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12 December 2017

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by Albert Ho, Greta Matzner-Gore, Carlota Rodriguez-Benito, and Sarah Russell

The personalities of the brothers Karamazov reflect their time and place (late nineteenth-century Russia), but they are also to some degree universal. One can imagine meeting some like Dmitry (the passionate profligate), Ivan (the tortured intellectual), Alyosha (the would-be saint), or Smerdyakov (the angry reject) in the United States today. Last year, I asked my students to choose one of the brothers Karamazov and find a "theme song" for him, i.e. a contemporary song or piece of music that captures his personality. This year, we did it again! My students posted links to their "theme songs" to our course's discussion board, alongside short explanations of how their song captures their chosen character's personality. In class, we put it to a vote. Here are the "theme songs" we voted best for the brothers, introduced by our student winners.

ALYOSHA

Student: Carlota Rodriguez-Benito

Theme Song: Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds"

Explanation: I chose Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" for Alyosha. I think that this song represents the saint-like aspect Alyosha has of helping people. This song is about getting a message from a higher power. In this context, it is a reggae song and Bob Marley sings "Don't worry about a thing, because every little thing is going to be alright." I feel that this is the same message that Alyosha tries to convey many times, being a spiritual son and the peacemaker. Father Zosima helps him see the word as it is in this song, with good and no worrying, all will be just fine.

IVAN

Student: Albert Ho

Theme Song: Adam Lambert's Cover of "Mad World"

Explanation: I find this song to fit Ivan well - it's melancholic, insecure, doubtful, and lonely. Throughout much of the book, especially when Ivan argues, whether in "Rebellion", "The Grand Inquisitor", or against Zosima and others - Ivan crafts logically impeccable arguments which is in deep contrast with his wavering heart. He wants there to be a God, for religion to be just and true, he craves it, as he finds partial resolution in Alyosha's kiss mirroring Jesus in "The Grand Inquisitor." However, his overwhelming need for things to make sense makes it impossible for Ivan to ever be truly reconciled. Thus, being as cerebral as he is, Ivan sees a Mad World where religion doesn't make sense, people's actions don't make sense, and being intellectually superior to everyone only creates further isolation and the inability to empathize and be empathized with, which is a key element of religion in Dostoevsky's works.

True, in much of the book Ivan is proud, direct, and dismissive - but underneath the armor I believe he is the Grand Inquisitor waiting to be kissed by Jesus.

"I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad world, mad world"

SMERDYAKOV

Student: Sarah Russell

Theme Song: Drowning Pool's "Bodies" 

Explanation: Smerdyakov is a character surrounded by death. Stinking Lizaveta died giving birth to him, he killed cats as a child, and he played an important, if not the most important, role in Fyodor's death. In addition, his name means stinking which is associated with decay. This song has a disturbed, creepy sound to it and is all about welcoming death. "Let the bodies hit the floor" is exactly how Smerdyakov feels about Fyodor. Additionally, the song says "Beaten Why For, Can't Take Much More" which describes Smerdyakov's motivations for wanting Fyodor dead. He has been beaten and abused his whole life and is thus resentful towards everyone.


This is the second installment of "The Brothers' Theme Songs" and you can read the first here. The activity is brought to you by Dr Greta Matzner-Gore and her students at the University of Southern California. 

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Come for the gifts, stay for the fun! Bring your friends and family, and savor the holidays in Holyoke! Thursday: Free open studios, including a live model and snacks. Bring your drawing and painting supplies, socialize, and make art. Drop in at Dunphy Art Studio whenever you like between 11-8! Gift show will be open during this time at the adjacent PCS80 Gallery. Friday: Gift show open from 11-8, with a special Art League potluck beginning at 6pm. Come one, come all!

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Amherst Exhibits/Events

3rd Floor Painters Annual Open Studio

Date: Saturday, December 16, 10am-4pm
Location Name: 3rd Floor
Address: 16 Main Street (above Russell's Liquors)

Annual open studio show and sale of oils, watercolors and fabric art. Landscapes and portraits both representational and abstract works. Artists: Janna Essig, Mary Kersell, Linn Bower, Ruth Elcan, Edith Adams Allison, Bella Halsted.

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Life Through A Lens

Artist: Marissa Perotta
Start Date: December 10, 2017
End Date: December 15, 2017
Location Name: Hampden Gallery, UMass Amherst
Hours: Tues-Fri 1-4pm, Sun 2-4pm
Address: 131 Southwest Circle
Website: www.fineartscenter.com/hampden

A BFA Thesis Exhibition. In Perotta's digitally composed mosaics, hundreds of small images come together to form larger images. The smaller images are photographs taken throughout her life and arranged in chronological order, while the larger images are self portrait drawings; implying that her identity is literally and figuratively formed by her past experiences.

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Sacred Lines

Artist: Kelly Carroll
Start Date: December 10, 2017
End Date: December 15, 2017
Location Name: Hampden Gallery, UMass Amherst
Hours: Tues-Fri 1-4pm, Sun 2-4pm
Address: 131 Southwest Circle
Website: www.fineartscenter.com/hampden

A BFA Thesis Exhibition. Sacred Lines is a collection of drawings that explores the subculture of tattooed people and fine art through portraiture. The emotional gaze of each subject inspires contemplation of personal identity and expressions of a broader human condition.

Contact: Anne LaPrade Seuthe
413-545-0680

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Small Wonders

Artists: group show
Start Date: December 7, 2017
End Date: December 30, 2017
Location Name: Gallery A3
Hours: Thur-Sun 1-7pm
Address: 28 Amity Street 1D
Website: www.gallerya3.com

An annual exhibit of small, affordable fine art. Over fifty works in painting, photography, collage and mixed media. The gallery will host a free night of music on opening night. The annual Small Wonders exhibit offers fun and eclectic work, sized for gift-giving, and specially priced for the December holidays. Cash & Carry offers art reasonably priced for holiday gift giving and ready to go upon purchase.

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7th Annual Small Works Show

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 30, 2017
End Date: January 13, 2018
Reception Date: Thursday, January 4, 5-8pm
Location Name: Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery
Hours: Mon-Wed & Fri 10-6, Thur 10-8, Sat 10-4
Address: 319 Main Street
Website: www.hopeandfeathersframing.com

Featuring over 100 works by local artists -- all 6x6". From paintings to photographs, illustrations to assemblages and more, the show features works in wide variety of mediums. All cash-and-carry! Reception and art raffle on Thursday, January 4th, 5-8pm. Join us for a chance to win one of the small works, winner's choice!

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Amherst au Naturale: Up Close and Personal

Artist: Alan Hurwitz
Start Date: November 8, 2017
End Date: February 28, 2018
Location Name: Hitchcock Center Living Building
Address: 845 West Street

This photo exhibit is designed to show some special aspects of our local natural world. All are of subjects found right here in Amherst - many captured on the Station Road property of the photographer, Alan Hurwitz.

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Winter's Bone

Artist: Carl Nardiello
Start Date: November 2, 2017
End Date: December 29, 2017
Location Name: Amherst Town Hall
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
Address: 4 Boltwood Avenue
Website: www.CarlNardiello.com

Artist statement: Images from the Connecticut River Series and the Oxbow. After summer foliage is gone the subtle, vibrant, tones of fall, winter, and spring, manifest. Featuring recent works including panoramic and abstract studies at various stretches along the river.

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¡Hola Cuba!

Artist: Carol Pike
Start Date: September 5, 2017
End Date: December 15, 2017
Location Name: Science & Engineering Library (SEL), UMass
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Address: 740 N Pleasant Street, #A273
Website: www.library.umass.edu

Travel Photography by Carol Pike.

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Chicopee Exhibits/Events

Fall Student Art Show

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 29, 2017
End Date: January 21, 2018
Location Name: The Borgia Gallery, Elms College
Address: 291 Springfield Street
Website: www.elms.edu

A survey of work by current art department students from Intro to Art, Painting I, Drawing & Design I, Color Exploration with Mixed Media, and Art History. Sponsored by the Division of Humanities & Fine Arts.

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Easthampton Exhibits/Events

Last June

Artist: Paul Specht
Start Date: December 9, 2017
End Date: January 6, 2018
Location Name: Nash Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm
Address: 40 Cottage Street
Website: www.nashgalleryart.com

This exhibition is a three person show. On display are the photographs by Paul Specht, Needlepoint works by Judy Wirth and the sewing and quilting talent of Janet Miller. This series of photographs is a study of care. Each composite image was created while supporting my husband and mother-in-law as her life slowly drew to a close. Representing incredible comfort while simultaneously masking great pain, this series touches upon a sentiment of life that we all eventually deal with, but seldom prepare for.

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9th Annual Small Works Show & Sale

Start Date: December 9, 2017
End Date: December 23, 2017
Location Name: ECA Gallery
Hours: Mon & Wed 12-5pm, Thur 12-7pm
Address: 43 Main Street / Old Town Hall
Website: facebook.com/events/406311443105564/

This cash and carry, salon style exhibit aims to benefit patrons and artists alike during the holiday season. This year's Show and Sale will include over 100 works from artists located in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

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Deck the Walls

Artists: Easthampton Art Guild
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: December 29, 2017
Location Name: The Inn at Lathrop Community
Hours: 9am-4pm daily
Address: 100 Bassett Brook Drive
Website: lathrop.kendal.org

Members of the Easthampton Art Guild are celebrating the season of light during the month of December. Works include oils, watercolors, acrylics, and monoprints. The nine artists in this exhibit are Nancy Caffall, Elizabeth Chase, Terry Faivre, Eleanor Herman, Joanne O'Leary, Lois Peirent, Marorie Tauer, Betty Schaffer and Gwen Whelan.

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Florence Exhibits/Events

Recent Oil Paintings

Artist: Jacqueline Brodeur
Start Date: November 1, 2017
End Date: December 30, 2017
Location Name: Northampton Cooperative Bank
Address: 6 Main Street
Website: jackiebrodeur.blogspot.com

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Greenfield Exhibits/Events

Sensorium

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 30, 2017
End Date: December 20, 2017
Location Name: Artspace Community Arts Center
Hours: Mon-Fri 12-2:30pm & 4-6pm
Address: 15 Mill Street
Website: artspacegreenfield.com

An exhibit of works by local artists affiliated with Greenfield Community College.

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Paintings by Paul Hoffman

Artist: Paul Hoffman
Start Date: November 3, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Location Name: The Greenfield Gallery
Hours: Tue-Wed 10am-6pm, Thur-Fri 12-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Address: 231 Main Street
Website: www.facebook.com/pg/TheGreenfieldGallery

Using composition and intentional rhythms, Paul Hoffman creates order and harmony within the world's natural complexities. Hoffman's new collection of paintings include pieces that are reminiscent of past works featuring the juxtaposition of the manmade world and natural world and pieces that make a slight departure from works seen in the past.

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Hatfield Exhibits/Events

What Does it Mean to Live by a River?

Artist: Russell Steven Powell
Start Date: December 13, 2017
End Date: January 3, 2018
Reception Date: Wednesday, December 13, 5-7pm
Location Name: Old Mill Inn
Hours: 9am-8pm daily
Address: 87 School Street-
Website: russellpowell.net

New oil and acrylic paintings with the Connecticut River as a main theme. The exhibit is a prelude to a talk/presentation on Wednesday, January 3, as part of Brook Hollow Arts's "First Wednesdays" series.

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Holyoke Exhibits/Events

Holiday Gift Show & Open Studios

Date: December 21-22, 11am-8pm
Location Name: PCS80 Gallery
Address: 80 Race Street
Website: www.holyoke-arts-league.org

Come for the gifts, stay for the fun! Bring your friends and family, and savor the holidays in Holyoke! Thursday: Free open studios, including a live model and snacks. Bring your drawing and painting supplies, socialize, and make art. Drop in at Dunphy Art Studio whenever you like between 11-8! Gift show will be open during this time at the adjacent PCS80 Gallery. Friday: Gift show open from 11-8, with a special Art League potluck beginning at 6pm. Come one, come all!

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Small Works Show at Readywipe

Artists: group show
Start Date: December 2, 2017
End Date: December 30, 2017
Location Name: Readywipe
Hours: Sat-Sun 3-5pm, or by appt
Address: 532 Main Street
Website: readywipegallery.com

The first annual Small Works Show at Readywipe. Artists: Janette Shelley, Evan Anderson, Donnabelle Casis, Margot Glass, Dave Gloman, Joanne Holtje, Sharon Ligorner, Elizabeth Meyersohn, Barbara Neulinger, Dina Noto, Gabriel Phipps, Katy Schneider, Pablo Yglesias.

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Pioneer Valley 2017 High School Art Show

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 20, 2017
End Date: December 14, 2017
Location Name: The Taber Art Gallery
Hours: Mon-Thur 10am-6pm
Address: Holyoke Community College
Website: thetaberartgallery.blogspot.com

Works include drawing, painting, graphic design, photography, ceramics, and sculpture.

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Uncommon Goods: String Holders

Artists: artists from MA and New England
Start Date: November 18, 2017
End Date: December 17, 2017
Location Name: Race Street Gallery
Hours: Sat-Sun 11-3pm, and by appt
Address: 80 Race Street
Website: www.facebook.com/UncommonGoodsStringHolders

The utilitarian device known as a "String Holder" has been around since the invention of string, yarn and hemp dating back centuries. Over time, string holders evolved into bizarre folk art objects that abandoned the principle of "form follows function" in favor of novel caricatures and strange contraptions that have no practical purpose -- i.e. art. The String Holder Show presents fascinating sculptures, paintings and mixed media creations by over 20 artists from across MA and New England.

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Northampton Exhibits/Events

Erotic Visionary Sculpture

Artist: Ben Westbrock
Start Date: December 16, 2017
End Date: December 29, 2017
Location Name: New England Visionary Artists Musuem
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
Website: Facebook.com/anchorhouseartists

Ben Westbrock, b.1937, has produced unique, outlandish ceramic sculpture for several decades, works represented in international collections. The visionary effects of the world created in these works evoke organic forms that are erotic in places. On his present move to Las Vegas, he is emptying out his studio with this exhibit of thirty, fantastic artworks, offered now at radically reduced prices--no price over $275--only between December 15-29. Jazz by Doug Abrams Quartet on Dec 21 night. Image: "Rocker" detail

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200 artworks for 20 years

Artists: group show
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: December 29, 2017
Location Name: Anchor House of Artists, All Galleries
Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Ground Floor
Website: Facebook.com/anchorhouseartists

Over 200 artworks fill three galleries, 40 artworks in the adjacent New England Visionary Artists Museum, in addition to Westbrock's visionary ceramic sculpture. Celebrating the winter solstice with this bright art and Jazz by Doug Abrams Quartet the evening of Thursday, December 21, 6:30pm to 9pm. Call gallery and consult facebook or website for details. Image: Gallery walls

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Hindsight/Foresight

Artists: The Royal Frog Ballet
Start Date: December 6, 2017
End Date: December 22, 2017
Location Name: A.P.E. Gallery
Hours: Tue-Sun 12-5pm, Fri 12-8pm
Address: 126 Main Street
Website: apearts.org

A visual collection of past work from The Royal Frog Ballet's annual outdoor Surrealist Cabaret and other performances. The collective will also be teaching workshops aimed at playful and collaborative art making processes. There will be two listening evenings on December 9 & 16. On December 15, The RFB will host a community discussion on future visioning and brief panel led by visual artists showing new work. On Sundays, December 10 & 17, collective members will be leading workshops for all ages.

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5x7 Holiday Show: Benefit for the Oxbow Gallery

Artists: group show
Start Date: December 7, 2017
End Date: January 7, 2018
Location Name: The Oxbow Gallery, Back Room
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
Website: oxbowgallery.org

A Holiday Show with proceeds from the sale to benefit the gallery. The 5" x 7" Holiday Show features artwork created by Oxbow Gallery members and invited guest artists. The event will be an exciting and affordable way for the community to buy original works of art with all postcard sized work priced at $40.

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MOMENTS IN TIME

Artist: Marie Welch
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Location Name: Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Hours: 8am-8pm
Address: 30 Locust Street

The artist has been painting for over 30 years as a casual hobby and her growth as a painter has been self guided in the years since. She tries to use tone, color and rendering to conjure subtle and fleeing moments in time, captured at or near her home.

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Around the Corner and Beyond

Artist: Robert Masla
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Location Name: R. Michelson Galleries
Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-6pm, Thur-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 132 Main Street
Website: RMichelson.com

In this exhibit, the artist celebrates and explores the "Sacred Landscape" and his relationship with nature.

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Recent Work

Artist: Justin Kim
Start Date: December 7, 2017
End Date: January 7, 2018
Location Name: The Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
Website: oxbowgallery.org

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Dancer from the Dance: New Paintings

Artist: Elizabeth Meyersohn
Start Date: December 7, 2017
End Date: January 7, 2018
Location Name: The Oxbow Gallery
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-5pm
Address: 275 Pleasant Street
Website: oxbowgallery.org

Meyersohn's paintings are characterized by strong experimentation in color a radical sense of nothingness.

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Impressionistic Landscapes and Flowers

Artist: Maggie Hodges
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: January 31, 2018
Location Name: Cooley Dickinson Hospital, North Gallery
Hours: 8am-8pm
Address: 30 Locust Street
Website: Maggiehodgesart.com

Maggie Hodges grew up in an environment filled with beautiful works of art. She received her BFA from Syracuse University in Graphic Design. More recently, she took a painting class and discovered a passion for oil painting. In the last six years, she has taken numerous painting classes and workshops to help develop her own style.

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Photographs

Artist: Bill Orr
Start Date: December 2, 2017
End Date: December 29, 2017
Location Name: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library
Hours: Mon & Wed 9am-9pm, Tue & Thur 1-5pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm
Address: 20 West Street
Website: www.forbeslibrary.org

Since the dawn of the art nearly 200 years ago, photographers have created countless images using the technology technology to express their impressions of the beauty of nature. As an avid amateur for many years I have added my share of photos to this trove.

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Collages

Artist: Keila Ploof
Start Date: December 2, 2017
End Date: December 29, 2017
Location Name: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library
Hours: Mon & Wed 9am-9pm, Tue & Thur 1-5pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm
Address: 20 West Street
Website: www.forbeslibrary.org

Keila has always been drawn to paper, collecting and saving pieces that spoke to her since childhood. It wasn't until recently that her love of painting and paper collided. The paper is applied almost all by brush, just like painting. Each piece is either cut or ripped to create the "brush stroke" before it even hits the canvas. Most of her paper creations begin with very old paper. The books she uses are damaged beyond use and feels honored to give them a second life.

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Weeds Triumphant: a Fecund Look

Artist: Andrew Held
Start Date: December 4, 2017
End Date: January 30, 2018
Location Name: Oresman Gallery, Smith College
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30am-5pm
Address: 22 Elm Street

Photographer Andrew Held creates images of the endlessly complex interface between weeds and the human-built environment. He works in black and white in hope that it relaxes our natural enmity for weeds and permits them to begin to colonize our esthetic and inquisitive minds. "My goal is encourage weeds to move up from the gardens, walkways and lawns, into your home and gentler visions," says Held, not entirely ingenuously.

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The Ebbs and Flows of Heartblood

Artist: Jana Brike
Start Date: November 14, 2017
End Date: December 16, 2017
Location Name: William Baczek Fine Arts
Hours: Tue-Wed 10am-5pm, Thur-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 36 Main Street
Website: www.wbfinearts.com

Latvian painter Jana Brike often depicts solitary females in nature. They are heroic, sensual, in-charge and often partially or fully nude. But unlike many paintings of unclothed females in nature, Brike's paintings are empowering, as if their bodies are not only interacting with nature, but truly part of it. The artist often uses herself as a model and hidden in her work are many layers of meaning, some more literal than others, many left up to the interpretation of the viewer.

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Vanished: the Hospital on the Hill

Artist: Stan Sherer
Start Date: November 10, 2017
End Date: December 22, 2017
Location Name: Historic Northampton
Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 46 Bridge Street
Website: www.historicnorthampton.org/hosptial-on-the-hill.html

"Vanished" tells the story of the Northampton State Hospital through the words of the employees, Stan Sherer's photographs, commentary by J. Michael Moore, and historical photographs from the collection of Historic Northampton.

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Fall for Riverside

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 3, 2017
End Date: January 2018
Location Name: Hampshire Cardiovascular Associates
Address: 22 Atwood Drive, 3rd Floor
Website: www.rsi.org/programs/riverside-arts

Riverside Arts, a non-profit program for adults with developmental disabilities, is showing a large selection of artworks at the Hampshire Cardiovascular Associates as part of Northampton's Arts Night Out in November. The collection includes paintings of all mediums, drawings, and photographs.

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L.G. TALBOT

Artist: Lora Talbot
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: January 31, 2018
Location Name: 22 Atwood, 2nd Floor Waiting Area
Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm
Address: 22 Atwood
Website: lgtalbot.com

Her work is energy and pure expression of images that explode onto the canvases. The painting process itself becomes a performance. She paces the room to obtain the perspective necessary for the images to reveal themselves, come forward and speak to her. The images are five feet and greater challenging the viewer with human proportions.

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28th Annual Children's Illustration Celebration

Artists: Children's Illustrators
Start Date: November 12, 2017
End Date: January 15, 2018
Location Name: R. Michelson Galleries
Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-6pm, Thur-Sat 10am-9om, Sun 12-5pm
Address: 132 Main Street
Website: RMichelson.com

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A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honore Sharrer

Artist: Honore Sharrer
Start Date: September 29, 2017
End Date: January 7, 2018
Location Name: Smith College Museum of Art
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Thur 10am-8pm, Sun 12-4pm
Address: 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
Website: smith.edu

Honore Sharrer's rise in the art world was meteoric. Starting at nineteen and throughout her twenties, she was included in major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art. This is the first exhibition to reveal the voice of this artist. Honore Sharrer's work presents a potent and often unsettling critique of the conventions of American culture. Image: Honore Sharrer American, 1920–2009. Nursery Rhyme, 1971. Oil on canvas.

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Greenhouse Panoramas: a Process of Reinvention

Artist: Esther Pullman
Start Date: September 8, 2017
End Date: January 8, 2018
Location Name: Smith College Alumnae House gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Address: 33 Elm Street

This series of large-scale greenhouse images, which began as an intuitive and visceral effort to bring light and life into my own home, as I anticipated the darkening seasons, gradually took on a more symbolic and metaphorical meaning in the face of our increasingly imperiled home planet.

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Northfield Exhibits/Events

Gifts for the Holidays Show

Start Date: November 19, 2017
End Date: December 24, 2017
Location Name: DVAA Center for the Arts
Hours: Thur-Sun 12-4pm
Address: 105 Main Street
Website: deerfieldvalleyart.org

Over fifty member artists and crafters are participating in our first Holiday show and sale at our new DVAA location in Northfield.

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Shelburne Falls Exhibits/Events

Captivating Chaos

Artist: Mary Mosley
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: January 17, 2018
Location Name: Arms Library
Hours: Mon 1-7pm, Wed 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-3pm
Address: 60 Main Street
Website: www.armslibrary.org

Mixed media artist, Mary Mosley, displays works created from random elements of paper, paint, stencils, yarns and threads, and salvaged, torn, or cut bits and pieces of what others might call scrap until the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts: out of mundance elements, she creates wonder.

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Illumination

Artists: group show
Start Date: November 29, 2017
End Date: January 29, 2018
Location Name: Shelburne Arts Co-op
Hours: Sun-Mon & Wed-Thur 11am-5pm, Fri-Sat 11am-8pm
Address: 26 Bridge Street
Website: www.shelburneartscoop.com

A winter exhibit brings light to a time of darkness. Paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, fiber art, and glass relate to the theme of "illumination" in its many symbolic, metaphorical, and literal aspects.

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Drawing in Steel

Artist: Bob Compton
Start Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Sun-Thur 11am-6pm, Fri-Sat 11am-7pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
Website: www.salmonfallsgallery.com

Any of you who have come to the gallery on a regular basis know Bob Compton's steel dragonflies gently swaying over their rock bases. They show just a bit of the breadth of Bob's abilities in forging steel. There always seems to be a commission in his work life for functional steel installations in homes and businesses. Now we get to see the pure fine art of his vision: steel as drawings.

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An Intersection of Pottery & Architecture: Ceramics & Drawing

Artist: Andrew Quient
Start Date: November 3, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Sun-Thur 11am-6pm, Fri-Sat 11am-7pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
Website: www.salmonfallsgallery.com

Reception on Dec. 9, 4-6pm. Music by Chris Eriquezzo, guitar.

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Big Wheel Press: Letterpress Monoprints & Broadsides

Artists: Lisa Hersey, Chris Campbell
Start Date: November 3, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Location Name: Salmon Falls Gallery
Hours: Sun-Thur 11am-6pm, Fri-Sat 11am-7pm
Address: 1 Ashfield Street
Website: www.salmonfallsgallery.com

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Springfield Exhibits/Events

7th Generation: Contemporary Native American Artists of the 21st Century

Artists: artists from nine nations
Start Date: October 12, 2017
End Date: January 16, 2018
Location Name: Art for the Soul Gallery
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat by appt
Address: 1500 Main Street, Tower Square, 2nd floor
Website: art4thesoul.org

Billy Myers is the Artistic Director for Art for the Soul and Curator of this show. There will be a film series, musical performance, visual artist, genealogy and performance by the infamous Peace Poets.

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Push the Green Hand Ahead: Springfield Armory in World War I

Start Date: April 6, 2017
End Date: January 7, 2018
Location Name: Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Hours: Wed-Sun 9am-5pm
Address: One Armory Square
Website: www.nps.gov/spar

It was precisely 100 years ago on April 6th, 1917 that President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution from Congress to enter into "a war to end all wars" that had already been raging in Europe for nearly three years. This exhibit is a unique opportunity to learn the compelling role of Springfield Armory in World War I, when the government arms factory pushed its workforce to supply the soldiers on the front line with essential armaments.

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Westfield Exhibits/Events

Burial: A timeless journey in ceramics

Artist: Adam John Mulcahy
Start Date: November 19, 2017
End Date: December 22, 2017
Location Name: Eli Library, Westfield State University
Hours: Mon-Thur 8am-12am, Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 1pm -12am
Address: 577 Western Avenue
Website: lib.westfield.ma.edu/home

Local Artist Adam Mulcahy will be showing work from his senior thesis project at Westfield State. The work was created over the past several months and consists of over 20 ceramic burial urns. Several pieces of pit fired pottery are on display as well as those fired in electric and gas kilns. The influence of many time periods and burial practices can be seen in the work.

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Pondworks

Artist: William Scully
Start Date: November 1, 2017
End Date: December 15, 2017
Location Name: Arno Maris Gallery
Address: Westfield State University
Website: westfield.ma.edu/galleries

The underwater photography of William Scully. His visuals speak to the idea of gesture in the plant forms that he captures in a unique way.

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Westhampton Exhibits/Events

Holiday Sale Sundays

Artist: Robbie Heidinger
Date: Sundays, December 16 & 23, 2-5pm, or by appt
Location Name: Robbie Heidinger Studio
Address: 1 Stage Road

Unique plates, bowls, and vases make perfect holiday gifts. Modern forms add a special touch to any tabletop! All handmade by Robbie Heidinger, available for sale Sundays in December. Give the person you love something they'll love.

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Craft Fairs & Pop-up Shops

Holiday Gift Show & Open Studios

Date: December 21-22, 11am-8pm
Location Name: PCS80 Gallery
Address: 80 Race Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.holyoke-arts-league.org

Come for the gifts, stay for the fun! Bring your friends and family, and savor the holidays in Holyoke! Thursday: Free open studios, including a live model and snacks. Bring your drawing and painting supplies, socialize, and make art. Drop in at Dunphy Art Studio whenever you like between 11-8! Gift show will be open during this time at the adjacent PCS80 Gallery. Friday: Gift show open from 11-8, with a special Art League potluck beginning at 6pm. Come one, come all!

Contact: Liz Popolo
holyokeartsleague@gmail.com
978-505-1744

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Eastworks Holiday Pop-up Shop

Start Date: November 1, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Location Name: Eastworks
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm
Address: 116 Pleasant Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.facebook.com/eastworkspopup/

6th annual holiday pop-up shop featuring handmade and vintage treasures, art, photography and other goods and gifts from Eastworks tenants and local artists and artisans.

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Calls to Artists / Artist Opportunities

Call to Printmakers: Give a Sh*t

Sponsoring Group Name: Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery
Submission Due Date: January 9
Submission Fees: none
City/Town: Amherst
Website: bit.ly/gs-call

Take a stand, inspire a conversation... Are you a printmaker creating work with a social message? Hope & Feathers invites you to Give a Sh*t - a printmaking show co-curated by B.Z. Reily. Politically-leaning 2D prints (any type of print - including: intaglio, relief, serigraphy, photopolymer, letterpress, monotype, collagraph, mixed media). Artists may submit up to 3 works. More info on the website.

Contact: bronwen@hopeandfeathersframing.com
413-835-0197

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8th Open Juried Photography Show at the Agawam Public Library

Sponsoring Group Name: Friends of the Agawam Public Library
Submission Due Date: January 27, 2018
Submission Fees: $25 per entry; $30 after January 13
City/Town: Agawam
Website: www.agawamlibrary.org/about/friends

Multiple Entries per Category Allowed. All images must be original and made by the photographer. Categories: Creative, Nature, Photojournalism, Pictorial. Awards: Total $1,340. Best in Show ($300) and 1st ($120), 2nd ($80), 3rd ($60) in each Category. 8 Honorable Mentions, and a Photographers' Choice for a total of 22 awards. Download Prospectus/Entry form from the website.

Contact: Bob Kadis
r.kadis@comcast.net
413-789-4814

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Amherst Town Hall Gallery

Sponsoring Group Name: Amherst Public Art Commission
Submission Due Date: January 20
Submission Fees: $20 entry fee payable upon acceptance to exhibit
City/Town: Amherst
Website: www.amherstma.gov/FormCenter/Public-Art-Commission-26/Application-for-Amherst-Exhibits-105

Exhibitions are on display for two months, and artists are asked to participate in the monthly Amherst Arts Night Plus during their show. Various hanging media including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, pastels, mixed media, fiber and illustration will be considered. Submission requirements: Completed application, artist statement and/or resume, and 5 digital images. Applications must be received no later than January 20. Artists will be notified of the jury's decision by February 5.

Contact: Amy Crawley
amy@amyacrawley.com
978-239-7601

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Classes & Workshops

Classical Painting Techniques

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, January 9 - February 13
Fee: $400
Organization: Barbara Johnson Studio
Class Location: Cottage Street Studios
Address: One Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.BarbaraJohnsonWorkshops.com

Students are guided through a series of painting exercises designed to build their perception of tonal values, color temperature, and aerial perspective, the essential ingredients of strong realistic painting since the Renaissance. Information on color mixing, organizing the palette, the care, maintenance, and function of the various brushes and materials used. Class size limited to ensure quality individualized instruction. All levels welcome.

Contact: Barbara Johnson
BarbaraJohnson202@gmail.com
413-259-7727

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Introduction to the Art of Drawing

Date & Time: Fridays, 9:30am-12pm, January 19 - February 23
Fee: $375
Organization: Barbara Johnson Studio
Class Location: Cottage Street Studios
Address: One Cottage Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.BarbaraJohnsonWorkshops.com

Explore the basic language and principles of drawing- the foundation of art explorations. Experience a series of exercises and materials designed to build the perceptual skills used in the "art of seeing". Gain confidence with graphite and charcoal pencils and become familiar with the different surfaces available in paper, and their effects. Examples from the history of drawing show the possibilities inherent in each of the exercises explored.

Contact: Barbara Johnson
BarbaraJohnson202@gmail.com
413-259-7727

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Body: Skin: Cocoon: Transformation: A Course in Transformation Design

Date & Time: Fridays, 12-5pm, March 23 - April 27
Fee: $286
Organization: Lisa Hoag Designs
Class Location: MGHPCC
Address: 100 Bigelow Street
City/Town: Holyoke
Website: www.eventbrite.com/e/body-skin-cocoon-transformation-a-course-in-transformational-design-tickets-37502226168

Reconsidering our projects as transformational experiences for our audience. Just as a caterpillar needs a chrysalis to become a butterfly, we each need a safe container in which to evolve and grow. In this class, we will learn to translate any project into a creative container, which provides a transformational experience for a viewer/audience/experiencer. Projects can arise from any discipline or medium, and be expressed in any discipline or medium or a combination.

Contact: Lisa Hoag
lisahoagdesigns@gmail.com
978-544-7894

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Figure Drawing Fridays

Date & Time: Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm (doors open at 6 - come early if you want an easel)
Fee: $15 / $10 for students
Address: 71 Bradford Street, in Studio One
City/Town: Northampton
Website: www.facebook.com/figuredrawingfridays

Every Friday night we draw inspiration from the live nude to create, converse and commune. We provide the model, some easels and drawing horses, music, conversation and snacks. We are an easy-going group and we enjoy the social/ community aspect of these sessions as much as the actual drawing. Bring your own materials and BYOB if you want. There is NO INSTRUCTOR at these sessions but there is often peer review. High school students are welcome with parental consent. RSVP: requested, space is limited.

Contact: gundy
ehoartguy@gmail.com

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Amanda's Monotype Printmaking Workshop

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 12, 9.30am-3:30pm
Fee: $165 including materials
Organization: Cottage Street Arts School
Class Location: Amanda Barrow Arts​
Address: One Cottage Street, studio #4-15
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: www.amandabarrow.net/monotype-print-workshops

Monotype prints are one-of-a-kind prints, all unique! Imagine painting on a sheet of plastic, placing paper over it, then running it through my printing press. Voila, the image comes out on the paper in reverse to how you painted it! Come have fun and play with AKUA water-based inks, brushes, and different papers to create your one-of-a-kind prints. No experience necessary; three students max per workshop means personal attention. See website for more info. NEXT WORKSHOP: Sun Dec 16.

Contact: Amanda Barrow
bridge_arts@yahoo.com

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Ashfield Water Color Classes

Date & Time: 9am-5pm, once monthly until June 16, 2018
Fee: $110 inclusive (discounts available)
Organization: Walter Cudnohufsky Artist
Class Location: Belding Memorial Library
Address: 344 Main Street (116)
City/Town: Ashfield
Website: www.cudnohufsky.com

Fifteenth year of full day (8-9 hr.) week end classes with changing subjects each month. All materials and supplies provided. Everyone can paint and an assured success. For all levels of experience. Demonstrations and skilled personalized instruction in small classes. Contact for more detailed information. Private classes available.

Contact: Walter Cudnohufsky
walt@wcala.com
413-628-4600

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Open Sew with Big Top Quilts

Date & Time: Sunday, December 17, 8am-12pm
Fee: $10
Class Location: Big Top Quilts
Address: 62 Briggs Street
City/Town: Easthampton
Website: bigtopquilts.com

At Open Sew, you can work on any kind of sewing project you like! What should I bring to the event? Bring your machine, your basic sewing supplies and your project of choice! The studio provides irons, ironing boards, design wall space and assorted snacks.

Contact: Audrey Hyvonen
audrey@bigtopquilts.com
413-230-0771

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