The Life and Art of a Holyoke Treasure Text Size

Event takes place on August 08, 2014 at 5:00 PM
291 Pine Street Holyoke, MA

Ask most people in and around Holyoke who Ed Kwiatowski was and they’ll probably say they don’t know. That’s a shame, because he was a great artist who called Holyoke home. A lifelong resident of Holyoke, Ed was often seen rolling in his wheelchair to go to the corner store. Folks who saw him pass by did not know that in his house he had created amazing art depicting Holyoke – and all accomplished with his foot. But for those who’ve seen his creations, the responses range from “soulful, museum quality art” to “moving” to “amazing!”

Ed’s family will honor him by presenting an exhibit of his art work at the Holyoke Senior Center, 291 Pine Street.  “The Life and Art of a Holyoke Treasure” will open on August 8, with a celebration that same day at 5:00 PM. Those who would like to attend the opening celebration should contact Lois Brown at 413-256-0473 ext. 240. The exhibit will remain on loan at the Holyoke Senior Center until September 29.

At the grand opening some of Ed’s work will be available for purchase to benefit the Stavros Home Sweet Home Program. This program helps people with disabilities by building low cost ramps.  As a matter of fact, that’s how Stavros and Ed became friends. He needed a ramp to get in and out of his house, and Stavros helped him get one.

After that, Ed wanted to help others like him who needed the independence and safety a ramp could provide:  several times he donated art to be sold to help build ramps. “Ed was a generous artist with a creative vision that inspired the mind and the soul” said Lois Brown, Director of the Home Sweet Home Program.  “We are hoping this exhibit will help others see the treasure that Ed was and his ability to depict with passion the beauty, love, and energy that is Holyoke.”

For more information about the exhibit visit: or call Lois Brown at 413-256-0473 ext. 240. 

“The Life and Art of a Holyoke Treasure” is made possible with the generous support of Valley Frameworks (Amherst), the Holyoke Senior Center, and Stavros. 

Stavros is a member agency of United Ways of Hampshire and Franklin Counties.

Posted on July 24, 2014 by