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Arts Previews for Nov. 10, 2017

  • Pottery and much more at the Arts & Industry 25th annual Open Studio and Holiday Sale in Florence. JOHNPOLAKPHOTOGRAPHY.COM—2015

  • The Gray Divas


Wednesday, November 08, 2017
‘Vanished: the Hospital on the Hill’ at Historic Northampton

Historic Northampton’s new photo exhibition, “Vanished: the Hospital on the Hill,” examines the history of the Northampton State Hospital through the eyes of its past employees. Amid Massachusetts’ efforts in taking care of the mentally ill, the hospital, formerly named the “Northampton Lunatic Hospital,” was opened in 1858 “in an optimistic spirit of humanitarian reform which held that mental illness could be cured if the afflicted were provided with the appropriate environment and healthy influences,” according to press notes. The exhibition, featuring Stan Sherer’s photography, J. Michael Moore’s commentary, and the collections of Historic Northampton, will run Nov. 10-Dec. 22, with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Arts & Industry 25thannual Open Studio and Holiday Sale

Arts & Industry, the former toothbrush-factory-turned art building that houses around 50 artists and craftspeople — including Scout Cuomo, Molly Hatch, Frances Kidder, Kate Jenkins Handweaving, Herzenberg Designs, and Jupiter Girl, to name a few —  is hosting its  25th annual Open Studio and Holiday Sale this weekend.

Among the offerings: Hand-woven textiles and baskets, hand-turned wooden bowls, pottery and jewelry, hooked rugs, and recycled clothing made from old T-shirts, as well as fine-art paintings and work by a nationally syndicated cartoonist (hint hint: Her name doesn’t rhyme with orange). In addition to live entertainment and food, there will also be a Pilates studio and a karate studio, both of which have demonstrations throughout the weekend. “This popular event is a wonderful opportunity for the public to connect with local artists and see how they do their work,” organizers say. “About 2,000 people come through over the weekend. They find special gifts for themselves and those they love and they support the local creative economy.” Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 221 Pine Street, Florence. Call 348-7503 for more information or visit artsindustryopenstudios.blogspot.com.

Gray Divas Concert at Forbes Library

Forbes Library is presenting the last concert in its 2017 Musical Residency by The Gray Divas, Frances Blasque and Jeannette Muzima. According to the library, “They sing and play an eclectic repertoire including The Beatles; Elvis; a little country cookin’; samba and La Bamba; some jazz and Tin Pan Alley; and a few originals.” The show is free and for all ages and takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the library’s Calvin Coolidge Museum. To learn more, visit forbeslibrary.org/community/musicians-in-residence.

“Says You!” Live at Amherst College

“Says You!,” the nationally known public-radio game show, is going live at Amherst College on Saturday, Nov. 18. The show, which has been around for more than 20 years and 500 episodes, has featured guests such as Tom Bergeron, Ben & Jerry, Will Shortz and Martin Sheen, as well as other talented actors, authors and academics. Partnering with Amherst College and NEPR, the production team is presenting a show called “Easy as Pie” to celebrate the holiday season. Ammon Shae, author of “Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation” will be joining as a guest panelist.

For ticket information, visit saysyouradio.com/says-live-massachusetts.