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, January 20, 2020

Photographs by Veronika Patty, Jesse Merrick, and Kay Canavino

WHAT: Photographs by Veronika Patty, Jesse Merrick, and Kay Canavino
WHERE: Forbes Library 20 West Street Northampton MA WHEN: February 7 – March 5, 2020
              Reception with Kay Canavino and Jesse Merrick: Saturday, February 8, 2-4 PM
              Reception with Veronika Patty and the Northampton Recovery Center:
              Wednesday, February 12, 6-7 PM

Veronika Patty – Project Redemption

Project Redemption is a travelling photo exhibit featuring people in recovery created by Ashburnham photographer Veronika Patty. In August, Patty came to Northampton to take pictures of people in recovery who are affiliated with the Northampton Recovery Center. This exhibit is sponsored by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, Hampshire HOPE, the Northampton Recovery Center, with generous funding from Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

Project Redemption was created as a collaboration between Alyssa’s Place at AED Foundation and Photography by Veronika Patty to help de-stigmatize addiction and people who struggle with substance use disorder and to make the point that people in recovery come from all walks of life.

There will be a community reception, featuring the photographer and speakers who are part of the exhibit, on Wednesday Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Coolidge Museum.

Kay Canavino – Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne in the Berkshires

Fine art photographer Kay Canavino recently moved to Northampton from the Berkshires. The color photographs she is showing at the Hosmer Gallery are from a project she did on the writers Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne and how the landscape shaped their writing. Many of the photographs show the abundance of whale and sea imagery in the landscape—things Melville might have seen to remind him of his time spent at sea.

Jesse Merrick – Street Scenes & Historic Buildings

This photography collection consists of black & white photographs reflecting my interest in local & national historic buildings and in capturing engaging and dramatic street scenes. I am interested in photography that has a retro or timeless atmosphere and I am most inspired by classic architecture, landscape and street photography. Recording interesting and spontaneous, real-life candid moments with striking lighting is my primary focus. I love photography that is fun to look at, full of life, has not been overly-edited or processed and that looks a bit different than other common modern photography styles.

I am a local photographer, filmmaker, video editor and teacher. I teach public high school and middle school classes in photography, video production, art/technology, business and social studies. I also teach professional development technology classes to teachers and other adults. My educational background includes Film Production at Mass. College of Art, Film/Video Studies at UMass Amherst (B.A. Degree) and a Master’s Degree in Education (and Technology) from MCLA in North Adams, MA. Website:

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