Our main open office space was designed to not only be functional, but also beautiful and active. We enliven our walls with a rotating collection of artwork by local and national artists. We premiere their exhibitions quarterly during Northampton's Arts Night Out, and on other months we invite performing artists, from musicians to dancers to improv comedy troupes, to share their talents during these popular neighborhood nights.
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The final month of Inner Impressions of Landscapes was accompanied by warm spring weather. The weather, and colorful paintings, inspired our attendees to visit us and learn to make a variety of paper flowers. Paper roses, hyacinths, and fan flowers were a few of the abstract pieces that were being demonstrated by CLICK staff throughout the evening.
FUNKTIONLUST & Artwork by Laura Radwell
The night kicked off with a performance by Funktionlust, Northampton High School's improvisation troupe. With enough energy to power Child's park, their performance accompanied the second month of Laura Radwell's Inner Impressions of Landscapes. The artist stated that "...most often I feel calm and serene when I approach a blank canvas with no articulated plan or objective, I do have some notions/ideas with which to begin, hoping that they take the work in good directions. Often the result is surprisingly more energetic and energized than I feel while painting". The energy exhibited by the young improv group was added even more stimulation to the beautiful oil paintings.
LAURA RADWELL INNER IMPRESSIONS OF LANDSCAPES OPENING RECEPTION
Laura Radwell is a native New Yorker, artist and designer, who has been living in Massachusetts since the 1970s. While she explored a variety of mediums earlier in life, her love of oil painting provided the most inspiration and impetus to take up her brushes once again after running a communications business for many years. In 2014, she returned to oil painting and is currently working on large(r) scale works which focus on her inner impressions of landscape. With a warm and well attended reception, we welcomed in 12 of her beautiful landscapes.
WELCOME HOME NORTHAMPTON FUNDRAISER
In our last month featuring "Rock, Paper, Scissors", a group show featuring sculptors Richard Rice ("rock"), Marguerite Belkin ("paper"), and Gregory Kline ("scissors"), we hosted a fundraiser to support Welcome Home Northampton. This organization seeks to assist refugees resettling into to the Northampton Community. By providing assistance finding jobs, housing, and English language classes, they have resettled 51 new community members this past year.
Belkin's 700-piece installation, im·Migration, was available for donation throughout the month of January. This piece featured three different animal migratory patterns (monarch butterflies, a school of fish, and a flock of Canada geese) which served as metaphor for the struggles of people seeking sanctuary in different parts of the world. The paper sculptures were available to take home as individual pieces or in groupings, in exchange for donations.
Through the tremendous support from our members and the community, we were able to donate $500 to this organization!
PASTICHE: A MAKERS MARKET
We opened our doors for a second year to showcase a wide variety of handmade art, goods, and gifts from Pioneer Valley artists and socially-conscious local companies on Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th, welcoming holiday shoppers from all over the region.
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS art opening
A group show featuring Richard Rice ("rock"), Marguerite Belkin ("paper"), and Gregory Kline ("scissors").
Richard Rice is a Northampton-based sculptor. He holds an MFA in sculpture from the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and studied Italian Medieval and Renaissance sculpture during a residency in Tuscany.
Marguerite Belkin is an Easthampton-based paper sculptor who began her career as an origami jewelry artist in Houston. Her contribution was a 700 piece installation titled i·igratio. Three different animal migratory patterns served as metaphor for the struggles of people seeking sanctuary in different parts of the world. “Flight to Canada” on Click’s stairwell depicted a flock of 100 geese flying north toward a warm Canadian welcome. In “Unchartered Waters” a school of 200 fish navigated a storm tossed Mediterranean to find shelter near the Greek Islands. “Over the wall” showed 400 monarch butterflies finding their way from Mexico to the U.S. despite whatever obstacles were put in their path. i·igratio was created to celebrate the indomitable spirit of those who escape their homeland and overcome hardships in their determination to find a new and better life.
Gregory Kline describes himself as "an artist, maker, collector, hoarder, daydreamer, mudlark, tinkerer, and a scavenger of kitsch." He makes objects that play with history, conventions, and paradigms through humor and satire. The works are cast in bronze from molds made from an archive of hundreds of objects in his collection.
Get to Know Goldenrod
For fall harvest time, Ostara Luna Farm owners Nova and Grover helped visitors muddle and sift dried goldenrod harvested from their fields and served up goldenrod and peppermint teas. Ostara Luna Farm is a woman-owned permaculture farm in Ashfield that produces dried medicinal and culinary herbs, flowers, duck eggs, fresh flowers, and vegetables.
Goldenrod is the ubiquitous tall flower with dense fronds of tiny bright yellow flowers that cover the meadows, field edges, and roadsides of Western Mass in September and October. The flower and leaves have long been used as a gentle medicinal herb and as a natural dye.
On display: Three floors of a retrospective of paintings and multi-media pieces by Israel J. Costin (see September 2017).
Israel J. Costin Retrospective art opening
Israel (Joe) Costin (1926-2008) was a prolific visual artist who spent his final years in Western Massachusetts. As a young man, Joe worked as a typographer for the New York Times, an experience that led him to a career in advertising. Using his artistic eye, he selected type fonts for advertisements for numerous clients, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His work with fonts greatly influenced the early period of his own body of artistic work. Another important influence was Russian Constructivism. Joe studied at the Art Institute of New York, and in his retirement years he was a street artist in Manhattan. As a member of A.R.T.I.S.T. (Artists' Response To Illegal State Tactics), he was instrumental in fighting then mayor Rudy Giuliani’s anti-street artist policies.
We also participated in the annual Sidewalk Chalk Festival with CorinneCy Art as our sponsored artist.
On/EN PoINTE: The INTERSECTION OF DANCE & COSTUME
When designing a costume, what elements are considered? The Massachusetts Academy of Ballet presented a fashion show demonstrating the collaboration of costume design and the art of ballet. The designer's artistry of shape, form, and flow merge with the dancer's artistry of movement, expression, and line. Design by Arlene Kowal, narration by Charles Flachs, and performance by students of the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet Educational Training Association.
On display: Artwork by David Poppie (see July 2017).
David PoppiE art opening
The opening night of Westhampton-based artist David Poppie's first exhibition at CLICK.
Poppie’s first appearance on the New York scene as part of the 2007 group exhibition “In Context: collage + abstraction” brought him special mention by Benjamin Genocchio in The New York Times, and the challenge to push his materials further. In the years following, his work has been widely exhibited and entered several prominent collections.
Poppie's recent work involves the reclaiming of disposable objects in mass to create two- and three-dimensional works. These items are generally disregarded and ignored by the everyday person. Through the gathering of the discards of contemporary culture, he asks the viewer to reconsider the function and value of these objects. He also reassigns their value by re-contextualizing them by creating a piece of art from them. For his CLICK exhibition, Poppie's pieces were created entirely from colored pencils.
Northampton Education Foundation Showcase
This year's annual Northampton Education Foundation Showcase exhibited what Northampton teachers and students have been up to with the over $56,000 awarded to fund 21 small grants for classroom projects in Northampton schools. The showcase featured 3-D printing, dance, robotics, salamanders, gardens, and more.
(Photos courtesy of Northampton Education Foundation)
Feed the Soul & Funktionlust
On our walls: Pam Carter's "Feed the Soul" exhibition. Thanks to the artist's generous arrangement, each painting was gifted to a new owner for a donation to the Northampton Survival Center in the amount of the painting's value. Over the course of the exhibition, we raised over $8000 for this important cause.
The night kicked off with a performance by Funktionlust, Northampton High School's improvisation troupe. Northampton High senior Cara Hudson-Erdman then jumped from improv to performing on our grand piano to close the evening.
Feed the Soul with Special Guest Jonatha Brooke
The public opening of Pam Carter's "Feed the Soul" exhibition. Thanks to the artist's generous arrangement, each painting was gifted to a new owner for a donation to the Northampton Survival Center in the amount of the painting's value. Over the course of the exhibition, we raised over $8000 for this important cause.
Accompaniment was provided by pianist Ed Voight, and the night featured a special performance by singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke.
A E I O Ukes
A E I O Ukes is Northampton's ukulele club. Most of its players are beginning musicians who like to get together to sing and strum and have fun. The group has a weekly sing-along at Forbes Library, and does occasional public performances. We were delighted to have them perform at CLICK for this month's Arts Night Out.
On display: The final month of "In Full Bloom", fabric art by Dawn Allen (see February 2017).
Dawn Allen - "In Full Bloom" opening
"In Full Bloom" highlights two series by fabric artist Dawn Allen. All of the pieces are made from fabric using modern art quilting techniques and her own method of transforming the usually flat quilt medium into three dimensional art.
Allen creates innovative fabric art, based on quilting, but the resulting artwork is not like the quilts you have seen before, and she mostly designs her own textiles. She often refers to her pieces as “happy art.” “The fabric art that I create is happy because it is bright, colorful, and often large in scale, has intricate bead work, and conveys a sense of dimension and movement. It makes me happy to create art, and I know people can feel that joy when they look at my work.”
The evening was accompanied by Cara Hudson-Erdman on piano.
Suzuki Cellists of NCMC
This month featured a performance by the Suzuki cello students of Northampton Community Music Center. These students, who range widely in age and length of study, take cello lessons each week and study in group classes twice a month.
On our walls: The closing month of Transit Authority Figures' United States Schematic Maps exhibition (see November 2016).
Pastiche: a Makers Market
Our first annual holiday makers market featured a wide variety of handmade art, goods, and gifts from Pioneer Valley artists and socially-conscious local enterprises, plus a bake sale by members of the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School.
Transit Authority Figures - United States Schematic Maps opening
The premiere of Transit Authority Figures' graphic art exhibition, "United States Schematic Maps." Inspired by subway maps, these schematics position and link the "most important" places in every state. And—like subway maps—positioning is somewhat distorted, detail is eliminated, and lines are straightened to create the most simple and memorable diagram possible.
Musical accompaniment was performed by local jazz pianist Rob Fontana.
Funktionlust improv Group
This month's Arts Night Out featured piano by Cara Hudson-Erdman, improv by Funktionlust, Northampton High School's Improv group, and the final month of our exhibition of paintings and photographs by artist Chris Page (see August 2016).
Chalk Art Festival
CLICK was a sponsor of Arts Night Out's annual Chalk Art Festival. Chalk artist Brandon Avery created an amazing work of art on our Market Street sidewalk (it was different images when viewed from each side!), we had an indoor chalk activity for children, and art by Chris Page was on display throughout Click Workspace (see August 2016 for more about Chris Page).
Chris Page Art Opening
Chris Page's exhibition of paintings and photographs reflected his walking in nature practice, where he holds attentive awareness on the transformation of the sky, ocean, and landscape. Four large scale sky and ocean paintings were on the first floor. Featured upstairs was a new set of seven connected paintings and related photographs based on his observing the chaotic entanglement of branches and emerging spring foliage over two weeks in April 2016.
Chris Page, born in Madrid, Spain, grew up in the Boston area. Page has lived and worked in the house he built in the Pelham Hills of the Pioneer Valley since leaving Boston in 1974. He has exhibited throughout Massachusetts, in Brooklyn, NY and at the LewAllen Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
Giant Flower Making
We hosted a makers space activity, creating giant paper flowers out of colorful paper bags. Not as complex as it looks, with delightful results!
Susan Brearey Opening
We held an opening for new artwork on our building's upper floors, including Susan Brearey's "Elemental Images" opening at the Law Office of Peter Irvine on the third floor. Music was provided by pianist Ed Voigt.
Born in 1964, painter Susan Brearey is known for her unique, iconic depiction of animals. In Brearey’s works, primal, totemic images take the place of the photorealistic visual details found in some other works of wildlife art. Animals become primeval shapes, rudimentary and almost featureless, set against abstract surfaces. Brearey’s evocative approach was inspired in large part by the cave paintings at Lascaux, France. Brearey first saw the paintings in the mid-1980s as a college student, an experience that turned her into a serious painter. The primitive imagery is further enriched by Brearey’s experiments with texture. She has used gesso, mixtures of oil and wax, found materials like leaves and bark, and, most recently, patterns of wood grain to give each work a unique surface.
After moving into our new space on Market Street, we threw open our doors to the public. We showcased an exhibit of some of our favorite visual artists and were treated to live music from the O-Tones trio.
Please see below for further information about the art on display at our opening, many pieces of which still hang on our walls. For information about purchasing art exhibited at CLICK, please contact our president, Mary Yun.
Christopher Pouler ahas been living and working in Lakeville, CT, for the past 17 years, where he splits his time between his art and designing sets for the broadcast industry. He works in oil paint, pencil, and pastels. These works explore the human condition and how we each strive to find meaning and acceptance of the joys, struggles, and suffering that we and other encounter in this increasingly complex world.
These pieces are currently on display at CLICK
Ellen Grobman is a painter based in Amherst, MA, where she has lived for more than 25 years. She has had a daily studio practice for a decade longer than that, and without it, she says, "nothing else is in balance, nothing else completely works." Her abstract pieces are vividly colored and delicately textured. They communicate, through elegant gestures and veiled messages, a visceral emotional undercurrent, and a desire to connect. Her work has been shown extensively in Massachusetts, New York, and other places on the eastern seaboard.
These pieces are currently on display at CLICK
Rich with associations to his hybrid autobiography, American and Jamaican folk culture, music, art history, and world culture, Arthur Simms' human-scale sculptures radiate a playful and serious inquiry into concepts of origin and transformation. His art is to a large extend a product of bi-culturalism, a merging of his Jamaican heritage and American education. Through their formal rigor and the poetic associations that the recycled elements trigger, the sculptures narrate stories of personal identity, family, spiritual and physical journeys, erotic tensions, and nostalgia for home.
Simms' sculptures are usually wrapped in rope and/or wire. The laborious action of binding creates spiritual and physical links that construct his cultural history. Incorporating a wide range of materials and mediums, his work explores themes of life's experiences. Over the past two decades, he has been working on a body of sculptures and drawings that evokes memory, loss, and cross-cultural ties.
A number of these pieces are currently on display at CLICK
With sources ranging from the ancient frescoes and mosaics of Etruria, Rome, and Byzantium to Indian and Persian miniatures, from vernacular, hand-painted signage to folk art, Lucy Fradkin's paintings capture timeless moments through a contemporary lens.
Since 1998, she has focused on creating portraits of a broad range of individuals, painted in oil or gouache on paper and board. Consciously rooting her works in the rich tradition or genre painting. She places figures, often women, in domestic settings. Her figures are reticent and static, endowing her scenes with a mysterious and solemn aura. Though her work is clearly inspired by traditional art forms, she maintains its relevance through the quiet presentation of issues of gender and race, informed by personal history.
Fradkin uses color and pattern in her paintings to evoke emotion to tell stories of daily life and to draw the viewer into an intimate world. In many of her works, she incorporates collaged decorative elements, sourced from old catalogs, field guides, and vintage books. By meticulously cutting and pasting significant motifs and images, she develops intricate designs, rendering her surfaces more distinctive and her works as a whole more visually complex.
A number of these pieces are currently on display at CLICK
The scenes Marlene Rye depicts do not exist in the physical world. Each piece is an invention born out of the process, but like a newborn child, is always a surprise. Through pouring and wiping, the application of brayer, palette knife, and sander, and sometimes the sroke of an actual brush, each piece emerges from the white canvas. What coalesces there is an image where time and season, scale and share, become indefinite and fluid. The works are always full of wonderment of nature through a child's eye. As in dreams or memories, everything is brighter, more fanciful, surprising, and magical.
Rye has an AB from Smith College and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been shown nationally and has been accepted into juried shows with distinguished curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim. She has been in 17 solo shows since 1994.
Sean Greene was born in San Franscisco in 197, and rained in Connecticut and Vermont. He moved to New York City in 1992, and received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1996. In 1998 Greene moved to Masachusetts and earned an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2004, where he was awarded a three-year teaching associateship. He lives and works in Florence, MA, with middle grade and children's writer Molly B. Burnham and their two children.
Greene has been exhibited frequently in the U.S., has received grants from the Somerville and Northampton Arts Councils, the Artists Resource Trust, and has been awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship. His work is in private collections in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and France, as well as the corporate collection of Neiman Marcus and the University Museum of Contemporary Art in Amherst.