Exhibits: galleries and museums
Submitted photo ‘Points of Departure’ in Wendell The Wendell Free Library is exhibiting “Point of Departure,” an exhibition of five large oil paintings by Paula Tessier of Shutesbury. These works result in a “stand eight feet back and wow” experience, says the gallery. The reception is April 5, 1 to 3 p.m. See “Ongoing.”
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HERTER ART GALLERY, University of Massachusetts-Amherst: “Field Notes 3,” the third exhibition of drawings, paintings, collages and sculptures created by architects Sigrid Miller Pollin and Stephen Schreiber and landscape architect Jane Thurber. These artists have once again focused their explorations on patterns found in the natural environment. Reception March 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Herter Gallery. March 13 through April 10.
AUGUSTA SAVAGE GALLERY, UMass-Amherst: Art exhibition titled “Rock and Doily” featuring paintings by Kelly Popoff, a professor in the Arts Department at Greenfield Community College. This is what the gallery has to say about Popoff: “Her deeply personal approach side-steps all clichés, taking the viewer by surprise. Massive blocks of earthy colors mark the large canvases, suggesting both familiar objects and moments, as well as ones we could never possibly have known. Accomplished, thoughtful and highly original, Popoff earned an MFA degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and is a recent recipient of a grant from the Vermont Studio Center.” Through March 14.
DICKINSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 115 Main St., Northfield. 498-2455, www.northfieldpubliclibrary.org. “Florida Vacation.” Photographs by Carol Pike. Through mid-March.
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. ∎“Look At Me!” featuring playful wooden sculptures by William Accorsi. Created over the last seven years, some of the 65 sculptures presented serve as children’s banks, others as mirrors or curious puzzles. Other art works include original scenes from the pages of Accorsi’s many children’s books, created in felt fabric and thread and decorated with wire, buttons and wood. Accorsi has culled illustrations from hundred year old children’s magazines to collage many of these new items. The artist has produced nine children’s books, two adult art books of his work, and has been featured by elite galleries around the world. March 19 through April 26.
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. March artists: Jeston Rodriguez, Kristine O’Malley Levy, Ella Davidson, Aaron Snow Cusimano. Kenneth Murphy, Linn Bower, Adam Bozek, Bozena Chimielewska Gieryk, Kim Curtin. http://theboxcargallery.weebly.com/ See our cover story, Page D1.
BRATTLEBORO MUSEUM & ART CENTER, Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, Brattleboro, Vt.: “Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Contemporary Art.” Four of the museum’s six galleries with vibrant work by 13 artists. March 15 through June 22.
THE DAYLILY GALLERY, 8A Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield. According to his website, Murphy is “A longtime practitioner of watercolor, Murphy returned to working in oils at the urging of his wife, Diane, when the couple visited Cape Breton in 1997. A trail runner, he often scouts out remote areas on foot and returns with canvas and paint to record his emotional and spiritual relationship with the natural world. He has found his most stimulating and satisfying painting experiences on the cost of New England and in the hill towns around his home in Ashfield.” The Daylily is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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.
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: ■ “Deerfield: A Community of Craftwork in the Early 20th Century,” which showcases the work of Deerfield’s arts & crafts community. More than 30 objects from Historic Deerfield’s collections and includes objects made by Madeline Yale Wynne, Cornelius Kelley, the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework, and the Pocumtuck Basket Makers. Through Feb. 15, 2015. ■ “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.
T.D. BANK, 324 Main St., Greenfield: Historic Deerfield 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 cultural hub of the community, as well as a way station for travelers seeking dining and accommodations.
THE WENDELL FREE LIBRARY, 7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell. “Point of Departure,” an exhibition of five large oil paintings by Paula Tessier of Shutesbury. Organizers say “The overall effect of these paintings is that the viewer is confronted with the bigness of nature, its power, its unending movement, its growth and change. Since the images are large and the compositions bold and simple, they strike the viewer as clusters of energy. These works result in a ‘stand eight feet back and wow’ experience.” You can view more of artist’s work at paulatessier.com and purchase smaller prints of her work there.Meet the artist at her reception, Saturday, April 5, 1 to 3 p.m. 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 May 3.
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS RECOVERY LEARNING CENTER, 74 Federal St., Greenfield. 772-0715, www.westrnmassrlc.org. “The Linens Project,” Laura Gail Grohe. Grohe is a poet with a passion for language and history. In “the Linens Project,” she literally stitches those passions together by embroidering her poems on antique linens, such as table runners, napkins and baby clothes. These compelling works are sometimes lyrical, like the love poem stitched on a table runner and sometimes challenging, like the poem about abuse embroidered on a baby’s nightgown. She collects her linens from junk stores and tag sales, finding it hard to leave behind a place mat or a handkerchief that has embroidery or handmade lace but is being sold for a dollar. Through June 7.