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.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A.P.E. Exhibition: ‘House of Life’

A.P.E. Exhibition: June 8 – July 3, 2016

‘House of Life’

Paintings by Anna Dibble

Opening Reception: Friday, June 10: 5-8 pm


‘House of Life’ is a collection of recent work that was done during a three year stretch of loss and change in Anna Dibble’s life. The subsequent deaths of her husband, her dog and her mother motivated Dibble to find ways to tame the pain of grief.

“The grieving, which often seemed to be an outside force that attacked like an emotional terrorist, erased clarity and inspiration. It seemed there was nothing I could do to speed up the process and get to the elusive ‘other side.’’

She traveled a little, then sold the house that she and her husband had built and lived in with their two dogs; recycled, sold, and gave away ninety percent of their possessions; moved to a smaller space in another state, and switched from working in oil paint to water based mediums. Then she finally got to work, attempting to “paint into the pain with hopes I could paint my way out.”

In the process she found that it is impossible to escape grief, but you can learn how to be patient with the dark and find ways to live in a positive way with its presence. The resulting paintings tell a story of love, loss, change, hope and healing.

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