Exhibits: galleries & museums
Reception & zydeco Saturday
Little Big House Gallery in Shelburne Falls will have a reception Saturday for an exhibit of works by Glenn Ridler, including his Tubes Series. Adding to the festivities will be live music by Zydeco Connection. See “Receptions etc.”
‘The Art of Illustration’
Children’s book author and illustrator Astrid Sheckles
DVAA FALL MEMBERS EXHIBITION at the Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse, Bernardston. The show opening will be an indoor-outdoor event with artists and crafters invited to work and sell their wares on the church lawn on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 14.
LITTLE BIG HOUSE GALLERY, 323 Patten Road, Shelburne Falls. www.littlebighousegallery.com. Glenn Ridler will present his new and rarely shown work with an opening reception Saturday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Following the reception, attendees are invited for live music by the Zydeco Connection from 7 to 9 p.m. The Zydeco Party will be “on your own” for refreshments. Lawn chairs welcome. Ridler has created a special exhibition that displays his new Tubes Series and many of his large paintings, says the gallery. Through Nov. 3.
SHELBURNE ARTS COOPERATIVE, 26 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 625-9324, www.shelburneartscoop.com. “Animal, Vegetable and Mineral.” A show featuring Michelle Parrish and Amanda Quinby, fiber and gilded creations. Reception with the artists Saturday, Oct. 5, 5 to 8 p.m. through Oct. 28..
STONELEIGH-BURNHAM SCHOOL, Bernardston Road, Greenfield. “The Art of Illustration,” work of Greenfield artist Astrid Sheckles. An exclusive selection of more than 45 illustrations by Sheckles from six published children’s books. She bases her intricate watercolor illustrations on photographs, creating images that are, according to her reviewers, “more true and detailed than many children’s books.” Opening reception will be Friday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sheckles will present a gallery talk Friday, Sept. 27, at 2:35 p.m. in the Geissler Gallery. Through Oct. 31.
ARMS LIBRARY, 50 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. www.umassvisual.org. “VISUAL (Ventures in Science Using Art Labratory).” Art taken from science labs at UMass, each picture is produced using a specific scientific process. 625-0306. Through September.
BARNES GALLERY, LEVERETT CRAFTS & ART CENTER, 14 Montague Road, Leverett: ∎ “Seeds & Friends,” an exhibit of fiber art and mixed media. Works by Nina Compagnon, Sally Dillon, Rebecca Fricke, Martha May, Martha Robinson, Flo Rosenstock, Deborah Slavitt, Margaret Stancer and Nancy Young. The keynote piece will be a nine-part collection of squares, one done by each artist, on the theme of “Seeds.” In addition, each artist will be showing several pieces representative of her work. ∎ “The Weed Parade,” an interactive exhibit created by Leonore Alaniz. Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to try their hands at printing and write in an open book comments, recipes and tips on weed management. Both exhibits, through Sept. 29.
BAYSTATE FRANKLIN MEDICAL CENTER, 164 High St., Greenfield: Oil and watercolor paintings of Mary Field of Northfield in the cafeteria. Through Sept. 30.
GALLERY A3, 28 Amity St., Amherst: 256-4250, firstname.lastname@example.org. “ALgoRHITHM: Rules for a Visual Field.” Two-person show of prints and sculpture by Rebecca Muller and Janet Walerstein Winston. Through Sept. 28.
GREAT FALLS DISCOVERY CENTER, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls: Watercolors by Diane Nevinsmith. Through Sept. 30.
OXBOW GALLERY, 275 Pleasant St., Northampton. 586-6300, oxbowgallery.org. Hours: Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Joyce Conlon will present “Hide and Seek,” an exhibit of new paintings. The process of creating these small, many-layered, abstract compositions results in a palimpsest of applied and excavated form and color. Through Sept. 29.
SHELBURNE ARTS COOPERATIVE, 26 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 625-9324, www.shelburneartscoop.com. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesday. “This, That & The Other Thing.” New work by Candace Silver. Through Sept. 30.
URSA MAJOR GALLERY, 1 Deerfield Ave., Shelburne Falls. Group show to feature Nepalese guest artist Milan Rai’s internationally renowned work “White Butterfly” and works by exhibitors of the Khandroling Paper Cooperative, Buckland. Rai, says the gallery, uses white butterflies in his installations as a symbol of pure transformation. He believes that every individual, like a butterfly, has the power to transform themselves and when this transformation happens collectively, we can observe miracles in their truest form. Through Sept. 29.
ARTSPACE, 15 Mill St., Greenfield. “The Generations of Making Art”: Debbie Voland lives in Greenfield. The daughter of Cynthia Voland, she inherited all her mother’s artwork when she died. This exhibit features the work of the mother, Cynthia Voland, daughter, Debbie Voland, and granddaugher, Emily Tatro. Through Sept. 30. See our story Page D6.
THE CONWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 50 Main St., Conway. 369-0255. “Made in Conway: Manufacturing Since the 1760s.” View artifacts and learn about one of Franklin County’s largest manufacturing centers in the 1800s. 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6.
THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. 658-1105, www.carlemuseum.org. ∎ “The Art of Eric Carle: Friends.” Artwork from Carle’s much anticipated picture book, “Friends” which will be released Nov. 19. Through March 24, 2014. ∎ “A Garden of Ordinary Miracles,” an alphabetical ode to nature. Award-wining artist Robert Zakanitch. Through Nov. 10. ∎ “Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimpsy” by Mo Willems. Through Feb. 23.
GALLERY IN THE WOODS, 145 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-257-4777, www.galleryinthewoods.com. In Gallery 1: “Wendy Cross: New Work,” oil paintings that illustrate Disintegration, Separation, Disposable People and Sacrifice Zones. In Gallery 2: Anna Bayles Arthur, “Faces That Contain My Face.” In Gallery 3: Richard Heller, “Hall of Mirrors.”
THE GREENFIELD GRILLE, 30 Federal St., Greenfield. Rotating exhibit of local photographers created in collaboration with Beth Reynolds, owner of Base Camp Photo in Greenfield and Joe Poirier, owner of The Greenfield Grille. Through October.
HISTORIC DEERFIELD, is a nationally recognized museum offering tours of period houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. 80 Old Main St., Deerfield. Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Current exhibitions at the Flynt Center include: ■ “Tea Talk: Ritual and Refinement in Early New England Parlors” on view through Feb. 16, 2014 ■ “Into the Woods: Crafting Early American Furniture, a long-term furniture exhibition.” ■ “Engraved Powder Horns from the French and Indian War and the American Revolution: The William H. Guthman Collection, permanent. ■ Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery, a permanent exhibition with changing elements.” ■ “Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusetts.” The semi-permanent exhibition will be featured in the Wright House.General Admission: $14 adults, $5 youth (ages 6-17), free for children under 6, members and Deerfield residents. See our “Potpourri” sections in the calendar for listings of special events. 413-775-7127. www.historic-deerfield.org.
MASSMOCA, off Marshall Street, North Adams. Fall/winter/spring hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Summer hours (July and August), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. www.massmoca.org. ∎ “Phoenix,” installation by Chinese sensation Xu Bing in the oversized Building 5 Gallery. The centerpieces of his newest work, “Phoenix Project,” are two monumental (90-plus foot long) birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China. Through Oct. 27. ∎ “Guillaume Leblon: Under My Shoe,” Incorporating familiar objects into his sculptures, from tables to shelves, plywood, even the sails of a windmill, French sculptor Guillaume Leblon presents enigmatic constructions and combinations. Through April 7. ■ “Jason Middlebrook: My Landscape,” a look at the artist’s recent forays into painting, featuring new works from a series of painted hardwood planks begun in 2008. ■ “Joseph Montgomery: Five Sets Five Reps.” Montgomery, says the gallery, creates compact abstract assemblages that have an uncanny familiarity. Through April 7. ■ “Love to Love You,” using a variety of artistic approaches, the artists in this exhibition explore the lived experience of fandom as both a personal and social force. Through Jan. 5. ■ “Life’s Work: Tom Phillips and Johnny Carrera.” This exhibition starts with that idea of a life’s work, a project that an artist continually goes back to and that becomes both a trace of that work and a career, says the gallery, which adds, both projects in this exhibition span decades and generations, and also function as re-inventions of existing texts. Through Jan. 20. ■ “Mark Dion: The Octagon Room.” This exhibit takes the appearance of a Brutalist-styled bunker. However, within the installation the viewer is invited to browse through an abandoned office, the contents of which represent the artist’s own labyrinthine history of the past eight years. Through J an. 20. ■ “Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective,” ongoing.
MEMORIAL HALL MUSEUM, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, 8 Memorial St., Old Deerfield. An exhibition of paintings by New England artist Robert Strong Woodward (1885-1957). Admission grants access to both the exhibition and the museum’s collections. Museum hours: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Tuesday-Sunday, plus Columbus Day, Oct. 14. Admission: $6 for adults & $3 for ages 6-12. Community Days on Sept. 28 and 29 include free admission for residents of Heath, Colrain, Buckland, Plainfield, and Shelburne (towns whose Cultural Councils helped to fund this exhibit). www.Deerfield-MA.org www.robertstrongwoodward.com
NINA’S NOOK, 125A Avenue A, Turners Falls. “Flotsam,” photographs and collage by Trish Crapo. Inspired by walks on the beach during a dune shack residency on Cape Cod last May, Crapo’s compositions represent “a calligraphy written by the sea.” Hours are Wednesday through Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m., or by appointment, 413-834-8800. www.ninasnook.com Through Oct. 12.
NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM, 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. www.nrm.org, 931-2290. ∎ “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic,” celebrates the 75th anniversary Walt Disney’s vision of the new American art form of an animated film. Features sketches, character layouts, watercolors , and vintage posters. Hours: every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fee is $16, $14.5 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for kids ages 6-18. Free for military personnel, children 5 and under and museum members. Through Oct. 27.
WENDELL FREE LIBRARY, 7 Wendell Depot Road, “To Be At The Farther Edge, Photographs Along the New England Trail,” by Barbara Bosworth. The library is one of nine sites hosting for this series of large-format color photographs by Bosworth, a well-known New England artist and teacher at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. This show consists of seven large color photographs presenting scenes from our general area. Visit www.net-air.com/BarbaraBosworth to see other photographs and a short video about this project. Through Nov. 30 in the Herrick Room. Tuesday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 978-544-3559