Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Friday, March 28, 2014
At Historic Northampton

“The Holyoke Range: Mountains Like Ocean Waves,” an exhibit of drawings inspired by the local mountain range, by Lorna Ritz of Amherst, will be on view through April 4 at Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St. in Northampton.

“Each of my drawings represents a crystallized chunk of formal experience, yet is also deeply personal,” Ritz writes in her artist’s statement. “They are earthy, rock-like and weighty, yet they have in them the rhythm of the sea. I am a nature painter: the nature “out there” coupled with my own internal landscape.

Ritz received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Pratt Institute in New York City and a master’s degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, the University of Minnesota, and Dartmouth College, and has been a guest critic at the Vermont Studio Center. She has also been an adjunct professor at Western New England University since 2004.

∎ “Sky and Spirit: Unfolding Continuities in The Pioneer Valley,” an exhibit of paintings by Belchertown artist Chris Page, will be on view through April 4 at Historic Northampton

Page’s work features vignettes from nature, most notably the late-afternoon sky. Part of his “Sky Series,” Page’s work is based on his observation, study and photography of the sky.

Page has been working with landscape and natural processes as source material for his painting practice for more than 25 years. His work has been an ongoing exploration of the intersection of nature and painterly abstraction.

Both exhibits open with a reception March 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. Page will give a talk March 22 at 2 p.m.; Ritz will speak about her work March 22 at 3 p.m.

Hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information visit www.historic-northampton.org or call 584-6011.

∎ The Fast Forward film series at Historic Northampton continues on March 16 from 3 to 4 p.m., with a series of animated short films by Jay Bolotin, who will be available for a question-and-answer session after the screenings.

As a youth, Bolotin made sculpture from fallen trees and experienced the work of artists like Henry Moore through illustrated magazines. Wanting to “make things that expressed what was otherwise without expression,” he says, he studied art, first at the Rhode Island School of Design, then as a apprentice to the late sculptor Robert Lamb. He began making prints in the early 1980s and though he tried different media, the directness of woodcut appealed to him, and it has been a major component of his visual art ever since.

On the program is “The Jackleg Testament Part I: Jack & Eve” (12 minutes), a film based on a series of woodcuts, and “Kharmen” (22 minutes), a motion picture constructed from graphite drawings.

“The viewer encounters characters who are embroiled in psychologically intricate dramas, and these characters appear — and reappear — in multiple pieces, created in a variety of media,” Bolotin says in an artist’s statement.

At the Oxbow

“Tin Sculptures,” an exhibition of work by sculptor and furniture designer Richard Moses Schultz, will be on view through March 30 at the Oxbow Gallery, 273 Pleasant St. in Northampton. There will be a artist’s reception March 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Brattleboro, Vt.-based artist studied at Moholy Nagy’s Institute of Design in Chicago and has long been associated with the Knoll, a furniture company. His work has been exhibited at the Louvre in Paris.

In the Back Room gallery is “The Intimate Scale,” a collection of small paintings by Chris Bagg.

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.oxbowgallery.org or call 586- 6300.

At A.P.E.

“Beneath the Surface,” an exhibit of the work by Northampton’s Carolyn Clayton, Hadley-based Katie Richardson and Scout Cuomo of Florence, will open with a reception March 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through March 30 at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton.

The work of the artists is wildly different: Cuomo works with paint and resin mounted on glass; Richardson will present a sculpture of steel and glass; and Clayton has created a 7-foot-long fictional geological subject. However, The artists, longtime friends and colleagues, all under 30, draw attention to the intersections within their diverse practices by highlighting overlapping approaches such as embedding, submerging, layering and encapsulating

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.apearts.org.

PV Symphony

The Pioneer Valley Symphony will present “Innovation,” March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Frontier Regional School, 113 North Main St. in South Deerfield.

On the program: The Pioneer Valley premiere of Antonín Dvorák’s Symphony No. 5 in F Major and “The Swan of Tuonela” by Jean Sibelius, and the world premiere of “Silent Film Heroines,” a suite of eight songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra by PVS guest artist William Perry.

Dvorák’s Symphony No. 5 was composed in 1876 and had its first performance in Prague in 1879. It is widely recognized to be the first of the composer’s mature symphonies, combining originality of thematic material with the traditional symphonic form.

Sibelius composed “The Swan of Tuonela” in 1895 as the second part of “Lemminkäinen Suite,” also known as Four Legends from the Kalevala, Op. 22 (the Kalevala is the Finnish national epic).

“Silent Film Heroines” celebrates silent screen stars Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, Vilma Bânky, Betty Bronson, Pearl White and Janet Gaynor. Each one is given material that correlates to a film in which she starred. Canadian mezzo Wallis Giunta, a 2013 graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program, makes her PVS debut as soloist.

Tickets cost $20; $17 for seniors; $6 for students and children. To reserve, visit pvsoc.org or call 773-3664.

In the Big Apple

“The Essence of Abstraction,” an exhibit by local artist Russell Steven Powell, will be on view through March 25 at the Agora Gallery in New York City.

Inspired by the New England landscape, Powell seeks to engage and inspire viewers while provoking them to reconsider hidden or ignored aspects of the natural world. His works reflect the subtle patterns, textures and shapes in the landscape, its endless variations of light and color, which suffuse objects according to the season, weather and time of day.

“My paintings celebrate nature in all its messiness and complexity,” Powell writes in an artist’s statement.

The gallery is at 530 West 25th St. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.