About The ArtSalon

A newcomer to the ArtSalon?

Traditionally, The ArtSalon gives artists of many disciplines a forum to present their work and discuss their artistic process with the public through Pecha Kucha style presentations. This format allows the artists to present for about 6 1/2 minutes each, followed by a Q & A with the audience. This ongoing series of live oral presentations about creativity, process, and finished work reveals the liveliness of contemporary visual arts in Western Massachusetts.

In 2020, due to the COVID 19 crisis, all of our events were postponed, however we are delighted and excited to be bringing you a series of videos, UP CLOSE, that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home, studio, office, or wherever you see fit. The UP CLOSE Series provides a window into the art practices of Valley area artists. Through studio tours and curatorial driven interviews, these films, created by videographer Nick Verdi enable The ArtSalon to expand its mission to a virtual platform. By engaging artists in a conversation about their work in this short film format, we hope to give the community an opportunity to see how artists are surviving in this deeply challenging time.

We look forward to bringing you more in person presentations in the future when it becomes safe to do so. 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. .


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.Donnabelle promotes the work of Pioneer Valley artists on her weekly WHMP radio Art Beat segment.

Kevin Pomerleau is a visual artist and printmaker located in Northampton, Massachusetts; with a BFA in printmaking from the University of Massachusetts Amhert. He currently divides his time doing various media, administrative and assistant work around the Pioneer Valley as well as creating his own work at Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence.
Kevin produces etchings of contemporay textiles in their natural spaces from important/relevant times during his last three years in the Pioneer Valley. His works deal with finding the beauty in everyday moments that have become crowded by moments of intensity. Kevin is the ArtSalon Communications Coordinator & Art Administrator.