Monday, April 11, 2016

The Holyoke League of Arts and Crafts (HAL) is pleased to once again hold its annual spring exhibit at the City’s Wistariahurst Museum.

Organized in 1923 to promote the arts in the community, the Holyoke League of Arts and Crafts holds monthly meetings to conduct artist demonstrations, critiques, and group art activities. Their annual spring exhibition will consist of sculpture and paintings done by member artists.

Wistariahurst is a cultural and educational center owned and operated by the City of Holyoke and supported by Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst. Wistariahurst is dedicated to preserving Holyoke’s history and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events.

Under the direction of Wistariahurst Director, Kate Preissler, and HAL President, Debra Dunphy, the annual exhibit, which features sculpture, painting, photography and other forms, returned to the Wistariahurst last year after a short absence. The exhibit will be installed in the Museum’s parlor gallery space, which is used to showcase local and contemporary art at the historic estate.

“Having the Holyoke League of Arts and Crafts Annual show, which showcases so many great local artists, at Wistariahurst is such a perfect fit,” says Preissler. “The range and quality of the pieces make a great show and the art is coming from members of our own community.”

Dunphy is retiring from HAL leadership at the end of June, moving on to explore new creative endeavors. She is pleased to have helped bring the HAL exhibit back to Wistariahurst, and will also be taking part in the museum’s Garden Art Fair on April 30th- May 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A free, public opening reception for the Holyoke exhibit will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Wistariahurst Museum 238 Cabot St, Holyoke, MA.

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