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Steampunk Spaceship sculpture a highlight of 28th annual Paradise City Arts Festival

3-day festival set to feature 220 artists and master crafts makers

Steampunk Spaceship

Sculptor James Kitchen’s latest project is the Steampunk Spaceship, which will debut Oct. 8-10 at Paradise City Northampton’s “The Wild Blue Yonder.” 

NORTHAMPTON — A Steampunk Spaceship is scheduled to land at the Three County Fairgrounds.

The sculpture, the latest project of artist James Kitchen, makes its debut at the Paradise City Arts Festival, Oct. 8-10, as part of special exhibit "The Wild Blue Yonder."

Created to inspire young imaginations, the spaceship features an enormous red steering wheel surrounded by countless interlocking gears, gages from the 1800’s, bolted port holes and an eerie echo from the metal walls of the geodesic designed walls. All of the metal in this sculpture comes from local farms, antique stores, auctions, and occasionally a neighbor who leaves a pile of interesting objects in his driveway.

“I feel part historian and part archeologist, creating new life,” Kitchen, of Chesterfield, said in a news release. “My hope is that a sense of awe and wonder will happen when kids peer into this 12-foot-high spaceship.”

Kitchen is one of 220 artists and master craft makers set to show and sell their work at the festival, now in its 28th year. Works, ranging from $20 to $10,000, include ceramics, painting, decorative fiber, art glass, furniture, jewelry, metal, mixed media, photography, sculpture, wearable art and woodworking.

As usual, the three-day arts festival will feature artists spread across three exhibition buildings and a sampling of gourmet fare from Northampton's restaurant scene under the Festival Dining tent. 

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