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, April 11, 2016

Florence Night Out Spring 2016

Florence Night Out, Friday, May 6, 2016, 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Mobile Art Boxes Return

Mobile Art Boxes will be blooming in Florence again this spring. These wonderful storage containers/pop-up galleries are part of the village-wide festivities that are happening as part of the 5th Florence Night Out, Friday, May 6, 2016. Florence Night out is a fun, free event that celebrates community through creativity. Starting at 3:00 p.m. Florence will be hopping with art shows and open houses, an outdoor craft market and walking tours, special food and music all over town. Florence Night Out 2016 officially ends at 8:00 but music events continue into the night.

Mobile Art Boxes
Last seen at the May 1, 2014 Florence Night Out, the return of the Mobile Art Boxes (MABs) is eagerly anticipated. These interactive multimedia artwork installations, sculptures and video will be open from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will delight all ages. Florence artist Donnabelle Casis returns as co-curator with Carla Costa, Co-Director of the Creativity Center at Hampshire College. Donnabelle will team up with Tony Gleason, owner of DIY Mobile Box to have six 8’x8’x16’ storage units occupy surprising areas all over downtown Florence. In addition, there will be two smaller pop-up spaces provided by Robert Ross of Ross Bros. in Haydenville. The artists are: Fafnir Adamites (experiential installation,) Denis Luzuriaga (video), Justin Norris (painter/dancer/graffiti artist), Alicia Renadette (sculpture), Joe Saphire (sound/performance), and Jenny Vogel (installation). Joshua Braska of Valley Free Radio will create a broadcasting studio in one of the MABs at the Florence Arts & Business Building at 140 Pine Street. For art-related Florence Night Out inquiries contact Donnabelle Casis 413-320-2828,

The new Florence brew-pub, Brew Practitioners will host music all afternoon and then starting at 7:00 feature three acclaimed Florence Bands, the Johnny Memphis Band (roots music, 7:00), Free Range Cats (funky grooves, 8:15) and Beige (ska, 9:30.) There will be music at Cup and Top and JJ’s Tavern will feature And the Neighbors and Fancy Trash. Other musical acts at Florence Night Out 2016 include Scotty Meyers, Buddy McEarns, Connor Ritchie-Dunham, Medicinal Purpose, Three Arcadians, Tom and Carrie, Great Smokey and Court Etiquette.

Other Cool Stuff
Pivot Media will feature new artwork by photographer Jim Gipe and an opening reception for a new mural by Martin Bridge. Pivot will also have selected works by abstract artist Peter Smolenski with music by the Tommy Twilight Orchestra. There will be an outdoor afternoon craft market called “Yeti Market” at the Florence Civic Center. The Ruggles Center will have a historic walking tour and bell ringing at 6pm. There will be open houses at Valley Free Radio, the Florence Congregational Church and Cycle Pottery. There will be food trucks parked on the streets and a beer and wine tasting at Cooper’s Corner. Cup and Top will have a new art exhibit by Steven Kennedy and there will be a SoldierOn art show at the VFW. If all this excitement wears you out you can get a free chair massage at Indigo Healing.

Maggie Nowinski and Matt Waugh

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