In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Hosmer (1954-1999)
December 2, 2014 – January 2, 2015
Reception Saturday December 13, 2-4 PM
Residing as she does in Berkshire County, MA, on a former farm property, Joan Dix Blair is an observer of nature — her observations are the springboard for her art work. From animal to pond to rock, she draws her abstractions based on the thing at hand. On view are recent prints from three separate series titled “Shale,” “Surfaces,” and “Reptiles.” Though the drawn abstractions may seem remote from the real noticed thing, the drawings are connected in her imagination to the initial impulse to record something from the real world.
Northampton artist Annie Bissett has been making woodblock prints using the traditional Japanese method since 2005, following a nearly 20-year career as a commercial digital illustrator. Annie’s prints explore a wide range of contemporary American socio-political issues and themes. This show at Hosmer Gallery is a sneak peek at the first two parts of a four-part series titled “God Is Our Witness,” which deals with some of the history of the gay liberation movement in the last half of the 20th century. Part 1, Titled “The Curse,” is a group of prints about exile and isolation. Part 2, “Counterspells,” is still in progress and is a celebration of some of the groups and organizations that helped move LGBTQ rights forward in the U.S. from the middle of the 20th century to the present day.
Treasures of Forbes Library Special Collections
January 6-31, 2015
Reception Friday, January 9, 4-7 PM
A special exhibition at Hosmer Gallery, featuring rarely seen art and artifacts from the library’s extensive special collections, will be on view through January. On display will be works that are visually fascinating not only as historical documentation but also as graphic art and as tangible artifacts of Northampton’s past. A curated selection of photographs, prints, letters, diaries, paintings, posters, and objects of historical significance from the 18th to the 20th centuries will be on view. Some have never been on display before and as a group they shed insight on the lives of the area’s residents and the artists and collectors who documented and preserved our past.
Recently acquired materials which will be exhibited for the first time include photographs of Pioneer Valley Ballet’s early productions in the 1980s, donated by artist Maurine Sutter; and art created for the annual “Show Us Your Bra” auctions benefiting the Breast Form Fund between 1994 and 2010. Some of the oldest items to be on display are photographs of Northampton’s Civil War veterans, broadsides from the mid-1800s, and Sioux beadwork given to Calvin Coolidge during his presidency.
Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.