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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLERY A3<br/>This photograph by Eric Brody is among the work included in "Small Wonders" at Gallery A3.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLERY A3
    This photograph by Eric Brody is among the work included in "Small Wonders" at Gallery A3.

  • Marion Miller's work is on view at the Oxbow Gallery on Pleasant Street in Northampton.

    Marion Miller's work is on view at the Oxbow Gallery on Pleasant Street in Northampton.

  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>Books published by White River Press

    JERREY ROBERTS
    Books published by White River Press

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLERY A3<br/>This photograph by Eric Brody is among the work included in "Small Wonders" at Gallery A3.
  • Marion Miller's work is on view at the Oxbow Gallery on Pleasant Street in Northampton.
  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>Books published by White River Press

At Gallery A3

“Small Wonders,” a holiday exhibition, opens with a reception today from 5 to 8 p.m., at Gallery A3 in Amherst and will remain on view through Dec. 29.

Featured will be more than 60 pieces of art by gallery members and invited guests. All work costs $200 or less.

∎ The “Cross Pollination Series” will present a concert of early music for lute and voice featuring Catherine Bell Dec. 13 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The gallery is located at 28 Amity St. in Amherst. Hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m. For information, call 256-4250 or visit www.gallerya3.com.

At CDH

December exhibits at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton are:

In the Locust Gallery: “The Pioneer Valley, the Holyoke Range and the Connecticut River,” landscape paintings by South Hadley artist Ingrid Petersen Apgar.

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Apgar paints in oils, acrylic and watercolor on canvas, panel and paper.

In the New Gallery: “International Faces and Flowers,” a photography exhibition by Amy Dane.

An inveterate world traveler, Dane has visited more than 90 countries. One wall of the exhibit features 25 photographs of exotic portraits from 13 countries. On the opposite wall are photographs of flowers from eight countries.

There will be an artists’ reception today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at hospital, 30 Locust St. in Northampton.

At the Oxbow

“The Arena Series,” an exhibit by Marion Miller, a founding member of the gallery, will be on view today through Jan. 6, 2013. There will be a opening reception Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

The series, a continuation of Miller’s painterly meditation on the visually complex world of horses, riders and light, is inspired by Miller’s horseback riding therapy.

“I was immediately struck by the possibilities of painting that world as I experienced it,” said Miller, a Mount Holyoke College professor. “I found this unique paradox of large animals alive within an indoor setting provides special opportunities for light ... as a tool for composition,” she writes in an artist statement.

The gallery is located at 275 Pleasant St. in Northampton. Hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.oxbowgallery.com.

16th-century music

“The Floating City: Music of 16th Century Venice,” a concert by the Five College Collegium, will be presented today at 8 p.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 9 East Parkview Drive in South Hadley.

On the program: Advent and Christmas music by Josquin from early 16th-century Venice as well as music by other composers of the time. Renaissance instruments and a viol consort will contribute dance music and fantasias and will conclude with polychoral pieces by Bassano and Gabrieli. The concert is directed by Robert Eisenstein, a founding member of the Folger Consort at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Free. For information, call 478-7281.

Christmas concert

St. Valentine’s Church, 127 King St., Northampton, will host a Christmas concert featuring Lisa Woods, mezzo-soprano, and Jerry Noble, pianist, today at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10.

NHS theater

Northampton High School’s annual One-Act Theater Festival, produced and directed by students in the school’s acting/directing workshop, will be presented today, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the school’s Black Box Theater.

On the bill: Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound” and “The Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang.

The festival will be the inaugural show of the school’s black box theater, which was designed, funded and build by a committee of parents working with the school’s theater instructor, Stephen Eldridge

“The students have spent the last three months slaving away on their plays,” Eldridge said. “They are very excited to be showcasing them in this new, gorgeous theater.”

On Dec. 7, there will be a special performance by the NHS improv troupes, Funktionlust and The Unusuals. Proceeds from that evening’s show will go to the Northampton Survival Center.

Admission for the Thursday and Saturday shows: a suggested donation of $5. Admission for the Friday show, the fundraiser, is $5.

Music in Shutesbury

Tracy Grammer will perform Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Shutesbury Athletic Club, where she’ll be joined by her former touring partner, Jim Henry, who will add his dobro and guitar to her fiddle, guitar and vocals.

Grammer has been touring in support of her new album “Little Blue Egg” and EP “Joy My Love,” which both offer previously unreleased songs she recorded with songwriter Dave Carter, who died unexpectedly 10 years ago. Tickets cost $12 at the door. Songwriters Inda Meyer and Ruby Henry open the show.

At the Hosmer Gallery

“Three Artists, Three Approaches to Light, Color and Composition,” an exhibit of stained glass lamps by John Degnan, art quilts by Timna Tarr and paintings by Scout Cuomo, will open with a reception Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and will remain on view through Dec. 29 at the Hosmer Gallery in Northampton.

“Eccentric shapes and unconventional subjects typify my work,” Degnan writes in an artist statement. “The aim of the project is to be a trickster. I want to fool the viewer by disguising sometimes ugly truths with the innate beauty of stained glass.”

Tarr, the quilter, says she is intrigued with watching how a project changes as each color, shape and texture is added. Her work references the tradition of quilting by using conventional techniques and patters, but her quilts are contemporary works set in this time and place.

Cuomo’s primary areas of focus are painting and sculpture. Her strongest compilation of works, she says, is “Submerged,” a collection of more than 130 paintings — completed over two years — that deals with the theme of water.

The Hosmer Gallery is in the Forbes Library, 20 West St. in Northampton. Hours are Mondays and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Some art!

“Some Book! Some Art!: Selected Drawings by Garth Williams for Charlotte’s Web,” an exhibit featuring illustrations from the 20th-century classic “Charlotte’s Web,” will be on view Tuesday through April 22, 2013, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

The show marks Williams’ 100th birthday and the 60th anniversary of the book, and will include The Carle’s very first art acquisition: the drawing of Lurvy tossing a bucket of water on Wilbur.

The exhibit in the Central Gallery includes some 20 finished drawings as well as a selection of preliminary sketches that help articulate the artist’s working process.

There will also be a subset of works that explore the representation of Charlotte from the book, to the initial animated film, to the recent live-action film.

The museum is located at 125 West Bay Road in Amherst. For information, call 658-1105 or visit www.carlemuseum.org.

eBay auction

Local artist Silas Kopf has created a one-of-a-kind marquetry panel depicting the former Pleasant Street Theater in Northampton, and has donated the piece for auction to benefit Amherst Cinema.

Kopf, whose work is found in museums and private collections around the world, was a key mover in the 2008 effort to reopen the Pleasant Street Theater under the nonprofit umbrella of the Amherst Cinema. The theater closed earlier this year.

“The Pleasant Street Theater held a special place in my heart,” Kopf said in a statement. “I suspect many others in the region have dear memories of seeing movies there. I donated this marquetry panel to the Amherst Cinema as a way of commemorating our area’s commitment to offer the highest caliber film experience possible.”

The original work will be on display Dec. 10-16 in R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main, Northampton. A full-size photograph of the panel is on display in the Amherst Cinema lobby.

The eBay auction of the 37-inch-by-27-inch panel will run Dec.9-16. To place a bid, visit www.amherstcinema.org.

Sculpture competition

The Greenfield Gateway Sculpture Project has announced its first competitions for sculptures designed to welcome visitors and residents to Greenfield. Over the next four years, the project plans to site four sculptures in key areas around town. The first one will be placed next year on Deerfield Street on the open area near the corner of Meridian Street.

“All sculptures will be permanent celebrations of Greenfield’s history, future, commitment to the environment, local agriculture, place in the county as a crossroads or some aspect of town life,” said Becky George, a member of the project committee.

A review committee will go through the applications and chose the two or three they believe best represent Greenfield. In March 2013, the community will be able to vote for their choices. Results will be announced in April 2013.

“This is an opportunity to create a permanent piece of art that will welcome us all to town and be a part of the town’s identity for years to come,” said Caitlyn von Schmidt, chair of the Greenfield Cultural Council.

The competition is open to all Pioneer Valley artists. Applications, including two- or three-dimensional models of the planned sculpture, are due Feb. 4, 2013.

For information call 773-0228, or send an email Susan Worgaftik at suworg@comcast.net.

Music at UMass

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Ensemble will perform Friday at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on the UMass campus. Conducted by James Patrick Miller, the concert will feature faculty soloists Eric Berlin, trumpet, and Greg Spiridopoulos, trombone.

Tickets cost $10; $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, seniors, and children under 18. To purchase, visit www.umasstix.com/musicanddance or call 545-2511.

Music for a cause

The Valley Festival Brass Choir will host its 17th annual “Holiday Brass Benefit Concert” Sunday at 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Amherst, 165 Main St. The night that features holiday favorites and a carol sing-along, benefits the Amherst Survival Center. Admission is free; donations requested. For information, call 256-4243.

Student choreography

“Performance Project,” an evening of original dance and theater works created by Five College students, will be presented Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater on the Amherst College campus.

The concert will also feature costumes designed by students in Amherst College professor Suzanne Dougan’s class on costume design and fashion history.

The pieces featured are: “Fall,” a semi-autobiographical, one-woman piece by Amherst College’s Crystal Williams; “Lessons in Being Okay” about messes made and stitches undone, by Amherst’s Leslie Roth; “Dust” a duet by Hampshire College student Olana Flynn that expresses mourning, lonliness, vitality and defeat; “Les reves endormis” by Cheryl Herrmann of Amherst College about why people give up on their dreams; “Two Winds,” by Jeffrey Moro of Amherst College, in collaboration with Morgan Brown and Skye Landgraf, in which two women reach for each other across expanses of space and time, death and life; and “What a Life?...” by Paul Matteson, in collaboration with Mount Holyoke dance students. The event is free; reservations are recommended. To reserve, call 542-2277.

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