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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF OXBOW GALLERY<br/>Barbara Hadden's "Fearless Sleep"
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF OXBOW GALLERY<br/>Justin Kim's "Pastorale"
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF R. MICHELSON GALLERIES<br/>Mark Brown's "Coverin in Bubbles"
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF A.P.E. GALLERY<br/>From the exhibit "Bridges to Cross/Bridges to Burn"
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF R. MICHELSON GALLERY<br/>John Gnatek's "Spoleto Main Street"
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF UNITE<br/>Zach Hart's photography is on view at UNITE in Northampton.


The Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s November corridor art galleries host the works of local artists, Doug Gillette and Valerie McQuillan. An opening reception will be held on today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

In the Locust Gallery: Gillette’s exhibit, “An Artist at Work – Inside and Out.” Gillette, of Enfield, Conn., writes in an artist’s statement: “Art is my passion whether working in the studio or painting in the field. The work presented here mirrors that passion.”

In the New Gallery: McQuillan’s exhibit, “Artwork by Valerie McQuillan.”

McQuillan, a graduate of both Holyoke Community College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has an interest in botanicals, birds and animals. The images in her exhibit are primarily of locations in New England, including local scenes and the Maine coast.

The hospital is located at 30 Locust St. in Northampton.

Theater at Amherst

“Yes,” Reilly Horan’s senior thesis in playwriting and performance, will be performed today through Saturday at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater at Amherst College.

At the tender age of 6, a girl forced her parents to make a morbid yet charming promise: Should she die before they did, she wanted a big, loud, spirited gospel choir to sing at her funeral. Fifteen years later, she imagines a world where her parents have already made that wish come true.

Free, but reservations recommended. Call 542-2277.

Botanical prints

“Botanical Printing: Artful Collaborations on Paper and Cloth” by Leonore Alaniz will open with a reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Feb. 10, 2013, at the Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House on the Smith College campus in Northampton.

The exhibit features nature prints of plant foliage created by Alaniz. With an emphasis on color and composition, she brings alive the world of plants in a new way, immersed in patterns, shapes, structure and color.

For information, call 585-2740 or visit www.smith.edu/garden.

Alaniz will lead a workshop Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will learn basic techniques, about the history of botanical printing, plant preparation, inking and imprinting plants with water-soluble, non-toxic inks on diverse surfaces. To reserve a space, call 585-2742. There is a fee.

Fashion & Art

“DRESS/UNDRESS,” an exhibit of figurative art by Florence artist, Elizabeth Stone, will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and will remain on view through Dec. 2 in the East Gallery of the Northampton Center for the Arts.

Stone merges her background in fashion with her passion for art. Still life, figure and portraiture are her favorite subjects. “Clothing has always been my artistic expression,” Stone says. “Now it is the object of my art.”

The center is located at 17 New South St. in Northampton. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 584-7327, or visit www.nohoarts.org.

At A.P.E.

“Bridges to Cross/Bridges to Burn,” an installation constructed by Rebecca Muller, Mary Bernstein and Harriet Diamond, will open with a reception today from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Dec. 2 at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton.

The artists carve out an ambiguous space that invites the viewer to reflect upon the trajectory of life. Made from concrete, wire mesh and girders, and people with human and ghoul-like forms, the installation emerges from life experiences common to us all — death, birth, disease and loss.

Bernstein focuses on the intersection of concept, creation and context. Over the years, her work has ranged from formal painting to addressing social and political concerns.

Diamonds’ work captures the daily lives of families and individuals caught up in history. Her ceramic figures populate scenes of political struggle.

Muller combines disparate material eroded by weather and time, into low relief or free-standing assemblages.

The artists will hold a conversation with the public Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the gallery, 126 Main St. For information, call 586-5553 or visit www.apearts.org.

At Invisible Fountain

“Year Nine,” the newest showing of paintings by Luke J. Cavagnac will open with a party, including wine, cheese and art for purchase, Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Invisible Fountain, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton.

The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays, some weekends, and by appointment. For information, visit www.invisiblefountain.com or call 896-8073.


“Scarified,” an exhibit by area painter Barbara Hadden, will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Nov. 25 at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Hadden, born in 1955 in Germany, spent her childhood in Europe and the Middle East. She studied painting, photography and filmmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which awarded her an Alumni Traveling Fellowship for her work in photography.

For the past decade, she has regularly attended artist residencies, moving from abstract landscapes in both painting and photography to fully abstract paintings.

For this series, the Hadden says, she thought about “scarification, the process in logging of dragging a tree through the woods.”

The gallery is located at 275 Pleasant St. in Northampton. Hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

∎ In the back room: Justin Kim’s recent postcard-size collages that combine old Old Master paintings with American landscapes.

Familiar places

An exhibit of new paintings by local artist John Gnatek will open with a reception Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and will remain on view through Nov. 30 at R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main St., Northampton.

Gnatek was born and raised in Hadley and has been documenting western Massachusetts through his art since he was a teen. For over 50 years, Gnatek has created a lasting visual record of the changing seasons and transforming storefronts of the area. For information visit www.RMichelson.com or call 586-3864.

Basket sculpture

“Contemporary Basket Sculpture,” an artist’s talk by Elizabeth Whyte Schulze, will be presented Friday at 7 p.m. at the Worthington Historical Society. Schulze, a Worthington resident, creates baskets that are inspired and formed by her travels and experiences with everyday life.

Coiling, a process of stitching and binding a core to create a basket became her chosen technique. Her initial interest was in the petroglyphs of the American Southwest, but recent works have been cut from old Vogue dress patterns and handmade paper from India, Japan and Thailand.

Schulze has been featured in Surface Design magazine, the National Basketry Organization summer newsletter, Fiber Arts magazine and others. She has taught workshops in coiling, surface design and basketry techniques. The event is free; suggested donation: $5. For information about Schulze, visit her website at www.elizabethwhyteschulze.com.


An exhibit of works by local photographer Zach Hart will open with a reception Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and will remain on view through Dec. 11 at Unite, 202 Main St., Northampton.

Hart, 18, is a student at Hampshire College in Amherst. Since the 11th grade he has been delving into the still image, exploring ways to incorporate drones, dreams and unique aspects of the natural world into his work. For information visit www.unitefootwear.com.

Local scenes

“Through the Cracks,” an exhibit of oil paintings of local cityscapes by Caleb Colon, will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Dec. 8 at Trailside Gallery, 14 Strong Ave., Northampton. For information, visit www.trailsidegallery.net.

‘Bach to Bach’

“Bach to Bach” will be presented by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate Brass Quintet Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall in the UMass Fine Arts Center.

The concert will feature a variety of styles and includes J.S Bach’s “Contrapunctus I” and Bach’s “Rounds and Dances.” The instruments of a brass quintet are two trumpets, a French horn, trombone and tuba. The concert is free.. For information, visit www.umassgradbrass.org.

At Barnes Gallery

Leverett Crafts and Arts opens its winter season Saturday at 7 p.m. with a reception for a new exhibit of the neon sculptures of William Rathbun, the recently appointed administrator of the Barnes Art Gallery, located at LC&A, Montague Road, Leverett. The exhibit will be on view through Dec. 1.

In addition, the newly renovated gallery is looking for art and craft artists or art groups who are ready to show their work. The space is available for long- and short-term rental. For information, call Rathbun at 687-3271.

The Carle turns 10

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road., Amherst, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a weekend of special events on Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend will open Saturday at 6 p.m. with “Starry Night,” a members-only event to view the 100-plus illustrations in the museum’s first major permanent collection exhibition, “Iconic Images: 10 Years of Collecting for the Carle.”

Many iconic characters will be represented in the exhibition, including Babar, Shrek, Frog and Toad, and Madeline. Many of the featured artists will be there to talk about their art.

On Sunday, the museum will host a Book Signing Bash as well as a “Doodles for Dollars” fundraiser, which are open to the public.

The book signing will feature artists from the “Iconic Images” exhibit. The fundraiser will consist of signed doodles by either picture book artists Eric Carle or Tony DiTerlizzi, or comic book artist Peter Laird being, sold for $10 each. Each artist will draw 100 doodles.

In addition to the main events, there will be performances, tours, readings and special commemorative art featured at the museum.

Saturday’s event is free to members, with reservations required. All Sunday events are open to the public and are included with admission to the museum. For information, visit www.carlemuseum.org.

Open studios

The 20th annual Arts & Industry Open Studios & Holiday Sales will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Arts & Industry Building, 221 Pine St. in Florence.

More than 50 local artists and crafts people will be in their studios, offering the public an opportunity to see where the artwork is made.

Including will be jewelry, pottery, hand-painted clothing, silk-screened pillows, hand-painted baby clothes and handbags made from recycled materials. Fine arts include painting on glass, assemblages and traditional paintings. Art classes for children will be offered, as will as picture framing and oriental rug restoration. For information, visit artsindustryopenstudios.blogspot.com.

Collage art

Haydenville artist Mike Metzger will exhibit his collages Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilltown Artisans Guild Holiday Show at Worthington Town Hall, 160 Huntington Road, Worthington. Metzger, who often pairs iconic imagery with other, unlikely subjects, will offer numerous unframed, original collages and classic posters. Many other artists and craftsmen selling their work will be there as well. Refreshments, including cookies and hot mulled cider, will be available for purchase.

Children’s book art

R. Michelson Galleries’ 23rd Annual Children’s Illustration Exhibit which will be held Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m., will feature new artwork by award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems, from his latest book, “Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs.”

Also featured will be illustrations by children’s book writer Marc Brown, the creator and illustrator of “Arthur, the Aardvark.” “Arthur” has sold more than 65 million books in the United States alone. The character has become a fixture on the New York Times Bestseller list, and stars in an Emmy Award-winning PBS TV series.

Brown has been awarded a Children’s Choice Award, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Award, a Library of Congress Book of the Year Award, among many other honors.

Other featured illustrations will be from these recent books: “Ten Tiny Ties,” “Wild About You,” “ZooZical,” “Arthur Turns Green,” and “If All the Animals Came Inside.”

The gallery is located at 132 Main St. in Northampton. For information, call 586-3964 or visit www.RMichelson.com.

Music at UMass

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Marimba Bands and Ensembles Concert will take place on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium on the university’s campus.

Directed by Thomas Hannum, the concert will include classical transcriptions and contemporary selections, plus a mix of Latin, jazz, and pop arrangements for marimba band.

Tickets cost $10; $5 for seniors, children, and students; $3 for UMass Amherst students. To reserve, visit www.umasstix.com/musicanddance or call the Fine Arts Center box office at 545-2511.

At Amherst Cinema

The “Reinventing Tokyo” Film Series at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst, will show encore screenings of “When a Woman Ascends the Stairs” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and “Tokyo Story,” on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

“When a Woman Ascends the Stairs,” directed by Mikio Naruse, follows the story of a young widow struggling for independence in a male-dominated society. “Tokyo Story,” directed by Yasujiro Ozu, tells the tale of an aging young couple who journey from a rural village to visit their married, self-absorbed children in bustling post-war Tokyo. For information call 253-2547, or visit www.amherstcinema.org.

∎ “Barrymore,” a live-capture stage production starring Christopher Plummer premieres at Amherst Cinema, will be presented Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., with an additional showing Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. The screening will also include a documentary “how it all came together” feature.

Academy Award-winner Plummer portrays legendary actor Shakespearean actor John Barrymore. Set in 1942, the final year of his life, “Barrymore” follows the actor’s attempt to revive his 1920 Broadway triumph as Richard III. Behind the stage lights, Barrymore reflects on the highs and lows of his stunning career and remarkable life. Tickets for “Barrymore” cost $18.

Jazz Shares

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares will host its second concert featuring The Dave Douglas Sextet Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Meetinghouse of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St., Northampton.

The Dave Douglas Sextet features Douglas (trumpet) and special guest Aoife O’Donovan (voice, guitar), along with Jon Irabagon (saxophone), Matt Mitchell (piano), Linda Oh (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums). Douglas is widely recognized as one of the most important and original American musicians to emerge from the jazz and improvised music scene in the last 15 years. “As a composer and trumpeter, his chops are tops,” writes L.A. Weekly.

Tickets cost $15 and are available online and at the door. For information and tickets visit www.jazzshares.org.

Esselon Entertainment

Esselon Café, 99 Russell St., Hadley, will host the 3rd String Trio on Nov. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The trio, Peter Barnes (guitar), Aldo Fabrizi (mandolin) and Karen Axelrod (accordion), plays musettes of France, Italian folk songs, waltzes and tangos of Central and South America, as well as country dances of the British Isles. Between their music and Esselon Café’s atmosphere, Axelrod said, “Many fans have said they feel as though they are at a Paris café.”

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