Exhibits: museums and galleries
Editor’s note: These listings, which focus on local galleries and artists, are free. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is the Thursday before publication, by 8 a.m. We happily run photos given the room.
DAYLILY GALLERY, 8A Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Greenfield Savings Bank, South Deerfield Branch, are hosting a joint art exhibit for Michael Hough of South Hadley. His paintings are oil on canvas and depict area scenes and still-life subjects. The reception will be Friday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Daylily Gallery. Through Feb. 28.
GREAT FALLS DISCOVERY CENTER, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls: 863-3221, www.greatfalls discoverycenter.org. Swift River Valley Exhibit. Family-friendly exhibit of historic photos focusing on the children of the Swift River Valley before it was flooded. Presented by the Swift River Valley Historical Society. Opening reception Saturday, Feb. 8, 1 to 3 p.m. The photographs on view range from an early tintype to 20th-century snapshots and include both portraits and family groups — some identified, some not. The exhibit will include simulated 19th-century studio backdrops painted by Northfield Elementary School students and small props. During the opening reception, students from the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls will set up their cameras to take vintage-style portraits, providing visitors with digital images at no cost. Prints will also be available for a small fee. The gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of March.
HOPE & FEATHERS GALLERY, 319 Main St., Amherst. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Finding Green in Winter,” featuring paintings by Nancy Meagher. Meagher finds beauty in the gray days of the Pioneer Valley. Her paintings are about finding the green in winter, the silver lining of clouds, the lemons that hold lemonade. Her work reflects geology and the Earth’s history, miles of rambling stone walls, how the Connecticut River evolved, the beginnings of Leverett Pond, how Puffer’s Pond helped create paper, old brick mills and fish. Through Feb. 28. Opening during the Amherst Art Walk Feb. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. Artist reception Feb. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m.
OXBOW GALLERY, 273 Pleasant St., Northampton: “Impulse.” Works by Mary Witt and Brianna Ashe. Ashe and Witt both enjoy working with shapes, textures, and color, but work differently. Ashe paints small blocks, assembling them in different configurations for each showing, keeping a fresh perspective on her work. She also paints wooden pallets, using their shape and texture to inspire the finished piece. Witt uses palette knives to spread paint on her canvases, layering various colors and thicknesses to bring depth to the work. The finished paintings have a playful, yet serious tone, invoking possible imagery, but also leaving a lot to the imagination. Opening reception Feb. 7, 5 to 8 p.m. through March 2.
SALMON FALLS ARTISANS SHOWROOM, One Ashfield St., No. 9, Shelburne Falls. 625-9833, www.salmonfallsgallery.com. A retrospective of works by Amherst clay artist Angela Fina. She died last November and the clay community as well as her community of friends, family and neighbors miss her greatly. The exhibit is arranged in chronologically from 1964 through to her last firing in 2013. Through Feb. 24. Opening reception Feb. 15, 2 to 4 p.m. 2 p.m. Ikebana demonstration by Madhu Agrawal of Ikebana International.
SAWMILL RIVER ARTS at The Montague Mill, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague Center: 367-2885, www.sawmillriverarts.com. “6 x 6 Community Wide Exhibit and Sale.” More than 50 artists from age 5 to 95. Artwork no larger than 6 inches by 6 inches. $36 each. Opening reception Saturday, Feb. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Through Feb. 23.
WILLIAM BLIZZARD GALLERY, second floor, Blake Hall, Springfield College, Logan Street, Springfield. An exhibit based on the new children’s book “A Home Run for Bunny,” written by Springfield College professor Richard Andersen and illustrated by Gerald Purnell. Reception for the author and artist is Sunday, Feb. 9, noon to 4 p.m. Open weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Through Feb. 20. springfieldcollege.edu/simpson. See our cover story, Page D1.
WILSON’S DEPARTMENT STORE, Studio C, 3rd floor, 258 Main St., Greenfield. Amateur Photography Contest and Exhibit, held in conjunction with Greenfield’s Winter Carnival and sponsored by Wilson’s and The Recorder. On display during store hours through Saturday, Feb. 8. Black-and-white and color entries depicting Franklin County winter subjects and scenes. This year, 178 photos were entered.
ARTSPACE, 15 Mill St, Greenfield. Annual Teen Art Exhibit. Schools participating this year are Academy at Charlemont, Deerfield Academy, The Eaglebrook School, Four Rivers Charter Public School, Mahar Regional High School, Mohawk Trail Regional High School, Northfield Mount Hermon, Pioneer Valley Regional High School, Stoneleigh-Burnham School and Turners Falls High School. Artists’ statements accompany most of the artwork. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 1 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Through Feb. 14. 413-772-6811 or email@example.com for more information or to schedule group visits.
AUGUSTA SAVAGE GALLERY, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 545-5177. Art exhibition by Jose Tonito Rodriguez titled “Inkterventions.” Through Feb. 14.
THE BOXCAR GALLERY, 200 Main St., Greenfield. 475-4427, www.theboxcargallery.weebly.com. Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring works by Alexander “Sasha” Spivak, Howard Rose, Catherine Gibbs, Michael Letzig and Michael Blanchard.
GEISSLER GALLERY at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 574 Bernardston Road, Greenfield. 774-2711, www.sbschool.org. Collection of monumental woodcut prints organized by printmaker Lyell Castonguay titled “Big Ink.” Showcases very large woodcut prints from more than a dozen area artists. Through Feb. 18.
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. Winter hours started Jan. 4: The Flynt Center of Early New England Life will be open Saturdays and Sundays, through April 13, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.“The Museum’s Attic” gallery. Seasonal Winter Admission: $7 Adults, $5 Youth (ages 6-17), under 6, Deerfield/South Deerfield residents and members free. Historic Deerfield’s museum houses are closed to the public during the winter months (January-mid-April), although pre-arranged tours-by-appointment, school tours and group tours can still be scheduled. For more information, call 413-775-7132 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum will reopen for the 2014 Season on Saturday, April 19. Current exhibitions at the Flynt Center include: “■ “Tea Talk: Ritual and Refinement in Early New England Parlors” on view through Feb. 16. ■ “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. See our “Potpourri” sections in the calendar for listings of special events. 413-775-7127. www.historic-deerfield.org.
HOPE & OLIVE RESTAURANT, 14 Hope St., Greenfield: “Close to Home: Oil Paintings” by Susan Valentine. Artist’s reception April 20, 3 to 5 p.m. Through mid-april.
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. ∎ “In Transit: Between Image and Object.” Artists Dike Blair, Hugh Scott-Douglas, and collaborative duo Guyton\Walker paint, print, and project abstract images and patterns onto the surface of shipping crates. Incorporating storage and transportation containers into vivid multimedia installations, these artists explore parallels between the physical movement of artworks and the seemingly limitless circulation of visual information across media and networks in the digital age. ∎ Izhar Patkin: “The Wandering Veil.” This long-awaited survey of works by the Israeli-born, New York-based artist Izhar Patkin takes over the museum’s largest gallery. Grand, labyrinthine yet also surprisingly intimate, the exhibition is rich with personal narrative, political metaphor, and myth, highlighting the many formal innovations Patkin has pioneered over his 30-year career. Through September. ∎ “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. ■ “Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective,” ongoing.
NINA’S NOOK, 125A Avenue A, Turners Falls. 834-8800, www.ninasnook.com. Hours: Wednesday through Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 1 to 6 p.m. and by appointment. www.ninasnook.com. “Triple S: Sensual>Sexual>Smut.” Third annual exhibit of erotica by local artists. Phallic pop-up Valentines, naughty knitteds, coupled wooden puzzles, felted Venus figures, obscenity plaques and much much more. Through March 15.
SHELBURNE ARTS COOPERATIVE, 26 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 625-9324, www.shelburneartscoop.com. “Be Still, My Heart.” A group show featuring paintings, fiber, jewelry, photography, wood and pottery by artists inthe Shelburne Arts Cooperative. Through Feb. 24.
YIDDISH BOOK CENTER, 1021 West St., Amherst: “No One Remembers Alone: Memory, Migration and the Making of an American Family” exhibited curated by Patricia Klindienst. The story of Abram Spiwak and Sophie Schochetman through postcards and related ephemera. Through March.