Hosmer Gallery

In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Hosmer
1954-1999

August 19 - September 29   World War I Posters from Forbes Special Collections
September 10 - 29   Photographs by Stephen Johnson from Forbes Special Collections
October 2-30   Landscapes by Elizabeth Lehman, Adell Donaghue and Anita Hunt

World War I Posters from Forbes Special Collections

August 19 - September 29

The posters in this display were collected by Forbes librarians between 1914-1920 and are featured to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I. They relate to many facets of the war including recruiting, war bonds and loans, and the home front. Most were printed in the U.S., including some in languages other than English which were designed to reach immigrant communities. There are a large number of posters from other countries as well, with France the best represented in the Forbes collection. The present posters were deacidified and encapsulated for preservation in the 1980s, and are a small sampling of the poster collection.

This statement from the Library of Congress poster collection describes these materials as well:
"During World War I, the impact of the poster as a means of communication was greater than at any other time during history. The ability of posters to inspire, inform, and persuade combined with vibrant design trends in many of the participating countries to produce thousands of interesting visual works. The posters range in style from anonymous broadsides (predominantly text) to graphically vibrant works by well-known designers."

Photographs by Stephen Johnson from Forbes Special Collections

Lobster floats, by U. Stephen Johnson

September 10 - 29

Photographer U. Stephen Johnson was born in 1895 in Enfield, Massachusetts (now under Quabbin) and died in Laurel Park, Northampton in 1960. During the 1930s and '40s he was a professional photographer whose images were published and exhibited internationally. He was also a projectionist at various movie theaters in Northampton.

These photographs by Johnson are on display in honor of the new play, "Nobody's Girl," by Harley Erdman. The play will be presented Oct. 17-18 at the Academy of Music.

The play tells the tale of Mildred Walker, a strong-willed and spirited real-life employee at the Academy in the 1940s who was suddenly promoted to run the theater when manager Frank Shaughnessy was called to military service during WW II. The Academy’s lessees attempted to oust Walker on the grounds that a woman should not be in a managerial position. The case went to court and became a front-page news story.

Johnson presumably met Walker while working at the Academy. He married her in 1949, and he appears as a character in the play.

Johnson's portrait of Mildred Walker, and his own self-portrait, are included among the images.


Landscapes by Adell Donaghue, Anita Hunt and Elizabeth Lehman

Anita Hunt

Elizabeth Lehman

Adell Donaghue

October 2-30, 2014
Reception Friday October 10, 5-8 PM (Arts Night Out)

Anita Hunt's visual tales of dark and light are deeply rooted in the places near and dear to her in rural western Massachusetts. She has been making prints of all kinds for more than 30 years and is currently etching on copper, using traditional methods combined with newer, less toxic materials. Anita is a Past President of the Monotype Guild of New England, a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists and the Boston Printmakers. She is a long time member and instructor at Zea Mays Printmaking, a community of artists dedicated to practicing safer, sustainable processes. She exhibits her work internationally. Recent exhibits include: Stand Out Prints 2014 at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis; 88th Annual International Competition at the Print Center, Philadelphia; Global Print 2013, Douro, Portugal; 8th British International Mini Print Exhibit, London; Delta National Small Prints Exhibition; Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial; 5th and 6th La Biennale Internationale d'Estampe Contmporaine de Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada; New Prints 2010/Autumn and 2010/ Winter, IPCNY, New York, among many others.

Exhibition statement: For the Hosmer Gallery exhibit I will show a selected group of etchings created during the last three years. My recent work acknowledges and mourns the unraveling of nature. The changing landscape reminds me to pay close attention, celebrate the moment and take nothing for granted. These prints express grief and loss, but also posses a deep appreciation for the fragile, temporal beauty that remains.

Having developed a strong sense of place and love of the natural world from her childhood in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, Elizabeth Lehman prefers to paint outside directly in the landscape, usually returning to the same location in different seasons and at various times of day. Her recent work depicts views near her current home in Western Massachusetts along the Connecticut River and neighboring uplands.

Born in Ithaca, N.Y., Elizabeth has an A.B. in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College. Her painting teachers include Marion Miller, Marjorie Portnow, and Richard Yarde. She is represented by the Julie Heller Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

Adell Donaghue shows recent drawings and etchings in graphite, ink, gouache and mixed media.

Exhibition statement: I have taken several cross country road trips over the past several years, in addition to traveling up and down the east coast. My travels along and the interstates in the United States have inspired me to draw and paint the American landscape in my own way. I am moved by the pervasive sense of lost promise, loneliness and deep anxiety that I find along the American highway. I find inspiration in American vernacular architecture and regional signage, including half deserted farms, aging grain silos, and iconic restaurant signage.

Gallery Hours

Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays; closed Saturdays in July & August.

Upcoming Exhibits

2014 NovemberFred Ranaudophotographs: China
  Len Seevephotographs: Vietnam and Laos
  Bill Rowleymacro & plant photography
 DecemberJoan Dix Blairmonoprints
  Annie Bissettwoodblock prints
2015JanuaryForbes LibraryTreasures of Special Collections
 FebruaryMeredith Howe Jonesphotographs
  Edward Losphotograms
  Izudin Lelicphotographs
 MarchLouis Leonehandcrafted wooden vehicles
  Diana MacKenziemixed media: abstract
  Lynne Adamsdrawings
 AprilWalter Cudnohufskywatercolors of Ashfield
 MayNorthampton High School Student Show
 JunePrevention CoalitionPhoto Voice
  Pat Begamixed media
  Akinbo Akinnuoyecollage
 JulyPhyllis Kornfeld, curatorWorks by incarcerated artists
  Leslie Tanegraphic design
  Greg Saulmonphotographs: urban birds
 AugustBeth Filsonscratchboard etchings
  Marjory Lehanpaintings & sculptures
  Dan Chiamisphotographs: dolls & figurines
 SeptemberCarmine Angeloniphotographs: landscape impressions
  Jane Morrisonoil paintings: Greece
  Joan Andersonwatercolor landscape paintings
 OctoberNorthampton Arts Council Biennial Juried Exhibition
 NovemberTracey Ellercollaborative photo portraits
  Leonore Alanizbotanical prints
  Fred LeBlancblack & white photographs
 DecemberJim Schlessingerphotographs: landscape
  Mona Shibermixed media
2016January1 in 8: The Torso Project
 FebruaryLaura Radwelldigital photo abstraction
  Caren Hydeacrylic landscape paintings
  Sandy Walsh oil paintings: nature
 MarchWilbraham Art Leaguemany artists, various media

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For further information, phone 587-1013.