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Press Release

CONTACT: Catherine Miller, PVPC Principal Planner, (413) 781-6045
June 23, 2008

Art Salon to Present Sustainability Contest Submissions

WGBY and the Pioneer Valley Sustainability Network will present an evening of sustainability and art Wednesday, June 25, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. The event is free to the public, and doors open at 6:00 p.m.   

The Art of Sustainability Salon will feature finalist submissions from the Art of Sustainability Contest, with artists and inventors presenting their ideas to the audience and to a panel of contest judges: Kristen Beam, Mass Live; Gina Beavers, painter; Chris “Monte” Belmont, WRSI; John Majercak, CET Re-Store; Rus Peottor, WGBY; Hilary Price, cartoonist; Daniel Ross, Nuestras Raices; Josh Simpson, glass artist; and David Starr, sustainability advocate.

Ten finalists were selected from a pool of 20 Pioneer Valley artists and inventors who have submitted their ideas and concepts for a project that will inspire thought and action on sustainability in the Pioneer Valley. Their ideas are described visually (through sketches, models, sculpture, video, etc.) and verbally. Wednesday night’s winning artist or inventor will receive a $1,000 prize and will also receive funding of up to $5,000 to create his or her idea.

Submissions can be viewed online at  In addition, the Northampton Center for the Arts will host a show of the submissions in August. 

At Wednesday’s event, members of the Pioneer Valley Sustainability Network will be on hand to talk about their work throughout the region. The network currently involves about 80 organizations and municipalities.

The Art of Sustainability Contest and Salon are sponsored by WGBY Television, the Academy of Music, WRSI Radio, MassLive, the Pioneer Valley Sustainability Network, Northampton Center for the Arts, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, University of Massachusetts, and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. 


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