Opening Reception: Holyoke Renaissance: Rising from the Ashes Text Size

Event takes place on September 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM
238 Cabot St, Holyoke MA 01040

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.

The exhibit will run in Wistariahurst Museum’s Gallery from September 10 through October 29. The exhibit will be open to visitors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 2 PM and on Saturdays from 12 PM to 4 PM for a $3 suggested donation. Paintings 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.

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