Exhibits: museums and galleries
Passenger pigeon project, Eclipse
Passenger pigeons in the Cornell Ornithology Lab (Photo credit, Sayler/Morris, collection credit, Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates)
Editor’s note: These listings, which focus on local galleries and artists, are free. Email them to email@example.com. The deadline is the Thursday before publication, by 8 a.m. Photographs of the art being exhibited are always welcome and will be happily run, space permitting.
GREAT FALLS DISCOVERY CENTER, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. “Welcome to Railroad Salvage” opens in the Great Hall Sept. 2. Constructions, reliefs and large-scale drawings by Turners Falls artists Nina Rossi and Barbara Milot, with historical timeline and commentary by Anne Harding, also of Turners Falls. An opening reception will be mid-show on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. with a presentation by Harding of juicy details from the building’s past, from its beginnings as the Griswold Mill to its present state of neglect. The talk will be at about 2:30 p.m., during the reception. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the exhibit by leaving their thoughts, comments and memories on the timeline. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Through Sept. 30.
JEWISH COMMUNITY OF AMHERST, 742 Main St., Amherst: “It Came to Pass,” photomontages by award-winning painter Rochelle Shicoff. Exhibit depicts sacred objects from currently functioning Lower Eastside, NYC historic orthodox synagogues. Opening reception Sept. 4, 5 to 8 p.m. through Oct. 31.
AVENUE A STOREFRONT GALLERIES, 106-112 Avenue A, Turners Falls. “Imagine: The Possibilities of Found Materials.” A group exhibition of art made from re-contextualized materials and/or objects. Annaliese Bischoff, Harry Greenwald, Bronwen Hodgkinson, Lyn Horan, Amy Johnquest, John Landino, Suzanne LoManto, Adam John Mulcahy, Jack Nelson, Dean Nimmer, Michael Sjostedt, Tami Stiles, Katherine Truesdell and Stacy Waldman. Through Sept. 1. Riverculture@montague-ma.gov.
ERIC CARLE MUSEUM of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. 658-1105, www.carlemuseum.org. ∎ “Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty.” Louise Fitzhugh’s “Harriet the Spy” turns 50 in 2014. An exhibit of original drawings from this book, and from its sequel, “The Long Secret.” Through Nov. 30. ∎ “The Art of Eric Carle & Friends: What’s Your Favorite Animal?” Carle has partnered with 14 leading illustrators to answer the enduring question, “What’s your favorite animal?” in a new book published by Henry Holt and Company. Contributions range from meticulously rendered artwork to quick, funny sketches with equally varied commentaries. The book, and this complementary exhibition, is a colorful, varied, and engaging omnibus that offers real insight into the lives and personalities of the artists, says the gallery. Through Aug. 31.
GALLERY IN THE WOODS, Main Street, Brattleboro, Vt. Leyden artist Alicia Hunsicker will exhibit recent paintings. The paintings on view reveal a cosmic discussion about the nature of all things at the intersection of science and spirituality. Through Aug. 31.
GREAT FALLS DISCOVERY CENTER, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. “The Long View,” paintings by Stein Feick. The paintings include stunning, long-view landscapes. Through Aug. 30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
IMAGINE ART GALLERY, 70 Main St., second floor, Northampton. “See the Beauty End the Violence,” a retrospective of Robert Markey of Ashfield’s political work, combining paintings and sculptures of women and children, with written commentary about violence, assault and human trafficking — issues affecting women and children around the world. Fridays 6 to 9 p.m., Saturdays 3 to 9 p.m. or by request during other times of the week by calling 413-585-5830. Through Aug. 30.
LITTLE BIG HOUSE GALLERY, 323 Patten Road, Shelburne. Saturdays and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. 625-6697, firstname.lastname@example.org. “Fifty Years of Drawings” by Glen Ridler. The work is primarily derived from art classes he led. Through August.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. “Portraits of Local Harvest,” still-life paintings by Kimberly Sebrey. Through Sept. 3.
NORTHAMPTON SENIOR CENTER, Northampton. Photo exhibit by Gregory Wilson. Wilson, 75, has been taking photographs since 1952 and is primarily self-taught. Locally, he is known as the “Button Man” of Northampton. Now retired, during his professional career he designed and manufactured political, advertising and social issue pin back buttons. Wilson enjoys taking scenes from nature or of his grandchildren and making them into abstract images using computer program. Through Aug. 29. 587-1313. Hours: Monday through Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesdays, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
THE OLD DEERFIELD PAINTING GROUP presents its 25th annual exhibit of paintings at the Deerfield Community Center, Memorial Street, Old Deerfield. Featured will be a memorial exhibit of paintings by Elice Davis Pieropan, a well-known local artist and former member. Through Aug. 31. Free. 665-4332, http://olddeerfieldpainting.wix.com/arts.
SALMON FALLS GALLERY, 1 Ashfield St., Shelburne Falls. 625-9833, www.salmonfallsgallery.com. “Glass/bash.” An invitational exhibit of contemporary glass artists. Through Aug. 31.
SAWMILL RIVER ARTS GALLERY at the Montague Book Mill, Montague Center. “Summer Serenade,” a special summer show of work by painters Lana Fiala, Nancy Howard, Sharon Loehr-Lapan, Christine Mero, Louise Minks, Kerry Stone. Photographrs Ray Mansur, John Moore; potter Jaye Pope; jeweler Susan Essig; weavers Kathy Litchfield, Susan Loring Wells; miniature artist Tracy Vernon; fiber artist Jill Bromberg; gourd artist Joan Levy. Through Aug. 31. 367-2885, www.sawmillriverarts. org. Thursdays through Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.
SHELBURNE ARTS COOP, 26 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. “Alternative Landscapes,” photography by Amanda Quinby. Sundays through Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. www.shelburneartscoop.com. Through August.
THE WENDELL FREE LIBRARY, all-fabric art exhibition, “The Breathing Landscape,” by Linda Ruel Flynn of Orange. The series of seven pieces are made of thread, stains, paint and a tiny piece of broken pottery on linen. Each work hangs on clothes pins secured to a narrow wood bar. Through Aug. 31, in the Herrick Room 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.
BLUE ROCK RESTAURANT, 10 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. “Still Living,” still-life paintings by Kimberly Sebrey. Through Nov. 3.
NINA’S NOOK, 125A Avenue A, Turners Falls. “Out Of Line,” the pen-and-ink drawings of artist and humorist Linda Baker-Cimini. “The inhabitants of my drawings wear expressions borrowed from thousands of faces ... Emotion and gesture inform the lines that draw us into a shared narrative. Everyone has an ongoing inner dialogue, I am simply compelled to illustrate mine,” said Baker-Cimini. Accompanying the drawings will be sculpture by N.S. Koenings and Nina Rossi, inspired by Baker-Cimini’s two books, “From Here to There” and “Peculiar to the Region: A Field Guide to the Alphabet.” “Out Of Line.” Through Sept. 10. Hours: 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.
BAYSTATE FRANKLIN MEDICAL CENTER, 164 High St., Greenfield: Paintings of Leni Gaudet of Northfield in the cafeteria. Through September.
THE CLARK ARTS INSTITUTE, 225 South St., Williamstown. The Clark’s permanent collection has been reinstalled in the Museum Building, which features new gallery spaces for American paintings and European sculpture and decorative arts. Seventy-three of the Clark’s French paintings have returned following a three-year international tour to 11 cities that drew more than 2.6 million visitors worldwide. The Clark also has three special exhibitions in the Visitor Center and at Stone Hill Center this summer. ∎ In the Visitor Center, “Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes” from the Shanghai Museum is on display in the West Pavilion. This exhibit is drawn from the core of the Shanghai Museum’s collection of bronze vessels and bells dating from the late Xia through the Western Han dynasties (c. 1800 BCE–c. 8 CE). The 32 objects in the exhibition show the range of artistic expression and variety of sculptural forms realized during China’s Bronze Age. The exhibition is designed by Selldorf Architects, New York, and is the first installation in the West Pavilion. “Cast for Eternity” is on view through Sept. 21. ∎ “Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith” is on exhibit at Stone Hill Center. The exhibition assembles nine sculptures and three paintings related to the artist’s “Circle” series (1962–63). Smith’s boldly painted steel constructions will be on display both indoors and outdoors at the Tadao Ando-designed Stone Hill Center, resituating them against a Berkshires setting that is similar to (and less than 100 miles away from) the Adirondack site where Smith created and installed them, according to the institute, what adds that exhibition “explores the crucial role that industrial color and its relationship to nature played in the work of one of the 21st century’s most influential and celebrated sculptors.” The exhibition is on view through Oct. 19. ∎ “Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975” in the Visitor Center’s new special exhibition galleries. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the Clark, “Make It New” examines the different paths taken by abstract painting in the first quarter-century of the postwar period. The exhibition presents abstract expressionist and color field masterpieces alongside other canonical works organized by the formal categories of pattern, texture, and shape. Featuring key works such as Jackson Pollock’s “Number 1, 1950” (Lavender Mist), Mark Rothko’s “No. 1” (1961), and Lee Bontecou’s “Untitled” (1962), “Make It New” also includes paintings by Jean Dubuffet, Jasper Johns, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Ryman, and Cy Twombly. “Make It New” will be on view through Oct. 13.
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. Regular season hours: open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except Thanksgiving Day and December 24 and 25). “The Museum’s Attic” gallery. Regular season admission: adults, $14; youth (ages 6-17), $5. Under 6, members and Deerfield residents are free. For more information, call 413-775-7132 or email email@example.com. 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. 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: “Franklin,” an exhibit of 21 color photographs depicting nature scenes in Franklin County taken by Recorder photographer Paul Franz. Through Sept. 7. www.franzphoto.com.
KEMP-MCCARTHY MUSEUM, 282 Zoar Road, Rowe. “Rowe, Massachusetts: A Mining Boom Town.” A new exhibit on the talc and iron pyrite mining industry that prospered in Row at various times between the late 1800s and early 1900s. The display includes sample rocks from closed mines, maps, geology diagrams, and antique photographs of the mines and the people who worked in them. Also an exhibit on artist John Marin, who spent time in Rowe and a new display of antique clothing. The Hoosac Tunnel exhibit has been updated to include a large, G-scale model of Boston & Maine F-3 locomotive. Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m. Through Oct. 12. www.rowehistoricalsociety.org.
MASS MOCA, off Marshall Street, North Adams. Fall/winter/spring hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Summer hours (August), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. www.MASS MoCA.org. ∎ “The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor.” This exhibit features the work of six artists — Rosa Barba, Matthew Buckingham, Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Lisa Oppenheim and Simon Starling — “who capitalize on film’s particular visual, material, aural and even metaphoric characteristics.” ∎ “Eclipse,” which examines species extinction through the passenger pigeon, whose once-massive population disappeared 100 years ago. This installation that evolved from a series of conversa-tions between New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert and artist duo Sayler/Morris (Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris), combines video, sound and text to create an immersive and contemplative exhibition in a newly conceived exhibition space. It opened on Sept. 1, the centenary of the death of the last known passenger pigeon, Martha. Through spring 2015. ∎ Teresita Fernández: “As Above So Below.” Demonstrating the artist’s remarkable ability to transform materials and their surrounding architecture into an enveloping perceptual experience, this exhibit combines graphite and gold to create a series of immersive, interconnected installations whose scale shifts from intimate to vast, from miniature to panoramic. Fernández’s largest solo exhibition to date, it is made up entirely of new works. ∎ Darren Waterston: “Uncertain Beauty.” Painter Darren Waterston’s installation “Filthy Lucre” — the exhibit’s the centerpiece — is a contemporary re-imagining of James McNeill Whistler’s 1876 decorative masterpiece “Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room.” Through January 2015. ∎ “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. Through Jan. 14. ∎ 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 Sept. 1. ∎ Mark Dion: “The Octagon Room.” This exhibit investigates into the blurred boundaries between art, society, and history, as well as the homogenized methods of their presentation and consumption. Through Feb. 1.
MEMORIAL HALL MUSEUM, 8 Memorial St., Deerfield. “Tools, Trades and Tasks — All Work and No Play?” Along with the popular “Mack the Giant Ox” banner, the exhibition includes Frances and Mary Allen’s photographs of people at work and play; equipment used in agriculture, food and cloth production; woodworking, coopering, and shoemaking trades; early vehicles from Montague and Greenfield; enormous barrels carved from a sycamore trunk; washing and broom-making machines; animals’ yokes and pokes; hand-wrought cow and sheep bells; and curiosities such as The Lost Hoe Found. “Tools, Trades and Tasks” is installed in Memorial Hall’s Main Hall. Memorial Hall Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) from May 31 until Oct. 31. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for youth and students 6-21. The museum is also open by appointment or for school groups, call 413-774-7476, ext 10 to schedule a group tour.
MUSEUM OF OUR INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE, Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Featuring the exhibit: “Rag’s to Riches: Franklin County’s Paper Industry.” Located on a site of continuous industrial use. Tool exhibits, hands-on workshop and more. Free admission. The museum is located at 2 Mead St. in Greenfield. www.industrialhistory.org.
ROWE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 282 Zoar Road, Rowe. “Rowe: A Mining Boom Town,” a new exhibit that features original antique photos of the mines and the people who worked in them as well as rock samples, maps and artifacts. Sundays, from 2 to 4 p.m. through Oct. 12. www.rowehistoricalsociety.org
SWIFT RIVER VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 40 Elm St., New Salem. 978-544-6882, www.swiftrivermuseum.org. Open Sundays and Wednesdays, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. through Sept. 28.
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS RECOVERY LEARNING CENTER, 74 Federal St., Greenfield. 772-0715. www.cindioldham.com. “Mad Pride.” Solo portrait exhibit by Cindi Oldham. Oldham is a modern portrait artist who works primary in acrylic on canvas. Through Sept. 6.