Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2015

At A.P.E.

“Collecting Their Thoughts: Two Women,” an exhibit by Judith Inglese and Rochelle Shicoff, opens with a reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and remains on view through Oct. 22 at the A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St. in Northampton.

Inglese’s “A Delicate Balance,” a series of large terracotta animal sculptures, is inspired by Hindu cosmology in which animals, like the elephant and the tortoise, are depicted as supporting the earth.

“This most recent project has been the outcome of my love of clay combined with expressions of my personal concerns: the fragile relationship between the built and natural worlds, my interest in diverse cultures and my wish for peaceful coexistence,” Inglese writes in an artist’s statement.

Shicoff says her painting series “After All the Leaves Have Fallen: Muslim Women and Their Traditions” emerged from, and has been influenced by, her living for 14 years in a conservative Middle Eastern neighborhood in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York. She originally referred to the series of paintings as “The Women in Black,” but, she says, “As I developed the images it expanded to include many of their traditions: the camel culture, pottery markets, their dignity, modesty and hard work.” Her intent, she says, is to bring the viewer into a greater appreciation of women in Middle Eastern cultures.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., and Fridays from noon to 8 p.m. For information, visit

Guitar concert at Forbes

Guitarist Peter Beidermann will present a solo concert Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Calvin Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library, 20 West St. in Northampton.

The Arizona musician is making his seventh appearance at the Forbes. His music crosses the boundaries of genres such as jazz, world folk and rock music.

The concert will focus on music from his new recording, “Tales From the Desert,” played on a variety of six- and 12-string acoustic and electronic guitars. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions, and he will offer information about the evolution of steel string guitar playing over the past 50 years. Free. For information, visit

Personality plus

“Akimbo,” an exhibit of works by local artist Justin Brown, will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and will remain on view through Nov. 3 at Sticks and Bricks, 9 Market St. in Northampton

Brown makes whimsical, yet poignant “people” sculptures, made from discarded parts of furniture, machinery, lamps, broken-down antiques and anything else that calls to him. Each “person” has its own distinct personality and flair. For information, visit

Building bridges

“Tactical Artistry,” a group exhibit of new works by local military veterans, sponsored by Building Bridges Veterans Initiative and Soldier On, will be on view Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 240 Main St. in Northampton.

The works walk the lines between self-expression, therapeutic endeavor and political reflection. A diversity of styles and a range of content offers viewers the chance to critically reflect on the nuanced experiences of veterans.

Nocturnes at Nash

“Night on the Town,” an exhibit of paintings by Meg Bandarra, will open with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Nov. 10 at the Nash Gallery, 40 Cottage St. in Easthampton.

For the better part of the past year, Bandarra has painted night scenes, called nocturnes, in the Valley. About half were painted plein air du soir (outdoors, in the evening). The rest were painted in her studio using sketches and reference photographs taken on her nighttime excursions.

Bandarra, whose award-winning pastel paintings have been in local and national exhibits, says she’s drawn to night scenes because of the dramatic color, light and shadow.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, visit

Powerful poetry

Former poet laureate of Northampton Lenelle Moïse will present “Where There Are Voices,” a work in progress, Thursday at 7 p.m. at Laurel Park in Northampton. Rooted in the poems from her book, “Haiti Glass,” the performance combines urgent poetry, ritual theater and layered song to reflect on environmental disaster, dignity and death-defying love.

For the past year, Moïse has been in residence at Laurel Park, using the grounds as a place to develop and inspire her newest body of work.

Moïse, whose work is influenced by bebop and the polyrhythms of Vodou, is an award-winning playwright and her work has been featured Off-Broadway, at the United Nations and at theaters, colleges and conferences across North America.

The one-hour-long performance is free. For information about the program, visit For information about Moïse, visit

At the Oxbow

“Okashi,” an exhibit of work by Nancy Campbell, and ““Cycle,” works by Carl Caivano, are on view through Oct. 30 at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St. in Northampton. There will be an artists’ reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

“The continuous play of opposites that is the heart of Japanese aesthetics is echoed in my work,” Campbell writes in an artist’s statement. “I find conceptual parallels and formal connections to medieval, Japanese narrative picture scrolls.”

In his artist’s statement, Caivano writes, “I combine various macro- and micro-scaled elements into a single, unified expression. Influences of astronomy, subatomic particles, geographic references, cellular and mineral patterns lead me to a larger awareness of the totality of life.

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. For information, visit


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