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, June 12, 2018

Hilltown Open Studio Tour

WHAT: Hilltown Open Studio Tour
WHEN: Saturday June 23rd, 10am-5pm and Sunday June 24th, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Full studio tour map available here

The Hilltown Arts Alliance is pleased to launch their first ever Open Studio Tour this spring and welcome visitors to view their work as well as the great beauty of the region.  The tour will wind its way amongst majestic mountain views, streams, timeless backroads and old growth forests to visit the work places of some of our finest artists.  Guests will get a glimpse into both the creative process and the physical work which make up the daily lives of these creative and visionary “Hilltowners”.
There will be 26 artists participating at 24 locations, plus a group exhibition at the Cummington Community House Gallery.  Hilltown Open Studio Tour is taking place in the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Plainfield, North Chester, and Worthington.  This is the first year of what is hoped to be an annual event.

"As artists we spend hours alone working in the studio creating our art. We welcome the opportunity to share it with the public and give them a glimpse into our private workspace,” explains participant Peggy Klineman for her passion to make this event part of the Hilltown arts scene.

Participating artists include: 
Cyndy Sperry - paintings, drawings, prints
Valerie Claff - watercolor landscapes
Peggy Klineman - shredded paper paintings, works on paper, drawings 
Kevin O'Connor - collage
Larry Slezak - mixed media works on paper, assemblages & collages
Judith Bowerman - prints, paintings
Elizabeth Whyte Schulze -  basketry sculpture
David Marshall - paintings
Studio at East Branch - Frances Henry and Walter Korzec - watercolor, drawings, woodblock, abstract expressionist paintings, assemblage, drawings
Robert Sweeney - oil paintings
Olwen Dowling -  oil and watercolor paintings, Copper Intaglio prints
Gloria Conwell- photography, fused glass: tiles, dishes, knobs, jewelry, sculpture
Jen Parrish-Hill - handcrafted amulet jewelry of stained glass and clay
Kathy Ford - quilt art, fabric art
Kathryn Jensen- watercolor landscapes
Jeanne Johns - portrait paintings
Michael Melle - life size figure sculptures, drawings, paintings
Susan Flores -  metal Sculpture
Alexandra F. Cherau - watercolors, monotypes, monoprints, goose eggs, bird baths and gardens
June Ferrin - watercolor paintings
Natalie Stafford - watercolors
Community House Gallery -  group show of various medium
Beckie Kravetz - figurative and garden sculptures, masks
Leni Fried - printmaking, scrolls, notecards, The Bagshare Project
Mark Shapiro at Stonepool pottery -  wood-fired, salt-glazed pottery
Mara Superior Guest Artist at Project Art - ceramic art and sculpture
The weekend will include unique workshops and demonstrations– please see the website for the full  schedule.

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