2017 Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial: A Juried Exhibition
presented by the Northampton Arts Council
October 3-28, 2017
Reception: Friday October 13, 5-8 PM (Arts Night Out)
ArtSalon: Sunday, October 15 at 6:30 PM at STUDIO4, 25 Main Street, Northampton
Poetry Reading: Monday October 23 at 7 PM
The Northampton Arts Council and Forbes Library are proud to announce the 2017 Northampton Biennial. This is the second Northampton Biennial to include both poetry and visual arts. Our opening celebration will take place in conjunction with Arts Night Out at Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library on Friday, October 13th, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
For the 2017 Biennial, the Northampton Arts Council asked artists and writers who live and work in Western Massachusetts to submit their best work created in the past two years which most closely represents their personal artistic vision.
The visual art for the Biennial Exhibition was selected by three jurors: Rosemary Tracy Woods from Art for Soul Gallery in Springfield, Justin Kimball, photographer and faculty member at Amherst College, and H. Emerson Blake, Editor-in-Chief at Orion Magazine. The jurors selected work in a wide variety of styles and media from 32 artists, including painting, printmaking, book arts, photography, video, and sculpture. Their selections reflect their shared interest in experimentation, innovative use of materials, and an open-ended approach to narrative.
The poetry, which will be presented at a reading and in a publication, was selected by three jurors: Northampton’s poet laureate Amy Dryansky; Diana Babineau Owen, Managing Editor at Orion Magazine; and Robbie Dunning, poet. The Biennial Poetry Reading will be held on Monday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Calvin Coolidge room at Forbes Library. Accepted poems will be available at our opening reception as well.
The Northampton Arts Council has partnered with The ArtSalon to present a special Biennial ArtSalon on Sunday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. at STUDIO4, 25 Main Street, Northampton. Six artists represented in the 2017 Northampton Biennial will each present their work in the engaging Pecha Kucha style of 20 slides x 20 seconds each.
Photography by Donna Carpenter, Vera Yanez,
Barbara Krawczyk and Diane Savioli-Chase
November 2-29, 2017
Reception: Monday November 6, 5-7 PM
Vera Yañez: Residents of the Galapagos
I have always loved taking photos, documenting my life and that of the people around me. I’ve done a lot of travel photography and participated in photo treks in Morocco, Viet Nam and elsewhere, which helped me develop my skills.
After retiring from a career in programming I got serious about nature photography. I started to visit locations that have continuously been on my bucket list. The diversity of nature, its startling variety of species and landscapes is mind-boggling. As our planet becomes less hospitable to all life forms, I want to see as much of the natural world as I can.
Last year I visited the Galapagos and saw unparalleled wildlife, unique to those remote islands. In this exhibit, I sought to show the complexity of the many fascinating birds and reptiles of the Galapagos, each fascinating in its own way.
Donna Carpenter: Ancient Homeland
Ancient Homeland consists of photographic images captured during repeated journeys that I have made to the Lowlands, Highlands, and Islands of Scotland. These gritty, mysterious, black and white landscapes are thresholds to another world, a world that to me feels different in most every way from day to day life in the United States.
I first set foot on Scottish soil in the winter of 2013, when I made a quick overnight return journey from London to Glasgow. That journey, taken on a whim, turned out to be life changing. I felt an inexplicably deep familiarity and ease in Glasgow which led me to wonder about my Scottish heritage, of which I knew next to nothing. Over the course of the past two years I have spent nine months there, exploring the land and her history, often traveling on foot and capturing thousands of photographs in the process. It is from these thousands of photos that I have culled the images in this exhibition.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. I am grateful for their support.
Barbara Krawczyk and Diane Savioli-Chase: Cuba: An Intimate Portrait
Barbara Krawczyk and Diane Savioli-Chase’s major hobbies are photography and travel. This exhibit exemplifies their passion for depicting a culture through its people via environmental portraiture, rather than through expansive vistas. Both were so enamored by Cuba’s color, art, dance, music and street life and its people’s vitality, spirit, ingenuity and friendliness that they made two trips to visit different regions of the country.
Barbara is currently president of the Westfield Camera Club and is active in the Springfield Photographic Society. She is a member of the Photographic Society of America and has won numerous photography awards, locally and internationally. Her work has appeared in calendars, web sites, print marketing, newspapers and magazines. She has exhibited in various galleries and presents photographic software technique demonstrations and travelogues to camera clubs and serves as a judge for photographic competitions.
Diane has been a serious travel documentarian since 1976. In 1981 she began a project photographing New England textile mills that culminated in exhibits at the Springfield Museums and the Holyoke Textile Museum. She has had solo exhibits in local libraries as well as in group shows at the Valley Photo Center and the Robert Floyd Gallery, and is an award winner at both. Her current project is documenting street life in the Park Street neighborhood of Hartford. Her camera of choice is the LGg5 cell phone.
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