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KIDS Summer Swim & Dive
When: Apr 29, 2019 12am to Aug 1, 2019 12am in Northampton, MA
Northampton Kids Swim Club 2019
When: May 20, 2019 12am to May 24, 2019 12am in Northampton, MA
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 20, 2019 10am to May 20, 2019 4pm in Northampton, MA
Cost: Museum entrance fees apply.
Exhibition: 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.Artists: Mary Bauermeister, Larry Bell, John Chamberlain, Chryssa, Fred Eversley, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Grace Hartigan, Wadsworth Jarrell, Donald Judd, Mishima Kimiyo, Joan Mitchell, Elizabeth Murray, Louise Nevelson, Irene Rice Pereira, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Alma Thomas and Charles White.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 20, 2019 10am to May 20, 2019 4pm in Northampton, MA
Cost: Museum entrance fees apply.
EXHIBITION: Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials
The story of plastic is as complex as the polymer chains that make up its unique material properties. The exhibition Plastic Entanglements brings together sixty works by thirty contemporary artists to explore the environmental, aesthetic, and technological entanglements of our ongoing love affair with this paradoxical, infinitely malleable substance. Both miraculous and malignant, ephemeral yet relentlessly present, plastic infiltrates our global networks, our planet, and even our bodies.Image: Aurora Robson, Ona, 2014, Plastic debris (PET + HDPE), aluminum rivets, tinted polycrylic and mica powder. Courtesy of the artist.

When: May 20, 2019 10am to May 20, 2019 4pm in Northampton, MA
Cost: Admission fees apply.
Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials
A major loan exhibition which explores the story of plastic, which is as complex as the polymer chains that make up its unique material properties. The exhibition Plastic Entanglements brings together sixty works by thirty contemporary artists to explore the environmental, aesthetic, and technological entanglements of our ongoing love affair with this paradoxical, infinitely malleable substance. Both miraculous and malignant, ephemeral yet relentlessly present, plastic infiltrates our global networks, our planet, and even our bodies.Image: Aurora Robson, Ona, 2014, Plastic debris (PET + HDPE), aluminum rivets, tinted polycrylic and mica powder. Courtesy of the artist.

When: May 20, 2019 10am to May 20, 2019 4pm in Northampton, MA
Cost: Admissions fees apply.
Latin Night Hosted by DJ Alexavier & DJ Chico (21+)
When: May 21, 2019 10pm in Northampton, MA
EEC Pyramid Model Region 1 Cohort Team Meeting
Region 1 programs participating in the DEEC Pyramid Model Initiative are invited to join us for a workshop and opportunity to learn from each other. Hosted by the External Coaches for Region 1 programs, the session will include some Pyramid Model content as well as time to hear about what other programs are doing! **If possible, please register with a team from your program – the more the merrier!

When: May 22, 2019 9:30AM in Northampton, MA
Speaker Sisterhood of Florence MA with Cecile Lackie
Speaking one’s truth, sharing what matters, can be easy for some while challenging for others. Whether speaking up comes easily, triggers fear, or somewhere in between, speaking up takes courage! Courage – – I used to question how others could do some of the courageous things they did and doubted whether I’d be able to do the same. However, when I learned the derivation of Courage means HEART ENERGY, I realized so much is possible when we allow our heart’s desires to speak louder than our mind’s limiting beliefs.Come as a guest to the Speaker Sisterhood of Florence, a club for women to grow in confidence, to discover more of and share what matters to them, to grow personally and professionally…. at each member’s own pace… in a safe and supportive space. Whether you want to become comfortable speaking up, become more effective in sharing a message, practice presentations…. our Club can boost your speaking skills while having fun.What is your heart longing to say or do? I invite you to come on a journey – be inspired and inspire others, have more confidence, meet other amazing women and become a better speaker! You might even find yourself changing the world!!Visit our website: speakersisterhood.comContact me! I'm happy to answer any questions. My email is cecilelackie@gmail.com

When: May 22, 2019 3pm in Northampton, MA
The Northamptones
When: May 22, 2019 7pm in Northampton, MA
Cost:
adv $15 + service fee ($5 web/phone, $2 at counter)   
door $18 cash only at the door.