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, January 23, 2018

Eighth Annual Northampton Ice Art Festival Lights Up the Night

WHAT: Northampton Ice Art Festival
WHEN: Friday, February 9 "Arts Night Out” 5pm-8pm
WHERE: Downtown Northampton (various locations listed below)

Now a winter tradition, the eighth annual Northampton Ice Art Festival begins on Friday, February 9. The public is invited to experience thrills and chills as icy masterpieces take shape at a dozen downtown locations. Work starts early in the day, and completed creations highlight Northampton's "Arts Night Out,” 5pm-8pm. They remain on display through the weekend and beyond if the weather cooperates. In a Festival first, we are adding LED lighting to the sculpture bases, dramatically illuminating them from below. This should make viewing the completed pieces even more exciting during the evening.

Featured ice artists come from various backgrounds with diverse levels of expertise. Professional ice carver Joe Almeida has participated in all of the festivals, and this year is no exception as he contributes several themed works at Ode, Inspirit Crystals, and the Eastside Grill. Don Chapelle, founder of Boston’s “Brilliant Ice Sculpture,” also returns to create another classic piece at Thornes Marketplace. Artists David Barclay, Rob Kellner, and Adam Mulcahy make second appearances this year. Also joining the group are veteran ice master Billy Poe, carver Nathan Peterson, and multi-talented Robert Markey Primarily recognized for his snow sculpture prowess, the ever-popular David Rothstein is back, while sculptors Thomas Matsuda and Peter Vacchina make their debuts.

See below for a list of ice artists and their sites. Maps will be available online and at many Arts Night Out locations. Additional maps are distributed during the event. The Northampton Ice Art Festival is presented in cooperation with the Downtown Northampton Association and the Northampton Radio Group. It is funded, in part, by a Festival Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Filos Greek Taverna, 279 Main Street: Brendon Kellner
Ode, 263 Main Street: Joe Almeida
Pulaski Park/Northampton Arts Council: Nathan Peterson and Adam Mulcahy
Inspirit Crystals, 219 Main Street: Joe Almeida
The Artisan Gallery, 162 Main Street: David Rothstein
Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main Street: Don Chapelle
Thelo/Cathy Cross, 151/153 Main Street: Thomas Matsuda
Silverscape Designs, 1 King Street: Peter Vacchina
Florence Bank, 58 Main Street: Billy Poe
Don Muller Gallery, 40 Main Street: David Barclay
Eastside Grill, 19 Strong Avenue: Joe Almeida
Chamber of Commerce/Sylvester’s, 99 Pleasant Street: Robert Markey

Image by artist David Barclay

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