ECA+ is comprised of a dedicated volunteer committee, a coordinator, community volunteers and interns. Find out what we are all about! ECA+ meets the 4th Thursday of every month (except for December and holidays) at 5:30 p.m. at the ECA+ Gallery, 43 Main St., Easthampton.
Jessica Allan has served as the City Planner of Easthampton since March 2012 and has a keen interest on creative placemaking techniques for communities. Prior to being the City Planner, Jessica was a Principal Planner at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission where she provided technical planning and zoning assistance to 43 communities in Western Massachusetts. She holds Masters Degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Jessica has been a resident of Easthampton since 2005.
Photo credit: Julian Parker-Burns
Artelia Court is a longtime member of the Easthampton City Arts+ Coordinating Committee.
Linda LaBorde moved to Easthampton 39 years ago and joined the Easthampton City Arts+ in November of 2011. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from Westfield State College. She has studied with Linda Percoski, Susan Pecoria and Jack Flynn to name a few. She is a member of the Academic Artists Association and the Holyoke Arts and Crafts League. She has won awards at numerous local and regional art shows and her paintings are in many private collections in the United States, Korea and Ireland. She enjoys reading and is a member of the Emily Williston Memorial Library Book Club.
Doris Madsen is a librarian and artist who serves as Chair of the Easthampton Cultural Council. She has lived in Easthampton for 35 years. Madsen is looking forward to many future years of collaborating with ECA+, art making at Zea Mays Printmaking, boating on the Pond, bicycling on the Manhan RailTrail, road tripping across the country, adventuring to a few far-off lands, and spending time with her family.
Meagan Murphy is an award-winning producer and director with more than 20 years of production experience. Her current film, “The Breast Archives,” is in post-production. Meagan received a Communicator’s Award for her work on Making It Here: Teen Style. She was also the recipient of a Blue Cross/Blue Shield sponsored Medical Journalism Fellowship. Murphy worked for WGBY (WGBH Educational Foundation) for 12 years where she produced and directed programs across a variety of genres, including cultural & documentary, public affairs, instructional, children’s programming. She is an avid traveler, a devoted athlete, and is committed to making a contribution to society through her work in film and television.
Ted Perch's experience is varied and vast. He has built wooden boats, built and renovated houses. He has organized community theatre. Before relocating to Easthampton, he worked as the public library director in Willimantic, CT. For seventeen years, he volunteered as an on-air programmer in community radio at WHUS, UConn and WCN, Connecticut College. Perch was a media and library services advisor to the Republic of Senegal. Currently, he produces "In Studio" on ECAT5 where he is also a member of the ECAT board.
Rachel Phillips is a recent member of the Easthampton City Arts+ Coordinating Committee.
Denise Riggs moved to Easthampton twelve years ago and has since called the Pioneer Valley home. Having spent many years volunteering with the Easthampton Cultural Council and Arts Easthampton, she then helped found Easthampton City Arts in 2004 with then City Grant Writer, Ellen Koteen and City Planner Stuart Beckley. She strongly believes the Arts help build a vibrant community and can be a strong economic engine. Beyond the ECA+ Committee, Riggs uses the camera as her art-making tool. For about seven years she has focused her lens on reflections. The compositions she finds in everyday life seem to be manipulated or “Photo Shopped” but these abstract or composed vignettes are there for anybody to see. She is drawn to urban imagery, sunlit hard edges, metal, windows, concrete, graphic patterns, color, and pedestrians.
Marlies Stoddard is owner of the Nash Gallery in the heart of the Cottage Street Cultural District. She has served for six years as Treasurer of the Easthampton Cultural Council; is a Coordinating Committee Member of Easthampton City Arts+ (ECA+), serves on the Board of Directors for the Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, and is the current Chair of the Cottage Street Cultural District Committee. Dedicated to melding local commerce with the creative sector in Easthampton, Marlies was named Easthampton Chamber of Commerce’s Business Person of the year in 2012. A native of Easthampton, Marlies lived in Key West, Florida and Nicaragua for 15 years working as a licensed pilot and commercial fishing captain before returning in 2007 to take part in the city’s cultural renaissance. In her spare time, Marlies enjoys horseback riding, Crossfit workouts and wandering the backwoods of Easthampton with her dog, Lucy.