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.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring saxophone and clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson


WHAT: Featuring saxophone and clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson 
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 8th from 7:30 to 8:30
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA


NYC artists Peter and Will Anderson are two of the most talented and hard working musicians around today, constantly traveling the country and the globe engaging audiences wherever and whenever they can. Most striking about their music is the way they interact musically with each other and their amazingly fluid and impressive two horn arrangements. This will be their 5th appearance with us and it's always a fun ride. http://peterandwillanderson.com

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: 
1/15 - Stacy Dillard on saxophone
1/22 - Grant Stewart on tenor with Claire Arenius on drums
1/29 - Kris Allen on alto

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 

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Karrin Allyson


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Karrin Allyson
WHEN: Tuesday, January 1st, 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


Here's wishing you all a safe, healthy and bright New Year! To start things off in 2019 we are pleased to once again present five time Grammy nominated vocalist Karrin Allyson. Here's a recent quote in Jazz Times from a glowing review of her newest CD "Some Of That Sunshine": "Even those casually familiar with vocalist and pianist Karrin Allyson’s 26-year recording career surely appreciate her tremendous versatility, exploring everything from French chansons to Brazilian jazz, from blues to pop, from Coltrane to Rodgers and Hammerstein with unerring panache." Joining Karrin on stage will be the Green Street Trio; Paul Arslanian-p, George Kaye-b, Jon Fisher-d.

Upcoming Guest Artists: 
1/8  -  Peter and Will Anderson on saxes and clarinet
1/15 - Stacy Dillard on saxophone
1/22 - Grant Stewart on tenor
1/29 - Kris Allen on alto

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/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop

FREE PVTA Shuttle Van for FIRST NIGHT NORTHAMPTON 2019


FREE PVTA Shuttle Van for FIRST NIGHT NORTHAMPTON 2019

Give your tired toes a rest on First Night this year by catching the FREE PVTA Shuttle Van as it makes its way around Northampton!

The shuttle runs on a loop between the following locations, starting at the new Northampton Community Arts Building on 33 Hawley St. at 2:00pm and running until 8:00pm
Stop Locations:
Across from Northampton Community Arts Building – parking lot outside 33 Hawley Street
Northampton Courthouse Bus Stop
Masonic St Bus Stop
Salvo House Bus Stop


Thanks to PVTA for generously providing the van and driver!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Call for Submissions to the Bay State Hotel Music History Archive



Bay State Hotel Music History Archive
OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Bay State Hotel Music History Archive seeks your help in preserving an important period in Northampton’s musical history! Share your memories of the Bay State years by sending us videos, photos, flyers, recordings, writing, etc to digitize for our online archive & upcoming events.

We consider it vital to preserve Northampton’s musical culture. We have already lost beloved figures in the community, so there is a dramatic urgency to collecting these memories now, to allow the public to recognize, remember and understand the stories behind this unique moment in Northampton’s musical history.

Help us tell the whole unvarnished story of the Bay State by submitting media to us at baystatehotel@forbeslibrary.orgOr deliver physical goods to:
Forbes Library
℅ Bay State Hotel Music History Archive
20 West Street
Northampton, MA


Have questions about formats, how your materials will be used, or just want to talk about the Bay State scene? Email us at baystatehotel@forbeslibrary.org, call us at 413-587-1013 or just stop by the Arts and Music Desk at Forbes Library.

About: The Bay State Hotel Music History Archive is a collaboration between Forbes Library, the Northampton Arts Council and Northampton Community Television documenting the unique & critical period from 1993-2003 during which the Bay State Hotel served as the home for local & national bands to play intimate shows to the dedicated Northampton music scene.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Celebrate the Season on The Other Side of Massachusetts



Holiday Happenings
Celebrate "the most wonderful time of the year" at one of our festive events.
- Arcadia Mass Audubon’s Winter Solstice & Forest Luminaria Walk
- Winter Wonderland Light Display at Look Memorial Park
- All aboard! Ride Santa's Trains at Look Memorial Park, a Holiday Tradition for the Whole Family
- Dress in your seasonal…worst? Ugly Sweater Party at Amherst Farm Winery on Sunday, December 16
- Ring in the New Year with fireworks, music, and a whole lot of fun with First Night Northampton

Find more festive events in Western MA



‘Tis the Season for Shopping

The first flakes have fallen, and we say: "let it snow!" Our "city sidewalks, busy sidewalks" are lined with unique shops and artists' studios, filled with treasures. Don’t miss these hot spots for holiday shopping.

- Check out our blog on holiday shopping for more unique places to find one-of-a-kind gifts
- A2Z Science & Learning Store was recently ranked as one of the best independent toy stores in New England
- FLAIR Holiday Market, a unique pop-up-shop dedicated to showcasing local artisans and craftspeople
- The perfect gift is right here! Give them an experience with the Northampton Gift Card.



Do you hear what I hear? Live Music in Downtown Northampton
- Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Sing-along spectacular! on Saturday, December 22
- Don’t miss legendary Dar Williams at Iron Horse Music Hall on Friday, December 28
- Berkshire Bach presents BACH @ NEW YEAR'S on Sunday, December 30
- We prefer our music live. Explore performances and venues here.



Celebrate Culture
- "Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas," are you? Come out for a film screening at the Yiddish Book Center
- Learn about Old Fashioned Christmas at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead on Saturday, December 8
- You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Emily Dickinson’s 188thBirthday on Saturday, December 8 at the Emily Dickinson Museum
- Enjoy It's a Wonderful Life on the big screen again at Amherst Cinema, December 21-23

Explore our region’s wealth of arts & culture offerings this season.



Ring in 2019 on The Other Side of Massachusetts!

“What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” Planning a trip to the city-wide celebration, First Night Northampton, of course! Complete with fireworks, musical performances, and oodles of holiday cheer, this city-wide celebration of the turning of the year is unlike any other!

ACCUMULATION: Interactive Performance + Dance Party

With excitement & anticipation, we introduce this unique dance experience . . .

WHAT: ACCUMULATION: Interactive Performance + Dance Party
WHEN:  SATURDAY, December 22, 8pm - 12a
WHERE: School for Contemporary Dance & Thought, 24 Main St, 4th floor, Northampton MA
How Much? $15 / $5 discount before 8:30pm

Thank you for participating in this spectacle either as audience and as performers.

Accumulation strives to invite people who love to dance the opportunity be seen on stage. It also offers an opportunity for an audience to witness a collective performative space.

8-10p: Live Music with John Cabán = Guitarist, composer, producer & teacher, John Cabán’s unique playing has graced performances and/or recordings with such diverse artists as – Galvanizer, Richard Bona, Art Neville, Bo Diddley, Gloria Gaynor, and many others. With roots deep in blues, experimental, funk/r&b, ambient and world music, a rich tonal palette & lyrical rhythmic feel combine to make his distinctive atmospheric guitar style blend with a wide variety of musical genres.

10p - 12a: DJ Hip SockiT = offers his heart opening soulful soundscapes that seamlessly weave music styles & cultures. A globally blended tapestry of beats, bumps, & baselines that penetrate to the marrow of your bones, spiraling around your undulating spine and unearthing your body. For more info and free downloads PollinateDance.com

Preliminary Dancers in the Accumulation:
Aaron Brando, Jeff Bliss, Rythea Lee, Jen Pollins, Paul Vidich.

Instructions for the evening:

The evening begins at 8pm with a lit space and a live sound exploration. Audience is free to come at any point in the evening. As the performance continues, the accumulation increases and audience members who are ready to join (sitting designated seating) are invited into the performance space. Those who choose come as audience and not perform are welcome to enjoy the performance from that vantage.

Only those who want to perform and move to sit in the designating seating, will be invited to perform.

Eventually the stage is filled, and the space flows between those that want to enter the performance space and those that want to witness.

At about 10PM, the DJ merges with the live musician and eventually takes over the sound for the remainder of the evening. A collective dance party ensues - one that includes performative lighting and the sweet the residue of the performative part of the evening.

Mark your January Calendars NOW! for Bodies in Motion Festival

WHAT: The Bodies in Motion Festival
WHEN: Sunday, January 13 at 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 15 at 7-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Northampton Arts Trust, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton MA

Mark your January calendar NOW!
Start 2019 off immersed in the imagination at work.

The Bodies in Motion Festival at 33 Hawley Street hosted by A.P.E. features dance, film, music, and visual arts---performances, workshops, residencies, exhibits!

Two sample dates:

-Sunday, January 13 at 5-6:30 p.m. Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson perform their stunning new duet “another piece apart", previewed in the New Yorker below.* Get your tickets now by clicking here

-Tuesday, January 15 at 7-8:30 p.m. Historic Northampton hosts Community & Creativity: The Arts in Northampton Then, Now & Going Forward. This special program on Northampton's arts scene will include the public premiere of Vision of Thorne s, a 13-minute documentary about Gordon Thornes' philosophy about the arts and his experience in Northampton. Speakers will include Andrea Olsen, Stephen Petegorsky, and Laurie Sanders. Suggested donation: $5-$10 at the door.

-A special Festival Pass lets you in all events and supports the artists!

Schedule and Tickets/Registration

NEW ENGLAND DANCE FUND


Through the New England Dance Fund, NEFA will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance.

Application Deadline: February 8, 2019

Funding Priorities:

The New England Dance Fund gives priority to timely opportunities with the goal of supporting a diverse group of artists from a range of cultures, disciplines, aesthetics, and career stages throughout all six New England states. Depending on the amount of funds available at a given deadline, applications for activities that would be eligible for a later deadline may be rolled over for consideration at the next deadline.

Eligibility
To be eligible for the New England Dance Fund, choreographers must:
- Have a Creative Ground profile with DANCE as the primary discipline.
- Reside full-time and make work in one of the six New England states.
- Fulfill the Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients (see below), if awarded.
- Be applying for an opportunity that will take place between November 1, 2018-October 31, 2019.

Eligible opportunities may include, but are not limited to: residencies; research trips; conferences; workshops or other trainings that build creative or administrative skills; tour planning; publication expenses; documentation; video shoots; artist fees needed to prepare the work for a pivotal  presentation opportunity; hiring a consultant; mentorship.

New England Dance Fund grants may be paid directly to individuals, 501c3 organizations, or to fiscal sponsors. New England Dance Fund grants are taxable income to the recipients and reportable to the IRS.  Grantees, including individuals, will receive a 1099 from NEFA if total payments exceed $600 within a calendar year.

Applicants who are NOT eligible to apply are:
- Choreographers who received support through the New England Dance Fund during the February 2018 deadline round; current grantees must complete their funded activity and take one deadline off before regaining eligibility.
- Artists with an overdue grantee report to NEFA; to regain eligibility, outstanding grantee reports must be submitted online to NEFA by the deadline.

The New England Dance Fund does not support:
- Ongoing operations or activity

- School, youth, or student companies and groups. 

Monday, December 17, 2018

WGBY to Host Its Annual Masterpiece-Themed Gala

WHAT: WGBY's Annual Masterpiece-Themed Gala
WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2019, 6:00PM
WHERE: The Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road, Holyoke, MA

The public television station’s WGBY Masterpiece Ball fundraiser offers a four-course meal, live ballroom orchestra, and elegant dancing while celebrating the popular period drama, “Victoria.”

Drama-lovers and PBS supporters across the Pioneer Valley are getting ready to “Dress Up, Dine and Dance” at a Victorian-themed fundraiser for public media.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, the 2019 WGBY Masterpiece Ball returns to the Log Cabin in Holyoke. The period gala celebrates the popular Masterpiece series “Victoria” while providing a fancy night out for couples and groups.



Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring guitarists John Stowell and Draa Hobbs


WHAT:Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring guitarists John Stowell and Draa Hobbs
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 18th from 7:30 to 8:30
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

This week we are pleased to once again present master guitarist and educator John Stowell from Portland, Or. John tours all over the globe concertizing, lecturing and teaching and keeps a regular presence in our area and NYC. He has recently recorded two new CDs under his own name and a duo CD with saxophonist Dave Liebman. http://www.johnstowell.com

John will be joined by his good friend Vermont guitarist Draa Hobbs along with George Kaye on bass and drummer Tido Holtkamp from Hartford.

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

Also of interest: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares continues with a performance by the James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor Duo featuring James Brandon Lewis, tenor saxophone, and Chad Taylor, percussion, Friday, December 14, 7:30pm at the 121 Club, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA. Single tickets ($15) are available at www.jazzshares.org and at the door.

And; the monthly music series, Soundworks Gathering will meet tonight at the Flywheel in Easthampton - www.soundworksgathering.com
And; Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble at the American Legion Hall in Florence,- tickets $8. for more call 413-374-3355

Upcoming Guest Artists: 
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.
1/8  -  Peter and Will Anderson on saxes and clarinet
1/15 - Stacy Dillard on saxophone
1/22 - Grant Stewart on tenor
1/29 - Kris Allen on alto

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 

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

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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?

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