Artist reception: October 12th, 2018. 6-8pm. In conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out.
Sunday, October 14th from 4-6pm.
Join Jarrett J. Krosoczka as he reads from his graphic memoir—HEY, KIDDO. After the reading, Jarret will be joined on stage by National Book Award-winning author Jeanne Birdsall to discuss writing, children’s literature, and the saving power of creativity.
Book sales by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
★ “Honest, important, and timely.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “A must have, this book will empower readers.
—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “A nuanced graphic memoir…tells a story of identity.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “Krosoczka has meticulouslycrafted a severely honest portrayal of addiction, resilient familial love, and the healing power of art…”
—The Horn Book, starred review
ABOUT HEY, KIDDO:
A true story about how complicated the truth can be.
In preschool, Jarrett Krosoczka’s teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett’s family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett’s life. His father is a mystery — Jarrett doesn’t know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents — two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.
Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what’s going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.
Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important graphic memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.
A performance art exhibit with Ernesto Montenegro and Dr. Foad at A.P.E Gallery at 126 Main St., Northampton, MA (next door to the gallery)
May 11, 5-8 pm, in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out and continued on Saturday May 12, and Sunday May 13, 12-5 pm.
There will also be a display of sculpture from Mr. Montenegro’s flatmensquared series on the main floor of the gallery.
Over forty years ago, sculptor, then painter, Ernesto Montenegro was commissioned to do a series of Renaissance-style paintings for a residence in Boston’s South End. His career has since turned from painting to sculpture and his works can be seen in public spaces across the country including the Gateway to Manchester in NH, the Cyclist in Greenfield, MA, and the 53 foot Ourhandsthenandnow in Claremont, NH.
Dr. Foad fled Iran in the late 1970’s as a 16 year old boy, fearing danger because of his Baha’i faith which was prohibited and was widely persecuted in the new Islamic Republic. He came to the United States and educated himself at Boston University and Harvard University.
Mr. Montenegro has recently re-acquired this series of paintings and is joining with Dr. Foad for an event and conversation about cultural fusion. Dr. Foad will be engaging the audience in a dialogue and with their help will write a narrative over these paintings in the calligraphy of Ancient Persia, his native language of Farsi.
In our time of political polarization, cultural identity has brought with it both opportunity and strife. This event is intended to start a conversation about the nature of those identities and how they can co-exist.
See images of the paintings before their transformation here.
Please join the artists in this important and timely conversation. There will be food, drinks, music, and plenty to talk about.
Now showing. See the works here.
Artist reception: May 11, 2018, 6-8pm. In conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out.
Opening reception Friday April 13th 2018, 6-8pm
In conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out
See the exhibit here.
Artist reception Friday, March 9, 2018, 6-8pm. In conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out. (Mr. Willems will not be signing books at this even)
The last year has underlined the remarkable power of words in our public discourse. These simple collections of letters can be wielded to denigrate and destroy or illuminate and liberate.
This collection of recent drawings is an attempt to grapple with words’ power while retaining a sense of playfulness. Playfulness has power, too, and I fear for its future.
The proceeds of my sales for this exhibit will be donated to The Center For New Americans, to support their language and literacy education.
-Mo Willems, Northampton, MA
Reception: Friday December 8, 6-8pm.
In conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out.
For artists to paint in nature today, though perhaps seen as “traditional” or “retro”, is actually an avant-garde act that is rapidly growing in a resurgent movement. It is a bold statement that flies in the face of pop culture and our societies conditioning of instant gratification and the illusion of separation from nature. By emphasizing the Sacred Landscape in art, we acknowledge our connection to and dependence on Nature and the precarious position of our relationship with Her and perhaps point a way back to honoring Her. –Robert Masla
See the exhibit here.
Join us for the celebration! Sunday, November 12, 2017 4-6pm.
The Eric Carle Museum will be selling books and most illustrators will be in attendance.
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Take a look here.
The Pioneer Valley has seen a tradition of contemporary realism since the emergence of the Valley Realists in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Four contemporary realists carry on that tradition with a range of voices and perspectives.
New works by Rey Milici, Robert Brooks, Randall Deihl, and Nan Hill.
Artist reception: Friday, September 8th, 6-8 pm. In conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out
See the exhibit here.
A celebration of Dr. Seuss with members of the Western Massachusetts Illustrator’s Guild. With the opening of the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, MA, the world is turning all things Seuss. The Western Massachusetts Illustrator’s Guild (WMIG) and R. Michelson Galleries is pleased to present over two dozen hatted cats from the past, present, and the imagination.
Opening reception Friday, June 9th from 6-8pm.
See the exhibit here.