Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Amor Fati
Paintings and Drawings by 
Christopher Willingham 
Feb.1st - 25th, 2016

Afternoon Reception - Wed. Feb.17th, 11am - 1pm

Evening Reception: Thurs. Feb. 18th 5:30 - 7:30 

Fire-imbibed, Thy Sanctuary, 2015, 30” x 24”, oil on canvas

Amor Fati presents recent paintings and drawings by Christopher Willingham, adjunct professor of visual arts at Holyoke Community College. Charged with mark and color, and evoking themes from classical mythology, these powerful images reveal emergent forms and compositions in a language of exploratory abstraction. Grounded in vivid materiality, they record the search not for specific objects, but for an emotional exactitude—a specificity of feeling in which features of light, landscape, weather, and organic form pulse as elements of urgent process. Naming his creative engagement as amor fati, “love of fate,” the artist offers his works as a Stoic meditation on life as eternal, transformative process, and on the aesthetic as life itself. In an exuberant exchange of chance and vernacular, he proceeds not by merely accepting as necessary the often fraught activity of making and living, but by loving it. 


An adjunct professor of visual arts at Holyoke Community College since 2000, Christopher Willingham teaches drawing and design, and has authored and co-developed several advanced courses and Learning Communities, including the popular Sensuality, Spirit and the Sublime: The Art of Philosophy. He served as coordinator for HCC’s off-campus studio at Open Square in downtown Holyoke, and curator for three annual Arts of the Valley exhibitions, each featuring over 70 regional and international artists. He collaborated with Dean Nimmer on the writing of Art from Intuition, published in 2007, and contributed original art and project design to Nimmer’s highly-successful Creating Abstract Art, published in 2014. Trained across disciplines, Christopher Willingham’s work combines rigorous intellectual investigations with sensuous approaches to materials and environments, utilizing the blended strategies of drawing, painting, sculptural installation, photography and critical writing. His solo works and collaborations have been exhibited in New York, Boston, Germany, and Turkey, as well as extensively throughout western Massachusetts. He maintains a studio in the Cabotville complex in Chicopee, and resides in East Longmeadow.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

image: “Dick,” stamp sized photo, c.1944, 1” tall

Vintage Photographs from the Collection of 
Stacy Waldman (AKA The PhotoWench)
Nov. 16th thru Dec.17th
Reception/Gallery talk - Wed. Nov.18th
11am - 1pm - gallery talk begins at noon
Evening Reception: Thurs. Nov.19th 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Stacy Waldman lives and works in Easthampton, MA, and is a prominent collector and dealer of vintage photographs and diaries. Her found photos are sought out by artists and collectors worldwide and have made their way into museum show collections and publications. She can frequently be found searching in boxes at flea markets and antique shows and she presents her best finds at important paper and photo shows throughout the year. Her exhibition at the Taber Gallery is a selection of vintage photographs from a 365 day calendar project she’s creating using found pictures of men named Dick. This is her first gallery solo show of work from her own collection.

To see more of her photos visit: and on Instagram as Houseofmirthphotos.

Gallery Hours are Monday through Thursday 9am - 5pm during regular school sessions.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Oct. 13 thru Nov. 5, 2015
Reception/Gallery talk - Wed. Oct. 21st 
11am - 1pm - gallery talk begins at noon

                                 Artist's Statement  

The drive behind this work is to create landscapes that feel remote and hard to find.
This taps into my impulse to explore, discover and to find the extraordinary in
surroundings that are often mundane. In images as in life, I am drawn to locations
that have the contradictory feeling of beauty, solitude and threat. This contradiction
invites imaginative speculation.

It is my hope that Far Reaches also challenges the viewer to distinguish the real
from the surreal. Between the real and the surreal exists ambiguity, this is the area
that fascinates me most.

Jesse Connor

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Art and Artifacts from the 
Highland Hardware Store in Holyoke
Sept.8th thru Oct. 1st
Gallery Hours: Mon - Thurs 9am - 5pm During regular school sessions
Reception/Gallery Talk - 
Wed. Sept. 16 from 11am - 1pm - Talk begins at noon

Harry Craven, owner of the Highland Hardware and Bike Shop has had a lifetime interest in collecting Holyoke memorabilia and historical photographs and has made this collection a part of of his store. A family run business since 1946, just about every square inch of wall space displays scenes, objects, curiosities and signage from Holyoke’s past. Amongst this Harry and crew have also created some (hardware themed) objects de art of their own. Dean Nimmer, an art professor from HCC and regular at the Highland Hardware Store, convinced Harry to allow him to curate a show in the shop and invited 20 artists to embed their art within the store’s inventory. In conjunction with this, Amy Johnquest, curator of the Taber Art Gallery has removed some of the existing artifacts from Highland Hardware and Bike Shop and is exhibiting these selections, now placed out of context from the store, in an art gallery installation.

untitled, detail from in-shop hanging of found hardware objects, salesmen’s samples, wire, chain, etc.

Monday, March 16, 2015

2015 Student Art Exhibition

April 13th - May 7th
Reception Thursday April 16th, 7 - 9pm
Awards announced at 8pm in the library lobby

The HCC Student Art Show is held in 3 locations throughout the HCC campus:  The Taber Gallery and the Library Showcases on the 2nd floor of the Donahue bldg;  the Art Dept. on the 3rd floor of C bldg; and in the Media Center on the 3rd floor of G bldg. . All locations are open to the public during regular school sessions (excepting the Taber Gallery which is open Mon - Thurs. 9am - 5pm)

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Book Show - artwork from the new book "Creating Abstract Art" by Dean Nimmer

 Jan. 26th (Held Over thru March 18th!) 2015

Reception/Gallery talk - Wed. Feb. 18th

11am - 1pm - gallery talk begins at noon

If you would like to purchase one of Dean's books on line go to:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


oil paintings
Dec. 1st thru Dec. 18th, 2014

Reception/Gallery talk - Wed. Dec. 3rd

11am - 1pm - gallery talk begins at noon

Evening Reception - Thurs. Dec. 4th, 5:30-7:30pm

gallery hours: Mon - Thurs. 9:00am - 5:00pm