Exhibits: Museums & galleries
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HERTER ART GALLERY, 125 A Herter Hall Union, UMass-Amherst: Two exhibits. ∎ “American Pie: Photographs by Martin Parr.” A self-proclaimed “populist” photographer, Parr is a true master of social commentary, says the gallery, which adds that he captures humanity in all of its follies and frames these revealing moments with quirky precision and presents them in ultra-vivid color. ∎ “It’s an American Thing,” group exhibition featuring images by 14 photographers, each of whom seeks to crystallize the essence of vintage American style, beauty and attitude during the last half of the 20th century. Reception for both exhibits is Oct. 31, 4 to 6 p.m. Through Nov. 29.
SALMON FALLS ARTISANS SHOWROOM, 1 Ashfield St., Shelburne Falls: Asparagus Valley Potters Guild exhibit. Opening reception Nov. 2, 5 to 7 p.m. Through Dec. 31.
SHELBURNE ARTS COOPERATIVE, 26 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 625-9324, www.shelburneartscoop.com. Hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. “Coastal,” a show featuring paintings by Nina Coler, Sandy Denis and Louise Minks and photography by Sarah Holbrook. Reception with the artists Nov. 3,
3 to 5 p.m.
ARTSPACE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER, 15 Mill St., Greenfield. 772-6811. Color Pencil Montages by Kevin Slattery of Northfield. His drawings depict an arrangement of renderings based on a series of five- minute to one-hour poses during a three-hour drawing session. Through Oct. 31.
ELMER’S, 396 Main St., Ashfield: We Are Determined to Be Starved Before We are Hungry; a study of hunger, desire and deprivation. New Work Old Work, palimpsests and watercolors. Through October.
FREEDOM TRAILS GALLERY, 534 Main St. Amherst. (in the same building as Valley Frame Works) “After Life,” Brazilian sound artist Ricardo Frota and Conway artist Phyllis Labanowski explore the afterlife of people, their objects, and Christmas trees. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Through Oct. 31.
LITTLE BIG HOUSE GALLERY, 323 Patten Road, Shelburne Falls. www.littlebighousegallery.com. Glenn Ridler will present his new and rarely shown work. Ridler has created a special exhibition that displays his new Tubes Series, says the gallery. Through Nov. 3.
STONELEIGH-BURNHAM SCHOOL, Bernardston Road, Greenfield. “The Art of Illustration,” work of Greenfield artist Astrid Sheckles. An exclusive selection of more than 45 illustrations by Sheckles from six published children’s books. She bases her intricate watercolor illustrations on photographs, creating images that are, according to her reviewers, “more true and detailed than many children’s books.” Through Oct. 31.
URSA MAJOR GALLERY, 1 Deerfield Ave., Shelburne Falls. “Beautiful Moment: Summertime,” oil paintings of local subjects and plein air scenes by Bret Bourman. Along with a career as a principal dancer, he continued to draw and study painting, creating portraits, stage designs, scenic works and sculpture. He later opened a studio in Los Angeles, Calif., where he painted private and corporately commissioned works for more than a decade before taking up permanent residence in western Massachusetts, living in Shelburne Falls. Gallery hours: Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 5 p.m., other times on request. ursamajorgallery.com 824-0502. Through Nov. 3.
NINA’S NOOK, 125A Avenue A Turners Falls. Denyse Dar is a self-taught, naive artist who began painting just two short years ago in 2011. According to the gallery, Dar approaches life with an upside-down, inside-out perspective that translates into unique, happy works with a bright, bold sense of color. She paints the common places passed by everyday in a way that allows viewers to see it with fresh eyes and wonder. Her whimsical landscapes resonate deeply with viewers. For more information about Dar, visit her website at www.denysedar.com. For the gallery, www.ninasnook.com or call 413-834-8800. Through Nov. 23.