In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Hosmer
|August 19 - September 29||World War I Posters from Forbes Special Collections|
|September 10 - 29||Photographs by Stephen Johnson from Forbes Special Collections|
|October 2-30||Landscapes by Elizabeth Lehman, Adell Donaghue and Anita Hunt|
August 19 - September 29
The posters in this display were collected by Forbes librarians between 1914-1920 and are featured to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I. They relate to many facets of the war including recruiting, war bonds and loans, and the home front. Most were printed in the U.S., including some in languages other than English which were designed to reach immigrant communities. There are a large number of posters from other countries as well, with France the best represented in the Forbes collection. The present posters were deacidified and encapsulated for preservation in the 1980s, and are a small sampling of the poster collection.
This statement from the Library of Congress poster collection describes these materials as well:
"During World War I, the impact of the poster as a means of communication was greater than at any other time during history. The ability of posters to inspire, inform, and persuade combined with vibrant design trends in many of the participating countries to produce thousands of interesting visual works. The posters range in style from anonymous broadsides (predominantly text) to graphically vibrant works by well-known designers."
Lobster floats, by U. Stephen Johnson
September 10 - 29
Photographer U. Stephen Johnson was born in 1895 in Enfield, Massachusetts (now under Quabbin) and died in Laurel Park, Northampton in 1960. During the 1930s and '40s he was a professional photographer whose images were published and exhibited internationally. He was also a projectionist at various movie theaters in Northampton.
These photographs by Johnson are on display in honor of the new play, "Nobody's Girl," by Harley Erdman. The play will be presented Oct. 17-18 at the Academy of Music.
The play tells the tale of Mildred Walker, a strong-willed and spirited real-life employee at the Academy in the 1940s who was suddenly promoted to run the theater when manager Frank Shaughnessy was called to military service during WW II. The Academy’s lessees attempted to oust Walker on the grounds that a woman should not be in a managerial position. The case went to court and became a front-page news story.
Johnson presumably met Walker while working at the Academy. He married her in 1949, and he appears as a character in the play.
Johnson's portrait of Mildred Walker, and his own self-portrait, are included among the images.
October 2-30, 2014
Reception Friday October 10, 5-8 PM (Arts Night Out)
Anita 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 and is currently etching on copper, using traditional methods combined with newer, less toxic materials. Anita is a Past President of the Monotype Guild of New England, a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists and the Boston Printmakers. She is a long time member and instructor at Zea Mays Printmaking, a community of artists dedicated to practicing safer, sustainable processes. She exhibits her work internationally. Recent exhibits include: Stand Out Prints 2014 at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis; 88th Annual International Competition at the Print Center, Philadelphia; Global Print 2013, Douro, Portugal; 8th British International Mini Print Exhibit, London; Delta National Small Prints Exhibition; Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial; 5th and 6th La Biennale Internationale d'Estampe Contmporaine de Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada; New Prints 2010/Autumn and 2010/ Winter, IPCNY, New York, among many others.
Exhibition statement: For the Hosmer Gallery exhibit I will show a selected group of etchings created during the last three years. My recent work acknowledges and mourns the unraveling of nature. The changing landscape reminds me to pay close attention, celebrate the moment and take nothing for granted. These prints express grief and loss, but also posses a deep appreciation for the fragile, temporal beauty that remains.
Having developed a strong sense of place and love of the natural world from her childhood in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, Elizabeth 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 current home in Western Massachusetts along the Connecticut River and neighboring uplands.Born in Ithaca, N.Y., Elizabeth has an A.B. in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College. Her painting teachers include Marion Miller, Marjorie Portnow, and Richard Yarde. She is represented by the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, MA.
Adell Donaghue shows recent drawings and etchings in graphite, ink, gouache and mixed media.
Exhibition statement: I have taken several cross country road trips over the past several years, in addition to traveling up and down the east coast. My travels along and the interstates in the United States have inspired me to draw and paint the American landscape in my own way. I am moved by the pervasive sense of lost promise, loneliness and deep anxiety that I find along the American highway. I find inspiration in American vernacular architecture and regional signage, including half deserted farms, aging grain silos, and iconic restaurant signage.
|2014||November||Fred Ranaudo||photographs: China|
|Len Seeve||photographs: Vietnam and Laos|
|Bill Rowley||macro & plant photography|
|December||Joan Dix Blair||monoprints|
|Annie Bissett||woodblock prints|
|2015||January||Forbes Library||Treasures of Special Collections|
|February||Meredith Howe Jones||photographs|
|March||Louis Leone||handcrafted wooden vehicles|
|Diana MacKenzie||mixed media: abstract|
|April||Walter Cudnohufsky||watercolors of Ashfield|
|May||Northampton High School Student Show|
|June||Prevention Coalition||Photo Voice|
|Pat Bega||mixed media|
|July||Phyllis Kornfeld, curator||Works by incarcerated artists|
|Leslie Tane||graphic design|
|Greg Saulmon||photographs: urban birds|
|August||Beth Filson||scratchboard etchings|
|Marjory Lehan||paintings & sculptures|
|Dan Chiamis||photographs: dolls & figurines|
|September||Carmine Angeloni||photographs: landscape impressions|
|Jane Morrison||oil paintings: Greece|
|Joan Anderson||watercolor landscape paintings|
|October||Northampton Arts Council Biennial Juried Exhibition|
|November||Tracey Eller||collaborative photo portraits|
|Leonore Alaniz||botanical prints|
|Fred LeBlanc||black & white photographs|
|December||Jim Schlessinger||photographs: landscape|
|Mona Shiber||mixed media|
|2016||January||1 in 8: The Torso Project|
|February||Laura Radwell||digital photo abstraction|
|Caren Hyde||acrylic landscape paintings|
|Sandy Walsh||oil paintings: nature|
|March||Wilbraham Art League||many artists, various media|
Artists: For general information about selection and scheduling, see
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For further information, phone 587-1013.