For Immediate Release
Event Date: May 24 to 26, 2014
Northampton's Paradise City Arts Festival is "Springtime in
Paradise" on Memorial Day Weekend
Meet over 260 extraordinary artists and master craft makers
traveling from every corner of the country to show off original works in
ceramics, painting, decorative fiber, art glass, furniture, jewelry, metal,
mixed media, photography, large-scale sculpture, wearable art and woodworking.
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Maine woodworker, sculptor and furniture maker Thomas Dahlke's sense
of visual humor extends to tables, desks and cabinets with deer feet,
sheep legs and horses' hooves, all beautifully carved and embellished
with miniature paintings. Each piece in Dahlke's architectural furniture
series is built in the shape of the original historic building, but his
scope extends much further. Whether it's building a circular stair,
figuring out a Charles Rennie Mackintosh chair, or how to make hand-cut
dovetails look like miniature logs, Tom Dahlke loves the challenge of
tough design problems. "Cunningham Fly Cabinet,"storage cabinet for fly
fishing gear. Silver maple, basswood, cherry and river rock. 39" x 24" x
37." Bath, ME; Wood
Northampton, Massachusetts (McKenzieNewsService.com) May 2,
2014 - The award-winning
Paradise City Arts Festival opens
to the public at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, Massachusetts on
Memorial Day Weekend, May 24, 25 & 26 - all indoors and under tents. One of the
most spectacular fairs of fine crafts, painting and sculpture in the country,
this fair was named the “#1 Arts Festival in America” in 2008 by
American Style Magazine.
Meet over 260
extraordinary artists and master craft makers traveling from every corner of the
country to show off original works in ceramics, painting, decorative fiber, art
glass, furniture, jewelry, metal, mixed media, photography, large-scale
sculpture, wearable art and woodworking. Enjoy sensational cuisine by
Northampton's best chefs and catch live performances by nationally and
regionally acclaimed musicians. Stroll through a flowering sculpture garden
filled with artful delights, visit special exhibits, demonstrations and
activities... all compelling reasons to visit Northampton for the long holiday
Fine and functional art are usually taken quite seriously. Why are Paradise
City’s artists up to some serious funny business this spring? “Laughing
Matters!,” the special exhibit in the Arena Building, explores the visual
lexicon of all that makes us smile. From visual puns and exaggeration to satire
and whimsy, this year’s exhibitors prove that a little levity can go a very long
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 spring’s show, using locally grown foods straight
from the Valley’s farms. 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 the Art Steele Blues Band
on Saturday; The Valley Jazz Divas on Sunday; and Viva Quetzal on Memorial Day.
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Ceramist Barbara Mann likes to throw simple, classical forms to
show off her wildly patterned and colored surfaces. She
decorates bowls, platters and tall jars with gingko leaves,
schools of fish, geometric shapes and bold brushstrokes. Her
botanical-inspired lamps with coordinated paper shades would
surely add a wonderful dash of color to your home. Mann says,
"Beauty gives our souls a little refreshment so we can get on
with the more mundane tasks of life." "Purple Brush Strokes
Lidded Jar", wheel thrown clay with layered matte glazes. 7"
dia. x 12"¯ h. Norfolk, VA; Ceramics
Image Giraffe Roams Paradise City! Chris Williams.
Large-scale sculpture dominates the landscape outdoors at the
Paradise City Arts Festival, and more than 260 exhibiting
artists take over four buildings at the Three County Fairgrounds
to provide a comfortable indoor show experience for patrons and
artists alike. This 13-foot-tall bronze Giraffe is by sculptor
Chris Williams. Essex, MA; Sculpture
Join master ceramist and raconteur Tim Scull, star of the WGBY/PBS program
'The Fire Within', as he captivates young and old alike in Booth 700. Tim shares
the secrets of his studio, discusses raku firing and demonstrates his expertise
on the potter's wheel all weekend long.
Roll up your sleeves and learn clay sculpture with Alan & Rosemary Bennett in
Booth 401. A spellbinding teacher, Bennett loves working with children. All ages
can exercise their creativity with clay!
Big Wheel Press gives kids (and their parents) a hands-on opportunity to try
non-digital-age-printing on recycled paper. Using humorous antique engravings as
well as original art carved by Big Wheel artists, you can put together your own
version of 'Laughing Matters.' Create your own coasters and note cards on a
Silent Art Auction Benefit for Cancer Connection
Cancer Connection is a haven where people with cancer, their loved ones and
caregivers learn to cope. Comfort, healing, connection and compassion are
provided through support groups, integrative therapy, creative activities and
education. All services are free of charge. Hundreds of beautiful works have
been donated by the exhibiting artists. Paradise City’s Silent Art Auctions have
raised more than $350,000 for community non-profits over the years.
Admission: Adults: $13.00, Seniors: $11..00, Students:
$8..00. 12 and under free. Three-Day Pass: $16.00. Free Parking. Free full color
program with admission.
will take place in four buildings and under tents, rain or shine at the 3 County
Fairgrounds at 54 Old Ferry Rd., off Rt. 9
Northampton, MA. I-91 at Exit 19 or 20.
When: May 24, 25 & 26, 2014, Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday,
10am-6pm; Monday, 10am-4pm.
800-511-9725 or visit
for show and travel information.
|Bill Chisholm paints luscious portraits of produce.
He sees sensuality in cherries, psychological tension between pears, a
marriage of radicchio heads. The buttery texture of avocado flesh is
laid on thickly with a knife, while fuzzy peach skin requires hours of
dexterous brushwork. "Painting fruit and vegetables offers an endless
exploration into color relationships, from the subtle to the vibrant¯,"
states Chisholm. "When I look back on my paintings, there's contentment,
and a gratification for having stuck with this body of work over time.¯"
"Three Lemons," oil painting on panel. 24"w x 12"h. Somerville, MA;
Furniture buyers flock to Paradise City, Ken Salem
By dismantling barns, homes and other outbuildings
built between the 1600's and 1800's and turning the wood into armoires,
tables and highboys, Ken Salem provides a beautifully crafted second
life for otherwise forgotten wood and helps to conserve the natural
resources in our forest today. Studio Furniture, whether custom-designed
or purchased directly off the floor from an artist, is one of the
best-selling media categories at Paradise City Arts Festivals.
Northampton, MA; Furniture
Media Contact: Linda Post
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.
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30 Industrial Drive East, Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060
Northampton's Paradise City Arts
Festival is "Springtime in Paradise" on Memorial Day Weekend
- The award-winning Paradise City Arts
Festival opens to the public at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton,
Massachusetts on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24, 25 & 26 - all indoors and under
tents. One of the most spectacular fairs of fine crafts, painting and sculpture
in the country, this fair was named the “#1 Arts Festival in America” in 2008 by
American Style Magazine.
It’s a world-class arts festival right in the cultural heart of New England. A
carefully selected collection of 260 artists 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 great fun.
Find original works in ceramics, painting, decorative fiber, art glass,
furniture, jewelry, metal, mixed media, photography, large-scale sculpture,
wearable art and woodworking. $13 adults, $11 seniors; $8 students; 12 and under
free. Call 800-511-9725 or visit
www.paradisecityarts.com for show and travel