Visual Art Bulletin Board

Welcome to the Hilltown Families’ Visual Art Bulletin Board, a place for community organizations, nonprofits and individuals to share exhibits and calls for art in Western MA. Please feel encouraged to self-post the following:

  • Museum Exhibits
  • Art Shows
  • Call for Art

If you would like to see your art show, museum exhibit, art class, camp, workshop or call for art featured through the Hilltown Families network, email Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org to find out about our advertising options.

VISUAL ART BULLETIN BOARD MANAGER

Cheryl Przezdziecki ♦ Cheryl is a native of Western Massachusetts who appreciates the various expressions and mediums used in field of visual arts. Cheryl’s love of the arts was the inspiration for a trip to Europe where she was able to experience the beautiful Gothic architectures of Barcelona and view the original works of Salvador Dali in Figueres. Cheryl has witnessed the centuries-old process of creating hand-blown Murano glass on the islands of Venice, and still gets goosebumps when she recalls looking up at Michelangelo’s famous painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. As our Visual Art Bulletin Board Manager, Cheryl will be helping readers find opportunities to experience the richness of history and culture right here in our own community.  visualart@hilltownfamilies.org

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  1. UMCA said,

    December 8, 2016 at 11:24 am

    The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at UMass Amherst is proud to present Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power.

    Kara Walker has become one of the most widely-known and controversial artists working today. Exploring the painful history of American race relations through large-scale silhouette installations, Walker’s work transforms historical materials, literary sources and popular culture, challenging us to access buried emotions about our nation’s past. In her hands, the medium of silhouette becomes a tool for examining the traumatic legacy
    of slavery.

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  2. Jim Lemkin said,

    November 15, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    FILM CONTEST FOR WESTERN MASS STUDENTS GRADES 3 TO 12
    Make a fun, creative short film on any topic you really care about.

    The 2016 Whole Picture Film Contest welcomes entries from students in grades 3 through 12 living in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. Students create a short film no longer than 5 minutes in length showing ways of solving a problem, issue or challenge that means something to them. They are free to work individually or collaboratively with groups of friends, in clubs, afterschool programs or as a classroom project. Students can use any style they choose – fiction or non-fiction, animated, dramatic, documentary, poetic style, personal narrative, etc. The FINAL DEADLINE is January 15, 2017.

    It is FREE to enter. Cash prizes total more than $1600.00.

    The Whole Picture Film Contest is committed to “learning from the inside out”. It inspires critical reflection and holistic (“whole picture”) thinking. It supports each student’s innate curiosity and desire to learn and encourages them to find their own authentic voice and concerns through filmmaking. It encourages imagination, problem solving and organizational skills and helps cultivate empathy. The contest is aligned with the Mass. Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy.

    Here’s how it works: 1. Students in grades 3 to 12 can pick a problem, challenge or issue that’s important to them, their family, friends or community. 2. They research the issue from multiple points of view. 3. They seek out the causes. 4. They propose ways to solve it. 5. They then make a creative film that inspires others to think and act.

    Prizes: There are three separate contests each with cash prizes: Elementary grades 3-5 ($200 1st place; $100 2nd place; $50 Finalist), middle school grades 6-8 ($300 1st place; $150 2nd place; $75 Finalist) and high school grades 9-12 ($400 1st place; $200 2nd place; $100 Finalist). All entrants will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

    All information and entry forms are available at: WholePictureFilms.org

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  3. November 1, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Exhibit Honoring Civil Rights Icons Opens this Week at Springfield Museums

    This week, a new exhibit is opening at the Springfield Museums that celebrates the dynamic leaders of what become known as the Civil Rights Movement. Created by artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy, Icons of the Civil Rights Movement will open on Tuesday, November 1 at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, and will be on view until February 2017.

    This exhibit features nineteen of the artist’s icons, including two on loan from Trinity United Methodist Church and Green Mountain College. Included are portraits of Martin Luther King Jr., Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Ralph David Abernathy, Julian Bond, Fannie Lou Hamer, Harry Belafonte, Jeffrey Brace, and State Representative Benjamin Swan, among others. The exhibit also includes a film about the development and evolution of this project.

    Chatterton-Purdy, who has been deeply involved in the struggle for civil rights for over forty years, tells the stories of some of the Movement’s most important leaders through this series of iconic works. By using wooden panels constructed to look like medieval alter-pieces, or icons, and then painting portraits surrounded in gold, the artist has been able to tell those stories through works that evoke a deeply emotional, and perhaps even spiritual response.

    Chatterton-Purdy has commented that what led her to employ this format was her feeling that “the Civil Rights Movement, and the power of its non-violent nature, led me to believe that there was a ‘Holy Spirit’ dimension to this movement… that somehow these ordinary people knew that they were the beloved and precious children of God despite a segregated world that was telling them otherwise.”

    Guy McLain, Director of the Wood Museum of Springfield History, commented that “We are extremely pleased to be able to feature this exhibit in the museum and honor these brave individuals. Although the battle for true racial equality is far from over, this exhibit reminds us that we can draw inspiration from this first group of individuals who showed such courage and fortitude in order to bring about major social reform.”

    On Sunday, January 15 at 2 p.m., Chatterton-Purdy will give a talk at the Wood Museum of Springfield History, sharing her personal insights into her work and her personal belief in the arts as a vehicle to achieving a more peaceful world.

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  4. October 18, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Jam Side Down: Mosaics by Isabel Margolin
    Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery in Amherst
    November 2 through 23, 2016

    Isabel creates mosaics via the indirect method: materials are placed face-side-down on sticky paper, then turned over onto a bed of cement. It is through a certain controlled randomness, a willingness to cede expectations to gravitational forces and sticky tape, that she applies the indirect technique to expand the boundaries of this art form. It is a process of chance, choice, and discovery.

    Please join us on Thursday, November 3rd, during Amherst Arts Night Plus, 5-8pm, for the opening reception. An artist reception will follow on Saturday, November 5th 4:30-7:30pm.

    Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery, 319 Main Street, Amherst, MA. 413-835-0197

    More info about the show: http://www.hopeandfeathersframing.com/jam-side-down-mosaics-by-isabel-margolin/

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  5. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    September 16, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Hispanic/LatinX Heritage
    Arno Maris Art Gallery at Westfield State University
    September 22, 2016 through October 22, 2016

    This exhibit features the work of artists Carlos Alvarez and Lyle Kleinhans.
    Carlos Alvarez’s artwork has been displayed in many prominent galleries across the country. The artist’s collection – Protecting the Wounds – was inspired by two memories. The first is of the exhumation of human remains that had been in a mausoleum for several years. The second is of the many years around 1990, when violence and death prevailed in his hometown of Medellin, Colombia. Alvarez notes that “those memories likened my perception of the value of a human body to that of an artifact. I thought that bodies were organic discarded materials and thus, I saw a connection to similar objects, such as decayed logs and rotten trees. These organic forms become unfamiliar cavities that are adapted as spaces, as portals. I find possibilities within the forms and spaces that are created during the process of their own transformation.”
    Lyle Kleinhans originally studied drawing and sculpture at the University of Wisconsin in the 1950’s and 1960’s. After pursuing other professional interests, Kleinhans began to create art again after a 55-year hiatus, focusing on abstract figurative representations. Kleinhans says, “I like to think that my paintings are another picture of reality viewed through the skewed or jaundiced filter of my mind and in such a way as to possibly deepen the mystery of life or maybe cast light of the existence of life.”
    Viewers are given the opportunity to view art reflective of culture and memory through a uniquely distorted lens. Hispanic/LatinX Heritage will be on view September 22, 2016 through October 22, 2016 in the Arno Maris Art Gallery at Westfield State University. The gallery is located on the second level of the Ely Campus Center. 413-572-5691. 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA (FREE)

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  6. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 30, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Unbound: New Work by Esther S. White and Jamie Williams
    ECA+ Gallery
    September 6, 2016 through September 27, 2016

    Local artists Esther S. White and Jamie Williams present their textile, fiber and mixed media works in this unique exhibit. Unbound: New Work at the ECA+ Gallery presents the fiber-based creations of White and Williams side-by-side. White transforms blank lengths of fabric into tangibly complex textile works while Williams creates embroidered hooped canvases using a highly-focused and deliberate process, simultaneously reflecting on themes of anxiety and uncertainty. Both artists explore pattern and abstraction, constantly pushing the boundaries between fine arts and decorative media. In her piece, Williams punctuates bright and busy fields of color with areas of quietude, filling them with neatly-ordered, geometric and traditional patterns of ornamentation that suggest a blank spreadsheet or the pattern of the underlying canvas itself. In Esther’s quilts, opposing forces clash, creating beautiful secondary patterns where they intersect. In “A Measured Routine,” White joins a hand-painted motif with a screen printed one, then irreversibly binds them to one another with a machine-stitched pattern. For White, this process mirrors her experience of motherhood – the constant need to start over, the decisions which cannot be undone – leading to the beautiful results that follow. Viewers will marvel at the intricacies of the artists’ work and the use of textiles as a distinct art form. The exhibit will be on view from September 6, 2016 through September 27, 2016 at the ECA+ Gallery in Easthampton’s Old Town Hall. 413-529-1425. 43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

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  7. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 30, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Holyoke Renaissance: Rising from the Ashes
    Wistariahurst Museum
    September 10, 2016 through October 29, 2016

    Holyoke Renaissance: Rising from the Ashes at the Wistariahurst Museum features the work of three local artists celebrating the renaissance of the City of Holyoke. The exhibit by artists Debra Dunphy, Nancy Howard, and Kristine Villeneuve-Topor, will feature various views of the old industrial city and its architectural designs. Each artist has a distinctive style and has taken a different path in honing their artistic talents. Debra Dunphy is a self-taught artists who credits her style to years of teaching both oil painting and pastels in group classes she provides at her teaching studio in the city’s Canal Walk Art District. Nancy Howard earned a BFA in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design as well as her master’s degree in landscape architecture at the University of Massachusetts. She has a key interest in the role artists play in the vitality of urban life. Kristine Villeneuve-Topor didn’t begin to pursue her art until her early thirties. She became enthralled by the artistic process and began spending her free time in galleries, museums, and libraries. She learned to draw and paint by studying and absorbing the work of many different artists. The city of Holyoke is currently undergoing a transformation that is renewing much of the downtown after suffering from urban blight for decades. Works on display will include local landmarks and streetscapes from around the city and will be presented to shine a light on the beautiful art and architecture in the city. The exhibit provides a glimpse into the architectural history of Holyoke, while honoring the city’s growth and renewed vitality. The exhibit will be on view from September 10, 2016 through October 29, 2016 at the Wistariahurst Museum. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA. ($3 SUGGESTED DONATION)

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  8. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 30, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Farmers’ Castles by Robert Strong Woodward
    Memorial Hall Museum
    September 1, 2016 through October 30, 2016

    Born in Northampton, MA, Robert Strong Woodward turned to painting as a profession after a gunshot wound paralyzed him from the waist down. He found refuge at his grandparents’ Buckland, MA, farm, and surrounded by rolling hills and farmlands, Woodward found beauty and inspiration in his neighbors’ barns. Farmers’ Castles by Robert Strong Woodward at the Memorial Hall Museum features the painting Farmer’s Castle, a dynamic canvas of the Warfield barn in Charlemont recently donated to Memorial Hall Museum by John Warfield Glaze and Shirley J. Glaze, and five privately-owned and rarely-seen paintings of Buckland, Colrain, and Charlemont barns. Using perspective to literally heighten the barn on the canvas and in our minds, Robert Strong Woodward (1885-1957) succeeded in dignifying this rural structure to a position of honor. Referencing Woodward’s painting Farmer’s Castle—a play on the maxim “a man’s home is his castle”—if a farmer’s land is his kingdom, then the barn is his castle. Essential for housing livestock, grain, hay, manure, and equipment, it is the center of the farm. Using perspective to literally heighten the barn on the canvas and in our minds, Robert Strong Woodward (1885-1957) succeeded in dignifying this rural structure to a position of honor. In a 1938 letter to art critic Royal Cortissoz, Woodward wrote “My paintings have something beyond – merely the representation of factual truth… All the tragedy, humor, and struggle of New England farm life are found in this painting of mine.” Viewers will share in the nostalgia and celebration of the barn, symbolic of the agricultural abundance in our community. The exhibit will be on view from September 1, 2016 through October 30, 2016 at the Memorial Hall Museum. 413-774-3768 (Ext. 80). 8 Memorial Street, Deerfield, MA. ($)

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  9. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Submission Dates:
    Friday, September 16. 12-7pm
    Saturday, September 17. 12-4pm

    CALL FOR VISUAL ART/ALL MEDIUMS: 4th Annual Juried Art Show . The Amherst Historical Society is seeking artists of all mediums and levels of experience to present their own visual representation of what it means to move in, move out or move on. All modes of visual art are encouraged, including but not limited to paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculptures, textiles, glass, ceramics, and collage. The art show celebrates the Historical Society’s moving in to the Simeon Strong House 100 years ago on October 1, 1916. Chosen works will be displayed between September 30, 2016 and December 11, 2016 as part of this annual art exhibition. The showcase gives artists the opportunity to display their art for a public audience while also taking part in the celebration of our local history. You can find submission information and entry forms by clicking here. You may also email the Amherst Historical Society at info@amhersthistory.org or call 413-256-0678. Amherst, MA (FREE)

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  10. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 18, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast
    Norman Rockwell Museum
    September 10, 2016 through December 4, 2016

    Thomas Nast (1840-1902) was a noted illustrator whose political cartoons had considerable influence over the nation 150 years ago. Known as “The President Maker,” Nast’s cartoons proved crucial in affecting the outcome of six presidential elections, which his favored candidates were known to win. The artist held presidential-hopefuls accountable for the issues of the day—from political corruption to imperialism, inflation, and civil rights. Presidents, Politics, and the Pen at the Norman Rockwell Museum will feature over 25 editorial cartoons by the “Father of the American Cartoon,” published by Harper’s Weekly between 1864 and 1884. The exhibition will include original artworks on loan from Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, a digital tour, as well as original Harper’s Weekly tear sheets donated to the Museum. The display will reflect the artist’s pointed opinions on the presidential candidates and campaigns of the day. As America focuses on the spectacle of this year’s presidential election, this exhibit offers viewers a look back at the 19th century to examine the impact that one of the nation’s greatest image-makers had over its politics. The exhibit will be on view from September 10, 2016 through December 4, 2016 at the Norman Rockwell Museum. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road (Rt. 183), Stockbridge, MA. (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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  11. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 12, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Small Worlds: Wassily Kandinsky’s Experiments in Printmaking
    D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
    On View through January 15, 2017

    Known as one of the pioneers of Abstract art, Vassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) lectured and wrote extensively in support of non-objective art, believing that total abstraction offered the possibility for profound spiritual expression. His paintings of 1913 are considered to be among the first completely abstract compositions in modern art history, as they made no reference to the natural world and were inspired by (and took their titles from) pieces of music. His nonrepresentational paintings paved the way for the development of the Abstract Expressionist movement that dominated American painting after World War II. Though Kandinsky is perhaps best known for his paintings, this series of prints shows his mastery of lithography, woodcut, and etching. Small Worlds: Wassily Kandinsky’s Experiments in Printmaking at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts represents only a handful of public museums who own the complete series. Viewers are given the opportunity to learn how Kandinsky used each method to its best advantage in rendering his abstract compositions, creating a set of prints that showcases the unique aesthetic features of each printmaking style. The exhibit will be on view through January 15, 2017 in the Collins PrintGallery at The Michelle and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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  12. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 12, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Karen Pratt Exhibit
    BINGO! Gallery at Shire City Sanctuary
    September 2016

    The BINGO! Gallery at Shire City Sanctuary is proud to present the Karen Pratt Exhibit, which features the work of local quilt artist Karen Pratt during the month of September. Each year, Hoffman California Fabrics hosts a world-wide quilting contest. The quilt collection on display represents a chronolocial journey of Pratt’s entries into the Hoffman Challenge, which she has participated in since 1997 and uses to challenge herself as an artist. The exhibit supports the work of a local artist while introducing textiles as a distinct and practical form of art. The exhibit will be on view throughout the month of September 2016 at the BINGO! Gallery at Shire City Sanctuary. 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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  13. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 12, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    A Life in Letters: Elizabeth Porter Huntington Sessions by Kristin Malin
    The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum
    August 2016 through October 2016

    Seven years ago, a leather bound volume of letters, with dates from 1813 to 1855, was found in a packing box. The letters were from Elizabeth Porter Huntington Sessions to her mother, Elizabeth Porter Phelps Huntington. The letters serve as a poignant, sweet and detailed glimpse into their lives, amidst the social fabric of the time. Elizabeth Porter Phelps Huntington began collecting her daughter’s letters from her daughter’s first visit away from home, a tradition that continued throughout their lives. This abiding practice, nurtured and passed along by the women in the Huntington family, is as relevant today, as it will transcend for generations to come. A Life in Letters at The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum reflects the culmination of artist Kristen Malin’s five-summer task of transcribing the collection letters with the help of Elizabeth Hunting Wheeler, a descendant of Elizabeth Porter Huntington. The letters were meticulously transcribed onto long scrolls, giving viewers not only a sense of Elizabeth Porter Huntington but also offering an intimate look at life in the mid-1800’s. The writings cover a variety of topics, including courtship, marriage, family, illness, death, God, religion, travel, education, and love. The exhibit will be on view from August 2016 through October 2016 at The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive, Hadley, MA. (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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  14. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 8, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Submission Deadline: September 1, 2016

    ARTISTS WANTED/CALL FOR ART: The Springfield Central Cultural District has just released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to place local art in three unconventional spaces in Downtown Springfield, including 1550 Main, SilverBrick Lofts, and New England Public Radio. One of the core missions of the Springfield Central Cultural District is to make the District a more attractive place for artists to live, work, and play. If chosen, artists will have a solo show in the heart of the Cultural District! 2D and 3D proposals are welcome. For detailed information and to submit a proposal, click here. Any questions may be submitted to the Executive Director of the Cultural District, Morgan Drewniany at 413-781-1592 or morgan@springfieldculture.org.

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  15. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Brown Bear Everywhere: A Pop-Up Exhibition
    Various Locations in Amherst, MA
    August 8, 2016 through October 10, 2016

    Connecting to your place through visual art! — In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the book that launched Eric Carle’s career – Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. – The Carle is sending the book’s famous characters to the main streets and outdoor spaces of its hometown. This special pop-up exhibition, Brown Bear Everywhere, will bring 14 high-quality reproductions of Carle’s original collage illustrations to some of Amherst’s popular restaurants, schools, and recreational sites. The exhibition helps kick off a year of special events to honor the children’s classic, which is one of the best-selling picture books of all time. Framed reproductions from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? will be located at Amherst Commons (White Dog), Bangs Community Center (Purple Cat), Bare Mountain (Brown Bear), Black Sheep Deli (Black Sheep), Fort River Elementary School (Teacher), Hampshire College (Red Bird), High Horse Restaurant (Blue Horse), Hitchcock Center for the Environment (Green Frog), Jones Library (Final Page), Amherst College Mead Art Museum (Endpapers), the Mill District in North Amherst (Original Brown Bear, 1967 edition), Mill River Recreation Area (Goldfish), the Norwottuck Rail Trail (Children), and the University of Massachusetts campus pond (Yellow Duck). Labels at each location will provide information about the works of art, the book, and Carle’s artistic process.

    This pop-up exhibition offers families the opportunity to view this fun exhibit while engaging with the local faces and places within their community. The art pieces in this exhibit will be on view from August 8, 2016 through October 10, 2016 at the locations noted above. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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  16. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    August 1, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Submission Deadline: September 20, 2016

    CALL FOR ART/PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT & CONTEST. The Springfield City Library is seeking photo submission for their new “Springfield My Home” Exhibit. Photographers can submit work in response to the question, “What do you love about Springfield?” and earn a chance to win one of several great prizes. With the support of the Springfield Cultural Council, digital photo submissions will be professionally printed and mounted. The exhibit will go on display in various Springfield City Library branches this October. At the end of the exhibit, contributing photographers will be allowed to keep the mounted photographs, while the three winning photos will remain on display for one year at the Central Library for the general public to enjoy. This presents a wonderful opportunity for established or aspiring photographers to take part in a celebration of local community through art. Submissions should be sent electronically to librarian Matthew Jaquith through September 20th. Artists should call or email for more details. 413-263-6828 (Ext. 221) or mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org.

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  17. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 14, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Norman Rockwell: Presidential Elections Illustrated
    Norman Rockwell Museum and Google Arts & Culture Collaborative
    Online Art Exhibition

    This online art exhibition presents Norman Rockwell’s paintings, rarely seen studies, reference photos, and correspondence relating to presidential campaigns during the 1950s and 1960s, including the tumultuous election year of 1968. From rarely seen photographs with Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan; to distinguished paintings of President John F. Kennedy and his brother/presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, Presidential Elections Illustrated offers an intimate look at our nation’s highest office through the eyes of America’s favorite illustrator. Drawings, paintings and photographs from the Museum’s permanent collection are featured in the exhibition. A highlight of the exhibition are paintings created by Norman Rockwell for Look magazine in 1968, covering the turbulent presidential elections that year. Rockwell once remarked: “I am no politician and certainly no statesman. But I have painted thousands of people and should by now be a judge of what their faces say about what they are.” This partnership is part of the Google Arts & Culture’s American Democracy collection, which brings together over 60 exhibits and 2500+ artifacts from 44 institutions dedicated to the preservation of U.S. political history and the practice of American democracy. This virtual art exhibit is a unique integration of art and political whose format offers broad public access to collections and related content to audiences around the globe. (FREE/ONLINE)

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  18. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    July 5, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Albert G. Kiesling: A Visual History of Easthampton
    Mill Arts Project in Eastworks
    On View Through August 13, 2016

    Albert Kiesling was born in Clinton, MA. As a young adult he moved to Easthampton to work at the textile mill, Hampton Co. as a quiller. He learned to paint through a friendship with Oscar F. Adler, a well-known American Expressionist painter. Adler’s work will also be represented in the exhibit. Kiesling’s favorite subjects were rural landscapes with horses or cows and local waterways. He also painted many historic buildings in the area, documenting some that are long lost to history, such as the original Williston Campus on Main Street, the old train depot, and Emily Williston Memorial Library, all in Easthampton. The artist did not own a car and walked long distances carrying his easel, palette and canvases. He has obtained folklore status from older locals whose childhood memories include Kiesling painting at some of his favorite sites in Easthampton, Southampton, and Westhampton. Albert G. Kiesling: A Visual History of Easthampton at The Mill Arts Project in Eastworks offers viewers an intimate look into our local history through nostalgia, art, and reflection. The exhibit will be on view through August 13, 2016 at The Mill Arts Project in Eastworks. 413-529-1425. 116 Pleasant Street, Room #137. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

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  19. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill
    The Clark Museum
    July 4, 2016 through October 10, 2016

    Mark C. Taylor, the co-curator of this exhibition, states that “In today’s high-speed world, place disappears in screens where reality becomes virtual. Sensing Place creates the opportunity to slow down and re-discover who you are by reflecting on where you are.” Multiple media are used in the exhibition including a sonogram and recording of a bird song, video representing the melting of glaciers and creation of Lake Bascom, and historic maps, photographs, and ephemera that illustrate the rich history of Stone Hill. The objects presented in the exhibition are varied and include historic artifacts. Each of fourteen participants chose a single object to reflect upon and interpret in a short text. Author Jim Shepard tells the story of John Barney Wright by showing the mid-nineteenth-century sharp-shooter’s rifle that Wright modified to hunt bear. Another author, Elizabeth Kolbert, uses soil monoliths to illustrate how Stone Hill has evolved, and continues to evolve, throughout the centuries. Soil monoliths detail natural intervention, such as climate change, and human intervention, such as a plow, in the evolution of place. Stone artist Dan Snow reflects on a recreated field wall that would have been common on Stone Hill in the eighteenth century. The wall intersects interior and exterior spaces as a reminder of Stone Hill’s agrarian past. Artist Stephen Hannock reflects on the passage of time by presenting a root ball of a fallen cluster of buckthorn trees that was found on Stone Hill Road. For Hannock, the growth rings of the tree show how time has passed and been recorded. Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill at The Clark Museum immerses visitors in the rich natural and cultural history of Stone Hill from its geological formation to the present. It examines the broader concepts of place through objects linked to Stone Hill, as interpreted by those familiar with the richness of this special place. The exhibit will be on view from July 4, 2016 through October 10, 2016 at The Clark Museum. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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  20. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 24, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    The Art of Dale Chihuly
    Schantz Galleries
    July 8, 2016 through August 28, 2016

    The Art of Dale Chihuly at Schantz Galleries features work by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. With a background in interior design and architecture, Chihuly has always been interested in space and light.Working within the architecture of the gallery, he presents several of his well-known series along with a few large-scale installations. The centerpiece of the gallery is Sunrise Topaz Chandelier, a two-tiered chandelier consisting of approximately 430 amber, gold, and clear elements. An American sculptor, Chihuly has mastered the alluring, translucent, and transparent qualities of glass, ice, water, and neon, to create works of art that transform the viewer experience. He is globally renowned for his ambitious, site-specific architectural installations in public spaces and for his work in more than 250 museum collections. In addition to the blown-glass sculptures, Chihuly has included sixteen of his works on paper. As Nathan Kernan has stated in an essay, “Drawing into Space: Chihuly Drawing Revisited”, “Chihuly’s drawings over the past thirty-five years constitute a parallel visual world as compelling and original as that of his amazing sculptures.” The artist has always used drawing as a form of conveying his concepts and ideas for his sculptures, and one can certainly experience his expressive energy and love of color. Chihuly notes, “You can more directly sense my energy in my drawings than in any other way, perhaps.” Chihuly is famous for his ambitious architectural installations in notable cities, museums, and gardens around the world. This display provides visitors with a more intimate setting in which to enjoy the pieces, bringing the work of a world-renowned artist directly into our local community. The exhibit will be on view from July 8, 2016 through August 28, 2016 at the Schantz Galleries. 413-298-3044. 3 Elm Street, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

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  21. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    June 3, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World
    The Norman Rockwell Museum
    June 17, 2016 through October 30, 2016

    Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World at The Norman Rockwell Museum marks the first time the Museum explores the contrast between the abstract and realist movements, placing works by Rockwell, Wyeth, and Warhol side by side with Pollock, Calder, Johns, and over 40 other preeminent artists. The exhibition will examine the forces that forged the mid-century dismissal of narrative painting and illustration, as well as the resurgence of realist painting during the latter half of the twentieth century, its presence and critical consideration today, and the ways in which our contemporary viewpoints have been shaped by post World War II constructs. Museum director Laurie Norton Moffatt notes: “In the 1950s, there was heated debate about the relative merits of abstract art, realist art, and popular illustration, and Norman Rockwell was frequently caught in the crossfire. The symbolic artist against whom the art world turned, Rockwell even tried his own hand at modernism in his Jackson Pollock-styled painting ‘The Connoisseur,’ which will be featured in the exhibition. We look forward to exploring this rebellious turning point in American art, when many artists rejected Rockwell’s version of realism and invented a nonrepresentational artistic vocabulary.” Art enthusiasts will revel at this comparative and insightful exhibition that examines the seismic mid-twentieth century shifts in art and their impact. The exhibit is on view from June 17, 2016 through October 30, 2016 at The Norman Rockwell Museum. 413-931-2278. 9 Glendale Road (Rt. 183), Stockbridge, MA. (FREE W/ ADMISSION)

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    June 3, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Photographs by Jeffrey Waldron, Jennifer Ablard, and Jonathan Moldover
    Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
    On View Through June 29, 2016

    Photographs by Jeffrey Waldron, Jennifer Ablard, and Jonathan Moldover in the Hosmer Gallery features a series of photographs by local artists. Jeffrey Waldron is both a photographer and painter who has lived in the Pioneer Valley since 2000. He has a self-proclaimed love of hummingbirds, which are often the inspiration for his art. Jennifer Ablard created this exhibit from a series of photographs taken over the span of 4 years, where her daily commute took her past a lone apple tree in the middle of conservation land. Using time of day and other elements of weather, Ablard used this tree as both subject and perspective in this sequence. Jonathan Moldover is a Northampton artists who has been photographing the details of the world around him for over 55 years. Botanical close-ups are one of the artist’s favorite subjects and he often uses that which attracted him to the plant as the emphasis for the image. This gallery offers viewers unique perspectives on the natural wonders in our community as interpreted by these gifted artists. The exhibit will be on display through June 29, 2016 in the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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    May 30, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Submission Deadline: Saturday, June 4.

    CALL FOR ART/TEEN ART EXHIBIT: Participants of ARTeens (an after school program at The Art Garden) are curating an art exhibit for area teens. The optional theme is BrainStorm, but teens can submit anything they wish. At least one piece by every teen will be included in the show. Since work doesn’t always hang on walls, performances are also welcome during the opening reception on June 11. ARTeens provides an opportunity for teens to cultivate an art practice in The Art Garden’s supportive, intergenerational studio. With an emphasis on personal responsibility and self-direction, teens explore and critique the world around them, develop their own voices, and share their ideas. ARTeens offers a sense of community while nurturing uniqueness and engagement in a diverse and non-judgmental group. Submission information can be found online by clicking here. You can also call The Art Garden at 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street, Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

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  24. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 27, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Kathy Greenwood: A Stitch in Time
    Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum
    June 1, 2016 through July 31, 2016

    Kathy Greenwood: A Stitch in Time at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum is an exhibition of collage and textiles works that cross familiar materials and patterns with contemporary sensibilities. The objects and images that populate this work allude to stories, relationships and observations of daily living. The ephemera of home – heirlooms, implements and cast-offs – can invoke personal memories as well as conjecture about the lives of others. In her collage series, Greenwood imposes patterns upon familiar surfaces whose associations infuse their subjects. For example, what first appear to be quilt blocks, on closer inspection are actually salvaged family relics – check stubs that span three decades, or vintage recipe cards stitched together with paint and staples. Traditional braided rag rugs were made out of discarded clothing and household textiles. The artist draws on this practice in the works seen here, composed of her own family’s garments – the ones too worn out or ugly to give away. Like people or memories, these shreds are twined and stitched together to form vivid patterns that transcend the sorry state of the raw material. These unique pieces merge old and new to create one-of-a-kind art that reflects both creativity and nostalgia. The exhibit will be on view from June 1, 2016 through July 31, 2016 at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive (Rte. 47), Hadley, MA. (<$)

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    May 27, 2016 at 10:08 am

    3D Cardboard Sculptures
    Jones Library
    June 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016

    Multi-Arts, a non-profit arts educational program of the Pioneer Valley, proudly presents an art exhibition made by the Multi-Arts children under the guidance of professional artist, illustrator, and teacher Titus Neijens. The goal of Multi-Arts is to cultivate a vibrant and stimulating environment that nurtures children’s self-esteem and confidence. 3D Cardboard Sculptures allows these young artists to showcase their artwork within the local community. It reflects both their acquired skills as well as their personal interests and inspiration. The showcase also gives parents an opportunity to cultivate their own children’s interest in the imaginative world of visual art The exhibit will be on view from June 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016 at the Jones Library. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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  26. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 24, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Amor Fati: Paintings and Drawings by Christopher Willingham
    Wistariahurst Museum
    June 4, 2016 through July 30, 2016

    Artist Christopher Willingham is an adjunct professor of visual arts at Holyoke Community College. Amor Fati: Paintings and Drawings by Christopher Willingham at the Wistariahurst Museum will feature Willingham’s work, charged with mark and color, that evoke themes from classical mythology. These powerful images reveal emergent forms and compositions in a language of exploratory abstraction. Grounded in vivid materiality, they record and search not for specific objects but for an emotional exactitude – a specificity of feeling in light, landscape, weather, and organic form. Naming this creative engagement amor fati, “love of fate,” the artist offers his work as a Stoic meditation on life as an eternal, transformative process and on the aesthetic as life itself. Viewers will have the opportunity to not only appreciate the visual aspects of this exhibit, but also the more complex elements that elicit them. The exhibit will be on view from June 4, 2016 through July 30, 2016 at the Wistariahurst Museum. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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  27. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Saturday, June 18. 10am – 4pm

    ARTS MARKETPLACE/LOCAL ARTISTS: Artisan Marketplace. The Spectrum Playhouse and the Good Purpose are hosting this free marketplace in conjunction with the Berkshire Gateway Jazz Festival. The marketplace is an opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind artwork and foods directly from the local artisans who make them. The event provides a chance to meet the artisans and to share their stories. Handmade goods will include one-of-a-kind journals and colored pencil carrying cases by Jan Charbonneau, delightful and wildly entertaining artwork by Linda Baker-Cimini, gorgeous prints by Susan Sabino, and beautiful mixed media pieces by Karen Andrews of Inner Vision Studios. The Artisan Marketplace will be held in the Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin Street, Lee, MA. (FREE)

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  28. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Here Comes the Sun
    Kidspace at MASS MoCA
    Exhibition begins June 18, 2016

    This exciting and colorful exhibit will feature Columbian-born, Miami-based artist Federico Uribe’s magical sculptural menagerie of animals. Viewer will witness how the artist utilizes repurposed, everyday materials to create his animal sculptures. Colorful shotgun casings and golden varying caliber bullets are brought together to form a lion, while leather sneakers are arranged into a leaping puma, and an army helmet becomes a turtle’s shell. The Here Comes the Sun display at MASS MoCa fills 2000 square feet of space with majestic animals that invoke a burst of joy from the moment visitors enter the gallery. The Director of Education and Kidspace Curator, Laura Thompson, noted, “I waslooking for an artist working with bullets, who could transform them in such a way that reconfigures negative, violent associations and, instead, provides entry points into engaging with challenging topics. A goal of the exhibition is to move beyond the pessimistic, fatalistic, divisive tone of current discourse toward more productive and peaceful communities.” The exhibit be on display beginning June 18, 2016 in the Kidspace at MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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  29. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 24, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite
    Berkshire Museum
    June 30, 2016 through October 30, 2016

    Robert Hite is an accomplished painter, sculptor, and photographer whose work often includes components of all three disciplines. Hite creates small-scale structures, dwellings, and living spaces, many of which then become central to his photographs once they are sites in the landscape. He finds inspiration in the ever-present influence of nature and the narrative tradition of his Southern upbringing. As part of a special collaboration with Hancock Shaker Village, this exhibition is part of a shared exhibit set to explore the indoor and outdoor settings of the two venues. Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite at the Berkshire Museum will feature Hite’s large photographs featuring his hand-built structures and dwellings, placed outdoors into the landscape and photographed in such a way as to confound the viewers sense of scale.

    Many of the images incorporate water or mist, creating a sense of mystery with a softening of lines and angles. Hite’s cottages and cabins, many on stilts, have a lopsided, somewhat ramshackle air to them, as if nature is slowly reclaiming the buildings. Co-curator Maria Mingalone says viewers “may feel as though you are witness to a long-forgotten narrative, or a throw back into the traditional rural American South. The work lives within the realm of evocative pictorial storytelling.” This intriguing display combines various artistic mediums while evoking a sense of wonder and curiosity.

    Viewers may also be interested in seeing part one of Robert Hite’s display, which runs consecutively at the Hancock Shaker Village. You can get more information about this collaborative exhibit by clicking here. The museum exhibit will be on display June 30, 2016 through October 30, 2016 at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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  30. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Saturday, June 18.

    LOCAL ARTISTS WANTED/ALL MEDIUMS: Artisan Marketplace. The Spectrum Playhouse and the Good Purpose Gallery are seeking vendors for the Arts Marketplace being held in conjunction with the Berkshire Gateway Jazz Festival this June! If you are a local artist who would like to showcase and sell your art, please call 413-394-5045 or email pboissevain@cipberkshire.org to reserve a table. The Artisan Marketplace will be held in the Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin Street, Lee, MA. ($$)

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  31. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    BerkshireNow: Daniel Brody
    Berkshire Museum
    June 3, 2016 through August 21, 2016

    The BerkshireNow gallery space will feature the work of award-winning filmmaker and artist Daniel Brody. The centerpiece of BerkshireNow: Daniel Brody at the Berkshire Museum is a 9-minute looping video entitled “Game On/Game Over,” which features a playful but thought-provoking mashup of animation and live action. Viewers will witness a video that is both comical and foreboding, as a hooded figure walks in the winter woods, and a room floats over snowy fields and sinks into black waters. The meaning of these clips is left to the spectator’s interpretation. The video will be complemented by a collection of recent abstract drawings and paintings that share a similar playful and nervous energy. This exhibit highlights video animation as a distinct form of art, while engaging viewers through the evocation of both thought and emotion. The exhibit will be on view from June 3, 2016 through August 21, 2016 at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443.7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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  32. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 20, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite
    Hancock Shaker Village
    May 26, 2016 through October 30, 2016

    Robert Hite is an accomplished painter, sculptor, and photographer whose work often includes components of all three disciplines. Hite creates small-scale structures, dwellings, and living spaces, many of which then become central to his photographs once they are sites in the landscape. He finds inspiration in the ever-present influence of nature and the narrative tradition of his Southern upbringing. As part of a special collaboration with The Berkshire Museum, this exhibition is part of a shared exhibit set to explore the indoor and outdoor settings of the two venues. Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite at the Hancock Shaker Village will showcase two major site-specific installations and 4 to 6 other pieces of the artist’s sculpture in the outdoors, amid its gardens and iconic buildings. A section of Hite’s paintings will be on view in the Poultry House Gallery.

    At Hancock Shaker Village, Hite’s display will feature a 30-foot rail fence with flowers climbing the posts, along with smaller pieces that will be installed on the grounds. Hite is careful about keeping with Shaker attitudes about home, design, and the stewardship and conservation of natural resources. He draws on sensibilities that align with the mission of the Village and investigates domiciles and repurposed materials that honor and follow Shaker tradition.

    Viewers may also be interested in seeing part two of Robert Hite’s display, which begins in June at the Berkshire Museum. You can get more information about this collaborative exhibit by clicking here. The Village outdoor exhibit will be on display May 26, 2016 through October 30, 2016 at the Hancock Shaker Village. 413-443-0188. 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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  33. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 19, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Art on the Avenue: Recent Works by Rodney Madison, Eric Grab, and Luis Felipe Gonzalez
    Open Studio
    May 27, 2016

    Three artists will be hosting an in-studio exhibition of their recent works. Rodney Madison has dedicated his life to artistic expression through painting. His large scale abstract work incorporates images from his childhood, African Art, and the world of music, particularly jazz. Painter Eric Grab focuses his work on the bold, direct transmission of meaningful content – usually spiritual, religious, ceremonial, or familial in nature. Eric uses mostly acrylic and oil paint, though some of the pieces incorporate mixed media, including tobacco, dirt, flour, salt and found objects. Luis Felipe Gonzalez paints memories of beaches and ocean scenes as a remedy for the cold Massachusetts winters.
    Art on the Avenue: Recent Works by Rodney Madison, Eric Grab, and Luis Felipe Gonzalez at Open Studio gives viewers an opportunity to view several artistic interpretations from artists working in various mediums. The exhibit will be held on May 27, 2016 from 5-8pm at Open Studio. 413-835-1390. 104 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

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  34. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 16, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder
    MASS MoCA
    On view beginning May 28, 2016

    Harnessing the idea of wonder as a thematic metaphor, Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder at MASS MoCA features both existing and new works by twenty-three international artists. Each artist touches on certain facets of wondering, including: the perceptual/visionary, the technological/scientific, the philosophical/meditative, time/cosmos, and illusion/fear. The title for the exhibition was inspired by the writer Ray Bradbury, who often spoke of the need to retain a sense of wonder: You remain invested in your inner child by exploding every day. You don’t worry about the future, you don’t worry about the past—you just explode. MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish remarks, “Viewers experience a purer state of wonder, a state of being poised between knowing and not knowing, and defined by an experience of something truly new.”The exhibit opens on May 28, 2016 at at MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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  35. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 15, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Frames Per Second
    Arno Maris Gallery
    On view through May 21, 2016

    Frames Per Second at Westfield State University is a unique exhibition primarily focused on digital media. The show is the first of its kind and features a collection of graphics in motion created by students in the multimedia concentration Art / Design program. Viewers will have the opportunity to view an animated show on three large monitors, complimented by a two dimensional (2D) illustrations that decorate the gallery walls. The exhibit showcases the talents of students while demonstrating the use of digital media as a distinct form of art. The exhibit runs now through May 21, 2016 in the Arno Maris Gallery at Westfield State University, Ely Campus Center (2nd Floor). 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA. (FREE)

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  36. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 7, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    The Great Meadow: Natural and Cultural Histories of Northampton’s Meadows
    Historic Northampton
    May 13, 2016 through June 5, 2016

    Once the heart of agricultural settlement in Northampton, today the Meadows is a wild space of parties and encampments, a wasteland where the bomb squad detonates suspicious packages, a nature preserve where birds migrate and birdsong predominates, and a vast farmland where corn is cultivated as it has been for hundreds of years. The Great Meadow: Natural and Cultural Histories of Northampton’s Meadows at Historic Northampton features the work of three local artists as they represent their unique artistic perspective on the Meadows and its many facets. Nick Baker is a technologist, photographer, naturalist and robotics teacher at Mount Holyoke College. His work involves the use of a robotic tripod in the Meadows to gather panoramic images of the smallest details of the ground. Claudette Lambert-Peterson is a local illustrator whose work is greatly inspired by nature. Her perspective is rooted in pattern – both natural and manufactured. For this project, she focused primarily on the pattern of insects, plants, and frogs. Anthony W. Lee is an art historian, photographer, and professor at Mount Holyoke College. As a photographic artist, he is interested in the uses and meanings of common photographs, social change in ethnic and diasporic communities, and the remnants of earlier industrial cultures. Through the weaving of art, history and artistic vision, this exhibit offers three varying and fascinating interpretations of the culture in our local landscape. The exhibit will be on display May 13, 2016 through June 5, 2016 at Historic Northampton. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (<$)

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    May 7, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Northampton High School Student Art Exhibit
    The Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
    On display through May 26, 2016

    This exhibit will feature artwork created by students at Northampton High School. Using a variety of media, the Northampton High School Student Art Exhibition at Forbes Library will display the work of students in Foundations of Art, Ceramics 1 & 2, Drawing and Painting 1, Graphic Design, and Honors Art 1-4. The display gives viewers an opportunity to support local student artist while displaying the richness of high school art programs in the area. The exhibit will be on display now through May 26, 2016 in the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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  38. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 7, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Finding Raven: Art and Stories from the Northwest Coast
    The Berkshire Museum
    May 28, 2016 through October 30, 2016

    Travel to the Northwest Pacific Coast and experience the rich heritage of the indigenous peoples, portrayed through dramatic stories and striking art. Funded in part by Mass Humanities, Finding Raven: Art and Stories from the Northwest Coast at the Berkshire Museum will feature fantastic tales set in the oceans, streams, and forests of the Pacific Northwest and are accompanies by totem poles, carved masks, and other ceremonial and utilitarian objects reflecting the traditions and artistry of the Haida, Tsimshian, Kwak’waka’wakw, and Tlingit groups, among others. Showcasing brightly painted contemporary and history objects, a 15-foot high “Circle of Totems,” and photographic images of the people of the Northwest Coast, the exhibit offers a unique opportunity for museum visitors to discover the rich, vibrant cultural life of the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest. Viewers will also see the integration of supernatural stories, elaborately carved masks, exquisite bentwood boxes, and button blankets that are reflective of the ceremonial tradition of these native people. Most of the objects in the exhibition date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and are represented by historically significant artists. A number of the many striking pieces are attributable to living artists who continue to incorporate traditional motifs and techniques into their work. The exhibit will run from May 28, 2016 through October 30, 2016 at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443.7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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  39. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 7, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Seen Yr Show: Senior Studio Art Exhibition
    Williams College Museum of Art
    May 14, 2016 through June 5, 2016

    This exhibit will feature the work of fourteen Williams College studio art majors as it celebrates the culmination of each artist’s senior project. The Class of 2016 has worked in a wide variety of media, including paint, digital photography, stop motion animation, drawing, video, sculpture, sound, programming and collage, as well as the intersections of some of these media. The artists featured in the Seen Yr Show: Senior Studio Art Exhibition at Williams College Museum of Art investigate a range of themes that ask questions regarding the body, its representations and markers of identity, the relationship between technology and nature, and how to reckon with fragmentation and narrative. Visitors will have an opportunity to support the developing talents of up-and-coming local artists as they utilize repetition, distortion, humor, improvisation and chance, patterns, and objects as ways to explore the themes in their work. The exhibit will be on display between May 14, 2016 through June 5, 2016 at the Williams College Museum of Art. 413-597-2429. Main Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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  40. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    May 7, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST/AGRICULTURAL ART. The 2017 MA Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest is seeking photographs of all types of agriculture, including pictures of farms/activities featuring cranberries, maple sugaring, flowers, Christmas trees, fruit, and farm animals. The annual Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar is an excellent resource that serves as an educational tool for teachers, legislators and the public and is a collaboration of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom. The calendar provides an attractive daily reminder of the diversity of agriculture across the state. It includes monthly educational/teaching tips, special ag-related days and website links on each page. The contest offers a wonderful opportunity for young people to participate in a hands-on photographical and agricultural learning experience. There is no age limit, so children and adults of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to enter! For more details and submission form, visit MA Agriculture in the Classroom. Submission deadline is June 1, 2016. (FREE)

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  41. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 29, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Dune Shack and Havana Streets: Photographs by Trish Crapo
    Avenue A Storefront Galleries
    On view through May 21, 2016

    Trish Crapo is a cultured artist whose photography and collage have been exhibited at galleries in Western Massachusetts, Boston, Vermont, at The New School in New York City, and, as part The War and Peace Project, in Moscow and Tula, Russia. Dune Shack was taken during Trish’s two week stay in the wild dues of the Cape Cod National Seashore near Provincetown. The artist used several cameras to capture the scenes, including a plastic Holga camera, a small digital Lumix camera, and a phone. Also on display is Havana Streets, photographs taken in Havana, Cuba this past February. The exhibit has been hung informally as if on a studio wall, and represents a preview of hundreds of photos the artist is still sorting through and discovering. The exhibit, Photographs by Trish Crapo gives visitors a chance to view photographic art that is reflective of both our local landscape, and cultures abroad through varying lenses. Books and prints that accompany these two pieces can be purchased at LOOT, located at 62 Avenue A. The photographs will be on display through May 21, 2016 in the Avenue A Storefront Galleries. 110-112 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

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  42. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 29, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary
    Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    May 17, 2016 through November 27, 2016

    In honor of Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents Louis Darling: Drawing the Words of Beverly Cleary. In this exhibit, Darling’s iconic images give life to Cleary’s most beloved characters – Ramona, Beezus, Henry Huggins, Ellen Tibbets, and Ralph S. Mouse. The artist has been illustrating Cleary’s characters since 1950 when he was assigned as an illustrator for her first book, Henry Huggins. Darling went on to illustrate most of Cleary’s early books – twelve in total – before his untimely death. The showcase will feature preliminary sketches, finished artwork, correspondence between author and illustrator, and period photographs. Viewers will learn how the merging of Darling’s vision with Cleary’s words helped these stories become modern classics. The exhibit is on display from May 17, 2016 through November 27, 2016 at the Eric Carle Museum. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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  43. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Build a Better Baby Carriage
    Norman Rockwell Museum
    May 14, 2016 through October 30, 2016
    In 1916, Norman Rockwell painted his first cover for the Saturday Evening Post, the magazine considered by the artist to be the “greatest show window in America.” For the next 47 years, millions of Americans welcomed Rockwell’s art into their homes, enjoying the artist’s iconic cover and interior art. This intimate connection with Rockwell’s art made his images part of the fabric of American lives. Build a Better Baby Carriage at the Norman Rockwell Museum will feature original three-dimensional artworks inspired by Rockwell’s first Post cover, Boy with Baby Carriage. Weaving a tapestry between old and new, this showcase highlights Rockwell’s contributions to the art world and how, a century later, his work continues to impact and inspire contemporary artists. The exhibit runs from May 14, 2016 through October 30, 2016 at The Norman Rockwell Museum. 413-931-2278. 9 Glendale Road (Rt. 183), Stockbridge, MA. (FREE W/ ADMISSION)

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  44. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 29, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Yiddish Fight Club
    Yiddish Book Center
    May 15, 2016 through September 30, 2016

    The stereotypes say that Jews don’t know how to fight. The reality is that not only do Jews bring the ruckus, but there exists a rich Yiddish vocabulary that vividly describes exactly how they do it. The Yiddish Fight Club exhibit at the Yiddish Book Center combines the now-forgotten slang of a violent Yiddish underworld with images of Jewish brawlers from the past. An exhibit of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, this powerful showcase highlights how skillful, spirited fighting particularly excited those who had vivid memories of powerlessness. Curator Eddy Portnoy reflected on the time his father-in-law, who was a child during World War II, had the privilege of watching a wrestling match for the first time. Portnoy stated, “After all that happened, to see a powerful Jew was incredibly moving to him.” The exhibit will be on display May 15, 2016 through September 30, 2016 at the Yiddish Book Center. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

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  45. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 21, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Frank Kidder: 1874 Mill River Flood Paintings
    Neil Hammer Gallery at Meekins Library
    April 19, 2016 through May 31, 2016

    In this display of paintings by Frank Kidder, viewers will have the opportunity to view works based on the Mill River disaster of 1874, which killed 140 people in the Massachusetts towns of Williamsburg, Haydenville, and Leeds. Kidder says, “I live on that same river and have watched it, listened to it, and painted it over the years.” But after reading Elizabeth Sharpe’s In the Shadow of the Dam, a beautifully documented account of the flood, Kidder began to think about making art about this tragic event. Frank Kidder: 1874 Mill River Flood Paintings at the Meekins Library highlights this historical flood that impacted the lives of many in our region, and showcases tragedy on two levels: that of man versus nature, but also that of man versus man, since it was shoddy construction, condoned by greedy mill owners, that caused the deaths of so many innocent people. The paintings will be on view through May 31, 2016 in the Neil Hammer Gallery at Meekins Library, 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street, Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

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    April 12, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Pastel Studio Spring 2016
    Artspace Gallery
    On view through April 29, 2016

    This exhibit will feature works by students in Becky Clark’s Advanced Pastel Class at Artspace. The gallery provides an opportunity for these local artists to share their hand painted works of art with a public audience. Pastel Studio Spring 2016 in the Artspace Gallery is part of Artspace’s mission to encourage and nurture the appreciation of and participation in the Arts. The paintings will be on view through April 29, 2016 in the gallery at Artspace Community Arts Center, 413-772-6811. 15 Mill Street, Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

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  47. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 11, 2016 at 9:09 am

    As We See It
    The City Hall Gallery
    On view through May 29, 2016

    This new exhibition of paintings includes work by artists Elizabeth Chase, Nancy Caffall, Lois Peirent, Debra Hughes, Joanne O’Leary, Marjorie Tauer, Betty Stull Schaffer, and Marguerite Wilson. Each artist will showcase work that captures their individual style and viewpoint. As We See It at The City Hall Gallery is part of Easthampton City Arts+, which partners with the Easthampton Art Guild. The Guild was formed to provide local artists who are seniors the opportunity to create and share art. A foremost goal of the group is to involve the community by “bringing art to the community and the community to art”. The exhibit will be on display now through May 29, 2016 at The City Hall Gallery in Easthampton’s Municipal Building. 50 Payson Avenue, First Floor. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

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  48. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 11, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Entry Point
    Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock
    On view through May 4, 2016

    This unique four-person exhibition will showcase the work of New York-based artists, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Matthew Porter, Brea Souders and Chris Wiley. The exhibition was curated by Anastasia Samoylova, assistant professor of photography at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Entry Point at the Daniel Arts Center is a collection of photographic work that points towards the ability of a photograph to both act upon and describe the world. The artists in this show are unconcerned with the idea of a conventional window that promises the illusion of reality. Instead they create a conglomeration of varied entry points into understanding the world mediated by images. This includes the exploration of production tools, investigations into the materiality and surface of the photograph, collaging as a means to combine multiple themes and dimensions into a single image, and studio-based practices that transcend studio walls via online networks. The exhibit will be on display now through May 4, 2016 in the Daniel Arts Center’s Hillman Jackson Gallery at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. 413-528-7389. 84 Alford Road. Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

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    April 4, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    A Taste for Adventure: The Art of William Pene du Bois
    Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    On display through May 1, 2016


    This exhibition marks the centenary of William Pène du Bois’s birth (1916-1993). Featured are illustrations from his 1947 Newbery Award-winning book, The Twenty-One Balloons, the fantastic story of Professor William Waterman Sherman’s around-the-world balloon voyage of 1883. A Taste for Adventure: The Art of William Pene du Bois at the Eric Carle Museum will also feature illustrations of Giant Otto, a large yellow hound who uses his size and strength to perform good deeds. Other endearing Pène du Bois characters come to life in Elizabeth the Cow Ghost, The Horse in the Camel Suit, and Porko von Popbutton. Visitors will have the chance to view how Pène du Bois’s illustrations animate text by such legendary authors as Isaac Bashevis Singer and local professor and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur. The exhibit will be on display now through May 1, 2016 at the Eric Carle Museum. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

    Image credit: Cover illustration for Giant Otto © 1936 by William Pene DuBois.

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    April 4, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Dislocation | Negotiating Identity: Contemporary Photographs from South and Southeast Asia
    Smith College Museum of Art
    On display through August 14, 2016

    This exhibit features works by a diverse group of both emerging and well-established photographers from Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam. Although cultural specificity is important to the meanings of their works, each of these artists is also concerned with the complexities of individual and group identity, within and outside of nationality. The artists address such challenging themes as the daily lives of individuals in minority groups, the hybrid experiences of diaspora communities, the defining constrictions of social class, the evolving cultural tensions within and between nations, and the role of art as an indicator of cultural identity. This exhibition does not—and could not—attempt to be a comprehensive survey of photographic work from South and Southeast Asia. Rather, Dislocation | Negotiating Identity: Contemporary Photographs from South and Southeast Asia at the Smith College Museum of Art is a selection of subtle, thought-provoking works by a group of individual artists who creatively address complex and changing social realities. Using a variety of artistic strategies, they have produced a highly evocative and powerful set of works – personal and political, visually engaging, very contemporary yet rooted in complex histories. The exhibition offers viewers a rare opportunity to think about identity in national, trans-national, communal and individual terms, through meaningful artistic encounters. Admission is free to the public on the second Friday of each month. Free passes are also available at Forbes Library in Northampton with library card. The exhibit will be on display now through August 14, 2016 at the Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street, Northampton, MA. (<$)

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    April 4, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    MOTHER’S ARMS: Kathe Kollwitz’s Women and War
    Smith College Museum of Art
    On display through May 28, 2016

    Drawn from SCMA’s permanent collection with loans of historic posters, prints, and sculptures from private and public collections, this display includes more than 50 objects that place Kathe Kollwitz’s work in political, historical and cultural context. This emotionally moving exhibition, MOTHER’S ARMS: Kathe Kollwitz’s Women and War at the Smith College Museum of Art also includes diary excerpts and other items that highlight Kollwitz’s experiences during two World Wars. Kollwitz focused on women and mothers in her work, portraying them as activists, breadwinners and protective guardians of children. In her later work, women are also shown as victims or mourners of the dead. Known for their universal images of women, war and suffering, Kollwitz’s artworks offer powerful testimony about the ravages of war on her own life, as well as the socio-political realities of Weimar and Nazi Germany. Admission is free to the public on the second Friday of each month. Free passes are also available at Forbes Library in Northampton with library card. The exhibit will be on display now through May 28, 2016 at the Smith College Museum of Art. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street, Northampton, MA. (<$)

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    April 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Photo-Sucession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography
    Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Art
    April 12, 2016 through August 28, 2016

    This display celebrates the intrepid intrepid group of photographers who seceded from the Camera Club of New York in 1902 in an effort to establish photography as a full-fledged fine art. Drawn from a private collection, the 73 works in this exhibit include classic examples of Pictorialism by the most ambitious artist-photographers, including Alfred Stieglitz, Heinrich Kühn, Gertrude Käsebier, Edward Steichen, and Clarence White. Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Art offers viewers an opportunity to see how these pioneers helped to elevate photography into the distinct and appreciated art form it is today. The exhibit will be on display from April 12, 2016 through August 28, 2016 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Art. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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    April 4, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Rewind: a Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony
    Williams College Museum of Art
    April 4, 2016 through April 17, 2016

    The exhibition draws from testimonies collected by South Africa’s Truth and Reconcilitation Commission (TRC) after the end of apartheid. Set to music composed by Philip Miller and illumintated by projected text and images, REwind: a Cantata for Voice, Tape, and Testimony at Williams College Museum of Art captures the communal and individual experiences of both transgressors and victims of the atrocities of both segregation and discrimination. By bearing witness to the TRC process, the sounds and images challenge viewers to reflect: what are the costs of keeping such memories of collective trauma alive? What are the costs of letting them go? The exhibit will be held in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at the Williams College Museum of Art. 413-597-2429. Main Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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  54. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    April 1, 2016 at 9:06 am

    CALL FOR LOCAL ARTISTS/ALL MEDIUMS: H.A.T.C.H. The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Associate (GSFABA) and The Art Garden announce the launch of Hilltown Art & Thriving Community Happenings (H.A.T.C.H), a pilot program designed to inspire, support, and help fund creative projects that engage the hilltown communities of western Franklin County. Three free work sessions, facilitated by local working artists, will be offered to help artists develop and receive feedback on their idea. At the end of each session, those interested in moving their projects forward may apply for the opportunity to present their vision at a community hatching event on Saturday, June 25 at the Buckland Town Hall. This project is funded in part by a Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Grand awarded to the GSFABA last year. Work sessions will be held at The Art Garden on Monday, April 25; Thursday, May 5; and Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Up to five projects will be selected through a juried process. Creative projects, performances, or events including murals, sculpture, performance, spoken word, street art, and more will be considered. Artists that create a performance or a community conversation with an artistic twist, an event, or a spectacle that is permanent or temporary, that engages residents and visitors, are all encouraged to apply. For more information and eligibility criteria, contact Jane Beatrice Wegscheider, Artist Director of The Art Garden at 413-625-2782, by email, or online by clicking here.

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  55. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 28, 2016 at 9:11 am

    The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek
    The Eric Carle Museum
    April 6, 2016 through August 28, 2016

    Carle has made many pieces of unforgettable art during a 50-year career that includes more than 70 books. Unbeknownst to most readers, however, Carle has left behind a trail of “Easter eggs” in his illustrations, and in doing so has created a subtext of secret allusions. “Easter eggs” is a term that refers to the small, unexpected items that artists intentionally incorporate into their work, usually as a way to honor someone or to further engage their fans. Carle’s art playfully references his family and friends, often hiding the letters “C” and “R” in his images, denoting the first letters of his children’s names. He also camouflages the names of his friends into some of the images. The Art of Eric Carle: Hide and Seek at the Eric Carle Museum presents 27 works of art from 17 books, as well as previously unseen original art from the Museum’s collection. This exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the artist’s personal story. It also aims to entice viewers to take a closer look at the artist’s work to uncover his hidden references. The exhibition is on display from April 6, 2016 through August 28, 2016 at The Eric Carle Museum. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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    March 18, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Mac Connor: A New York Life
    Norman Rockwell Museum
    March 19, 2016 through June 19, 2016

    This exhibition explores the work of one of illustration’s original “Mad Men,” whose work helped shape the popular image of postwar America. It will feature more than 70 original works by the New York City-based artist whose advertising and editorial illustrations graced the pages of such leading publications as Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and The Saturday Evening Post. Mac Connor: A New York Life at the Norman Rockwell Museum holds special significance in that Connor found his earliest inspiration in the art of Norman Rockwell, which he studied on the covers and pages of popular magazines in his father’s dry goods store. In addition to the artist’s final paintings, the exhibition will include Connor’s reference photographs and pastel sketches, which illuminate his illustration process. Viewers will marvel in the artist’s gift for creativity and invention as this evocative work offers insight into American aspiration during the Post-War era. The exhibit will be on display from March 19, 2016 through June 19, 2016 at the Norman Rockwell Museum. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road (Rt. 183), Stockbridge, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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    March 18, 2016 at 8:53 am

    The ArtSalon Goes to Ashfield
    Double Edge Theater
    March 25, 2016

    The ArtSalon is a dynamic social evening of engaging presentations by established and emerging artists in the Pioneer Valley. The The ArtSalon is a program supported in part by a grant from the Ashfield Cultural Council and provides an opportunity for artists and designers of all mediums to present their work and ideas in a format called Pecha Kuch (prounouced peh-chak-cha) of 20 slides x 20 seconds each. Presenting artists are Hayley Wood, Frank Ward, Marissa Barringer, Sarah Holbrook and Jane Lund. The salon provides an opportunity to meet and join the artists, creators, critics, and collectors in a friendly social gathering of conversation about the arts in our local community. The doors open at 6:30pm and light refreshments will be served. Presentations begin at 7:00pm, followed by a brief Q&A with the artists. The ArtSalon is presented for one night only at the Double Edge Theatre. 413-628-0277. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, MA. ($5 SUGGESTED DONATION)

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    March 14, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Friday, April 1. 5-8pm

    ART OPENING & CONCERT: DRAW THEM IN: A Rock Poster Retrospective with Concert. Over the past few decades, local artist Dan Blakelee has been creating whimsical and expressive art posters that transport viewers into an eccentric world. Blakeslee has also designed beer labels for The Alchemist Brewing Company in Vermont and is both a musician and artist embedded in Boston’s folk scene. This event marks the opening of Blakeslee’s month-long art display, DRAW THEM IN: A Rock Poster Retrospective and will feature a concert of Blakeslee’s original music. Local art and music enthusiasts alike will have the chance to experience the merging of these two mediums as they come together in perfect harmony! The gallery opens at 5pm and the concert begins at 7pm. Both will be held in the Bingo! Gallery at Shire City Sanctuary. 413-236-9600. 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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  59. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 14, 2016 at 8:58 am

    DRAW THEM IN: A Rock Poster Retrospective
    Bingo! Gallery at Shire City Sanctuary
    April 1, 2016 through April 30, 2016


    For 21 years Dan Blakeslee’s mysterious rock posters have been hanging on record store windows, telephone poles and cafe walls. Every bulletin board becomes a gallery, transporting the viewer into his wondrous, strange landscape. He is also the artist behind “Heady Topper” and “Focal Banger” beer labels for The Alchemist Brewing Company. This groundbreaking exhibit, DRAW THEM IN: A Rock Poster Retrospective at the Shire City Sanctuary, will showcase 100 of Dan Blakeslee’s work spanning two decades. Off kilter and whimsical, his pen becomes an acrobat, bombarding each page with expressive line and type. The artwork can be iconic, conjuring up new, bizarre creatures of the old forms, with a nod to Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Fillmore poster artists. Viewers will delight in the masterful blending of art and music woven throughout the work of a brilliant local artist. The exhibit runs April 1, 2016 through April 30, 2016 in the Bingo! Gallery at Shire City Sanctuary. 413-236-9600. 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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    March 1, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Debris Flow: A Meditation on the Mill River Reservoir Disaster in 1874
    Historic Northampton
    March 11, 2016 through April 3, 2016


    On May 16, 1874, an earthen reservoir dam in Williamsburg, Massachusetts broke, thanks to hubris and human error. One hundred thirty nine people died, and some 600 million gallons of water and debris destroyed factories, homes, and bridges along an 11-mile path, ending in a broad plain in Florence. The tragedy, the first major dam disaster in the United States, was a big story nationwide, and photographers flocked to document it. The Debris Flow: A Meditation on the Mill River Reservoir Disaster in 1874 by Rebecca Muller at Historic Northampton is a mixed-media exhibition based on stereopticon images of this historic disaster. Through this exhibit, Muller showcases her artistic explorations, which often revolve around found material, scattered fragments of things lost, abandoned, eroded, or wrecked. Her showcase brings to life the symbolism of debris – physical, emotional, spiritual and energetic – and how it impacts our lives. Through her art, Muller also shows us that there is beauty in debris, as it serves to mark time passing, the impact of weather, and its historic aftermath of events. This display features the masterful work of this talented Massachusetts artist while also educating viewers about the 1874 flood that held local and national significance. The exhibit runs March 11, 2016 through April 3, 2016 at Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION $3)

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  61. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    March 1, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Wilbraham Art League Members’ Exhibition
    Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
    March 3, 2016 through March 30, 2016

    The Wilbraham Art League Members’ Exhibition in the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library will feature the work of twenty-six participating artists. Over 70 works in a variety of media will be featured, including paintings, photography, and three-dimensional art. Featured works include WAL President Linda Lastoff’s pastel titled “Big Red,” Susan Tosh’s abstract painting “Color of Purple,” and Jerry Wilson’s sculptures. The showcase aims to engage active community interest in fine art while highlighting the talents of local artists. The exhibit runs March 3, 2016 through March 30, 2016 in the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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    February 26, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Submissions accepted through April 15, 2016

    LOCAL PAINTERS WANTED/CITY REVITALIZATION: Pittsfield Paint Box Project. Artscape, Pittsfield’s downtown art committee, is looking to bring intriguing and vibrant paintings to the street’s utility boxes. The Pittsfield Paintbox Program is seeking local artists to help transform the typically drag electrical boxes, increasing the visual atmosphere of the downtown area. This is a great opportunity for painters to have their work displayed in a lively and innovative way. Stipends are awarded to chosen artists. Submissions will be accepted through April 15, 2016. For complete project details, please click here. For questions or additional information, call 413-499-9368 or email Artscape at artscapepittsfieldma@gmail.com. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

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    February 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    CALL FOR ENTRIES/CREATIVE-FREE PLAY: 2016 Lenox Peeps Show . Artists of all ages are invited to participate in the the 2016 Lenox Peeps Show at The Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. Participating artists are asked to make a diorama based on a theme representative of Berkshire County, and must be created out of your favorite Peeps treats. First, second, and third prize ribbons will be awarded in all categories and a PEEPles Choice ribbon will be given for best diorama overall determined by popular vote of all those attending the unveiling on March 19th. This offers artists in all age categories the opportunity to participate in this fun contest that combines food, art, and local culture. Official rules can be found on the entry form. All entries must be delivered by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 to The Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. 413-637.3206. 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. (FREE)

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    February 22, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Not Theories but Revelations: The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer
    Williams College Museum of Art
    March 11, 2016 through August 21, 2016

    Abbott Handerson Thayer is a renowned twentieth century painter who was at the center of a raging debate around Darwin’s theories of evolution. He is best known for his paintings of ethereal angels, landscapes, and delicate flowers. As much a scientist as an artist, Thayer’s study of the visual world expressed itself in articles published in major scientific journals, an epistolary debate with Theodore Roosevelt, and in the development of the first prototype of military camouflage. Not Theories but Revelations: The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer at Williams College Museum of Art is the first exhibition to address Thayer’s artistic practice as part of his broader investigation of animal and human concealment. Viewers will experience the merging of science and art, while increasing their understanding of how the artist’s original, controversial, and radical views held historic influence. On display from March 11, 2016 through August 21, 2016 at Williams College Museum of Art. 413-597-2429. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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    February 22, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    BerkshireNow: Stephen Dietemann
    Berkshire Museum
    March 5, 2016 through May 22, 2016

    This innovative exhibition will feature the art of architect Stephen Dietemann, along with that of three photographers who have documented Dietemann’s architectural work. The artist has been designing award-winning, energy-conscious, sustainable, contemporary residences in the Berkshires since 2002. He places emphasis on creating homes that non only work on, but enhance, challenging sites. As Dietemann notes, the completed work of architects, especially those who design residences, is rarely seen by more than a few individuals; thus architecture is primarily shared through photography. BerkshireNow: Stephen Dietemann at the Berkshire Museum explores the essential symbiotic relationship between the architect and the photographers who capture and interpret his work. Viewers have the rare opportunity to see view how photography captures the “soul” of a building, that which lies just beneath the mechanical and physical surfaces of the final structure, which would otherwise remain largely hidden. The exhibit will be on display from March 5, 2016 through May 22, 2016 at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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    February 16, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Second-Hand Reading: William Kentridge and Zenele Muholi
    Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
    February 16, 2016 through April 3, 2016

    Artists Kentridge and Muholi create artworks that reflect the complex history of race and gender in south Africa through distinct media, artistic philosophies and emphases. Muholi’s black-and-white photographs portray South Africa’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community through portraits from her Faces and Phases series and recent self-portraits. An activist as well as an artist, she seeks to “re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world.” Kentridge, who has dedicated the last four decades to examining apartheid’s effects on his life and South Africa’s historical memory, deploys a variety of artistic techniques, including text, drawing, and stop-motion film, to articulate the elusive nature of marking and narrating history. Second-Hand Reading: William Kentridge and Zenele Muholi at the Mead Art Museum is an exhibition that features a selection of Muholi’s photographs, as well as works on paper by Kentridge and his 2013 film “Second-Hand Reading.” The showcase examines how the works of Kentridge and Muholi represent the unfolding history of South Africa, their native country. The exhibit runs now through April 3, 2016 in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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    February 16, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Tom Friedman: Untitled (Foundation)
    Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
    February 16, 2016 through June 26, 2016

    This special exhibition unveils new works by renowned conceptual artist Tom Friedman, and marks the first time Friedman has drawn artistic inspiration directly from a museum collection. The artist works in a range of media, most famously using Styrofoam and paint to sculpt objects that resonate with contemporary audiences, such as pizza, a cardboard box, and Hostess treats. In this entertaining showcase, an ancient Greek terracotta figurine, the bequest of William R. Mead, an 1867 Amherst graduate, inspired Friedman’s life-size sculpture in Styrofoam and paint, while a wood pagoda from eighth-century Japan has been recast in acrylic. Other works re-imagined include one of Mead’s masterpieces, Monet’s Morning on the Seine (1897), and Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Pea Pickers (1938). Tom Friedman: Untitled (Foundation) at the Mead Art Museum also features abstract pieces of yarn and figures constructed from stainless steel. The works on view correspond to existing works in the Mead’s permanent collection, and offer a contemporary dialogue with art from the past in ways that introduce subtexts, narratives, and new ways of thinking about the Museum’s art collection. The exhibit runs now through June 26, 2016 in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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    February 10, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Little-Known Work by Eugene Delacroix
    Clark Art Institute
    On display beginning February 9, 2016

    The Martyrdom of Saint Sulpicius (c. 1847-50) is a little-known but magnificent oil study by French artist Eugene Delacroix, which was displayed only once in 1930. For the past several months, members of the Clark curatorial team have been researching the study to determine its place in Delacroix’s oevre. This painting is thought to have been a preparatory work for Delacroix’s last major commission, the murals in the Chapelle des Saints-Angnes at Saint-Sulpice in Paris. The work also relates to Delacroix’s artistic interests from the period, including his admiration for the seventeenth-century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. The oil study, Little-Known Work by Eugene Delacroix at the Clark Art Institute, offers a beautiful example of Delacroix’s vigorous and confident handling of paint and color, and of the effects of light and shadow. This work provides viewers and excellent example of his creative process and brushwork, his sensitivity to the use of accents of color, and ultimately his ability to create a powerful and emotionally charged scene of martyrdom. In addition, viewers have the opportunity to view a work of art barely known to the rest of the world. The exhibit begins February 9, 2016 at the Clark Art Institute. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Synergy: Paintings by Alicia Hunsicker ‘93
    The Science & Engineering Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
    February 5, 2016 through June 2, 2016

    This exhibition of paintings by Alicia Hunsicker ‘93 investigates the powerful combination of art and science. Using science as a point of departure, the artist paints vibrant swirling organisms that reveal a cosmic discussion about the nature of all things. Rather than depicting microscopic particles or cosmic bodies with pure scientific objectivity, Hunsicker’s images are infused with a life force of joyful exuberance. With interests that are deeply rooted in nature and curiosity about human consciousness, Synergy at the Science & Engineering Library at UMass Amherst highlights the inspiration of both science and spirituality in the artist’s work. Hunsicker has shown locally, nationally, and internationally. Her work is on display in private collections and galleries throughout the world, including China and Austria. In this breathtaking showcase, viewers will experience the complex relationship between the physical and metaphysical, providing a platform for discussion and profound personal contemplation. The exhibit runs now through June 2, 2016 at The Science & Engineering Library at UMass Amherst. Lederle Graduate Research Center, Low Rise, 2nd Floor. 413-545-1370. 740 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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    February 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Moment by Moment: Painting and Photographic Suites
    Bing Arts Center
    January 30, 2016 through March 26, 2016

    Artist Chris Page of Belchertown has created a new series of painting and photographs that explore the optical and experiential awareness in varying New England environments. Based in witnessing the ocean surf and the horizonless daytime sky, Moment by Moment: Painting and Photographic Suites at the Bing Arts Center features Page’s multi-image, photographic pieces that capture an unfolding process and flow of experience in the landscape. This display offers viewers the opportunity to witness the work of a local artist whose use of gestural rhythms come together to create large-scale visual fields that embody a sense of meditative calm. The exhibit runs now through March 26, 2016 at the Bing Arts Center. 413-731-9730. 716 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

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    February 8, 2016 at 10:59 am

    The Shape of Things: Pyrography by Laura “Woobie” Bergstrom
    Nash Gallery
    February 2, 2016 through March 9, 2016

    The Shape of Things at the Nash Gallery features the work of artist Laura “Woobie” Bergstrom. The showcase features original pieces that explore shape and form with a focus on the human body. These pieces have been created through the use of pyrography, a method of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point. Viewers can view the result of this fascinating technique during the exhibit, which runs now through March 9, 2016 at the Nash Gallery. 413-529-9393. 40 Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

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    February 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Groundless Wayfinding
    Greenfield Community College
    January 27, 2016 through February 23, 2016

    Groundless Wayfinding

    This exhibit by artist Fafnir Adamites will include works from paper sculpture and feltmaking, with a focus on scale and materials. Viewers will learn about the tools used for finding a vertical reference line, and ones that serve as a bridge between intuition and analysis. Exploring how the terrain is built of hidden traps inherited from unknown sources, or how rough spots dictate the movements, both orienting and disorienting, Groundless Wayfinding at Greenfield Community College provides a unique visual learning experience. The exhibit runs now through February 23, 2016 in the South Gallery at Greenfield Community College. 1 College Drive, Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

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    February 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Natural Selections: Flora and the Arts
    Flynt Center of Early New England Life
    February 27, 2016 through February 12, 2017

    This showcase features more than 20 objects that explore how nature has inspired, impressed, and enlightened society for centuries. Using three themes, Natural Selections: Flora and the Arts at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life examines how flora has inspired the decorative arts. “Botanizing” details floral anatomy and stages of life, while “Art in Nature” highlights how plans and flowers have influenced designers and craftspeople in the fields of textiles, ceramics, furniture, and more. “Bringing the Outdoors In” displays ceramic and glass vessels which allow colorful and fragrant flowers and plants to be brought indoors for personal enjoyment and study. Nature and history lovers alike will delight in an exhibit that illustrates the inspirational quality of nature and its historical impact on our lives. On display from March 5, 2016 through May 22, 2016 at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. 413-775-7214. Ford Road, Deerfield, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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    February 1, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Portraits of African Americans: Past and Present
    Great Falls Discovery Center
    February 5, 2016 through March 31, 2016

    In celebration of Black History month, Portraits of African Americans: Past and Present at the Great Falls Discovery Center will feature honorary work by artists Louise Minks and Belinda Lyons Zucker. Louise Minks will exhibit 10 portraits painted between 1993 and 1994 of African Americans who have either lived, worked, or spoke in the Pioneer Valley. These include Lucy Terry Prince, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr. and more. Belinda Lyons Zucker is a multi-media artist who creates detailed handmade dolls with expressive clay faces that represent historic African American figures, family members, and memories of people she has known throughout her life. The gallery is a celebration of the lives and contributions of African American people, particularly those who have directly influenced the Pioneer Valley community. The exhibit will be displayed from February 5, 2016 through March 31, 2016 at the Great Falls Discovery Center. 413-863-3221. 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

    A Black History curriculum packet has also been assembled with many of the resources being collected from local sources. Great place-based learning resource for all educators and home schoolers. Packet will be available for review during the artists’ reception on Sunday,Feb 7 from 1-3:30pm.

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  75. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 29, 2016 at 10:27 am

    CALL FOR ART/SCULPTURE: The town of Montague and Turners Falls RiverCulture are requesting proposals for a public sculpture to be installed in the new pedestrian park on the corner of Avenue A and 3rd Street. Any artist in the United States may apply, and an award will be granted to the winning proposal. This offers a wonderful opportunity for local sculptors to submit their work in consideration for permanent public display. Proposal information can be obtained by contacting the
    Turners Falls RiverCulture or the Town of Montague. Submission deadline is April 28, 2016. (FREE)

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  76. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 29, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Paintings by Laura Radwell, Caren Hyde and Sandy Walsh
    Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
    February 1, 2016 through February 29, 2016

    This exhibition will feature the work of three female artists who live in the Pioneer Valley. Caren Hyde was born in England and has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. For this show, Hyde has chosen recent landscape paintings which focus particularly on expressing the emotional quality of landscape which lies “within the realm of ambiguity and tension that can be created between opposites, such as reality and dream, beauty and the underlying forces of darkness; between the living and the dead, the familiar and the strange.” Sandy Walsh is a lifelong artist and teacher who is a native of Northampton. Her most recent work is inspired by nature though maintains an abstract quality. Walsh’s paintings have been displayed in various locations throughout the Valley, including the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls, Leverett Arts & Crafts, and in the offices of Greenfield Community College. Laura Radwell has a diverse background in arts, education, business, healthcare, and social services. After 20 years of pursuing other interests, she recently returned to her love of creating fine art, where she has transformed from being a representational painter to now “working from the inside out.” Paintings by Laura Radwell, Caren Hyde and Sandy Walsh in the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library gives families the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the talents of local artists living in our community. The exhibit will be displayed from February 1, 2016 through February 29, 2016 at Forbes Library. 413-587-1013. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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    January 25, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Standing on Her Shoulders: Trailblazing Women in Western MA
    Borgia Gallery at Elms College
    January 29, 2016 through February 23, 2016

    The exhibit, Standing on Her Shoulders: Trailblazing Women in Western Massachusetts at Elms College, will feature portraits commissioned by the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts in celebration of the fund’s 15th anniversary to honor the achievements of 16 women in their 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s. The display highlights the contributions of women from all four counties in Western Massachusetts. In recognition of their impact, these beautiful portraits by Robert Charles Photography have been exhibited in locations across the state, including the Hall of Flags in the Massachusetts State House. Viewers have an opportunity to learn about how these fascinating women have influenced the larger community, providing inspiration and hope for women of all generations. The exhibit will run from January 26, 2016 through February 23,2016. The gallery is located in the Dooley Center at Elms College. 413-594-2761. 291 Springfield Street, Chicopee, MA. (FREE)

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  78. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 19, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Fragile Paper Timeships: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz (1979-1989)
    Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
    December 9, 2015 through May 29, 2016

    Drawn from a recent gift to the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the 98 photographs in this display explore the period of the artist’s career following the publication of his influential book Cape Light in 1979. The artist describes his photographs as “fragile paper timeships dusted with information.” A master of color photography for more than four decades, Meyerowitz catches fleeting sensations in him image rather than just objects or observations. The source information “dusted” across his prints is often as tangible as his metaphor suggests. Throughout his career, Meyerowitz deepened his investigation of the descriptive power of the large-format view camera, setting down his view camera in new locales and learned, as he reflected, “to photograph without looking” and trust his sensory reality. What Meyerowitz perceives before he snaps the camera is not a beach or a woman or a bouquet, but the vibrations of the horizon line, the sunlight electrifying a mop of red curls, or the illusion of a glass vase dissolving into the misty sky behind it. This exhibit, Fragile Paper Timeships: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz (1979-1989) at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, will transport viewers to zones of color and light that were not looked for, but seen authentically through a curious lens. The exhibition will run from December 9, 2015 through May 29, 2016 at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

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  79. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 19, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space
    MASS MoCA
    Beginning February 13, 2016

    Richard Nonas is an artist whose body of work has the ability to alter our sense of space, time, landscape and architecture. His totemic sculptures are made from earthy and industrial materials that include wooden railroad ties, granite curbstones, massive boulders, and thick steel plates. Each sculpture re-imagines space and terrain all over the world while maintaining its timeless character. In this display, Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space at MASS MoCA, the artist’s quietly powerful sculpture will occupy and transform Building 5, the museum’s signature gallery, which is nearly a football field in length. Nonas will create a major new work specifically designed for the trussed, window-lined space. The exhibit will give visitors an opportunity to experience the way geometric forms can both command and alter their environment, and at the same time retain an intimate human scale. This exhibition will begin February 13, 2016 at MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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  80. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 18, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Dancers of the Nightway: Ceremonial Imagery in Navajo Weaving
    Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
    January 19, 2016 through May 29, 2016

    According to ancient tradition the act of weaving has a sacred dimension for Navajo women, who are said to have learned their craft from a supernatural being named Spider Woman. In the distant past, they wove warm blankets for personal use and occasional intertribal barter. The completion of the Santa Fe Railroad in the 1880s marked the arrival of Anglo traders to the recently established Navajo Reservation. This created a new market for their wool products. Thus, Navajo rugs began to incorporate complex geometric designs to compliment the floors of Victorian homes. In the early twentieth century, creative weavers were encouraged by traders to begin incorporating ceremonial imagery into their designs. Dancers of the Nightway at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum showcases a selection of these unusual pictoral works. Viewers will marvel at these finely-crafted wall hangings which depict the mesmerizing Yeibichai dance, the evening conclusion of a nine-day healing rite called the Nightway. The Navajo people are deeply protective of their complex spiritual life, thus historically holding their sacred ceremonies in remote locations. The process of weaving allowed the Navajo to meet the demands of an Ango clientele seeking symbols of Native American spirituality, while at the same time respecting the traditional prohibitions. The display offers an intimate glimpse into the lively and imaginative spiritual ceremonies as told through the gifted Navajo weavers. The exhibit is on display from January 19, 2016 through May 29, 2016 at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. 413-538-2245. 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA (FREE)

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  81. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 18, 2016 at 11:59 am

    SCHOOL ART CONTEST/FIFTH GRADE: Arbor Day Poster Contest. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has just announced the theme of their 2016 Arbor Day Poster Contest: “Trees Grow with Us and for Us.” Fifth grade classes from both public and private schools across the state are asked to participate by having students create posters during a school poster contest. The winning poster from each school can then be submitted to the agency for review. Each year, over 1,500 Massachusetts fifth graders participate in the Arbor Day poster contest. First place prizes include a tree planting ceremony at the winner’s school, a certificate for art and science supplies, and more. There will also be awards for Second, Third, and Honorable Mention winners. The DRC Commissioner highlights the fact that “trees reduce energy consumption, purify air and water, reduce noise pollution, beautify communities, and provide habitats for wildlife.” The Arbor Day Poster Contest 2016 was designed to instill the value of trees within today’s youth while increasing their understanding of trees and the role trees play in their community and in the world around them.

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  82. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 18, 2016 at 11:29 am

    CALL FOR ARTISTS/LOCAL EXHIBIT: Community 6×6” Art Exhibit and Sale. Community members are invited to submit 1 or 2 pieces of original wall art for the exhibit, which will be held February 6-29 at the Sawmill River Arts Gallery. This is an open show and the first 100 artists to submit work will be featured. Artwork must be dropped off no later than the February 1st deadline. This is a great opportunity for local artists of all skill levels to showcase and sell their work within their own community. The exhibit is sponsored by the Turners Falls RiverCulture and will be held in the SawMill River Arts Gallery, 413-367-2885. 440 Greenfield Road, Montague Center, MA. ($)

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  83. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 14, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Heath Seniors Painting Exhibit
    Heath Free Public Library
    Opens January 23, 2016

    The Heath Seniors Painting Exhibit at the Heath Free Public Library will feature more than twenty paintings. These beautiful works of art were created by senior Heath residents this past fall during Open Art Studio sessions in the Heath Senior Center. Both the display and the opening Artists’ Reception offer a unique opportunity to connect across generations. Each senior artist brings rich history and experience to their art, providing a platform for the development of community relationships and learning through storytelling. This creates a mutually beneficial experience, helping children strengthen their sense of place through the building of intergenerational relationships.
    The exhibit opens on January 23, 2016 with an Artists’ Reception at the Heath Free Public Library. 413-337-4934. 1 East Main Street, Heath, MA. (FREE)

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  84. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 14, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Liminal Artifacts: Recent Paintings by Joe Goodwin
    Berkshire Museum
    April 2, 2016 through June 19, 2016

    This solo show by Berkshire-based artist Joe Goodwin will feature abstract paintings that appear ethereal, enigmatic, and reflective. Goodwin uses a unique and innovative layered process that incorporates his own acrylic paint made from dry pigments and polymer emulsions with additives such as marble dust and silica. This process creates a distinctive sense of depth, in both a physical and non-physical way. The artist’s work reflects his interest in dreams and the collective unconscious. Goodwin notes that “Dreams defy physics and amplify experience with their ambiguous spaces, symbolic meanings, and sensations that seem to speak to a sixth sense. In this way, painting and dreaming have much in common, both in process and result. I have come to see painting as a developing solution to the unconscious.” Liminal Artifacts: Recent Paintings by Joe Goodwin at the Berkshire Museum will spotlight the artist’s current body of non-objective work. This showing allows observers to view art through a more profound and introspective lens, as Goodwin transforms the intimacy of his own subconscious process into reflective pieces of art. The exhibit will be on display from April 2, 2016 through June 19, 2016 at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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  85. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 12, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    17 Mysteries and Signs: Tintypes in the Digital Age
    Nina’s Nook
    February 4, 2016 through March 12, 2016

    This exhibit, 17 Mysteries and Signs: Tintypes in the Digital Age at Nina’s Nook, will feature the art of Ruth West, an internationally recognized artist who has been working with digital art, particularly digital collage, flash interactivity, and web design, for the last 30 years. Ruth’s art pieces touch the non-verbal part that comes with seeing, as each piece hovers on the edge of a full story. Linear time is suspended by mysterious, dreamlike elements that offer glimpses of a story just out of reach. Through the use of technology, West presents a modern series that captures the eerie ‘otherworld’ feeling often present in centuries-old photographs. Printed on aluminum in intimate sizes, each piece highlights West’s fascination for showing only part of a story. The art evokes curiosity and mystery, as subjects often have their backs turned to the viewe or exist only in shadow. Locations are unearthly and words and signs appear as the focus of some pieces, surreal in their format. Prints will also be available for purchase. The exhibit is on display from February 4, 2016 through March 12, 2016 at Nina’s Nook. 413-834-8800. 125A Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (FREE)

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  86. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh
    Williams College Museum of Art
    February 12, 2016 through September 25, 2016

    The exhibition, Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh at Williams College Museum of art is a first-time creative collaboration by sibling artists Lexa and Dan Walsh. Dan, a minimalist abstract painter, and Lexa, a socially engaged artist, come together to merge their practices around a shared interest in spectacle, perception, and encounters among object and people. Featuring a series of interactive sculptural stations – nodding to Rome’s Circus Maximus – this exhibit encourages new investigations and responses to WCMA’s collection. In another gallery, each artist addressed their different theories of contemporary art though a series of oversized stitch samplers featuring the artists’ ongoing, and at times, contentious, call-and-response dialogue. The exhibit is on display from February 12, 2016 through September 25, 2016 at Williams College Museum of Art. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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  87. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 8, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Object Lab
    Williams College Museum of Art
    January 22, 2016 through August 7, 2016

    This unique gallery displays works of art selected by Williams faculty from across disciplines and makes visible how works of art are used in courses across the curriculum. Object Lab at Williams College Museum of Art changes each semester and highlights how professors deeply embed art into their teachings. This exhibit also allows viewer to truly appreciate the impact of visual learning. The exhibit is on display from January 22, 2016 through August 7, 2016 at Williams College Museum of Art. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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  88. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    African Art Against the State
    Williams College Museum of Art
    January 29, 2016 through August 28, 2016

    This cultural exhibit highlights the long and extraordinary history of activism, intervention, and resistance that has characterized a great deal of African art-making from prehistory to the present. African Art Against the State at Williams College Museum of Art will utilize a select group of objects from various traditions and artistic moments to spotlight how art has been used as a mechanism of mediation across both space and time, while giving teeth to the adage that sometimes images can speak louder than words. The exhibition aims to underscore how artists have used expressive culture in Africa to produce advocacy and agency for disenfranchised and marginalized groups and communities.The exhibit is on display from January 29, 2016 through August 28, 2016 at Williams College Museum of Art. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

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  89. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 8, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Out of the Studio
    Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
    January 8, 2016 through January 30, 2016

    In this new exhibit, Out of the Studio at Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, the gallery will be transformed to present the work of eight local artists who have crafted artwork reflective of themselves and their environment. The display will feature art from resident visual and performing artists in various mediums, including paint, sculpture, and dance. The show is designed to exemplify the vibrant arts community characteristic of Pittsfield. The exhibit runs now through January 30, 2016 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. 413-499-9348. 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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  90. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 8, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Walk in My Shoes
    MASS MoCA
    June 20, 2015 through May 23, 2016

    This exhibitions featured in the Kidspace gallery feature artwork chosen to activate empathetic response and amplify awareness of one’s own feelings and compassion toward others. Walk in My Shoes at MASS MoCA displays paintings, videos and photographs by artists Jamie Diamond, Jesse Fleming, and Aaron Johnson. Some of the work featured in Jamie Diamond’s series features seemingly realistic family portraits, which in fact are artificial relationships constructed among strangers. Another offers a video of two fraternity brothers filmed for two minutes, while asking viewers the question, “Who are these boys?” and “Why are they smiling?” The answers are meant to challenge the viewers assumptions and highlight how feelings of empathy can change depending on the information we’re given. Artist Jesse Fleming presents a film entitled Mirror Mirror exploring how random participants attempt to sync with each other through a call-and-response activity. The exercise creates a mysteriously observable connection between partners as they try and remain successfully in tune. Aaron Johnson’s compositions pair socks with paint, forming playful, yet sinister monster-like figures. The pieces are designed to evoke immediate reactions to the work, similar to the way people often rush to judge others from a superficial perspective. Closer observation may yield more empathetic response. The artist distorts and disfigures the human form that present a light-hearted opportunity to explore the visual mechanisms by which impressions of others are formed. There will be several interactive parts of this exhibit, allowing participants to have a direct experience with the themes presented. The exhibit is on display now through May 23, 2016 at MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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  91. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 8, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Jan Ruby-Crystal
    Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery
    January 20, 2016 through February 27, 2016

    This exhibition of paintings and handmade paper considers themes of life and decomposition as viewed through close visual studies. Jan Ruby-Crystal at Hope & Feathers Gallery displays thoughtful paintings of fruits and vegetables as they decompose, exploring how their patterns and shape changes through the process. The artist offers a transformative perspective as she shows how the decayed pulp can be converted into handmade paper. As the artist notes, “A new beauty arising from their end.” The exhibit is on display from January 20, 2016 through February 27, 2016 at Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery. 413-835-0197. 319 Main Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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  92. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 5, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    ArtZoo
    Berkshire Museum
    January 23, 2016 through May 1, 2016

    Set out on an adventure at this family-friendly exhibition that explores a magnificent menagerie of creatures portrayed in photograph, painting, sculpture, ceramic, video, and more! Grouped by species, as in a real zoo, ArtZoo at the Berkshire Museum features wild animals from every corner of the world. Scientific specimens – a pair of real sea turtles, a life-size ostrich skeleton, and enormous 10-inch eggs – provide an unmatched visual and educational experience. Interactive activities like Animal Yoga, a live monitor lizard, games, and a zoo quest are also included. Visitors of all ages will marvel at the variety of ways artists have chosen to portray animals. Since many of the objects are from the Museum’s permanent collection, ArtZoo provides a fun and unique opportunity to view some of these rarely seen items. The exhibit begins on January 23, 2016 and will be on display through May 1, 2016 at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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    January 5, 2016 at 10:33 am

    YOUTH ARTISTS WANTED/WATERFOWL CONTEST: Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) program links the study of wetlands and waterfowl conservation with the creation of original artwork. Students from kindergarten through grade 12, regardless of whether they attend public, private, or home-school, can submit original artwork for this contest. After learning about the habitat requirements of various kinds of ducks and geese, students then express their knowledge of the beauty, diversity, and interdependence of these species artistically, through painting or drawing. The contest offers a unique opportunity for young nature enthusiasts and artists to participate in a statewide competition. All entries must be received by February 15, 2016. The Junior Duck Stamp Contest is presented by The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. 508-389-6310. OPEN TO ALL K-12 STUDENTS. (FREE)

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  94. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 5, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Berkshire Now: Peter Gordon
    Berkshire Museum
    On view through February 21, 2016

    This solo show of collages and paintings by Peter Gordon offers a powerful reminder of how our use of natural resources, goods, and services impact the environment. Using a contrast of natural and manmade elements, Berkshire Now: Peter Gordon at the Berkshire Museum emphasizes the fragility of the ecosystem in the context of modern society. In vivid collages, Gordon uses clippings of prices, sales slogans, and real estate offerings as the backdrops for animals, out of place in their now unfamiliar territory. Gordon hopes that his work will encourage viewers to make and promote environmentally conscious decisions in their daily lives. The exhibit is on display now through February 21, 2016 at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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  95. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 5, 2016 at 9:56 am

    ARTISTS WANTED/ART EXHIBIT: Contemporary Art at Historic Northampton. Historic Northampton is a destination for art and history lovers alike. Artists are being asked to submit work that draws upon or has been inspired by objects from the museum’s permanent collection. Submissions may be for solo or group shows, and two and three dimensional work in all mediums will be considered. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2016. The exhibition is presented by Historic Northampton, in collaboration with The Northampton Center for the Arts and A.P.E. and will be displayed at Historic Northampton. 413-584-6011. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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  96. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 4, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Faces of the North End
    The Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
    September 22, 2015 through March 20, 2016

    This photographic exhibit will feature the work of William Hughes, who documented the lives of Latino Americans living in the North End of Springfield. Photographs featured in Faces of the North End at The Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History have been hand selected from a collection of portraits donated by the photographer for the purpose of this exhibit. This display will spotlight the cultural significance of Springfield’s Latino population through a unique visual lens.
    The exhibit is presented now through March 20, 2016 at The Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (RESIDENT OF SPFLD: FREE / NON-RESIDENT: FREE W/ADMISSION

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    January 2, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Magician of the Modern: The Art of Leonard Weisgard
    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    March 8, 2016 through June 5, 2016

    Leonard Weisgard was the first American illustrator to bring the new visual language of modernism to the picture book. As a young boy, Weisgard found himself disinterested in the sentimental realism found in illustrations of that time. His thought that the world “could not be limited to only one color” sparked his interest in developing a more dynamic and playful approach to visual art. In a career spanning six decades, Leonard Weisgard used his whimsical, semi-abstract style to create illustrations in over 200 children’s books including Cinderella (1939), The Golden Egg Book (1947), and The Funny Bunny Factory (1950), among others. At The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, March 8, 2016 through June 5, 2016, Magician of the Modern: The Art of Leonard Weisgard will feature 90 original illustrations representing every major phase of his career, including the public debut of twenty seminal paintings recently restored by The Museum. The exhibit will also feature the artist’s drawing table, a sampling of his art materials, archival photographs, and examples of Weisgard’s New Yorker and other editorial and commercial art. Using various mediums, including paint, crayon, chalk, gouache, pen, and ink, Leonard Weisgard was able to coax his characters and scenery to life through color and creativity. This visual experience will take viewers on a journey through Weisgard’s vibrant career, and the ways in which he revolutionized illustration in children’s literature. This exhibit will be on display through June 5, 2016 at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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    January 2, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Greek Gods, Roman Ideals: Neoclassicism and Style in Early America
    Flynt Center of Early New England Life at Historic Deerfield
    February 28, 2015 through February 16, 2016

    Neoclassicism is a design style developed in France and England during the mid-18th century that was reflective of the shapes and detail found in classical Greek and Roman art. In the United States, neoclassicism is depicted in the more delicate Federal style, emphasizing clean, geometric lines. Objects in this presentation will highlight Neoclassicism in Early America, featuring items that range from furniture and prints to needlework and ceramics. This exhibit offers a visual glimpse into beauty and intricacies of the Neoclassical style, while exploring its development over time and through various cultural interpretations. This exhibit will be on display through February 16, 2016 at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life at Historic Deerfield. 413-775-7214. Ford Road, Deerfield, MA. ($$)

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    January 2, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students
    Norman Rockwell Museum
    November 7, 2016 through March 13, 2016

    Harvey Dunn was an illustrator best known for depicting the harsh realities of World War I combat, as well as portraying the healing comfort of life on the prairie. Dunn is also credited for instructing and inspiring a number of successful artists, such as Dean Cornwell, Mead Schaeffer, Harold von Schmidt, and Lyman Anderson, among others. This exhibit, Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students at the Norman Rockwell Museum, will feature over 85 paintings by Dunn and his prodigious students. Displays will also include illustrations from prominent periodicals, including Harper’s and The Saturday Evening Post. Harvey Dunn was an influential and vital part of our visual history. His work captivates viewers as it documents the adventure and mystery of the World War I era, while also providing an intimate and historic glimpse of homestead life on the prairies of South Dakota. This exhibit will be on display now through March 13, 2016 at the Norman Rockwell Museum. 413-298-4100. Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. ($$)

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    January 2, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Call for Art
    Art Garden Community Exhibit: Winter
    Deadline: January 20, 2016

    ARTISTS WANTED/COMMUNITY ART EXHIBIT: Winter. Calling all artists interested in having their work displayed in an exciting community art exhibit. All works that relate to the theme of winter will be accepted in mediums that include painting, poetry, photography, drawing, and mixed media, among others. Since no prior experience is necessary, this exhibit offers a unique opportunity for artists of all ages and skill levels to present their art to a larger community audience. All work must be submitted by January 20, 2016 to The Art Garden at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, 4 Union Street, Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

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    January 2, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Reimagining The Four Freedoms
    Norman Rockwell Museum
    March 11, 2016 through April 3, 2016

    In his January 6, 1941 address to Congress, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt articulated his vision for a postwar world founded on four basic human freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The Reimagining The Four Freedoms exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum will reimagine Norman Rockwell’s famous Four Freedoms painting for the 21st century. This unique display will feature original artworks by high school students from New York State, offering viewers an opportunity to experience modern interpretations of FDR’s timeless message. This exhibition will run from March 11, 2016 through April 3, 2016 at the Norman Rockwell Museum. 413-298-4100. Route 183, Stockbridge, MA. (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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    January 2, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    1 in 8: The Torso Project
    Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
    January 6, 2016 through January 29, 2016

    This moving exhibit brings attention to the fact that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. 1 in 8: The Torso Project at Forbes library will feature photos and beautiful three-dimensional torsos created over the past seven years by women from Western Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire who have been affected by breast cancer. Each piece will be accompanied by a personal statement describing the woman’s breast cancer journey and experience of making her torso. The exhibit also includes an interactive area aimed at community response and healing. This poignant and inspirational display will help to increase awareness while offering an avenue of support and hope to anyone who has been affected by breast cancer. This presentation will run from January 6, 2016 through January 29, 2016 at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library. 413-587-1013. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

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    January 2, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Jim Shaw: Entertaining Doubts
    MASS MoCA
    On view through January 31, 2016

    Since the 1970s, Jim Shaw has created a vast body of work spanning diverse media and reference points. Shaw’s work mines the essentials of American cultural detritus, from comic books, pulp novels, and album covers, to vintage advertisements, movie posters, and noise rocks. Merging text and painted figures with objects and drawings from his unconscious, Shaw’s work weaves a tapestry of bad puns, politics, religion and belief into an entertainingly long dream sequence. With over 100 works, Jim Shaw: Entertaining Doubts is one of the largest exhibitions ever mounted at MASS MoCA. In this exhibit, Shaw focuses on the overarching themes of fallibility, from fallen heroes to collapsed economies and political figures, using large-scale paintings and old theatrical backdrops. Also included in this display are additional paintings and objects, along with a series of films relating to Shaw’s Oism project, which explores a false religion created by the artist that draws from the history of American religious practices from Mormonism to Scientology. Viewers will delight in the humorous and creative way Shaw addresses the issues of politics, religion, and mortality as his various mediums steadfastly remind us that the end is near and that reality is absurdly plausible. The exhibit is on display now through January 31, 2016 at MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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    January 2, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Liz Deschenes: Gallery 4.1.1
    MASS MoCA
    May 23, 2015 through April 24, 2016

    Liz Deschenes work makes visible the materials, properties, and chemical processes of photography rather than representing the external world. Known as “concrete photography,” the pieces in this exhibit draw attention to the rooms they occupy by reflecting the environment in their mirror-like surfaces and in shaped supports designed to mimic the shadows and light in a particular site. Through the use of careful placement and non-referential images, viewers are aware of not only the parameters of the medium but also their own perceptual and physical experience. Liz Deschenes: Gallery 4.1.1 at MASS MoCA will also feature Deschenes’ best known work, photograms produced without a camera. Her engagement in the fundamental properties of light-sensitive paper and its exposure harkens back to the emerging stages of photography in the 1830s. The artist’s exploration of non-representational and experimental forms connect viewers with the developments of early 20th century practitioners while offering a unique visual experience. The exhibit is on display now through April 24, 2016 at MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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    January 2, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Artists’ Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography
    MASS MoCA
    On view through April 24, 2016

    This exhibition features the work of six artists whose work expands the field of photography. The artists demonstrate wide-ranging approaches to their art, including camera-less work, moving image, and sculptural investigation. Each artists offers new perspective on the fundamental properties of photography while exploring and rethinking light, depth, and pattern. Artists’ Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography at MASS MoCA will introduce viewers to multiple mediums that push the boundaries of photography through experimentation and new technology. The exhibit is on display now through April 24, 2016 at MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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    January 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen & Imagined
    MASS MoCA
    On view through April 17, 2016

    This bold and stunning exhibit is a photographic masterpiece. Ross uses high-scale high-resolution photography to bring nature to life right before your eyes. For his Hurricane series, Ross wades into the surf while tethered to land, capturing vivid images of ocean waves during severe coastal storms. In his Mountain series, Ross invented and patented a camera that created some of the highest- resolution sing-shot photographs ever produced. Clifford Ross: Landscape Seen & Imagined at MASS MoCA takes place throughout two buildings, six galleries, and an exterior performing arts courtyard. The exhibition also includes a new series of video works. Viewers will marvel in the splendor of Ross’s vision, especially the interplay between realism and abstraction, as they experience “the divergence between the world as we see it and as we imagine it might be.” The exhibit is on display now through April 17, 2016 at MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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  107. Cheryl Przezdziecki said,

    January 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Bibliothecaphilia
    MASS MoCA
    March 28, 2015 through March 2016

    Book lovers will relish in this unique exhibit that explores the relevancy of libraries in the age of technology. The six artists in Bibliothecaphilia at MASS MoCA explore the medium and ethos of libraries, including the escapism that libraries offer, along with their capacity to hold not only physical books but to cultivate experiences and knowledge. Ranging in scale from intimate to expansive, the works lend themselves to both private contemplation and public exchange, while inviting us to imagine what might be lost if libraries, an all they encompass, should truly disappear. Bibliothecaphilia is on display now through March 2016 at MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

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