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.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Happy La Peartree Art Gallery & Teaching Studio to Celebrate GrandOpening During Upcoming Arts Night Out Northampton

What: Owned and operated by Northampton based artist and art teacher Amanda LaMontagne, the Happy La Peartree art gallery and teaching studio will celebrate its grand opening during October’s Arts Night Out Northampton. Attendees will be able to view LaMontagne’s artwork while enjoying refreshments and lively conversation. Pieces will be for sale via silent auction, and attendees can sign up for Happy La Peartree’s first art class at a discounted rate. 

Where: Happy La Peartree gallery and teaching studio, 17 New South Street, Suite 107, downtown Northampton, MA (in the Old School Commons building, next to the Academy of Music).

When: Friday, October 10, 2014, 3:30 - 8:30 P.M. 

Why: Located in the artists’ hub of downtown Northampton, MA, Happy La Peartree is a creative space and art gallery meant to foster happiness through free, creative expression. Following happiness has always been a way of life for owner and artist, Amanda LaMontagne, and since creating and sharing art brings her true bliss, she has decided to open her own gallery and teaching space. 

The grand opening event coincides with October’s Arts Night Out Northampton, of which Happy La Peartree is a participating organization. Arts Night Out is a monthly gallery walk, taking place on the second Friday of every month, that highlights the diversity and unique character of the Northampton area by allowing the community to enjoy a night on town while experiencing diverse visual and performing arts.

At Happy La Peartree, LaMontagne creates and displays her own art, and also plans to offer a variety of art classes to the community. Classes will be tailored to different learning types and will be designed to give students the knowledge, confidence, and most importantly, the freedom to create whatever they desire.

Throughout the years, LaMontagne has worked with charcoal, sculpted foam core, and pen and ink, but in the last few years has developed a deep love for acrylic painting. Her work is inspired by a variety of topics such as nature, social inequality, and vibrant, memorable personalities.
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