Arts Previews for 01-09-20

  •  “Volunteer” by Anne Laprade Seuthe  Photo courtesy of Augusta Savage Gallery 

  • Past performance of a PVPA concert. Courtesy of PVPA

Published: 1/9/2020 9:11:50 AM
Modified: 1/9/2020 9:11:14 AM
“Beyond Planet Earth” at Augusta Savage Gallery

The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Augusta Savage Gallery recently announced the first exhibition in a three-part series titled, “Beyond Planet Earth. Anne LaPrade Seuthe’s Hot Housed, Volunteers, and Anomalies,” which will be displayed from Feb. 3 through Feb. 24, with an opening reception on Feb. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m.

LaPrade Seuthe’s new work to be featured at the Augusta Savage Gallery includes paintings that draw upon the artist’s breadth of experience, according to a press release from the gallery.

“When I was invited to show at Augusta Savage Gallery under the title of ‘Beyond Planet Earth’ I had just completed a body of work that dealt with the human life span in relationship to the cosmos. The body of work previous to that one had sprung from one focused on the landscape as seen close up and from afar. ‘Beyond Planet Earth’ seemed to be the next logical step for the paintings to go in. One long-standing aspect of my painting process is to paint over paintings. Usually this happens in the course of working on any given painting when something anticipated is not achieved and the piece then cycles back to a gesso prepared surface. With the work for ‘Beyond Planet Earth,’ I decided to stop short of the re-gesso prepared surface, and rather than obliterate any of the paintings’ history, I decided to deliberately leave vestiges of their former iterations. In some cases what remains from the original paintings serve simply as mark making in the negative space. In others what remains becomes an integral part of the way the image is read,” LaPrade Seuthe said.

PVPA Music Showcase“We Came to Play”at the Majestic Theater

In all, 60 students from the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts (PVPA) Charter Public School will perform in various ensembles at a concert on January 14. Attendees can expect some rock, jazz, pop/R&B and a cappella performances throughout the evening at the Majestic Theater, a series of performances starting at 7 p.m.

“This upcoming showcase is shaping up to be a high energy, dynamic performance,” says Charlotte Donovan, enrollment and communication coordinator for PVPA. “This is what makes PVPA unique; access to professional artistic training and performance opportunities in the context of a highly supportive academic environment.”

Ticket prices for the concert are $20 for adults; $10 for students (ages 13 to 18), seniors and veterans; $5 for children, 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Majestic Theater Box at (413) 747-7797.

Events at Smith College Museum of Art

On January 10, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be hands-on art-making and a guided conversation in the galleries. Art-making will be inspired by works on view at the museum, such as creating three-dimensional paper sculptures based on the newly installed Ancient World gallery on the museum’s second floor.

Starting at 6 p.m., there will be a guided conversation, called “Open Eyes,” exploring different art in the museum, which will be a monthly event. Both art-making and the guided conversation are free.


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