Arts Previews

  • A print from “DialécticaOaxaqueña” Image courtesy Augusta Savage Gallery

Published: 9/26/2018 4:02:35 PM
Augusta Savage  Gallery hosts work by Mexican printmakers

“Dialéctica Oaxaqueña,” an exhibit by an artists’ collective from Oaxaca, Mexico, opens Tuesday at the Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The printmakers from Estampa Galería feature a range of works on paper that display honor for animals, people, and plants, as well as symbolic tributes to spirituality.

What began as a community engraving workshop in 2009 later grew into a cooperative so that the artists could encourage collective discussion and dissemination of artwork. The featured artists from this exhibit are teachers and community leaders who aim to “shorten the distance between the artist and viewer,” as exhibit notes put it.

The show runs through Oct. 24, and an opening reception takes place Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. More information is available at 545-5177 or at

A taste of the grape at Forbes Library

Forbes Library in Northampton will host its annual Wine Tasting Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of Forbes Library, the event raises funds for children’s and young adult programs, music and lecture series, preservation of Special Collections, and Forbes’ book and media fund.

A wide selection of wines from the U.S., France, Italy and other countries will be offered, along with hors d’oeuvres from local merchants and restaurants. Live music is also on tap. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Forbes Library, the library’s website at, and Liquors 44 on King Street. Tickets will also be available at the door, and raffle tickets will be on sale during the event for gift certificates from area restaurants and for special bottles of wine.

Music at the University of Massachusetts

The UMass Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band present “At the Bandstand,” their opening concert of the fall semester, on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. The Wind Ensemble will perform Scott McAllister’s “Black Dog” with faculty clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, along with William Grant Still’s “Summerland” and other works. The Symphony Band will present Eric Whitacre’s “October,” Henry Fillmore’s “The Klaxon” and other compositions.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors and children; the show is free for UMass students. Tickets can be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office (413) 545-2511 or online at

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