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  • Chicago jazz drummer Mike Reed performs May 23.

    Chicago jazz drummer Mike Reed performs May 23. Purchase photo reprints »

  • COURTESY OF ROBERT FLOYD PHOTO GALLERY<br/>"Dancing with Pigeons" by Barbara Krawczyk won Best in Show in the 12th annual Women in History Month photo exhibit at the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery in Southampton.

    "Dancing with Pigeons" by Barbara Krawczyk won Best in Show in the 12th annual Women in History Month photo exhibit at the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery in Southampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • COURTESY OF LORNA RITZ<br/>"Mt. Norwattuck Trees" and other paintings of the Holyoke Range by Lorna Ritz are on view at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

    "Mt. Norwattuck Trees" and other paintings of the Holyoke Range by Lorna Ritz are on view at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Chicago jazz drummer Mike Reed performs May 23.
  • COURTESY OF ROBERT FLOYD PHOTO GALLERY<br/>"Dancing with Pigeons" by Barbara Krawczyk won Best in Show in the 12th annual Women in History Month photo exhibit at the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery in Southampton.
  • COURTESY OF LORNA RITZ<br/>"Mt. Norwattuck Trees" and other paintings of the Holyoke Range by Lorna Ritz are on view at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

At the State House

An exhibit of landscape drawings of the Holyoke Range by painter Lorna Ritz opens Saturday, and will remain on view through July 23, at the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston. There will be an artist’s reception June 5 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., hosted by Sen. Stanley Rosenberg.

Ritz, of Amherst, received a bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a master’s degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, both in painting and sculpture. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, both in Providence, R.I., the University of Minnesota, and Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and, since 2004, at Western New England University in Springfield.

“In my paintings, the viewer senses sky, mountains, wind, even though my paintings are abstract,” Ritz writes in an artist’s statement. “My paintings bring the landscape indoors. They become windows that peer deeply into space beyond their four edges.”

For information about Ritz, visit www.lornaritz.com.

Winning pictures

The three winning entries in the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery’s 12th annual Women in History Month photo exhibit will be on view through May 26 at the gallery, 2 East St., in Southampton.

Best in Show: Barbara Krawczyk of Westfield

First Place: Margaret “Pledge” Daniels of Longmeadow

Second Place: Maggie Horsnell of South Hadley

Judging was done by the Gazette photo editor, Carol Lollis.

For information, call 529-2635.

Amherst Ballet

“Dances Through Time,” a dance concert by Amherst Ballet, will be presented Saturday at 4 and 7 p.m. at Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The performances of six pieces will showcase more than 30 dancers in works of classical and contemporary ballet, as well as newly commissioned modern dance pieces.

On the program: “Le Pas de Cinq,” a resetting of a 1845 ballet divertissement in which four ballerinas dance together; “Le Pas de Quatre,” originally choreographed by Jules Perrot, danced by Amherst Ballet’s five graduating seniors; “Archipelago,” a new modern work by Robin Karson; “La Reve,” a contemporary piece by teacher and Amherst Ballet alumna Molly Stamell, set to an electronic soundscape; a restaging by executive director Sueann Townsend of her “Corelli Ballet,” which was commissioned in 2002 by the American Dance Company; a new contemporary ballet work choreographed by teacher Heather Reichgott, set to music by the Colombian band Atercio Pelasdos; and an excerpt from “Don Quixote,” a classical ballet.

Also on Saturday, at 1 p.m., the Amherst Ballet Lower School will perform “Alice in Wonderland,” also at Bowker Auditorium.

Tickets cost $18; $10 for children. To reserve, call 549-1555 or visit www.amherstballet.org.

Legendary Joe Papp

The Lander Grinspoon Academy will launch a social justice film series Sunday at 7 p.m. with “Joe Papp in Five Acts,” a feature-length documentary about the legendary theater director/producer, Joe Papp.

Papp transformed American theater by championing interracial casting and freedom of expression. He brought free Shakespeare to Central Park in New York City and nurtured many playwrights, directors and actors. The film, which was co-produced by Julia Mintz of Northampton, features scenes and testimonials from Meryl Street, James Earl Jones, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen and other actors.

Mintz will hold a Q&A session after the screening.

Tickets cost $7.50; $5 for children (the film is recommended for ages 14 and over). To reserve, call Ashley at 584-6622, ext. 100. Tickets will also be available at the door. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Drama at Deerfield

Deerfield Academy will perform Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons’ in the Academy’s Reid Black Box Theater, from May 21 to May 25. All shows are at 7 p.m. except on May 25, when the curtain goes up at 4 p.m.

“All My Sons” opened in 1947 at the Coronet Theater in New York City and ran for more than 300 performances. It won the New York Drama Critic’s Award and Tony Awards for Best Author and Best Direction (Elia Kazan).

Based on a true story, the play is set in post-World War II America and examines the relationship between fathers and sons, business ethics, taking responsibility for one’s actions, and, ultimately, the price of living the “American Dream.”

Deerfield’s production, directed by Catriona Hynds, features Thomas Shuman of Amherst in the role of protagonist Joe Keller. Other local students involved in the production, include tech crew members Brandon Coulombe of Amherst and Andrew Bishop of Deerfield; stage manager Dane Scott of South Deerfield and assistant director Querube Suarez-Werlein of Amherst.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. To reserve, call 774-1556 or visit deerfield.edu/go/play.

Sharing jazz

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents its ninth concert, featuring Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things, on May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the United Congregational Church, 300 Appleton St., Holyoke.

The ensemble includes Mike Reed, drums; Greg Ward, alto sax; Tim Haldeman, tenor sax; and Jason Roebke, bass.

Reed has been part of the Chicago jazz and improvised music community since 1997. He has performed regularly with such Chicago legends as Ira Sullivan, Julian Priester and Art Hoyle, and leads two acclaimed groups, Loose Assembly and People, Places & Things. He was named Chicagoan of the Year of Jazz (2008) by The Chicago Tribune. The 57th annual Downbeat critics poll named him a Rising Jazz Star, and People, Places & Things a Rising Jazz Group.

For ticket information or information about Jazz Shares, visit www.jazzshares.org. For information about Reed, visit www.mikereedmusic.com.


“Drawn Work Embroidery and Patchwork,” an exhibit of hand-embroidered tapestries by Nancy Kalin, is on view through May 31 at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. The center is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 587-1228.

Feature film

California filmmaker Aaron Fradkin, who grew up in Northampton and graduated from the MacDuffie School, won the Best Feature Award in the juried competition at the fifth annual SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival in Providence, R.I., for his film, “15 North.” The film also won the Audience Choice for Best Feature Film.

In the film, Ben, a 25 year-old with anxiety and OCD, still living with his Mom, is forced to embark on a road trip with his only friend, Richardson, an unambitious model, to help Ben’s angry great-uncle move out of a retirement community and into his own home.

Fradkin received a bachelor’s degree in 2010 in television and film from Boston University.

At the Goodwin Library

An exhibit of 10 paintings by Robin Keller of Hadley will be on view through May 31 at the Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley. Most are depictions of local landscapes.

A self-taught artist, Keller specializes in acrylic paintings of New England landscapes. She has been painting professionally since 2000.

The show at the library is Keller’s first show in some time, having been on hiatus from painting do to the demands of her job in private home care.

“I haven’t been showing my work in a while because I haven’t had enough time to create more pieces,” she said.

— Fran Ryan

Call for artists

The Northampton Arts Council is accepting submissions for “Be Here Now,” a juried exhibit that will take in October at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. Artists must live in Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin or Berkshire counties.

Artists may interpret the theme freely, in 2-D, 3-D video and performance art. The council encourages submissions and performative weather-tolerant art for its expanded outdoor exhibition space on the Forbes Library lawn.

A brief explanation (75 words or less) of how the work relates to the theme will be requested with accepted work.

Jurors are Gordon Thorne, a visual artist and director of the A.P.E. Gallery and the Open Field Foundation; Mara Williams, chief curator of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Vermont; and a master’s degree in fine arts student from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, to be announced.

For information, call Brian Foote at 587-1069 or send him an email at arts@northamptonma.gov.

Submission deadline is Aug. 1 at 11:59 a.m.

Another call

Eathampton City Arts+ is seeking designs for permanent, artist-designed outdoor bicycle racks to be located in Easthampton.

The purpose of the racks is to provide places where cyclists can secure their bikes. The racks will also enhance the visual environment through these artistically designed elements. Two proposals will be selected by and ECA+ subcommittee of local arts advocates, bicycle advocates and other community members.

Selection criteria will be aesthetics, functionality, originality, safety and durability.

The deadline for submission is June 4. Artists must live in Massachusetts and be 18 or older.

For information, visit www.easthamptocityarts.com/bikerack.

Call for films

Film submissions for the 2013 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival that will take place Oct. 25 at Greenfield Community College, are now being accepted.

By using the Transition Town’s essential elements for local resiliency as film topics, including food/farming; health/medicine; education; economy; transportation; energy or housing, the festival aims to raise awareness, explore alternatives, encourage local creativity and build stronger, more cohesive communities.

Eighteen films were submitted to last year’s festival, with topics ranging from superheroes cleaning up the planet, permaculture design, alternative economies, bamboo bike carts and growing food everywhere.

The transition towns are Northfield, Northampton, Amherst, Wendell, Greenfield and Pelham, but any resident(s) in the Pioneer Valley may submit a film for consideration. There will be competitive and non-competitive categories with prizes awarded in the competitive category. All of the submitted films will be aired on public access TV. To view last year’s films, visit www.gctv.org/PVTTFF2012.

The submission deadline is Sept. 27. Mail two DVDs to PVTTF, c/o GCTV, P.O. Box 807, Greenfield, MA, 01302. For submission form and guidelines, visit www.transitionnorthfieldma.org.

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