Art museum – Southeastern Quilt Museum Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:27:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Art museum – Southeastern Quilt Museum 32 32 Athol Daily News – Lawsuit halts plans for new art and museum venue in New Salem Thu, 29 Sep 2022 16:04:45 +0000

NEW SALEM – The New Salem Museum and Academy of Fine Art is ready for operation, but has not obtained a certificate of occupancy – which the owners believe will not be secured until a lawsuit in the New Salem Lands Court status will not have been resolved.

Husband and wife Vincent and Laura Barletta purchased 37 South Main St. from Vincent’s mother about 2 1/2 years ago in hopes of displaying their art collection for public enjoyment and host events for a fee. But some townspeople worry about noise pollution, alcohol consumption and environmental impacts.

A lawsuit was filed in state land court about a year and a half ago by scorers Steven and Jane Schoenberg, Peter and Sandra Fisher, Dorothy Johnson and Susan Arnold, who objected to the special permit issued to the Barlettas by the Planning Board, which is listed as a defendant with the Barlettas. Johnson is listed as a plaintiff but died in February.

New Salem building inspector Phil Delorey said the Barlettas had all necessary permits but no certificate of occupancy for the museum portion of the building due to issues with the facility’s septic systems. However, there is a certificate of occupancy for the upstairs living space.

But the Barlettas said the city board of health approved the systems. Attempts to reach members of the health board were unsuccessful on Tuesday. Vincent Barletta believes the New Salem city attorney — Mirick O’Connell Law Firm — advised Delorey not to issue a certificate of occupancy until the lawsuit was heard, which , according to Barletta, could take up to three years. Delorey declined to comment further.

The Barlettas provided the Greenfield Recorder with a walking tour of the three-story facility on September 22.

“The majority of the pieces in the collection are by living artists, and most of them are under, I would say, 55,” Laura said. “There is a bit of everything. We have modern things, very technical things.

A painting studio on the top floor is expected to be the site of workshops conducted by the artists who feature in the Barlettas’ collection. According to the institution’s website, the academy’s program “will be based on the concept of a graduate program, where students can immerse themselves in the various techniques presented throughout the collection.”

Vincent, owner of Barletta Engineering/Heavy Division in Canton, said his parents bought the building in 1988, which once housed a dormitory and home economics teaching center for New Salem Academy, where his grandmother Vincent Barletta was a student. The school closed in 1969.

There is an entrance/exit on the south side of the building, with merchandise on display and a reception. The Great Hall, as Vincent’s parents called it, has a piano as well as the first paintings that guests will see. Laura Barletta said there are approximately 70 suspended pieces that will be shot.

“We’ll just wait and see… how many people end up passing through,” she said.

The central gallery on the first floor was once a salon, where the Barlettas had their wedding reception after getting married in a church down the street. Laura explained that she and her husband had been collecting art for about 15 years, ever since they traveled to New York for a birthday and bought an original painting by Michael Klein which they saw and are fell in love.

Klein is now the director of the museum, and he and his wife, Nelida, live upstairs as 24-hour caretakers.

Some pieces by Michael Klein hang on the walls of the museum. One such work is a 2010 piece depicting a reclining man deep in thought.

“He’s my stepfather,” Klein explained. “He built my studio in Argentina and they have 10 children. The story behind the photo is that he is thinking of family. It’s called “Without work”. He’s laying there, thinking about how he’s going to support himself.

The Barlettas’ collection also includes an original piece by Andrew Wyeth from 1993 entitled “Marriage” and an original portrait by John Singer Sargent from 1898 entitled “Mrs. Charles Anstruther-Thomson. The Barlettas, who live in Weston, hope these works paintings by famous painters will attract visitors to the gallery to fall in love with newer artists.

Laura said she would like to rename the galleries in the building following significant monetary donations.

The establishment has already hosted three students – two Americans and a German attending the Florence Academy of Arts in Italy.

More information is available at

Contact Domenic Poli at or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum and Seneca Art & Culture Center host conference Tue, 27 Sep 2022 13:12:19 +0000

The 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum and Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan Present: Laurence Hauptman, Scholar of Seneca History and SUNY New Paltz Professor Emeritus

The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, titled “Reflections on a 50-Year Journey Through Haudenosaunee Country: Major Insights Gained on the Six Nations,” at the Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Rd 41 (Boughton Hill Rd.), Victor, NY, 14564. Several of Prof. Hauptman’s books will be available at the Ganondagan Gift Shop.

For fifty years, Laurence M. Hauptman, SUNY Emeritus Professor Emeritus, has dedicated his academic career to writing about the history of the Six Nations, namely the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Senecas, and Tuscaroras. He discovered key documents in archives and libraries from California to New York, Ottawa, Canada and Washington, D.C. He conducted interviews with elders who shed light on the history of these nations. In his speech, he will share insights he has learned and used in his extensive writings and expert testimony in court and before committees of the United States Congress. Dr. Hauptman was honored by the Seneca Nation of Indians, who conferred on him the name “Haiwadogêsta”, which means “interpreter” or “one who straightens or explains words”.

The Seneca Arts & Culture Center “realizes the vision of a permanent year-round interpretive facility in Ganondagan telling the story of Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) contributions to art, culture and society for over 2000 years to the present day. It is located within the Ganondagan State Historic Site, a New York State Historic Site and National Historic Landmark.

The Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum “preserves and interprets the 1816 Meetinghouse as a national site of conscience and a cornerstone of historic movements for equal rights, social justice and peace, including the rights of Native Americans, African- Americans and women, encouraging visitors to explore equality, justice and peace in their own lives.” Our mission has been fulfilled for more than a decade through educational and artistic programming in partnership with sister sites and venue partners, such as Wood Library.

The 1816 FQMM has been selected for a National Park Service Historic Preservation Grant, which, in combination with other grants and donations, will support the full restoration of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse (located at 230 Sheldon Road, Farmington, NY, 14425), leading to the full realization of our mission.

This and all of their programs are free and open to the public thanks to support from Humanities New York and funds from our generous donors. Donations are welcome. Our mailing address is PO Box 25053, Farmington, NY, 14425, and our email address is

]]> The Cummer Museum in Jacksonville shines a light on black children Sun, 25 Sep 2022 09:10:03 +0000

You have to look very closely at the artwork in “Deborah Roberts: I’m” to tell what’s painted and what’s pasted.

Roberts’ show runs at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens until December 4. The show features large multimedia portraits of black children, with their bodies painted on canvas and their faces reconstructed from color and black-and-white photos, all set against a plain white background.

Another series from the show uses the same technique, but places it on a black background. A third is made up of enlarged printouts of black names that Roberts typed into a word-processing program, only to have them flagged with wavy red underlines that denote a spelling or grammatical error.

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