Past Exhibitions and Events
Things That Die Interestingly
Petula Bloomfield & Donald Shambroom
December 12 - January 4
A flower is in a constant state of change. It starts to wither and eventually dies, leaving a contorted organic form as a legacy to its former beauty. And yet, there is still beauty, the beauty of the dark side, of death. Perhaps a painting is able to capture elements of this passage of life and beauty.
“Things that Die Interestingly” is an exhibition of the works of Petula Bloomfield and Donald Shambroom in paintings, sculpture and installation. The show includes sculptures and installation using hundreds of fading mums, freshly gathered from the recent Smith College Botanic Garden Fall Chrysanthemum Show.
Image: Donald Shambroom
The Diorama Show
Curated by Elizabeth Stone
November 7 - December 7
Historically, dioramas have been enclosed 3-dimensional scenes depicting nature or history against a painted backdrop. From hollow sugar Easter eggs with a peephole into fantasyland to life-sized exotic animals in life-like settings at the natural history museum, dioramas have enchanted us.
The Diorama Show will include the disparate visions of 8 contemporary artists. Their various approaches are conceptual, realistic, dreamlike, symbolic or reflective often with a strong vein of wit. MORE
Zea Mays Printmaking Biennial at A.P.E.
October 7 - November 2
“Systems” explores a wide range of topics: memory, grief, philosophy, geography, geology, astronomy, poetry, secret languages, religion, physiology, nature and process. These explorations take the form of prints on paper, collages, sculptures and artists’ books – all with some form of printmaking at their core.
“Systems” is curated by Liz Chalfin, director of Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, MA. All of the artists in the exhibition are members of this local, green printmaking studio.
Image: Frank Ozereko
Jesse Connor, Thorsten Dennerline, Mikael Petraccia
Alter scape is a collaborative exhibition; the unifying thread that connects the three artists’ works is their use of concepts involving the manipulation of space --- or the landscape. The collaboration arose from their desire to experience their individual voices in conversation with one another. The resulting dialogue amongst the works highlights their unique, but related, points of view, whether drawing from the personal, observational, abstracted or even metaphysical. The exhibited prints, drawings and paintings of altered spaces truly encourage reflection on the ways we view and inhabit the spaces around us.
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Image: Jesse Connor
Greta Svalberg, John Moloney & Sam Gaskin
July 29 - August 17
John Moloney's work has a heavy psychological narrative tone that recalls surrealism unhindered by classism.
Sam Gaskin often presents his paintings and drawings under the moniker "Sam Gas Can." He brings a fluency to the contemporary myths and iconography of capitalism and popular culture; this includes everything from wrestlers, cartoons, and fast food marketing icons.
Greta Svalberg is a painter and installation artist who engages with surface, materiality, color and abstraction.
Image: Greta Svalberg
This project was made possible by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council.
Judith Bowerman, Anna Slezak, Gretta Slezak & Larry Slezak. Curated by Lilly Slezak
Related Matters is an exhibition of paintings, prints, weavings, photographs & assemblages by Judith Bowerman, Anna Slezak, Gretta Slezak & Larry Slezak. Curated by Lilly Slezak. This exhibition is a family affair. As five thinkers, observers, and makers living together under one roof for the better part of twenty years, we learned to see ourselves and the world through each other’s eyes. This show brings together our work in the public sphere for the first time. We believe the unique nature of this grouping explores such questions as: What happens when creative parents raise three children? What happens when a handful of people with strong artistic impulses are constantly engaging with each other—living, growing, and creating in tandem? Ideas and images are generated and transmitted, just as emotions are provoked and meals are shared.
Image: Judith Bowerman, For the Most Part IX, polyester plate lithography / monoprint, 2013
Reconfigurations: Cynthia Consentino
A Solo Exhibition
Internationally recognized Northampton artist Cynthia Consentino exhibits figurative sculptures and drawings that explore our ideals of beauty and gender. MORE
This project has been supported by a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
National Poster Retrospecticus
The National Poster Retrospecticus is an internationally travelling poster show that features more than 400 hand-printed posters made by over 125 of the most prominent poster designers in the United States. MORE
Paper Moons and Cardboard Seas
Collages by Mike Metzger
With a new show of his recent works collage artist Mike Metzger is excited to be returning to the A.P.E. Gallery after four years of guzzling cooking wine from paper bags and sleeping in parks.
Mike’s varied background is evidenced in his art work, themes running the gamut from the realms of childhood, wildlife, show business and art, coupled with a satirical, humorous and, overall, a genuine love for his cultural heritage. MORE
Place of Dance Book Celebration Performance
Sunday, April 13
Former Northampton dance artist Andrea Olsen hosts the Place of Dance Book Celebration Performance on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m., at Scott Dance Studio at Smith College. The work features collaborators in dance, music, light, and text. Olsen’s new book includes 125 images and 30 interviews woven into teaching stories and informational text, published by Wesleyan University Press. Created with colleague Caryn McHose, this book and the concert drawn from its pages is for anyone interested in living in their bodies with awareness. MORE
Beneath the Surface
Scout Cuomo, Carolyn Clayton & Katie Richardson
Three artists explore "Beneath the Surface." A.P.E. Gallery presents new work by local artists Scout Cuomo, Carolyn Clayton and Katie Richardson. Cuomo’s lush paintings, Richardson’s organic steel sculpture and Clayton’s colorful conglomerations come together for the first time in Beneath the Surface.
Photography by Stan Sherer
February 6 - March 2
“Printographs” is Northampton photographer Stan Sherer’s exhibition of new, experimental work, which will be shown at the A.P.E. Gallery through the month of February. Since 2003, Sherer has been exploring ways to combine digital photography and printmaking. For Sherer, “making art means making things with my hands. Traditional printmaking, with its plate making, inking, and press operations, is a truly hands-on, labor-intensive process. Photography was too, in the film-and-darkroom days, but now in our era of digital printing, the hand is relegated to mouse-clicks.” MORE