Amherst Historical Society to host Scene in Amherst art show

Date: 10/24/2014

AMHERST – From Nov. 1 to Dec. 13, the Amherst Historical Society and Museum (AHSM) will present its second juried art show, Scene in Amherst, at the Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St.

AHSM is requesting submissions of original works –  painted, drawn, photographed or 3-D, inspired by scenes in Amherst.

“We have wonderful pieces depicting historic Amherst in the museum’s collection,” curator Marianne Curling said. “But we want to see what artists are doing these days. We came up with the overall signature of ‘Art Inspired by Our Town’ and each year will ask artists to work to a specific theme.”

For 2014, Scene in Amherst is both a traditional topic, in its most narrow sense based on recording specific Amherst scenes – and a jumping off point for Amherst inspired extrapolated imagery, “What is your Amherst Harvest?”

AHSM is honored to have Dr. Vanja Malloy, the Mead Art Museum’s new curator of American art, as our juror this year. Malloy brings an eye trained to evaluate art from an international perspective. The awards include monetary prizes of $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. We are also hoping to secure additional award sponsors to increase the pool of prize money.

Submission guidelines and entry forms can be found at the museum’s web site, Works should be delivered on Oct. 17 and 18 from noon to 4:00 p.m. for the juror’s review on Oct. 25. A portion of art sales from the show will benefit the historical society.

This is the second annual art show hosted by the Amherst Historical Society and Museum. An artists’ reception and award presentation is scheduled for Nov. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Strong House. The public is invited to attend both the reception and the art show.

The art show opens in conjunction with the museum’s annual House tour, this year being held on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Amherst Historical Society works to connect people with the town of Amherst, its history, and its culture. It was founded in 1903 by a group of Amherst citizens led by Mabel Loomis Todd to secure Amherst’s history and culture for future generations. Since 1916, our home has been the c. 1750 Simeon Strong House.

The museum will be open Thursday-Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. for the duration of Scene in Amherst.

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