Arts Previews for July 28, 2017

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
Forbes art reception

Forbes Library’s Hosmer Gallery is holding an opening reception Aug. 2. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature works from three different artists.

Lisa Yeisley’s portraits and drawings will be on display. Based in Western Massachusetts, she took an extended detour into the field of graphic design and has since returned to making art full time and getting her hands dirty.

Shannon Ryan will display her underwater photographs. She is a student majoring in sustainability focusing on marine life. Also a diver, she says she hopes her photographs will make people more interested in marine life and the vulnerability of our oceans. 

Ray Radigan’s oil paintings are called “Half of America.” In addition to his work as an artist, he has worked for The National Park Service. Long cross-country drives helped inspire his paintings, which depict the American struggle between hope and despair.

The exhibits will be available for viewing in the Hosmer Gallery until Aug. 30.


Happier FAMILY Comedy Show moves to museum

The Happier FAMILY Comedy Show announced it is moving beginning Aug. 19 to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. The move will put the family-friendly comedy show in a prime location to help expand the experience for families who want to enjoy the museum before or after the show.

The show is an hour-long improv show, created right on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation. It’s an interactive show geared toward children ages five to 12.

Families can see the Happier FAMILY Comedy Show at The Eric Carle Museum the third Saturday of the month beginning Aug. 19 from 3 to 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $5 for children, $10 for adults and free for kids four and under. Museum members can get a $.50 discount on a child ticket and a $1 discount on an adult ticket.

Happier Valley Comedy president Pam Victor says, “Just like The Carle, the Happier FAMILY Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Our mission to make happy families happier tailors beautifully with all that The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art provides for the community. Plus, I’m a ginormous Eric Carle fan, so it makes me three shades of fan-girl excited to be playing surrounded by his work.” Victor adds jokingly, “Maybe we’ll inspire his next book, ‘The Very Hungry Comedian’?”


HOPS + POTS offers local food, drink and ceramics

Join Studio Potter tonight, Friday, July 28, for an evening of ceramics, local food and drink at Project Art in Cummington.

Hops + Pots, a benefit for the nonprofit organization Studio Potter, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees can enjoy live music, win one of several raffles and cozy up to a bonfire. The host of The Jones Cast, a pottery-focused podcast, will be on site and recording the event.

The party and sale is in anticipation of the Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour. The 11th annual tour features local pottery from Western Massachusetts and takes place July 29-30

Tickets are available in advance for $15 or on the day of the event for $20. For more information, visit projectart01026.com/events.


Become an animal at PaintBox Theatre’s “Doctor Dolittle”

PaintBox Theatre closes its summer season with “Doctor Dolittle,” the tale of a doctor who learns he can speak “animal.” 

Audience members can join cast members Troy David Mercier, Linda Tardif and Kelsey Flynn and participate in the show as well, playing birds, sharks, wild beasts, cats, dogs and flying fish.

The show is at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Williston Theatre in Easthampton. Tickets cost $10 and can be bought at the door or at dr-doolittle.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets for groups of 12 or more people cost $7 per ticket.


Concerts in the park

The Northampton Arts Council celebrates the city’s local music scene with the next two events in its summer concert series. Free outdoor summer concerts are a tradition dating back to the 1970s in Northampton. 

Eli Catlin, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem play tonight, Friday, July 28 on the Hampshire County courthouse lawn. Rebelle, Rhythm Inc., and I-Ganic Sound System play Friday, Aug. 4 at Pulaski Park. 

All concerts in the summer series are free and start at 5:30 p.m.