Sep 27 Tuesday
Festival of Illumination | Once Upon a Time09/01/2022 - 12/31/2022, 5:30PM – 10:30PM, Wed-Sun
Southwick’s Zoo:Address: 2 Southwick St. Mendon, MA 01756
The Festival of Illumination is a must-see experience for guests of all ages. New England's largest and premier lantern showcase; a cultural and artistic expression like you have not experienced before.Be immersed in the magical world of impressive and larger-than-life Festival of Illumination lanterns, showcasing the incredible artistry of handcrafted Chinese Lanterns. Beginning the first of September and running through to the end of December, the 2022 Festival of Illumination themed "Once Upon a Time" takes guests on an epic journey through forgotten stories of legendary creatures, myths, and fairytales; a once in a lifetime experience that you don't want to miss!
Hybrid lecture by Dr. Fiona Greenland, University of Virginia, free and open to all!
Location: Herter Hall 601, UMass AmherstZoom link: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/93635373215
In 2018, the Italian Art Squad announced the conclusion of a four-year investigation into a vast looting network that traversed five European countries. "Operation Demeter" was the largest investigation in the unit's history. It recovered 20,000 artifacts valued at some 40 million Euros and resulted in the arrest of 23 people. What did Operation Demeter teach us about the looting and selling of archaeological materials? Today, nearly five years onward, what has changed - if anything - in the looting landscape?
Dr. Fiona Rose Greenland is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, and founder and director of the CURIA Lab (Cultural Resilience Informatics and Analysis). She received a DPhil in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan. She works at the intersection of cultural sociology, comparative and historical sociology, and archaeology to investigate how archaeological materials feature in modern social life. She has conducted fieldwork in archaeological sites, museums, and antiquities shops in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures at the University of Virginia. Her book, Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Robbers, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy (Chicago 2021), received the 2022 Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in Culture from the American Sociological Association.
This lecture is sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and hosted by the UMass Amherst Department of Classics.
Sep 28 Wednesday
Enjoy a new hobby and meet a great community of people through circus classes! Join NECCA Sept. 6 - Oct. 16 for Fall Session 1 and Oct. 17 - Dec. 11 for Fall Session 2 for a variety of inclusive weekly classes for all ages, levels, and abilities in Brattleboro, VT.
If you're an adult new to circus, Aerial Fitness, Ballet & Active Flexibility, Trampoline 101, and Circus 101 are perfect for beginners. Want to advance your existing skill sets? Try Trapeze 201, Tumbling 201/301, and Partner Acrobatics 301! Adult class info: https://necenterforcircusarts.org/training/adult-session-classes/
Our youth classes can help your child cross train for winter sports and our Youth Performance Troupes nurture the budding athlete, artist, and person. All of our youth programs are designed to give kids tools for long term growth in both their circus life and their everyday life. Youth class info: https://necenterforcircusarts.org/training/youth-session-classes/
Register online: https://necenterforcircusarts.asapconnected.com/
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Reception on Tuesday, October 4th, 5-7 p.m. in Pegasus Gallery
Valery Sutherland’s landscape paintings attempt to address the passage of time. The ancient elements of earth, water, air and fire are illustrated in some of her ‘Elements’ paintings, together with old blueprints of buildings or towns that are now crisscrossed by roads, indicating future development that will forever alter the land. Clouds of varying hues and configurations convey a sense of mystery and impermanence in a sky which is continually evolving.
Sutherland’s interest in the strange and irregular forms of old, pollarded trees, such as the Burnham Beeches in England, led her to digitally colorize black and white images of some of the trees that she then used as inspiration to create her ‘Pollard’ paintings. The paintings are an amalgam of black and white and color.The artist’s most recent paintings, ‘The Window’ and ‘Window Reflections’, are based on digital imagery of the reflection on a black granite countertop of the forest behind Sutherland’s house.
Sutherland has exhibited her artwork throughout New England, New York and New Jersey for over thirty years. She studied art in the United Kingdom at Tunbridge Wells Art School, in Kent, and St. Martin’s Art School, in London. See more of her work at: www.valerysutherland.com
The Next Stage Gallery presents Barbara Campman: In Passage: Painting, Assemblage, and Mixed Media. Opening and Artist Reception on Sunday, August 21, 5:00pm. Exhibit continues through November 6.
Barbara Campman has trained and exhibited widely as an artist, both in the U.S. and abroad. She co-founded Brattleboro’s River Gallery School of Art, and before her retirement was the head of the children’s art program and started their art and meditation program.
The Next Stage Gallery is open to the public during scheduled performances in the theater, and by appointment.
Imprinted: Illustrating Race examines the role of published images in shaping attitudes toward race and culture. More than 100 works of art and artifacts of widely circulated illustrated imagery will be on view, produced from the late eighteenth century to today, which have an impact on public perception about race in the United States. The exhibition will explore stereotypical racial representations that have been imprinted upon us through the mass publication of images. It culminates with the creative accomplishments of contemporary artists and publishers who have shifted the cultural narrative through the creation of positive, inclusive imagery emphasizing full agency and equity for all.
MICHEL MOUSHABECK, local lecturer, publisher, and musician, will give a brief history of Arabic music from pre-Islamic times to the 20th century. He will descibe its influence on Western music, and the prominent place it occupies in world music today. The distinctive features of this music (e.g., the quarter-tone, modes) as they occur in vocal and instrumental forms will be explained and demonstrated with live and video performances.
The Hampshire Music Club is celebrating its tenth annual Musical Potpourri Series this year.
Turners Falls artist William Hays has enjoyed a long career as an artist, having practiced sculpture, watercolor, oil painting, and printmaking. Primarily identified as a painter, Hays learned the process of making reduction linocut prints (at the encouragement of his late wife, who gifted him the supplies for his birthday), and by 2012 he’d developed a strong body of work and a stronger conviction that he was in fact a printmaker. Salmon Falls Gallery featured his work at that time, and Hays has been showing his work with the gallery since. Ten years later, Salmon Falls Gallery invites him back for the first solo exhibit of his prints.
Hays makes prints of landscapes- many featuring New England vernacular architecture and other pastoral scenes, and his process lends itself nicely to the layered, complex images he presents. This exhibition features the artist’s favorite works and introduces five new prints not seen outside his studio, including two that are part of an extended series that uses the architecture of New England much like the Japanese artists used temples and scenes of Japan. Reduction printing is a color printmaking technique in which a single block, in this case linoleum, is carved, printed in a color, and then carved and printed again and again, each time cutting away the areas that will not be printed in the current color. This is opposed to the multi-block method of multi-color block printing. The planning and execution of the method is painstaking, and since the block is essentially being destroyed by stages, the initial print run is the only print run. Multi-color block prints have their own unique visual charm, often with characteristics of both painting and linear rendering.
William Hays’ work has been collected and shown across the US and internationally.
CAROLYN WEBB Work on Paper: Drawings and Prints, a featured exhibition of Williamsburg, MA printmaker and artist Carolyn Webb at Salmon Falls Gallery. Featured are prints from three of the artist’s recent series and address issues surrounding grief, building, patterns, and reflections. Webb thinks in terms of building when printing, finding new patterns through changing plate orientations, colors, and ink transparency.September 1 through October 30, reception Sunday, September 25 from 2–4pm. The gallery is open 11am-5pm 7 days a week.
Considered a “distillation of lived experience,” Canadian-born L.G. Talbot’s larger-than-life-size canvases explore a bold color palette and thickly textured compositions of pure abstraction. Originally trained as a ceramicist, these recent paintings from 2021 and 2022 represent a shift in practice due in part to the pandemic. Now, working exclusively with palette knives, she establishes color fields more quickly and builds up layers of paint in more muted, earth tones. Consequently, physical engagement with materials and an elegant economy in composition have become signature aspects of Talbot’s oil paintings.
L.G. Talbot holds a master’s degree from Lesley College, Boston, MA, and a B.F.A. at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, T.N. She attended the Penland School of Craft, Bakersville, NC, studying under Robert Turner, and the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech University, Smithville, TN.