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Arts Previews Oct. 12-18

  • Home Movie Day is the cat’s meow. Image courtesy of Home Movie Day


Thursday, October 12, 2017
Home Movie Day at Forbes Library

“Do you have old 8mm, Super 8mm or 16mm home movies you haven’t seen in years?” ask the film lovers at Forbes Library. Time to unearth those old treasures! Forbes is hosting another Home Movie Day on Saturday, Oct. 21 in the Community Room from 12 to 3 p.m. According to press notes, “Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at many local venues worldwide. Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community, and to see their neighbors’ in turn, and to learn how best to preserve them.” 

The event is open to the public, and people who are interested in screening their home films should submit them by the end of the day tomorrow: Just drop them off in the Forbes Library Arts & Music Office. “Elizabeth Coffey, the film conservator at the Harvard Film Archive, will inspect the films to be sure they are safe to project and will lead the event and give preservation tips to attendees for best conserving their treasures,” according to the library, which will also make available information on digitization resources. In addition to personal home movies, films from the Forbes Library and Historic Northampton archives will be shown at the event, and guests will be invited to play Home Movie Bingo.

For more info, contact Dylan at dgaffney@forbeslibrary.org or call the library at 587-1013. To learn more about the national Home Movie Day event, currently in its 15th year, visit centerforhomemovies.org/hmd.

Olivia Bernard’sSolo Exhibition

Local artist Olivia Bernard will be presenting her recent installation works at Smith College’s Oresman Gallery at the Brown Fine Arts Center. Titled “What Lies Between,” the exhibition features a series of large, evocative installations, made of paper, thread, glass and wax, and developed from single sculptures and works on paper. According to press notes, “This ephemeral series explores the terrain that lies between drawing and sculpture reflecting the artist’s investigation of materials ranging from sheer skin to solid glass and steel.”

The exhibition runs through Oct. 31, with a public reception at the gallery tomorrow, from 5 to 8 p.m., during Northampton’s Arts Night Out. For further information about the artist’s work, visit oliviabernard.com 

Three Exhibitions atHampden Gallery

The Hampden Gallery at UMass Amherst will open three exhibitions on Oct. 15, showing the works of Greta Gundersen, Rhonda Smith and Laurie M. Goddard. The artists each explore, respectively, “boundary between abstraction and representation,” “ancient relationship between rock, water, and human,” and “imaginary board games inspired by long languid talks in odd places,” according to press notes.

For more information, visit fac.umass.edu.

Lyra MusicBenefit Concert

Lyra Music, a non-profit music festival in residence at Smith College, will host their annual benefit concert on Oct. 22 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Northampton. The non-profit classical music organization trains young pianists and string players during the summer and offers them a stage at the annual Lyra Music Festival. The festival aims to bring the young talents and the local community together through high-quality classical music performance. 

Information about the scholarship program and concert can be found at lyramusic.bpt.me.