About The ArtSalon

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.

Meet the Committee:

lisa-thompsonLisa Thompson is the Associate Director of A.P.E. She manages all of A.P.E.’s programming and projects and has been instrumental is the formation of the Northampton Community Arts Trust whose mission is to create and preserve affordable spaces for artists into the future.


Eva Fierst

Eva Fierst is Education Curator at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst. Together with Sabine Holub, wife of former Chancellor Robert Holub and a group of friends and artists, she started the Hillside Salon, the predecessor of the ArtSalon. Her previous work experiences include MASS MoCA, the Jewish Museum Berlin, and Smith College Museum of Art. Fierst lives in Florence with her husband Fred.



Elizabeth (Betsy) Stone is a figurative artist who works from her home studio in Florence. The human figure and portrait have been her focus. Recently, her work has migrated off the wall into three dimensions Over the past 20 years she has shown her work both regionally and nationally. Elizabeth has been active in the Valley arts community as a member of the Northampton Arts Council, the board of the Academy of Music Theatre, and as a teacher at Snow Farm, the Center for the Arts, and Amherst Leisure Services. She has curated exhibits at Deerfield Academy, APE Gallery, and the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass. Elizabeth currently promotes the work of Pioneer Valley artists on her weekly WHMP radio art segment and as a member of the ArtSalon team.


Donnabelle Casis is a visual artist​ who lives in Florence. In addition to the Curatorial Committee of the ArtSalon, Donnabelle is also an Advisory Board Member of LiveArt Magazine. She was also the creator/founder and producer of Florence Night Out, an annual community event highlighting the work of regional visual and performing artists. Donnabelle earned her MFA in Painting from the University of Washington and her BFA from the University of Connecticut. Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at national and international galleries and museums.

Photo by Paul Specht.

Scout Cuomo is the Communications Coordinator & Art Administrator for The ArtSalon. She is a full-time artist in the Valley working out of the Art & Industry Building. As an impressionistic and abstract impressionistic full-time working artist, Scout works predominately in the mediums of painting and drawing. She is best known for her “Swimmers” series, which portrays people floating in and exploring life under water. By embedding pigment in thick coats of epoxy, she infuses her pieces with light to create a glass-like gloss. Scout is dedicated to supporting her local economy by collaborating with other community artists and makers, from blacksmiths to graphic designers. A native of Texas, she moved to the Northeast over ten years ago to seriously pursue her art. She’s a graduate of Smith College.