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

The Northampton Public Arts Festival features outdoor paintings

NORTHAMPTON – The fourth annual Northampton Public Arts Festival runs May 6-8 with three guest artists painting downtown locations and offering a workshop that includes community participation.

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

New York artists Ramiro Davaro-Comas and Grace Lang, from the arts organization Super Stories, will host a workshop in the plaza behind Thornes Marketplace to help community members paint ‘positive messages’ on wooden walls pre -built, which will become “part of the Northampton landscape”, according to the 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 exhibition that runs until May 31.

This year’s exhibition, in a range of mediums including ceramics, sculpture, painting and collage, includes 12 exhibitions for NHS seniors as well as an exhibition of work by pupils in Years 9-12 year.

The seniors, who are all members of the Honors Art program, curated a selection of their works and mounted it with an artist statement in a section of the gallery.

A public reception will take place on May 13 (Arts Night Out) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with live music from the NHS Jazz Project.

Easthampton Gallery Hosts Community Art Exhibition

EASTHAMPTON – The Elusie Gallery in the city’s Old Town Hall is showing a new exhibition this month designed to showcase a range of works from two community art spaces at Eastworks.

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

RCA, formed last year, hosts a number of programs for artists at different levels, including an after-school youth and teen studio program, and organizers say they are continuing their work to build “a more equitable artistic ecosystem in the valley”.

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

A public reception for the show is held May 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Mother-Daughter Duo Play Song & Story Swap

AMHERST — Lyn Hardy and Ruth Ungar will headline a Zoom-based musical evening on Saturday at Song & Story Swap, the long-running program hosted by Western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley Folklore Society. The program starts at 7 p.m.

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

Ruth Ungar plays in the band 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 and Tao Rodriguez Seeger.

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

Gateway City Arts celebrates its anniversary with an open house

HOLYOKE — Ten years after beginning to transform a former industrial space into an arts hub, Lori Divine and Vitek Kruta will celebrate the creation of Gateway City Arts with an open house on May 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.

This free event will feature 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 now has five separate parts or businesses: the Divine Theatre, the Race Street Live music hall, the Small Works Gallery and two restaurants, Judd’s and The Famous Cafe.

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

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

The May 14 Open House will coincide with the reopening of Gateway’s Beer Garden and the launch of a new menu at Judd’s.

– Compiled by
Steve Pfarrer

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