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Print Shop Soft Opening

The Holyoke Creative Arts Center has expanded its programming to a second location just down the street from its primary Dwight Street facility. Located on the first floor at 62 Main Street, HCAC has opened a cooperative Print Shop to hold classes and to run as a shared collaborative workspace for community use. Made possible by the Massachusetts Cultural Councils’ Adams Arts Grant, which encourages arts organizations to create economic engines, the Print Shop is the latest project of HCAC’s four-year running creative economy initiative, the ARTery, which is dedicated to providing development resources to Western Mass artists and entrepreneurs.

The Print Shop makes available wide-format and thermal printers, vinyl cutters, high-definition photo printers, 3D printers and scanners, copy machines, and a variety of finishing, mounting and office equipment. Members can produce signs, posters, flyers, banners, stickers, t-shirts, photographs, and much more.

An official grand opening is slated for the summer; currently the shop is in a beta test phase. We are signing up pilot members, and we have started to offer small certification classes and workshops for those who cannot wait and are willing to put up with a shop in flux. (A current creative business sharing the space is moving to a new location later this spring). Pilot members are assisting in drafting policies and procedures while HCAC tests the equipment, figures out suppliers, and waits for the entire space to become available.

The Print Shop cooperative is not only a cost-saving method and support mechanism for artists, crafters and entrepreneurs, but helps HCAC save on its own marketing expenses as it generates much needed revenue for the entire organization. Another exciting development has been local businesses and regional cultural organizations registering as HCAC Members in order to use the new facility.

If you are interested in learning more please contact jeff@holyokecac.org or sign up below.

HCAC Welcomes New Faculty

Holyoke Creative Arts Center would like to welcome several new instructors to the faculty this Spring. While we all wish Marsha Molloy a speedy recovery, HCAC is pleased to announce that Timna Tarr and Yvette Taylor will be covering Monday and Tuesday’s quilting classes. Mrs. Taylor will also be launching a Sewing Basics class on Thursday mornings designed as an introduction or refresher to the essentials of sewing for those looking to move on to a more advanced class like our open quilting studio – and both are planning to coordinate weekend workshops.

Timna Tarr comes from a long line of quilters but did not begin quilting until after studying art history in college. Timna’s own award-winning quilts have been seen in numerous books and national quilting magazines. She is an in-demand speaker and teacher throughout the northeastern United States. Timna is a member of her local quilt guilds, Hands Across the Valley Quilters Guild and the Northampton Modern Quilt Guild. www.TimnaTarr.com

For Yvette Taylor sewing and quilting are both a hobby and a passion. A lifelong Holyoke resident who has been sewing and quilting for over 50 years, she has taught classes privately and at the YMCA. She enjoyed meeting with a weekly quilting group at College Church in Northampton for 10 years.

The HCAC is also excited to have Ms. Leann Gonzalez onboard. Ms. Gonzalez will be conducting a Sewing Basics class entirely in Spanish. She was born in Puerto Rico where she worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years. Her inspiration from a young age was sewing and embroidery; inspired by her parents whom she helped with small projects. After leaving Puerto Rico, Ms. Gonzalez taught in the Holyoke Public Schools, from which she retired after 28 years of service. Today, Ms. Gonzalez continues working her passion, and she would like to inspire others in the artistry of sewing and other crafts as part of her cultural legacy. The skills she intends to help others develop will allow them to acquire entrepreneurial knowledge that can generate income, confidence, and visualization.

Joining our faculty as HCAC’s new Print Shop instructor is Adam Mission. Nothing like the shop teacher you may remember, Adam is an easy-going, Holyoke native with over 20 years in the commercial printing and sign-making industry. He is a talented graphic designer, well-versed in both traditional and modern practices, excited to share his craft.

Fellow Holyoker Josh Taylor can also be found at the Print Shop as our 3d Printing guru. Josh is a talented artist of many mediums both traditional and digital. He has innate skills with computers and affinity for emerging technology. In addition to producing unique mixed-media paintings and sculptures, Josh has made a career as a professional photographer, portrait retoucher, photo-framer, filmmaker, graphic designer, and commercial printmaker. 3D Printing class will be offered later this spring and summer.

Along with a fully equipped studio, local photographer and HCAC Board President, Jeff Bianchine brings digital and studio photography courses to HCAC’s catalog. Jeff received a BFA in Film, Photography & Visual Arts from Ithaca College in 2001. After school, he worked for several high-volume school picture companies, built his own portrait studio in downtown Holyoke in 2009, before serving as City of Holyoke Creative Economy Industries Coordinator from 2012-16. He has recently re-opened the studio as a shared makerspace for the photo industry, and a place for HCAC to hold classes.

And last, but certainly not least, HCAC welcomes Dan Battat. Hampshire College graduate and founding member of the Brick Co-workshop, he has been blowing hot glass since 2006. Dan has since become a master of handmade glass art and stemware, specializing in goods for your home and kitchen. His work can be found at www.battatglass.com. He has been awarded the Harold Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Spirit Award and Grant, the Social Venture Fund Grant and the Tim Harkness Fund Grant for the construction of a sustainable furnace. Dan is also an art teacher at the Care Center in Holyoke and on the Board of Directors at HCAC.

Sewing en Español at HCAC

The HCAC is excited to announce that later this spring it will be offering Sewing Basics classes taught entirely in Spanish. This 4-week introductory class will get students started with the basics of operating a sewing machine, working with patterns, experience with the different fabric options, and off and running to measure, cut, and assemble your projects. If students already know how to sew but would like to try a more advanced pattern, we have a patters available or students can bring it to class for the help they need. This is a great way to learn a new skill or become reacquainted with an old one. It is also a good way to ease into one of our Open Studio Quilting Classes.

Retired HPS faculty member Leann Gonzalez will teach the class two days a week. Ms. Gonzalez was born in Puerto Rico where she worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years. Her inspiration from a young age was sewing and embroidery; inspired by her parents whom she helped with small projects. After leaving Puerto Rico, Ms. Gonzalez taught in the Holyoke Public Schools, from which she retired after 28 years of service. Today, Ms. Gonzalez continues working her passion, and she would like to inspire others in the artistry of sewing and other crafts as part of her cultural legacy. The skills she intends to help others develop will allow them to acquire entrepreneurial knowledge that can generate income, confidence, and visualization.

Being in the heart of a city that is 50% Spanish speaking, it is important that HCAC works to make programming available to all of the community. This is another step of many we have made recently to be more accessible and of value to the Latino community in Holyoke. Our website is now translatable, we have translated brochures and development resource materials, and HCAC worked with several organizations to lend our placemaking tools like pop-up tents, lighting and audio equipment for cultural events. We look forward to seeing where this new programming leads.

HCAC adds “Sewing Basics” Class

Have you ever wanted to make a quilt or a simple sewing project, but didn’t know where to start? Or looking to dust off your sewing skills but need the tools and a little guidance?

Join us at HCAC for a 4-week introductory class that will get you started with the basics of operating a sewing machine, working with patterns, experience with the different fabric options, and off and running to measure, cut, and assemble your projects. If you already know how to sew but would like to try a more advanced project, we have a pattern for you.  Have a project you need help with? Then bring it to class and get the help you need.

This is a great way to learn a new skill or become reacquainted with an old one. It is also a good way to ease into one of our Open Studio Quilting Classes.

 

REGISTER HERE:

THURSDAYS (10am-1pm) IN MARCH

THURSDAY (10am-1pm) IN APRIL

 

Required Supplies for this program:

  • A discussion of materials will be included in the first class.  Instructor will have samples and assorted types of fabric to show.
  • Student will choose to work on one of the following projects:

  • Row by Row / Charity Quilt

  • Pillowcase

  • Lined Tote
    • cotton or heavier fabric such as denim
    • 1/2 yard cotton of cotton or heavier fabric
    • 1/2 yard complimentary cotton fabric for lining
    • 1/2 yard heavy fusible interfacing
    • 42″ of canvas strap

  • One Block Star (for more advanced students)
    • cotton or flannel fabric
    • 31/2 yards background fabric-small print or neutral fabric to match prints being used
    • 11/8 yards small print-center star and pieced border
    • 7/8 yard large print for outer star that coordinates with small print
    • 3/4 yard-solid print for middle star and binding
    • 4 yards backing fabric-this can be bought after top of quilt is completed
  • OR … students with some prior experience may bring their own project and materials
  • In general sewing machines, cutting boards, and rulers are available for your use during class. All other tools, materials, and other sewing needs are the student’s responsibility to bring to class such as a rotary cutter, scissors, thread, patterns, etc.

 

CALL FOR DONATED (PRINT SHOP) EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

The Holyoke Creative Arts Center (HCAC) has opened a cooperative Print Shop located at 62 Main Street in downtown Holyoke. The HCAC Print Shop is a collaborative workspace that gives artists, small businesses, entrepreneurs, community organizations, and crafters access to a do-it-yourself commercial printing facility, along with other shared business tools and amenities.

The HCAC is seeking donated items that relate to the shop’s co-working mission; general office machines – things like computers (Mac & PC), scanners, laser printers, and related supplies. Refer to the list below for supplies needed for the machines already in the shop; but also HCAC would like to expand the Shop’s production capabilities with additional gear like – large format (11×17+) printers of various methods (old and new), etching, engraving and printmaking equipment, laminators, binding machines, 3D printers, paper cutters, paper folders, and so on.

Please NO JUNK. It doesn’t have to be brand new, or even look pretty, just as long as it is in good, working condition, especially if it has proven it can take a beating.

HCAC is a 501(c)3.  All donations are tax deductible.

To schedule a drop off or pick up, or for more details about HCAC and the Print Shop, contact Jeff Bianchine at jeff@holyokecac.org 

Seeking for Supplies for:
Xerox Phaser 3450
Xerox Phaser 8560
Brother HL CW-3070
HP Color Laserjet 3500
HP OfficeJet Pro 8600
Epson SureColor P800
XYZ da Vinci 1.0 A0i 3d Printer
Roland VersaCamm Sp-540i
Gerber Edge &  Gerber GSx

HCAC seeks Quilting Instructor(s)

Now Hiring: Quilting Instructor(s)

The Holyoke Creative Arts Center seeks one or more qualified Quilting Substitutes to cover already scheduled Spring classes while our regular Quilting Instructor is on long-term leave. Classes are run in an open studio format, the instructor works one-on-one with students of all levels. Subject to candidates’ availability and proficiency, there is also the possibility of offering additional classes, as well as bilingual and/or Spanish classes. See current class schedule below. An expertise in quilting is required, and some teaching experience is preferred. Pay: $20-25/hr. Please send resumes and inquires to jeff@holyokecac.org

Spring 1 Session (March-April)
Mondays: 10am–1pm & 5:30pm-8:30pm
Tuesdays: 9am-12pm / 1pm-4pm & 5:30pm-8:30pm

Spring 2 Session (May-June)
Mondays: 10am–1pm & 5:30pm-8:30pm
Tuesdays: 9am-12pm / 1pm-4pm & 5:30pm-8:30pm


Holyoke Creative Arts Center (HCAC) is a non-profit community organization that has provided adult art education to Western Mass for nearly a century. Learn more at www.holyokecac.org

Holyoke Social Enterprise Receives $14,000 grant

Holyoke, MA – Women in Holyoke working to improve their lives and their community with creativity and entrepreneurship received welcomed news this week. The Beveridge Family Foundation, which has continued the charitable legacy of Frank Stanley Beveridge in Hampden and Hampshire Counties since 1947, has awarded community-based organization Tejo Holyoke $14,000 to continue their work that supports increased self-sufficiency for women in Holyoke.

According to Wikipedia, a social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being—this may include maximizing social impact alongside profits for external shareholders.

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Tejo Holyoke is a start-up, social enterprise where participants design, manufacture, and sell woven products made from recycled fabrics on antique looms. Women taking part in Tejo Holyoke have access to free craft workshops and English classes in an environment that provides opportunities to exercise creativity and develop leadership, entrepreneurial and workforce skills.  Those who choose are trained in the weaving process from start to finish, enabling them to create unique handmade items which they are paid for on a commission basis.

Erica Perez, a Tejo member originally from Honduras commented, “For me, having arrived here recently and not knowing anyone, it’s been an amazing source of support, both personally and professionally, it’s so motivating to be around women who are fighting each day to make the difference, to do something for themselves and the world.”

As the Tejo project works to incorporate formally, the Holyoke Creative Arts Center (HCAC) acts as its fiscal agent. The HCAC is a non-profit organization known in Western Mass for providing quality instruction in the traditional craft and industrial arts for nearly a century. Recently, a series of Adams Arts Grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council has allowed HCAC to expand its mission to incubate creative economy initiatives like Tejo Holyoke.

“Being able to receive an award like this is why social enterprises like Tejo need the support of an established institution to get off the ground,” said Board President Jeffrey C. Bianchine. “The work they are doing is critical to our city’s success, it uses the creative economy to do that, so we didn’t think twice when asked to help. ANd now, we plan to develop this cooperative incubator idea to support more programs that encourage homegrown social entrepreneurs.”

Tejo Holyoke was founded in 2013 by resident Katy Moonan, who has worked to shape the program alongside many volunteers and weavers, including co-organizers Pastora Torres, Jessica Roman, Peggy Shannon and Nancy Evans. In the fall of 2015, the project took a huge leap forward when a partnership with Old Holyoke Development Corporation and the HCAC enabled Tejo to set up shop in an unused facility located at 207 Elm Street.

“This is a transformational development for Tejo Holyoke” said founder Katy Moonan.  “After years of dreaming and working to grow Tejo together with my amazing partners, this award not only validates that what we are doing is important, but also affirms that we can really do it – we can really create a thriving social enterprise dedicated to the wellbeing of women in Holyoke. And we will.”

Tejo Holyoke is also supported in part by the Holyoke Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

For more information about Tejo Holyoke, please visit the Tejo Holyoke Facebook page or email katy.moonan@gmail.com.

Find more about the Beveridge Family Foundation at http://www.beveridge.org/

Betting on the Arts: Poker Tournament for HCAC

Take a chance on supporting the arts in our community!

The American Legion will be hosting a Poker Tournament in support of the Holyoke Creatives Arts Center Saturday, June 25th from 2pm-8pm at 50 Saint Kolbe Drive in Holyoke.

The game is No Limit Texas Hold’em with 15 minute blinds, $50+10 to buy in, no re-buys and no add-ons. As players fall out of the tournament there will be a $1 blind, no limit Texas Hold’em cash game with a 10% pot rake that will benefit HCAC. You don’t have to play to attend. There will also be an auction and a 50/50 raffle.

Cash bar.

Tickets available online or at the door.

 

Paint Crase Fundraiser to benifit HCAC

During this year’s NextStop festival of art and culture in Holyoke, the HCAC will be hosting a Paint Craze event on Friday evening, October 7th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the center. Join us for a great evening of no-pressure painting and FUNdraising to benefit the arts in Holyoke!  The HCAC needs your support to expand programing, make improvements to the center (including an accessibility ramp), maintain our tools, and to grow the ARTery, an initiative to bring development resources and marketplace opportunities to local artists and creative entrepreneurs.

Please join us as MaryBeth Reed leads us in creating a whimsical, colorful tree. You don’t have to be an old master . . . or good at all . . .  to have a good time while supporting a great cause.

Tickets are $35
Register Here

Date/Time: Fri, Oct 07, 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM
Venue: Holyoke Creative Arts Center
Location: 384A Dwight St, Holyoke, MA 01040
Instructor: MaryBeth Reed

 

***Sorry, no Groupons or promo codes will be accepted for this special event.

Support HCAC on Valley Gives Day

Each year the people of Western Massachusetts comes together for one day of mass generosity. Please consider supporting the Holyoke Creative Arts Center in continuing its role of bringing quality arts instruction and development resources to the region’s creatives.

How can you help? Visit to our Valley Gives Page or use the App embedded below to donate. You don’t have to wait for May 3rd! Then tell your friends and help spread the word about Valley Gives Day and the Holyoke Creative Arts Center.

Thank you for your support!

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