Featured Artists

Town Hall Exhibit

Town Hall Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Featured Now:
Painting with Paper Exhibit by Keila Ploof
March 2, 2017 - April 28, 2017

Opening reception: Thursday, March 2, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Second reception: Thursday, April 6, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Artist Statement: Keila has always been drawn to paper, collecting and saving pieces that spoke to her since childhood. It wasn't until recently that her love of painting and paper collided. An avid gardener and an environmentally friendly artist, Keila uses old books and paper that is past its usefulness. She sees beauty in papers of all kinds exploiting the unique qualities that add character to her work. Each piece of paper is torn, cut or otherwise manipulated to form her “brush stroke” that is applied using a paint brush. She states “I use a matte protective medium that seals and protects and a nontoxic glue that when applied in multiple layers offers an incredible protection.” Texture, color, and light come alive and blends with her love of nature, creating a very unique art form.

Keila Ploof

Future Displays

May-June, 2017, Cherry Press Trio, Printmakers Group Show
Prior Featured:
20 Matches, 40 Lives Changed Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County Celebrating 40 Years of Mentoring Photographs 
by Danielle Intile Tait Winsome Smiles Photography 
January 3, 2017 - February 24, 2017

Opening reception: Thursday, January 5, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Second reception: Thursday, February 2, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Celebrating 40 years of matches with mentors, this exhibit is being presented to give you a glimpse into the world of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts events throughout the year for all matches, but most of the time Bigs and Littles get together to do ordinary things they enjoy: baking, crafting, going for a walk, and playing together. The goal is to have fun, spend quality time, and give a young person the opportunity to thrive. Big

Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, a program of CHD, made their first match in 1975. Since then, over 2,000 kids have been matched with mentors. Thank you for joining us in celebrating 40 years of friendship in Hampshire County.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Photography Exhibit
The Devil Tree Scratchboard
Scratchboard Trees and Landscapes by Joe Smith
November 3, 2016 - December 30, 2016

Opening reception: Thursday, November 3, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Second reception: Thursday, December 1, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Statement: I am an artist with a day job as a forester. My work takes me off the beaten track to places few people see, and wherever I go I have my sketchbook with me. I find a sense of beauty and wonder in the natural landscape that I try to capture in my art. I am particularly attracted to large and unusual trees. I love to draw and paint in many different media, but I’ve achieved my best results with scratchboard, which I have been working with for six years now. The pieces I have selected are largely from across the New England landscape, but also include some favorite scenes from other places I have visited in that time. www.joeksmith.com
Scratchboard is a two-dimensional, subtractive medium that involves the use of abrasive tools to directly remove a surface layer of one value (typically dark) to expose a secondary layer of a contrasting value (typically white). The majority of the values within the artwork are achieved by varying the amount of surface layer that has been removed or left. Works may be black and white or color can be added using transparent mediums.
Photography by Ted Trobaugh
September 1, 2016 - October 28, 2016

Opening reception: Thursday, September 1, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Statement: Ted Trobaugh received his Masters in Music Composition at UMass, Amherst and his Doctorate at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He was drawn to composition because of the opportunity it presented to explore abstract concepts of motive, form, color, and motion. He was later drawn to photography for parallel reasons as a medium for exploring abstract elements of the visual realm. His website is Dolcemusic.com
Trobaugh Photography
Kate Spencer QueenAnne
2016 - July/August - Kate Spencer, oil paintings

Exhibit: Oil Paintings by Kate Spencer
July 7 to August 26, 2016
Amherst Town Hall Gallery, 4 Boltwood Ave

Artist Statement: My work reflects interest in the local and Western landscape. Always free with a brush, I am excited to be exploring shapes and colors as influenced by my latest trips to the prairies and bluffs in New Mexico and Montana. New England paintings will feature prominently as well. The bold colorful oil paintings will grace the Amherst Town Hall for the months of July and August.
2016 - May/June - Ed Kaplan, streetscape paintings

Exhibit: Photorealistic Paintings by Ed Kaplan
May 5 to June 30, 2016

Artist statement: My admiration of the urban landscape, and the paintings they inspire, was for me, an obvious and natural subject matter for me to pursue. These metropolitan scenes are an inspiration to me, as they capture a time and place in history, each with their own unique energy, luminosity, and shadow but, most importantly, a story. Since I first began painting, I have always painted in a photorealistic style. My current works retain the photo realistic aspect, but with a painterly hand as well.

Artist Reception: (coinciding with the monthly Art Walk) Thursday, May 5, 2016, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Sugarloaf Frostie
2016 March/April - Stephen Gingold, Nature Photography
Steve Gingold Foggy Owens Pond

Exhibit: “Images of a Local Nature: Color and Black and White Nature Photography featuring Amherst and Quabbin” Photography by Steve Gingold March 3 to April 29, 2016
2016 January/February - Sawmill River Arts Trio
Exhibit of paintings at Amherst Town Hall, Jan. 7- Feb. 26, 2016

Colorful and Expressive Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors by Sharon Loehr-Lapan, Louise Minks, Kerry Stone Members, Sawmill River Arts Gallery at The Montague Mill (BookMill)
Sawmill Group Texaco Truck watercolor
2015 November/December - Mickey Boisvert - Oil Paintings
Mickey Boisvert - Saint Gaudens
Mickey Boisvert of South Hadley explores a painting style that accepts imperfection as evidence of the artist at work. Her greatest inspiration comes from early twentieth century regional artists W. Lester Stevens and Marion Huse, contemporary local painter and sculptor Gregory Stone, and other influences. She is a 2015 Salmagundi Club award winner.

Artist reception: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:00-8:00pm at Amherst Town Hall Gallery

Town Hall Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
2015 - September/October - Debra Truskinoff, watercolors
Exhibit: Heart in Nature

Impressionistic paintings of landscapes and nature, utilizing intensity in color and contrasts of lights and darks. Brightness and vibrance, as well as an element of the unseen, are evident in the paintings. Below: Lily Pads on Poets Pond Race Point

Lilly Pads on Poets Pond Race Point
2015 - July/August - Paul Hetzel - The Tobacco Barn
Photo Bio Paul
Tobacco Barn 1
Barn & Out Buildings, Suffield, Ct
Barn 33, Winter
2015 - May/June - Bob Hallock - Black and White Photography

Photographs from near and far are presented as images in black and white that have been produced by traditional wet‐chemistry darkroom techniques. The images that are shown range from landscapes that suggest serenity, to images with a smaller field of view that reveal textural details, to images that are relatively abstract. The abstracts invite the viewer to explore the image to see if they can see what the photographer might have seen when he captured the image; they provoke discussion. 


Whitmore Falls - jpg

2015 - March/April - Alex Markiewiecz - Charcoal Drawing

2014 - November/December - Jieun Shin
Date of show: November 4th, 2014 – December 22nd, 2014
Artist statement by Jieun Shin:

"My recent work combines fragmented details of patterns and images from traditional Korean folk art. It includes patchwork wrapping clothes by anonymous women from 18th century Joseon Dynasty, Korea. As an artist and immigrant, I represent my psychological relationship to my homeland by exploring my culture. Ironically, while I borrow the colors and patterns in my work from historic Korean textiles and embroidery, my work seems to be unidentifiable in terms of cultural specificity. My work is a surrogate portrait of a migrant, both estranged by and familiar with the hybrid cultural predicament symbolized by modern grid patterns and my own distant 'ethnic' culture. My intention is to explore my individual identity as a female." 
2014 - September/October - "Time of Day" - Art Quilts by Elizabeth Sylvan
Gentle dawns and sultry sunlit afternoons catch viewers unawares, drawing them into the present moment and providing respite from our busy minds.  Reflecting different moods and times of day, Elizabeth’s landscapes and flowers range from the pale stillness of early morning to the passionate rich blues of evening.  

These one-of-a-kind art quilts are intended to delight the eye and quiet the mind while exploring value, color, and natural themes.  An art quilter for 17 years, Elizabeth uses fiber to capture that moment of solitude when the observer feels connected to the world.  Her small wall-hangings recall universal images and symbols:  the sun, moon, mountains, birds, trees, seasons and water, mixed with a touch of the whimsical.  She uses raw edge applique, and has been known to use found and recycled items such as driftwood, dryer sheets, and the foil wrappers from gold chocolate coins! 
Art Quilts by Elizabeth Sylvan (2).PNG
2014 - July/August - Larry Siddall - Photo Exhibit