Call to all Artists

We are preparing an upcoming benefit exhibition to support our artists!

Everyone is invited to apply!

Since 2009, The ArtSalon has introduced to the public some of the area’s most vibrant artists. These selected artists present their work in a Japanese style called PechaKucha (pronounced peh-chak-cha) for six minutes; twenty slides for twenty seconds each. The ArtSalon wants to provide an honorarium for these artists for their time and effort. To fund this endeavor The ArtSalon will host its FIRST ANNUAL RED DOT DASH BENEFIT EXHIBITION at the new 33 Hawley Street, Northampton Community Arts Trust Building on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 6-9 pm. It will coincide with the November Arts Night Out, Northampton. Come to our exhibition/party after checking out the gallery openings!

The RED DOT DASH will offer an affordable and exciting way to add to a collection, support art makers (50% of a sale goes directly to the artist), and fund honorariums at the same time! Buyers have the opportunity to acquire original 10” x 10” sized works by established and emerging artists for ONLY $88 EACH. Each piece is exhibited ANONYMOUSLY and is offered on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. The identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased.

Here are the details to participate:

DROP OFF/MAIL WORK to A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, November 3 – November 4, 2018. All work must be delivered/received by November 4.
Friday 12-8
Saturday 12-5

To participate, please download and fill out the forms. You will need them when you drop off your piece. Red Dot Dash Forms (1)

– There is no fee to participate.
– Any and all artists over 18 years old are encouraged to submit ONE original work up to 10”x10”.
– Artwork can be in any medium ON PAPER OR BOARD, including drawings, photographs, paintings, printmaking and mixed media, as long as it is a maximum of 10”x 10″ inches, UNFRAMED. Please indicate TOP with an arrow.
– The exhibition and sale is not juried. All work that arrives by the deadline and meets the submission criteria will be displayed.
– All work will be displayed ANONYMOUSLY, however PLEASE SIGN and PRINT NAME on THE BACK ONLY.
– All participating artists will be listed in exhibition materials.
– Artists will be contacted via email 4-6 weeks after the event regarding sales and collector information.
– 50% of a sale will go to the artist (e.g. $88 artwork sale = $44 to artist via check)
– UNSOLD artwork must be picked up by Saturday, November 17, 2018 at A.P.E. Gallery. If you would like your UNSOLD artwork to be returned, please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope with your piece.

Questions? Email

The ArtSalon goes to Cummington on September 21

6 PM | The event starts with a mixer at Project Art. Refreshments will be provided by The Old Creamery 

PROJECT ART54 Main Street, where you can view GrowlerFest, a celebration of unique ceramic vessels to hold beer – Growlers!


7 PM | The ArtSalon presentations will begin across from Project Art at the CUMMINGTON COMMUNIY CENTER. $5 – $10 Sliding scale admission fee


Presenting Artists:  Cynthia Atwood | Lyn Horton | Alexandra Jelleberg | Peggy Klineman | Mara Superior

A brief Q+A with the presenters will follow the presentations.


Cynthia Atwood received a BA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Kansas and a MFA in Visual Arts/Sculpture from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Cynthia creates objects about the body with sensuous humor and some provocation. She is interested in the unrecognizable, the repressed, and the mystery of our associative, psychological state in regards to our perception of what is beneath our skin? Her work is an exaggerated reference to the body. It reflects the paradox of intelligence opposing bestiality, the body couture.

Lyn Horton received her formal artistic education with BFA and MFA degrees at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. She worked as an assistant to Sol Le Wit and as editor, co-author and executive assistant to Edwin Schlossberg. Her art has been in solo and in group shows throughout the United States and including in Vientiane, Cambodia. Aside from creating art, Horton wrote for nearly all the Jazz Music Publications on creative improvised music, more generally known as avant-garde jazz.


Alexandra Jelleberg grew up and attended college in North Dakota where she received BAs degrees in both painting and ceramics. She continued her studies in ceramics at Newcastle Maine and art history at Arizona State University. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Project Art, where she also works as program director for events and studio happenings as well as gallery associate at Ferrin Contemporary.


Peggy Klineman was born in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her MFA degree in ceramics from the Rochester Institute of Technology and BA degree from the University of Arizona. While living and working as a designer in NY, she studied painting at Cooper Union and at the Art Student League of New York. She now lives and works in Worthington, MA.Klineman has exhibited her work widely throughout the Northeast.


Mara Superior grew up in New York City and studied at The Pratt Institute and the Hartford Art School, received a BFA from the University of Connecticut and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts. Mara was one of the founding partners of Pinch Pottery / Ferrin Gallery in Northampton, Ma. Mara lives and works in western Massachusetts with her husband, artist Roy Superior. She exhibits throughout the United States and is represented by Ferrin Gallery. Her work can be found in many public and private collections including the White House Collection of American Craft, the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC and the LA County Museum of Art.

This program is supported in part by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, by and Fierst, Kane and Bloomberg, and by an anonymous donor to support artist honoraria.

The ArtSalon is a dynamic social evening of engaging presentations by established and emerging artists in the Pioneer Valley. The ArtSalon provides an opportunity for artists and designers of all mediums to present their work and ideas in a format called Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-chak-cha) of 20 slides x 20 seconds each. Come meet and join the artists, creators, critics, and collectors in a friendly, social gathering of conversations about the arts in our community. 

Contact: or visit for more information



The ArtSalon goes to Springfield!

Artists from the Pioneer Valley Present Their Work: Juliet Bacchas, Roberley Bell, Jacin Giordano, Chris Page, Sondra Peron, and John Simpson.  

Thursday May 24th, 2018, at the Mass Life Building, 9th Floor.

6:30pm, Presentations begin at 7pm, $5 – $10 Sliding scale admission fee

Contact: or visit for more information

Juliet Bacchas was a child of the Jamaican countryside, and set her sights high and made it through four years of college. In her second year she was honored to receive a bronze medal form the Jamaican Cultural Development Commission(JCDC). In 2000, Juliet received a silver medal, again from the JCDC. She also received the William Aiken Cash Award in her final year, which helped pay tuition. At graduation she was the first recipient of the Cecil Baugh award of Excellence. She said, “It was an honor to have my medal placed around my neck personally from the Master Potter of Jamaica himself……Cecil Baugh. I will cherish this honor always”.

Roberley Bell spent her childhood in Latin America and Southeast Asia, before returning to the United States to attend the University of Massachusetts and State University of New York at Alfred from where she holds an MFA. Bell is the recipient of many grants and fellowships including the Senior Scholar Fulbright to Turkey which spawned a series of projects in public spaces. She continues to receive residency awards both nationally and internationally. Bell has completed public projects in Lincoln and Cambridge, Mass, in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Kaliningrad in Russia, Salzburg in Austria, and in Istanbul, Turkey. She lives in a rural community in Upstate New York and teaches in the School of Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. Roberley will shortly move to the Pioneer Valley, which she considers her second home.

Jacin Giordano works in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He received his BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Giordano has exhibited in galleries, museums, and art fairs throughout the United States and internationally including deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, The Bass Museum of Art, Harn Museum, The Frost Museum at FIU, Fondation Villa Datris, Frieze Fair, The Armory Fair, Zona Maco, and Art Basel. Although his work sometimes blurs the line between painting and sculpture, Jacin primarily identifies his work through the lens of painting where he is continually interested in deconstructing and reconfiguring the physical possibilities of paint. His work is the result of experimentation and a constant exploration of material, texture and process.

Chris Page is a contemporary artist working in the Amherst–Northampton area of Western Massachusetts creating paintings and photographic sequences in response to walking the land.He is having a dialog between nature and the practice of painting for over forty years. Influenced by the large-scale paintings of the New York art scene including Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, Chris has long been engaged in painting large canvases that navigate and between abstraction and landscape, trying to share his experiences of being in nature. Recently he has added photography as part of his practice. Chris has exhibited widely in museums, galleries and alternative spaces around New England and in Brooklyn, NY and Santa Fe, NM.

Sondra Peron grew up in Connecticut and resides in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is currently on the faculty at Springfield Technical Community College where she teaches photography as well as conducting independent studies with advanced students, and academic advising. Peron has produced a significant body of work using vintage cameras, most notably the Brownie Hawkeye manufactured by Kodak from the late 1940s to early 1960s. Her photography has been exhibited in solo, two-person and group shows throughout New England, Maryland, Tennessee, and China.



John Simpson works as a professional artist since 1988. He apprenticed the renowned artists Gregory Gillespie, Robert Mallary, Shimon Okshteyn and master Kalsang Lodoe Oshoe as well as master conservator Emil Schnorr (Springfield Museums). He is teaching assistant at UMASS Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. He collaborated in special exhibits at the Springfield Museums for the last 25 years, including Kathmandu, Ancient Egypt, the GWVS Museum Art Discovery Center, In the Land of Castles and Kings, Timbuktu and painted the murals inside the Dr. Seuss Museum. John has painted the murals on 31 Elm St. in Court Square, created a moveable Tibetan Buddhist temple and Buddha Shakyamuni statue for the Smithsonian National Folklife Festival in 2000 and is working with MGM Resorts and MGM Springfield Founding member of City Mosaic, along with Evan Plotkin and Mike Cass, Founding member of Springfield Central Cultural District.

A dynamic social evening of engaging presentations by established and emerging artists in the Pioneer Valley