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 17, 2021



A.P.E. is pleased to present the exhibition Art Post Projects, a collaboration between Art Post and the J.F.K. Middle School in Northampton, MA. The show contains the artwork of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders and the artists Jessica Maffia, Mandy Messina, Zoe Sasson, and Lena Schmid.

Art Post is a grant funded project, run by the artists Zoe Sasson and Lena Schmid. In its inaugural year, Art Post was conceived of as a way to provide Northampton public school students with world-expanding and hands-on contemporary arts enrichment during a time when they are largely learning from behind a screen. In 2021, Art Post partnered four teaching artists with the art teachers Michelle Mallory and Emma Mendoker to facilitate remote visiting artists workshops. Students had the opportunity to learn about the visiting artists’ work and practice, and were guided through the creation of an artwork of their own.

The exhibiting artists represent a wide range of approaches to art making. Jessica Maffia is a multi-disciplinary artist whose sensitive, detailed work calls the viewer to observe both it and the natural world around us with an intimate eye. Mandy Messina is a worker who designs in collaboration with plants and people. They make drawings- usually in combination with text. Zoe Sasson is a painter whose paintings bulge joyously and uncomfortably, heavy with layers of found material, fabrics and paint. Lena Schmid’s richly textured paintings on silk explore the poetics and physics of time, especially as it relates to the experience of chronic pain.

In conjunction with the show, a children’s art workshop will take place on the sidewalk behind A.P.E.’s building at 126 Main Street on Saturday, June 5th, 12-3:00 pm. Children ages 5 and up are invited to make an art project based on the work of one of the teaching artists included in the exhibition. Due to an abundance of caution, we request that all children and accompanying parents wear a mask to participate.

The exhibition opens on Monday, May 31st, and runs through Saturday, June 5th, with a closing reception on June 5th. For this week only, A.P.E. Gallery will be open for extended hours: Monday – Saturday, 12-5 & Friday 12-8 pm

Art Post and Art Post Projects are made possible through generous funding from the Northampton Education Fund, the Northampton Arts Council, and the J.F.K. Middle School’s Parent/Teacher Organization.

Find out more about Art Post at, which features studio visits with the participating artists and easy to follow directions for students ages 10 and up to make their own artwork inspired by the participating artists.

For more information, contact Zoe Sasson: or 413-559-1206or Lisa Thompson: or 413-586-5553

Guidelines for visitors to A.P.E. during COVID:
Masks and hand sanitizing required, physical distancing,
limit of 15 visitors at a time.

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