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, February 29, 2016

ANCHOR HOUSE OF ARTISTS BENEFIT with Group 18 Reading and Mary Dunn, the poet's hand at watercolor

Mary Dunn

Name of event: ANCHOR HOUSE OF ARTISTS BENEFIT with Group 18 Reading and Mary Dunn, the poet's hand at watercolor

Writers: Group 18 includes Doug Anderson, Roz, Driscoll, Paul Jacobs, Margaret Lloyd, Henry 
Lyman, Missy Montgomery, Bill O'Connell, and Annie Woodhull
Artist: Mary Dunn (1957-2008)
Reading and Exhibit Date: Sunday, March 6. 2:30 P.M.

Location name: Anchor House of Artists

Hours: March 6, Sunday 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Regularly Tuesday Thursday Saturday 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Address: 518 Pleasant Street (south side of Shell gas station)
City/Town: Northampton
Anchor House of Artists was established in 1997 to promote the work of artists living with mental illnesses. Since its founding, many many artists have found a welcome harbor to use for the fashioning new art and express artistic self-determination out of view from the clinical grasp. To celebrate on the ebb of twenty years of success Group 18 has stepped forward to share a public reading from the papers of its well-published authors. The work of a founding member of the Anchor House of Artists, Mary Dunn (1958-2008) , whose visual and written art guided her life, will be on view at this celebration benefit too.
Group 18, including Doug Anderson, Roz, Driscoll, Paul Jacobs, Margaret Lloyd, Henry Lyman, Missy Montgomery, Bill O'Connell, and Annie Woodhull, is a poetry workshop that has been meeting in Northampton, Massachusetts, since 1985. Members have won important awards, published poetry collections, and have been an ongoing part of the creative landscape in Northampton.
Mary Dunn was among a founding group of artists in 1997 when Anchor House of Artists was established to support area outsider artists. She was a poet with an exceptional voice, a watercolorist and pastel artist. She led poetry groups and was sought out for her gentle mentorship but fierce defense of her peers. She passed suddenly and quietly in 2008 and much of her work might have been lost if it were not for the quick rescue from the dumpster at her home by a caring neighbor. This work along with a portfolio of her visual work is now in the safekeeping of the Anchor House of Artists.
This celebration of the power of verse and artist to artist support is very important in the life of the Anchor House, and of Mary Dunn's life and whose dream of the Anchor House she entered through her work.
The afternoon will be used to raise voices to the pages from Group 18, to surround the work of Dunn with poetry, which was her love, and to raise funds for the mission of the Anchor House of Artists that she encouraged. The gallery that is continuing to show the work of Charles Miller will open for viewing at 2:30 P.M. and the reading will begin at 3:00 P.M.
At this event, donations are sought--suggested $10.00-- to support the gallery and studio designed to create a platform for artists living with mental illnesses, so those who love art and verse and think a space like this should exist will come--Mary Dunn's work bloomed here.
Refreshments will be served. Children are welcome. The Anchor House of Artists is all accessible on the Ground Floor.
Contact name: Michael Tillyer
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Contact phone: (413) 588-4337

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