In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Hosmer (1954-1999)

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Stan Sherer Retrospective

June 3-29, 2024

Reception: Saturday June 8, 2-4:30 PM

From June 3 to 29, the Hosmer Gallery of the Forbes Library will host a retrospective exhibition of the career of Northampton photographer Stan Sherer. An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 8, 2–4:30 pm.

The exhibit will include Sherer’s early photographs on the streets of New York City and later photographs of Northampton’s shopkeepers, Massachusetts farmers, and the Northampton State Hospital. It will also include images from Albania, China, France, Israel, the Philippines, Russia, and West Africa, showing how Sherer has depicted daily life in varied cultures.

Sherer is an independent photographer, fine art digital printmaker, and filmmaker in Northampton. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. He has exhibited across the United States as well as in Europe and China, and has published seven books of photographs. He is donating his photographic work (prints, negatives, and digital files) to the Special Collections and University Archives of the W.E.B Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts, and to the Forbes Library.

Ana Pepaj baking bread, Selce, Albania
Bud Warnock, Northampton State Hospital
Traveler, Niger River, Mali
Marije Paldoci, Gajtan, Albania

Animal Portraits by Dan Chiamis, Renee Hill, Sarah Marquesen

July 2-30, 2024

Reception: July 12,

SARAH MARQUESEN

For the Love of Animals

For many of us, our first love was an animal. Perhaps it was a furry member of the family or the first time we saw a horse run in a pasture. In this exhibition, Sarah Marquesen tries to capture the personality and soul of both domestic and wild animals. She hopes her realistic paintings help you connect to the animals we see outside our door and those from around the world.

DAN CHIAMIS

Once Upon A Time At The Zoo

Zoos are one of the oldest forms of entertainment on Earth, with records of their existence dating back to 1,000 BC. They are also incredibly polarizing and controversial. While many advocates argue that zoos save endangered species and educate the public, many others believe the cost of confining animals outweighs the benefits, and violating the rights of individual animals cannot be justified. My hope is that the work on exhibit here speaks to both sides of this conversation without prejudice, and inspires the viewer to explore their own thoughts and feelings with the subject. One day we may look back at zoos and marvel at their barbarity or be grateful for the species they saved from extinction. Of these two scenarios, only time will tell.

RENEE HILL

Colors of the Seasons

Renee is a macro photographer from Easthampton. Her favorite subjects are the tiny creatures that are often unseen – spiders, bugs, frogs and other amphibians. During the month of July, come and get an up close and personal view of some of the little creatures that share our world. Renee Hill’s macro photography will open your eyes to the details of things you may have never seen – even in your own backyard.

Online: Community Art Exhibit

Visit the online Community Art Exhibit at Virtual Hosmer Gallery

During the emergency building closure in 2020, The Hosmer Gallery began exploring new ways to support our mission of providing opportunities for local artists to show their work to the public. Starting April 3, 2020, and continuing nearly four years, we invited all art makers in the greater Northampton area to participate in an online exhibit.
Please enjoy these 549 images by 189 local artists.

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