Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Arts nights out in Northampton (Oct. 10), Easthampton (Oct. 11)

Last modified: Friday, December 05, 2014

‘7 Day Film Sprint’

Northampton Community Television is inviting anyone who is interested in unique filmmaking projects to form a team and create a seven-minute film over the course of seven days, with awards and a screening party at the end.

Each team will be assigned a random genre at a kick-off meeting Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. to ensure the film is original and specific to the sprint. Whereas most film projects require an entry fee, and the teams to own their own equipment, the “7 Day Film Sprint” has no cost, and participating community TV stations are allowing participants to loan their filmmaking equipment to teams for the week, at no cost. Partners providing resources include Easthampton Community Access Television and Greenfield Community Television.

The Oct. 14 meeting will be held at Northampton Community Television, Northampton High School, 380 Elm St. in Northampton.

The screening and awards ceremony will be Oct. 25, at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St. in Northampton.

The role of Northampton Community Television is “to serve as a model community access organization providing programming and educational opportunities to the community through all means technologically available,” according to information provided by NCT. For information, contact executive director Al Williams at or 587-3550.

At the Oxbow Gallery

“Prints, Paintings, Collage,” an exhibit of work by Linda Batchelor and Sarah Belchetz-Swenson will open with a reception Oct. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Oct. 26 at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St. in Northampton.

Batchelor who has a studio in Easthampton, will be showing her stylized bottle and figure collages. She creates her printed papers with etching inks using a variety of methods: monotype, relief printing and transfer drawing. She uses onion bags, plastic bubble wrap, wallpaper, wood and other items to make patterns reminiscent of fabrics on archival printmaking papers. With a loosely figurative theme in mind, the collages are often inspired by the papers themselves. She says she lays them out on a background and arranges them until she feels that the colors and patterns form a relational composition that feels right.

“It’s a basically intuitive process,” she writes in an artist’s statement.

Works by Williamsburg portrait painter Sarah Belchetz-Swenson will also be on view in the main gallery. Her work records her ongoing examination of the world around her to preserve what she loves.

“Ten Years,” an exhibit of works by Catherine Swift, will be on view in the Back Room Gallery.

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit

At R. Michelson Galleries

An exhibit of land and seascapes by Rey Milici will open with a reception Oct. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Oct. 31 at the R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main St. in Northampton.

Milici, known as a photo realist, is interested in atmosphere, color and texture.

“I have always been drawn to the New England farmhouse with its long-standing history. They are both romantic and majestic while at the same time ruggedly real,” Milici writes in an artist’s statement. “As a counter to the New England landscape with its riotous fall colors, the seashore has another type of appeal for me. ... In both the landscape and “he seascape I’m able to find, at the same time, both the real and the abstract. I’ve always been drawn to the opposition of things, the yin yang of life.”

Gallery hours are Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit or call 586-3964.

At the Hosmer

An exhibit of landscapes by Adell Donaghue, Anita Hunt and Elizabeth Lehman will be on view through Oct. 30 at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library. 20 West St. in Northampton. An artists’ reception will be held Oct. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Hunt’s visual tales of dark and light are deeply rooted in the places near and dear to her in rural western Massachusetts. She has been making prints of all kinds for more than 30 years.

“My recent work acknowledges and mourns the unraveling of nature,” Hunt writes in an artist’s statement. “The changing landscape reminds me to pay close attention, celebrate the moment and take nothing for granted.”

Lehman prefers to paint outside, directly in the landscape, usually returning to the same location in different seasons and at various times of day. Her recent work depicts views near her home in western Mass., along the Connecticut River and neighboring uplands.

Donaghue shows drawings and etchings in graphite, ink, gouache and mixed media.

“My travels along the interstates of the United States have inspired me to draw and paint the American landscape,” Donaghue writes in a statement. “I am moved by the pervasive sense of lost promise, loneliness and deep anxiety that I find along the American highway.”

For information, visit or call 587-1011, ext. 4529.

At Baczek Fine Arts

Two solo exhibits by Stanley Bielen and Mallory Lake will be on view through Nov. 8 at William Baczek Fine Arts, 36 Main St. in Northampton. There will be an artists’ reception Oct. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Bielen’s still life paintings are as much an exploration of paint as a medium as they are a depiction of their subjects. In looking at the artist’s use of a wide brush or palette knife on small panels, the viewer can see the process of constructing a painting.

“The attraction of the visible world and the attraction of artist materials, in my case oil paints, is what has guided my whole working life,” Bielen writes in a statement.

Lake says she has always been interested in transitional lighting on the landscape and her scenes are set at early morning, at sunrise or at twilight when the fading light defines the contours of the landscape.

Her new pastels also show an interest in the nocturne: streets lit in the evening, train cars, houses and cafes glowing from within.

“To convey atmospheric lighting effects; quiet reflective waters, a gentle mist, details half-suggested in the morning light, a warm glow at the close of the day, I employ simplified detail and composition, a soft focus, and the dominance of a single hue in the tradition of the tonalists, who rejected intricate detail in favor of a more intimate expression,” Lake writes in a statement.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit


“Feathery Devils,” an exhibit of woodcuts by Lyell Castonguay of Easthampton, will be on view through Oct. 25 at the ECA+ Gallery, in the Old Town Hall, 43 Main St. in Easthampton. An artist’s reception will be held Oct. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Castonguay’s woodcuts feature creatures that exhibit ferocity and restlessness.

“I distort the familiar imagery of birds into allegorical Beasts,” Castonguay says in an artist’s statement. “Their forms are fanciful exaggerations — a synthesis of my collective experience blended with mythology.”

Castonguay is the director of BIG INK, a collaborative project that encourages the practice and understanding of large woodcut.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. For information, visit

Fugitive Arts

An exhibit of prints and paintings by Zoárd Wells Tyeklár and C’naan Hamburger will have a closing reception Oct. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fugitive Arts Project Space, 142 Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St. in Easthampton.

Tyeklár’s relief prints are graphic, packed with figures on the edge of abstraction. Hamburger’s densely patterned and painted-over landscapes are delicate in comparison.

Hamburger is a painter and former professional skateboarder whose landscapes echo the experience of skateboarding. Instead of offering an obvious entry point, Hamburger’s compositions invite the viewer to explore, sliding through her curving roads and colorful layers of overpainting.

Fugitive Arts Project Space is a temporary gallery and event space dedicated to promoting experimental projects and emerging artists. For information, visit

At the Loft Parlor

“I Never Said You Were The One,” an exhibit of new work by Jim Garmhausen, will be on view through Nov. 1 at the Loft Parlor, 180 Pleasant St. in Easthampton. There will be an artist’s reception Oct. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Garmhausen, who lives in Ithaca, New York, is in residence at the Loft Parlor where he is creating a site-specific wall drawing, and installing a 30-foot scroll drawing. The exhibit also includes sculpture, drawings and paintings by the artist.

“The characters who inhabit this exhibition force their way out of me,” Garmhausen writes in a statement. “Where a realist works from physical models, my method is dependent on gut and intuition.”

Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information about the exhibit, visit For information about the artist, visit

At Historic Northampton

“The Stamp Act, Continuous War on the Earth by US,” an exhibit by Karen Skelton and Phil Johnson, will open with a reception Oct. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Nov. 9 at Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St. in Northampton.

The exhibit was inspired by World War II ration books and stamps housed in the Historic Northampton’s permanent collection.

For information, visit or call 584-6011.

At A.P.E.

“Systems,” a Zea Mays printmaking biennial exhibit, will open with a reception Oct. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Nov. 2 at the A.P.E., 126 Main St. in Northampton.

The exhibit explores a range of topics: memory, grief, philosophy, geography, astronomy, poetry, secret languages, religion, physiology, nature and process. The explorations take the form of prints on paper, collages, sculptures and artists’ books, all with some form of printmaking at the core.

The exhibit, curated by Liz Chalfin, includes the work of 18 artists from the Zea Mays Printmaking studio in Florence.

For information, visit or call 586-5553.

‘Know Thy History’

This month’s ArtWalk Easthampton will have a history theme and will feature historic tours, exhibits, oral history projects, Oct. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.

A 5 p.m. tour of Easthampton’s Congregational Church at 112 Main St. will feature Richard Teller and Wendy Jordain who will make the case that the history of the church is the reason that Easthampton became a town.

“Learn the true meaning of antidisestablishmentarianism,” Teller said.

There will be a community cider pressing at the Old Town Hall (43 Main St.) hosted by Easthampton Food Not Lawns; inside the Old Town Hall, visitors are invited to share their town-related oral history about a place or event.

Artist Marcia reed returns to Easthampton for an exhibit at the Elusie Gallery. Reed lived and worked in town for many years as part of the Williston Northampton School before moving to Delaware. Her exhibit, “Small State, Big Sky, Small Works” features her landscapes and other works.

At Eastworks (116 Pleasant St.), there will be DIY bat Halloween decorations at Knak the Clever Art of Reuse. At several locations, there will be ArtsMatter photo booths where visitors can write down why art matters to them, and have a photo taken to add to a montage that will be released on Arts Matter Day on Oct. 24.

For information, including a list of participating venues, visit


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