Keeping Tabs on the Arts
PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLERY ONE
"Nude1" by Elizabeth Solomon is one of the works on view, Saturday only, in "Gray Matter," an exhibit in black and white at Gallery One in Easthampton.
PHOTO COURTESY OF WILLIAM BACZEK FINE ARTS
"Swimmer" by Carrie Seid is among the works on view in "Abstraction," at William Baczek Fine Arts in Northampton
PHOTO COURTESY OF ECA+ GALLERY
"April Painting" is one of the works by Matthew Best now on view at the Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery.
At Historic Northampton
“When All Else Fails: Make It Work,” an exhibit of artifacts and prints created in the letterpress studio of William Roger Muller of Northampton, and “The Red and The Grey,” a sculpture exhibit by Boston artist B. Lynch, will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will be on view through Nov. 1 at Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Northampton. Featured at the reception will be music by the JMPT Quartet.
Regular exhibit hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
∎ Historic Northampton is accepting applications from contemporary artists who wish to submit proposals for solo or group exhibitions, to be displayed at the museum in 2014.
The works must interact with or be inspired by a piece from the past already in Historic Northampton’s collection. The museum houses photographs, furniture, ceramics, toys, costumes and other media from the 17th to the 21st century.
Proposals are due Dec. 1 by mail, email or in person. For more information, visit historic-northampton.org/events/calltoartists.html.
At Gallery One
“Gray Matter,” an exhibit in black and white, will be on view Saturday, for one night only, at Gallery One, One Cottage Street in Easthampton.
The exhibit brings together 20 Cottage Street Studio artists who were asked to explore the meaning of gray matter. Their responses display a wide range of interpretations. Each artist worked in his or her chosen medium, within the confines of using only black and white. For more information, call 687-1428.
Whiling away the hours
An exhibit by James “Mac” McMahon will open with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Nov. 6 at the Nash Gallery, 40 Cottage St. in Easthampton.
McMahon is a World War II veteran who served in the Navy for 35 years. He’s also a sculptor, who began carving wood in 1967 to keep busy while deployed.
“With four hours of sunlight and only 30 sailors assigned to the ship, I needed something to keep me busy during my downtime,” he said. His work is inspired both by Americana and military symbols, and by native Alaskan folk artwork.
Hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information, visit www.nashgalleryart.com.
At Baczek Fine Arts
“Abstraction,” an exhibit by five painters and a sculptor will open with a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and will remain on view through Nov. 9 at William Baczek Fine Arts, 36 Main St., Northampton.
The artists explore a variety of approaches to abstract, or non-representational art. Some abstract art contains references to the visible, tangible world and some abstract art is completely non-objective.
The artists are Jaq Chartier of Seattle who paints in acrylic and stain and saturated inks on gessoed wood supports; Carrie Seid, from Arizona, who explores the tensions between the geometric and biomorphic; and Ali Moshiri, whose oil paintings are based on observations from nature, but primarily landscape.
Also, Sean Greene, whose past work has explored color and light through geometric patterns; Margaret Withers of Brooklyn, who works in acrylic, gouache, ink, watercolor and vinyl; and kinetic sculptor Anne Lilly, who was named as one of the 10 best artists in 2005 and 2012 by The Boston Globe.
Gallery 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. Some of the artwork featured in “Abstraction” is available for viewing at wbfinearts.com.
Music and poetry
“Music in Tone & Word,” an afternoon of lyre music and poetry presented by the Hadley Lyre Ensemble, will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Northampton Friends Meeting House, 43 Center St., Northampton.
The ensemble, founded in 2009 by director Channa A. Seidenberg, is made up of eight lyrists from the Valley, Boston and the Hudson Valley of New York state. The group plays a wide range of music from Baroque to modern, as well as improvisational pieces.
On the program, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Lyre Association of North America, will be works by J.S. Bach, Arvo Pärt, Colin Tanser, Gerhard Maasz, Max Gross, Jan Nilsson, Turlough O’Carolan, Seidenberg and Julia Elliott. Selected poetry from ancient to modern times on the theme of music will be presented. Refreshments will be served. Free. For information, call 387-9576 or visit pvmusegroup.org.
Lots of things
“10,000 Things,” an exhibit by abstract painter Matthew Best, will open with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Oct. 20 at the Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery, 43 Main St. in Easthampton.
The work, all created in the past year, features colorful paintings that employ a layering technique to change from clear to opaque.
“This series of paintings uses the vocabulary of painting to find new ways of depicting … the collapse of the senses into visual form,” Best writes in an artist’s statement.
Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.
The buzz at ECA+
Easthampton City Arts+ is accepting nominations for the 2013 ECA+ Pioneer Valley Buzz Award. The award seeks to recognize those who have worked to bring awareness to the cultural community in the Pioneer Valley. The Pioneer Valley community is invited to submit nominations online at easthamptoncityarts.com.
Nominations must be received by November 22nd. Committee members will review all nominations and select a recipient for the Light Up the Arts Holiday Bash on Dec. 5, at the Old Town Hall in Easthampton.
In addition to the winner’s recognition, the event will include a silent auction and the Small Works Show and Sale. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to wear funky, formal attire in the event’s theme of “Black & White.”
∎ Applications are being accepted from artists who want to participate in Easthampton City Arts+’s 5th annual Small Works Show & Sale that will take place Dec. 5-15.
The exhibit aims to benefit both patrons and artists during the holiday season. The ECA+ Small Works Show & Sale is offering a cash and carry salon style exhibit that has been widely successful with over 60 artists participating last year.
For more information about either program, visit EasthamptonCityArts.com or call 527-8278.
Internationally renowned duo 2Cellos, featuring Croatian musicians Luka Sulic and Stjephan Hauser, will perform Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton.
The duo is known for taking the cello beyond the confines of classical music, often blurring the lines between different genres. Their performance of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” became a viral sensation, leading them to join Elton John on a worldwide tour.
Sulic has won a series of top prizes in some of the world’s most prestigious music competitions in recent years, and Hauser has performed twice for Britain’s Prince Charles.
The duo has performed on television shows “The Tonight Show,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and “Glee.” They have also collaborated with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Michael and Leona Lewis.
Tickets cost $38.50 and $28.50. To purchase, call 586-8686 or visit IHEG.com.
Call for artists
The Northampton Arts Council is accepting applications from organizations, schools and individuals for grants that support cultural activities in the community. This year, the council expects to distribute up to $10,000.
Previously funded projects include Jennifer Polins for “Matter Over Mind,” which celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Catalyst Dance Company at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School in South Hadley; Ko Theater Works Inc. for Ko Festival Fringe: Story Slam NOHO; Paris Press for “Writing and Reading Through Illness”; and Sally Curcio for the project “A Prize Every Time,” an exhibit at the A.P.E. Gallery.
The application deadline is Oct. 15. Application forms and more information can be found at www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.aspx. For specific questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.