Gallery

The gallery at Artspace is dedicated to showcasing local artists’ work and providing the community with access to incredible works of art of all kinds. We sponsor approximately 6 artists per year and feature a new exhibit every 8-10 weeks. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 12:00 – 2:30 pm and 4:00 – 6:00 pm, as well as by appointment, and access is free for all patrons.

Upcoming Exhibition:

inside art iv: artwork and writing from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

October 30-November 24
Opening/Closing Reception: Friday, November 3, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

The fourth annual exhibit of art and writing by people incarcerated at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office runs at Artspace October 30-November 24, with a public reception Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 pm.

The Elm Street Think Tank is the proud sponsor of inside art iv. We are a group of incarcerated people and community educators who meet weekly inside the jail to have discussions, raise awareness, and work on collective projects. This year’s show features writing and drawings by residents of the jail as well as images created in a class taught in the summer of 2017 by Joan O’Beirne, professor of photography at GCC.

inside art iv calls attention to the approximately 7 million people in the US who are under correctional supervision (imprisoned, on probation, or parole)—and their children. A majority of incarcerated people are parents of children under 18. According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, more than 13 percent of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region have a parent who is or has been incarcerated. Nationally, some children have to pay $1 per minute to speak on the phone with a parent inside.

All the artists and writers in inside art iv will be coming home. Like millions others, they will experience sanctions long after they finish their sentences. In some states, people with a felony on their record are barred from voting—for life. More than 65 million people in the US have criminal records and face legal discrimination in housing, education, and employment. Children with a parent who has been inside are at least three times as likely to become involved in the criminal justice system. Access to nourishing food, education, love, a living wage, affordable housing and medical care, including treatment for addiction, provides the foundation for every person to contribute to society, and reduces the possibility that someone will go—or return—to jail or prison.

For more information please contact:
Revan Schendler rschendl@smith.edu
Joan O’Beirne OBeirneJ@gcc.mass.edu
Andrew Stachiw Andrew@toolboxfored.org

Most Recent Exhibition:
Assemblages by Andy Rothschild

to benefit Traprock Center for Peace & Justice’s 10,000 Trees for Vietnam Project

September 25-October 6
Opening/Closing Reception: Friday, October 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

10,000 Trees for Vietnam is an environmental justice project created in collaboration with the Vietnamese forester Phung Tuu Boi. Its purpose is to restore biodiversity to an area of central Vietnam that was heavily sprayed with herbicides, chief among them Agent Orange, during the American War in Vietnam. This project is a sequel to the Peace Village Project, which raised substantial funds for scholarships for third generation Vietnamese child victims of Agent Orange.