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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF KO FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE<br/>"Spaceman" will be presented at the Ko Festival of Performance.
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF MEAD ART MUSEUM<br/>"It's Cool at the Mead"
  • Stephen Katz performs with Eric Phelps, July 13 at Pioneer Valley Cohousing.
  • Rita Edelman's "This Dazzling Mysterious Universe"
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF R. MICHELSON GALLERIES<br/>Oriole Farb Feshbach's "The Planet Mercury"
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF A.P.E. GALLERY<br/>Gina Siepel's installation, "1 x 1" in the process of being constructed at the A.P.E. Gallery
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF ECA+<br/>Katie Richardson's steel and glass construction "Tucked Away"

At Easthampton City Hall

“Sheltered,” an exhibit by Katie Richardson of Hadley, will be on view through Sept. 10 at the Easthampton City Hall Gallery at 50 Payson Avenue in Easthampton.

Richardson has created a series of abstract sculptures exploring images of nests, homes and other intimate spaces. She manipulates glass and steel, using techniques including cold forming, forging and welding. Through her work, Richardson says, she hopes to push the boundaries of scale, by varying the size of each piece.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Richardson received a bachelor’s degree in art and music from Hampshire College and a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.easthamptoncityarts.com or call 527-8278.


Two exhibits open with a reception Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and will remain on view through July 31, in the corridor galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St. in Northampton,

In the Locust Gallery: “Mountains Meet the Sea,” oil paintings of Vermont landscapes and Cape Cod seascapes by Jane Hill Messier, who died in December. The exhibit has been arranged by Messier’s son, David Hill, as a tribute to his mother.

In the New Gallery: “Let e_SSRqem Live,” an exhibit by artist, writer and environmental engineer Ellen Moyer. In her art, she says, she tries to “convey and promote appreciation for the natural world.” Works on display will include watercolor paintings, photographs and repeating designs of pen and ink and markers on paper.

At Historic Northampton

“The Life that the Artist Within Saved: Inside and Out of the State Institution for the Insane,” an exhibit of paintings by Northampton artist Genevieve Burnett, opens with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and remains on view through Aug. 2 at the Historic Northampton Museum and Education Center, 46 Bridge St., Northampton. The exhibit is cosponsored by Anchor House of Artists in Northampton.

Burnett once lived at Northampton State Hospital, and her work offers a glimpse into a community often spoken of, but rarely heard from. Her subject matter is at times grim and mysterious but also often peaceful or sweet, as she shows the truth through the eyes of an artist.

Her paintings, along with ephemera from the hospital and selections from the artist’s journal, will challenge the viewers’ preconceptions about a life with mental illness.

Exhibit hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Suggested donation: $3; $6 for families.

For information, visit www.historic-northampton.org or call 584-6011.

At R. Michelson

“H.D.’s Trilogy,” an exhibit by Oriole Farb Feshbach, will be on view through July 31 at the R. Michelson Galleries at 132 Main St., Northampton.

Feshbach’s exhibition is based on Hilda Doolittle’s epic 1946 war poem “Trilogy,” which begins in a bomb shelter in London. Feshbach explores themes of survival through the chaos of World War II, and the resurrection of a shattered belief system among the ruins created by war.

A native of New York, Feshbach lives in Amherst. Her prints, books and paintings are in major collections, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. A reception will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.RMichelson.com or call 586-3964.

At A.P.E.

“1 x 1,” a live, site-specific installation by Greenfield interdisciplinary artist Gina Siepel, will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., and will remain on view through July 27 at the A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton.

Combining performance, drawing, installation and traditional woodworking, Siepel will attempt to install a single ash board, one inch wide by one mile long, into the interior of the gallery. “1 x 1” will transform the space into a dense whorl of curved lines, light and shadow, de-centring and fracturing the viewer’s perspective, and radically altering his or her experience of the gallery’s familiar architecture.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 8 p.m. Closed Mondays.

At the Oxbow

“Cezanne’s Apples,” an exhibit of small sculptures by Richard Schultz, will open Friday with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., and will remain on view through Aug. 4 in the back room of The Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Schultz, who was a designer of modern, outdoor furniture, says he’s always been interested in techniques of both design and sculpture, and the furniture-making allowed him to discover new methods and techniques for creating sculpture.

Also on view at the Oxbow: “Motion” landscapes by Marlene Rye that are inspired by dancers’ movements. There will be an opening reception Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m., with live painting/dance at 7.

Both exhibits will be on view through July 28.

Hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, call 586-6300 or visit www.oxbowgallery.org.

Ghost story

A new theater troupe, Ghost Light Theater, will presents its first production, “The Woman in Black,” a ghost story by Stephen Mallatrat, Friday and Saturday and July 20 at 8 p.m. and July 21 at 6 p.m. at The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A in Turners Fall.

The troupe was founded by Northampton residents Kim Overtree and Kevin Tracy. It’s mission, they say, is to “bring quality community-based theater to fruition, producing works that entertain and challenge both audience members and participants.

Tickets cost $10. For information, or to reserve tickets, visit www.ghostlightmass.org.

At Hampshire College

“A Vanished World,” an exhibit of paintings by Rita Edelman of Hadley, will be on view through Aug. 15 at the Hampshire College Main Gallery on the college campus, 893 West St., Amherst.

Edelman makes large, abstract monochromatic paintings that convey a quiet, but charged sense. This new set of paintings serves as a visual record of her ongoing philosophical and material exploration of art and ideas over the last five years.

Edelman’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the country in many museums, galleries and universities, which include the Butler Institute of American Art and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays by appointment (call 549-5115).

At Porter-Phelps

June and the Bee will perform Saturday at Porter-Phelps, part of the museum’s “A Perfect Spot of Tea” programming.

June and the Bee is an acoustic folk, brother-and-sister duo from Amherst. Eli Ayers and Emma June Ayers perform harmonic, melodic, original grooves on guitar ukulele, kazoo, and pots and pans. Zoe Langsdale plays the saxophone and provides vocals.

Seatings are at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Pastries and Earl Grey tea will be served. Admission is $10.

∎ Jose Gonzalez and Criollo Clasico will perform contemporary rhythms of Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Deeply rooted in the musical traditions of Puerto Rico, Gonzalez is a master of the cuatro, a Latin American instrument in the guitar family, and is one of Puerto Rico’s premier artists and composers. He has been the music director for many of Puerto Rico’s top artists, and has participated as an invited artist with the Hartford, Conn., symphony and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, Heineken Jazz Jam Series and the World Guitar Festival.

He will be joined by his two sons, Rene and Ahmed. Rene Gonzalez, percussion and bass guitar, studied music at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ahmed Gonzalez, flute, percussion and guitar, studied classical flute at Smith College in Northampton.

The Criollo Clasico will be joined by classical Spanish and Latin guitarist Lorena Garay.

Admission costs $10; $2 for children 16 and under. Picnickers are welcome on the museum grounds on Wednesdays, beginning at 5 p.m.

The Museum is located at 130 River Drive, Hadley. For information, visit www.pphmuseum.org.

Carillon concert

Gerald Martindale will perform songs on the UMass carillon Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Old Chapel building on the UMass campus.

Martindale has performed carillon concerts in the United States and Europe, and in 1997, was appointed carillonneur of the Metropolitan United Church in Toronto, Canada.

The performance, which will be audible across the campus, includes the songs “The Music of the Night” by Andrew Lloyd Webber; “Edelweiss” by Richard Rodgers; “Andante” and “Air” by Gluck; Minuets I and II by J.S. Bach, among others. The concert is sponsored by the UMass Department of Music and Dance.

Double bill

Stephen Katz, cello, and Eric Phelps, singer-songwriter, will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Valley Cohousing Great Room, 120 Pulpit Hill Road, Amherst.

Katz has premiered his original compositions at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and performed internationally with such artists as The Paul Winter Consort, Rachael Sage and Susan Werner. He composes and performs soulful cello pieces that juggle two or three “voices” at a time.

Phelps is a guitarist and pianist who composes and sings songs in the styles of James Taylor to James Brown. He has performed in hundreds of concerts in the United States and Europe, including at the Arts Festival of Atlanta and The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Admission is on a sliding scale from $10 to $20, at the door. The space is tobacco-, fragrance- and pet-free.

Shadow & light

The Ko Festival of Performing Arts continues its programming with a workshop, “Shadow Puppetry, Exploring the Theater of Shadow & Light,” Tuesday through July 20 on the Amherst College campus.

The workshop is an introduction to the theory, history and practice of shadow theater. It will be led by Stephen Kapolin of Chinese Theatre Works and Great Small Works in New York City, one of America’s leading practitioners of this ancient art form. The dynamic interplay of the elements of shadow performance — light source, filter, lens, image in motion and focal surface — will be explored. Subjects will include the physical properties of light and shadow; material interaction with light — opacity, translucence, refraction, reflection and iridescence; traditional and contemporary shadow figure design and construction; and techniques of projection and pre-cinematic motion picture performance techniques.

Workshop participants will design and construct shadow figures, masks and scenic projections (for overhead projectors and direct screen) to be part of a collectively conceived theatrical performance that will be presented to an invited audience.

For information, visit www.kofest.com.

Award for Historic Deerfield

The Telly Awards named Historic Deerfield’s development video, by filmmaker Rawn Fulton of Searchlight Films in Bernardston, the bronze winner in the fundraising category of nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states, and multiple countries.

Fulton’s video highlights authentic early-American communities and their historic houses. The video also features a collection of decorative arts, educational programs and restoration projects.

Interviews with museum staff and historians like John P. Demos, author of “The Unredeemed Captive” tell the story of Historic Deerfield through their experience with the museum.

Founded in 1979, The Telly Awards are meant to honor outstanding and respected work from advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments of the world.

At the Mead

The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College continues its summer tradition, “It’s Cool at the Mead,” guided gallery tours, Thursdays at 2 p.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m., through Aug. 23. Participants receive a complimentary ice cream cone gift certificate from the series’ cosponsor, Atkins Farms Orchard Run Ice Cream Shop in Amherst.

∎ The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College is forming a book club to discuss art-themed books.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., the discussion, led by the Mead’s acting curator of American art, Maggie Dethloff, will be about Marisa Silver’s novel “Mary Coin,” inspired by Dorothea Lange’s iconic photo, “Migrant Mother.” Copies are available for purchase at Amherst Books, 8 Main St., Amherst.

The next book discussion, on Sept. 8 will be Jonathon Keats’ “Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age,” and, on Dec. 8, Sarah Thornton’s “Seven Days in the Art World.” For information, visit www.amherst.edu/museums/mead.

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