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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OXBOW GALLERY<br/>"Hydrangea" and other works by Pamela Avril, are on view at the Oxbow Gallery.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HOSMER GALLERY<br/>"Gathering" and other works by Katie Richardson, are on view at the Hosmer Gallery.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HOSMER GALLERY<br/>Works by Sienna Wildfield are an view at the Hosmer Gallery.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HOSMER GALLERY<br/>Works by Richard Turnbull are on view at the Hosmer Gallery.

‘Observed/Imagined’

“Observed/Imagined,” an exhibit of recent paintings by Pamela Avril, will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through March 3 at The Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St., Northampton.

A Guggenheim Fellow in painting, Avril has show her work at Union and Marist colleges, the Josef Gallery in New York City and the Kleinart Gallery in Woodstock, N.Y., as well as in group shows.

Avril works from both observed and re-imagined subjects. According to information provided by the gallery, her paintings range in size from very large and expansive to intimate, but at every scale are characterized “by a dramatic and evident desire to bring the viewer into the presence of the subject.”

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

At the Hosmer

Works by artists Katie Richardson, Sienna Wildfield and Richard Turnbull will be on view through Feb. 28 at the Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. An artists’ reception will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Katie Richardson, owner of Katie Ray Arts in Belchertown and a founding board member of Artisans of WMass, uses glass and metal to create art and accessories, from small glass-works to large sculpture. In this exhibit, Richardson’s metal sculptures explore the concept of home. The sculptural explorations have grown from her interest in immigration issues and the nature of identity.

Sienna Wildfield has been taking photos for 30 years. Her photography has been selected to be part of several juried exhibitions. The images in her show, “Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit of Life and Landscape in Western Massachusetts,” reflect the local culture and community values found in western Massachusetts. The sale of her work at this exhibit will support Hilltown Families, a nonprofit, grassroots communication network that helps connect and create community in the area.

Richard Turnbull is an art historian turned printmaker and experimental photographer. Turnbull’s exhibit will focus mainly on experimental photography, particularly in the rare art form of chemigrams, a type of camera-less photograph created entirely by chemical reactions in the dark room. Gallery hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 587-1011, ext. 4529.

At CDH

Susan Barocas and Deborah O’Neil will exhibit their artwork in the corridor galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton during the month of February.

In the Locust Gallery: Barocas, a former math and computer science teacher at Northampton High School, will display oil impressionistic paintings in her show entitled, “Reflections of Light and Color.”

In the New Gallery: O’Neil, a University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate and Northampton-based artist, will display her “photo painting,” a term she uses to describe her original technique of combining a center photo with a painted mat that creates a two dimensional view. Her work on view also includes other photography and canvas painting of scenes from Europe, the Pioneer Valley, New England, the Caribbean and other locales. A reception will be held for both artists today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

February roses

The R. Michelson Galleries’ February exhibit is “Petals, Paper, and Stone,” a collection of mixed-media works featuring dried roses and birds by Mark Curtin, will open with a reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main St., Northampton.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.RMichelson.com.

Stories at Smith

ArtsFest Smith College’s SmithArtsFest 2013, titled “Storytelling,” will take place from Friday through Feb. 17 on the college campus.

The event will feature storytelling through various forms such as poetry, dance, music and theatre. This year the festival has focused on 20th-century composer Arnold Schoenberg, whom they will spend considerable time demystifying for the audiences. The festival will include a wide range of performances, many of which are free and open to the public. For a list of events, visit www.smith.edu/music/artsfest/.

Mount Holyoke dreams

The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra will presents “Midwinter Dreams,” an interdisciplinary performance of dance, music and installation art Sunday at 3 p.m. in Chapin Auditorium, Mary Wooley Hall, on the college campus in South Hadley.

The event will explore the world of dreams and feature the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, Mount Holyoke College Glee Club, Mount Holyoke College Dancers, as well as guest artists. Admission is free. For information, visit www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/music/orchestra/concert-season.

Pop meets folk

“Q2,” an exhibit by Susan Boss, a non-traditional quilter, will open with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Feb. 26 at the Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery, 43 Main St., Easthampton.

Boss’ designs derive from African-American strip quilts, and often incorporate pop language such as “OMG” or “So what?” with silkscreen on fabric. Boss is influenced by topics such as cell phone texting, language, truisms and poetry.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is part of Art Walk, Easthampton’s Fire and Ice event.

Red: The color of art

“RED,” an exhibit by artists at the Paragon Arts and Industry Gallery, 150 Pleasant St., Easthampton, opens with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. an remains on view through February. For information, visit www.paragonartsgallery.com.

Gotta paint

“A Man’s Gotta Paint What A Man’s Gotta Paint,” an exhibit of paintings by Luke J. Cavagnac, will open with a reception Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. and will remain on view through May at the Invisible Fountain, 116 Pleasant St., Suite 206, Easthampton.

The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays and some weekends. For information, visit www.invisiblefountain.com.

Fire and ice

Easthampton City Arts+ will host its 5th annual Fire and Ice Art Walk on Saturday. The event will feature performances, exhibitions, poetry readings, a bonfire and luminaria candles at venues throughout the city.

The day starts with the Historical Ice Harvest on Nashawannuck Pond from noon to 3 p.m., where attendees will learn about the former Easthampton enterprise of commercial ice harvesting. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a celebratory bonfire at Nashawannuck pond with luminaria. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., poets will read odes to fire and ice at Art Walk venues.

Throughout the day kids and the community can make special Valentines for the City of Easthampton as part of a project called “For the love of Easthampton, Valentines for the City.” The Valentines will be created and displayed at the Old Town Hall, 43 Main St., until Valentines Day, when they will be given to city employees. The rest of the evening features art openings and performances around Easthampton until 8 p.m.

For venue locations and a list of events visit www.artwalkeasthampton.com.

Uncanny concert

The Smith College Poetry Center and SmithArtsFest 2013 are sponsoring “Uncanny Valley,” a concert-length work for piano, spoken text and electronics on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, on Smith Campus.

The event will feature poet Jon Woodward and pianist Oni Buchanan. Free and open to the public. For information, visit www.smith.edu/music/artsfest.

At the Burnett Gallery

A retrospective exhibit of work by Amherst artist and architect Wilbur Pearson opens with a reception today from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Feb. 28 at the Burnett Gallery in the Jones Library, 31 Amity St., Amherst.

Included in the exhibit will be diverse works, including drawings of the human figure, architectural renderings, and informal sketches in pencil, charcoal and prismacolor crayon. The works represent a variety of styles, but all reflect the depth of Pearson’s artistic vision and his meticulous attention to line and form. His work has been described as “graceful ... with a quality of reflection and repose” (Amherst Bulletin).

“I try to capture the spirit of the subject as well as the light and the shade,” Pearson writes in an artist’s statement.

Pearson practiced architecture for 30 years, principally in Miami. He taught architectural design and drawing at the University of Miami.

His work has been exhibited in traveling shows, and in galleries in Florida. Locally, he has had solo exhibits at the Nacul Center, Henion’s Bakery and the Wunderarts space, all in Amherst.

His architectural drawings were published in the New Classicists, Volume 2.

Love notes

Love Notes, the Amherst Club’s annual community benefit, will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College.

On the musical program will be classical French horn, gospel, PDQ Bach, banjos and more. Performers include the Devine-Nix Duo, playing violin, guitar, mandolin and 7-string guitar; singer Cheryl Cobb, accompanied by Dick Matteson, singing American, French and Ukrainian folk songs; French horn player Jean Jeffries with pianist Monica Jakuc; and the Hurricane Singers from Amherst Regional High School. State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg and Rep. Ellen Story will host the event.

A champagne reception will follow the concert, with hors d’oeuvres, sweets and dancing to the music of the Gypsy Wranglers. The reception also features a silent auction offering gourmet dinners, a golf outing, paintings, antiques, jewelry and more.

Proceeds this year will benefit many local organization, including the Amherst Boys and Girls Club; the Amherst Family Center; Amherst Leisure Services; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the Dakin Humane Society; the Jones Library ESL program; and much more. For more information, including a complete list of programs receiving support, visit www.amherstclub.org.

Tickets cost $20 for the show; $40 for the show plus the reception and auction. They are available from club members, at Hastings Stationers in Amherst, by calling 253-5179, by using the order form available online at the club’s website, or at the door, beginning at 2 p.m.

At Hampden Gallery

“I, Pilgrim,” an exhibit of work by Jeff Stauder, will be on view through Feb. 21 at Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Stauder uses iconic images from American history to create a surreal, allegorical world. Motif’s include a lone pilgrim, bison, crows, corn and wood. Historical periods are conflated and an ensuing sense of humor, confusion and loss is communicated.

Stauder teaches drawing, painting, foundations and sculpture at Amherst Regional High School.

∎ Also, at the gallery, in the Incubator Space, “Jet Lag Go-Gooffers,” Adele Mattern’s exhibit of drawing, sculpture, installation and fiber, will be on view through Feb. 21.

Mattern lives in Northampton. In 2009, her embroidered newspaper project, “NewFeed Mumbai,” a collaboration with 180 women in Mumbai, was featured in Hand/Eye magazine.

A reception will be held for both artists on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

The gallery is located in the Southwest Residential Area. Hours are Tuesdays through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m.; Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. For information, call 545-0680.

Music at UMass

The 28th Annual High School Honor Band Concert, under the direction of James Patrick Miller and guest conductor Jack Stamp from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. The performance, which will feature high school wind and percussion musicians from the Northeast, is free and open to the public.

∎ A Visiting World Music Artists Concert will be presented Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall on the UMass campus.

On the program is composer/percussionist Royal Hartigan’s Blood Drum Spirit Ensemble, playing globally inspired music. Hartigan, a 1981 graduate of UMass, will be joined by David Bindman, sax; Art Hirahara, piano; and Wes Brown, bass.

For information about the quartet, visit www.blooddrumspirit.com.

Tickets cost $10; $3 for UMass Amherst students; $5 for other students, senior citizens, and children under 18.

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