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  • Paul Franz

Staff Report
Published: 4/16/2020 10:00:14 AM
Modified: 4/16/2020 10:00:04 AM

The COVID-19 crisis and the need to self-isolate have canceled most planned events in the area, but alternatives are being arranged for online viewing, and in some cases, participation. Our online calendar has listings from organizations across the country hosting virtual events, but we’ve chosen to highlight some from local venues and groups.

Window display: Hawks and Reed is seeking art submissions for “The ART of Social Distancing” gallery show, which will be displayed in the windows of Hawks and Reed, 289 Main St. in Greenfield. Artists who are crafting, creating and imagining their way through the strange days of this pandemic are invited to fill the empty windows of Hawks & Reed. Ben Goldsher, the venue’s manager, says, “We are asking artists to display work or make new work that evokes the feels of these strange times. We hope this project brings some light to people in what seems to be a dark time.”

Original drawings, paintings, poems, sculptures, photos or videos are sought. Eight windows, plus one television screen, will be filled with a rotating assortment of artwork through the month of April, and however much longer it takes to see the COVID-19 crisis through the other side. Proper sanitation, personal protective equipment, and social distancing guidelines will be followed when handling, installing and exchanging work. Artists interested in being a part of this show should email info@hawksandreed.com.

Virtual art exhibit:The Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst announces its first digit al exhibition. The third in a three-part series this semester called Beyond Planet Earth, painter and landscape architect Ponnapa Prakkamakul displays new work from April 6 through May 31. To view the exhibit visit fineartscenter.com/Prakkamakul.

Prakkamakul creates work in which site investigation and immersion play important roles. Engaging with the landscape through searching, studying, sketching and collecting organic and non-organic materials to paint with, she investigates environments using the painting process as a tool to form connections with her surroundings. She identifies this act of fostering connections to new places as being an immigrant, or as she states, “cultivating a sense of place in a new land through art.”

Virtual Daffodil Run: Big Brothers Big Sisters will host the 10th Annual Daffodil 5K Run/Walk & 10K Run as a virtual event on April 26, instead of the Amherst Town Common, its original location. Registrants will choose their own 5K or 10K course, document their participation and tune in for a celebratory live stream broadcast from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the date of the event.

Jessie Cooley, director of CHD’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, says the response from the community has been overwhelmingly heartwarming, and people across the country are signing up to participate.

Runners and walkers can register online until April 24. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers, and participants who submit photos and videos of themselves will also be entered to win giveaways, purchased from local businesses. Participants are invited to walk or run outdoors, on the treadmill, or just follow along and show their support. The Daffodil Run is the largest annual fundraiser for CHD’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County and provides vital funds for their mentoring programs. For more information and to register for the race, visit daffodilrun.com.

Blink your light: The Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, along with other partners in the region, have announced the launch of Blink Your Light for Healthcare Workers, a campaign that asks everyone in the region to blink a light in their homes, or a light that can be seen by others outside, every night at 8 p.m. for one minute.

The Blink Your Light campaign will run every night until the state of emergency designated by Gov. Baker ends. The effort is aimed to express collective gratitude for all health care workers, tirelessly taking care of those most in need in our region during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other participating partners include The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts; TapestryHealth; Human Service Forum; RainMaker Consulting; Behavioral Health Network; and Center for Human Development.

Community art exhibit: Forbes Library is hosting a virtual Hosmer Gallery to create an online community art exhibit.

In this extraordinary time of social isolation, people still need to connect with others, share ideas, see something new, and express our creativity.

This April, the Hosmer Gallery welcomes anyone living and making visual art in the Pioneer Valley to submit up to three digital images of their work for inclusion in the online exhibit. Artists and visitors of all ages are invited. This exhibit will grow until the library building reopens, and stay visible for at least a month after that.

Submissions may be made using the online submission form found at forms.gle/GRf9ywTFZn5A3xfC8. To view the show, visit forbeslibrary.org/gallery/virtual-gallery.

Homegrown series: Springfield Symphony Orchestra is offering virtual performances with The SSO Homegrown Series, bringing something new for you to enjoy each week at springfieldsymphony.org.

You will hear from Maestro Rhodes, SSO musicians, youth orchestra musicians, SSO staff and more. There will be music and talk of instruments, composers and pieces. The series aims to allow all to play together and have some fun.

Tasso and music: The University of Massachusetts Tasso and Music Symposium will take place via Zoom video conference during the April 17 – 19 weekend. Over a dozen music historians and literary scholars from North America and Europe will present papers on the musical legacy of 16th-century Italian poet Torquato Tasso.

Composers from the late 16th and early 17th centuries were extremely fond of Tasso’s verse and produced hundreds of musical settings, many of which have become part of the canonical early music repertoire. On April 18 at 2 p.m., there will be a streamed concert of musical settings of Tasso’s poems by the ensemble Palma Choralis, which features early music performers and researchers Marcello Mazzetti and Livio Ticli. The duo will record the concert in their hometown of Brescia in northern Italy, one of the hardest-hit cities in the pandemic.

Complete information on how to view the symposium and the Palma Choralis concert, along with a full list of presenters and abstracts, is available at umass.edu/music/tasso-and-music-symposium-concerts.

Story slam: Valley Voices Story Slam, a collaboration between Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Radio, will hold “Around the Dinner Table,” a new digital storytelling series. Pioneer Valley storytellers will share six stories over six nights in video format, beginning April 20, ending with a digital voting poll.

Beginning April 20, storyteller videos will be posted on both the Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Radio Facebook Pages at 6 p.m., for six nights.

On April 26 the digital voting poll will be available on Facebook.

Jazz shares: Amherst Media is collaborating with Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares to cablecast and stream the performances from their very first season and moving onward.

Each concert will be shown just four times, every Wednesday and Friday at 4 and 8 p.m. on Amherst Comcast Channel 15, while also being streamed on Amherst Media website.

This week’s performance is by Ideal Bread. The Quartet is led by Josh Sinton (baritone saxophone) and features Kirk Knuffke (trumpet), Richard Giddens (bass), and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). This performance occurred Jan. 18, 2013, at the Unitarian Meeting House, Northampton.

Started in 2012 by long time radio Jazz show host, Glenn Siegel and his partner Priscilla Page, Jazz Shares is based on the farm share model where stakeholders ensure the success of the farm by pre-paying for food, the difference here is these members purchase jazz shares to provide the capital needed to produce concerts with minimal institutional support.

A grassroots, all-volunteer organization, they are a community of music lovers in Western Massachusetts dedicated to the continued vitality of jazz music. By pooling resources, energy and know-how, members create an infrastructure that is able to bring world-class improvisers to our region.

To learn more about Jazz Shares and how to become a member visit jazzshares.org.

Brenda Nelson is the Greenfield Recorder’s calendar editor. Calendar-related inquiries should be directed to bnelson@gazettenet.com.




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