Town Hall Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Echoes of the Past: Abandoned Photography by Linda Jane
July 6, 2017 - August 31, 2017 Opening reception: Thursday, July 6, 5:00pm - 8:00pm Second reception: Thursday, August 3, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Artist Statement: When I photograph abandoned places -- a factory...a hospital.. someone’s home, I hope to show the beauty of decay and the mystery of what has been left behind. I listen to the quiet and envision the history of the building and the people who were once there. Built during a time when hand crafting was valued, the heavy carved doors, arched windows, stained glass, high ceilings, and forged fixtures remain after many years.
What people leave behind fascinates me—in homes, everyday items that were once needed, once prized– a lunchbox, hairbrushes, toys, calendars from years ago, family photographs, the grand piano in the living room, a car…all left behind.
Why did businesses leave old ledgers and correspondence? Wasn’t it necessary to pass on the patient X-rays and medical records that are still in the file cabinets? Where are the students whose report cards and assignments are scattered on the classroom floor? Questions without answers.
Though I have photographed hundreds of abandoned places in over a dozen states, the former Paper Service Limited mill in my childhood hometown of Ashuelot, New Hampshire has been my recent focus. In 2005, the mill which had operated since 1883, and around which the town grew, was destroyed by the flooding from Tropical Storm Tammy. The life of the mill and its demise is the subject of my book, Dark Waters: The Rise and Fall of Paper Services Limited, which I plan to publish in late 2017.
Cherry Press Trio
May 4, 2017 - June 30, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, May 4, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Second reception: Thursday, June 1, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Artist Statement: Artists and Educators Randy LeSage and Kathy Murray met Corinne Rhodes at her printmaking workshop Cherry Press, (cherrypress.org), where they both became members. The trio soon began collaborating. Rhodes joined their central Mass-based printmaking group, the Good Press Printmakers (goodpressprintmakers.com). Randy LeSage works in various media, including printmaking. He currently teaches printmaking, painting and drawing at the Worcester Art Museum. Much of his work focuses upon the area’s working people, distinct landscape (e.g. Landscape Movement #25) and its post-industrial past (e.g. Excavation). Kathy Murray is an artist and graphic designer living in Charlton, MA who teaches at Becker College in Worcester. She exhibits her work frequently. A large part of Murray’s work involves printmaking and exploring the use of several different methods to create her landscape-inspired imagery.
Corinne Rhodes runs Cherry Press (cherrypress.org), a printmaking studio based in Rutland, M.A. She teaches there, at Worcester Art Museum, Danforth Art and holds demonstrations and workshops at other locations, including EFA-Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York City. Rhodes is developing new techniques and materials for Century Plate lithography. In this innovative process, the harmful acids, solvents, lacquers and petroleum-based products used in traditional lithography are replaced with bio-based, biodegradable materials that are safer for artists and our environment.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
2015 - July/August - Paul Hetzel - The Tobacco Barn
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.
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!
2014 - July/August - Larry Siddall - Photo Exhibit