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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • COURTESY OF OXBOW GALLERY<br/>Paintings by Nancy Howard are on view at the Oxbow Gallery.
  • COURTESY OF THE LOFT PARLOR<br/>"Everything You Imagine Comes From TV" by Priya Nadkarni
  • COURTESY OF ART WALK EASTHAMPTON<br/>This woodcut mural by Carand Burnet and Lyell Castonguay will be unveiled Saturday during Easthampton's Art Walk.
  • COURTESY OF ECA+<br/>"Fall" by Lisa LaCroix
  • COURTESY OF ART WALK EASTHAMPTON<br/>Sarah Manning Busks in Easthampton.
  • COURTESY OF ECA+<br/>This image is included in Sienna Wildfield's exhibit "Hilltown Families."
  • COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC AND DANCE<br/>The Conor and Ayano Duo
  • COURTESY OF OXBOW GALLERY<br/>This painting is among those on view in an exhibit by Joyce Conlon at the Oxbow Gallery.

‘Hilltown Families’

“Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit of Life and Landscape in Western MA,” an exhibit by Sienna Wildfield, the founder and director of Hilltown Families, will be on view at the City Hall Gallery, 50 Payson Avenue, Easthampton Monday through Dec. 11.

In her traveling series, Sienna Wildfield captures the life of the Hilltowns in western Massachusetts, telling a visual story that is unique to the region and giving viewers an opportunity to gather and reflect on valued aspects of life in the region.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At the Oxbow

An exhibit of landscapes and flowers by Holyoke artist Nancy Howard will be on view through Sept. 29 at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St., Northampton. An artist’s reception will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Howard, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, has been drawing and painting in the Pioneer Valley for 15 years. In 2011, Howard painted a large landscape mural in Easthampton, and this past spring she organized and participated in a group show of 52 landscape paintings by 21 painters in Holyoke.

Howard discovered her love for plein-air landscape in the summer of 2000. She sketches and paints on site, paying particular attention to the relationships of the built environment with land, plants, water, sky and people. She is interested in how color, light and shadow describe form and space.

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

∎ Also on view through Sept. 29, with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., will be “Hide and Seek,” an exhibit of new paintings by Joyce Conlon.

Joyce’s work comprises small, many-layered, abstract compositions that are a palimpsest of applied and excavated form and color.

Dreaming of sugarplums

The Pioneer Valley Ballet School will hold auditions Saturday for its 35th-annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the school, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., tryouts for children ages 4½ through 12 will be held for the roles of reindeer, angels, Gingerbread, party children, Fleur and Candy Canes. No experience is necessary. Production dates are Dec. 13-15 at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

Registration forms on are available online at www.pioneervalleyballet.org or at the studio.

Adults and advanced dancers should call the studio at 527-6363 about auditioning.

Music at UMass

The UMass Department of Music and Dance will present “The Conor & Ayano Duo 10th Anniversary Concert” Friday at 8 p.m. at the Bezanson Recital Hall on the UMass.

Formed at Yale University in 2003, the Conor & Ayano Duo is a flute and percussion ensemble, Canadian flutist Conor Nelson and Japanese percussionist Ayano Kataoka. The duo has performed in Japan, the United States and Canada. Recent concert venues have included the Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.

On the program: works by Kirchner, Tanabe, Noda and others.

Tickets cost $10; $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, children and seniors. For information, call 545-2511 or visit fac.umass.edu/musicanddance.

At the Loft Parlor

“The Dizzying Sense of Being Human,” a solo exhibit of works on paper and canvas by contemporary artist Priya Nadkarni, will open with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Oct. 4 at the Loft Parlor, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton.

Nadkarni is a master’s degree candidate in fine arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This is her second solo exhibition. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout the Northeast and Midwest, and is represented in the collections of Columbia College, Southern Graphics Council, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Nadkarni’s work plays with abstractions of memory, family photographs, and her own likeness to create paintings and drawings of female figures.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information, visit www.priyanadkarni.com.

Buskers

Art Walk Easthampton takes on a musical theme this month. “Sights & Sounds” will feature busking by 15 Pioneer Valley performers on Union Street and beyond Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The day will feature a selection of music such as improvised electric violin and accordion, solo indie/folk performers, bluegrass bands and more.

“Busking has a wonderful way of enlivening public space,” said ECA+ coordinator Burns Maxey. “We want to see it come alive with people and music.”

Performance highlights include The Woman Songwriter Collective, songwriter Marcia Hayden Hendrick, Amherst rock quartet Young Tricksters, and the duo Moose.

In addition to the buskers, Art Walk Easthampton will host a wide range of events, workshops and exhibition openings. For information, visit www.EasthamptonCityArts.com for more information.

Woodcut mural

“Heartwood,” a woodcut mural by local artists Carand Burnet and Lyell Castonguay, will be unveiled Saturday at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at 118 Union St., Easthampton, during Art Walk Easthampton. Burnet and Castonguay will show a short video that documents the creation of the mural from start to finish.

“Heartwood” showcases the technique of woodcut printmaking, which is a printing process where an image is carved into the surface of a piece of wood. Areas to be shown as white lines are cut away with a knife or chisel, leaving the characters that will print at the original surface level. That surface is then covered in black ink with a paint roller.

Photo updates of the mural in progress are available at www.lyellcastonguay.com/carvedcontent.

For information, call 207-576-9356.

‘Nature’s Beauty’

“Nature’s Beauty Through the Seasons,” an exhibit of oil and watercolor paintings by Lisa LaCroix, will open with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Oct. 7 at the Easthampton Chamber of Commerce Gallery, 33 Union St., Easthampton.

Though LaCroix began as an abstract artist, her exhibit is of various landscape paintings inspired by photographs. Her paintings capture the natural beauty of the land, throughout the four seasons, taken from her experiences hiking and cross-country skiing in the woods.

LaCroix, who lives in Southampton, has been painting for more than 35 years.

For information, visit www.easthamptoncityarts.com.

‘Women and Food’

A reception for the “Women and Food Project,” an exhibit of photographs, print interview excerpts, audio stories and video by Sarah Platanitis, will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery, 43 Main St., Easthampton. The exhibit will be on view through Sept. 30

Platanitis is a food and lifestyle writer, photographer and artist, and the editor of the online blog “Sarah in the Kitchen.” For the project, she visited kitchens and food-related spaces of women from varying walks of life, doing interviews and taking photos.

She came up with the idea for the project while interviewing people for food articles. Hearing great side stories she couldn’t include in her pieces, she wrote them down in hopes to later come back to them. That effort turned into her project.

An interactive gallery module will invite visitors to contribute their own food related memories on recipe cards to become part of the exhibit. The women of the “Women and Food Project” include chefs, urban gardeners, cookbook publicists, comfort food makers and chocolatiers.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. For information, visit www.easthamptoncityarts.com.

Call for photographs

Robert Floyd Photo Gallery in Southampton is inviting the public to participate in the 2013 Art in the Orchard, Easthampton Photo Contest. The contest guidelines are as follows: visit the Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road, Easthampton, and have fun capturing photos of any aspect of the orchard with any camera. Images may be tweaked in Photoshop with common adjustments, yet without image manipulation.

All photos entered must be captured and created in August through September 2013. Up to four images may be entered. The presentation fee is $10 per image.

Deliver photos to the gallery at 2 East St. on Sept. 28 or Sept. 29, 1 to 6 p.m.; Sept. 30, 4 to 7 p.m.; or Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to noon. All photos will be judged for exhibition. Thirty-six contest photos will be exhibited. Once the accepted photos are hung, they will be judged for awards and prizes. There will be cash prizes for Best in Show, First Place, and Second Place.

The photo demonstrating best use of the orchard by people will receive a 60-minute photo critique session. For information, including full guidelines, call 529-2635 or send an email to floyd@RobertFloydPhoto.com.

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