: John Gnatek

Nobody knows the area better than John Gnatek. As a teen he started doing murals for the Big E and he has been documenting the region ever since. For over 50 years John has created a lasting visual record of the changing seasons and transforming storefronts that we in Western Massachusetts call home.

John was born and raised on a small farm in Hadley, Massachusetts. It was here that he and two of his brothers, Michael and Frank, studied under local artist Stephen Hamilton of Amherst and began their careers in art. R. Michelson Galleries is proud to present a new body of his work depicting our ever-changing Pioneer Valley.

“My father would take my brothers, Frank and Mike, and me for walks up to the Summit House in every season. We would see old apple trees and fence posts where once was a pasture. Everything is overgrown now with trees. We would go several times a year. Every season had something different to see. My brother Frank and I would go up at different times of the year because every season there were changes everywhere to view. I have painted views from the Summit House looking north and south. Looking at the Oxbow and looking west across to the Connecticut River into Northampton, MA, the views are interesting and forever changing!”

See more of John’s work here