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When: Apr 29, 2019 12am to Aug 1, 2019 12am in Northampton, MA

Paradise City Arts Festival

New England's most extraordinary collection of 250 painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, glassblowers, furniture makers, clothing designers and more - juried from every corner of America.

Enjoy sensational food by local chefs in the Festival Dining Tent, the romantic exhibit "Fully Engaged!" and a sculpture promenade.

Wood turning demonstrations, a sculpture workshop for children and a participatory silk marbling booth round out the day for the whole family.

Not to be missed, the Memorial Day Weekend event features three days filled with a breadth of exhibitors and activities that will keep everyone enthralled and entertained.

Free Parking.

Inside three airy buildings and under the big tent.

Tickets: http://bit.ly/ParadiseCityNohoTIXs19

When: May 25, 2019 12am to May 27, 2019 12am in Northampton, MA
Cost: Adults $14; Seniors 65+ $12; Students $8; Children 12 and under free.

Exhihition: Alma Thomas: the light of the whole universe

The works in the gallery are largely from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The period was defined by the civil rights and feminist movements in the U.S. and by anti-colonial and independence movements around the world, including the two-decade long Vietnam War. While artists like Charles White and Wadsworth Jarrell saw figuration as a way to advance political and social causes, others, such as Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam, Joan Mitchell, Ibrahim El-Salahi, and James Suzuki, embraced abstraction. Whether they made figurative or abstract art, these artists worked both in and against modern art at a time when positions of power and influence were predominantly occupied by white, straight, and Euro-American men.New materials developed during World War II (1939–45) also transformed art in these decades. For example, Philadelphia’s Rohm and Haas (now The Dow Chemical Company) applied lessons gleaned from one of its wartime acrylic products—Plexiglas—to develop acrylic paint. The invention of this highly saturated, quick drying, plastic-based paint, employed by Alma Thomas, Helen Frankenthaler, and Sam Gilliam, radically changed the way artists worked once it became commercially available in the 1950s. The use of translucent plastics by Fred Eversley, Larry Bell, and Louise Nevelson in addition to experiments with the shape and finish of metals by Michelangelo Pistoletto, Donald Judd, and John Chamberlain show just some of the ways artists exploited the creative potential of these new materials.Image credit: Alma Thomas, American, 1891–1978. Morning in the Bowl of Night, 1973. Acrylic on canvas. Purchased with the Hillyer-Mather-Tryon Fund, the Madeleine H. Russell, class of 1937, Fund, the Kathleen Compton Sherrerd, class of 1954, Acquisition Fund for American Art and the Dorothy C. Miller, class of 1925, Fund. Image courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

When: May 26, 2019 10am to May 26, 2019 4pm in Northampton, MA
Cost: Museum entrance fees apply.

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About Northampton, MA
Northampton Massachusetts is a vibrant small city that feels like a small hometown with several distinctive village centers. Northampton is home to the prestigious Smith College and Smith College Museum of Art and downtown is vibrant from the presence and influence of young women and the professors that lead them in their academic journey.

Northampton is known as the #1 small arts town in America with a bustling downtown day and night offering a wide selection of restaurants and coffee shops as well as antique stores. Here you will also find museums and theaters as well as clubs and street musicians.

It is located in western Massachusetts at the foot of the Berkshires. Northampton is only 93 miles west of Boston and north of Springfield.

The local events are someting not to miss including the Taste of Northampton featuring the best food of the area. The Summer Sidewalk Sales offers great products and savings along the sidewalks of downtown Northampton. The Three County Fairground hosts many events including a number of Horse shows and the famous Three County Fair.

Relax at Look Memorial Park or bike the Norwottuck Rail Trail and enjoy the scenic views of the Connecticut River. Northampton is a destination that will please everyone!