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.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

February Events at Anchor House of Artists

WHAT: February Events at Anchor House of Artists
WHERE: Ground Floor, 518 Pleasant Street. Northampton MA
WHEN: February 2020, Arts Night Out Public Reception: Friday, February 14, 5:00pm to 8:30pm

In the Gallery One and Two:
FANTASY SPACES, PART II: if the constant crush of oppressive forces and ever present sense of impending doom in the 21st century create a fixed world where those wishing to bloom can only exist in repulsion to or fighting against, how do we maintain agency over our pleasures, joys, dreams and their fulfillment?
>>>Friday: February 7, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fantasy Spaces Opening
>>>Thursday, February 20, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Community Conversation on Fantasy Futures + Agency

In the Gallery Three:
From Mental Illness to Epilepsy…Using Sylvia Plath’s Space to Explore My Seizures
​Through a performative video graphic essay, Maria Guarino aims to create an honest, self-narrated space of her experience as an epileptic woman without filter, enabled by Sylvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar (1963).
​>>>Saturday: February 8, 5:00 8:30 p.m. Screening and Panel Discussion
>>>Continuous play over the month with audience interaction opportunity.

The Path was Green in the May Light
This Friday Series showcases a select group of talented performance artists in varying disciplines and concentrations. Each performer or performance group was prompted to create a performance which investigates the relationship between light, space and sound
​>>>Friday, Feb. 14,: 7:00 p.m. Makenna Finch, 8:00 p.m. Li(fe)ght Ensemble
>>>Friday, February 21: 7:00 p.m. Dana Maple, 8:00 p.m. Liam Kramer-White and Stella Silbert
>>>Friday, February 28: 7:00 p.m. Emily Shari, 8:00 p.m. Cori Cannavino and Garret Salazar

Witness the birth: The Creative Cello Ensemble, FIVE CELLOS on STAGE
IN THE EXPERIMENTAL PERFORMANCE ARENA the extraordinary sounds of the Creative Cello Ensemble give their debut. Founded by English cellist Ben Davis, the group is made up of five cellists with inter-genre experience and a binding interest in improvisation. Influenced by the likes of Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, Ellery Eskerlin, they blur the line between improvised and composed. Performers: Ben Davis, Dave Haughey, Karl Knapp, Issa Pablo , Wayne Smith
Portrait of Genevieve

In the Museum Wing:
Genevieve Mae Burnett (1945-2015) often used herself as the subject of her paintings, and this, as it is for many painters, probably was a way of finding a path through her complicated life. In her case, this artistic practice was pursued with more urgency than it is for most. Her way to recognition was impeded by being a lone woman in a mental health system, where the reward for the person arises mostly from mercy than does from untainted admiration. Shown here is a selection of self-portraits from the collection

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