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ArtWeek of Franklin County Calendar of Events


Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Friday, 27

“Hexe — An Exhibit on Female Rage”: 3 to 9 p.m. During this exhibition of visual art, music, dance and other forms of performance, there will be an invite for femme/female-identifying visitors to confront their own bottled up emotions through a cathartic process of writing or drawing on a shirt (materials provided). Participants will be invited to have their photo taken so they can be added to a larger community photography piece. Studio A, 15 Arch St., Greenfield.

Make Your Own Instrument from Recyclables: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Paper towel rolls, cereal boxes, aluminum, plastic bottles and more will be provided, or people are welcome to bring their own supplies. Free. Artspace Community Arts Center, 15 Mill St., Greenfield.

“Art For/Is Art” Exhibition: Opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m., with refreshments and a cash bar. Featuring work by 15 artists, mostly members of the Deerfield Valley Art Association who are 65 or over. Gallery will remain open throughout ArtWeek. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center’s Pushkin Gallery, 289 Main St., Greenfield.

Saturday, 28

“Hexe — An Exhibit on Female Rage”: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Make Your Own Instrument from Recyclables: 11 to 12:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free, self-guided studio tour features the work of nine nationally-known host potters and their 13 guest potters at studios across Hampshire and Franklin counties, including demonstrations by Francine and Frank Ozereko in Pelham and Lucy Fagella in Greenfield. Visitors can pick-up a raffle ticket and pottery passport at the first studio visited, have it stamped at any of the studios as they work through the trail and be entered into a drawing (seven stops required) to win a piece created by one of the trail potters.

“Decoding African American Spirituals”: 1 to 2 p.m. A sing, hum, clap and stomp-along music experience for the entire family. Participants will learn songs in the time honored call and response oral tradition. With presenters Gloria Matlock and Michael Nix, who will also cover the early African American tradition of banjo and drum playing, and the role African American spirituals they have played in the survival of black people in America. Montague Center Public Library, 17 Center St.

“Where Do Our Clothes Come From, Where Can They Go?”: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event invites participants to re-evaluate their relationship to household textiles and consider creative alternatives to disposing of fabric in landfills, including using their own recycled T-shirts and scrap materials to make a project they can take home. A collaboration between Peggy Hart, a small-scale production weaver, and Katie Cavacco, a multidisciplinary maker with a focus on sustainability. Participants should bring clothes they want to reuse, and are highly encouraged to register by emailing blanketweave@gmail.com. Cost is $7. Bedfellows Blankets, 8 Martin Road, Shelburne Falls.

Working Artists Share Stories: 1 to 5 p.m. Four of the 15 working artists at Sawmill River Arts Gallery will demonstrate their craft and share stories. Weaving with Kathy Litchfield from 1 to 3 p.m. and painting with Louise Minks from 3 to 5 p.m. Sawmill River Arts Gallery, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague.

Sunday, 29

“Hexe — An Exhibit on Female Rage”: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Working Artists Share Stories: 1 to 5 p.m. 1 to to 3 p.m., Pottery with Lydia Grey from 1 to 3 pm. and photography with Judy Cummings from 3 to 5 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Activist Art Generator: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The goal of this free event is to bring artists together from different genres to share ideas, make connections, building relationships and create an action plan for activist art. The projects will be considered for producing/presenting/facilitating by Eggtooth Productions. Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

“Your Exquisite Corpse”: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A collaborative and interactive exhibit by Jeff Wrench and Nina Rossi based on the surrealist game of “Exquisite Corpse,” in which sentences were created by a group of people, each person unaware of what previous players have written. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

Monday, 30

“Hexe — An Exhibit on Female Rage”: 3 to 7 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Fieldsteel Art Exploration: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with pottery presentation at noon. Offering pottery, silk screening, sculpture building, paper mache and more. Check out the Fieldsteel Art studio and create a piece of artwork to take home. Leverett Crafts & Arts, 13 Montague Road, Leverett.

Tuesday, 1

“Hexe — An Exhibit on Female Rage”: 3 to 7 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Art For/Is Life: Elder Artists Share Their Stories”: 1 to 3 p.m. Working with volunteers from Silverthorne Theater Company and the Deerfield Valley Art Association, seniors from around Franklin County will create a simple work of art (a collage, sculpture, drawing or whatever suits them) that illustrates a particular moment in their life. The artwork will be used to help the seniors tell their stories to the group while theater scribes take down their words, later displaying them during a performance of “The Road to Mecca.” Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center’s Pushkin Gallery, 289 Main St., Greenfield.

Wednesday, 2

“Hexe — An Exhibit on Female Rage”: 3 to 7 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Thursday, 3

“Hexe — An Exhibit on Female Rage”: 3 to 7 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“The Cloth of Community”: Noon to 5 p.m. As part of a month-long exhibit, Leonore Alaniz transforms the Barnes Gallery into a public, hands-on maker-space, where metaphors come alive. Opportunities include spinning local wool, making rope, weaving on small and large looms, amd repurposing textiles into a rug. Individuals wishing to weave personal threads into the Common Cloth Tapestry may do so. Leverett Crafts and Art, 13 Montague Road, Leverett.

Friday, 4

“Hexe — An Exhibit on Female Rage”: 3 to 9 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Your Exquisite Corpse”: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hawks and Reed Performing Art Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. See Sunday’s listing.

“The Cloth of Community”: Noon to 5 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Saturday, 5

“Hexe — An Exhibit on Female Rage”: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Your Exquisite Corpse”: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hawks and Reed Performing Art Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. See Sunday’s listing.

Fieldsteel Art Exploration: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with pottery presentation at noon, followed by pottery sale and student gallery walk. See Monday’s listing.

“The Cloth of Community”: Noon to 5 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

“Always in Bloom”: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Memorial Hall Museum’s opening weekend has a botanical twist inspired by exquisite flowers and leaf patterns found throughout the museum. Free admission includes a botanically-inspired scavenger hunt and art activities for adults and children. Featuring workshops in floral design, perfumery, watercolor and wet felting. An infused mint water-tasting salon will also be offered. Orra White Hitchcock’s herbarium and other museum objects will inspire several staff-led art workshops for adults, with nearby art activities for children ages 6 and older from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Memorial Hall Museum, 8 Memorial St., Deerfield. www.deerfieldma.org.

Sunday, 6

“Hexe — An Exhibit on Female Rage”: 10 to 7 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Your Exquisite Corpse”: Noon to 4 p.m. Hawks and Reed Performing Art Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. See Sunday’s listing.

“The Cloth of Community”: Noon to 5 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

“Always in Bloom”: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday: Drop-in nature-inspired art activities for families. Featuring live music honoring honey bees. See Saturday’s listing.

Recipe Writing Workshop with Tinky Weisblat: 4 to 6 p.m. Cookbook author Tinky Weisblat will lead participants through a workshop designed to help them write up their favorite recipes in ways that will enhance not just the recipes’ flavor, but also their significance. 84 Middle Road, Hawley.