Press Release

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.

 

View Larger Image 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 weekend.
 
“Laughing Matters!”
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 way.
 
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.


View Larger Image 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  

View Larger 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  

 
Family Activities
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 100-year-old letterpress!
 
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.

 

The events 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.

 

Call 800-511-9725 or visit www.paradisecityarts.com 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; Painting

 

 

Furniture buyers flock to Paradise City, Ken Salem booth.

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

 

 Contact & Media Visits  

 

Media Contact: Linda Post

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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Northampton's Paradise City Arts Festival is "Springtime in Paradise" on Memorial Day Weekend

Northampton, Massachusetts - 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 information.

 

 

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