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 have brought you UP CLOSE, a film series created by videographer Nick Verdi. The UP CLOSE Series provides a window into the art practices of Valley area artists through studio tours and curatorial driven interviews. 

We are thrilled to return to in-person programming on February 11th, 2022 at 33 Hawley Street in Northampton! The evening begins at 6:30 and presentations will begin at 7:30.

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.



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.

Amanda Herman lives in Florence and is the Education Curator at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass, Amherst. She holds a MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and has been a visiting lecturer of photography and Social Practice at Smith, Hampshire, Amherst and Mt Holyoke Colleges. From 2012-17, she produced Live Art Magazine, an annual art and music magazine created for the stage at the Academy of Music. She is Vice-President of the Board of Trustees at Historic Northampton and visual arts curator of Florence Night Out, an annual street festival in Florence. She’s committed to building community through art.


Jessica Poser is an artist and an educator living and working in Western Massachusetts. She holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an EdD from Harvard University. She is Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Community Engagement and directs the Studio Art Program at Springfield College. She is also the Director of the William Blizard Gallery. She is a member of the artist collective Habitat for Artists. She was an artist in residence at Mass MoCA and has exhibited widely throughout the Northeast.


Priya N. Green is a visual artist who lives in Springfield. She shows her work both nationally and internationally at various galleries, museums, and art fairs. She received a BFA from Rutgers University and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received a graduate fellowship in Painting. Priya has previously served as a board member for the Bing Arts Center. She currently teaches studio art at various colleges in the region.



Maddie McDougall is an artist, community organizer, and educator currently based in Easthampton. She earned a B.S. in Art & Education at Springfield College. After serving as a Visual Arts Educator in Springfield Public Schools, she founded Resilient Community Arts, a non-profit working to sustain efforts for social progress and equity through affordable arts programs. Her personal artwork spans across mediums and often focuses on social and political themes. She is currently the ArtSalon Communications Coordinator and Administrator.