Arts Briefs: Hatchery Dance to return; winter art galleries on tap, and more

  • “Backyard, Winter Twlight,” watercolor on paper by Scott Prior. On view at the Winter exhibit at William Baczek Fine Arts in Northampton. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • The Pioneer Valley Symphony performs a virtual holiday concert Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. Gazette file photo

Staff Writer
Published: 12/14/2021 12:34:09 PM
Hatchery Dance Company returns to the stage

Shut out of live performances for months by the pandemic, the Hatchery Dance Company, the Northampton-based teen group, returns in person this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18-19, at the Northampton Community Arts Trust building at 33 Hawley St. for “Timeless,” two shows featuring new work including modern dance, hip hop, improvisation and more.

The performances, presented by the Northampton School for Contemporary Dance & Thought (SCDT), take place Saturday at 6 p.m and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Workroom Theater, the largest performing space at the Arts Trust building.

Hatchery, now in its eighth season, is a movement-based performance company for young artists ages 13-18 from western Massachusetts; as founder and co-director Jen Polins puts it, the company is not only a forum for dance but a place “where enthusiasm and curiosity are just as important as technique.”

Performances at “Timeless” will also include video installations, music and spoken-word movement; the work is created by the teen dancers, by guest artists Lauren Horn (Connecticut) and Vanessa Anspaugh (Northampton, New York City), and by Polins and SCDT co-director Kate Martel.

Tickets range from $5 to $15 and can be purchased online at scdtnoho.com or at the door. Face masks and proof of a COVID vaccination are required for all audience members.

 

Robert Floyd Photo Gallery celebrates 20th anniversary

To mark 20 years in Southampton, the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center has reopened its annual “Women in History” photo contest/exhibit, in which female photographers submit images taken of other women anywhere in the world.

The photographs are all in black and white, and photographers are also asked to talk about the subjects of their work and to describe their own pathway into photography.

Students from Westfield High School have contributed work to this year’s exhibit. Floyd says he has previously donated camera equipment to the school’s art department and worked with students in their darkroom classroom.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 2, 2022. Exhibit hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Artist gallery talks will take place Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. The winner of the photo competition will receive $300. For more information, visit floydgallery.com or call 529-2635

 

Winter show at William Baczek Fine Arts

William Baczek Fine Arts, the Northampton Gallery that earlier this year marked its 25th year in the city, has opened a group exhibit this month featuring the work of over 15 artists, primarily painters, including new work by Valley artist Scott Prior and several other painters.

The featured works are in a range of mediums, including oil, watercolor, egg tempera and gouache paintings, digital prints, photography, and sculpture.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 29, 2022. Galley hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is located at 36 Main St., Northampton. More information is available at wbfinearts.com and 587-9880.

 

Pioneer Valley Symphony hosts holiday concert

For its last concert of the fall, in what it calls its “Season of Rebirth,” the Pioneer Valley Symphony will offer a virtual Holiday Pops concert on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m.

The concert features the PVS Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Orchestra and will showcase new works from composer Clifton “Jerry” Noble Jr., honoring American holiday celebrations of all kinds, a holiday pop songs review, and classic seasonal favorites.

The program can be seen in two ways: via stream on a smartTV or other internet-connected device, or via Zoom for a community watch party and a post-concert talkback. Tickets are by donation, with a suggested gift of $15, and are availabe at www.pvsoc.org/tickets.

PVS, now in its 83rd season, plans to return to live performances in 2022.

 Easthampton City Arts chooses new artists in residence

Six artists selected by what’s described as an “exceptionally competitive” process will receive a studio residency in Easthampton in 2022, in a program run by Easthampton City Arts (ECA).

The residency program provides free gallery space, primarily at the MAP Gallery in Eastworks but also now at the ECA Gallery in Old Town Hall. According to ECA, only five residencies were planned for 2022, but due to a high number of applications, a sixth was added at the ECA Gallery.

The six participating artists, in order of appearance, are Dianne Alvarez, music and performance; Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz, writing and illustration; Malaika Ross, painting and visual art; Grace Kubilius, installation and textiles; Kelly Clare, video, installation, and public art; and Aisha Russell, visual art and dance.

The residency program will include talks and public presentations of work by the artists.

 ZOOM with writers through Odyssey Bookshop

The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley will host online discussions with the authors of two new books, “Beasts of a Little Lamb” and “The Nation on No Map: Black Anarchism and Abolition” on Dec. 16 and 20, respectively.

“Beasts of a Little Lamb,” the debut novel of Juhea Kim, is an epic story of Korea’s fight for independence, beginning in 1917 and spanning half a century. The story encompasses love, war, and redemption and examines the lives of two key characters whose friendship will be tested by these larger issues.

Kim, a native of Korea who now lives in Oregon, will be in conversation with writer Naomi Krupitsky beginning at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16.

“A Nation On No Map,” by Alabama writer and activist William C. Anderson, examines state power, abolition, and ideological tensions within the struggle for Black liberation while centering on the politics of Black autonomy and self-determination. Anderson will discuss his book at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20.

Visit odysseybks.com/event for the ZOOM links to these presentations.


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