Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014
At Gallery A3

“Un Voyage au Dollarama from Montreal and other new places,” an exhibit of photographs by Gloria Kegeles will open with a reception March 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through March 29 at Gallery A3, 28 Amity St., Amherst.

Kegeles photographed the streets and shops of Montreal, giving the locations a unique perspective that’s hers alone. The show includes equally unusual images from other places found surprisingly close to her Valley home.

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m. For information, call 256-4250 or visit www.gallerya3.com.


The following exhibits will be on view this month in the hall galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St. in Northampton:

In the Locust Gallery: “From the Lens to the Canvas: Photography and the Paintings it Inspires,” an exhibit of paintings and photographs by Stacy Geryk of Easthampton. Geryk says she uses photography to capture the beauty of the world around her and to show people the details that are often overlooked.

In the New Gallery: “SCANOGRAPHY: The Art of Making Photos” by Marty Klein of Easthampton.

Klein uses a small flatbed scanner as a camera to create unique images, and to share his intimate knowledge and appreciation of nature.

There will be an artists’ reception March 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

At the Hosmer

Silkscreen prints by Robert Abel and nature photography by Karen Gardner and Carl Nardiello will be on view through March 29 at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St. in Northampton. There will be an artists’ reception March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Always a lifelong interest, my dedication to photography has taken a significant step forward since my retirement more than four years ago from a career designing and implementing computer software,” Gardner writes in a artist’s statement. “My focus is the natural world, which provides me with a richness of subjects with its endless variety of color, shape, texture and light.” Birds, especially shore birds, are her special interest.

Abel says he learned basic silkscreen printing techniques in an adult education class he took in 1976, taught by Amherst artist Tom Morton. After a few years he quit silkscreening because he didn’t like working with the chemicals involved, including glue and bleach.

“Years later I returned to silkscreening,” he writes in an artist’s statement, “because I found ways to create the images without dangerous chemicals.” Now he uses nontoxic inks, mainly acrylics, and his mats are cut by hand from paper.

Nardiello is professional photographer who specializes in high-end Asian art for museums, collectors, galleries and publications based in New York City. He operated a studio in the photo district in the Chelsea/Flatiron area of Manhattan before moving several years ago to Northampton.

His exhibit, “The Connecticut River Series,” portrays his own take, he says, on the natural splendor of the Valley. “I do not consider myself a traditional landscape photographer, being less interested in dramatic events as I am in exploring ordinary moments which can be full of rich textures and inspiring visual effects.”

At the Loft Parlor

“Unfolding Terrain: New Paintings by Kathryn Fanelli,” will be on view through April 4 at the Loft Parlor, 180 Pleasant St. in Easthampton. An artist’s reception will be held March 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Featured are a new series of large-scale paintings on Tyvek in which Fanelli examines concepts of consciousness, unconscious perception and notions of emptiness via a mindfulness-baed meditative practice.

“For the past few years my studio functions both as a meditation space and as an art studio. ... I chose to produce work that does not require traditional tools. Navigating without known direct ego-imposed mark making, I utilize the elusive nature of water with pigments to excavate the mind.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.theloftparlor.com.

Mozart at Smith

The Smith College Glee Club will present its annual Spring Oratorio, featuring a performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” March 8 at 8 p.m. at John M. Greene Hall on the college’s campus in Northampton. Guest artists will be the Cornell University Mens Glee Club and soloists Dominique Labelle, soprano; Judith Bowers, mezzo-soprano; William Hite, tenor; and Timothy Jerome Jones, bass-baritone.

The concert is free. For information, call 585-3150.


“The Transparency Series: Paintings and Amanda Barrow” will be on view through March 31 at the ECA+ Gallery, 43 Main St., Easthampton. There will be an artist’s reception March 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The works and paintings on view explore depth, textiles and perception. Barrow layers, punctures, stretches and paints pieces of silk, cheesecloth and other materials to create the variegated surfaces of her abstract paintings. Akin to collage work, Barrow’s paintings often feature bright pigment or colorful scraps of fabric against a pale, diaphanous background.

Barrow will conduct an artist’s talk and facilitate an improvisational musical performance, “Play to the Paintings,” with musicians Carl Clements and Bob Weiner, on March 29 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. For information, visit EasthamptonCityArts.com.

Capital campaign

Baystate Health has become the lead sponsor of the Academy of Music Theatre’s First Ever Capital Campaign, which will restore the 122-year-old Northampton landmark to its turn-of-the-century grandeur.

The $25,000 sponsorship is a significant boost to the campaign, organizers say, representing a full quarter of the $100,000 in funds the city-owned theater is seeking from the Pioneer Valley community.

“The benchmark gift reflects Baystate’s very high standard of commitment to community well-being, so strong, affirming and essential,” said campaign co-chairman Jonathan Wright. “We are deeply grateful for this affirmation of the Academy’s role, work and future.”

The theater has already secured $500,000 from state and city sources, but $100,000 is needed to complete the restoration plan, according to Debra J’Anthony, executive director of the independent nonprofit arts organization that manages the building.

Among the planned improvements: a new, insulated roof above the stage; new seats, aisle lighting, restoration of the ornate interior plaster and a period color scheme.

NEPR awards

New England Public Radio has announced the recipients of this year’s New England Public Radio Arts & Humanities Award. They are author Jane Yolen (Outstanding Individual); The Performance Project/First Generation (Outstanding Organization); and Easthampton City Arts+ (Emerging Talent).

Recipients will be honored at the 6th Annual Arts & Humanities Awards Gala May 12 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.

Established in 2008, the award recognizes “the rich and varied arts scene in the region,” according to information provided by NEPR.

Yolen, often called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America,” is the author of more than 350 books. She is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She teaches workshops, encourages new writers and lectures around the world. Her books and stories have won many awards, including two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award and a Caldecott Medal.

The Performance Project/First Generation has been creating community through artistic collaboration for 13 years, beginning with adults and youths who were incarcerated or returning to the community from jail. Recently, the group has been working with youths and families who have arrived in the United States as immigrants or refugees. The group explores the themes of oppression and liberation.

Easthampton City Arts+, founded in 2005, has introduced innovative and diverse programs and activities in the community which enables local artists to showcase and market their works, while providing the public with the opportunity to discover emerging and established artists. Among the groups many accomplishments, it was instrumental in spearheading Easthampton’s Cottage Street Cultural District and organizing the Easthampton Bear Fest.

For more information about the awards or to purchase tickets to the gala, visit nepr.net/award-gala.