Monday, August 12, 2019

Gilbert Johnquest (odd jobber)
CA. Landscape, pencil, acrylic, oil, tape, on canvas, 17 x 24”  

Sept. 3 thru Oct. 3, 2019
Opening Reception  
Wednesday Sept. 4th, 4:30 - 6:30pm

The Taber Gallery is pleased to present mixed media works in a vibrant and soulful installation by Gilbert Johnquest. A graduate of Milwaukee College of Art and Design, he has lived and worked in California since 1979. Johnquest works on a variety of materials and found objects. In this exhibition he will be creating a site specific installation utilizing both finished works shipped from his California studio as well as found objects procured from his travels and then assembled in the gallery. 

Artist statement:

social issues, 
within as without. 
voids and boarders are walked,
a study of horizons, 
foregrounds and in-betweens. 
I love you.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Anya Klepacki

If The Future of This World Can't Be Depended On, I'll Make My Own: 

Fantasy Spaces in the 21st Century

In her first solo exhibition, Anya Klepacki takes over the Taber Gallery with a dynamic and immersive mixed media installation. Enter the gallery to find a floor to ceiling fantasy world of found fabric creatures and curious landscapes created by Klepacki along with some collaborative contributions. 

March 4th through 21st*, 2019

Reception Thurs. March 7, 5 - 7pm

Gallery Talk: March 21, 5-6pm

Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 5pm during regular school sessions

(*NOTE: Campus is closed for Spring break March 11 - 15)

Friday, December 21, 2018


Jan.28 - Feb. 21, 2019
Reception & Gallery Talk 5-7pm
Thursday Feb. 7th

 gallery talk begins 5:30pm

The Taber Gallery is pleased to present a retrospective look at the work of artist and illustrator Gary Hallgren. Rooted in pop culture, Hallgren's approach to the comic art genre is unique from other artists who have ventured in this realm. As Hallgren states, "Pop art can be about more than art or culture, it can be about that most universal of themes: the Human Condition.  Familiar newspaper comics characters can carry much symbolism on their black-and-white backs after being infused with the gravitas of easel painting." In addition, Hallgren's visual pleasures of bold designs, distorted realities, finished and unfinished surfaces, canonized humor and the joy of painting are clearly present in this exhibition's selections form his expansive body of work.   

Gary took his B.A. in painting and design from Western Washington State College in 1968.  In 1971, he joined a band of radical cartoonists in San Francisco and took on the mighty Walt Disney organization by contributing to this group’s self-published comix books, Air Pirates Funnies.  These savage parodies, which used Disney’s own characters, were found to be in violation of federal copyright law.  The legal wrangling went on for a decade and people like Paul Krassner (The Realist) and noted critic Nat Hentoff were in support of the Air Pirates, but alas, Gary now has a permanent injunction against using Disney characters in unauthorized ways.  However, he considers all others to be fair game.

Magazines and other print outlets have provided a livelihood for Gary for 45 years.  His freelance illustrations have appeared in Time, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.  Balancing these august publications are Mad, Marvel Comics, Screw, and a hundred in between. Since 2003 book illustration has been a mainstay, and You: An Owners' Manual by Doctors Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen was published in early 2005.  It sold over a million copies in hard cover. Most recently, Gary supplied the finished drawings for Hagar The Horrible.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Emma Kohlmann


Oct. 31 - Dec. 13, 2018

Reception & Gallery Talk Thurs. Dec. 6th, 5-7pm
 gallery talk begins 5:30pm

Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 5pm during regular school sessions

Cup, house, body, foot, hand, bird, dog, lover, plant, tree.
These are archetypal symbols that exist within my dreams. I am constantly reworking within this language in order to complicate their meanings. My work is a place for me to explore a dream state that is not tethered to societal standards, that is egalitarian and gender is a limitless spectrum. In this series that has spanned over past three years, I am still constantly running into the same ideas. These images become a visual language that continually reflect a deeper subconscious meaning. I think these symbols come from a place of wanting a renewed symbolism.  I feel as though when I paint, nothing is ever what it seems to be. There is a culmination of actions that occur when the medium of watercolor and sumi ink interact on paper. Some of my brush strokes are unintentional and spontaneous. The result does not need to be defined because it is apart of the ambiguous nature of my work.

Emma Kohlmann lives and works in Florence, MA. She received her B.A. from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York City, Nationale, Portland, OR, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, and Kit Gallery, Tokyo. Selected group exhibitions include the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR, MOCA Tucson, AZ, and New Release, New York, NY. She publishes her own artist’s books, zines and made various record covers for music labels. You can find her on Instagram at meiow_mix or at

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Uncommon Merits & Awards Exhibition

THURSDAY OCT. 25, 2018, 5 - 7PM
Enter to win a $50.00 gift certificate from Guild Art Supply in Northampton by creating your own uncommon award certificate! FUN!!!! You must use the blanks (available for pick-up during our regular hours) in the gallery. Your finished work is due by 4pm on Oct. 25th - pinned up and on view in the area provided. Be sure to put your name and email on the back of your piece. The winner will be announced at 6:45pm at the closing party. 

The Uncommon Merits & Awards 

Art Exhibition 

Sept. 6 - Oct. 24, 2018
Hours: Mon. through Thurs. 10am - 5pm during regular school sessions
Opening Reception Sept. 6,  5:30 - 7:30

We all know it is standard to win prizes for anything from best in show to commendation for valor on the battlefield. But what about the many non-traditional milestones that may go unrecognized? 

New England artists have created work in both 2-D and 3-D applications, inventing ways to give recognition for activities and behaviors that may have heretofore gone unnoticed. This exhibition, jointly curated by Amy Johnquest and Jill St.Coeur, explores artists uncommon takes on merits, awards, prizes, badges, trophies, and more. 

An interactive part of the exhibition invites gallery visitors to invent and display their own certificate of merit.  
18 Artists were selected from an open, on-line, call for entry to New England artists.

List of Artists:

-Robert Markey, Ashfield, MA, sculpture

-Elizabeth Solomon, Florence, MA, sculpture

-Jan Whitaker, Northampton, MA, fiber

-Darlene Duncan, Springfield, MA, sculpture

-Bruce Ackerson, Northampton, MA, painting

-Elizabeth Wilkinson, New Bedford, MA, digital printing

-Nan Fleming, Williamsburg, MA, mixed media sculpture

-Marta Rudolph, Northampton, MA, mixed media sculpture

-Maryanne Benns, Chicopee, MA, mixed media sculpture

-Alison Palaia, Norwalk, CT,  mixed media

-Lyn Horan, Holyoke, MA, sculpture

-Amy Dame, Easthampton, MA, fiber

-Perry Carter, Northampton, MA , painting

-Stacy Waldman, Easthampton, MA 
in collaboration with
-Amy Johnquest, Holoke, MA, mixed media wall installation 

-Jill St. Coeur, Florence, MA, fiber and drawings

-Dean Nimmer, MA mixed media sculpture

-Bruce Fowler, Holyoke, MA mixed media sculpture

The Taber Art Gallery is open to the public and is centrally located through the HCC Campus Library lobby in the Donahue Building.  Current hours: Mon. - Thurs.  10am - 6pm (subject to change) 

Monday, April 2, 2018

HCC Student Art Exhibition


Reception: Thursday, April 19th 7pm - 9pm  
Awards will be announced at 8pm 

April 17th - May 3rd, 2018

Exhibition locations on campus:

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 FPA bldg; and in the Media Center on first floor Donahue near Rm. 168.  All locations are open to the public during regular school sessions (excepting the Taber Gallery which is open Mon - Thurs. 10am - 5pm)

Poster design Molly Statt, Artwork by Samary Ramos