Monday, June 1, 2015

Holyoke League of Arts and Crafts


During the month of June, the Wistariahurst Museum will host a spring exhibition of paintings and sculpture by members of The Holyoke League of Arts and Crafts (HAL), with a reception to be held June 14, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Organized in 1923 to promote the arts in the community, the Holyoke League of Arts holds monthly meetings to conduct artist demonstrations, critiques, and group art activities.
In addition to the member artists’ works that will be on display, the exhibit will also include Holyoke’s version of the MassBench project. MassBenches is the first statewide fiberglass outdoor art project of its kind. It celebrates state industry and commerce in conjunction with the arts. Proceeds from the MassBench projects will be used to support the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce Foundation, an organization that offers workforce development grants to small manufacturers in Massachusetts. The Holyoke Bench is a fiberglass casting that acts as a three dimensional canvass rendered or embellished by Art League members, and depicts people, places and things that have meaning in local/regional history. 

Also on display will be the organization’s multi-artist, multi-canvas, depiction of the Norman Rockwell’s “Wet Paint”. Created by members of the Holyoke League of Arts and Crafts during its holiday meeting, this image was developed by 36 individual artists working independently and without knowledge of what the completed painting would represent. Each participant was provided with an 8” x 10” canvas, paint brushes, and an easel, and given 20 minutes to create a replica of the section of the painting they were provided. They painted in four groups of nine artists at a time, while other members cheered them on. Once completed, individual sections were hung on pre-arranged numbered spaces in the gallery. When all 36 canvases were in place, the larger image reveals itself. Gallery hours are Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Admission to the gallery is $3 General / Free for Members
Come and meet the artists at the Gallery Opening Reception on June 14 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Admission to the gallery opening is $3 General / Free for Members

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