Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

At A.P.E.

“Printographs,” an experimental photography exhibit by Stan Sherer, will be on view through March 2 at the A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton. There will be an artist’s reception Feb. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. and an artist talk Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.

Sherer’s innovative technique combines digital photography and printmaking to create an original template for his self-expression.

“For me, making art means making things with my hands,” Sherer said in his artist’s statement.

In Sherer’s eyes, the art of photography in the digitally dominated present has been “relegated to mouse-clicks,” over the traditional “labor-intensive process,” of the past. His style of art revisits old print and photography techniques along with digital techniques to create something new.

“Printographs” will feature two selections of prints Sherer has made: “Lantern Slides,” and “Jacquard Prints.” In “Lantern Slides” Sherer fuses his own photography with glass lantern slides that were used in science lectures a century ago.

In “Jacquard Prints,” an homage to Joseph Marie Jacquard whose loom revolutionized textiles 200 years ago, Sherer combines traditional printmaking techniques with digital tools, giving the surface of the prints a woven quality.

∎ Marjorie Senechal, Stan Sherer’s wife, and Louise Wolff Kahn, a professor emerita in mathematics and history of science and technology at Smith College, discovered the lantern slides Sherer uses in the Clark Science Center sub-basement at the college about a decade ago. Several appear in Senechal’s book, “I Died for Beauty: Dorothy Wrinch and the Cultures of Science.” On Feb. 22, Senechal will present a talk, “The Brief Life of Lantern Slides: A Forgotten Revolution in Science and Art.”

For more information about the exhibit or related events, call 586-5583 or visit

Gone Greek

“Ruins and the Sea: Images of Greece by Lewis Bryden” will be on view through Feb. 28 at R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main St., Northampton. There will be a reception Feb. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit’s plein air paintings and carved Carrara marbles are inspired by Bryden’s recent trip to Greece. His longtime fascination with the isles was increased by his recent turn to sculpture.

Throughout his journey, he had his painting equipment with him, packed in a hard-sided suitcase. At every stop he set up outdoors in the daylight and begin painting — ruins, the old street, the harbors and the houses.

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

‘Mumbai in Massachusetts’

“Mumbai in Massachusetts,” the third presentation of the Northampton Arts Council’s “Four Sundays in February” series will be presented Feb. 16 at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

The concert will showcase classically inspired northern Indian music performed by some of India’s most illustrious musicians, including sitar player and guru Ustad Shahid Parves Khan was born in Mumbai and descends from six generations of musicians.

Khan’s early musical training in voice and tabla was overseen by his father, Guru Ustad Aziz Khan. The younger Khan, a master of sitar technique, credits that early training for the deep expressiveness of his sitar playing.

He will be joined by Vijay lyer, piano; Max ZT, dulcimer; and Aditya Kalyanpur and Karsh Kale, tabla.

The pianist, lyer, is a prolific band leader and composer who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a doctorate in technology and arts. His accolades include a Grammy nomination and a MacArthur grant.

Max ZT has been described by National Public Radio as the “Jimi Hendrix of hammered dulcimer.” ZT’s musical career began in traditional Irish folk music but expanded profoundly after a visit to Senegal where he worked on the Mandinko technique and a trip to Mumbai to work with santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.

Kalyanpur, is the founder of Boston’s New England School of Music, which focuses on spreading and teaching the sound of traditional Indian music. Kalyanpur’s playing has touched upon jazz and fusion in addition to Indian classical.

Kaleis, one of the pioneers of the Asian Underground music movement, combines the genres of Indian classical, folk, electronica, rock, pop and ambient music. He has also worked in production and film composition.

Tickets cost $15 in advance ($18 at the door) and are available at Food for Thought Books in Amherst, State Street Fruit in Northampton and Cooper’s Corners in Florence.

For information, call 587-1269 or visit


These exhibits are on view this month in the hall galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton

In the Locust Gallery: “Your Visual Alternatives” featuring art by Lisa Ducharme of Belchertown. The exhibit features photographs that have been turned into mosaics or collage by the artist.

In the New Gallery: “IN and AROUND the WOODS,” photographs, mostly of the surrounding area, by Glenn Woods of South Deerfield.

Let the audience decide

Easthampton City Arts+ is welcoming applicants for the Easthampton Artist Trust, a program designed to contribute funds for creative projects of all varieties.

E.A.T. presents an opportunity for artists living or working in Easthampton, Southampton or Westhampton to receive funds for their art, music, dance, writing, or performance projects through a crowdsourced vote and grant funding. Funds will be raised through an admission to the event that will be held March 26: Each attendee will donate $25 and receive a ballot and vote for his or her favorite proposal. The winner will also receive additional funds from the Easthampton Cultural Council.

Submissions are due Feb. 28, and all applicants must be available to present in Easthampton from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 26. For information about applying, visit


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