Northampton Print & Book Fair to Showcase Local Art

Veronica Brown ’16
Associate Editor

On Oct. 4, the A.P.E. Gallery will house the first Northampton Print and Book Fair from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The fair, which is free and open to the public, will feature over 40 artists and small publishers.

The exhibit includes serial publications such as Mossless, a photography publication that was featured at MoMA, and Sharkbite, a zine that the creators describe on their website as focusing on “spatial politics, community, urban resonance and fighting oppressive structural restraints.”
A wide variety of screen-printed posters, monoprints and other different kinds of art will also be available for purchase. The Amherst-based artists known as Glass Press will offer the premiere episode of their show “Grill & Chill” for free to anyone who brings a flash drive.

One of the organizers of the fair, Esther White, said that, although this year’s fair is the first, the organizers are already planning to make it an annual event. “We’re looking at it as a pilot run,” White said. “We got a huge response to our call for vendors, which indicates to us that there is a need for this kind of event in the Pioneer Valley.”

The Pioneer Valley is known for vibrant arts scene and many well-known independent bookshops. Vendors will be traveling to Northampton for the fair from across New England and the Mid-Atlantic Region.

White and her co-organizer, Trevor Powers, have worked on a number of similar projects throughout Western Massachusetts, including the Fugitive Multiples Fair last year in Easthampton and the upcoming exhibition “The Reading Room.” Unlike the Northampton Print and Book Fair, The Reading Room will not sell books. Instead it “will be a curated exhibition of bookworks connected by content, context or materials and methods,” according to White.  

White, who is also an artist working primarily with printmaking, textile dying and needlework, said, “One of my favorite things about this kind of event is that you can meet the artists and talk to them about their work.” In an era when so much art commerce takes place online, White sees “fairs and fests [as] a special opportunity to connect and learn about [artists’] work.”

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