The ArtSalon goes to Holyoke, March 12, 2020

6:30 pm, presentations begin at 7pm
$5-$10 suggested contribution

Join us at Gateway City Arts at 92 Race Street in Holyoke’s canal area.
And while you are there, visit Judd’s, a new Czech-American restaurant inside Gateway City Arts. Make a reservation before the ArtSalon and receive 10% off your bill!”

Presenting Artists:

Anya Klepacki is a mixed media artist based out of Leverett, Massachusetts. Born and raised in the landscapes of Northampton and the Connecticut River valley, they received a BS in environmental science at Tufts University and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. They have since returned and helped grow and manage Rust Temple, a local affordable micrometropolis renting space for artists, tinkerers, and community members needing private work space, shared access to tools, and immersion in a community engaged in a vast array of activities and interests. Their current personal work is focused on the role fantasy and escapism play in the psyche of young people in the 21st century, faced with uncertain futures steeped in the unprecedented challenges of climate change, mounting inequality, and global resurgence of authoritarian ideologies, and how people can alter their realities using inspiration from their dream

Jason Montgomery is a Chicano/Indigenous Californian  writer, painter, and playwright from El Centro, California. In 2016, along with Poet Alexandra Woolner, and illustrator Jen Wagner, JRM founded Attack Bear Press in Easthampton, MA. Currently, JRM is one of 3 artists in residence for the inaugural Baustein Residency at Readywipe Gallery in Holyoke, MA.  In 2018, JRM’s art was featured at CreativeArts Workshop in New Haven, CT, and his solo show Aqui Y Alla at the MapSpace Gallery in Easthampton. JRM’s plays have been featured in theaters and festivals across the country including numerous theaters in New York City, The Circle X Theatre in Los Angeles, and The Diversionary Theatre in San Diego. In 2019,  JRM’s poem “Sestina for Sacred 7up” was featured in the Western Mass Biennial. In the fall of 2019, JRM released his chapbook “Indians’ Beards Grow Quickly ” through Attack Bear Press. JRM completed graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Department of Theatre and Dance with an emphasis in Playwriting and Chicano Studies in 2006.

Jim Morris received his MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE and Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey. He has received artist residencies at the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Triangle Arts Association in NYC, along with grants from the George Sugarman Foundation, the NEA / Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Neal Parks is an artist, designer and teacher who specializes in client collaborations creating site-specific work for corporate and residential settings. Growing up in rural New England, Neal showed an early proclivity for expressing his thoughts in visual terms. Following his time in art school in the early 1980’s he has lived in various locales around the country and continued to refine the vision of his spiritually evocative paintings executed with oil paint sticks on canvas. Now after 2 decades of living in Western MA his creative urge continues unabated.
Parks has created numerous works for corporate and residential settings from the Silicon Valley to the CT River Valley and beyond. Since 2011 he has been an adjunct art professor at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Ashley Eliza Williams is an interdisciplinary artist exploring new ways of interacting with nature and with each other. In 2017, she moved from Colorado to Massachusetts as a MASS MoCA North Adams Project participant and she has recently attended artist residencies in The United States, Germany, China, and Thailand. In 2013, she received her MFA from The University of Colorado and she received her BA from The University of Virginia in 2009, where she was also an Aunspaugh Fellow. She is a member of Hyperlink Collective based in Denver and The Sprechgesang Institute Collective, based in NYC. Williams’ work is exhibited nationally and internationally. She teaches at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.


This program is supported in part by the Berry Family Foundation, by a grant from the Holyoke Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, and by