Upcoming Exhibitions & Events
December 6 - 31, 2018
Wild at Heart
portraits of endangered species
By Dawn Siebel
Artist Reception, December 14, 5-8 pm on Arts Night Out
I paint portraits of endangered species because I believe their right to exist is equal to ours. We are all in this together; yet the threat to their existence is entirely my species’ fault. I am arguing for their rights with these portraits.
The more time I spend with the species I paint, the deeper my understanding of their physiology, temperament, social rules and habits. On extended zoo visits I spend hours with these animals over days, shooting images for reference, but often just sitting with them, watching. Keepers share quirks and stories with me about their wards. Back in my studio, all this research finds its way into my portraits, both practically and magically, as I bring that emotional memory to the canvas. I have met my subjects; we have regarded one another. I carry a sense of their presence. We have looked eye-to-eye.
Each animal I paint is a specific equal Being looking back at the viewer. It’s that Beingness I want the viewer to grok, a recognition of an equal Other, of sentience. I do not paint the generic. These animals have posed for their portraits. I love them all.
Dawn Howkinson Siebel, 2018
Winter's Work is looking for Young and Emerging artists and markers to participate in the third annual Winter's Work sale. A.P.E. will host the event from 10-4 on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Please submit a short bio/letter of intent and some sample pieces (photos, website, etc) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 1, 2018. Applicants will be selected at the latest by November 1, 2018. There is no cost to apply, but an approximately $40 table fee will be required of participants.
LOCAL FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE
PRESENTED BY A.P.E.@Hawley, at 33 HAWLEY, NORTHAMPTON, MA
Local filmmakers will screen four short films on Monday, December 3, at 7pm, in the Flex Space of The Northampton Community Arts Trust building, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.
Rio Contrada’s Time to Go is a short film about a dementia patient’s never-ending wanderlust and his family’s struggle to keep him safe. Rio Contrada is a Massachusetts native with experience producing primetime television and working in development for Academy Award-winning production companies. His career started in production, working on large scale motion pictures like The Judge and Black Mass. Rio gained his first producer credit on the Lifetime series American Beauty Star, hosted by Victoria's Secret supermodel Adriana Lima. In the past year, he has produced three short films, including his directorial debut Time to Go.
Jason Mazzotta’s Get Me Lionel is a short, mystery piece relying on very little dialog. The film is presented in a 1:1 ratio. Jason Mazzotta is a writer/director/actor from New England, currently living in Southern California. Along with Get Me Lionel, Jason produced the short movie Father Willie and several acclaimed music videos with Hypnosis Club Filmmaking colleagues David Newland and Michael McLellan. jasonmazzotta.com
Nicholas Verdi, a graduate of the media studies program at Holyoke Community College, and now a student at Hampshire College, will screen the first 10
minutes of his untitled sci-fi film that tells the story of college students, brain-damaged from getting hammered on alcohol every weekend, with a mysterious feeling that something has been done to their consciousness and memory of events.
Dylan Kaufman, Keanu Burke and Merle O’Neal’s Landlord was made for the 48 hour film festival and is a 7 minute Dark Comedy about a new tenant who finds a surprise guest at her apartment on move-in day. Dylan Kaufman, Merle O'Neal, and Keanu Burke are longtime friends and graduates of Northampton High School (2010). Landlord was created by the three of them for the 48-Hour Film Festival 2018 and was awarded a spot in the Best of Boston screening.
The total running time of the four films is approximately 75 minutes. An informal discussion and reception will follow the screenings. A suggested donation of $5 is requested to help offset the costs of the screening.
Images from left to right: Time to Go by Rio Contrada, Get Me Lionel by Jason Mazzotta, Untitled by Nick Verdi
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