Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Happenings this week in the Valley

  • “Motet,” mixed media on canvas by David Skillicorn, whose paintings are on view this month at the Hosmer Gallery in Northampton COURTESY OF DAVID SKILLICORN

  • Marcia Gomes will join Samirah Evans in a concert Friday in Amherst. COURTESY OF MARCIA GOMES

  • This photography of the Upper Walkway of the Roman Theatre in Orange, France, is among works by Paul Hetzel now on view at the Hosmer Gallery. COURTESY OF HOSMER GALLERY

Published: 11/30/2016 3:48:23 PM
At Hope & Feathers

The sixth annual “Small Works” show at Hope and Feathers Framing, 319 Main St. in Amherst, will be up through Jan. 14.

The show features dozens of works by local artists in all mediums, including photography, paintings, illustration and sculpture.

There will be an artists’ reception and Holiday Pie Party Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. A second reception, this one with an art raffle, will be held Jan. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

For information, visit

Ladies of jazz

“A Moment to Exhale,” a concert with Samirah Evans, will be Friday, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the Great Room at the Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community, 120 Pulpit Road in Amherst.

Evans will perform a stripped-down and intimate program of originals mixed with jazz and blues standards. She will be joined by pianist Franz Robert II.

Marcia Gomes will open for Evans. She is a Cleo Laine vocal scholar and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.

Evans and Gomes have performed together before, in Evans’ “Ladies in Jazz” series at the Arts Block in Greenfield. The two will sing several songs together.

Doors open at 7 p.m. There is a sliding-fee scale of $10 to $20 for admission.

For information about Evans, visit; for information about Gomes, visit

At the Hosmer

Two exhibits, “David Skillicorn: Abstract Expressionist Paintings” and “Light,” photographs by Paul Hetzel, will be on view Friday through Dec. 30 at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St. in Northampton. There will be an artists’ reception Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Skillicorn’s highly textured abstract expressionist works are a reflection of the natural world, skirting the line between abstraction and landscape,” according to exhibition notes. He “reaches for an illusive quality, which transcends a work’s physical properties, and can only be perceived intuitively.”

Hetzel took up photography after a trek to Mount Everest in 1994. Drawn to the black-and-white medium, he initially created images in his darkroom but switched in 2005 to digital.

“Light expresses not only what we saw but how we saw our subject,” Hetzel writes in an artist’s statement. “Light alters shapes and spaces. We use light to lead the viewer not only to, but through, our image.”

Gallery hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays.

Magic trick

“Abracadabrafication,” an exhibit of recent works on paper and cardboard by Chesterfield artist Miriam Kaye, will be on view through Dec. 31 in the Neil Hammer Gallery at the Meekins Library at 2 Williams St. in Williamsburg.

Although Kaye’s work has included paintings, painted furniture and pottery, brocaded quilts, fabric sculptures, glass and furniture mosaics, her focus has shifted to primarily paper and cardboard objects of art — decorative paper quilts and wall cupboards.

Working with cardboard, Kaye said, “is freeing, there are no rules. So that’s when the ‘abracadabrafication’ comes in.”

For information, call the library at 268-7472

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