The Northampton Arts Council is an 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.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tour of Forbes Library's permanent collection


WHAT: Tour of Forbes Library's permanent collection
WHEN: Thursday, December 20th, 3pm
WHERE: Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Cookies with a Curator is a monthly show and tell from the Forbes Library's Collection on Third Thursdays at 3pm in the Coolidge Museum. This month's offering is a walking tour of the Forbes Library's permanent Art Collection on display in the building, by Arts & Music Librarian Faith Kaufmann.

Join us as this monthly series kicks off a year long celebration of the 125th anniversary of Forbes Library! September 2018-October 2019 topics will feature materials from the collections focusing on the construction and history of the building, staff, trustees, donors and our community. 

Ninfa/Nancy Donato Northampton Show



WHAT: NINFA outerwear show
WHEN: Friday, December 14, 5pm-8pm, Saturday, December 15, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Click Workspace, 9 1/2 Market St, Northampton MA

Oxbow Gallery Presents Marilyn Allen: Walking into Painting


WHAT: Marilyn Allen: Walking into Painting
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday December 14th 5-8 pm during ARTS NIGHT OUT
On View: December 6, 2018 - January 6, 2019
WHERE: Oxbow Gallery 273, Pleasant St, Northampton MA

Please Join Us!!

Gallery Hours: Thurs-Sun 12 noon - 5 pm
or by appointment

In the Back Gallery:
SACRED PROFANE 
a show of small works by Oxbow artists and friends
Cash and Carry from opening night through January 8th

Hosmer Gallery January: Amanda Maciuba and Colleen Keough





WHAT: Hosmer Gallery January: Amanda Maciuba and Colleen Keough
WHEN: Gallery Talk by the artists: Saturday, January 12, 2-3 PM
Reception with the artists: Saturday, January 26, 2-4 PM
Show on View: January 3-30, 2019
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA


Amanda Maciuba: Flyover

Amanda Maciuba’s work is concerned with the landscapes, communities, development practices and environmental concerns prevalent throughout the United States. By reacting directly to the landscapes and environments she is living in at the time, her work examines, celebrates, and critiques place. Flyover contains a selection of prints and artist’s books created in the last five years, inspired by her time living in three different states in the Midwest and her most recent home in Western Massachusetts.

A native of the Buffalo, NY area, Amanda Maciuba graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Visual Studies. She has a MFA in printmaking and a Certificate of Book Arts from the University of Iowa. She shows her work regularly throughout the United States and has participated in artist residencies at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Fire Island National Seashore and the Lawrence Arts Center, in Lawrence, Kansas. Currently, she teaches printmaking, drawing and book arts at Mount Holyoke College.


Colleen Keough: Electric Feminine Cosmic Hybrid: Infinite Desire

Colleen Keough is a Trans-Disciplinary Hybrid Media artist working in lens and time-based media, performance, installation, creative writing, and digital art. Her integrated media works explore feminist new media themes through the intersection of pop culture, identity, myth and
technology. The "Electric Feminine Cosmic Hybrid" series is created from digital print cut outs, which are then collaged into large scale site-specific compositions. The work explores relationships between desire, excess, embodiment, spirituality, electronic media and nature, and speaks to the elasticity of feminine sexuality, imagination and consciousness.

Keough’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and festivals in Europe, China, and the US. Artist residencies include: Cite' Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France, Experimental Television Center, Owego, NY, Signal Culture, Owego, NY and the Institute for Electronic Arts, Alfred, NY. She completed undergraduate studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, & DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and earned an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from NYSCC Alfred University in New York. She is currently a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Art at UMASS Amherst. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

First Night Northampton 2019



Happy New Year! You're invited to attend Northampton's most beloved signature event. On Monday, December 31st, the Northampton Arts Council and PeoplesBank welcome you to the 34th edition of our city-wide New Year's Eve party. Since 1985, First Night Northampton has filled the Paradise City with a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts culminating in a traditional ball-raising from the roof of the Hotel Northampton. Gather with friends, neighbors and visitors at 20 terrific downtown venues for an astounding array of entertainment presented by hundreds of talented performers. Our efforts are supported by generous local sponsors and dedicated volunteers. Proceeds benefit community arts.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Phantom Sheep Productions presents LaughCrafters Holiday Show


WHAT: Phantom Sheep Productions presents LaughCrafters Holiday Show
WHEN: December 17 at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St, Agawam, MA 01001

Local comedy troupe Phantom Sheep returns to the Agawam Public Library with a free performance celebrating the season on Monday, December 17th starting at 6:30PM. “LaughCrafters” will feature live unscripted scenes, each with a custom holiday twist, created right on the spot with lots of audience interaction.  This Holiday show has been an annual tradition for many years to share a night of laughter with the local community.

Facebook event.

The Phantom Sheep Players repertoire includes Western MA natives Eric Boucher, Devin Horan, Jessica Lamoureaux, Tommy Lynch, Jesse Redmond, Greg Seymour, and Jeff Tingley. The troupe has worked together for over 15 years writing, performing and producing shows and workshops for schools, libraries, special events, and the theme park industry. They have also been teaching and performing at the Springfield JCC since 2014 and will offer their next session of weekly classes starting early 2019.

Real Live Theatre presents When Last We Flew

WHAT: Real Live Theatre presents When Last We Flew
WHEN: December 6, 7, 8 at 7:00 PM, December 9 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts @ 33 Hawley Street

Real Live Theatre presents "When Last We Flew," by Harrison David Rivers: a reflection, a holding, a celebration of black, brown, queer, and activist youth coming into their various identities while navigating family and relationships, and seeking connection. These characters are nuanced and real, their stories are relatable and simultaneously inspiring. This coming of age story follows teenagers Paul, Ian, and Natalie (and their families) as they discover who they really are.

After stealing his local library's only copy of "Angels in America," misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom and begins reading Tony Kushner's landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas suburb are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen.

Tickets are $25. There is a sliding scale for those who need it starting at $10. There is also a sponsor sliding scale for those who can afford to support the arts starting at $26.

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 11th from 7:30 to 8:30
WHERE:  City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia and now living between NYC and Paris, alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky once again brings his own unique style and original compositions to the Workshop. I think you will really enjoy his warm and dark alto sound. We always look forward to playing with Dmitry's and this will be his sixth appearance at the Workshop. http://www.dmitrybaevsky.com

Also, we are thrilled to have George Schuller, one of the most versatile drummers around today joining us this week while Jon Fisher is away. Hope to see you there and consider sticking around for the jam session which is always full of surprises and features many local musicians and vocalists.

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

Upcoming Guest Artists: 
12/11 - Dmitry Baevsky on alto with George Schuller on drums
12/18 - John Stowell and Draa Hobbs on guitars with Tido Holtkamp on drums
12/25 - Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Years Eve (no music)
1/1   -   Karrin Allyson on vocals with Paul, George and Jon.

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/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop

5th Annual Flo Ho Ho

WHAT: Flo Ho Ho
WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 6:30pm
WHERE: Florence VFW Ballroom, 18 Meadow St, Florence, MA 01062

Mighty excited about Flo Ho Ho this year. Stellar lineup with a rare appearance by the legendary Raymond & the Circle! Hope you can stop by.

Line-Up:
6:30– Doors Open
7:00-7:30 – Court Etiquette
7:45-8:15 – Jerks on the Loose
8:30-9:00 – Johnny Memphis Band
9:00- 9:15 – Connolly Ryan
9:15- 9:45 – Beige
10:00-10:15 – Raymond and the Circle
10:30-11:00 – Free Range Cats
11:00-11:30 – Christmas Karaoke

plus Bell & Howl visual art projection






Wednesday, December 5, 2018

"28 Faces, 23 Spaces" Smith College Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibition


WHAT: "28 Faces, 23 Spaces" Exhibition
WHEN: Opening reception on December 7,  6:30 to 8:00pm
Show on View: December 5, 2018 through January 31, 2019
WHERE: Janotta and Oresman Galleries, located in the Brown Fine Arts Center at Smith College

The largest Smith College senior studio art class on record brings you 28 Faces, 23 Spaces. 28 Faces, 23 Spaces brings together a variety of artworks: from oil painting, printmaking and digital collage to video art, sculptural installations and multimedia pieces. The senior studio class framed their fall 2018 semester around the broad theme of “work.” Students were asked to not only create but also examine, orient, and possibly re-conceptualize their artistic practice, continuously asking the question “what is work?” 28 Faces, 23 Spaces is the culmination of a semester of figuring out “what works.”

28 Faces, 23 Spaces features the work of: Abigail Pechman, Alana Kepler, Arabia Simeon, Ashley Aviles, Asia Littell, Bailey Whitney, Caitlin Blanding, Cassidy Lewis, Dana Smith, Echo Zhang, Ella Perkins, Ella Prince, Haley Peterson, Isabel Cordova, Isley Gagnon, Jasmine Olivarez, Julia Xu, Julia Sabbagh, Julie Kim, Katie Christensen, Lauren Mitchell, Lena Gruber. Nina Sajankila, Olwyn Moxhay, Raegan Thomas. Rosalie Biffis, Rose Bernhard and Sarina Vega.

Please join us for the opening reception on December 7th, from 6:30 to 8:00pm, held in the Janotta and Oresman Galleries, located in the Brown Fine Arts Center at Smith College. Refreshments will be served. The show will be on view from December 5, 2018 through January 31, 2019.

Afternoon Chamber Music with the Quark Quartet


WHAT: Afternoon Chamber Music with the Quark Quartet
WHEN: Saturday, December 22, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
WHERE: Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA
Free, all ages

Take a break from holiday chaos and relax with some free string quartet music at the library! The Quark Quartet is a group of local musicians who enjoy sharing a variety of string quartet music with the public. They will perform quartets by Maurice Ravel and Joseph Haydn, as well as modern and seasonal selections.


Lyra Music Workshop Registration Is Open!


WHAT: Lyra Music Festival and Workshop
WHEN: July 7-27, 2019
WHERE: Smith College, Northampton, MA

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Lyra Music Workshop Core Curriculum Program is a 3-week intensive summer camp for classical pianists and string players ages 9-18. Intermediate and advanced level musicians are immersed in a supportive, conservatory-style environment; focusing on the study of solo and chamber music repertoire; and sharing their performances with the surrounding community. Students have the option to live on or off-campus.

The Lyra Young Artist Program is a highly selective program running in tandem with the Core Curriculum. This program is designed for advanced students seeking to intensify their experience and enhance their chamber music skills through side-by-side mentorship and performance with Lyra faculty.

The Workshop:
Students of both programs live and work together in a fun and energetic atmosphere, sharing classes, activities, social events and excursions. Lyra Faculty are artist educators, teaching and mentoring Lyra’s young musicians, sharing their passion, commitment and experience on a daily basis. 2019 faculty include: Yari Bond, cello, Francisco Montero, piano and Peter Rovit, violin.  Internationally recognized guest artists work with Lyra students in Master Classes. All students will attend guest artist and faculty concerts as part of the Lyra Music Festival and will participate in outreach performances and a final student gala concert as junior members of the Festival. Our 2019 Summer Festival guest artists will include: Fei-Fei Dong, piano, Ayano Ninomiya, violin, Astrid Schween, cello and The Horszowski Trio with Jesse Mills, violin, Raman Ramakrishnan, cello and Rieko Aizawa, piano.

Activities:
Daily Lessons or Chamber Coaching with Dedicated Faculty
Chamber Ensembles and Solo Repertoire
Supervised Practice
Masterclasses and Concerts with Guest Artists
Community and Gala Concert Performance Opportunities
Group Classes: including Music Theory, Ear-Training, Rhythm, Performance
Group Sports
Outdoor Recreational Activities
Social Events
Regional Excursions


Application and Enrollment:
Enrollment is by rolling audition for all Lyra programs. Early application is strongly encouraged. Applications will be accepted until all seats are filled or the final deadline of March 23, 2019.

Minimum requirements, application materials, audition and financial aid information can be found on our website lyramusic.org/program

“Lyra was a transformative experience”
“I can’t wait to go back!”

Looking forward to seeing you this summer!


The 8th Annual Lyra Music Youth Competition


Applications and information for the 2019 Lyra Youth Competition are now available!

APPLICATION ONLINE HERE

Application deadline: Midnight, February 10th, 2019

NEW! 2019 Prize Levels have been generously sponsored by GC Global

Senior Level
1stPlace: $1000 cash prize or $2,000 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop
2ndPlace: $750 cash prize or $1,500 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop
3rdPlace:  $500 cash prize or $1,000 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop

Junior Level
1stPlace: $750 cash prize or $2,000 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop
2ndPlace: $500 cash prize or $1,500 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop
3rdPlace: $250 cash prize or $1,000 scholarship to the 2019 Lyra Music Workshop

Questions?   Visit: lyramusic.org or email: info@lyramusic.org









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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Holiday Sing-Along at Forbes Library

WHAT: Sixth Holiday Sing-Along and Open Jam
WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10 AM -12:00 noon
WHERE: Forbes Library (Coolidge Museum), 20 West St, Northampton MA

Join us for some participatory music-making and seasonal cheer!
All voices, any instruments, all ages. Music provided.

All are invited to the Sixth Holiday Sing-Along and Open Jam
Bring your voice, instruments, and friends, and join in the holiday fun!
Seasonal songs will be selected from The Daily Ukulele and will be projected on a screen for easy reading.
All ages.  Refreshments to follow.
Free. Donations will be accepted for the Interfaith Winter Shelter.
Co-sponsored by A E I O Ukes.

CONFLICT, HEALING, AND HOPE

 “Peace”  by Wadea Haddad
WHAT: Dark to Light: A Syrian Child’s Journey
WHEN: On View: November 20 through December 31
WHERE: Sam’s Cafe and Pizzeria, 235 Main Street, Northampton MA

Dark to Light: A Syrian Child’s Journey - An exhibition of 26 expressive paintings and drawings by Syrian refugee children will be on display in Northampton MA, at Sam’s Cafe and Pizzeria, 235 Main Street Northampton, from November 20 through December 31. Opening reception will be December 1, 2018, 5:00-7: 00 pm

Polus Center for Social and Economic Development, Inc., a Massachusetts based non-profit, invites the public to view an exhibit of expressive artworks by Syrian refugee children reflecting both the horror and hope of their experiences. The paintings are on loan to us from children receiving prosthetic rehabilitation and trauma therapy at our program in Amman, Jordan. 

This exhibition marks the launch of the program’s online fundraising campaign, Wounded Angels. A donation of $25 or more to the campaign will enter you into a drawing to win a print of the painting “Peace”  by Wadea Haddad . For more information or if you would like to make a donation please visit poluscenter.org or woundedangels.causevox.com.

Follow My Eyes: Recent Work by Jan Ruby-Crystal

In the Garden, with Feugo, Guatemala by Jan Ruby-Crystal, 2018 Volcanic Ash Monoprint on canvas, 30 x 20”
WHAT: Follow My Eyes: Recent Work by Jan Ruby-Crystal
WHEN: Opening Reception: December 15, 11-1 PM
WHERE: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Visitor’s Center, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA 01027

As I follow my eyes, I am often rewarded with an endlessly changing world of beauty and light that captures my imagination and inspires creative action. Sometimes my response is a drawing, others a painting or a sculpture. While in Guatemala, the continual eruption of the massive volcano, Fuego in Antigua, left layers of sooty ash upon every surface. The tragic stories of inhabitants fleeing ahead of the lava flows, others trapped in their homes and a lucky few rescued from rooftops while whole towns, generation of memories were suddenly gone forever buried under mountains of ash and rock. Some of my new work, based on techniques created by artist Kurtis Brand, is my response to the hailing ash of Feugo. I created a series of mono prints using sifted volcanic ash to design my images. These one-off prints explore the effects of the Volcanic eruptions on nature and its innocent inhabitants. As I follow my eyes, I am often rewarded with an endlessly changing world of beauty and light that captures my imagination and inspires creative action. Sometimes my response is a drawing, others a painting or a sculpture. While in Guatemala, the continual eruption of the massive volcano, Fuego in Antigua, left layers of sooty ash upon every surface. The tragic stories of inhabitants fleeing ahead of the lava flows, others trapped in their homes and a lucky few rescued from rooftops while whole towns, generation of memories were suddenly gone forever buried under mountains of ash and rock. Some of my new work, based on techniques created by artist Kurtis Brand, is my response to the hailing ash of Feugo. I created a series of mono prints using sifted volcanic ash to design my images. These one-off prints explore the effects of the Volcanic eruptions on nature and its innocent inhabitants.

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
413-584-3009
arcadia@massaudubon.org
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9 am-3 pm;
Sundays, seasonally variable
Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk

Pioneer Valley Theatre News

THIS WEEK IN THEATRE NEWS:
from Howlround
We Had a Convening About Comedy in Theatre and People Couldn't Stop Farting
by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

From the article: 
Do you remember laughing at something so hard that it made you pee a little? Do you remember having an intense emotional release triggered through seeing something funny? What about experiencing a moment where comedy has disoriented and destabilized you and/or a culture, or where you have felt how sharp and precise comedy strikes at the heart of societal and personal problems? Do you remember how healing laughter can be? Do you remember joy?

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me! pioneervalleytheatre@gmail.com

Want to know even more about events in the Pioneer Valley and beyond,
including reviews, interviews, and previews?
In the Spotlight, Inc.
Berkshire on Stage

PERFORMANCES:

WHAT: The UMass Theatre Guild Presents Arcadia
WHEN: Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30th @ 7:00pm; Saturday December 1st @ 1:00pm and 7:00pm
WHERE: Bowker Auditorium, UMass. 100 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA 01003

By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Terrance J. Peters

The UMass Theater Guild, is proud to present its Fall 2018 Main Stage production, Arcadia! Join us for a night of Mathematics, Sex, Pigeons and Literature. (Life and Death, so to speak.)

Arcadia follows the two intersecting stories of those who find their lives unfolding in the somber English countryside of Sidley Park, separated by a passage of 200 years, but deeply connected in the efforts of those driven to discovery.

In 1809, 13 year old Thomasina Coverly searches for truth in math, sciences, and carnal knowledge from her tutor Septimus Hodge. In the present, two academics, Hannah Jarvis and Bernard Nightingale, collaborate and compete to prove theories about the park’s occupants of two centuries ago.

As the lines blur between truth and emotion, love and obsession, discovery and understanding, Tom Stoppard’s supreme play of ideas emphasizes that in trying to grasp the human experience, "It’s wanting to know that makes us matter."

For more information, check out our Facebook event at tinyurl.com/ArcadiaUMTG

Tickets can be reserved from the UMass Fine Arts Center, URL available here: tinyurl.com/UMTGArcadia
Door tickets also available!
$8 students, faculty, seniors
$12 general admission
We accept cash and Venmo.


UMassTheatreGuild.com for more information about the Pioneer Valley's oldest student and community theater group!



WHAT: “THE WAR AND WALT WHIPPLE” 
WHEN: NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 9
WHERE: West Springfield’s Majestic Theater

Premiere Production of Latest Play Written by Majestic’s Producing Director Danny Eaton

“The War and Walt Whipple,” a comedy/drama written by Danny Eaton, makes its debut at West Springfield’s Majestic Theater November 1 – December 9. Eaton is the producing director at the Majestic.

The play, based on events in Eaton’s family history, tells the story of Walt and Alice Whipple, parents to four sons. When World War II erupts, three of the sons immediately join the services, but before shipping out, each marries and sends their wives to the Whipple family homestead for the duration of the war. The arrival of three daughters-in-law, following a lifetime raising sons, challenges Walt on many levels.

“I was inspired to write this play because I wanted my children and grandchildren, who are generationally removed, to better understand the life my parents and my grandparents led,” said Eaton. “World War II was a time of common purpose in America, and those families who endured such hardships deserve to be remembered and honored. It was a great experience for me, as one of three survivors of my generation, to look back into my family's history and to bring life to it. My dad was the story teller in the family, and I hope this play not only carries on that tradition, but maybe even inspires a few people to reach back into their own lives.”

“The War and Walt Whipple” features several actors who have appeared in previous Majestic plays including J. T. Waite, Sue Dziura, Ron Komora, Tom Dahl, Margaret Streeter and Mark Dean. They join other cast members including Katie Mack, Jami Wilson, Jordan Reed, Chris Rojas, Joshua True and Cliff Blake.

Eaton will direct the play, and set design is by Greg Trochlil. Dawn McKay is costume designer, Dan Rist is lighting designer and Stephen Petit is production stage manager.

Tickets range from $24-$34 and are now available by calling or visiting the box office during its hours of operation, which are Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm. Subscriptions are still being accepted for the five Season shows.


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