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, May 14, 2018

A.P.E. presents its summer series: ARC.18 (Activate, Research, Create)

A.P.E.‘s third season of summer projects continues to expand the understanding of a contemporary art gallery as an active space within the community. A.P.E.’s current location in the center of Northampton, easily accessible to artists and audience alike, provides opportunities for innovative programming and increases the presence of contemporary arts within a community. ARC.18 consists of four distinct projects that run from June through August, 2018.

Project 1
June 5 – 30, 2018
Artist Reception,:Friday, June 8: 5-8 pm, Norhtampton Arts Night Out

SHELTER, curated by B.Z. Reily and Nan Fleming, will include eight Pioneer Valley women artists who use recycled or re-purposed materials in their work. Participating artists include Pat Bennett, Harriet Diamond, Nan Fleming, Heather Hall, Amy Johnquest, Louise Laplante, B.Z. Reily and Abby Reiser.

This project and installation will explore the timely topic of SHELTER using metal, clay, wood, paper and fibers. There are many ways to think about shelter - besides the general definition of housing - there is protection, refuge, asylum, sanctuary and safety to consider. With the wide range of materials and techniques used by the artists, this project will be both diverse and unified by the commitment to use common, scrap or unusual objects in innovative ways.

SHELTER will invite participation and community engagement with interactive public events, including fundraising for a local organization dedicated to shelter.

Project 2
July 5 – 29, 2018
Artists’ Reception: Friday, July 13: 5:30-8 pm, Northampton Arts Night Out
Artists: Ellen Augarten, Mary Ann Kelly, Jan Ruby-Crystal

Light with its infinite nuances from bright to dark, from quiet to buoyant, is the source of inspiration for this new and varied work. “Gathering Light” is the culmination of a year of keeping the idea of ‘light’ at the forefront of our visual explorations. Ellen Augarten, Mary Ann Kelly and Jan Ruby Crystal, three Northampton artists who have a long association, have been meeting over the last year with a trajectory to create a mixed media project for A.P.E.’s summer series, ARC.18

Public Gallery Events in July:
Reading: Friday, July 27 at 7pm, by local poets on the theme of light
Workshop: with Jan Ruby Crystal, Thursday, July 19, 7-8 PM—Finding the Light Within

Project 3
August 3 – 17, 2018
Artist Reception: Friday, August 10: 5-8 pm, Northampton Arts Night Out
THE SPACE BETWEEN: Weaving and Fibrous Connection
Artists: Claire Hawley Crews, Anastatia Spicer, Sarah Rose Lejeune

Three handweavers whose work treads a line between craft and conceptual art will create an exhibition at A.P.E. that includes site-specific handwoven sculptures, fibrous drawings, and reflections on clothmaking today. These tactile manifestations create new ways of building kinship and connection, cultivating curiosity around how the process of handweaving serves as a metaphor for alternative ways of being in relation to one another. Patrons will be invited to weave with the artists on a loom in the gallery as well as interact with the work through sound installations.

Project 4
August 20 – September 2
Artist Reception: Friday, Aug. 24: 6-8 pm

Living and working in industrial spaces of South Boston and Holyoke, Massachusetts led Chris Serra to explore warehouses and waterfront alleyways and sparked a fascination with the inherent beauty of rundown factory buildings, broken machines and rusted mechanisms.

​Combining materials, the artist thinks about how their disparate characteristics will play against or act on each other: oxidized steel, bleeding into plaster or a delicate mylar form floating in cement. In this project, Serra will exhibit some of this work in conjunction with his sketchbooks – the rough “blueprints” for his sculptures. These books reveal connections and metamorphoses between figurative and nonrepresentational images and are accompanied by notes and instructions to the artist.

ARC.18 is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council Portfolio program,
the Northampton Arts Council and the Community Foundation of Western MA.

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