Holyoke Renaissance: Rising From The Ashes

Holyoke Renaissance: Rising from the Ashes

Saturday September 10, 2016 - Saturday October 29, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

a view of City Hall by Deb Dunphy

Frank Lloyd Wright famously said, “The mother art is architecture. Without architecture of our own, we have no soul of our own civilization.”

Three area artists will showcase architecture as art when they present their work in a joint exhibition celebrating the renaissance of the City of Holyoke. The exhibit by artists Debra Dunphy, Nancy Howard, and Kristine Villeneuve-Topor, will feature various views of the old industrial city of Holyoke and its architectural designs.

Each artist has a distinctive style and has taken a different path in honing their artistic talents. Dunphy credits her style to years of teaching both oil painting and pastels in group classes she provides at her teaching studio in the city’s Canal Walk Art District. She is a self-taught artist. Nancy Howard earned a BFA in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design as well as her master’s degree in landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts. She too has done her fair share of teaching and demonstrations, and has a key interest in the role artists play in the vitality of urban life Villeneuve-Topor didn’t begin to pursue her art until her early thirties. She became enthralled by the artistic process and began spending her free time in galleries, museums, and libraries. She learned to draw and paint by studying and absorbing the work of many different artists.

Their work will be on display at the Wistariahurst Museum’s Gallery in Holyoke September and October, with an opening reception on Sunday, September 18 th from 2 – 4 p.m. The exhibit will be opening to visitors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a $3 suggested donation. Painting will include local landmarks and streetscapes from around the city. Holyoke is currently undergoing a transformation that is renewing much of a downtown that has suffered from urban blight for decades. The three woman exhibit is being presented to shine a light on the beautiful art and architecture in the city that is slowly but surely regaining its stature.

This exhibit is supported in part by a grant from the Holyoke Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.