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Arts & Culture Exhibits for Dec. 20 to Dec. 26, 2018

  • Paintings and drawings by Andrew Nighswander, including this piece called “Harbor,” will be on display at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield through January. Contributed image

Published: 12/19/2018 2:52:22 PM

“Abstraction”: New collection of abstract art, including works by Caio Fonseca and Leon Polk Smith. Through Feb. 17, 2019. Mead Art Museum, 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst.

“Worn”: A thesis show by Sydney Kleinrock examines the role of clothing in everyday life as well as its larger impact on the global environment. Free. Hampshire College Art Gallery, 893 West St., Amherst.

“Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages”: Works predominantly from the Mead’s permanent collection that examine the ways in which woman have been depicted or have represented themselves. Through Feb. 17, 2019. Mead Art Museum, 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst.

“Timing is Everything”: Drawn from the Mead’s permanent collection, the exhibit presents artworks across centuries, continents and media that visualize concepts of time. Through Feb. 17, 2019. Mead Art Museum, 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst.

“Views from the Eastern Front: Russian Modernism and the Great War”: Through Feb. 17, 2019. Mead Art Museum, 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst.

“Whispers”: Work by Alice Thomas. Through Jan. 30, 2019. Frost Library’s Mezzanine Gallery, 61 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst.

New England Photo Exhibit: Printed on metal. Free. Burnett Gallery at Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst.

Eighth Annual Small Works Show: Featuring more than 150 works by local artists — all 6 inches by 6 inches or 5 inches by 7 inches. Through Jan. 12, 2019. Free. Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery, 319 Main St., Amherst. 413-835-0197.

“Slateworks”: Paintings embedded in slate and stone engravings by Margaret Lloyd. Through December. Free. Burnett Gallery in the Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. 413-221-5853.

“Small Wonders” Holiday Show and Sale: Franklin County artists include Evelyn Pye of Conway and Gloria Kegeles of Wendell. Through Dec. 29. Gallery A3, 28 Amity St., Amherst. 413-256-4250.


“Seventeen Going on Seventy”: Artists Jim Murphy and Macalistair Sloan Anderson. Through Jan. 30, 2019. Free. Elmer’s Store, 396 Main St., Ashfield. 413-628-1025.

Brattleboro, Vt.

“Edward Kingsbury III — Zen Pen”: Rhythmic thread of unbroken pen and ink lines in large format drawings. Through Dec. 31. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-257-4777.

20th Annual Members Holiday Exhibition: Photographic work by more than two dozen VCP members. Through Dec. 30. Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St., Brattleboro, Vt.

“The Right Balance”: Paintings by Guilford artist Susan McDormand. Through December. All Souls Church, 29 South St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-254-9377.

“If She Has a Pulse, She Has a Chance”: 32 photographic portraits of Vermonters recovering from addiction and 13 printed text panels of first-person narratives from people in recovery. Photos taken by Michael Poster. Through Jan. 7, 2019. $4 to $8; free for members and children ages 18 and under. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-257-0124, ext. 101.

William Hays Linocut Prints: Hays, and Matt Brown, use traditional Japanese and European printing methods. Through Dec. 31. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-257-4777.

Guatemalan Tapestry: Paintings from Lake Atitlan. Many of the artists draw upon the colorful patterns of the traditional textiles of the region and their rich natural environment, and are also known for their unique art naif style. Through December. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-257-4777.


“Rococo: Celebrating 18th-Century Design and Decoration”: 18th-century decorative art forms that bear particular ornamental characteristics. Through Feb. 10, 2019. Museum admission of $18 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 17, and free for children under 5 and Deerfield residents. Flynt Center of Early New England Life, 37 Old Main St., Historic Deerfield.


“Art is a Gift”: Let more than 30 artists and craftspeople help you with your holiday shopping, providing ceramics, jewelry, wearables, ornaments, greeting cards, fine art and prints. Through Dec. 29. The Elusie Gallery, 43 Main St., Easthampton. 413-529-9265.

“Art and Soul”: Marjorie Tauer is an impressionistic landscape painter and endeavors to paint abstractly as well as realistic. Through Dec. 31. Free. Lathrop Community, 100 Bassett Brook Drive, Easthampton. 413-586-0006.


“Photographers from our Past”: Explore work and cameras used from the late 1800s to the mid-1970s. Through the end of 2019. The Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner.


Paul Hoffman Narrative Paintings: Through mid-January. Free. The Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main St., Greenfield. 413-772-9334.

Andrew Nighswander: Paintings and drawings inspired by the Pioneer Valley. Reception Jan. 6, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Through January. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150.

North Adams

“The Lure of the Dark”: Paintings by artists who seek to capture the mood of the night. Through February 2019. Mass MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams.

“Standing Rock: Honoring the Water Protectors”: Photography by John Willis. Through Jan. 2, 2019. Cynthia-Reeves, 1315 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams.

“Stephen Schaub: Recent Works”: Schaub is a photographer and artist innovator known for creating custom and hybrid techniques to achieve his unique style. The installation features a 14-foot print as well as three other monumental prints depicting the bustling streets of New York City and Grand Central Station. Through Feb. 1, 2019. Louis and Susan Meisel Gallery at The Artist Book Foundation, 1327 Mass MoCA Way, Building 13, North Adams. 413-398-5600.


29th Annual Children’s Illustration Celebration: Through Jan. 15, 2019. Free. R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-3964.

“28 Faces, 23 Spaces”: Oil painting, printmaking, digital collage, video art and sculpture by studio art students framed around the broad theme of “work.” Free. Jannotta & Oresman Galleries, Hillyer, 20 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2190.

Anna Arthur Dream Paintings: Arthur records the otherworldliness of dreams into small, delicate yet powerfully translated watercolors. Free. Anchor House of Artists, 518 Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-588-4337.

“Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection”: Organized into nine thematic sections, the exhibit addresses fundamental questions about women’s lives in the 18th century. Through Jan. 6, 2019. Free. Smith College Museum of Art, 20 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2190.

Mallory Lake Pastels: Pastels of Italy, steam trains and urban landscapes. Through Dec. 22. William Baczek Fine Arts, 36 Main St., Northampton. 413-587-9880.

“No Man’s Land”: Prints from the World War II front lines made by German, American, English, Scottish and French artists. Through Feb. 17, 2019. Free. Smith College Museum of Art, 20 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2190.

“To trace for to carry”: Artworks that consider how the human body acts as a vessel for memories, languages and ghosts that link past, present and future. Through Jan. 31, 2019. Free to $5. Smith College Museum of Art, 20 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2760.

“Painting the Essence”: Jonathan Wilhelm showcases his paintings that seek to capture the essence of life. Free. Mosaic Cafe, 78 Masonic St., Northampton.

“Thirty Years in Old Deerfield”: The Old Deerfield Painting Group presents a sampling of its work in watercolor, oil and pastel. All 15 member artists are participating. Through Dec. 29. Free. Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1013.

“Sacred/Profane”: Small works (5 inches by 5 inches or 7 inches by 7 inches) made by Oxbow artists and friends. Choice of medium by artist. Free. Oxbow Gallery, 273 Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-584-9203.

Wendita Chicoine: Chicoine brings summer’s freshness into dark December with plein air oil paintings of regional beauty. Free. Anchor House of Artists, 518 Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-588-4337.

“Wild at Heart”: A series of paintings by Dawn Howkinson Siebel that are part of a project of portraits of endangered species. Through Dec. 31. Free. A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-5553.


“Season of Light”: An exhibit of art for holiday giving by more than 50 local artists including pottery, sculpture, paintings and photography. Through Dec. 23. Deerfield Valley Art Association’s Center for the Arts, 105 Main St., Northfield.

Shelburne Falls

“Leaves to Landscapes: Abstracts in Precious Metal Leaf”: Work by Amanda Quinby. Through Dec. 31. Free. Salmon Falls Gallery, 1 Ashfield St., Shelburne Falls. 413-625-9833.

“One Size Fits All”: Banners and cabinet cards by Amy Johnquest. Through December. Free. Salmon Falls Gallery, 1 Ashfield St., Shelburne Falls. 413-625-9833.

“A Winter’s Tale”: The delights and challenges of winter are depicted in this exhibit of paintings, photographs, collages, sculpture, fiber art, glass and ceramic. Free. Shelburne Arts Co-op, 26 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 413-625-9324.

South Hadley

“Major Themes: Celebrating Ten Years of Teaching With Art”: An innovative display that brings object-based dialogues from the museum’s teaching classroom into its public galleries. Through June 21, 2020. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, 50 College St., South Hadley. 413-538-2245.


“Elemental: Contemporary Encaustic”: Debra Claffey, Patricia Gerkin, Donna Hamil Talman and Charyl Weissbach present their paintings as an environmental call to action, offering four viewpoints on the ongoing discussion of environmental destruction and the human role in reclaiming environmental health. On display through July 2019. Community Gallery of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards St., Springfield.

“Framing the 1930s: A Decade of Architectural Photography”: Photos from the collection of Peter Gordenstein. Explores how renowned artists such as Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Paul Strand and others were inspired by the formal qualities of architecture and environment. Through Jan. 13, 2019. D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards St., Springfield.

Turners Falls

Junior Duck Stamps: Connecting youth with nature through science and art. Through Dec. 22. Free. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-863-3221.

“No Rules”: Mary Hakkinen works across diverse mediums, but primarily in creating small-scale sculpture. Through Dec. 24. Free. Nina’s Nook, 125A Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-834-8800.


Animal Prints: Linocut prints by Luke David Smith. Through Feb. 23, 2019. Whately Public Library’s Muse Café gallery, 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately. 413-665-2170.


Lila Valone Exhibit: Through December. Free. Meekins Library, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg. 413-268-7838.

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