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Event Dates: October 11, 12 & 13, 2014

 

Award-Winning Paradise City Arts Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Remarkable Art, Stylish Crafts, Great Food and Cool Jazz

 

New England’s most exciting and comprehensive arts festival, Paradise City has won many national awards for the quality and diversity of its fine crafts, paintings and sculpture. Founded by two working artists, this event is a unique opportunity to experience an entire festival designed from an artist’s perspective. Held in four buildings and under tents, Paradise City is an experience like no other — beautiful, unique, festive and fun.

 

Jennifer Jordan Park is intrigued by the graphic elements of color and line that she sees everywhere in nature. Imagery inspired by forms and patterns such as nautilus shell, butterfly wings, a caterpillar, or a chysalis are all fair game, and are fashioned into stunning jewelry from enamel, high-karat gold, silver and gemstones. She says, "I love to create abstract compositions that suggest the essence of a particular animal or object. My work employs a variety of techniques, including cloisonné and basse-taille enameling, granulation, filigree and chain-making." "Chrysalis" Necklace, cloisonné enamel in 22K gold with spessartite garnet and pearls. 2.5" x 2.5." Necklace 18 long. Budd Lake, NJ: Jewelry   View Larger Image

 

 

Josh Simpson is one of America's foremost glass artists. His blown glass platters, vessels, and sculptures are celebrated internationally.   View Larger Image

 

Northampton, Massachusetts, August 1, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - The 20th Annual Paradise City Arts Festival opens to the public at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA on Columbus Day Weekend, October 11, 12 & 13. The Fairgrounds are located at 54 Old Ferry Road (off Route 9).
 
New England’s most exciting and comprehensive arts festival, Paradise City has won many national awards for the quality and diversity of its fine crafts, paintings and sculpture. Founded by two working artists, this event is a unique opportunity to experience an entire festival designed from an artist’s perspective. Held in four buildings and under tents, Paradise City is an experience like no other — beautiful, unique, festive and fun.

 

This milestone event is the chance to meet face to face with 275 extraordinary artists traveling from every corner of the country, enjoy sensational cuisine by Northampton's best chefs and catch live performances by nationally and regionally acclaimed musicians. Stroll through a lush sculpture garden filled with artful delights and visit special exhibits, demonstrations and activities... all compelling reasons to visit Paradise City during the peak of New England’s fall foliage season.
 
American Craft Week
Join Paradise City Arts Festival during American Craft Week, when the nation recognizes the countless ways handmade objects enrich our daily lives and contribute to our national aesthetic and economy. Paradise City is proud to be a sponsor of American Craft Week. Founding Director Linda Post says, “In this digital age, dominated by the production of objects without the touch of human hands, American craft makers have actually formed the cutting edge of a new movement. The younger generation, jaded by cookie-cutter products, has embraced the handmade like no other generation since the 1960s!”
 
"Face to Face:" From Portraits to Selfies, the Art and Craft of Making Faces
Through the ages, portrait styles have ranged from realism to cubism to today’s selfie, and manifest themselves in every media. At the Paradise City Art Festival this October, there will be faces in paintings, sculptures and photographs, on clocks and chairs, embedded in jewelry and vases. Funny faces, stoic faces and tranquil faces will peer out at you in the special “Face to Face” exhibit. These faces engage, confront, entertain and provoke, all filtered through each artist’s style and perspective. “Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?” - Pablo Picasso
 
Silent Art Auction Benefit for WGBY Public Television for Western New England
PBS provides multi-media ABC’s for kids, exciting entertainment for grown-ups such as Masterpiece Mystery and Downton Abbey, and fascinating scientific, political and cultural programming for all. WGBY Public Television for Western New England will receive 100% of the proceeds from the Festival’s Silent Art Auction, featuring hundreds of beautiful and valuable pieces donated by the Festival Artists.
 
Fabulous Food and Cool Jazz under the Festival Dining Tent
“The food soars beyond expectations,” writes Boston Magazine. The Festival Dining Tent is a microcosm of Northampton’s vibrant restaurant scene, with recipes that span the globe. Expect lots of tasty surprises from the region’s restaurants at this fall’s show, using locally grown foods straight from the Valley’s farms. Sample exotic curries, pad thai, wood-fired pizza, fresh lobster rolls, pulled pork sliders, dim sum, locavore burgers, overstuffed burritos, mango lassi, warm apple crisp and homemade ice cream.

 

Restaurants include Local Burger, Sierra Grille, Spoleto, Amber Waves, India House, Pizzeria Paradiso, Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream, Mama Iguana’s and the Great Wall.
 
While dining, enjoy live music on the Festival Soundstage every afternoon:
 
Saturday: The O-Tones swing with soulful jazz ballads and punch out fiery Motown and R&B. The six-piece band’s powerful vocal harmonies, driving rhythm section, hot tenor sax, blazing guitar solos and funky keyboards brought them the title “Best Swing Band in the Valley”.
 
Sunday: Roger Salloom brings down the house with his award-winning original music, down-home blues and country rock. He’s played with the likes of The Band, Steve Forbert, Doc Watson and John Prine. Salloom returns to the show with a seven-piece band including some of the region’s most prominent musicians. 
 
Columbus Day: The Art Steele Blues Band is a fixture in the New England blues scene, and Art himself is a poet, raconteur and philosopher. “When we play,” says Steele, “we want to sweep people into our framework, paint a picture in their heads and a feeling in their hearts.” Cap off the holiday weekend with the passion of the blues.

 

Admission: Adults: $13.00, Seniors: $11.00, Students: $8.00, Three-Day Pass: $16.00, 12 and under: free.
Free Parking. Free full color program with admission. Discount admission coupons at www.paradisecityarts.com

 

For more information: Call 800.511.9725 or visit: www.paradisecityarts.com
 
Fast Facts:
What: 20th Annual Paradise City Arts Festival  
275 competitively juried artists from 22 states exhibiting original works in ceramics, painting, decorative fiber,  art glass, furniture, jewelry, metal, mixed media, photography, large- scale sculpture, wearable art and woodworking.
 
Where: In four buildings and under tents, rain or shine, at the Three County Fairgrounds 54 Old Ferry Rd., off Rt. 9.
Northampton, MA, I-91 at Exit 19 or 20
 
When: October 11, 12 & 13, 2014
Columbus Day Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm; Monday, 10am-4pm

 

About Paradise City:

Paradise City produces award-winning festivals of contemporary craft and fine art, showcasing the works of some of America's most prominent independent craft makers, painters and sculptors. 

Paradise City’s shows provide artists with a sophisticated marketplace for cutting-edge work, and are an important resource for serious collectors, homeowners, galleries and decorators. Among the many art media included are works in studio furniture, art glass, large-scale sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and painting. The company produces a glossy color biannual magazine which is direct-mailed to 70,000 subscriber households and distributed at all events.

www.paradisecityarts.com serves as an extensive visual preview for all Paradise City shows, as well as providing an interactive educational resource for both the public and the press. Visitors access product and contact information for participating artists before, during, and after the shows. In addition, registered media regularly access camera-ready images to use in national and local coverage.

 

 

Rich Dunbrack, Sculptural clock armoire constructed of reclaimed wood, architectural findings and found objects; 50" x 9'6 x 24"." Vineyard Haven, MA, Furniture  View Larger Image

 

A perfect example of an artist who spans several media categories, Lisa Fedon works in steel, wood and found objects. Guided by an inner voice and a strong sense of design, she feels that “the intermingling of steel and space evokes the nature of spirit and body, and the connectedness of all things.” She recently completed a series of substantial public commissions for Pennsylvania State University, U.S. Healthcare, the City of Philadelphia and the Central Public Library in Arlington, Virginia. "Keeping Watch" - life size sculpture. Pen Argyl, PA 18072; Sculpture   View Larger Image


Take it Outdoors! Walk to the Northampton Airport from the show to skydive, parachute, take a hot-air balloon ride over the patterned fields, white-water raft on the Deerfield River, hike to the top of Mount Sugarloaf for the spectacular view of the Connecticut River that has inspired artists for nearly two hundred years. Take advantage of miles of bike paths through farmlands, woodlands and along the river, hike the Holyoke Range, rent a pontoon boat for a family cruise on the Connecticut River, picnic and play in Northampton's beautiful city parks, or take your clubs to The Orchards in South Hadley, home of the 2004 Women's Open. The handmade clock is by award-winning furniture maker Mark Del Guidice, a Paradise city exhibiting artist this October.  View Larger Image 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Linda Post or Anne Pinkerton

Email: lpost@paradisecityarts.com

Phone: 800-511-9725

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

Paradise City Inc.

30 Industrial Drive East, Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060

Web: www.paradisecityarts.com

 

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Massachusetts, Northampton, Event Date: October 11, 12 & 13, 2014

Award-Winning Paradise City Arts Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Remarkable Art, Stylish Crafts, Great Food and Cool Jazz

The 20th Annual Paradise City Arts Festival opens to the public at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA on Columbus Day Weekend, October 11, 12 & 13. The Fairgrounds are located at 54 Old Ferry Road (off Route 9). It’s a world-class arts festival right in the cultural heart of New England. A carefully selected collection of 275 painters, sculptors and fine craft makers from every corner of America descend upon Northampton for three days of astounding visual arts, eye-popping design, scrumptious food, fabulous live music and peak fall foliage. New England’s most exciting and comprehensive arts festival, Paradise City has won many national awards for the quality and diversity of its fine crafts, paintings and sculpture. Founded by two working artists, this event is a unique opportunity to experience an entire festival designed from an artist’s perspective. Held in four buildings and under tents, Paradise City is an experience like no other — beautiful, unique, festive and fun. $13 adults, $11 seniors; $8 students; 12 and under free. Info: 800-511-9725 or www.paradisecityarts.com

 

 

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