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, November 3, 2017

SEEING OURSELVES: Self-Portraits by 50 Women Artists at A.P.E

WHAT: SEEING OURSELVES: Self-Portraits by 50 Women Artists
Curated by Jane Lund and Rachel Folsom
WHEN: November 3 - December 3, 2017
Artists' Reception: Friday, November 10: 5-8 pm
WHERE: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery 126 Main Street. Northampton, MA 01060

​A.P.E. Gallery is excited to present its first-ever exhibition of self-portraits by 50 area women artists, many of whom have national or international reputations. Curators Jane Lund, Rachel Folsom, and Betsy Stone, all figurative painters, have brought together a wide variety of artists, whose work includes many surprising variations on the theme of representational self-portraiture.

A number of years in the making, the show provides women artists, who are often underrepresented in galleries and museums, an opportunity to show their artwork as a group while revealing themselves as individuals.

The exhibit is also a celebration of the art of the portrait. According to the curators, one of the most compelling images is that of the human face. And self-portraits have particular power as they can reveal much about the artist - personality, character, social class, and the evidence of life’s experiences. In this age of cell phone selfies, the exhibit showcases a different kind of selfie - images made by the artist’s own hand.

The exhibit includes work by the following artists: the late Frances Cohen Gillespie, a highly-regarded realist painter whose work hangs in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Katy Schneider, Smith College art professor nationally known for her representational oil paintings; Sally Curcio whose inventive sculptural environments have been exhibited nationally; Nanette Vonnegut, known for her evocative paintings, drawings, and prints; sculptor Harriet Diamond whose large political installations have received wide attention; realist painter Robin Freedenfeld whose work hangs in many private collections; Terry Jenoure who creates brilliant soft sculptures; Nan Hill known for her exquisitely-rendered still lifes and portraits; and many others.

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