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Northampton High School art students exhibit at Forbes Library, Gateway City Arts celebrates its 10th anniversary, and more

Northampton Public Arts Festival features outdoor painting

NORTHAMPTON — The fourth annual Northampton Public Arts Festival takes places May 6-8 with three invited artists painting downtown locations and offering a workshop that includes community participation.

Easthampton-based artist Kim Carlino will paint cement barriers on Strong Avenue that provide space for outdoor dining and other events; Pug will also touch up the pavement mural she painted a few years ago on Cracker Barrel Alley.

New York-based artists Ramiro Davaro-Comas and Grace Lang, of the the arts organization Super Stories, will host a workshop in the plaza behind Thornes Marketplace to help community members spray paint “positive messages” on pre-built wooden walls, which will become “part of the Northampton landscape,” according to press notes.

Support for the project comes from the Northampton Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Downtown Northampton Association.

Northampton High School art students to exhibit at Forbes Library

NORTHAMPTON — After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the annual showcase of work by Northampton High School art students returns to Hosmer Galley in Forbes Library for an exhibit running through May 31.

This year’s exhibit, in a range of media including ceramics, sculpture, painting, and collage, includes 12 NHS senior shows plus a display of work from students in grades 9-12.

Seniors, who are all members of the Honors Art program, have curated a selection of their work and mounted it with an artist statement in one section of the gallery.

A public reception takes places May 13 (Arts Night Out) from 4-6 pm, with live music by the NHS Jazz Project.

Easthampton gallery hosts community art show

EASTHAMPTON — The Elusie Gallery in the city’s Old Town Hall features a new exhibit this month designed to highlight a range of work from two community art spaces in Eastworks.

“Spring Outlook: A Community Art Show,” which runs May 6-21, showcases paintings, drawings, textiles, sculptures, and more from artists connected with Resilient Community Arts (RCA) and a second project, Color Collaborative.

RCA, formed last year, hosts a number of programs for artists of different levels, including an afterschool Youth & Teen Studio Program, and organizers say they are continuing work to build “a more equitable arts ecosystem in the Valley.”

Color Collaborative is a co-working space in Eastworks for which artists pay a sliding-scale fee for use on Sunday afternoons. “We believe that art grows in unexpected and beautiful ways when we open our practices to new people,” the project’s website says.

A public reception for the show takes place May 6 from 6-9 pm

Mother-daughter duo play at Song & Story Swap

AMHERST — Lyn Hardy and Ruth Ungar will headline a Zoom-based evening of music Saturday at the Song & Story Swap, the long-running program hosted by the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society of western Massachusetts. The program begins at 7 pm

Lyn Hardy, a luthier by trade living in Woodstock, New York, previously sang and wrote songs for the former Valley band Rude Girls and now plays a guitar she built from scratch.

Ruth Ungar plays in the group Mike + Ruthy with her husband, Michael Merenda, and with the neofolk trio SomeTymes Why. She previously played in the folk group The Mammals with her husband de ella and Tao Rodriguez Seeger.

To register for the event, visit https://pvfs.us/register-for-swap or visit https://pvfs.us and click on the “Register” button at the top of the page. Admission is free, with a suggested minimum donation to the featured artists via a virtual tip jar of $7.50.

Gateway City Arts celebrates anniversary with open house

HOLYOKE — Ten years after they first began transforming an old industrial space into an arts center, Lori Divine and Vitek Kruta will celebrate the creation of Gateway City Arts with an open house on May 14 from 1-3 pm

This free event will include building tours, small bites to snack on, and merchandise for sale, including the winning selection from a recent T-shirt design contest.

The arts center today has five distinct parts or businesses: The Divine Theater, the music hall Race Street Live, the Small Works Gallery, and two restaurants, Judd’s and The Famous Cafe.

“It’s an incredible transformation of not just the building we are in, but the streets, and the downtown is starting to take off. [Holyoke is] a really beautiful place,” Kruta said in a statement.

The Divine Theater has been extensively renovated over the past couple of years, with a proscenium arch added to the stage and the introduction of new murals and metal art. The theater hosts local concerts, poetry readings, art events, and more, and it can also be rented for private events.

The May 14 open house will coincide with the reopening of Gateway’s Beer Garden and the debut of a new menu at Judd’s.

— Compiled by
Steve Pfarrer

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