Exhibits: museums and galleries
Submitted photo GCC professor exhibits at UMass The Augusta Savage Gallery, at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has an exhibit up that features the work of Kelly Popoff, a professor in the Arts Department at Greenfield Community College. Through March 14. See “Ongoing.” Here is a statement from the artist: “At nighttime as a child, I use to pray for all the people I thought needed praying for – poor, sick, lonely, abused. I would work myself into a panic thinking about this, which would inevitably lead to deeper concerns about living and dying. There is something about this time as a child that has had a major impact on my creative center. Equally influential (and definitely linked!), is the dualistic nature of a child-mind immersed in the heavy content of a Catholic upbringing. I am aware of the juxtaposition of these opposing forces and how they sit next to each other in my mind — forces that are evident in my work, both in form and content. Though, as an adult, I do not practice Catholicism, the visual and literary traditions of Catholicism and their messages have infiltrated my thinking and imagination. “In my most recent body of work, ‘Rocks on Doilies,’ I was thinking about a heavy head on a lacey child’s pillow. I thought about a rock on a doily, a contemplation of dualism and contradiction. I was a rock on a doily. “In the Bible, rocks are a symbol of “that which endures.” Rocks in my paintings are loved ones that are eternal and endure life and death. Doilies are temporary, light and fleeting. They are ceremony and baptisms and first communions that come and go. They have patterns that repeat like tradition. They are halos and decoration. They are pillows and trim. Doilies are adornment for show. “Drawing and painting methods are used interchangeably when I work to build up a ground of line and value. I use an electric sander like an eraser, deconstructing areas of value and line. I see my process of composing and decomposing the material as a reference to the body and more specifically the duality of life and death, body and spirit.” — Kelly Popoff
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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. 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. The gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of March. ∎ In a related event, the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Quabbin Visitor Center will offer a free slide presentation entitled “Something Of The Character Within —1 9th And Early 20th Century Portraits Of Swift River Valley Children” on Sunday, March 2, at 2 p.m. The program will be presented by Sheila Damkoehler and Elizabeth Pierce of the Swift River Valley Historical Society, and Althea Dabrowski, art educator with the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. The program will share some of these images and address questions such as: What was it like to have a photograph taken in the 19th century? How did it change in the 20th century with the introduction of the “snapshot” by Eastman Kodak, and yet again in the 21st century with tiny cameras hidden inside tiny cell phones and instant postings to Facebook or Instagram? The presentation will look at the experience of visiting one of the studios scattered throughout the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. What did children wear? How did they pose? What kind of backdrops and props might have been available in the photographer’s studio? What effect was the photographer looking for? The Visitor Center is located in Belchertown at the west end of Winsor Dam in the DCR Quabbin Administration Building. Access is through the West Entrance to Quabbin on Route 9, three miles west of the Route 9 and Route 202 intersection in Belchertown. 413-323-7221.
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. Through Feb. 28.
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.
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. Through March 2.
THE WENDELL FREE LIBRARY, Herrick Room, 7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell. “A Flock of Days,” a two-person exhibition of monotypes by Pamela Lawson and oil paintings by Heather Lenz. This is the most colorful and uplifting show we will have this winter, say organizers. Library hours: Tuesday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 2 p.m. Through Feb. 28.
ABBOT GALLERY, Wilson’s Department Store, third floor, Main Street, Greenfield. Deerfield Valley Art Association opens its Winter Show for the final time at Wilson’s. DVAA was founded in 1931 to support the arts and artists of western Massachusetts and it has had an over-40-year collaboration with Wilson’s, which plans to eliminate the gallery if a proposed new hotel goes forward. Through Saturday, March 8, during store hours.
AUGUSTA SAVAGE GALLERY, UMass, Amherst: Art exhibition titled “Rock and Doily” featuring paintings by Kelly Popoff. Through March 14.
BAYSTATE FRANKLIN MEDICAL CENTER, 164 High St., Greenfield: Paintings by Maureen Moore of Shelburne Falls. In the cafeteria. Through March 31.
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.
DICKINSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 115 Main St., Northfield. 498-2455, www.northfieldpubliclibrary.org. “Florida Vacation.” Photographs by Carol Pike. Through mid-March.
GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS, 270 Main St., Greenfield. Second Annual Art Show. Sponsored by the Greenfield Local Cultural Council, this year’s show features photos of Greenfield chosen from submissions to the Master Plan photo contest and those submitted directly to the cultural council. It is a juried show with an additional gallery of work from local artists. Through March.
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 email@example.com. 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 and 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. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. 625-9324, www.shelburneartscoop.com. “Wild and Wooly,” a group show featuring the fiber artists of the Shelburne Arts Cooperative.
T.D. BANK, 324 Main St., Greenfield: Historic Deerfield, Inc., has installed its Barnard Tavern exhibit at the bank store. Built in 1795, Barnard Tavern was built as a tavern or “public house.” Its prime location on the Boston to Albany and Hartford to Hanover crossroads was the 18th century equivalent of the intersection of Interstates 90 and 91. It served as the social, political, economic and culturla hub of the community, as well as a way station for travelers seeking dining and accommodations.
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.
VALLEY PHOTO CENTER, VPC, upper level of Tower Square, 1500 Main St., Springfield. A photo exhibit featuring the work New England Large Format Photography Collective, NELFPC photographers. March 4 through April 4. Reception March 23, 2 to 4 p.m.