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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • "Cathedral Group" by Elizabeth Solley Caine, on view at the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton

    "Cathedral Group" by Elizabeth Solley Caine, on view at the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton

  • Prints and other works by Cyndy Sperry are on view in the Back Gallery at the Oxbow Gallery.

    Prints and other works by Cyndy Sperry are on view in the Back Gallery at the Oxbow Gallery.

  • Works by Keri Kimua are on view at the Northampton Center for the Arts.

    Works by Keri Kimua are on view at the Northampton Center for the Arts.

  • Works by Amanda Hill are on view at the Northampton Center for the Arts.

    Works by Amanda Hill are on view at the Northampton Center for the Arts.

  • Joshua Dietz's surreal paintings are inspired by Dali and Magritte. His work is on view at UNITE in Northampton.

    Joshua Dietz's surreal paintings are inspired by Dali and Magritte. His work is on view at UNITE in Northampton.

  • Gordon Thorne's "Studies for the Father's House, Part 2" is on view at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton.

    Gordon Thorne's "Studies for the Father's House, Part 2" is on view at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton.

  • "Childs Park" by Debra Dunphy

    "Childs Park" by Debra Dunphy

  • A painting by Susan Paju

    A painting by Susan Paju

  • Child with Concertina by Brigita Fuhrmann

    Child with Concertina by Brigita Fuhrmann

  • "Cathedral Group" by Elizabeth Solley Caine, on view at the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton
  • Prints and other works by Cyndy Sperry are on view in the Back Gallery at the Oxbow Gallery.
  • Works by Keri Kimua are on view at the Northampton Center for the Arts.
  • Works by Amanda Hill are on view at the Northampton Center for the Arts.
  • Joshua Dietz's surreal paintings are inspired by Dali and Magritte. His work is on view at UNITE in Northampton.
  • Gordon Thorne's "Studies for the Father's House, Part 2" is on view at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton.
  • "Childs Park" by Debra Dunphy
  • A painting by Susan Paju
  • Child with Concertina by Brigita Fuhrmann

Mountainous exhibit

“One Side of a Mountain,” an exhibit of works by Elizabeth Solley Caine, and an exhibit of works by Cyndy Sperry, will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Feb. 3 at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St., Northampton

The centerpiece of Caine’s exhibit is an 8-foot-by-9-foot painting of the main cathedral group of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, composed of four canvases. The painting, depicting the mountains in June, shows snow patterns, retreating glaciers and the highest peak of the range, a popular destination for climbers

Caine says her paintings in the show aim to communicate the power of the natural world: “How a single person standing in the middle of a dynamic landscape such as this experiences the feeling of being a small part of something else, a part of an interconnected circumstance. It leads us to a greater understanding of our place in nature and of ourselves.”

Sperry’s collection of prints, paintings and drawings will be on view in the Back Gallery. Sperry’s recent work draws inspiration from Greek vase painting and the western Massachusetts landscape.

Gallery Hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, call 586- 6300.

Over and out

“OVER OUT,” an exhibit of large-scale oil paintings and acrylic sketches by Smith College graduates Amanda Hill and Keri Kimura, will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and will remain on view through Feb. 8 at the Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South St. Northampton. The show will be the last visual arts exhibit to be shown in the gallery space; the center will close in the spring.

Hill’s work uses imagery of mechanical parts from disembodied automobiles, a subject she became interested in after being in a car accident. Kimura’s work references 19th-century romanticism in color and composition and invoke themes of intimacy and exposure.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, visit www.nohoarts.org.

#Surrealist

“Joshua #Dietz #using #’s outside of twitter #but seriously #’s shouldn’t be used out of twitter,” an exhibit of works by 16-year-old Northampton painter Joshua Dietz, will open with a reception Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and will remain on view through Feb. 5 at Unite, 202 Main St., Northampton. Dietz says he is inspired by surrealist artists like Dali and Magritte. His exhibit features surrealistic paintings of animals and scenes.

At the Hosmer

An exhibit of paintings by Debra Dunphy, Brigita Fuhrmann and Susan Paju will open with a reception Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and will remain on view through Jan. 30 at the Hosmer Gallery in Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton.

Dunphy, whose work consists of oil landscapes and portraits, says the objective of her portraits is to combine the physical as well as the inner qualities of the subject to achieve a more lifelike painting.

Fuhrmann’s work is a collection of portraits in the style of early-American itinerant painters. Through the paintings Fuhrmann aims to bring to life people, mainly children, who lived more than 100 years ago in houses that are still part of New England towns.

Paju’s works feature abstract subjects in nature such as cloudy skies and the surface of water. She says the natural abstraction of these subjects allows her freedom in how to depict them. The North Quabbin region is the subject of her paintings.

Gallery hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays. For information, visit www.forbeslibrary.org.

‘Mother Holle’

The Hartsbrook Marionettes will present “Mother Holle” Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. The troupe performs for early-childhood audiences.

Mother Holle:” is the story of two maidens, one hard-working and one idle, who journey down a well and are asked to take care and do good work on their travels.

Free; museum admission is separate. The museum is located at 125 West Bay Road. For information, call 658-1100 or visit wwwcarlemusum.org.

Part Two, at A.P.E.

“Studies for the Father’s House, Part 2,” an installation by Gordon Thorne will be on view through Jan. 30 at the A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main St., Northampton.

Gallery Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays. For information, call 387-6027 or visit www.apearts.org.

At CDH

Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton, will exhibit the works of artists Jim DuBois and William and Jeanne Belisle in the hall galleries during January.

In the Locust Gallery: DuBois’ “Visual Coherence,” in which the artist explores the visual area that occurs before things become clearly defined. The question, “How many marks do you need to make before something becomes coherent visually?” guides his exploration.

In the New Gallery: The Belisles’ exhibit, “Fruits of our Labor,” a collection of still life images done in each artists’ own style. Jeanne Belisle paints mostly primitive still lifes in oils, using precision to define bowls, pitchers, crockery and other artifacts within her balanced compositions. Bill Belisle is more of a traditionalist, building his almost photo realistic life-like forms of fruit and old weathered items into dynamic still lifes.

Abstraction in Williamsburg

An exhibit of abstract oil paintings by Ben Hotchkiss will be on view through Jan. 31 at the Neil Hammer Gallery at Meekins Library, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg.

Hotchkiss, who is self-taught, says he considers himself an intuitive painter, visual explorer and visual alchemist.

Library Hours are Tuesdays from noon to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Mondays and Fridays. For information call 268-7472.

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