The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Friday, April 12, 2019

The ArtSalon Goes to the Northampton Senior Center


WHAT: The ArtSalon
WHEN: Friday, April 12, reception begins at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA

A dynamic social evening of engaging presentations by established and emerging artists in the Pioneer Valley

Artists: Judith Abraham, Molly Hatch, Thomas Matsuda, Anna VA Polesny, Jessica Tam

Molly Hatch: With a formal education in ceramics and drawing, Molly launched her first tableware collection from her home studio in 2010. Her signature blend of 18th-century aesthetics with modern whimsy quickly garnered a loyal following, launching her brand into a wide range of lifestyle products for the home. Today, Molly Hatch collections can be found through the brand’s partnerships with retailers worldwide. Molly works from her studio in Florence, Massachusetts, where she continues to hone her craft and make the traditional new again. https://www.mollyhatch.com/

Over the past few years, Jessica Tam has considered the theatricality and cinematic nature of her serial work and studied how Italian frescoes work in tandem with the architecture of their specific residences to create an immersive fictional environment.  Tam has exhibited work in New York at Schroeder Romero, The Painting Center, and Slag Gallery as well as in Chicago at LG Space. She has been a Clowes Fund Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, an NEA Fellowship Recipient at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Al Held Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. And most recently, Triptych, her series of three site-specific paintings, exhibited at Midway Gallery in Boston, The Seerveld Gallery at Trinity Christian College, and The Box at Knox College. www.jessicaJtam.com

Anna VA Polesny has devoted a lifetime to art creation, education, and advocacy exploring fiber, identity, and most recently ideas, through visual expression. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, been recognized with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYS Arts Council, and the Mass Cultural Council. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Museum of Art and Design in New York and will soon be featured in an exhibition, Off the Wall: American Art to Wear at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she will be represented in the permanent collection. In May, the Southern Vermont Arts Center will highlight her work in an exhibition, Unusual Threads: Stitching Together the Future of Fashion. https://www.annavapolesny.com/

Thomas Matsuda lived in Japan for thirteen years where he apprenticed with the sculptor, Koukei Eri. His outdoor sculptures are in sculpture parks, parks, and universities. He has exhibited in Latvia, South Korea, UK, Qatar, Egypt, Germany, Bejing, Hungary, Rumania, India, and Japan. He was awarded grants including from the Gottlieb Foundation, US Embassy, Japan Foundation, and Ford Foundation. Thomas taught for eight years at the Pratt Institute and currently teaches at Mount Wachusett Community College as Art Depart. Chair, and the College of New Rochelle Graduate School. He has a BFA from Pratt Institute and MFA from UMass, Amherst. His work addresses the integration of art, social change, and spirituality. He carves traditional Buddhist sculptures, and synthesizes eastern and western ideas in a contemporary approach. http://tmatsuda.com/

Judith Abraham is a sculptor and mixed media artist. Primarily self taught, she studied figure sculpture part time at Lyme Academy of Fine Art. Her interest in exploring new things has led her to study many different mediums. Initially, her involvement in theatre had led her to making marionettes. The marionettes piqued an interest in sculpture which has been her primary focus ever since.  Currently she is working in a foundry finishing new pieces in bronze. A current exhibition at the Hosmer Gallery includes some of her works.

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