The blueway art alliance is a non-profit arts organization that supports the advancement of emerging and established contemporary artists by facilitating communication and dialogue between them and the local community.
It is founded on the notion that a society which is aware of and involved with artists and educational programs for the arts is one that is more hopeful and more meaningfully sustainable. Located in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley, The blueway art alliance proposes to enrich the lives of those who live in the region by inviting local artists as well as artists of national and international standing to participate in panel discussions and to offer workshops, art exhibitions, lectures, poetry readings, concerts and more.
Like the Connecticut River Watershed itself, which is a model of land and water stewardship and which in 2012 was designated as America’s first “National Blueway,” The blueway art alliance seeks to provide regional channels for broad artistic development and appreciation.
The blueway art alliance studio is in Florence, MA, a village in the northwestern portion of the city of Northampton, north of Springfield, near Westhampton and Williamsburg in the western part of Massachusetts.
people at blueway art alliance
Kathleen Jacobs, Director
“It’s not only important for artists to have a voice—but it’s equally important for others to see, hear or feel the important reactions to our time through the lens of our contemporary artists. It is my own foreboding concern for the natural world that prompts me as an artist, to paint the landscape, if not only to call attention to our endangered environment. This problem, if not resolved, will continue to have a far-reaching, devastating impact on the entire global population. If artists truly are the antennas of the world, now is the time for all to tune in.”
Kathleen Jacobs has been painting for twenty years. She grew up in both Western Massachusetts and Cape Cod, Ma and attended the University of MA where she received a BFA in Painting and a minor in Art History. She was honored at the University with the Chancellor’s Talent Award for outstanding achievement that resulted in receiving a full scholarship along with an additional Art Fund Scholarship towards attending the La Napoule Art Foundation in La Napoule, France. Her MFA in Visual Arts and Painting was earned at Lesley University College of Art and Design. She is the director of the blueway art alliance in Western Massachusetts and the marketing coordinator for Truro Center for the Arts on Cape Cod, MA and teaches painting at both art centers. The website for her artwork is kathleendjacobs.com