Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Last modified: Thursday, August 06, 2015
And ... action!

Crowdsourced Cinema makes its debut this year, sponsored by Northampton Community Television. And so can you.

NCT invites community members to join in the filmmaking project inspired by the likes of “Star Wars Uncut,” where teams or individuals recreate scenes from well-known films, and collaboratively engage in art-making.

Participants can use live actors, puppets, animation, stop-motion, or any other creative way to recreate scenes, in this case from the film “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Teams will follow the same script and the same time frame, but can otherwise interpret creatively. To participate, sign up by June 19. Then, on June 24, groups will be assigned scenes and will have until Aug. 12 to submit their works. At the end of the summer, there will be a screening of “Crowdsourced Cinema: Raiders of the Lost Ark!” To find out more, or to sign up, visit www.CrowdSourcedCinema.com.

At A.P.E. Gallery

“Horns to Tale: A Bestiary,” a group exhibit curated by Rob Kimmel, opens with a reception Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and will remain on view through June 28 at the APE Gallery at 126 Main St. in Northampton.

The exhibition showcases a collection of monsters, beasts and creatures by area artists Sophie Argetsinger, Rick Beaupre, David Cooper, Agnes deBethune, Cheryl Gross, Rudy Gutierrez, Bri Hermanson, Amy Johnquest, Amelia Merrill, Colin Panetta, Lilly Pereira and Kimmel.

There will be a panel discussion with many of the artists Saturday at 1 p.m., moderated by comics scholar, author and University of Massachusetts Amherst professor N.C. Christopher Couch. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. For information, visit www.apearts.org.

Comedy in the Parlor Room

Stand-up comedian McQueen Adams will perform Friday at The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St. in Northampton.

Adams, a popular morning-show fixture on Clear Channel, has performed at top comedy clubs in New York City and Los Angeles, including Caroline’s Gotham and The Improv. He is the voice of Kappa Mikey on Nickelodeon and does musical impressions on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome to the show, which blends music, comedy and pop culture. Tickets cost $10. For information, visit www.mcqueenlive.com.

At the Hosmer Gallery

A reception for “Airborne,” an exhibit of mixed-media pieces by Pat Bega, and “Collages,” an exhibit by Akinbo Akinnuoye, will be held Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library at 20 West St. in Northampton.

“I like working with images in unexpected ways. Some work tells a story, while others are whims of immediate subconscious,” Akinnuoye writes in an artist’s statement. “Much of my work is a commentary on culture and how the subjects of my works interact with the environments that I have created for them.”

Bega’s recent body of mixed-media pieces was inspired by fragments of a vintage parachute that was brought home by a relative after World War II. “The substantial yet translucent nature of this artifact suggested a new use as a medium for the experiment relief paintings that had been a focus for the last several years,” she writes. “Over time, the awareness of its origin evoked respect for the material itself. The desire to honor the sacrifice and bravery of the warriors emerged in the creation of the work ...”

Also on view will be “Humans of Northampton,” an exhibit that combines photography and narratives compiled by the Teen Advocacy Group of Northampton High School and the Northampton Prevention Coalition. The exhibit explores the truth behind the media headlines of the “opioid epidemic,” and includes interviews with healthcare and law enforcement professionals, harm-reduction specialists, people in recovery and everyday residents of Northampton.

The exhibits will be on view through June 29. For information, visit www.forbeslibrary.org or call 587-1011.


“If it Has a Name,” an exhibit by Michael Van Winkle, will be on view through June 25 at the ECA+ Gallery in Easthampton’s Old Town Hall, 43 Main St. There will be an artist’s reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Van Winkle creates fictitious spaces that are filled with abstract shapes and colorful patterns that are juxtaposed with familiar objects and imagery. His daily studio practice incites improvisation and layering that link one work to the next and capture a sense of exploration of his developed visual vocabulary.

“The dialogue between painted characters opens a kinetic, relational space,” Van Winkle writes in an artist’s statement. “I want these pictures to create a trajectory into our imaginations and encourage deciphering through observation, invention and memory.”

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

Open studios

Artists at Cottage Street Studios, 1 Cottage St. in Easthampton, will open the doors to their studios to show their work to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Cottage Street Studios is home to a variety of artists and artisans, and its semi-annual Open Studios event includes an array of local arts, crafts and goods. For information, visit www.cottagestreetstudios.com.

Folk traditions

The Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble is slated to perform Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum at 130 River Drive, in Hadley. The performance is part of the “Wednesday Folk Traditions” concert series.

Layaali, an international group of musicians, aims to increase awareness of Arabic music and culture. The group has performed sold-out shows for audiences in the United States and abroad. Admission is $12; $2 for children ages 16 and under. Picnickers are welcome on the grounds beginning at 5 p.m. For information, call 584-4699 or visit www.pphmuseum.org.

At City Hall Gallery

“Different Strokes,” an exhibit of paintings by Nancy Pulley of Easthampton, will be on view through June 29 at Easthampton’s City Hall Gallery, in the Municipal Building, 50 Payson Avenue.

Pulley’s series primarily includes landscapes of New England, from autumn mountains to the gardens of Naumkeag, a former country estate in Stockbridge. She uses diverse mediums and surfaces; she uses barn board as a starting point for some of her paintings.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call for artists

The Northampton Arts Council is seeking submissions for its 2015 Biennial Exhibition at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 210 Main St. in Northampton. The exhibit will be on view from Oct. 2-30. The theme for this year’s show, Motion-Emotion, is open to free interpretation, and the judges will consider any 2- or 3-dimensional art, as well as video and performance art. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 1. For information, visit www.northamptonartscouncil.org and click on the link “CALL TO ARISTS.”


The following artists will have work on view through June 30 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton.

In the Locust Gallery: “A Tribute to Frank and Michael Gnatek, Jr.” by their brother and fellow artist, John Gnatek.

Michael Gnatek is nationally recognized for his historical, American West and wildlife paintings. He was born in Hadley, where he began his artistic career at the age of 11 as a student of landscape artist Stephen Hamilton. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, and was stationed in Washington, D.C., where he served as a combat artist, among other duties. He remained in Washington after the war and continued to create art.

Frank Gnatek, also a Hadley native, also studied with Hamilton. Noted for his drawings, most often plein air, his media includes watercolor, dry point (a printmaking technique) and some oils.

John Gnatek started doing murals for the Big E as a teen, and has been documenting the region ever since, creating a visual record of western Massachusetts.

In the New Gallery: “Personal Inspiration,” an exhibit of paintings and prints of birds, flowers and scenes by Southampton artist Valerie McQuillan. She says she draws inspiration from what is around her, like the bluebirds nesting and the lady’s slippers growing in her yard.

Getting published

The third annual Publishing Fair, presented by Amherst Area Publications, will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst.

At 10:30: “How to Sell your Self-Published Book to a Larger Publisher” — Shel Horowitz, marketing consultant and award-winning author, will share his ethical marketing strategies.

At 1 p.m.: “Using the Jones Library for Researching Your Project” — Cynthia Harbeson, head of special collections at the library, will provide an overview of the wealth of local history, genealogy and other unique resources available at the Jones.

Admission is $10 and includes workshops and space to display your writing, editing and publishing promotional materials. amherstareapublications@gmail.com

Jazz Shares

Musicians David Virelles, piano, and Román Diáz, percussion and voice, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wistariahurst Museum at 238 Cabot St. in Holyoke.

Born in Cuba, Virelles left for Canada in 2001 as a protege of saxophonist Jane Burnett, with whom he toured and recorded several albums. In 2003, he became the first recipient of the Oscar Peterson Prize, presented by Peterson himself while Virelles was a student at Humber College in Toronto. His debut album, “Motion,” was released in 2007 after he won the Grand Prix de Jazz Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival

In 2009, Diáz recorded “The Real Rumba” with Pedro Martinez, capturing essential Cuban cultural and religious music. Diáz and Martinez “have joined the pantheon with the best Afro-Cuban rumba recording in recent memory,” writes Cuban-American historian and musician Pablo Yglesias.

Thursday’s show concludes the third season of Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares. Tickets can be purchased at www.jazzshares.org, or at the door.

At the Oxbow Gallery

“Welcome to the Jungle,” an 80-foot painting that extends around the walls of the Oxbow Gallery at 273 Pleasant St., Northampton, will be on view through June 28. There will be an artist’s reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

As the title’s allusion to the Guns N’ Roses song suggests, the painting surrounds the viewer with wild images from popular culture. Tam starts with figures of professional wrestlers in scenes of confused frenzy, and as she paints, she abstracts from her source images, allowing the wrestlers to transform into brush strokes and flood into their hallucinatory world.

Tam says she is influenced by other such immersive paintings, including the fresco work of late-Renaissance painter Giulio Romano, especially his “Fall of the Giants.”

Also on view, in the Back Gallery, “Recent Landscapes” by Martha Armstrong, through June 28, with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

For information, visit www.oxbowgallery.org.

At Amherst Cinema

The 1985 classic film “The Goonies” will screen Saturday at 10 a.m. at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst. The family film tells the story of Mikey Walsh and his band of friends as they search for pirate One-Eyed Willie’s buried treasure. The film is part of the cinema’s “Family Film” series. Tickets cost $5.

 “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” Martin Scorcese’s first Hollywood production, won Ellen Burstyn the 1975 Academy Award for Best Actress, and also stars Diane Ladd, Harvey Keitel and Kris Kirstofferson. The movie will be shown Monday at 7 p.m. as part of the theater’s collaboration with Hampshire College’s Creative Media Institute. Will Reiser, a 2003 graduate of the college, will be on hand for the screening. He is best known for his work as a producer and writer for Da Ali G Show and for writing “50/50,” which is based on his own experience with cancer. Regular admission.

To purchase tickets for either film, visit www.amherstcinema.org.