GREENFIELD ANNUAL WORD FESTIVAL, fifth annual, Tuesday through Sunday. Writers and spoken word artists from the Pioneer Valley and beyond will be reading and performing at multiple venues throughout downtown Greenfield. The Ocean Grill at 30 Federal St. is the festival’s headquarters, hosting readings and a book fair. Readers will include an Illinois high school poetry slam champion along with well-known performers like Tony Vacca; Abiodun Oyewole, considered to be among the founders of hip-hop; and members of the poetry collective Raw Honey Poets. There will also be two open mics, one Tuesday night and the other at the Sunday afternoon’s closing reading. Also new is Wednesday night’s storytelling competition. Five-minute true stories told live, without scripts or notes, will be voted on by the audience. The festival will also feature readings by women writers who’ve been in prison; the veterans group Warrior Writers; novelists; poetry groups; and members of small presses, including Naugatuck River Review, Gallery of Readers and Slate Roof Press. Visit www.gawfest.org for a detailed schedule. Print programs will be available during the festival. Free, although donations will be requested at Ocean Grill shows. Here is the schedule: ∎ Tuesday, Oct. 21, Opening Night Show, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Ocean Grill, 30 Federal St., Greenfield Doors open at 6 p.m. A celebration of Human Error Publishing’s Third Tuesdays reading series, now in its eighth year. 5-minute slots, names drawn from a hat. ∎ Wednesday, Oct. 22, The Mole, A Night of Storytelling, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Ocean Grill, 30 Federal St. Doors open at 6 p.m. 5 minute true stories, no scripts, no notes. Winner determined by audience vote. The festival continues through Sunday.
SOUTH GALLERY, Greenfield Community College. Selected Works by The Experimental Watercolor Group. Jan. 3-18. Reception Jan. 9, 4 to 6 p.m. Art club members will be exhibiting selected, recent works. Throughout the fall semester, the group met for weekly critiques and conversation in order to identify and advance personal, thematic interests within their work, as well as to share ideas relating to the art-making process. This exhibition reflects a shared interest in aqueous media, with emphasis on personal exploration of diverse subject matter, ranging from observational landscape to metaphorical abstraction. For more information: http://web.gcc.mass.edu/ The group will resume meetings at the beginning of the GCC Spring Semester and is open to all GCC students, staff, faculty and members of the community. For information about joining the group or questions about the exhibition, please email Jen Simms (Art Club Advisor) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMHERST TOWN HALL, 4 Boltwood Ave., Amherst. Amherst Public Art Commission presents “Illuminated Ground,” selected black-and-white photographs by Michael Zide. Through Feb. 28.
BAYSTATE FRANKLIN MEDICAL CENTER,
164 High St., Greenfield: Oil paintings of Joan Morawski of Turners. Through Jan. 31.
THE BLUE ROCK RESTAURANT, 10 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls.
625-8133, www.thebluerockrestaurant.com. Gallery open Thursday through Monday, 5 to 9 p.m. Crystal Hardison’s “The Sound of Trees.” A local girl returns home to western Massachusetts and showcases her paintings influenced by her childhood environment.
Through Jan. 31.
39 Spring St., Williamstown. www.theharrisongallery.com. “Riverscapes.” By Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, John MacDonald and Petria Mitchell. Through Dec. 31.
HOOKER-DUNHAM THEATER & GALLERY, 139 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-254-9276,
www.hookerdunham.org. “Along The Way,” an exhibit of Linda Striedieck’s abstract paintings and Bob Cantius’ photographic images. Through Dec. 31.
20 West St., Northampton. 587-1013. Three Artists, Three Approaches: John Degnan, Timna Tarr, Scout Cuomo. Three local artists use a variety of media to explore color, light and composition.
Through Dec. 29.
75 Montague Road, Leverett. “Secrets of the Garden,” solo art show of Susan Valentine. Portraits of the some of the main characters in her garden. Oils on canvas or board. Through Dec. 31.
MASSMOCA, off Marshall Street, North Adams.
www.massmoca.org. Installation by Chinese sensation Xu Bing in the oversized Building 5 Gallery. The centerpieces of his newest work, “Phoenix Project,” are two monumental (90+ foot long) birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. William Dixon’s exhibit “Getting From ‘A’ to ‘B.’” The folks at Mocha Maya’s tell us that he “has assembled a survey of photographs dealing with how we move from place to place in our community. The large-format photos look at movement over ground, water, snow, asphalt, and steel. Through interesting compositions and perspectives, the images capture activities most of us experience on a daily basis.”
NORTH ADAMS PUBLIC LIBRARY, 74 Church St., North Adams.
www.rowehistoricalsociety.org, 662-3133. “John Henry Haynes: The Father of Archaeological Photography,” an exhibit by Rowe Historical Society. Haynes was born in Rowe and is renowned for archaeological discoveries and photography from his 19th century expeditions to Anatolia (Turkey) and Nippur (Iraq). His discovery of 23,000 cuneiform tables at the “Temple Library” in Nippur in 1900 is the foundation for much of what is known of the Sumerian literary tradition.
Through Dec. 31.
NORTHFIELD COFFEE & BOOKS, 105 Main St., Northfield. 642-7119. Hours: Monday through Friday,
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Original art from Kevin Slattery’s graphic novel magazine “A Place I Don’t Belong.” On display through December, maybe longer.
OXBOW GALLERY, 275 Pleasant St., Northampton. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
www.oxbowgallery.com. Marion Miller “The Arena Series.” Miller is an inquiring painter of moving horses, open barns, precarious balance, delicious color and northern light. Through Jan. 6.
ROBERT FLOYD PHOTO GALLERY, 2 East St., Southampton. 529-2635, www.facebook.com/bertFloydPhotoGallery. “Winter Noir” photo exhibit. Group exhibit comprising black and white images from local and international artists. Winter is the theme and images range from ice in nature to 1960s rock stars garbed in winter coats. Through Jan. 9.
SALMON FALLS ARTISANS SHOWROOM, One Ashfield St., Shelburne Falls. 625-9833. “Reflections: Oils by Kate Childs.” Childs’ paintings create an atmosphere more than a landscape. Through Dec. 31.
SHELBURNE ARTS COOPERATIVE, 26 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls.
625-9324. “Celebration,” a group show by members. Through Dec. 31. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sat., 11 a.m. to
WENDELL FREE LIBRARY, 7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell. Tuesday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A small retrospective exhibition of works by Craig Letourneau, a former resident of Wendell from 1986 until 1991. The show presents a wide range of watercolor paintings done over much of his life and focuses on New England landscapes, English urban scenes and portraits. Visit his website,
www.kestrelgallery.com, to see some of his work. Through Dec. 27.