Award-winning Pastelist Gregory John Maichack to Instruct

SPRINGFIELD, MASS.- March 31st, 2017 – The Springfield City Central Library on 220 State Street in Springfield will host award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack to present an adult hands-on workshop, “Pastel Paint the 45-Million- Dollar Flower,on Saturday, April 15th, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This pastel painting workshop is designed for beginners up to experienced artists. Seats may fill quickly so please call (413) 263-6828 ext. 221 to pre-register. Participants will freely experiment with hundreds of the artist’s professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper, in this fun pastel painting workshop.

In this new, highly researched workshop, participants have fun producing their own pastel painting of Georgia O’Keeffe’s elegant Jimson flower that sold for $45.4 million. Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1 has been described as a vehicle for pure expression. Mr. Maichack will demonstrate how beginners to accomplished artists can pastel paint easily using techniques of masters such as O’Keeffe. As always, participants will keep their pastel paintings.

Mr. Maichack has been a faculty member of the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle in Springfield, MA; and taught at Holyoke and Greenfield Community Colleges, Westfield State University, East Works, the MFA, Boston, and The Guild, Northampton. Winner of the Award of Merit from the Bennington Center for the Arts: Impressions of New England Show 2003, he also was awarded the Savoir-faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Maichack has been commissioned to paint portraits of past Westfield State University president Doctor Frederick Woodward, as well as dictionary great Charles Merriam for Merriam-Webster Co.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides nearly 5000 educational and recreational programs per year. To learn more, visit www.springfieldlibrary.org.

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Artwork From Homeless Shelter Residents

HCC’s Taber Art Gallery presents exhibit of artwork from homeless shelter residents

Painting from the exhibition: “Untitled #17, Acrylic, by Jaleel Aziz.

HOLYOKE, MA – The Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College is proud to welcome “Impressions of Home,” an exhibition of artwork by residents of Friends of the Homeless, an overnight shelter for adult men and women in Springfield.

The exhibit runs through March 30.

There will be a reception Wed., March 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alicia Shibley, of West Springfield, a 2013 graduate of HCC and an intern and arts program facilitator at Friends of the Homeless, will give a gallery talk at noon.

The art program was developed in 2016 for shelter residents to promote creativity and offer a safe harbor for visual and emotional expression.

“‘Impressions of Home’ explores a theme that is unique for every individual who deals with homelessness,” says Shibley. “It allows shelter residents to share their personal stories of resilience with the community.”

“Impressions of Home” at the Taber Art Gallery is a small showing from a larger collection of work that will be up for auction at the Friends of the Homeless’s second annual fundraiser June 5, 2017, at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.

The Taber Art Gallery at HCC is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during regular school sessions. It is free and open to the public and located through the HCC Campus Library lobby on the second floor of the HCC Donahue Building, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke.

For more information, please contact Amy Johnquest, director, Taber Art Gallery, at (413) 552-2614.


Event Also Honors Pioneering Mason Square Librarians

SPRINGFIELD, MASS.- March 16th, 2017 – The Springfield City Library is reprising one of its most popular events, entitled “My Beloved Springfield: Honoring Pioneering Librarians and Women’s Leadership Panel”. Attendees can explore local leadership development opportunities for women and girls at an information fair from 5:30-6 PM, and help honor two pioneering librarians, Mrs. Bettye Webb and Mrs. Sylvia Humphrey-Spann. Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Humphrey-Spann led the Mason Square (formerly Winchester Square) Branch Library and made it a welcoming, educational, and motivational cultural center for neighborhood residents.

The final part of the evening includes a panel of local women who will discuss their different paths to leadership. Panelists include The Rev. Catharine Cummings, activist and pastor with Wesley UMC in Springfield and Christ UMC in Northampton; Chrissy Howard, Instructional Leadership Specialist with Springfield Public Schools; Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, trial attorney with the Law Office of Tahirah Amatul-Wadud; Natasha Clark, writer, publisher, entrepreneur and founding partner of Lioness, the digital magazine for female entrepreneurs; and Ivette Ramos, Director at MassMutual Financial Group. The panel will be moderated by Decorti Rodgers-Tonge, Chair of the Accounting Department for Bay Path University. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session and light refreshments will be served.

The event is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday, March 30th and will be held at the Mason Square Branch Library, located at 765 State Street in Springfield. Parking is available in lots on Hawley and Monroe streets, and overflow parking at the adjacent Wesley United Methodist Church, accessible by State Street and Monroe street.

Founded in 1857, the Springfield City Library provides nearly 5000 educational and recreational programs per year. To learn more, visit www.springfieldlibrary.org