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  • The Gypsy Wranglers will perform at the Love Notes gala.
  • Adele Mattern
  • Jeff Stauder

Love notes

Love Notes, the Amherst Club’s annual community benefit, will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College.

Performing on the musical program will be the Devine-Nix Duo, playing violin, guitar, mandolin and 7-string guitar; singer Cheryl Cobb, accompanied by Dick Matteson, singing American, French and Ukrainian folk songs; French horn player Jean Jeffries with pianist Monica Jakuc; the Hurricane Singers from Amherst Regional High School; and more. State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg and Rep. Ellen Story will host the event.

A champagne reception will follow the concert, with hors d’oeuvres, sweets and dancing to the music of the Gypsy Wranglers. The reception also features a silent auction, offering gourmet dinners, a golf outing, paintings, antiques, jewelry and more.

Proceeds will benefit many local organization, including the Amherst Boys and Girls Club; the Amherst Family Center; Amherst Leisure Services; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the Dakin Humane Society; the Jones Library ESL program; and more. For information, including a complete list of programs receiving support, visit

Tickets cost $20 for the show; $40 for the show plus the reception and auction. They are available from club members, at Hastings Stationers in Amherst, by calling 253-5179, by using the order form available online at the club’s website, or at the door, beginning at 2 p.m.

At Hampden Gallery

“I, Pilgrim,” an exhibit of work by Jeff Stauder, will be on view through Feb. 21 at Hampden Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Stauder uses iconic images from American history to create a surreal, allegorical world. Motif’s include a lone pilgrim, bison, crows, corn and wood. Historical periods are conflated and an ensuing sense of humor, confusion and loss is communicated.

Stauder teaches drawing, painting, foundations and sculpture at Amherst Regional High School.

∎ Also, at the gallery, in the Incubator Space, “Jet Lag Go-Gooffers,” Adele Mattern’s exhibit of drawing, sculpture, installation and fiber, will be on view through Feb. 21.

Mattern lives in Northampton. In 2009, her embroidered newspaper project, “NewFeed Mumbai,” a collaboration with 180 women in Mumbai, was featured in Hand/Eye magazine.

A reception will be held for both artists on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

The gallery is located in the Southwest Residential Area. Hours are Tuesdays through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m.; Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. For information, call 545-0680.

Music at UMass

The 28th Annual High School Honor Band Concert, under the direction of James Patrick Miller and guest conductor Jack Stamp from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. The performance, which will feature high school wind and percussion musicians from the Northeast, is free and open to the public.

∎ A Visiting World Music Artists Concert will be presented Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall on the UMass campus.

On the program is composer/percussionist Royal Hartigan’s Blood Drum Spirit Ensemble, playing globally inspired music. Hartigan, a 1981 graduate of UMass, will be joined by David Bindman, sax; Art Hirahara, piano; and Wes Brown, bass.

For information about the quartet, visit

Tickets cost $10; $3 for UMass Amherst students; $5 for other students, senior citizens, and children under 18.

At the Burnett Gallery

A retrospective exhibit of work by Amherst artist and architect Wilbur Pearson will be on view through Feb. 28 at the Burnett Gallery in the Jones Library, 31 Amity St., Amherst.

Included in the exhibit will be diverse works, including drawings of the human figure, architectural renderings, and informal sketches in pencil, charcoal and prismacolor crayon. The works represent a variety of styles, but all reflect the depth of Pearson’s artistic vision and his meticulous attention to line and form. His work has been described as “graceful ... with a quality of reflection and repose” (Amherst Bulletin).

“I try to capture the spirit of the subject as well as the light and the shade,” Pearson writes in an artist’s statement.

Pearson practiced architecture for 30 years, principally in Miami. He taught architectural design and drawing at the University of Miami.

His work has been exhibited in traveling shows, and in galleries in Florida. Locally, he has had solo exhibits at the Nacul Center, Henion’s Bakery and the Wunderarts space, all in Amherst.

His architectural drawings were published in the New Classicists, Volume 2.

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