Past Exhibitions and Events
A.P.E. Alumni Exhibition
December 17 - January 4
Curated by Kathy Couch
In celebration of its 30+ year history, A.P.E. gallery is hosting its first-ever microworks show. This landmark exhibition will feature over 100 artists who have shown their work at either A.P.E. location over the past 38 years. As salon style, cash and carry show, this exhibit will consist of works no larger than 6”x 6”x 6” and all works will be given to the buyer upon purchase. MORE
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Nineteen: Art by Architects
Curated by Julia Morgan-Leamon
Nineteen: Art by Architects presents work by members of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (WMAIA). WMAIA has nearly 200 members: architects, associated professionals, educators, corporate sponsors, and non-architect affiliate members living and working in the Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires. Our members work on local, regional, national, and international projects ranging from single-family residences to corporations, schools, and museums. WMAIA promotes excellence in architecture through professional development, community outreach and the celebration of architecture in our region. MORE
Stephen Petegorsky Photographs
"As a child, I was fascinated by dioramas in natural history museums. The taxidermed specimens allowed me to see animals in a way that would otherwise have been impossible, and I was captivated. Equally fascinating to me are cleared and stained specimens that combine science and art to allow interior views of animals.
In this process, small mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians are soaked in a solution that renders muscle and tissue transparent. Stains are then used to make bones and cartilage a darker color. They are typically used by to study the structure of the animals without having to use X-rays or dissection.
These specimens allow a remarkable view of the poetic and lyrical aspects of morphology. They serve as a point of departure for my imagination. The original images are heavily edited, and backgrounds are added - primarily images from the natural world that are also altered." MORE
Collecting Their Thoughts: Two Women
Rochelle Shicoff & Judith Inglese
October 7 - November 1
Inspired by Hindu cosmology in which certain animals like the elephant and tortoise are depicted as supporting the earth, Judith Inglese has created, “A Delicate Balance”, a series of large terracotta animal sculptures. Each animal is carrying a structure containing a complex assortment of animals and people.
Rochelle Shicoff considers that her painting series "After All The Leaves Have Fallen: Muslim Women and Their Traditions" to have emerged from and been influenced by her living for 14 years in a conservative Middle Eastern neighborhood in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. This latest series of paintings was originally referred to by her as "the women in black" but she says, "as I developed the images it expanded to include many of their traditions: the camel culture, pottery markets, their dignity, modesty and hard work."
Image: Rochelle Shicoff
Florence Rice Hitchcock and the Theory of the Soft Earth
Sara Smith, Candice Salyers & Kathy Couch
Sara Smith, an award-winning choreographer and interdisciplinary artist, will premiere Florence Rice Hitchcock and the Theory of the Soft Earth, featuring Northampton dancer/choreographer Candice Salyers. This multi-media dance performance explores interconnectedness and indeterminacy in scientific inquiry through the story of Florence Rice Hitchcock, a nineteenth-century geologist who has animated visions of twentieth-century science. The piece draws on the writing of earth scientists, theologists and transcendentalists.
Choreography, sound, and video by Sara Smith
Performance and movement contributions by Candice Salyers
Lighting Design by Kathy Couch
Sara Smith is an interdisciplinary choreographer and librarian who creates performances and other works which traverse dance, visual art, writing, and historical research. The current work was supported in part by a 2015 creative research fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society. MORE
One Death/An Installation
An installation of graphics and manipulated chairs based on the quote " One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic." Often attributed to Joseph Stalin, the original saying is in German, "Der Tod eines Menschen: das ist eine Katastrophe. Hunderttausend Tote: das ist eine Statistik! " from an essay called "French Wit," written by satirist and writer Kurt Tucholsky in 1932. MORE
Image and Ritual: Selected Work by Anna Bayles Arthur, 2005 - 2015
This exhibition presents a careful selection of work made over the span of a decade, a retrospective view of one artist's delvings into the ancient and meditative act of image construction. The body of work reveals the evolution of a unique visual vocabulary, landscapes of memory, dream, and invention. Each piece is the result of an intuitive process, a playful tug between figure and ground. Layers of transparent pigments become the atmosphere through which forms float or sit, emerge or disintegrate. Within this atmosphere, there is an explicit organicism that is both familiar and unfamiliar: biology, landscape, underwater worlds, things mechanical, parts of composite bodies. These constructed relationships reveal narratives that echo the drama of our human experience and the intricate movements of the natural world. MORE
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, a state agency.
Folk Arts and Artifacts from America's Prison Culture
Curated by Phyllis Kornfeld with Janelle Aieta
Reception: Wednesday, July 8 5-7 pm.
Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton
More about Cell Block Visions.
More on Prison Art and Phyllis Kornfeld from the NY Times and NY Post.
Image: Keith Dwy, head (toilet paper and crayon)
Outside-In: Windows, Walls, & Doors
Color photographs by Kate Way
July 29 - August 9
Outside-In: Windows, Walls, & Doors includes over 25 digital images selected from six years of work. These photographs explore the built environment and its relationship to ourselves. The body of work traverses shelter and space, the familiar and unknown, looking in and out, feeling invited and repelled. MORE
Exhibition by Gene Cauthen from the years 1995-2014. Linear bronze works cast by the artist himself, drawings, and a number of pieces he calls niches.
Gene Cauthen is a sculptor/painter living in north central Massachusetts and has done several bronze commission works in Boston and Cambridge. Since then he has continued to expand moving from the figure. MORE
Horns to Tale: A Bestiary
Curated by Rob Kimmel
This powerful group of artists was gathered to create a bestiary: a collection of monsters, wild beasts, and fan- tastical creatures. Their diverse talents, working in a wide range of media, will fill the gallery with a barely-con- tained zoo of emotion and storytelling.
Sophie Argetsinger, Rick Beaupre, David Cooper, Agnes deBethune, Cheryl Gross, Rudy Gutierrez, Bri Hermanson, Amy Johnquest, Rob Kimmel, Amelia Merrill, Colin Panetta, and Lilly Pereira. MORE
An Evening of Dance and Music with Katie Martin and Jake Meginsky
May 29 & 30
Northampton based artists Katie Martin and Jake Meginsky present an intimate evening of contemporary dance and electroacoustic music. Featuring Martin’s newest solo and group choreographic works with original compositions and performances by Meginsky.
With Joy Davis, Barbie Diewald, Maya LaLiberte, Madison Palffy, and Kate Seethaler.
This work is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Paul Matteson, Aretha Aoki, Terese Freedman & Jim Coleman
Four nationally renowned local choreographers present an evening of new dances featuring performances from some of the most illustrious professional dancers in the region. Paul Matteson will premiere slow slip down. With live music by Ian Stahl and Ben Muller, this septet explores “now time” connection, sparse melody, and the sensual edge of mutually recognized touch. Acclaimed NYC choreographer/performer Aretha Aoki will present zero, a re-imagining of her 2014 piece The Multiple, in which ghosts appear and the murmurings of past, present and future leak into the space of performance. Acclaimed veteran Valley choreographers Terese Freedman and Jim Coleman will premiere their new duet under, a collage of image and action exploring aging intimacy, exhausted routines and taken-for-granted communions, with video and sound to orient and sharpen the dislocations.
time and again in a thousand disguises: The Social Onion Project
April 7 – May 3
A multifaceted solo art exhibit will be on display from April 7th to May 3rd at the A.P.E. Gallery. In time and again in a thousand disguises: The Social Onion Project, Easthampton-based artist Neal Parks will take over the spacious A.P.E. Gallery, at 126 Main St. The show will feature unique drawings on photographs, several large paintings on canvas, as well as a window display with mannequins dressed with clothing and hand-made masks that tie thematically into the overall scheme. MORE
Musings Then & Now
Leland P. Johnson
Decades of work by Leland P. Johnson: "I consider myself a conceptual artist. It means I usually start a work with my understanding of a particular word or a phrase which may or may not lend itself to some irony being put in the mix. I also occasionally use a particular process I wish to explore. My goal is to build on those ideas into an interesting combination of 2D or 3D attributes in various media and materials. I always attempt to construct an artwork that is visually satisfying and that also has a mental component that lingers and itches the viewers memory..."
Eccentric Abstraction Revisited
Donnabelle Casis, Brantner DeAtley, and Jieun Shin
Three artists explore the facets of abstraction in a group exhibition of dynamic and diverse works. Donnabelle Casis' current series explores identity and its relationship to markers, patterns and meaning. Her painting practice questions how these symbols and colors reflect the bearer/wearer. Casis's inquiry also delves into the literal use of patterns in design and in the form of ritual to seek when patterns change. Brantner DeAtley, believes melting into the screen is our reality. From silent films to smartphones humans have chosen to see the world through a square. From Popeye to Tumblr his body of work draws from the influence of that square space. Jieun Shin's work is a surrogate portrait of a migrant, both estranged by and familiar with the hybrid cultural predicament symbolized by IKEA and Shin's own distant “ethnic” culture. Shin borrows the human head images from IKEA and the floral motifs from the embroidery work by anonymous women in the eighteenth century Joseon Dynasty. Even though the ‘authenticity’ of the floral motifs as Korean seems to be diluted, her work infuses glimmer of life into the fragmented heads confined in the rigidly constructed spaces.
Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble presents Ntozake Shange's choreopoem FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF.
February 28, March 1 & 2
Directed by Sheryl Stoodley, with Assistant Director Kaliis Smith. With Vanessa Alexander, Janaya Barnes, Alysia Cosby, Marcia Gomes, Evelyn Harris and Kaliis Smith. MORE