WHO WE ARE
The Oxbow Gallery at 273 Pleasant Street in Northampton is a not-for-profit artist cooperative comprised of 44 members: 13 full, 16 sitting, 12 shared, 2 associate, and 1 honorary member.
Members pay annual dues in exchange for which they have a solo show in the front and back gallery within a 3 year cycle. Members also have opportunities to participate in at least one, sometimes, two, group shows a year. All members are expected to pitch in to help run the Oxbow.
OUR VISION MISSION
Our mission is to exhibit work of the highest quality from independent artists.
The Oxbow Gallery is dedicated to showing serious art of local and regional artists, without overriding concern for commercial value. Additionally the Oxbow provides a venue for lectures, films, and discussion forums for the sharing of ideas and information relating to the arts.
Justin Kim, David Bradford, Cyndy Sperry, and Stanley Lewis, all painters living in the valley, began meeting a couple of times a year beginning in 2000 to talk about their work. Stanley had been Cyndy and Justin’s teacher at graduate school at the American University in DC and he and David Bradford were both members of the Bowery Gallery in NYC.
At several different times the topic of starting a local cooperative gallery arose. In late 2003 Justin Kim saw a for rent sign on what was once Davey Jones Locker, a consignment store on Pleasant street. Justin got in touch with a realtor, Cyndy went and secured insurance, Dave Bradford found a lawyer, Roger Lipton, who came up with the designation “not for profit cooperative” and we all invited every artist we knew to a meeting in January of 2004. Two months later we had our first group show. Thus began the Oxbow Gallery.