We Didn’t Know How to Read But We Knew How To Live | April 15-May 6 2019

Literary works by Newly-Literate Grandmothers from Suncheon, South Korea
April 15-May 6, 2019
Reception: Friday April 26, 2019, 6-8pm
Speaking at the event will be Ms. Okhyeon Na, Director of the Suncheon Picture Book Library

These twenty grandmothers from Suncheon, Korea, did not learn to read and write as children because they were women, they were poor, and they were born in Korea in the early twentieth century. Through a program at the Suncheon Picture Book Library, they had the opportunity to learn much later in their lives and it has given them the ability to express their own life stories through writing and drawing. These Korean grandmothers, who went through life’s trials and tribulations, and survived the historical turmoil in South Korea, tell us their own stories in heart-warming and humorous ways. These are deeply personal stories that they can now write in their own words and pictures. These stories and pictures were compiled and published in a picture book which debuted at the Bologna Children’s Book Festival.

Read some of their stories here

Dog by Sun Jah Jung 9.5x7in crayon

Deborah Rubin | Cityscapes | April 2019

Deborah Rubin has been pushing the boundaries of photo-realism since the mid 1970’s with a focus on nature.  Her large-scale flower works made her one of the most sought-after floral painters in the country. “Cityscapes” is a bold new exhibition of urban landscapes. With their angular lines and flat planes, this series offers a sharp contrast to the organic curves of her well-known trees and flowers.

Please join R. Michelson galleries for the Opening Reception of Cityscapes on Friday, April 12th from 6-8 pm (in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out).

View gallery here.

Mo Willems: Try Being Nice | March 2019

An exhibition to benefit The Northampton Education Foundation.

Occasionally during the roller coaster that was 2018, Mo Willems pulled out his pen and markers as a way to absorb, reflect, and share his thoughts on the events of the day. Try Being Nice collects many of these drawings along with a few signs created for various protests Mo attended throughout the year.

All of Mo’s proceeds for this show will be donated to The Northampton Education Foundation to help supplement programs and activities for the community’s public-school students.

Please join R. Michelson galleries for the Opening Reception of Try Being Nice on Friday, March 8th from 6-8 pm (in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out).

View gallery here.

Mo Willems will not be signing books at this event.

I Voted – Birds, Ink and Marker, 11×15 in














Inner Vision, Outside World | The Works of Vitek Kruta | February 2019

Vitek Kruta’s creations are part sculpture, and part painting. Inspired by the European masters he encountered while apprenticing in the former Czechoslovakia, his work combines the qualities of the vast architectural church murals he would work on with an American landscape tradition.  He refers to these pieces as INSCAPES.  Says Kruta: “Inscapes are the ‘Inner’ works I live in and explore. Some of the qualities they represent are peace, solitude, contemplation, meditation, relaxation, and healing. The door is wide open, inviting the viewer to explore that world with me.”

Please join R. Michelson galleries for the Opening Reception of Inner Vision, Outside World on Friday, February 8th from 6-8 pm (in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out).

See Kruta’s work here.

Paul Mariani – A Celebration | Friday, November 9, 2018 | 6-8pm

Help us celebrate poet and teacher Paul Mariani with an evening of poetry, art, and music. Friends and colleagues will be reading poems, both their own and of Mr. Mariani’s. Stephen Schoenberg will be playing music, and there will be an exhibit of wood engravings by artist Barry Moser, with whom Mariani collaborated on several books.

The author of seven poetry collections and numerous books of prose including biographies of William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, and Hart Crane, Paul Mariani taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston College where he currently holds a Chair in poetry.

See the exhibit here.

Paul Mariani by Barry Moser | Relief Engraving 5×7 in

Quiet Time of the Day | Works by Kathleen Hession | September 2018

Kathleen Hession is a landscape painter and lives in Western Massachusetts. Emphasizing mood and shadow, her work is influenced by the American Tonalist painters. Her paintings are about the quiet time of the day, before dawn and the last minutes before dusk and creates paintings of intimate vistas that are familiar yet mysterious.

Please join us for the Opening Reception on September 14th from 6-8 pm (in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out).

see the show here.

Brightening Skies, oil on canvas,  16 x 10 in. by Kathleen Hession

Hey Kiddo: Jarrett J. Krosoczka with special guest Jeanne Birdsall

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.


See original works inspired by Hey Kiddo here.













Right to Left, What’s Left to Write? | A Dialogue Between Two Cultures | May 11, 12, 13, 2018

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.

Right to Left, What’s Left to Write? Painting by Ernesto Montenegro, Calligraphy by Dr. Foad. Oil on canvas 70×72 in.

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.