Arts Previews

  • An exhibit of new prints by Elisa Lanzi, “Silk Roads/Paper Trails,” has opened at the Elusie Gallery in Easthampton.

Published: 3/13/2019 4:34:40 PM
Film chronicles last journey of renowned conductor

“Appointment with the Wise Old Dog: Dream Images in a Time of Crisis” follows the late conductor and painter David Blum as he battles metastatic cancer, using art and dreams to explore his illness and the human condition with insight and creativity. This free film, presented by David's widow, Sarah Blum, screens Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. at Forbes Library  Northampton.

David Blum, who died in 1998 at age 62, was a respected conductor who worked in Europe and the U.S., and he also wrote widely on music, including a number of books and profiles of musicians for publications such as the New Yorker.

According to Sarah Blum, the film has played across the U.S. in many settings, creating “an unexpected, remarkable, grassroots movement. It has been used by the medical community on multiple levels, art therapists, educators, scholars, religious counselors, and a vast array of caregivers facing immense physical and spiritual challenges.”

And renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma says of the film, "The unique paintings David Blum created throughout his life and increasingly during his battle with cancer are a window into his spiritual journey… we are reminded of the resilience of the human spirit, the power of art to help us understand life, and the role creativity can play in healing and transcendence."


Musical benefit forRosenberg Fund

Celebrated folk-rockers The Mammals will play a benefit show on Saturday, March 16 in Haydenville for the Rosenberg Fund for Children, the Easthampton organization that helps the children of parents targeted by the government for their political activism.

The Mammals, led by Mike Menrenda, Ruth Ungar and a rotating group of touring musicians, have been described as “subversive acoustic traditionalists” who play a mix of  traditional folk, soul, old-time, blues, Cajun, and other rootsy sounds.

The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Valley View Farm, 16 Walpole Road in Haydenville and is part of the Hinterland Live series, which pairs live music with farm-to-table meals served in a 19th-century barn. Saturday’s dining event begins at 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets for music and dinner are $60 in advance and $65 at the door. Music only is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit for more information.


New exhibit at Elusie Gallery

The Elusie Gallery in Easthampton has opened a new exhibit by Elisa Lanzi, “Silk Roads/Paper Trails,” which features original hand-pulled monotype prints, handmade paper works and an illustrated haiku portfolio.

Accoring to press notes, the artist explores “the geography of ancient silk routes — the crossroads, oases, and waterways — as avenues for conveying the invention of papermaking across the globe. Lanzi fuses her own family history, real and imagined, onto these same routes ending up in the Mediterranean,” using painterly monotypes, handmade paper and Japanese washi paper.

The exhibit runs through April 6. For more information about the show and visiting hours at the Elusie Gallery, visit or call (413) 529-9265. 








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