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.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Florence Night Out - Friday, September 19, 5:30-8:30pm

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Pop-Up Mobile Art Boxes Take Art to the Streets at 3rd FLORENCE NIGHT OUT 
A fun, free event that celebrates community through art, dance, music, film and local business

FLORENCE, MA – Interactive Mobile Art Boxes, where artworks explode from within the box, will delight all ages at this fall’s FLORENCE NIGHT OUT (FNO), Friday, September 19, 2014 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Florence artist and lead organizer Donnabelle Casis is co-curating the event with local writer and Co-Director of The Creativity Center at Hampshire College Carla Costa, to create a dynamic lineup. Donnabelle teamed up with Tony Gleason, Florence resident and owner of DIY Mobile Box, to have six “Mobile Art Boxes” (MABs). MABs are 8’x8’x16’ pop-up temporary art spaces that will house interactive, multimedia installations by artists: John Slepian (performance art), Jake Meginsky (sound art/installation), Maggie Nowinski (video), Chris Nelson (installation), Sally Curcio & Anne LaPrade Suethe (installation), The Quarry & The Coast with Mount Emult aka Matthew Newman (short films). MABs will occupy surprising areas all over downtown Florence. 

• Artists from the Arts & Industries/Pine Street Studios Building will participate with open studios, demonstrations, and sales, 221 Pine Street.
.• Kimberly Bourque, a Master of Occupational Therapy student at Bay Path University, completed her summer field work with the Enrichment Center. She compiled a local peace art tile project entitled “Resiliency” created by 12 brain injury patients. See it at the Florence Arts & Business Center, 140 Pine Street 
.• Art Always will have a craft table for children accompanied by an adult from 5:30-6:30 pm at Arts & Industries, 221 Pine Street.
• Diane Nevinsmith artist reception at Cup & Top, 1 Main Street
• Jim Gipe photograph exhibit at Pivot Media, 70 Maple Street
• Open studios: Sean Greene with guest artist Philip Knoll, Richard Lloyd, Phoebe Berkel, guest artist Brian Maryansky, 30 North Maple Street 
• Martin Bridge paintings at Upton-Massamont Coldwell Banker, 93 Main Street
• Used book sale to benefit a literacy organization, Writer's Mill, 34 North Maple
• Family Fun Magazine will have fun games and activities, Main Street
• Wine & Canvas will offer free painting sessions at the Florence Arts & Business Center. Sessions will begin every half hour starting at 5:30pm – 8:30, 140 Pine Street.

• Kelly Silliman of the tinydance project, in collaboration with Charnice Charmant, will present “Tangled Layers”, Main Street.
• The Bakers, The Fawns and Rick Murnane will perform at the Florence Civic Center, Park Street.
• Free Range Cats will play at Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors, 92 Main Street.
• Russell Kaback will perform on the porch from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Tranquility Day Spa, 40 Main Street.
• Teri Anderson of Dance Northampton will teach zydeco dance lessons from 6:00 – 6:50 pm, and Zydeco Connection will play great music from 7:00 – 8:00 pm at the VFW, 18 Meadow Street.
• Electric Ride bike demos on the bike path, Electric Ride Electric Bike Rentals, 30 North Maple
• Northampton High School Improv Troupe from 5:30 - 6:30pm, Cup and Top Cafe, 1 Main Street
• Full Circle Bike Shop will demo bikes at the Florence Dental parking lot from 5:30-7:30 pm, 41 Main Street. FCBS will have a post-FNO movie screening at the shop starting at 8:30pm, 141 North Main Street.

• Cup & Top Cafe will have a special menu highlighting local harvests, 1 Main Street
• JJ’s Tavern will offer an Oktoberfest menu, 99 Main Street.
• Cooper’s Corner will provide a beer and wine tasting, 31 Main Street.
.• First Church will provide refreshments at the Florence Arts & Business Center, 140 Pine Street.

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