The official closing for REACH’s Eastworks exhibits will be celebrated on May 4 at the Apollo Grill from 9 – 10:30 p.m. Pianist and composer Melissa St. Pierre will be performing and the official viewing of an original wall drawing created by artist David Shapleigh will be unveiled.
Easthampton Pianist and composer Melissa St. Pierre has been playing piano for 25 years, and performing prepared piano music for 11 of those. While studying at Bennington College, she mounted a concert production of John Cage’s masterwork for the idiom, Sonatas and Interludes, in an interactive theater environment. She has since released one full-length and two EPs of original compositions toured the US innumerable times and was a visiting artist in Europe twice. Collaborating with a cadre of musicians and dancers, she has augmented the fundamentals and resultant timbres on a host of pianos. Talks, workshops and presentations include Dorkbot Pittsburgh, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, ROYGBIV Festival, Salem Art Works and Mass College of Liberal Arts. A graduate of Benington College and attendee of New England Conservatory at the Summer Institute of Contemporary Piano Performance, Melissa has gone on to perform at several festivals of international renown: Collision Theory, La Terra Trema, BBMix, South by Southwest, Fantastic Voyagers and Outer Ear.
David Shapleigh, an Easthampton artist has been creating an original wall drawing named Untitled IV at the Apollo Grill throughout the duration of REACH. The concept of the abstract graphite on panel work derived from shapes of ice formations and icicles. Shapleigh has exhibited throughout Massachusetts including at Bridgewater State College, the Amherst Biennial, and Grinshaw/Gudewicz Art Gallery in Worcester. He currently teaches art and design at Westfield State College.
The location of the REACH closing is at Easthampton’s Apollo Grill. What makes the Apollo Grill a special place is not just the delightful vintage salt and pepper shakers that grace each table but the creatively crafted food that makes the restaurant a distinct destination where visitors are bound to become regulars for its delectable cocktails and savories with preference to local ingredients. Chef and Owner Casey Douglass’s creative background sparkles throughout the mod décor in the renovated Eastworks building that will make’s visitors feel like they are on cloud nine. Douglass has added special insight into the hosting and curation of David Shapleigh’s on-of-a kind wall drawing creation.
This event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the Apollo Grill. REACH Eastworks exhibitions are open for viewing through May 4th on Thursday 2-8 p.m. and Friday- Saturday 12-8 p.m.