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, September 26, 2018

Nancy Dickinson's Acorn People diorama on display at Forbes Library

If you stop by the Hosmer Gallery or Forbes Library Arts & Music Department, you'll find the newly installed diorama by Nancy Dickinson. It’s a peek into the lives of her civilization of Acorn People. The scenes will change occasionally, probably with the seasons. Currently they’re spending a day in the park, strolling with their children, feeding the wildlife, or playing the flute.

Nancy has been creating miniature worlds since childhood. About the Acorn People, she writes: “They live mostly in tree stump houses in the woods. Everything in their homes is made from things found in nature. They keep busy bringing in wood for their stoves, cooking natural foods, white water racing, sailing on the ponds, and training squirrels. I do my best to build everything in this world, even the animals.”

Nancy Dickinson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Rhode Island School of Design, and has received an award for her photography from the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. She has exhibited her work at numerous museums, galleries, libraries, schools and other cultural institutions throughout the Northeast.

For more information about Nancy’s art, see

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