FNO Artists: Sophia Cook

SOPHIA COOK
SophiaCookFNO.jpgSophia Cook has been exploring technologies, humans, and objects. Each work becomes a creature living in a small world. Sometimes their studio feels like a community of creatures chattering with each other. The skin is a body’s largest organ. Every day the skin of living and nonliving things interacts with reality. The skin touches and senses the complexity and habitual nature of life. Sophia’s what happens to you explores the way skin travels, the way it changes over time, and the textures that mark it with life’s repetitive movements and gestures. Skin snares and shares body consciousness. Objects find Sophia and they develop a relationship. They observe how objects live and move and act: the story in a piece of lace, the life cycle of insulation foam, the erosion of a zinc plate. These entities are not inanimate; they are the marrow of the creatures in Sophia’s studio or the topography of their small worlds.

Sophia is a Californian who has been studying art at Hampshire College and graduates this spring.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
I was excited to share my work and also get to see other people’s work as well. Also,  finding new spaces to install work interests me because it always comes with challenges and puzzles that are exciting to figure out.

SEE SOPHIA COOK’S what happens to you
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

1st Floor Studio
30 N. Maple Street
FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

Florence Night Out, May 6, 2016

12783675_1104472499603551_1638131287729634225_o (1)It’s almost spring, and most of the snow has melted, the flowers early spring blooms are coming out, and there is an air around town that spring may have finally put the last nail in the coffin of Winter 2015-2016.

Now that things are starting to warm up, it is time to get out for Florence Night Out! There has been a huge (yuuge?) outpouring of support this year from local businesses and the art community. We also got a grant from Arts Boston and listed on their calendar. From now until the event, we will be posting updates here and on our Facebook page.

See you all May 6th!

 

Soldier On, Veterans to display art at VFW for FNO

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We are very proud to announce that we will be having an art opening downstairs at the VFW for Soldier On and Northampton Veteran Affairs artists. Mona Dudley, Michael King, Dawn LeHouiller and John Dennis will have their work displayed downstairs at the VFW for the afternoon.

“I knew I wanted Soldier On and the VA involved in Florence Night Out somehow. They are an important part of the community, and as a veteran myself, it is important that we honor their service, regardless of how we feel about war. I am very happy that we are able to show some of their work, and I hope people can gain some perspective into their lives through their art.” Joshua Braska, FNO organizer.

Please be sure to come to the VFW to see the display and enjoy some of the local music

“Veterans Community Arts Initiative, Unique Imagery Born of Personal Experience”

HELPING HOMELESS VETERANS TO CHANGE THE END OF THE STORY THROUGH ART 

Soldier On’s Veterans Community Arts Initiative engages homeless veterans in the arts and cultural activities to promote healing and expand veterans’ social and personal networks of support. Soldier On’s mission is to end homelessness among veterans by providing permanent, sustainable, safe and affordable housing that veterans own and operate with support services. Soldier On fosters an environment of integrity, dignity and hope to assist veterans in regaining physical and mental stability, housing and employment. The ultimate goal is to help veterans to become fully enfranchised and contributing members of their community. 

FNO Artists + Performers: Sally Curcio + Anne Seuthe

SALLY CURCIO + ANNE SEUTHE

Curcio and SeutheAntidote: The Heart of the Matter, is Curcio’s and Seuthe’s acknowledgment of the conflicts separating individuals, dividing cities, countries, and nations. This work resulted from the  impulse to take action on an individual level. With Antitode, they heed John Lennon’s succinct and eloquent refrain: “Love is the answer”. To this end, they invite the public to be part of the solution by building together an eight-foot-tall inflated pulsing heart sculpture.

Curcio and Seuthe readily acknowledge that the symbol of the heart in contemporary art, outside the likes of Jim Dine, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst, is considered hackneyed, however for one night, with the help of the public,Curcio and Seuthe will literally and metaphorically breathe new life into this universal symbol of love.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
“We’re drawn to the ephemeral nature of this event. Within a matter of hours, the heart will grow to undetermined proportions. We invite people of all ages to join in this unique experience. It will be fun!”

T-shirts, totes,  stickers, and hand-stamps will be available to commemorate the experience.
Part of the proceeds will be donated to the LennonOno Grant for Peace.

SEE CURCIO + SEUTHE’S ANTIDOTE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
MOBILE ART BOX #3
40 Main Street (parking area by Tranquility Day Spa)

5:30-8:30PM