Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pope Joan at APE, Northampton, MA

Susan Montgomery's Pope Joan was one of the highlights of the last Amherst Biennial and her solo exhibition on this subject could not have been timed better with the resignation of the Pope.How would the Catholic Church be different - if the church had a woman pope? Montgomery's explores the myth of a 9th century woman pope in her exhibit at APE Gallery<>

Montgomery presents her new body of work, Pope Joan: Omission from March 8 to March 29, 2012, Artist reception on March 8th from 5 - 8 PM.

Susan's work has always focused on the presentation of women in history, culture and our communal memory. Her past topics include Marie Curie, The Radium Girls and various women from literature and fairy tales .Pope Joan first appeared in Pioneer Women at Paper City Studios, Holyoke 2010.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Biennial Artists Awards and Exhibits

 Two Biennial artists, Sarah Bliss & Rosalyn Driscoll were recently recognized  Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships in Sculpture/Installation for our joint project, a sculptural video installation, Poetics of Skin.  Video documentation of our project is viewable on Vimeo at:

Rosalyn Driscoll, Water over Fire - Boston
   Also Sarah Bliss's All the Flesh of His Body, an installationt of sound, video and photographic work will featured at the Sarah Doyle Gallery in Providence Feb 25-March 22, with an opening Thursday Feb 28, 6-7 pm..

   Rosalyn Driscoll has two upcoming exhibits in the region, first  Water over Fire, will be at the Boston's Sculptor Gallery March 7- April 2013, with an opening reception Saturday March 9, 3-6 pm. Also Roz will also be part of Abstraction: New Modernism at Ann Street Gallery, 104 Ann Street, Newburgh, NY. This exhibit opened Feb. 11, with a reception, Saturday, March 2, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Abstraction will be on view until April 2.

   Speaking of the Boston Sculptor Gallery (BSG), Nancy Winship Milliken has recently joined this esteemed gallery and will be creating a huge new installation in Boston this Fall  Her new site-responsive and kinetic light installation. Lighthouse will be on view May-October in Boston's Christian Science Center Plaza. Part of the BSG group show Convergence my 70 ft. wool and sailcloth sculpture will enliven the vast concrete plaza with organic materials responsive to wind and dramatically lit by internal lighting elements. For further details about this installation check out Nancy's website

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Show Me the Love!

Dear Art Lovers,

For the Love of Art, the Amherst Public Arts Commission is launching a fundraising campaign starting today, Valentine's Day to raise the last $3,000 (we have commitments of $7,000 towards the $10,000 purchase price) to make Matt Evald Johnson's sculpture the first public art piece permanently in Kendrick Park, Amherst, MA.

So we re offering gifts to art lovers who help us meet this goal. For donations of $1 - $25, will receive a copy of the poster from the first Amherst Biennial. For the $25 - $99 Art Lovers will receive a copy of the poster and a personalized signed copy of the Biennial catalog by the artist, founder Terry Rooney & Matt Johnson . Donors for a $100 & up will receive a signed Giclee by the sculptor, Matt Johnson.(also will receive special note on Biennial Page as an Art Angel) $1000 donors will be listed on a bronze title plaque of the Portal sculpture in Kendrick Park.

We'd like to thank the Amherst Business Improvement District for their kind support for this project with their committment of $3,500 towards the purchase of this evocative contemporary sculpture. Also the Amherst Cultural Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Anonymous Donors and the Amherst Public Arts Commission for helping make this happen.

If you would like to help = Mail a check payable to Amherst Public Arts Commission:  Amherst Public Arts Commission, c/o Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002

Any questions, contact Terry Rooney -

Monday, February 11, 2013

For the Love of Art

It has been so gratifying the response to the latest Amherst Biennial and that the Town of Amherst is making Matt Evald Johnson's Portal sculpture a permanent installation in Kendrick Park  More good news, the Amherst Cultural council just awarded the Amherst Public Arts Commission a $1,000 grant towards the purchase of this sculpture. This brings the grand total raised to $7,000 with only $3,000 left to raise to make Portal a permanent installation for our community park.We will be launching a fundraising campaign on Valentine's Day. Stay tuned for details.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Big Red & Shiny reviews Biennial

The Amherst Biennial caught the attention of the cutting edge on-line blog Big Red & Shiny based in Boston. We received a light-hearted review by the talented Samuel Rowlett.