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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • COURTESY OF THE HOSMER GALLERY<br/>Illustration by Don Grant
  • COURTESY OF THE OXBOW GALLERY<br/>Works by B.Z. Reily are on view at the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton.
  • COURTESY OF THE OXBOW GALLERY<br/>Mixed media art by Diane Travis
  • COURTESY OF THE HOSMER GALLERY<br/>"Altars" by Bob Gaffney
  • COURTESY OF THE OXBOW GALLERY<br/>Julie Lapping Rivera has work on view at the Oxbow Gallery.
  • COURTESY OF THE HOSMER GALLERY<br/>"Spring Plant Exchange" by Blanche Cybele Derby

At CDH

Two exhibits at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton will open today with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. They will remain on view through April.

In the New Gallery: “Many Years of Sunshine Days,” paintings by Edith Byron of Amherst. Byron says the New England summer is so filled with color and light that it can be difficult to assert any order on what the eye sees. It is this disciplinary process that her paintings depict.

In the Locust Gallery: “Along the Way, New England Watercolors” by Art Scholz. Scholz, of Connecticut, is a watercolorist. His vibrant paintings capture the countryside and seashores of New England, all in close harmony and nature.

Mohawk Trail Concerts

“Angles of a Landscape/My Business is to Sing/Emily Dickinson,” a documentary film about the importance of music in Dickinson’s life and poetry, will be shown today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Arts Block in Greenfield.

This is the third film in a series about Dickinson, is narrated by poet Susan Snively of Amherst.

The music in the film ranges from traditional classical music played by Pioneer Valley musicians as well as an original song setting by Alice Parker of Charlemont. The film’s producer, “Ernest Urvater of Sawmill River Productions, will also speak.

After the 40-minute film, there will be a discussion with the artist. Free admission; cash bar and light refreshments

For information, call Mohawk Trail Concerts at 625-9511 or send an email to info@mohawktrailconcerts.org.

At the Oxbow

“Direction: Home,” a collaborative mixed-media art exhibit featuring work by B.Z. Reily, Julie Lapping Rivera and Diane Travis, opens with a reception Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and will remain on view through April 28 at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St., Northampton. There will be a second reception April 12, also from 5 to 7 p.m.

B.Z. Reily, Julie Lapping Rivera and Diane Travis have worked together as artists and teaching colleagues for 11 years. Out of this collaboration have come joint art residencies, exhibitions and an ongoing critique group. They say that finding common ground through different media and forms of expression has enriched their individual practices.

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

At the Hosmer

An exhibit of illustrations by Don Grant and Blanch Cybele Derby and sculptures from found wood by Bob Gaffney will open with a reception Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and will remain on view through April 29 at the Hosmer Gallery in Forbes Library, 20 West St. in Northampton.

“Journey to 100X” by Grant, of Northampton, a 1964 UMass graduate who and has been drawing and painting landscapes, and especially people in the outdoors, ever since his release from federal prison in 1966 for draft refusal during the Vietnam War. A frequent subject is mankind enjoying nature.

“People and Plants: Every Picture Tells a Story” by Derby, of Northampton, a retired art teacher. She has written and illustrated three books on wild edible plants and has made a film trilogy and 32 YouTube videos on the subject.

“Hidden Beauty of the Forest Floor,” by Gaffney, whose fascination with fallen wood began a decade ago when he moved to the Valley and began daily walks with his dog in the woods. The objects in his exhibit are what he has found, opened, treated and reimagined.

Gallery hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. For information, call 587-1011.

At Hampden Gallery

“Shelf Life,” an exhibit of paintings by Hanlyn Davies, will open with a reception Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and will remain on view through May 3 at Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

In an artist’s statement, Davies writes, “The focus of the work is mortality — birth, death, the passage of time, and the annual events (such as birthdays, New Year’s, Christmas, etc.) that mark the passage of time. And prominent in the mix are the objects/mementoes (or ‘the things we carry’), stories, myths, events, and the pungent role or memory in the present.”

Davies, who lives in Connecticut, chaired the UMass art department for 10 years, and received the Distinguished Teaching Award there. His work has been exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia, and is included in numerous public and private collections.

The gallery is located in the Hampden Commons Building in the Southwest Residential Area at UMass. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. For information, all 545-0680 or visit www.fineartscenter.com/hampden.

Meet the filmmaker

“Elza” will be shown Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St. in Amherst.

Directed by Mariette Monpierre, a Smith College alumna who will be on hand for a discussion, “Elza” tells the story of a Parisian woman who travels back to the Caribbean to look for her father who abandoned her. The unrated film is in French with English subtitles. Part of the “Meet the Filmmaker” series. Tickets are available at the Amherst Cinema box office and online at amherstcinema.org.

Marketing for artists

“Marketing for Artists”, a discussion about how artists can promote and sell their art through Facebook blogs and other social media, will be held April 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jones Library, 43 Amity St. in Amherst. Speakers will be Boston-based social media expert Catherine Weber and Northampton web designer Carey Baker. Admission costs $7 and includes refreshments and a networking opportunity. For information, call 259-3090.

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