6/26 - Rob Sheps - saxes

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see FB: www.facebook.com/Northampt onJazzWorkshop

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Paradise City Arts Festival returns Memorial Day Weekend


WHAT: Paradise City Arts Festival
WHEN: May 26-28, 2018, Memorial Day Weekend
WHERE: 3 County Fairgrounds 54 Old Ferry Rd., off Rt. 9 Northampton, MA

Northampton’s Paradise City Arts Festival enters its 24th year as New England’s cultural, creative and culinary tourism destination.

Meet 250 outstanding artists and master craft makers traveling from 20 states to show and sell original works in ceramics, painting, decorative fiber, art glass, furniture, jewelry, metal, mixed media, photography, sculpture, wearable art and woodworking.

 The Paradise City Arts Festival was founded and is directed by artists, which gives it a unique perspective and a creative edge. One of the top destinations in the nation to enjoy the very best in fine craft, painting and sculpture, the Northampton event never sits on its laurels. The major transformations effected last year introduced three carpeted, airy new buildings connected by covered walkways, keeping patrons comfortable and protected, rain or shine. The 12,000 square-foot Dining Tent commands a grassy lawn surrounded by outdoor sculpture. With lots of brand new artists, great food by local chefs, lively music and fun activities, visitors are kept busy and enthralled all weekend long.

This award-winning event offers the chance to see the remarkable work and hear the stories of 250 extraordinary artists from every corner of America. Over 10,000 attendees, many traveling long distances, visit this sprawling show held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend. Yankee Magazine wrote this year that “the Northampton visual arts scene explodes at the twice-yearly Paradise City Arts Festival, an extravaganza of 200-plus top-notch craftspeople and fine artists that’s been dazzling shoppers since 1995.”
Director Geoffrey Post says, “There are fresh discoveries everywhere. Our primary goal is to curate an event that includes emerging and established artists side-by-side, a broad range of price points and aesthetics, and always the highest standards of artistry and craftsmanship. Combine that with all the extras – amazing food, live music and the chance to see artists at work – and that’s why so many people travel such a distance to see this fair every year.”

Monday, May 7, 2018

DARK TO LIGHT Exhibition Benefit



WHAT: DARK TO LIGHT Exhibition Benefit
WHEN: May 15 – 19
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main Street Northampton, Ma.

DARK TO LIGHT Exhibition Benefit
Journey to Syria and the Coffeelands: Conflict, Healing and Hope

The Polus Center invites you to a multimedia exhibition and week-long series of events highlighting 20 years of international humanitarian efforts helping victims of conflict around the world. Join us as we share our work with Syrian refugee youth and landmine affected Coffee farmers through art, conversation, food and film.

Schedule of Events: https://www.poluscenter.org/2018-exhibition-fundraiser

Photographs by Stephen Petegorsky
Artwork by Syrian Refugee Youth


Dance Artists Meredith Bove and Lailye Weidman in Residence at A.P.E. Ltd Gallery



WHAT: Dance Artists Meredith Bove and Lailye Weidman's "Uncertain Distances" Residency
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: May 20-June 2, 2018

• Open Gallery Hours: Monday, May 28–Thursday, May 31, 2-5pm
• Public Performance: June 1-2, 8pm, followed by a discussion with the artists and other local dancemakers
• Workshop: Saturday, June 2, 2-4:30pm

From May 20–June 2, dance artists Lailye Weidman and Meredith Bove will be in residence at A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery for Uncertain Distances, a collaborative project combining solo dance-making and dramaturgical practices. The residency focuses on the artists’ interests and histories as solo dance-makers, and their desire to choose companionship over isolation during processes of creation.The artists will oscillate between roles of performer, dramaturg, witness, researcher, archivist and caregiver for two solos: “Cathedral” (Bove, 2017) and “Showman” (Weidman, 2016), asking, “How does sharing our experiences and perceptions of one another's work impact the creative process?” These solos will be presented in public performances on June 1 and 2, 8pm.

During the two-week residency, the artists will use the gallery space for documentation and archival practices. The ephemera generated from conversations and dramaturgical practices will serve as maps to orient and guide, and will be exhibited to the public during open gallery hours, Monday, May 28-Thursday, May 31, 2-5pm.

Join the artists for a workshop at A.P.E. Gallery on Saturday, June 2 from 2-4:30pm, where participants will engage in solo making and peer-feedback, as well as explore tools for creative companionship.

Upcoming Events at Iconica Social Club



WHAT: Upcoming Events @ Iconica Social Club
WHERE: 1 Amber Lane Northampton, MA.

Thursday 5/10 : MUSIC
[and 6/7, 7/5]
6:30PM : Gallery
The O-Tones Duo
Featuring Mary Witt with special guests [Ben Kohn on 5/10]
swing - Motown - jazz - blues - soul
$8 cover

Friday 5/11 : MUSIC
7PM : Gallery
StompBoxTrio
Featuring Evelyn Harris, John Caban, and David Rodriguez
blues - gospel - soul
$8 cover

Thursday 5/17 : COMEDY
7:30PM : Gallery
Comedy Night hosted by Matt Woodland
Donations welcomed

Friday 5/18 : MUSIC
[and Friday 6/29]
7PM : Gallery
The Blackbird Effect
Featuring Pan Morigan and John Caban
Americanismos - bent blues - green jazz
$6 cover

More Info: http://www.iconicasocialclub.com








Friday, May 4, 2018

HUT: MUSIC WORDS MOVEMENT at STUDIO4


WHAT: HUT: MUSIC WORDS MOVEMENT
WHEN: SATURDAY MAY 5 AT 8PM
WHERE: STUDIO4, 25 Main Street. Northampton, MA

Featuring:
DOMINIQUE ALEXANDER - MUSIC
ABRAHAM SMITH - WORDS
SARA SHELTON MANN - MOVEMENT
in collaboration with Jesse Zaritt & Pamela Z

$10 General Admission
STUDIO4, Northampton, MA


Save the date! Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Fall Arts and Humanities Internship Fair


WHAT: The Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Fall Arts and Humanities Internship Fair 
WHERE: UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center Atrium, 151 Presidents Dr, Amherst, MA
WHEN: Thursday, October 11 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Save the date! The Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Fall Arts and Humanities Internship Fair will be on Thursday, October 11 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center Atrium. The fair will be an opportunity for you to meet prospective interns in our studio arts, art history, theatre, music, dance, history, and arts management programs. Students will be looking for internships for the fall and spring semesters. Our fairs average over 150 students in attendance!

See the Internship FAQ for more information on how to post internships to the Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Current Internship Postings page. A formal invitation, with further details will follow in late August. To reserve a space in the fair, submit an internship posting by Thursday October 4 to aes@acad.umass.edu. If you already have an internship posted on our website, just let us know you are RSVPing to attend at aes@acad.umass.edu

Space is limited at the fair, so be sure to get your post in early!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Spring Networking Event for Film, Media and Gaming Professionals


Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative Hosts
Spring Networking Event for Film, Media and Gaming Professionals in Greenfield on Tuesday, May 8th


The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) is hosting a spring networking event for professionals in the film, media and gaming industries on Tuesday, May 8th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Wheelhouse in Greenfield (downstairs at the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main Street). Held quarterly throughout the region, these industry get-togethers allow local artists and technicians to meet each other and learn about business opportunities in western Massachusetts.

Tours of the upstairs Greenspace CoWork space will also take place during the event.

Admission is free although contributions are welcome at the door. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Please RSVP:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bfmc-spring-networking-event-tickets-45538945211


“BFMC is dedicated to creating jobs and growing the film, media and gaming industries in western MA,” says Diane Pearlman, Executive Director of BFMC. “It’s exciting to see people meet other creatives from down the street or the next town. New business relationships are always sparked.”

The event is generously sponsored by Limelight Productions and the Economic Development Council of Western MA.

The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative creates educational, workforce and production opportunities in the film and media industry as an economic initiative for western Massachusetts. BFMC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information go to:www.berkshirefilm.org or call 413.528.4223.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Fred Haas


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Fred Haas
WHEN: Tuesday, May 8th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

We are pleased to present to you for his second visit saxophonist and pianist Fred Haas from Woodstock, VT. Fred is also an inspiring educator, teaching at Dartmouth College and as founder and coordinator of the Interplay Summer Jazz and Arts Camp, in existence since 1996. Here's an excerpt from his bio:

Fred Haas has performed with the likes of Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Pat Metheny, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Joe Morello, Don Cherry, Karrin Allyson, Matt Wilson, Gene Bertoncini, John Proulx and many others. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny calls Fred Haas "a totally world-class saxophone player." Jazz trumpet legend Clark Terry said, "You won't find a more capable jazz player and teacher than Fred Haas, and that's a fact!"
http://home.dartmouth.edu/faculty-directory/fred-haas

Upcoming Guest Artists:
5/8 - Fred Haas - alto sax with Claire Arenius on drums
5/15 - Don Braden - sax and flute with Jimmy Maddison on drums
5/22 - Steve Davis - trombone with Jon Fisher on drums
5/29 - Hendrik Meurkens - vibes and harmonica with Jon Fisher on drums

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: www.facebook.com/Northampt onJazzWorkshop

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

"Time to Go" Fundraiser



WHAT: "Time to Go" Film Fundraiser
WHEN: Date: Sunday, May 6th 6-9pm
WHERE: Cafe Evolution, 22 Chestnut St, Florence, MA 01062
Parking: Public lot across the street from Cafe Evolution, in front of the medical building.

Enjoy a night of live music and poetry in support of the independent short film "Time to Go" -- based on the true story of a dementia patient's never-ending wanderlust and his family's struggle to keep him safe.

Did you like the drum track in Black Panther? Come hear Senegalese percussionist Massamba Diop play with local legend Tony Vacca. We'll also have guitar maestro Joe Belmont, dream pop band Chronophobia 5000, local poets Ernie Brill, Jon Ruseski, Connolly Ryan and James Thomson, and more!

The event is BYOB and admission is free. Voluntary contributions can be made by cash or check. All proceeds go toward the production costs of the film.

To learn more about the project, visit: facebook.com/timetogomovie

To donate, visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/time-to-go-kids#/

Celebrating CLICK Workspaces Second Anniversary on Market St., Northampton



WHAT: CLICK Workspaces Second Anniversary on Market St., Northampton
WHEN: Friday, May 11th from 6 to 8pm
WHERE: CLICK Workspace 9 ½ Market St., Northampton, MA

CLICK Workspace is celebrating its second anniversary of being located on Market St. Kicking off the celebration, CLICK is proud to announce its first photography shows, Where We Are and True Places.

On the first floor, Where We Are is a 90-piece exhibition of photographs that explores the idea of place and being. Through their own artistic lense and interpretation, six photographers capture the notion of where we are as a society, physically, politically, socially and emotionally. All of the artists share their perspectives and commentary on the world through social media and were selected for their strong Instagram presence. Their online reach is indicative of where we are technologically and how it can bring us together as a society, even from very remote parts of the globe. The artists featured in this show include:

Melissa Cooper (@lilmisswhimsypix)

“I am absolutely in LOVE with color, I have a healthy respect for humor and I'm always looking for the next new photo challenge.”

Andy Castillo (@visual_musings)

“No matter where I go, my heart is always here, in my Pioneer Valley home. It's tethered to the fertile soil that rolls up from the glistening Connecticut River into surrounding hills.”

Dawa Drolma (@dawadrolma)

“We are in a small valley called Menshod located on The Roof of the World. We are a Tibetan community with a population of around 6,300 people who are agro-pastoralists.”

Jeff Kelley (@postaljeff)

“I love living in the Pioneer Valley, and it’s hard to believe that when we moved our family here fourteen years ago, we knew little to nothing about the area. In some ways, I still feel like a tourist, trying to find new places I have yet to explore. ”

Gabrielle K. Murphy (@goldilocksoftheshire)

“Though my subjects may vary, I am steadfast in that my ultimate goal is to convey a sense of energy that represents not only what I saw, but also what was felt.”

Darren Port (@greeninspires)

“Composed over the past few years, mostly in the Valley, from marches and rallies, or other social and community gatherings, the photographs in the show explore where we are in a social-political context."

The third floor galleries of CLICK will be hosting Pamela Cobb’s True Places. Cobb’s photographs feature the intimate spaces of the east coast, and the dramatic and vast open spaces of the west. The artist’s intention “... is to make images that are simultaneously specific and universal, referring to a sense of place in the land that could be anywhere.”

All pieces will be available for purchase; proceeds will benefit the artist and the Art Program at CLICK. The opening reception for this show will be held on Friday, May 11th from 6 to 8pm at CLICK Workspace (9 ½ Market St., Northampton, MA 01060). Light refreshments and drinks will be served. For more information visit www.clickworkspace.org.



Karinne Keithley Syers: A Tunnel Year at A.P.E


WHAT: Karinne Keithley Syers: A Tunnel Year
WHERE: A.P.E Gallery 126 Main Street Northampton, MA. 
WHEN: Performance on May 5 at 5 & 8 pm $10
Gallery hours for A Tunnel Year: Monday – Sunday, 12-5, Friday 12-8.

A Tunnel Year is a three-part book with a play at its center, built from a few years’ worth of interrupted thoughts crammed into one-line scenes voiced by animals. Germinated in the Bardo of parenthood and compelled to work in the form of the fragment, it asks: Did I escape? Or am I lost? A Tunnel Year will be installed as a walk-though comic book, and also performed as a live radio play with a cast of five actors from the 2016 New York production at The Chocolate Factory Theater.

Karinne Keithley Syers is a writer, performer, and book maker now based in Northampton after 20 years in the downtown New York experimental communities bridging dance, theater and poetry. Her installation/chamber opera, Montgomery Park, or Opulence, won a 2011 New York Dance and Performance "BESSIE" Award for Outstanding Production. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

LET THE LANDSCAPE SPEAK


LET THE LANDSCAPE SPEAK
THE IMPORTANCE AND MEANING OF THE INDIGENOUS CEREMONIAL STONE LANDSCAPE

WEDNESDAY MAY 2, 2018
4:00PM-6:00PM
FORBES LIBRARY, 20 WEST ST. NORTHAMPTON, MA FRIENDS OF FORBES COMMUNITY ROOM, BASEMENT LEVEL

FEATURED SPEAKER
Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office

The Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape surrounds us in New England, often hidden in plain sight in the forests and fields. Most people who come across enigmatic stone structures don't know that some are remnants of a network built by Indigenous Americans for ceremonial and other purposes. Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office, has been Tribally certified in the identification of ceremonial stone features for 16 years. He will present an illustrated talk showing various types of Indigenous ceremonial stone features. Ample time will be provided for questions about structures audience members know of. The event is accessible to children 12yrs+ and adults.

This program is sponsored by the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

More info: https://forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/4007286

OPEN CALL FOR NEW ENGLAND ARTISTS: The Uncommon Merits and Awards Art Exhibition


WHAT: OPEN CALL FOR NEW ENGLAND ARTISTS: The Uncommon Merits and Awards 
WHERE: Holyoke Community College, Taber Art Gallery, Holyoke, MA. 
WHEN: Submission Deadline: July 1st
              Exhibition dates: Sept. 6 through Oct. 24 2018
              Opening Reception: Sept. 6 from 5:30 – 7:30

We all know it is standard to win prizes for anything from best in show to commendation for valor on the battlefield. But what about the many non-traditional milestones that may go unrecognized? Whether they be personal, community oriented, political, or cosmic, we ask that your approach to the merits and awards theme be humorous and/or light hearted.

Artists working in 2-D and 3-D imagery residing in New England are invited to participate. All entries will be considered as long as they relate to the theme.

This will be a regional juried show, curated by Amy Johnquest and Jill St. Coeur. Exhibition dates are Sept. 6 through Oct. 24 2018. With an opening reception on Sept. 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Holyoke Community College, Taber Art Gallery, Holyoke, Mass

Submission Deadline: July 1st

For more information and to enter on line: https://meritsandawards.wordpress.com

There’s a one time entry fee of $10 (used to directly support all expenses incurred with this exhibition) through PayPal. This includes up to 4 entries/digital images

https://meritsandawards.wordpress.com

Straw Dog Writers Guild: Writers Night Out


WHAT: Straw Dog Writers Guild: Writers Night Out
WHERE: The Basement, 21 Center Street. Northampton, MA. 
WHEN: Tuesday May 1st 7-9pm

Featured Writer: Kathy Ford

Kathy Ford grew up in Rochester, New York, graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in 1980 with a major in design theory, and moved to New York City to pursue a career in architecture. She received her Masters in Architecture from Harvard University in 1985 and has been practicing architecture in New York and Massachusetts for the past thirty years.

Her life as a quilter began shortly after becoming a mother in 1991. Adding Wood To The Fire, A Quiltmaker's Way was published in December. Her body of work can be seen at kathyford.net. Kathy lives with her two dogs in the hill towns of western Massachusetts.

Doors open at 7 - with an Open Mic. If you'd like a chance to read, place your name in the hat up until 7:10. Ten names will be randomly selected. The reading starts at 7:15, and each reader will have five minutes.

Admission is free; participants are encouraged to buy a drink (alcohol and non-alcohol available) and tip well in support of the venue.

Please join us!

Further information: Beth Filson at wno@strawdogwriters.org

SAVE THE DATE
Featured Reader for June 5 - Joyce Hayden

Williston Theatre Spring Musical: Into The Woods


WHAT: Spring Musical: Into The Woods
WHERE: The Williston Theatre 18 Payson Ave. Easthampton, MA. 
WHEN: May 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays, and 8 p.m on Fridays.

What happens when a bitter old witch sends a childless couple on a quest to lift an ancient curse? One of the most popular musicals ever! Williston’s spring play, Into the Woods by Broadway legends James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, intertwines characters and plots of favorite fairytales, revealing the secret dreams and fears of Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and other familiar figures. By turns uplifting, funny, and heartbreaking, the play explores complex relationships between parents and children.

Playing April 26-28 and May 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays, and 8 p.m on Fridays. Tickets are $7 for children and seniors and $10 for general admission. The link to buy tickets can be found at www.williston.com/arts/performing-arts/theater.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Steven Santoro



WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Steven Santoro 
WHERE: Tuesday, May 1st, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHEN: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

This week we welcome for the first time vocalist, songwriter and educator Steven Santoro. Steven is a native of this area, having studied at UMASS with Dr. Horace Boyer. He then moved to LA where he recorded his first album and toured as opening act for Bob James and and Harvey Mason. From there he was on to NYC before moving back here to take a position teaching on the faculty of Berklee in Boston. He has been a background singer for Sting in the UK, an arranger and producer for many artists including Kate McGarry and worked with a number of great jazz artists. Here's a quote from his bio: (https://www.stevensantoro.com)

During his time in NYC Steven started relationships with and began playing and recording with some of the heaviest players in town, many of whom he still plays with today, including James Genus, Clarence Penn, Jon Cowherd, Marc Ciprut, Nathan Childers, Bob James, Nathan East, Greg Wells, Ray Brinker, Lee Ritenour, Harvey Mason, Mitchell Forman, Alan Broadbeach, Carlos Vega, Joe Porcaro, Dean Parkers, Lee Sklar, John Patitucci, Chuck Domanico, Emil Richards, Paula Cole, Chris Botti and Kate McGerry. 

I hope you can join us to hear a really gifted singer and improviser who masterfully fuses pop and jazz and, has a beautiful voice.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
5/1 - Steven Santoro - vocalist with Jocelyn Pleasant on drums
5/8 - Fred Haas - alto sax with Claire Arenius on drums
5/15 - Don Braden - sax and flute with Jimmy Maddison on drums
5/22 - Steve Davis - trombone with Jon Fisher on drums
5/29 - Hendrik Meurkens - vibes and harmonica with Jon Fisher on drums

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: www.facebook.com/Northampt onJazzWorkshop

Ernest Montenegro and Dr. Foad: Right to Left/What's Left to Write? at A.P.E



WHAT: Ernest Montenegro and Dr. Foad: 'Right to Left/What's Left to Write?'
             Two artists repurpose old art to speak to current events
WHEN: May 11-13th
              May 11th on Arts Night Out: 5-8 pm plus
              May 12 & 13 Gallery hours from 12-5 pm
WHERE: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery. 126 Main Street. Northampton, MA

A.P.E. Gallery and R.Michelson Gallery will co-host an event on May 11th through the 13th. A mural done forty-two years ago in Boston's South End by sculptor Ernest Montenegro will be re-purposed as a means to address and promote a public dialogue of cultural fusion.

A text written in Iranian born Dr. Foad's native language of Farsi will be directly applied to the old paintings. The two artists will encourage audience generated content as translated into the calligraphy of ancient Persia, and by doing so will create a Middle Eastern sensibility complimenting Western style figuration.

Please join the artists in this important and timely conversation. There will be food, drinks, music, and plenty to talk about.

Image: Ernest Montenegro & Dr. Foad

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express at Academy of Music


WHAT: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express
WHERE: Academy of Music Northampton
WHEN:  Friday May 11 at 7pm & Saturday May 12 at 2pm & 7pm

Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. In the story, a child’s train set magically comes to life, and the various engines compete to become the “Fastest Engine in the World”. The underdog, Rusty the steam train, has little chance until he is inspired by the legend of the Starlight Express, ultimately winning both the race and the heart of first-class coach Pearl.
It is one of the longest running musicals in West End history, with 7,408 performances. It is also the most popular musical show in Germany, where it has been performed continuously since 1988. Join Starlight's Youth Theatre on May 11 and 12 for three performances at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

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