Arts & Culture Exhibits for Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, 2019

  • The Sunderland Public Library is displaying a series of artistic and colorful quilts created by local artist Marge Barrett-Mills through February. Contributed photo

Published: 1/9/2019 3:30:24 PM

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

“Looking East”: Jay Alexander’s paintings present a contemporary reinterpretation of several dominant themes in classical Chinese painting. Opening Jan. 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West St., Amherst. 413-256-6006.

“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. 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. Mead Art Museum, 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst.

“Noho Skies: Landscapes and Light of the Pioneer Valley”: Photographs by Dominique Thiebaut, printed on aluminum. Through Feb. 28. Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave., Amherst.

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

“Whispers”: Work by Alice Thomas. Through Jan. 30. Frost Library’s Mezzanine Gallery, 61 Quadrangle Drive, 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. Free. Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery, 319 Main St., Amherst. 413-835-0197.


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

Brattleboro, Vt.

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 January. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-257-4777.

“Progressions”: Inspired by the ways in which contemporary American society views women, Lindsey Beal, a photo-based artist from Providence, R.I., investigates how women lived in the past, drawing parallels and contrasts between women’s lives then and now. Artist talk and closing Jan. 27, 4 to 6 p.m. Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St., Brattleboro, Vt.


“Rococo: Celebrating 18th-Century Design and Decoration”: 18th-century decorative art forms that bear particular ornamental characteristics. Through Feb. 10. 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.

“Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective”: A traveling exhibition of photomosaic murals, interviews and field recordings by Northampton-based artist Mark Guglielmo. Each mural measures 5 to 15 feet long and is handmade by taping together hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individual 4-inch by 6-inch photographs. Exhibit includes 10 murals, including five never seen in the Pioneer Valley and three never exhibited before. Opening reception Jan. 13, 5 to 8 p.m. Conversation with the artist Feb. 16 as part of TEDxDeerfield. Through March 1. Free. Hess Center for the Arts’ von Auersperg Gallery, 7 Boyden Lane, Deerfield.


“Following My Eyes”: Jan Ruby-Crystal’s work responds to, and also incorporates, the eruption of the massive volcano Fuego and the layers of ash left on every surface. Free. Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton. 413-584-3009.

“Joy! A Tribute to Denise Herzog”: Opening Jan. 12, 5 to 9 p.m. Free. LOCAL Gallery, 40 Cottage St., Easthampton. 413-203-5781.


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

“Automatic Landscapes”: Paintings and drawings by Andrew Nighswander, inspired by the Pioneer Valley. 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. Mass MoCA, 1040 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. 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. Free. R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-3964.

Colleen Keough and Amanda Maciuba: Keough presents large-scale site-specific collages of her digital prints. Maciuba’s work includes prints and artist’s books about landscape. Gallery talk Jan. 12, 2 to 3 p.m. Reception Jan. 26, 2 to 4 p.m. Through Jan. 30. Free. Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1013.

“A Softer Take on Realism”: Digital photography by Belchertown resident Jim Gambaro. Through Feb. 28. Free. North Gallery, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton.

“No Man’s Land”: Prints from the World War II front lines made by German, American, English, Scottish and French artists. Through Feb. 17. 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. Free to $5. Smith College Museum of Art, 20 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2760.

Shelburne Falls

“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. 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. D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards St., Springfield.


Quilts by Marge Barrett-Mills: Each quilt represents a unique theme. For example, the quilt “Coming Home” was based on the children’s book “Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey” written by Margiet Ruurs. Other pieces depict the Arabic alphabet, a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe and a poster from the 1920s encouraging women to vote. All quilts incorporate lively colors and unique fabrics. Through February. Sunderland Public Library’s Lane Family Reading Room Gallery, 20 School St., Sunderland. 413-665-2642.

Turners Falls

“Talking Cloth: Kangas From East Africa”: The kangas (everyday cloths worn by women in many East African countries) on display are from the collection of two local women who lived and worked in Kenya and Tanzania. Kangas are unique for their colorful patterns and also their printed text. The messages, slogans and sayings printed on these cloths are used by women to trade barbed insults, give each other compliments, commemorate events, or to express hope, sorrow and pride. Through Feb. 8. Free. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls.


“Printographs”: Works by Stan Sherer. Through Jan. 31. Free. Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton.


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

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