CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) In and among the nuts and bolts, tools, fertilizer, bicycles and small appliances at the familiar family store, there’s an art exhibit that will change the way you look at art and Amy Johnquest, Dean Nimmer and Harry Craven from the Highland Hardware & Bike Shop, Inc. told us more.
The Highland Hardware Store Art Show
Free & open to all
Wednesday, September 2nd
6:00PM to 8:00PM
Highland Hardware Store
917 Hampden Street, Holyoke
“The Harry Craven Collection Gallery Talk”
Free & open to all
11:00AM to 1:00PM
The Taber Art Gallery
Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke
- 917 Hampden St.
- Holyoke, MA 01040
- Phone(413) 539-9314
- Store Hours: M-F 8-6, Sat 8-5, Sun Closed
Holyoke’s Highland Hardware Store, 917 Hampden Street, will host a truly unique art exhibit, September 2-October 17, 2015, featuring 20 Pioneer Valley artists displaying paintings, sculptures and installations in and among the nuts and bolts, tools, fertilizer, bicycles and small appliances at the familiar family store, which has done business in Holyoke, Massachusetts for nearly 70 years.
Be among the first to see show, plus have a chance to meet the artists, at the Opening Reception to be held on Wednesday, September 2, from 6-8 p.m. The reception and show are free and open to the public.
The “Highland Hardware Store Art Show” has the distinction of being the first of it’s kind to take artwork out of the typically austere gallery setting and put it into an everyday business, where it can be enjoyed in a far less intimidating environment. The show will be set up as a kind of scavenger hunt, with the art scattered among the store’s normal merchandise, tempting customers to find the art treasures in the store, at the same time they purchase a screwdriver, garden trowel, or bicycle there.
Artist, teacher and author, Dean Nimmer, organized the eclectic exhibit, with the goal of putting some fun into viewing art, while at the same time supporting a great local family business. Some art pieces are designed as clever parodies on the hardware theme, while others are non-utilitarian art objects looking completely out of place in such an unusual venue.
Store owner, Harry Craven is excited about hosting the show, hoping to attract attention to his business. In fact it’s Dean who noticed that Harry is quite an artist himself, having fashioned an impressive sculpture all around a store column, adjacent to shiny, new barbeque grills. His sculpture, made out of plumbing fixtures, old wiring, and relics from the extinct Mountain Park amusements, confirms Harry is an “artist,” one with a great sense of humor and good deal of creativity!
Another exciting component of The Highland Hardware Art Show is that many antique and historic objects and photographs from Mr. Craven’s extensive collection, representing important moments in the City of Holyoke, will be on display at the Taber Gallery at Holyoke Community College, running concurrent with the hardware store exhibit. Taber Gallery Director, Amy Johnquest, also a participant in the hardware show, curates the HCC Show.
The Harry Craven Collection opens on September 1, 2015 at the Taber Art Gallery, Donahue Building, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA. Reception for this exhibit is September 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Promotional Consideration by: Highland Hardware & Bike Shop, Inc.