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Easthampton group launches artist talk series Wednesday

Four artists whose work is being displayed in Easthampton and Holyoke in the coming months will explain their creations and answer questions, said Burns Maxey, coordinator of Easthampton City Arts Plus, the organization putting on the Art & See Artist Forum Series.

The first forum takes place in the Old Town Hall at 43 Main St. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“As we expand our galleries, this gives artists associated with ECA+ an opportunity to talk to their audiences and gives the audience an opportunity to learn more about the work before they see it,” Maxey said.

The arts organization has galleries in its headquarters in the Old Town Hall and in the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce office on Union Street. Last year, it added the City Hall Gallery in the Municipal Building on Payson Avenue, and another in the Eastworks Building may be in the works.

“Each artist will give a quick presentation of about six minutes with slides,” she said. “It will be fast and engaging.”

After all the artists are finished, she will lead them in a discussion before opening up the floor to questions from the audience.

The artists showcased at the first event will include Carolyn Clayton, Alicia Renadette, Nina Rossi and William Chambers.

Clayton, of Northampton, is creating an installation called “HOARD” in the Eastworks Building as part of REACH, a multi-city exhibition from April 6 to May 4. Her work involves elements from video to sculpture and explores the “human need to accumulate stuff,” according to an ECA+ statement.

Renadette’s installation “Assume the Position (Discretion is a Holy Virtue Version)” will be on display at Holyoke’s Wistariahurst Museum as part of REACH from April 6 to May 20. The Easthampton artist creates altars, monuments and dioramas.

Rossi’s two- and three-dimensional structures, made of anything from paint to trash and inspired by her home of Turners Falls, will be on display at the Greater Easthampton Chamber Gallery from April 4 to June 4.

Chambers, of Putney, Vt., is exhibiting “Cold Series,” a collection of oil paintings of vintage devices that manipulate water, such as thermoses and ice cube trays, at the City Hall Gallery through June 12.

Although the series schedule depends on grant funding, Maxey said organizers hope to do four talks a year.

For more information, visit www.easthamptoncityarts.com.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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