Keeping tabs on the arts
COURTESY OF THE OXBOW GALLERY
"Two Bridges" by Brain Chu of Durham, N.H. Purchase photo reprints »
COURTESY OF THE LOFT PARLOR
Works by Lisa Foster are on view at the Loft Parlor in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »
COURTESY OF A.P.E. GALLERY
Wiliam Hannum's Birthday Cake painting Purchase photo reprints »
COURTESY OF ECA+
"Twilight" from artist Kat O'Connor's "Ripple in the Blue" series is on view at the ECA+ Gallery in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »
Roger Salloom presents his 30th free concert at Look Park Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »
COURTESY OF STUART WARSHAW
Work by cartoonist and illustrator Stuart Warshaw is on view this month in the New Gallery at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »
COURTESY OF HAMPSHIRE SHAKESPEARE CO.
Andrea Pierce, left, and Joshua Farber rehearse for "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Unabridged" Purchase photo reprints »
Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" through Aug. 25 at the Renaissance Center in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »
Courtesy of Jim Gates, National Baseball Hall of Fame
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On view in the hall galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital this month:
Locust Gallery: “Quiet Times” by Walter Lawrence of Ludlow. Lawrence is a lifelong photographer of land and seascapes. He’s interested in the combination of natural light and the use of monochrome, photos developed in black and white or varying tones of one color, to capture an image. The back roads of Cape Cod often prove interesting settings for Lawrence to photograph.
New Gallery: “A Touch of Whimsy” by Stuart Warshaw of Longmeadow. Warshaw is a cartoonist and illustrator. Warshaw has exhibited his work extensively across the eastern coast. He’s also performed his craft for business and professional groups, adult senior centers and in children’s hospitals. All of his paintings combine pen and ink, pastel and watercolor.
Both exhibits open with a reception Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and remain on view through Aug. 31 at the hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton.
Dapper and witty
“A Thousand Dorothy Parkers,” a program of “Unbuttoned, an Evening of Spoken Word” that will celebrate the Algonquin Round Table, will be presented Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Luthiers Co-Op, 108 Cottage St. in Easthampton. The event is presented by ECA+.
“Unbuttoned” invites writers, performers and witty wordsmiths to share the works of the members of the New York City Algonquin Round Table, writers, critics, actors and wits who met for lunch each day at the Algonquin Hotel in the 1920s. Readers at the event are invited to present from plays, books, poems, popular newspaper columns and pithy witticisms written by or attributed to those who took part in the famous gatherings. Garb of the era is encouraged, but not required. For information, visit EasthamptonCityArts.com.
At Historic Northampton
“Weather” by Taiga Ermansons and “Exemplum” by Kim Carlino, open with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Aug. 30 at the Historic Northampton Museum and Education Center, 46 Bridge St. Northampton.
Ermansons creates delicate “trace fossils” of weather in Northampton on fragile Kleenex tissues by placing it on the terrace of her Northampton home and allowing the weather to make its imprint. She also embroiders on Kleenex tissue to create abstract samplers of contemporary life. Examples of her work can be seen at www.taigaermansons.com.
Carlino is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Easthampton. She’s interested in the contrasts of opposing forces in her work: rigidity and fluidity, structure and chaos, static and activated. Examples of her work can be found on www.kimcarlinoart.com.
Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.historic-northampton.org.
The Oxbow Gallery will present an exchange exhibit with the New Hampshire Art Association that will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery at 275 Pleasant St. in Northampton.
The exchange aims to foster dialogue and increase visibility for both galleries and their members. The Oxbow is a collective gallery owned and operated by 35 artist-members. The NHAA is a nonprofit professional art association of over 420 members. The exhibit will remain on view through Sept. 1
“Life is Long,” paintings, sculpture and installations by William Hannum, will be on view through Aug. 17 at the A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton. There will be a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
“Life is Long” explores themes of time, decadence and the process of aging. The work further explores the juxtapositions of childhood and adulthood, pleasure and melancholy, as well as the movement of time and the fear that stems from its passing. Hannum accomplishes this through representations like birthday cakes, beaches and time pieces.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 8 p.m. For information, visit www.apearts.org or call 586-5553.
“Ripple in the Blue,” paintings by Kat O’Connor, opens with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and remains on view through Aug. 28 at the ECA+ Gallery, 43 Main St. in Easthampton.
Through images of pools, O’Connor’s cinematic paintings explore the theme of solitude as solace. She describes water and light as a buffer, allowing the viewer to stand outside the subject, and watch from the protected darkness in the same way an audience views film.
Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. For information, visit www.easthamptoncityarts.com.
At the Loft Parlor
“Second Stage Stories,” paintings by Lisa Foster of East Longmeadow, will open with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Sept. 6 at The Loft Parlor, 180 Pleasant St., in Easthampton.
Foster explores the form of the body and the creation of line/edge through self portraiture, abstraction and flattening of the body’s form.
“My work is generated by ‘posed’ images of myself,” Foster writes in an artist’s statement. “A photograph captures a static image of symbol of my pose, which is then deciphered in the studio. I explore and process the image through my emotional interpretation of my body.”
Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.theloftparlor.com.
Art for all
“Feast Your Eyes,” the newest showing of paintings by Luke J. Cavagnac, will open with a party Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Invisible Fountain, 116 Pleasant St., Suite 206, Eastworks Building, Easthampton. The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays, and by appointment. For information, call 896-8073 or visit invisiblefountain.com.
Jazz at the Sevenars
A concert of classical and jazz music with pianist and composer Jerry Noble, Bob Sparkman, clarinet; Joel Pitchon, violin; and Christopher James, cello, will close the Sevenar’s season Sunday at 4 p.m. at Sevenars Academy, South Ireland Street and Route 112 in South Worthington.
The group will perform original compositions by Noble, including the live premiere of “Violin Sonata no. 5” among other songs.
Noble has had his own works performed widely and has produced CDs with the Sparkman. Pitchon, has been hailed for superb playing by the New York Times. James is an alumnus of Boston University, where he performed with the BU and Boston Civic orchestras. He is an alumnus of Tanglewood’s Youth Artist Orchestra.
On the program: Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Piano by Noble, with Pitchon and Noble, and “Airwalk,” jazz variations on a Handel opera theme, with James and Noble. Also, Sparkman will perform music he recorded with Noble on the CDs “Midwinter Blues” and “June Jazz,” along with music by Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael and others. Tunes by Gershwin, Django Reinhardt and others will close the program with all four players, and James and Noble on guitar.
$20 suggested donation at the door. For information, visit www.sevenars.org or call 238-5854.
Thirty and counting
Roger Salloom will present his 30th free concert at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence Wednesday at 7 p.m. Joining him will be Charles Neville, the Grammy Award-winning member of the famed New Orleans band, The Neville Brothers. Neville has performed with James Brown, BB King, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Reed, Little Richard, Ray Charles, and many others.
They will be joined onstage by Northampton musician Jessica Freeman. For information, call 584-5457.
Shakespeare, the short version
The Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s summer performances continue this week and next with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” The comedy that shoehorns many of the Bard’s works into 90 minutes will be presented Wednesdays through Sundays, Aug. 14-25, at 7 p.m., at the Center of Renaissance Studies, on the outdoor stage behind the building at 650 East Pleasant St. in Amherst.
Tickets cost $18; $15 for students and seniors; and $7 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Amherst Books, 8 Main St., Amherst; Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main St., Northampton; or the Odyssey Bookshop at the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley, or by calling 788-4750.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book art will present Free Fun Friday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 125 West Bay Road in Amherst.
Free admission to the museum will include films, story times and scavenger hunts, which celebrate the picture books of Mo Willems and Eric Carle. Free Fun Fridays is put on in conjunction with the exhibits “Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems” and “The Art of Eric Carle: Feathers, Fins and Fur.”
Families can tour the galleries, make flip books in the art studio and meet The Very Hungary Caterpillar. There will be screenings of Willems and Carle films, as well as temporary tattoos of their picture-book characters.
The day will also feature story times and book signings by local artists and authors Astrid Sheckels and Kathryn Brown. For information, call 658-1100 or visit www.carlemuseum.org.
“A Trio of Trios,” a musical performance by The Buckley Chamber Players, will be presented Friday at 8 p.m. at the Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College, 220 South Pleasant St. in Amherst. The performance is the last of a series of three concerts presented by the group this summer.
Joel Pitchon (violin) and Volcy Pelletier (cello), both of Smith College; and Alissa Leiser (piano) of Amherst College will perform piano trios by Beethoven, Turina and Shostakovich.
Show of Cards, a local brother-sister trio, will perform Saturday at “A Perfect Spot of Tea” at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive in Hadley.
The trio, (Karen, Joe and Mike Cardozo), plays a fusion of folk-rock and jazz. It combines singer-songwriter instrumentation with a fluid, improvisational aesthetic.
Seatings are at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes Earl Grey Tea and pastries.
Old Deerfield concert
Akal Dev Sharonne, flute, and Timothy Rogers, piano, will present a program celebrating music of many lands and cultures Sunday at 3 p.m. in the music room of Memorial Hall Museum, 8 Memorial St. in Old Deerfield. The program, which will include works by Mozart, Chopin, Bruch, Rachmaninoff and DeFalla, is presented by the Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert Series.
Sharonne received bachelor’s and master’s degrees , and an artist’s diploma, from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Her career has taken her to such diverse places as the Caribbean islands of St. Croix and St. John, a remote ninth century village in the south of France, and a Holocaust memorial at the former World War II Nazi concentration camp, Dachau, in Germany. She is the artistic director of The Pioneer Valley Chamber Players.
Rogers has taught music in Michigan, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and now teaches in the Greenfield public schools, and at the Northfield Mount Herman School and Keene State College. He received is bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from Bob Jones University. He has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, at EPCOT Center in Florida, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood in Lenox and Symphony Hall in Boston.
Admission is $10; $5 for students and seniors. For information, call the museum at 774-3768, ext. 10, or visit www.deerfield-ma.org.
A screening of rare shorts and footage from the Baseball Hall of Fame vaults is being screened and introduced by David Filipi, the creator, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst.
Filipi, of the Wexner Center for the Arts, has assembled a 90-minute program of rare baseball footage, including from a 1945 Look magazine photo shoot intended to announce Jackie Robinson’s signing with the Dodgers; early baseball films shot by the Edison company in 1898; a film on Cleveland great Bob Feller; and vintage commercials featuring such stars as Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Pete Rose.
Tickets cost $15; $10 for Amherst Cinema members. To purchase, visit www.amherstcinema.org.