Art Gallery

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

The Old Courthouse Gallery
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

Gallery Exhibits

Starting August 1, 2104 - Mary J. Hayes

Images by Mary J. Hayes

Born in Paris, Mary was raised in New England and has been fortunate to spend time in many parts of the world. The daughter of renowned sculptor David Hayes and writer Julia Hayes, critics note that she has inherited their talent for seeing fresh, evocative images from nature.

“I became interested in photography as a child when my father set up a darkroom in our home. As time progressed I took pictures to document my hikes and adventures in areas such as Alaska, New Zealand, Ireland, and New England. As with my sculptor father and his work, I take much of my inspiration from nature. I find there is beauty in the grandest of mountains to the smallest grains of sand. I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I have enjoyed taking them.”

Mary has exhibited widely and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times.

Courthouse Lawn Exhibit

Day's End by James Kitchen

Short Bio

James Kitchen has been welding scrap metal into sculpture for the past two decades and continues to gain recognition in the world of fine art, selling to an ever widening circle of collectors nationwide. All of the metal in his sculptures come from local farms, antique stores, auctions, and occasionally a neighbor who leaves a pile of interesting objects in Kitchen’s driveway. Kitchen has a powerful sense of creativity and a nonstop passionate drive, which turns heaps of scrap iron into astounding works of art. He allows nature to mature and nurture his sculptures into a rust patina and does little else to alter the metal. His major work is large-scale; his Day’s End , the winner of this Spring’s “People’s Choice Award for Outstanding Outdoor Art” at Paradise City Arts Fair, sculpture is currently on display at the Old Courthouse Lawn on Main Street in Northampton.

A 35-foot-tall bird sculpture is now permanently installed in downtown Springfield Massachusetts.  It is currently on display with 60 other pieces by Kitchen at 1550 Main in Springfield and 32 more large pieces centered around Main Street as part of a walking tour in partnership with the Springfield BID.

Artist Statement

My art is metaphor.

Each piece arises from an inner intuition that, over the years,
I have learned to trust. I am a voracious reader and take
long walks each day. I observe, think, and allow everything
experienced to coalesce when welding my creations.

Rescuing time-worn pieces of metal, once tools or ancient machinery,
but now found discarded, is a passion of mine. Animating cold lifeless
scraps and instilling a personality or creating an emotional response
when viewed by others is a magical process that I am unable to articulate.

I am a clumsy magician.

A free Day’s End poster can be picked up at the Law Library in the Old Court House or at the Northampton Chamber of Commerce.