Art Gallery

The Hampshire Council of Governments is pleased to offer exhibit space to artists living and working in the greater Hampshire County Area.

Gallery Exhibits

The Old Courthouse Gallery 
Two Exhibits: Linda Brunelle and Karen Karowski

Linda Brunelle
loved drawing with her younger brother after school when they were latch key kids. Her brother, John Shevlin, is a now a fulltime professional artist in Tampa Bay. He worked as an art director for an ad agency, while Linda went in the direction of business and worked as a Retail Sales/Marketing Manager designing ad campaigns and promotions for Barnett Banks of Florida. Prior to attending graduate school and a career change to public health, Linda returned to drawing to reduce stress and create gifts for friends and family.

Although Linda has had no formal art training, she works in acrylics, pastels, and charcoal. She was awarded a blue ribbon for Best Amateur Artist in 2003 from the Blandford Fair for her still life, Grandmother’s Sink. She has done a few commissioned portraits of family, friends, and pets, but her favorite art to create is pastel landscapes. “Nothing tops nature’s artwork and Down East Maine, the Connecticut River Valley, and my backyard are the landscapes that now inspire me.”
Some of Linda’s art is part of a private collection held in Corea, Maine, while other pieces are displayed at her home. Linda said that she once heard in an art appreciation class that, “art should be unique and something you want to return to.” Creating art is still a way for Linda to reduce stress and appreciate the beauty around her.

Karen Karowski is the Asst. Director of the Hampshire County Group Insurance Trust.  About five years ago, she mentioned to a friend who is a quilter that she might like to try quilting someday.  Shortly after, she presented Karen with a sewing machine and all the tools needed to start and said “Go take a beginner course and see how you like it before you invest in it yourself”.  Karen had never used a sewing machine before, but was hooked right from the start.  They have since spent many hours together on many fun, and sometimes frustrating, projects.

99 Main Street, Northampton. 
Open to the public: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, M-F.

Old CourthouseEnter through courthouse security at 15 Gothic Street. (Pocket knives and cameras are not allowed.)
Most artists will be also participating in the city-wide gallery open house, ArtsNightOut, sponsored by the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce. These open houses are usually from 5 to 8 pm on the second Friday of the month. Occasionally, the open house is scheduled for a different night to avoid a conflict.

ATTENTION ARTISTS: The Council is currently scheduling exhibits of two dimensional artwork. To learn more about having your artwork featured in the gallery here: Art Exhibition Application and Guidelines