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, October 2, 2015

Biennial Exhibition: Motion Emotion Reception

Motion-Emotion: A Juried Exhibition at Hosmer Gallery

October 2-30th, 2015

Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA

Hosmer Gallery Hours: Mon/Wed 9am to 9pm, Tue/Thu 1pm to 5 p.m., Fri/Sat 9am to 5pm

The Northampton Arts Council will host a reception for their 2015 Juried Biennial Exhibition entitled Motion-Emotion. The reception will take place in conjunction with Arts Night Out at Hosmer Gallery-Forbes Library on Friday, October 9th, 5pm to 8pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Motion-Emotion is a juried exhibition of work interpreted freely by 2D, 3D, and video. The exhibition is of works by artists living and working in Western Massachusetts and is located at the Hosmer Gallery in Forbes Library during the month of October 2015. Motion-Emotion presents a wide variety of types and styles of art from photography and paintings to cinematography and sculpture, all of which revolve around the central theme of a quote by William Faulkner: “The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that 100 years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.” The exhibition showcases the work of 32 different local artists that were selected from a group of more than 124 artists who submitted over 279 works of art for consideration. Please join the Northampton Arts Council Board of Directors and meet all the artists at the Arts Night Out reception on Friday, October 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m at the Hosmer Gallery.

The jurors selected for the show were Aprile Gallant, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at Smith College Museum of Art; Paul Gulla, Gallery Manager, R. Michelson Galleries, and Julia Courtney, Curator of Art, D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. To help guide their selections the jurors prepared a statement: “As a jury, we looked for a diversity of media where a sense of motion or stasis was a central component in the underlying structure or the message of the work.  We were pleased to find so many approaches, all of which communicated a strong visual sense of the various psychological states that animate daily human experience. The exhibition and accompanying programs provide a rich sampling of the artistic community in the Pioneer Valley.”

Image by Petula Bloomfield

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