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 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 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. In addition to showing her work regionally, she is a member of the Northampton Arts Council and broadcasts a weekly art report on WHMP Friday mornings. Betsy teaches drawing at Snow Farm, the Northampton Center for Arts and Amherst Leisure Services.
Fafnir Adamites is the Communications Coordinator & Art Administrator for The ArtSalon. Fafnir holds an MFA degree from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Photography and Women’s Studies from UMAss Amherst. She teaches feltmaking, and other fiber processes at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program, The Academy at Charlemont and in private studios.