Arts Previews Nov. 30-Dec. 7

  • The Valley Music Showcase takes place Friday at New City Brewery in Easthampton.

  • Smith College hosts a regional book fair Saturday and Sunday.

  • All Rights Reserved Jeff Derose

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Hampden Galley exhibition

Two artists and partners with Valley roots, Jeff Derose and Briana Taylor, have a joint exhibit at Hampden Gallery at UMass Amherst through Dec. 6. Taylor, whose work alternates between painting and textile arts with a focus on modern quilting and design, says the two exhibits are “intentionally, and in many ways, subliminally connected." Derose produces multi-media work with encaustic, charcoal, photographics, and video to explore the theme of Polarity. “I think the most significant element of any collaboration is the support of your partner's ideas and encouraging them to bring those concepts to fruition,” he said. “Briana and I look forward to pursuing the various threads of conversations that we left off on.” The exhibit includes more than 150 pieces of encaustic, oil painting, photography, video, sculpture, and textile art.

Valley Music Showcase

The Valley Music Showcase, a bi-monthly juried live music competition featuring artists from the Pioneer Valley/Springfield/Hartford area, will present five bands on Friday, all of which excelled in previous competitive rounds this year. The yearlong competition culminates in a joint concert at the New City Brewery in Easthampton  at 8 pm. The five bands, including Flathead Rodeo, Joon, Shokazoba, and One Time Weekend, will each play 25 minutes (local faves Trailer Park also play an independent set). The final goal? Winning a grand prize that includes donated time in a local recording studio, consulting, marketing opportunities and monetary rewards.

Tickets are $10 per person. More information is available at www.facebook.com/valleymusicshowcase

Book fair at Smith College

Smith College will host a book fair this weekend that will feature leading used and antiquarian booksellers, fine letterpress printers, book binders, papermakers, and artist book makers from New England and other northeastern states. The event takes place Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the college’s Campus Center. Book fair attendees are also invited to a keynote address, “Among the Gently Mad,” by acclaimed bibliophile and book culture scholar Nicholas A. Basbanes on Saturday at 5:15 pm at Smith Graham Hall Auditorium in the Brown Fine Arts Center. The book fair and the speech are free and open to the public.

A Celebration of the Arts in Amherst

Join the biannual Celebration of the Arts in Amherst on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 7-9 p.m. at AmherstWorks (11 Amity Street), which features live music performed by local a capella groups The Green Street Brew and UMASS Duly Noted, as well as visual art from Amherst-based artists. The event stems from the Amherst Center Cultural District’s intention to “support local businesses and the arts through partnerships, collaborative programming, and economic initiatives,” according to press notes. Supporters of the celebration include but are not limited to Amherst Cinema, Jones Library, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College and the Emily Dickinson Museum.