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 13, 2019

June in the Hosmer Gallery: photography & botanical portraits

Photograph by Paul Redstone
WHAT: June in the Hosmer Gallery: photography & botanical portraits
WHEN: June 2-29, 2019 // Reception: Monday June 3, 6-8 PM
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library

Ken Kipen: Black and White Photography 
Paul Redstone & Patricia McDonagh: Looking Closely: Two ways of viewing and portraying intimate landscapes

Using film negatives from a large format camera, Paul Redstone captures his views of flowers and water in platinum/palladium prints.

Patricia McDonagh translated her lifelong interest in plants by creating detailed images of flowers, mushrooms and leaves in her botanical art paintings. Sadly she passed away earlier this year.

Ken Kipen began his study of darkroom techniques in 1952.   "Photography has evolved for me as a way to recognize the life of worlds very different from my own.  As I travel I look to discover subjects and configurations that, in compelling ways, transcend their time and place. As empathy with chosen subjects is often very strong, desire to do them justice in camera/darkroom work can be counter productive.  But when I let go of all agendas my subjects seem to meet me halfway, and there comes a moment when I suddenly see the finished result and know how to achieve it.” 

Image by Patricia McDonagh

In celebration of Forbes Library’s 125th anniversary year (2019), a variety of images and objects from the Library’s local history collections will be featured in the Hosmer Gallery alongside the work of contemporary local artists.

For the month of June, we present Wild Flower Photographs by H.E. Robbins of Pittsfield, MA (1865-1946).
Henry Eugene Robbins attended Pittsfield High School and Cornell University. He spent a great deal of time working as a clerk for his father's plumbing and heating company, Robbins-Gamwell Corp. As a photographer, Robbins admired and emulated the work of Edwin Hale Lincoln, particularly his New England Wildflowers collection. The platinum prints in this collection were hand-colored by M. Augusta Loop and Florence N. Peirson.

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Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 10-6 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 10-6 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.

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