The ArtSalon goes to Florence September 22

Thursday September 22, 2016
6:30pm, presentations begin at 7pm
$5 suggested donation
At Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence

This month’s ArtSalon will be at Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence. The evening begins at 6:30pm with mingling and light refreshments, and presentations start at 7pm.
Food and drink will be provided by Hungry Ghost Bread, Ellie’s Oils and Building 8 Brewery.

A brief Q&A period with the artists follows the presentations.

This program is supported in part by an Arts Angels Grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and Fierst, Kane and Bloomberg.

Presenting artists:
David Brewster
Jake Meginsky
Jennifer Polins
Joe Smith
Judith Bowerman
Tommy Elder

BrewsterBorn in Baltimore in 1960, David Brewster earned his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, and has since been invited to paint, lecture, and exhibit throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Brewster’s work has been the subject of over 25 solo gallery exhibitions, and has been reviewed in Art in America, Art New England, Art Scope, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe and The Baltimore Sun. He’s represented in private and museum collections including the Berman Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Orton Foundation, Princeton University Art Museum, the Pennsylvania State Museum, the Wharton School of Business, the W.P. Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University, Brown Advisory in Baltimore, MD, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok, Thailand. He has received numerous awards including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Taconic Berkshire Foundation, as well as fellowships at the Ballingen Arts and Klots foundations. He’s represented by: Chase Young Gallery, Boston, MA; Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; and C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD. Brewster is currently preparing for a retrospective and commission from the Maryland Historical Society entitled, “Maryland’s Current Social History Then and Now” scheduled to open in 2017.

Jake Meginsky

Electronic Musician, Percussionist and Composer Jake Meginsky has collaborated and performed with such artists as Milford Graves, Alvin Lucier, Joan Labarbara, Vic Rawlings, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey, Joe McPhee, Thurston Moore, William Parker, Daniel Carter, Paul Flaherty, Arthur Brooks, Bill Nace, and John Truscinski. David Keenan called Meginsky’s debut 2014 solo record, L’appel Du Vide, “a hallucinatory electro percussion masterpiece” and in the WIRE Magazine review of the album, Nick Cain wrote, “the album uses little more than a couple of sounds, extracting often head-spinning complexity from a minimum of means.” Art In America Magazine says, “Meginsky’s digital concrète takes percussion to outer extremes.” His new solo release, Seven Psychotropic Sinewave Palindromes, was listed in FACT Magazine’s top 25 albums of 2016.



Jennifer Polins is a teacher, mobilizer, movement practitioner and performance maker, bridging somatics -performance practices- and contemporary dance techniques for over 25 years. Jen is the founding director of The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival and is a 2014 MCC choreographic fellow. She has danced professionally in America and Europe, starting with the Joffery Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and then the Zurich Operahouse Ballet companies before migrating to a professional career in contemporary performance art. Jen is specialized in rigorous Improvisational practices and worked closely with many mentors most notably- Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson. Jen is certified in Pilates, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Yoga and Massage. She is a guest lecturer in the Five College Dance department and is currently teaching at UMASS and Springfield College. She is the co founder of Wire Monkey Dance ( where she produced over 20 productions throughout America, Europe and Asia.


Joe Smith lives in Newton Massachusetts and teaches in the Department of Studio Art at Mt. Holyoke College. Born and raised in rural southern Illinois, he graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1980. Since 1982 His work has been exhibited in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Louisville, San Gimignano and Siena (Italy) as well as Schiedam (The Netherlands). His work is included in many private collections including The Edward Broida Trust, the Elaine Dannheisser Collection, and the Jean and Barbara Schwartz Collection. Primarily known as a sculptor, he has been critically reviewed in the NYTimes, Art Forum, Art In America, The Chicago Tribune and Flash Art among other publications.

JBowerman_ threadsXXXJudith Bowerman bio – the condensed version. She was born, she drew with crayons, painted with tempera and grew up.  She went to art school, painted with oils and monoprinted. She got married, made art with her daughters, taught art, painted with oils and monoprinted. She got older and is still painting and making monoprints.


ElderWorld traveler and current Northampton resident Tommy Olof Elder trained as a professional photographer at the Stockholm Photography School in his native Sweden; that was 65 years ago, when one still mixed developers from powders and printed only in black & white. His long career—spanning major changes in the field—has included photojournalism; portraiture; still life, high contrast, manipulation, and theatre photography, as well as slide portfolios for artists. His work is in US and European collections. Tommy now exclusively shoots digital.