Paintings and Digital Art by Sunny Allis, Ella N. Alkiewicz, and Jay Smith

Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton (20 West St, Northampton MA 01060)


Artists’ Reception: February 2, 5:30-7:30 PM

Labrador Inuk Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz (she/her) is a self-taught artist whose creative practices are intellectualized through a variety of forms, in paintings, digital prints, beaded Orange Shirt pins, and beaded necklaces. Ella’s artwork serves as a platform for community education and engagement.

Jay Smith (they/them) is an illustrator based in Northampton. They have no formal arts education and credit their grandmother Sylvia with teaching them to paint at an early age. Their artwork reconstructs traditional Jewish ritual imagery for a contemporary audience, and draws on historical themes to create protective spells for trans bodies and spirits.

The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning

Sunny (they/them) is a non-binary multidisciplinary artist. In their paintings, Sunny explores consciousness through dynamic motion and playful transformation. They embrace the idea that everything around us is alive and communicating. Sunny uses symbols and abstract maps as a way of orienting oneself in landscapes of the unknown.