BLOOM! encore

Nancy Meagher & Tom Morton

June 1 to July 1, 2016

Opening / Amherst Arts Night Plus

Thursday, June 1, 5-8:00 pm

Bloomsday Celebration / Art Forum

Thursday, June 15, 7:30 pm


All around the Valley the rain has covered the hills and worked its way deep underground. Powerful roots coax this nourishment up to the very tops of the giant trees. Suddenly, as if on cue, tiny red buds -- Bloom!

Gallery A3 welcomes the beginning of summer with Bloom! This exhibit of vintage mosaics and vibrant oil paintings by Nancy Meagher and Tom Morton opens with a reception during Amherst Arts Night Out on Thursday, June 1, and runs through Saturday, July 1. On Friday, June 16 at 7:30 pm, the artists welcome the public to a Bloomsday celebration.


Staring up at the rain-soaked trees on Amherst College Quad, or sitting above a misty Connecticut River, Nancy Meagher has returned to landscape painting, showing rich, painterly oils, along with mosaic-surfaced lamps and other surprises.


Tom Morton is showing oil paintings and pastels from two series: landscapes, called Ghost Willow, and abstract interpretations inspired by James Joyce's Ulysses.


Bloomsday is celebrated worldwide on June 16, the single day in which Joyce’s novel Ulysses sets out the thoughts and actions of Leopold Bloom, Molly Bloom, Stephen Dedalus, and others. Last year, Evelyn Pye, Nancy and Tom hosted the party at Gallery A3. Bloomsday 2016 was a fascinating evening of readings from Ulysses by willing participants, passing the book from hand to hand. We hope that this year’s Bloomsday will be even more enjoyable.

The event is on Friday (not Thursday as usual at Gallery A3), June 16, 7:30. Free and open to the public.