About the Poster Artist
Earlier this year, the Center for the Arts hosted a retrospective exhibition featuring selected works of veteran Daily Hampshire Gazette photojournalist, Gordon Daniels. One of the images on display has become the poster for First Night Northampton 2013.
According to Gordon, he was looking for "something different" to mark the winter equinox on December 21st. He had just purchased a new wide angle lens. Standing on the roof of the Hotel Northampton in the early morning, he caught the moment when the sun rose over "the ball."
Center director Penny Burke remembers first seeing the image. "When Gordon's exhibit opened, I was surprised and delighted to see this magical photograph. I immediately asked him if we could use it to create a poster for First Night. And here it is!"
Daniels, a Hatfield resident and a native of the area, is an award-winning photographer. For more than 40 years, he has captured images of news events and people. Gazette publisher, Jim Foudy, describes Daniels as "more than just your typical news photographer. Gordie is an individual with an amazing artistic eye who sees things that many people would just drive by. His photographs offer iconic images of life in the Pioneer Valley."
Posters can be purchased for $5 at the Center for the Arts, the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, and at the First Night box office located on the second floor of Thornes Marketplace on December 30th and 31st.