Arts Previews for Nov. 24, 2017

  • Picture Book Theatre  brings  stories by Jane Yolen to life with puppets at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst.

  • The annual holiday craft fair at One Cottage Street Studios in Easthampton takes place Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 9.

  • A collage by artist Keila Ploof is part of a two-artist exhibition Dec. 2-29 at Hosmer  Gallery in Northampton’s Forbes Library.

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Picture BookTheatre Show

Looking for some fun things to do with the kids? Picture Book Theatre is bringing Jane Yolen’s stories to life with large string puppets, created by Director Therese Brady Donohue, at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. The 40-minute program, on Friday at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., will include adaptations of three of Yolen’s stories: “Nocturne,” “Old MacDonald Sing-a-long,” and “Mouse’s Birthday.” Tickets are $5 for general audiences and $4.50 for museum members.

Exhibit Featuring Work of 5-College Student Artists

The Herter Art Gallery at UMass Amherst presents “Who Am I To Feel So Free?” an exhibition of work by 13 student artists from Dec. 1-12, with an opening reception Dec. 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The artwork comes from the Five College Special Topics Studio Art Seminar, during which students were asked “to consider persona, duality, and representation through the intersection of pop culture and fine art,” according to press notes. The exhibit includes painting, sculpture, performance, video, drawing, and dance and also reflects writing exercises and research. Free.

Cottage Street Open Studios and Sales 

If you’re looking for holiday gifts, consider a visit to One Cottage Street Studios in Easthampton, which open their doors Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 9. More than 40 artists will display their works of pottery, glass, lighting, paintings, textiles, furniture and garden art in the annual event, now in its 31st year. Bookbinder and educator Daniel E. Kelm joins the show for the first time in his 30-plus years at Cottage Street. He offers decorative lit sculptures — glassware with electroluminescent wire — at his fourth-floor studio “The Wide Awake Garage.”

Two Exhibitions at Hosmer Gallery

From Dec. 2-29, Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library in Northampton presents photography by Bill Orr and collages by Keila Ploof. Orr, an avid nature lover, creates images that are “graphic, sometimes, impressionistic or even abstract,” according to exhibit notes. The self-taught Ploof learned from books of great artists like Henry Rankin Poore and Juliette Aristides. Drawn to paper, she likes “collecting and saving pieces that spoke to her since childhood.”