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.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Wet Paint! Silent Art Auction & Wine Tasting



NORTHAMPTON, MA — On Saturday, September 21, artists set up their easels across the Valley to paint en plein air, in support of the Children’s Advocacy Center.  The original artwork, created especially for this benefit, will be auctioned off at the Wet Paint! Silent Art Auction & Wine Tasting, on Thursday, October 3 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Hotel Northampton (36 King Street, Northampton, MA).  Tickets to the event are $90 in advance, and are available at  For more information, call 413-522-2946.

Wet Paint! is an extraordinary opportunity to purchase original art by some of the Valley’s most talented painters while supporting an important community service.  Proceeds from Wet Paint! will benefit the Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Center in Northampton, and the new Center planned for Greenfield.  Gregory Stone, noted artist and sculptor, in conjunction with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, has agreed to act as the organizer of the artist community, bringing together 20 world-renowned artists in and around the valley to contribute new work to Wet Paint!
            The Northwestern District of Massachusetts (serving Hampshire and Franklin counties and the town of Athol) has one of the highest rates of child abuse in Massachusetts, with over 5,000 reported cases each year.  The District Attorney’s Children’s Advocacy Center was created to help address this terrible problem.  The Center is a warm, child-friendly place where physically and sexually abused children can be interviewed and medically examined, away from law enforcement setting and a busy hospital emergency department.  Its purpose is to provide a safe environment that minimizes further trauma to an already traumatized child. 
            Many of the artists participating in Wet Paint! contributed to the 2008 fundraiser, including Stone, Mickey Boisvert, Bruce Chandler, David Gloman, John Gnatek, Jane Lund, Ray Milici, Charles Miller, Holly Murray, Gary Niswonger, Scott Prior, Brooke Schnabel, Katy Schneider, Robert Sweeney, Nanny Vonnegut, Ellen Wineberg and Jamie Young.  First time 2013 participants are Caleb Colon, Don Wilhelm, and Jonathan Wilhelm.
           The completed artwork will then be on display at Easthampton Savings Bank’s main office at 36 Main St. Easthampton, from September 23 through October 3.  Images of the paintings will be viewable on the Children’s Advocacy Center website in the week leading up to the Wine Tasting & Auction on October 3.  Online bidding will be available this year, with images and details available at  Tickets to the Wet Paint! Silent Art Auction & Wine Tasting are $90 online and at the event.  Bidding for the Silent Auction will close at 8:30 pm.
            The Wet Paint! Silent Art Auction & Wine Tasting is made possible though the generous support of Easthampton Savings Bank and The Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Wet Paint! Wine Tasting & Silent Auction
Thursday, October 3, 2013
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Hotel Northampton (36 King Street, Northampton, MA, 01060)
Tickets: $90 in advance at
For more information: 413-522-2946
Description:  Wine tasting and silent auction to benefit the Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Center in Northampton, and the Franklin County center planned for Greenfield, which provide help for hundreds of sexually and physically abused children every year.  Artwork by 20 Valley artists – AOMW painted en plein air on September 21 for this benefit – will be sold by silent auction.  For event and online bidding details, and to purchase tickets, visit

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