Arts Previews Jan. 11-17

  • “Waterhorse,” oil on panel by Cyndy Sperry. Image courtesy of Cyndy Sperry

  • “Figure Study,” pen, India ink, and graphite on paper by Rockwell Kent Smith College Museum of Art

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Free Second Friday at SCMA

The Smith College Museum of Art, as part of Northampton’s monthly Art Night Out, offers free admission from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12. Special events for children include a workshop for making a not-so-fragile “stained glass” artwork inspired by the Edward Burne-Jones/Morris & Co window on the museum’s third floor.

Installations and exhibits can all be viewed as well, including “Un/American,” the work of five artists — Philip Evergood, William Gropper, Rockwell Kent, YasuoKuniyoshi, and Ben Shahn — whose “Americanness” was questioned by the U.S. government in the mid 20th century during the Cold War.

Writers’ forum at Forbes Library

“Modern Real and Surreal Reading,” a regular writers’ forum held at Forbes Library, continues Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. with "Midwinter Fire: The Poetry of Midlife," featuring three area poets reading from their recent collections on the challenges, sorrows and gifts of being in the middle of life.

Panelists are Joy Ladin, the author of nine books of poetry, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists; Lesléa Newman, a former poet laureate of Northampton whose 70-plus books include a new collection, “Lovely”; and Gail Thomas, whose “Waving Back” was named a “Must Read” for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

Chasing Coral

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate, and on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m., the Unitarian Society in Amherst will host a Netflix film that examines the issue.

In “Chasing Coral,” a team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why coral reefs are dying — losing all their color — and what these underwater reefs mean to both the health of sea creatures and that of the planet as a whole. Free event, at 121 North Pleasant St. in Amherst.

Cyndy Sperry exhibit

Cyndy Sperry, one of the founders of the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton, has an exhibit there of her newer paintings through Feb. 4. Sperry, the co-director of the Sugarhill Art Institute in Chesterfield, a summer art program for children, is currently showing work inspired by the woods, fields and farms near her home in Chesterfield.

Her work, she writes in biographical notes, is also inspired by some notable other artists — she says she loves “Leonardo da Vinci's drawings and Michelangelo's sculptures, Van Gogh's colors, Cezanne's apples, and Matisse's beautiful lines through space.”