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September 2015: GCC Painting Buddies

Wednesday, 9/2 through Sunday, 9/27.

Artists Reception: Sunday, September 13th.

A good community is one that includes a sharing of common attitudes, interests, and goals. That is exactly what the group of women painters–"GCC Painting Buddies"–is all about. Having met within the walls of the fantastic Greenfield Community College Painting Studios, Karen Chapman, Frankie Dack, Penne Krol, Mari Rovang, Susan Valentine and Sandy Walsh have been painting, laughing and sharing advice together for over 4 years. Though the content of their work may not be the same: some are impressionists, some abstractionists and others realists, the group attitude is one of acceptance, support and encouragement.

pictured: Stalheim Norway by Mari Rovang, oil on canvas

Poem & Box

art box

Montage boxes by Lisa Burke, local artist and poet.

Artist Reception:

August 9th, 4-6pm

From the artist:

I believe all things are sacred. For as long as I can remember, I have felt an obligation to what is discarded or overlooked. Broken things; the mundane; the forgotten; mother nature's detritus, and the obsolete, are all important. I do not make a judgement based on societal measures of beauty or rarity of form when choosing what to keep in my studio. These attributes are secondary to a perceived need for their very recognition; my work is a way to showcase the profoundness of the manifested world of things.

I am an untrained artist and poet. I did not consider myself to be either one until it was obvious, by virtue of the amount of time I was spending creating in these forms. This is what I am compelled to do. What you will observe in my show is the results of years of struggle with my identity. And though it seemingly holds little value in the scheme of what we value societally, it represents a strain in me that is unavoidable.



Paintings and Sculptures

Vase of Flowers

Artist Reception: Sunday, July 12th, 4-6pm

Lisa Winter has an MFA in Figurative Sculpture from the New York Academy of Art, and explores human life, both two and three dimensionally.

This exhibit will showcase Lisa’s new series of oil paintings depicting life in Northampton—from strollers in Thorne's market to pedestrians and skate boarders, café goers and visitors to the annual Smith Bulb Show—our local life reflected in oil paint. Also on exhibit will watercolors, painted from life at local truck stops. The delicate medium of watercolor contrasts beautifully with the rugged subject matter of trucks. Lisa Winter's specialty, figurative sculpture, will also be represented.



Pioneer Valley
Chinese Immersion School

Annual Art Show, Grades 1-10
vase of flowers

Artists Reception: Sunday, June 7th, 4-6pm

Featuring giant impressionist paintings and paper collage murals by 9th and 10th grade students, beautiful animal drawings, one-point perspective cityscapes, zentangle drawings and chalk pastel still-lifes by 7th and 8th graders, elaborate marker pattern drawings by 5th and 6th graders and bright and bold oil pastel drawings done by 5th graders, which emulate the styles of Wassily Kandinsky, Wolf Kahn and Franz Marc.


MAY, 2015

William Sieruta


Artist Reception: Sunday, May 10th, 4-6pm

"Thirty Shirts Enveloping Zebras"

This exhibition is a meditation on contour, camouflage, and confluence of line
expressed vernacular within forms and explored through painting and sculpture.

William received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. At SAIC William was able to study with Albert Oehlen and Jim Nutt, and both painters have had a lasting influence on his artistic philosophy. After graduation William spent several years working in the Arts in New York City, as both a studio assistant to Joe Scanlan, and as a Gallery Manager at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn.

William currently lives and works in Leverett, Massachusetts




Steven Stroud

Landscape Paintings


Artist Reception: Sunday, April 12th, 4-6pm

Steven Stroud grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He holds degrees from Drake University and the Art Center College of Design. He served in the US Navy as a graphic artist and photographer.

Mr. Stroud was an Illustrator for over twenty-five years and has done covers of countless bestsellers, including books by Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Clive Cussler and John Sanford. He has done special editions of works by Pearl Buck, John Cheever, William Faulkner, Joseph Heller, Joyce Carol Oates and William Styron. His corporate accounts have included NBC, Pepsi Cola, General Electric, UPS, Omega Engineering and the Department of Defense. He is a past President of the Society of Illustrators and currently serves as a member of the Executive Board. He is also a director of the Henry Carter Foundation, a philanthropic organization whose sole benefactor is the Society of Illustrators. Mr. Stroud's studio has been host to many interns and he has lectured at all levels of education. He was the 2010 Commencement Speaker at the Paier College of Art.

Mr. Stroud is featured in the books The Illustrator in America, by Walter Reed and Knowing Darkness, Artists inspired by Stephen King, by George Beahm.

His love of landscape painting led Mr. Stroud to a second career. For the past fifteen years he has devoted himself exclusively to gallery painting and landscapes. In that time, he has had numerous highly successful group and one-man shows. His landscape work is in the permanent collection of the Florence Griswold Museum as well as hundreds of private collections. He is represented by Newbury Fine Arts in Boston and Tilting at Windmills in Manchester, Vermont.
Mr. Stroud and his wife Nancy have recently moved to Leverett to be near their daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. Previously, they were residents for 36 years of Shelton, Connecticut. Their daughter, Sarah, is a former staff member with the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Their son, Michael, is one half of the band RATATAT.


See Steven Stroud's work at his website: shstroud.com

March, 2015:

Louise Minks' 3rd Annual Student show

snowy cardinal painting
acrylic painting by Dorothy Merriam

For the month of March The Barnes Gallery proudly exhibits Louise's Minks' students' work. Some are new painters and some have been working with Louise for years.

Reception: March 7th from 2-4pm

See more about Louise's work at her Web site: www.louiseminks.com


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