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.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Sanctuary: Visual Art Exhibit and Performance at A.P.E. Gallery

WHAT: Sanctuary - Visual Art Exhibit and Performance
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060 
WHEN: Gallery Exhibit open February 5 - 18, 2024
Arts Night Out: February 9th from 5-8pm
Performance: Friday February 16th at 7pm
Special Gallery Hours for Sanctuary: Mondays 12-5, Wednesday - Sunday 12 - 5, Friday 12 - 8, closed Tuesday

We seek sanctuary as a place to be ourselves, to pray, to release, to question, to rebel, to meditate, to mend, to make, to forgive, to grow, to rest.

SANCTUARY is a two-week exhibition, with a closing evening of live performance, exploring the ways we find refuge in different ideas, places, and actions. The exhibition brings together the work of three artists working in three different mediums: Sharon Carty, in quilting arts; Joyce Maxner, in felted arts; and K. Paul M. in drawing, painting, and collage arts. The gallery will be filled with color, image, quilts, sculptural work, and more, inviting the viewer to experience how santuracy for one may differ greatly for another—and the myriad ways we seek haven and harbor.

On Saturday February 16th at 7pm, SANCTUARY presents a live performance that explores the ways we build HOME, home with friends and family, home as a path to a meaningful life. Performers include Sharon Carty, Kirsten Kapteyn, Gabe Levey, Elizabeth Rose, K. Paul M.

Visual Artist Bios:

Sharon Carty is an artist who embraces impulse and process and shares with her audience a sense of purpose. She has been making quilts since 1968, including her process of creating grief quilts: a process with intention of keeping the spirit of the person in the cloth, lighting a candle before we cut the clothes for their new use.

Joyce Maxner lived in Northampton for two decades and now lives on Martha’s Vineyard. Illuminating the beauty in our world, she works primarily in watercolor and needle felting, the latter of which is featured in SANCTUARY.

K. Paul M. is a North Hatfield artist who challenges traditional ideas of sanctuary with pen, paint, woodburning, collage, and choreography.

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.; 413.586.5553 

Contact: Mollye Maxner 

This project is made possible in part through support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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