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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

SHELTER curated by B.Z. Reily and Nan Fleming at A.P.E.



WHAT: SHELTER curated by B.Z. Reily and Nan Fleming
WHERE: June 5 – 30, 2018
               Artist Reception: Friday, June 8: 5-8 pm, Norhtampton Arts Night Out
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA.

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.

Stories of Shelter

In conjunction with the Shelter Show, there will be a public special event on Thursday, June 21st, from 5:30 to 7:30 in the gallery. Local writers and storyteller will read or tell stories related to the broad definition of shelter. Participating artists are Julie Wagner, John Porcino, Kathy Brown, Maya Rivera, and Sandy Diaz. John Reily (Johnny Memphis).

Free and open to the public


Project 1 of A.P.E. 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.

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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