Romancing Northampton—A Historical Perspective

Historic Northampton Museum, Northampton, MA — Feb 10-March 5, 2017

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Burnham Livery & Hack Stable
Our Tribe
Grandma
Baby Takes A Stroll
Sunday Morning Outing
Guzzlers By The Gazebo
Boys Gathering the Hay
Summertime Hayride
The Archery Lesson
Outside the Rooming House
The Deliverymen

You're invited to envelop yourself in the romance of a simpler time. The largely forgotten personal stories contained in these original watercolor paintings portray a world which has vanished from us.

Romancing Northampton—A Historical Perspective

These watercolor paintings are based on black and white archival photos from the museum’s collection. Through these images I create a world which is lively, optimistic and colorful. In my mind’s eye, the photos seem to be about a simpler time, of hope for and belief in America and the future. This seems wonderfully quaint and reassuring indeed!

For sure life in days-gone-by was not perfect, but it appeared, from these pictures, a gentler world. Children played with bow and arrows, young people took hay rides, and grandma sat in her room at night and knitted while kittens played with a ball of string. For a deep reassuring moment, this world is like inhaling something sweet. It seems to me that everyday life can be humdrum, often even absurd. Looking at an idealized past can lend me much-needed context, perspective, and direction. It reminds and reassures me that my life (and that of others) is rooted in a narrative, and that there have been—and will once again be—meaningful moments and experiences. In certain ways I am reminded that life for all of us does not really change, in spite of technology and instantaneous media. The imaginings of times gone by strengthens me and I hope it does so for others.

Stroll Northampton's "Arts Night Out" Friday Feb 10th

​At the Historic Northampton Museum

46 Bridge Street Northampton, MA

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Tel: 413-584-6011

Email info@historicnorthampton.org

Dates: February 10-March 5, 2017

Opening Reception:

Friday Feb 10, 5-8 PM