NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — It’s been called “a Mecca for art lovers”, “wild and wonderful” and “the coolest collection of for-sale art around.” AmericanStyle Magazine named it the #3 art and craft show in America in 2012, and a Top 10 Arts Festival nationwide for the eighth time. The Paradise City Arts Festival marks its eighteenth 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.
Paradise City joins in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of American Studio Glass with spectacular glassblowing demonstrations all weekend long. It’s also American Craft Week, which brings together galleries and 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.
“Spell It Out!”
This fall’s special exhibition brings together words and pictures for an illuminating show-within-a-show. Artists often make language an integral part of their work. In “Spell It Out!” Paradise City artists combine verbal and pictorial expression to enrich communication of ideas. Of course, silly visual puns and plays on words are part of the process, too!
Children are invited to create note cards and coasters on a 100-year-old press with Big Wheel Press at “Letterpress Alphabet.”
PBS provides multi-media ABC’s for children, 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 is a destination in itself. Tap your feet to a different band every day while you take a culinary trip around the world!
Charles Neville, Roger Salloom, Viva Quetzal and The O-Tones are among the featured performers this October.
The Dining Tent looks out over the brilliant fall foliage-draped hills, and offers up sensational cuisine prepared by some of the region’s most celebrated chefs. Try a little New Orleans at the Eastside Grill, authentic Italian from Spoleto and Pizzeria Paradiso, flavors of the Far East at India House, The Great Wall and Amber Waves and Mexican treats at Mama Iguana’s. Make dessert an all-American treat from Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream.
Dine on fresh lobster rolls and bourbon BBQ short ribs, dim sum and pad thai, spicy burritos and curried scallops, corn “chowda” and cider donuts… just a sampling of the culinary masterpieces cooked up by your favorite chefs at Paradise City. Expect lots of tasty surprises from the chefs at this fall’s show, using locally grown foods straight from the Valley’s farms.
For more information: Call 800.511.9725 or visit: www.paradisecityarts.com.