Wednesday, October 1, 2014

City of Holyoke Begins Christmas Tree Selection Process

The City of Holyoke Tree Selection Committee invites city residents who wish to donate a tree for possible selection as this year’s City’s Christmas Tree to contact the Mayor’s Office at (413) 322-5510.

Trees must be located within the city limits and must be easily accessible and away from electrical lines.

The deadline for tree submissions is Wednesday, November 5 at 4:00 p.m.

Holyoke’s Annual Tree Lighting Event will take place at City Hall on Friday, November 29, with activities from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Tree lighting will take place at 5:15 P.M. at City Hall and Santa will arrive this year on the Pioneer Valley Railroad at Heritage State Park at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Award Winning Local Author/Artist Dean Nimmer Releases Second Book

Dean Nimmer has been selected as the 2015 Massachusetts Art Education Association Community Arts Educator of the Year in recognition of his significant contribution to the field of Art Education in Massachusetts.

Coinciding with this newest award, Dean’s second book, Creating Abstract Art: Ideas and Inspirations for Passionate Art-Making, will be available in bookstores on October 3. Now in pre-sales on Amazon, with over 5,000 copies sold, booksellers large and small have picked it up across the country, including Barnes and Noble and Walmart. It is completely unheard of for an art book (described below) to sell that many copies before it's release, says the publisher, North Light Books. The book also achieved a 4.9 of 5-star rating on Amazon with RAVE reviews from pre-sale customers – “Brilliant!” – “Lightening in a bottle!” – “A must have!” – “The real deal!” – “Inspiring!” – “Go for it!” Based on current sales and reviews, Creating Abstract Art, is the highest rated and best selling new art book in the United States and England right now!

Going far beyond standard notions of developing an abstract style or particular look, Creating Abstract Art unleashes the numerous possibilities that abound in your creative subconscious, with 40 exercises exploring original ideas and inventive techniques for making abstract art, and highlighting 50 contemporary artists sharing diverse work and viewpoints on the process of working abstractly.

Dean’s passion lies in the creative process, believing that the action of art making will enrich our lives and bring us joy. And his message to those struggling with self-doubt and blocked creativity is, “The only thing you can do wrong in art is to not make art.”

Despite his success as an author, Dean is quick to point out that he’d rather be making art than writing about it. “I am an abstract painter,” and I develop my work out of pure instinct and intuition without a pre-planned vision of what my pictures should look like. Though I don’t set out to depict a figure, still life or landscape, all of my work derives from my direct experience of the world that is reinvented and filtered through my imagination. The highest compliment anyone can pay me as an artist is to say that they feel like making something after seeing my work.”

Professor emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Art, Dean Nimmer continues to have an extraordinary career as a teacher, inspiring his students with his energy and passion for the creating. After teaching painting, drawing, and printmaking for 34 years in Boston, he moved to Holyoke and began teaching at Holyoke Community College as well as offering lectures, workshops and demonstrations at universities and arts organizations in the U.S. and aboard.

Additionally, sales continue to be strong for Nimmer’s first book, Art From Intuition: Overcoming Your Fears and Obstacles to Making Art (New York: Watson-Guptill, 2008), currently in its fifth printing, also a 5-star rated book.

Previously, in 2010, Dean was given the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award by the 16,000-member, College Art Association, which represents, promotes and advocates for the visual arts nationally and internationally. In addition, Dean was honored with the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award in the fields of Art and Art Education from the University of Wisconsin and he’s listed in the current addition of Who’s Who in American Art. Dean has exhibited his paintings, drawings and prints in over 200 exhibitions across the country and in Europe, China, Japan and Australia.

Polish Flag Raising at City Hall

Tomorrow at 11 AM, the Polish Flag will be raised at City Hall in recognition of Polish Heritage Month. The flag-raising ceremony will include the singing of the Polish national anthem, and a proclamation from Mayor Morse.

What: Polish Flag-raising

Where: City Hall, 536 Dwight St., Holyoke MA

When: October 1, 11:00 AM

Mayor Morse to welcome Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement 11th Annual Conference to Holyoke

On Thursday, October 2, at 9 AM at the Holyoke Senior Center, Mayor Morse will welcome the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement's 11th Annual Conference. This year's event is hosted by the Holyoke Police Department. For more information on the event, visit

What: 11th Annual Conference of the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement

Where: Holyoke Senior Center, 291 Pine Street 

When: Thursday, October 2, 9 AM

Huge Housewares Sale at Mother Mary's

October 7-11, 2014.

Mother Mary’s will have a huge housewares sale all week including dishes, knick-knacks, picture frames, book shelves, lamps and end tables on sale.
Cash and carry items will enjoy a 15% discount, with layaway items a 10% discount (new layaway only!).
Buy any 5 items listed above and get the 6th free! (Item of lesser value is free)
Please stop by and check out our large stock.
Every purchase helps those in need!

Mother Mary’s is open Tuesday –Friday 11-5pm, Saturday 11-3pm.

Providence Ministries provides much needed basic needs services to the Holyoke community and surrounding areas.
During business hours call Ray with any questions 536-5200.

Friday, September 26, 2014

“Home Movie Day” Coming to Holyoke Library

Saturday, October 18th is the day and Holyoke Public Library is the place where you can bring your home movies to share with others and sit back and relax as you enjoy the home-grown productions created by some of your neighbors in our state of the art community screening room.

What is “Home Movie Day? It is a celebration of amateur films and film making held annually at libraries, community centers and theaters worldwide. Home Movie Day activities provide an opportunity for individuals and families to see and share home movies with an audience from their community. It is also an opportunity to discover why people care about these films and learn how best to care for and preserve them.

Home Movie Day is open to everyone. There are no entry fees or other charges. To participate, movies must be in one of the following formats: VHS, 16mm, 8mm, or Super 8mm. Drop off time for the movies you wish to share and show is from ll:00 AM to 12:45PM on October 18th. A screening of portions of all the films will follow at 1:00 PM. Coordinators for the event are Eileen Crosby, Holyoke Library Archivist, ( and Jeremy Smith, Library Board member (

Home Movie Day was started in 2002 by a group of archivists concerned about preserving an important aspect of 20th century culture that was in danger of being lost due to age and changing technology. These archivists were aware of the treasure trove of amateur films, many of which may never have been seen due to lack of a projector, or out of concern for the film’s condition. They also recognized that many people were transferring their films to videotape or DVDs, under the mistaken assumption that this would preserve them for a longer period. Film stock actually has a longer lifespan, when properly stored, than videotape or disc-based media.

Watching home movies can be a fascinating opportunity to relive treasured family memories, witness changing landscapes, and see unique perspectives on historic moments. Local events are covered in many different ways. Weddings, graduations, reunions, major events such as floods and fires, parades, high school football games – the list is endless, and each film is important. Because these films focus on local people and events they touch on community history in a very special way.

For more information or questions about including your films in the October 18th showing at Holyoke Public Library, please contact Library Archivist Eileen Crosby at 413-420-8107.