Moving Up!

Next Steps @ 33 Hawley Street

Just drive by, and you can't help but notice the stunning changes going on at the Arts Trust Building @ 33 Hawley Street. The process of renovation and transformation is well underway, and we are very excited about making the ultimate transition from old space to new. We look forward to having a 1200 square-foot studio/rehearsal space and a state-of-the-art dedicated dance studio open after Labor Day. Feel free to call the office at (413) 584-7327 or email ncfa@nohoarts.org for more details including availability and rental rates. Take a look below for announcements about upcoming events, dance classes and art instruction featuring drawing and watercolor. Check back frequently as we increase offerings.

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8th Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival

ARTS NIGHT OUT: Friday, September 8, 10am-8pm
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Join us for September's Arts Night Out as we welcome a record number of talented artists to create colorful masterpieces in chalk on the sidewalks of 13 (or more!) downtown sites during Northampton's eighth annual Chalk Art Festival. The competitive event kicks off a festive weekend that includes the Northampton Arts Council’s RETROFAIRE on Saturday, September 9.

Drawing takes place from 10 am until 4 pm on Friday. The public is encouraged to watch chalk art pieces develop and to view completed work in the evening while enjoying Northampton’s monthly gallery walk 5-8 pm. Cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 will be awarded by a panel of five judges for the top three creations. Presentations are made by the Mayor on the steps of City ...

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Happier Valley Comedy Show

Saturday, September 9, 8-9:30 pm at 33 Hawley Street. Tickets $13 at the door. More Improv, More Better follows at 10-11 pm. Please use lower level entrance adjacent to FREE parking lot!
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September brings a very special show for you! First up is the debut of the Valley's newest two-person superteam, "We Made a Thing" featuring Scott Braidman and Pam Victor. Then The Ha-Ha's welcome former state representative Ellen Story, who will tell stories of her life, which serves as the hilarious fodder for a series of silly scenes brought to life by the talent improvisers.

Next up is More Improv, More Better, a free opportunity for audiences who are invited to extend the fun after the regular show by sticking around to see a short set by a student group and try out some improv games in an improv jam open to one and all.

Wednesday Dance Classes with Kelly Silliman

A full menu of movement, from ballet to ballroom. 14-week sessions run September 13 - December 13 (Except November 22). See below for class descriptions and registration instructions.
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All fees are $190 per 14-week session. There is a drop-in option of $15 per class for Adult Contemporary Modern and Adult Ballet.

To register, email us or call the Center at (413) 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable in advance by check to "NCFA" and can be mailed to the Northampton Center for the Arts, PO Box 366, Northampton MA 01061. We do not accept credit cards.

Technique with the tinydance project 9:00-10:00 am
Join the tinydance project in their weekly technique class! This mixed-level adult class offers students a chance to move and use their voices from warmups through choreography. Emphasis is placed on healthy ...

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Advanced Modern Dance Technique with Lisa Leizman

Monday evenings, September 11-December 11 (Except October 9 and November 20), 6-7 pm
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Explore a variety of technical skills drawn from modern and contemporary dance, classical ballet, floor barre and more! Moving combinations, floorwork, conditioning and flexibility training encourage healthy alignment and the development of artistry, rhythmic awareness and expression. Fee: $15 single class or $64 8-class card. Cash or check to be paid to the instructor.

Body Structure Fundamentals with Lisa Leizman

Thursday mornings, September 14-December 14 (Except November 23), 9-10 am.
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What do you get when you integrate dance technique with conditioning and flexibility training, principles of structural alignment, and Floor Barre methods? Body Structure Fundamentals! Develop a strong foundation of healthy alignment and deepening physical awareness. All of this while lying down on the floor…Fee: $15 single class or $64 8-class card. Cash or check to be paid to the instructor.

Intermediate Modern Dance Technique with Lisa Leizman

Thursday mornings, September 14-December 14 (Except November 23), 10-11 am
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Explore a variety of technical skills drawn from modern and contemporary dance, classical ballet, floor barre and more! Moving combinations, floorwork, conditioning and flexibility training encourage healthy alignment and the development of artistry, rhythmic awareness and expression. Fee: $15 single class or $64 8-class card. Cash or check to be paid to the instructor.

Drawing for Beginners with Paula Gottlieb

Five sessions on Thursday evenings, September 14-October 19 (Except September 21), 7-9 pm at 33 Hawley Street
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Pink Road by Paula Gottlieb

Have you always wanted to draw but don’t know how to begin? Are you convinced that you can’t be taught? In this class, the fundamentals of drawing will be learned in an atmosphere of encouragement and support. Each week the class will study an element of drawing including line, shape, negative space, value, shadows, blending, edges, composition and perspective, This course is based on the book “Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain” which emphasizes the importance of learning how to see in order to know how to draw. The fee is $190 plus material list below.

To register, email us or call the Center at (413) 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are ...

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Drawing: The Basics and Beyond with Paula Gottlieb

Five sessions on Thursday evenings, October 26-November 30 (Except November 23), 7-9 pm at 33 Hawley Street
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Steady Lane by Paula Gottlieb

Learning to draw is about learning to see and learning the concepts for translating this seeing onto paper. In this class we will work with the elements of line, shape, value, mass and proportion to create the illusion of three dimensions on paper. Through observation of the still life and interior space, we will explore the use of compositional studies and perspective to create depth. The fee is $190 plus material list below.

To register, email us or call the Center at (413) 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable in advance by check to "NCFA" and can be mailed to the Northampton Center for the Arts, PO Box 366, Northampton MA 01061. We do not ...

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Watercolor: The Next Level with Paula Gottlieb

Five sessions on Thursday afternoons, September 28-October 26, 1:30-4 pm at 33 Hawley Street
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Summer Moonrise by Paula Gottlieb

This class is for those who have at least a bit of experience in watercolor. We will work with principles such as paint to water ratios, interaction of paint and water, brushwork, color theory, transparent layering, and the sequence of constructing a watercolor painting. The fee is $200 plus materials list below.

To register, email us or call the Center at (413) 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable in advance by check to "NCFA" and can be mailed to the Northampton Center for the Arts, PO Box 366, Northampton MA 01061. We do not accept credit cards.

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Questions? Email: paulagottliebart@gmail.com

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Watercolor Big & Bold with Deborah Rubin

Five sessions on Wednesday evenings, November 1-December 6 (Except November 22), 6:30-9 pm at 33 Hawley Street
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Birds of Paradise by Deborah Rubin

Learn techniques and theory to create wonderful colorful paintings. Techniques include dry brush, wet on wet, big brush and flat brush. Theory includes color, composition and more. Some demos, some critiques, and a lot of fun! All levels welcome. The emphasis is on "learning by doing," so expect to jump in with paint immediately. Fee is $195 plus supply list below.

To register, email us or call the Center at (413) 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable in advance by check to "NCFA" and can be mailed to the Northampton Center for the Arts, PO Box 366, Northampton MA 01061. We do not accept credit cards.

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First Night Northampton 2018

Performer application deadline is August 31, 2017
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SHOW Circus Studio

Are you a performer who wants to participate in First Night Northampton on Sunday, December 31, 2017? A simple application is posted on the First Night Northampton website. Submission deadline is August 31st.

If you are a performer who has appeared at First Night within the last three years, no application is required. Please email us to let us know you're interested, and we'll follow up with details.

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