Windows Into ArtAmherst Arts Night Plus is turning all of downtown Amherst into a walkable exhibition window gallery for three weeks in October.

While COVID-19 keeps local galleries and museums shuttered, Amherst Arts Night Plus has continued producing its monthly arts cornucopia online for area residents. As a new venture in October, AANP is bringing area artists’ work to Amherst downtown store windows for a three-week public exhibition.

Kicking off on Thursday, October 1 (in keeping with AANP’s First Thursday schedule), and continuing through October 22, more than 40 area artists will be exhibiting a range of artistic works in some 90 Amherst restaurants, banks, retail outlets, the cinema and even empty storefront windows. The exhibit will be centered downtown and will feature, among others, many artists associated with the Amherst Center Cultural District, Arts Night Plus venues, and the Amherst Public Art Commission.

“The purpose,” according to AANP co-chairs Elizabeth Bradley and Shoshona King, “is to continue to bring art into the downtown to entertain, educate and inspire Amherst’s residents and visitors, especially now that our usual venues are closed. We’re thinking of this project as turning our entire downtown into an extended gallery.”

Art credits, top to bottom: Sally Dillion, “My Worry List”; Joseph Burger, “Hustle and Bustle”; Mary Witt, “When Worlds Collide”.