New England’s Premier Showcase for Fine and Functional Art

Another sample of what to expect at Paradise City Arts this October in Northampton!
Pictured: 'Tree of Life Menorah' / Cast pewter details and spalted maple / Dimensions: 11.75 x 5" By: Emily Rosenfeld, Florence, MA Photo: Paradise City Arts

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Another sample of what to expect at Paradise City Arts this October in Northampton! Pictured: 'Tree of Life Menorah' / Cast pewter details and spalted maple / Dimensions: 11.75 x 5" By: Emily Rosenfeld, Florence, MA  Photo: Paradise City Arts

Another sample of what to expect at Paradise City Arts this October in Northampton!
Pictured: ‘Tree of Life Menorah’ / Cast pewter details and spalted maple
Dimensions: 11.75 x 5″
By: Emily Rosenfeld, Florence, MA Photo: Paradise City Arts

Paradise City Arts Festival Returns to Northampton finely and functionally!

Northampton, Massachusetts • October 12, 13 & 14 • Columbus Day Weekend

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—The Paradise City Arts Festival marks its nineteenth year as New England’s premier showcase for fine and functional art, with a breadth of exhibitors and activities that will astonish and enthrall you. Cavernous barns are transformed into elegant exhibition halls, remarkable sculptures are installed in beautiful gardens, peaked tents appear, a soundstage is built and local chefs fire up their grills. Two hundred and seventy-five exhibiting artists arrive from every corner of the country – so much talent gathered in one place!

It’s also American Craft Week, bringing together galleries, fairs and fine craft organizations from all fifty states in recognition of the countless ways handmade objects enrich our daily lives and contribute to our national aesthetic and economy. Paradise City is proud to be an official sponsor of American Craft Week.

“Hocus-Pocus!”

This fall’s special exhibit celebrates all that is mystical, magical, mysterious and make-believe. Discover secret compartments, masks, imaginary worlds, trompe-l’oeil, surrealism and fantasy creatures.

Pictured: 'Domingo' Chromira; print/photograph Dimensions: 18 x 22" By: Patricia Wilder, Victor, NY

Pictured: ‘Domingo’
Chromira; print/photograph
Dimensions: 18 x 22″
By: Patricia Wilder, Victor, NY

“Hocus-Pocus!” is the art of the fanciful, unexpected or inexplicable. One example is trompe-l’oeil, or art that fools the eye. Discover secret compartments, masks, imaginary worlds and fantasy creatures. Surrealism fits comfortably into this exhibition.

Some artists are alchemists, visually turning glass into stone, ceramics into wood, or metal into fabric.

“Hocus-Pocus!” brings together dreams, history, storytelling and imagination. Remember, often the joy in art comes from being surprised, both for the artist and the viewer!

Then watch Philip Jacobs, in a perfectly choreographed dance with fire, gather glass from a 2100° furnace onto the blowpipe. Be prepared for a truly magical experience!

Children are invited to create cool imaginary creatures from clay under the guidance of ceramist Alan Bennett. Expect sculpted mermaids, dragons, witches and more.

WGBY Benefit Silent Art Auction

PBS provides multi-media ABC’s for kids, entertainment for grown-ups like Masterpiece Mystery and Downton Abbey, and fascinating scientific, political and cultural programming for all. WGBY Public Television for Western New England receives 100% of the proceeds from the Festival’s Silent Art Auction.

Fabulous food, world-class music …

The Festival Dining Tent always features fresh new menus of sensational food prepared by locally renowned chefs. Tap your feet to a different band every day while you take a culinary trip around the world! Roger Salloom Band, New England Swing & Soul Orchestra and the Valley Jazz Divas are the featured performers.

Admission Information:

Josh Simpson, one of America’s foremost glass artists, will be at  Paradise City in Northampton too.  Pictured: A World-class Glass Artisan

Josh Simpson, one of America’s foremost glass artists, will be at
Paradise City in Northampton too.
Pictured: A World-class Glass Artisan

Adults: $13. Seniors 65+: $11. Students: $8.

Three-Day Pass: $16. 12 and under: Free.

Free Parking! Group discounts available.

Free full color program with admission.

And More!

Live music and fine food under the Festival Dining

Tent • WGBY Benefit Silent Art Auction • Glassblowing demonstration • “Hocus-Pocus!” • Creative

children’s activities • Sculpture Garden & Courtyard

Information: Call 800.511.9725 or visit: www.paradisecityarts.com.