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Arts Night Out: Art Crawl MICA Edition at Northampton Center for the Arts

Arts Night Out: Art Crawl MICA Edition at Northampton Center for the Arts

Celebrate MICA Artists during Arts Night Out Northampton!

Join us for a vibrant evening of art and music celebrating the creativity of MICA artists. In a special reception at Northampton Center for the Arts and Anchor House of Artists, discover diverse and captivating works. Special performance by Elena Ciampa and Friends.

Read below about our special evening at Northampton Center for the Arts. Click here for the Anchor House of Artist’s Arts Night Out event.

Motherhood Unbound: Navigating Identity, Ambivalence, and Resilience

This exhibition challenges the sanitized image of motherhood, revealing a complex spectrum of emotions, experiences, and transformations. The artists confront themes of loss, self-sacrifice, societal expectations, physical and mental strain, and the struggle to maintain personal identity amidst the all-consuming role of mother.

The artworks range from intimate reflections within a handmade book to bold sculptures exploring the impossible demands of motherhood. We encounter explorations of postpartum mental health, critiques of domesticity, surveillance of mothers, and the blurred boundaries between self and child.

Yet, amidst these challenges, a powerful thread of resilience emerges. Artists find their voices through painting, mixed-media, photography, and installation work. They offer unflinching honesty about motherhood’s complexities, fearlessly exploring the ambivalence that society often silences. Ultimately, they celebrate the creative power that thrives despite, and even because of, the transformative journey of motherhood.

Key Themes:

  • Loss and Longing: Artists grapple with loss – loss of self, loss of a past life, and the profound fear that accompanies pregnancy and motherhood.
  • Ambivalence and Societal Pressure: The exhibit exposes the conflict between the idealized image of motherhood and the raw, often unspoken, emotions surrounding it.
  • Physical and Mental Strain: Artworks visualize the toll of pregnancy and postpartum mental health struggles, highlighting the lack of societal support.
  • Transformation and Resilience: Despite the challenges, artists assert their creative voices, exploring motherhood as a catalyst for personal growth and defying unrealistic expectations.

This visual art exhibit features artists from across the United States, including Boston, Springfield, Northampton, Kansas City, and California.

Painting by Cynthia Zeman, Woman on Couch, 52x58, Oil.

Visual artists exhibiting at Northampton Center for the Arts

Myrrh Brooks | Nancy Bulma Fields | Mayté Castillo | Jill Danenberg | Helen Ellis | Laura Green | Jane Hesser | Lyn Horan| Jane Keddy | Catherine LeComte-Lecce | Lynn Lovell | Isabelle Marantz/IzzyLightScapes| Nilou Moochhala | Emily Mulder | April Powell | Eva Pushkova | Carla E. Reyes | Amber Scoon | Ellen Wetmore | Esther S. White | Cynthia Zeman |                

Image: Painting by Cynthia Zeman, Woman on Couch, 52×58, Oil.

Elena Ciampa side view, sitting with arms crossed on legs

Featured Live Music: Elena Ciampa

Experience the soulful sounds of Elena Ciampa, a pillar of the MICA community since the inaugural MICAfest. Her thoughtful songwriting, melodic arrangements, and expressive jazz vocals will transport you on a captivating musical journey.

A MICA Success Story

Elena’s artistic dreams were given wings at the first MICAfest, where she shared the stage with her 8-piece jazz band. Celebrate her continued growth and be inspired by her dedication to her craft as she shares new music from her current collection, “A Wind in the Door.”

Explore Unique Visual Art

Mingle with fellow art enthusiasts as you explore the work of featured visual artists. Discover a range of styles and mediums that showcase the breadth of MICA’s artistic talent.

[The] inaugural MICAfest was the lever that lifted my dream (8 musicians heavy!) through my mind and out into the world, onto a beautiful stage and into a loving arts community. What more could an emerging artist ask for??!

—Elena Ciampa

Visual Art Exhibition

A Gallery Sneak Peak

This is a free event. Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing below.

M/others Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA) is a mother-led, Western Massachusetts organization strictly dedicated to supporting m/other artists. Your contributions as a paying ticket member are a ticket to saying, yes, I support artist m/others. As a small organization, we appreciate the support of people like you. We thank you for making a tax-deductible donation to MICA to support m/other artists.

This festival is a truly unique celebration. If you know of anywhere else doing a month-long festival supporting, spotlighting, and bringing into the conversation 80 m/other artists, please let us know! Seriously.

VIP Tickets and Monthly passes are also available.

Support artist m/others. Please consider donating to MICA.

MICAfest: The M/otherlode Closing Gala

MICAfest: The M/otherlode Closing Gala

MICAfest: The M/otherlode Closing Gala

Celebrate the culmination of MICAfest in style! Join us for a festive evening of arts, community, and live music at the Northampton Center for the Arts. Experience the artistry of mother creators and savor a delightful evening of connections, conversation, and inspiration.

Featured Artist: Christa Joy

Immerse yourself in the vibrant Americana sounds of Christa Joy and the Honeybees. Their music blends classic honky-tonk with soulful ballads, creating a captivating soundtrack for this celebratory evening. Get ready to tap your toes and feel the energy as you experience their critically acclaimed album “Get On, Heart!” and a sneak peek at their upcoming work.

More Festive Surprises

The evening will also feature:
* An engaging artist conversation exploring the themes of MICAfest.
* Delectable hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to fuel the celebration.
* Reflect on the highlights of MICAfest and honor the celebrated m/other artists

Don’t miss this unforgettable finale to MICAfest! Mark your calendars and join us for a night of music, connection, and celebrating the power of m/other artists.

Tickets Now Available

Buy More, Save More! Save 10% on 2 tickets, 15% on 4 tickets!

MICAfest is a truly unique celebration. If you know of anywhere else doing a month-long festival supporting, spotlighting, and bringing into the conversation 80 m/other artists, please let us know! Seriously.

M/others Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA) is a mother-led, Western Massachusetts organization strictly dedicated to supporting m/other artists. Your contributions as a paying ticket member are a ticket to saying, yes, I support artist m/others. As a small organization, we appreciate the support of people like you. We thank you for making a tax-deductible donation to MICA to support m/other artists.

VIP Tickets and Monthly passes are also available.

Questions about tickets?

For ticketing support, please email us at hello@experiencemica.org.
Mom-ologues Unfiltered: Stories, Poetry and Music Jam

Mom-ologues Unfiltered: Stories, Poetry and Music Jam

Mom-ologues: Unfiltered Stories, Poems, and Music Jam

Ditch the filters and embrace the chaos! Join us for an evening of raw and uncensored stories, poetry, and music that shatter the ‘perfect mother’ myth. Experience the full spectrum of m/otherhood – the messy, the tender, and the downright hilarious – in this intimate and empowering gathering at Anchor House of Artists.

Featured Storytellers & Performers

Vanessa Adel

A writer, educator, and mother of four, Vanessa delves into the complexities of motherhood, social justice, medical challenges, and the fight for a better future. Experience her powerful poetry and monologues exploring the triumphs, struggles, and the essential importance of supporting mothers in their vital roles.

Dorise Heller

Explore a mother’s struggle with postpartum anxiety, the impact of unexpected health events, and the quest for balance amidst the chaos of raising young children.

Jackie Humphreys

Explore the evolution of motherhood through a powerful storytelling performance spanning teen pregnancy to grandparenthood. Personal photos add a visual dimension to this moving journey.

Nancy Carolyn Kwant

Explore the complexities of motherhood, body image, and intergenerational wisdom through a powerful poetry performance inspired by the author’s Colombian heritage, where stories reside in scars and wisdom passes through generations.

Rythea Lee

Connect, reflect, and find empowerment in this captivating performer’s songs, monologues, and message of authenticity, healing, and reclaiming your voice.

Liz Reed 

Laugh, cry, and sing along to songs that reflect the joys and complexities of motherhood, celebrating both tender moments and the challenges parents face.

Arya Samuelson

This moving reading explores the complexities of unexpected pregnancy, abortion, grief, and the transformative power of art and community. The author shares her award-winning essay “I am No Beekeeper,” offering a rare and intimate perspective on an often-taboo experience.

Jessica Genia Simon

Experience a dynamic performance poetry reading exploring parenthood, love, and diversity in a transracial, same-sex adoptive family. The reading features poems from “Built of All I Shape and Name” and new works celebrating the author’s daughter.

Karolina Zapal

Experience a moving reading from “Notes for Mid-Birth,” a book spotlighting Poland’s abortion rights struggle and the powerful Black Protests of 2016 and 2018, seen through the eyes of a Polish immigrant.

This Isn’t Your Average Knitting Circle

“Mom-ologues” embraces honesty and celebrates the multi-faceted realities of motherhood. Join us for an evening of raw stories, connection, and a reminder that you’re not alone in this wild, beautiful journey.

Tickets Now Available

Buy More, Save More! Save 10% on 2 tickets, 15% on 4 tickets!

MICAfest is a truly unique celebration. If you know of anywhere else doing a month-long festival supporting, spotlighting, and bringing into the conversation 80 m/other artists, please let us know! Seriously.

M/others Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA) is a mother-led, Western Massachusetts organization strictly dedicated to supporting m/other artists. Your contributions as a paying ticket member are a ticket to saying, yes, I support artist m/others. As a small organization, we appreciate the support of people like you. We thank you for making a tax-deductible donation to MICA to support m/other artists.

VIP Tickets and Monthly passes are also available.

Questions about tickets?

For ticketing support, please email us at hello@experiencemica.org.
Perfect Imperfections Behind the Facade: an Evening at the Theatre

Perfect Imperfections Behind the Facade: an Evening at the Theatre

A theatre poster of a woman looking at herself in the theatre dressing mirror with a framed photograph of her mother prominently placed.

My Mother Had Two Faces: Reflections on Beauty, Aging, and Acceptance.

A one-woman show by Karin Trachtenberg

My Mother Had Two Faces: Reflections on Beauty, Aging and Acceptance is an autobiographical one-woman dramatic comedy that dares to expose what lies beneath the mask of the perfect mother. Discovering her mother’s diaries after her passing, Karin, the heroine, begins to examine the history of their complicated relationship from the gritty, urban streets of New York to her Swiss mother’s manicured orderliness.

The story follows her mother’s exodus from her homeland to pursue stardom, and how her fixation with beauty and outward appearances influenced Karin’s sense of worth. Engaged in dialogue with her mirrored reflection, Karin wrestles with her own inner demons. What does the mirror uncover when we strip away the makeup?

A humorous and moving journey of self-reflection, this show is sure to resonate with anyone struggling with a conflicted parental relationship. Presented in a pseudo-fairytale style, utilizing multimedia and theatrical masks, My Mother Had Two Faces tips the Disney delusion on its head revealing the enchanting as well as the underbelly. Karin explains “In embodying my mother, an image of the Good Mother/Bad Mother emerged. Introducing theatrical masks is a powerful dramatization of those roles.”

My Mother Had Two Faces has toured Los Angeles, Boston, and New York to full houses and rave reviews and will be in Northampton on May 23rd and then off to The Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

An Evening with Phineas*

We are hoping to do a staged reading by Lyza Fennell (MICA’s founder)

* We’re seeking one or two readers for this staged performance!  Who will be our Phineas? Who will be Pierce? If interested, please contact lyza@experiencemica.org

Prepare for a hilarious and provocative exploration of love, marriage, and desire. Phineas, the enigmatic marriage counselor, turns an unhappy couple’s world upside down with unconventional methods and surprising twists. For mature audiences only!

Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of theatre, which will make you laugh, think, and perhaps even see yourself reflected in a new light. Perfect Imperfections Behind the Facade celebrates our messy humanity. Reserve your tickets today and immerse yourself in storytelling’s transformative power.

Join us for a Q & A discussion after!

Tickets Now Available

Buy More, Save More! Save 10% on 2 tickets, 15% on 4 tickets!

This festival is a truly unique celebration. If you know of anywhere else doing a month-long festival supporting, spotlighting, and bringing into the conversation 80 m/other artists, please let us know! Seriously.

M/others Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA) is a mother-led, Western Massachusetts organization strictly dedicated to supporting m/other artists. Your contributions as a paying ticket member are a ticket to saying, yes, I support artist m/others. As a small organization, we appreciate the support of people like you. We thank you for making a tax-deductible donation to MICA to support m/other artists.

VIP Tickets and Monthly passes are also available.

Questions about tickets?

For ticketing support, please email us at hello@experiencemica.org.
MICA Unveiled: Art Reception at BOMBYX

MICA Unveiled: Art Reception at BOMBYX

Celebrate the artists at BOMBYX.

Saturday, May 25th from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Immerse yourself in a vibrant celebration of artistic talent! Join us at the BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity for the MICA Unveiled art reception with our featured artists. Mingle with fellow art enthusiasts, indulge in delicious crudite and wine, and experience MICA artists’ captivating new works.

Embark on a transformative journey where the human spirit’s resilience confronts life’s complexities. Witness bandages metamorphose into a testament to caregiving, and vibrant colors erupt in protest against injustice. As part of the MICAfest exhibition, this powerful exhibit celebrates women’s strength through the multifaceted lens of m/otherhood. Explore a range of artistic mediums, from mixed-media assemblages that breathe new life into everyday materials to evocative paintings that capture the depth of human emotion. Be prepared to have your perceptions challenged and your empathy ignited as these talented female artists share their intimate experiences, universal themes, and unwavering calls for social change.

Visual artists exhibiting at BOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity

Elena Allee | Christina Balch | S.T. Gately | Robin Griffith | Barbara Hageman Sarvis | Amy Kotel | Sarah Marquesen | Matthew Mattingly | Ellen Pollock | | Alyona Skripka | Jamie Tara | Michelle Vigeant |

A Gallery Sneak Peak

This is a free event. Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing below.

M/others Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA) is a mother-led, Western Massachusetts organization strictly dedicated to supporting m/other artists. Your contributions as a paying ticket member are a ticket to saying, yes, I support artist m/others. As a small organization, we appreciate the support of people like you. We thank you for making a tax-deductible donation to MICA to support m/other artists.

This festival is a truly unique celebration. If you know of anywhere else doing a month-long festival supporting, spotlighting, and bringing into the conversation 80 m/other artists, please let us know! Seriously.

VIP Tickets and Monthly passes are also available.

Support artist m/others. Please consider donating to MICA.