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 12, 2018

Northampton Print and Book Fair

WHAT: Northampton Print and Book Fair
WHEN: Sunday, September 30, 2018 12pm-6pm
WHERE: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery at 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Free and open to the public, the Northampton Print and Book Fair will bring over thirty artists, publishers, and collectives to downtown Northampton for a one-day event. In its fourth year, the Northampton Print and Book Fair is Sunday, September 30, 2018 12pm-6pm at the A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery at 126 Main Street, Northampton, Mass.

Saturday, September 29, 6:30pm, the Departure Reading Series will host a pre-fair “drive-in” style poetry reading at Pulaski Park. The curators of the Departure Reading Series will also be exhibitors at the fair, presenting the work of poets who have read in the series.

The Northampton Print and Book Fair was established to promote contemporary prints and publications, celebrating local talent while bringing regional artists and publishers to our community. Artists, independent publishers, and art collectives are invited to display and sell their work—including artists’ books, zines, chapbooks, mini-comics, screenprints, letterpress prints, etchings, photographs, photobooks, digital prints, and ephemera. Exhibitors come from across New England and New York, including both new voices and veterans to the fair. The NPBF was established in 2015 by George Meyers, Trevor Powers, and Esther S White with support from the Northampton Arts Council. This year, the fair is sponsored by Catlabs of JP.

Powers explains, “The NPBF is a cross between an art fair, zine fest, and an open studios event. Each exhibitor sets up their own table, like a mini-exhibition, and the range of work and voices represented is amazing.”

“The posters for this year’s Northampton Print and Book Fair feature silkworms and mulberry trees,” says White. “The silkworms are a reference to the historic silk industry in Northampton and the short-lived, experimental Utopian community in Florence established around a worker-owned and operated silk mill. Making art, and self-publishing in particular, is a radical act.” White continues, “the Northampton Print and Book Fair is part of a larger movement in the art world. More and more artists are using publishing as part of their practice and this fair is an opportunity to connect directly with artists. Prints and artists’ books are intimate, portable, and can be inexpensive. This is a great opportunity to see and collect the work of artists in our community and beyond.”

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The Northampton Print & Book Fair is produced by Fugitive Arts and supported in part by the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Fugitive Arts is a collaborative, transient curatorial project dedicated to promoting experimental art and emerging artists in Western Massachusetts. Our goal is to create innovative, accessible, and engaging arts programming through exhibitions, publications, and public events.

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