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.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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Hot Off the Press: Prints from the Zea Mays Printmaking Flat File Project

July 7 - August 25
This exciting exhibit of works on paper has been curated from the Zea Mays Printmaking Flat File. The work in the Flat File represents examples of prints made using green technologies. It houses over 50 portfolios of prints by member artists, including etchings, monoprints, woodcuts and linoleum prints, photo etchings and lithographs, serigraphs and mixed media prints. This show features work from the Flat File from more than 24 artists.
Artists include: Judith Bowerman, Liz Chalfin, Rachel Chapman, Pamela Crawford, Sarah Creighton, Nancy Diessner, Jennifer Gover, Nancy Haver, Lyn Horan, Marsha Humphrey, Anita S. Hunt, Kate Jenkins, Julie Lapping Rivera, Doris Madsen, Tekla McInerney, Larinda Meade, Frank Ozereko, Lynn Peterfreund, Erika Radich, B.Z. Reilly, Joan Safford Wright, Joyce Silverstone, Jamie Sweeney, Janet Walerstein Winston, Carolyn Webb.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 7th, in conjunction with Amherst Art Walk, from 5pm to 8pm. A second Art Walk reception will follow on Thursday, August 4th, from 5pm - 8pm.

Artist demos will be featured at each reception, 5-6:30pm. Lynn Peterfreund will demonstrate trace monotype on July 7th, and Erika Radich will cut wood plates as a demo on August 4th.
About Zea Mays Printmaking:  Located in Florence, MA, Zea Mays Printmaking is dedicated to research, practice, and dissemination of safe printmaking. They offer studio access, workshops, residencies, internships, mentorships, and contract printing services to an international community of artists. Demonstrating the high quality and creative possibilities of original prints made with health consciousness is at the core of their mission.

July Art Walk Reception & Demo
Thursday, July 7, 5-8pm

August Art Walk Reception & Demo
Friday, August 4, 6:30-8pm

Framing Project of the Month: Omakase Butterfly

This month's framing challenge was to frame this beautiful Swallowtail butterfly.

The first step was to open the wings. This required a visit to the relaxation chamber. After five days of r&r in the chamber, with damp paper towels and an anti-fungal, we were able to slowly open the wings.

The customer bravely and wisely requested our Omakase service and entrusted us with all of the design choices. We chose this textured frame and painted it black. The butterfly is perched on a blue mat and floating atop a grey background. We love it so much, it will be hard to let this one go...
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Our good friends Jane Thurber, Stephen Schreiber, and Sigrid Miller Pollin have a show, Field Notes 6, coming up at the UMass NYPOP Gallery in Chelsea at the end of July. If you're headed to NYC, check it out!

Their Field Notes 5 show was in our gallery last March. The Field Notes shows are collaborative exhibitions of drawings, paintings, collages, and sculptures created by the three artists.
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