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, October 5, 2023

A Stone’s Throw: A festival of visual art and performance illuminating the experiences of military veterans and their families



WHAT: A Stone’s Throw - A festival of visual art and performance illuminating the experiences of military veterans and their families
WHEN: November 3-30, 2023
WHERE:A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton MA

Produced by A.P.E and Central Hampshire Veteran Services
Contact: Mollye Maxner mollyemaxner@apearts.org and Steve Connor sconnor@northamptonma.gov

Throughout November this year at various Northampton venues, Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd. (A.P.E.) and Central Hampshire Veteran Services will host a festival of visual arts and performance called "A Stone's Throw."

Through the stories of veterans and their family members, “A Stone’s Throw” offers a compelling and powerful window into how military service can have a ripple effect once a service member returns home–an effect that impacts the service member, their family and, more broadly, the entire community.

This festival reflects on a fundamental question: How can we come together in today's divided world to better understand one another and to bring a much-needed sense of belonging and community into our lives?

Webpage for this event: http://www.apearts.org/a-stones-throw.html


Events include:

EXHIBITIONS
Home/War/Home
An Installation
November 3-25
A.P.E. Gallery
126 Main Street, Northampton MA
Opening Reception November 10th 5-8 (Arts Night Out)

Home/War/Home explores impacts of combat on soldiers, children, and families. Central to the installation is the work of three artists: Steve Maxner, who served as a combat medic in Vietnam; Joyce Maxner, who raised their five children in Northampton amid the throes of Steve’s PTSD; and Daniel Nyugen, a US military veteran who came to Northampton in 1979 as a 7-year-old Vietnamese refugee.

These three artists met when the Maxners sponsored the immigration of Daniel’s parents, who escaped Saigon by boat with their four young children, at the end of the Vietnam War. The two families stayed connected over the ensuing decades. HOME/WAR/HOME brings their perspectives together, exposing the complex reverberations of a single moment in time.

Woven through the installation are recorded audio pieces crafted from interviews with area veterans and their families, widening the waves of experiences and perspectives. At times throughout the month, an actor will speak the text of these interviews in a live, durational practice, responsive to the installation. Home/War/Home challenges the comfort of a single narrative and asks us to open to the multiplicity of the veteran/family experience.

HOME/WAR/HOME is conceived and directed by Mollye Maxner, daughter of a combat veteran.

Artful Bonds: Veterans and their Families: An exhibition
November 10-30
New England Visionary Artists Museum / Anchor House for Artists
518 Pleasant St, Northampton MA

Opening Reception November 10th 5-8 (Arts Night Out)

Featuring the work of area soldiers, veterans, and their family members, Artful Bonds sheds light on the connections of family through art. Many of the pieces in this exhibit were made through engagement with Warriors Art Room in Easthampton, MA.

Waves of Healing
November 1-30

Throughout November, visit City Hall, Memorial Hall, and Forbes Library to see artwork from the creative arts therapy program at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System on the Northampton campus in Leeds and from veterans residing on the campus at the Soldier On residential community. These 30+ pieces offer a lens into the creative capacity of our veterans, all of whom are doing the important work of introspection and emotional healing -- just 'a stone's throw' from downtown Northampton.

PERFORMANCES / LIVE EVENTS

RhinoLeap Productions’

An Iliad A play by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare
Saturday, November 4 at 7pm
A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton MA

Performed by Patrick Osteen
Co-Directed by K. Paul M. and Jeremy Skidmore

A poet walks into the room. Then waits. Once the silence comes, he begins. Through poetry and humor, physicality and rage, the poet takes the ancient tale of the Trojan War and brings it crashing down into the middle of the modern world.

TICKETS HERE

Lost War, Found Souls / Poetry of Vietnam Veterans
Sunday, November 5 at 2pm
A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton MA

Vietnam Veterans and esteemed poets Doug Anderson and Preston Hood will read from their bodies of work. “for Jude” Adapted from the off-Broadway play Occupied Territories. 
Created by Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner

Readings on
November 11th at 7pm
November 12th at 2pm
November 17th at 7pm
November 18th at 7pm
November 19th at 2pm
A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton MA

Jude and Helena reckon with their legacy as adult children of a Vietnam Veteran on the night of their father’s funeral.

TICKETS HERE

More information on Occupied Territories HERE

A Stone’s Throw: Hope, Healing, and Finding Community
A Conversation
Sunday, November 19 at 3pm
A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton MA

Mollye Maxner, co-director of A.P.E. and daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, will facilitate a panel discussion with local spouses and children of veterans. Join us for an open and honest dialogue about the dynamic relationship between the challenges and gifts born of being spouses and children of military veterans.

All performance events are free and open to the public. Seating, however, is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Tickets can be reserved through EVENTBRITE:

For more information visit: http://www.apearts.org/a-stones-throw.html

Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd. (A.P.E.) exists to support contemporary artists working in all disciplines, by preserving and supporting the spaces in which they create, perform and exhibit their work. http://www.apearts.org; 413.586.5553

Central Hampshire Veteran Services provides support to area military veterans and their family members living in 11 cities and towns in Hampshire County in receiving benefits and help with food and housing and medical and employment assistance. https://www.northamptonma.gov/194/Veterans-Services; 413.587.1299

This Exhibition is made possible in part through support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Northampton Arts Council, and ARPA.

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