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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • COURTESY OF WILLIAM BACZEK<br/>Nanette Vonnugut's "Clowns in the Wilderness"
  • COURTESY OF WILLIAM BACZEK<br/>Gina Kamentsky's "Saga"
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE<br/>Cellists perform with the University of Massachusetts Orchestra.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC & DANCE<br/>The piccolo section of the University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble
  • COURTESY OF ECA+<br/>Carolyn Clayton will speak at an artist's forum sponsored by ECA+.
  • COURTESY OF R. MICHELSON GALLERIES<br/>Thomas Locker's "River Valley"

At William Baczek

The William Baczek Fine Arts Gallery presents two new solo exhibitions: Gina Kamentsky’s “The Engagement Party” and Nanette “Nanny” Vonnegut’s “All Things in Paradise.”

The exhibits will run concurrently through April 20.

Vonnegut’s exhibit features new oil paintings, monoprints and graphite drawings.

Vonnegut often sets images in a grid pattern to juxtapose diverse subjects within the same picture frame. New pieces include the grid drawing “One Hundred Faces.” Other oil paintings depict circus clowns around a campfire at night and two dogs watching a home burn.

Kamentsky, a sculptor and filmmaker from the Boston area, will be showing new mechanized metal sculptures that incorporate found objects, fabricated metal rods and wood. Her work has often been likened to Rube Goldberg’s machines.

Selections from this exhibition and works by other gallery artists are available for viewing on the gallery’s website at www.wbfinearts.com. The gallery is located at 36 Main St., Northampton. Hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Youth Action Coalition

The Youth Action Coalition will hold its sixth annual fundraiser, “Lights, Camera, Youth Action!,” Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Eastworks and Apollo Grill in Easthampton.

The event supports “Arts-For- Change,” the Y.A.C. arts-based social justice program, and will feature artwork from “Arts-For-Change” volunteers. There will be silent and live auctions of local artwork, products and services; hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by Apollo Grill; and a performance by the Amherst Regional High School jazz ensemble.

Tickets are available at youthactioncoalition.org, at Food for Thought Books in Amherst, the Apollo Grill in Easthampton, and at the door. For information, call 253-2158 or send an email to info@youthactioncoalition.org.

‘Let My People Go’

Mak’hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts, presents “Let My People Go: Songs of Freedom,” Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

On the program: traditional and contemporary music spanning a variety of genres, including classical, pop and gospel, sung in Hebrew, Yiddish, Italian and English. Evelyn Harris will perform songs crossing jazz, pop and rock ’n’ roll genres. Tickets cost $15; $10 for students/seniors. To reserve, call 584-9032 or visit www.academyofmusictheatre.tix.com.

Artists talk

ECA+ launches the first of a series of artist talks Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Old Town Hall at Flywheel, 43 Main St., Easthampton. Artists William Chambers, Carolyn Clayton, Alicia Renadette and Nina Rossi will speak about their word.

Chambers is exhibiting “Cold Series” in Easthampton City Hall Gallery, 50 Payson Avenue. The exhibit continues through June 12.

Clayton is creating a site-specific performative installation, “HOARD,” at Eastworks as part of REACH, a multi-city exhibit from April 6 through May 4.

Renadette will discuss her site-specific installation, “Assume the Position (Discretion is a Holy Virtue Version),” that will be on view at the Wistariahurst Museum as part of REACH.

Rossi exhibits in the Greater Easthampton Chamber Gallery from April 4 through June 4. She experiments in two- and three-dimensional structures in a wide array of materials.

The forum is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.easthamptoncityarts.com.

Music at UMass

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Ensemble, featuring graduate conductor Charles O’Brien artistic director James Patrick Miller, will perform Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

On the program: music by Gounod, Ticheli, Husa, J.S. Bach and Grainger.

∎ The University Orchestra will perform March 28 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall.

On the program: Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”; Pierre Max Dubois’ Concerto pour saxophone alto, Movement I; and Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra, Movement I. The orchestra, conducted by Teresa Cheung, will be joined by soloists Erik Anundson (alto saxophone) and Robert T. Scott (percussion), the 2012-13 UMass Concerto Competition winners.

Tickets for both concerts cost $10; $3 for UMass Amherst students; $5 for other students, senior citizens and children under 18. To reserve, call 545-2511 or visit www.fac.umass.edu/musicanddance.

At R. Michelson Galleries

“Views of Arcadia” paintings by Thomas Locker (1937-2012) will be on view through June 6 at R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main St., Northampton. Locker, an American painter, had a career that spanned almost 60 years and that included more than 75 solo exhibitions.

An exhibit statement reads, in part, “His work ranged from the delicate to the monumental, but all had one thing in common: the beauty of the natural world. He had a deep appreciation for the elusive link between human spirit and the sublime force of nature.”

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, call 586-3964 or visit www.RMichelson.com.

Call for artists

Officials at Historic Northampton, in collaboration with The Northampton Center for the Arts, plan to make some of its museum gallery space available to artists to exhibit their work.

Artists who would like to apply for a show will be asked to choose from objects in the museum’s collection, such as photographs, paintings or textiles, to inspire them to create new work or to illuminate an existing body of work. Inspiration could also come from important issues, people, or places in Northampton’s history.

Access to the museum’s collection will be made available to artists prior to applying and after acceptance.

Submissions for individual and group shows/installations will be considered for exhibitions to be scheduled from June, 2013, through May, 2014.

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2013.

Visit www.historic-northampton.org to see what proposals should include and where to send them. For questions, contact Lisa Thompson at 586-5553 or send an email to lisathompson@apearts.org.

‘Avanti Plus’ concert canceled

“Avanti Plus,” a UMass Faculty Woodwind Ensemble concert scheduled for April 7, has been canceled, due to the illness of a faculty member.

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