Arts Previews for Sept. 1, 2017

  • Nathan, 2011 ©Keliy Anderson-Staley

  • Robert Brooks Calvin 20 x 24 Oil on canvas. Courtesy R. Michelson Galleries

Thursday, August 31, 2017
“Photographic Portraits: Private Meets Public”​

Partly in response to photographer Sara Lyons’ exhibition, “Reframing Northampton,” Sandra Matthews, Associate Professor Emerita at Hampshire College, will look at the relationship between photographic portraits (see “Nathan, 2011”) and social history at 2 p.m., September 9, at Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., in Northampton. In addition to discussing images from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, and from North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, she will share her own experiences of photographing individuals and generational groups over time. For more information, call 413-584-6011 or visit historicnorthampton.org.

Fifth annual Amherst Poetry Festival

Poets, unite! The fifth annual Amherst Poetry Festival will take place from September 14 to 17, with several events free and open to the public. Among the highlights: the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, a reading of all 1,789 of Dickinson’s poems, starting at 6 a.m. and ending around 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 16. Details about this event and others are at emilydickinsonmuseum.org/amherstpoetryfestival. 

Valley Realism

In conjunction with Arts Night Out in Northampton, R. Michelson Galleries presents “Valley Realism,” an exhibit running from September 1 through October 31, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 8 at the gallery, 132 Main St., Northampton. According to gallery notes, “Contemporary realism in the Pioneer Valley was nurtured in the 1970s in the wake of the New York School, during a time of abstraction and deconstruction. As a group, the Valley Realists developed a national reputation, although their individual goals often varied.” Learn more at rmichelson.com/valley-realism-september-october-2017/. 

Landscapes Exhibition at William Baczek Fine Arts

Nine artists from the U.S. and Canada have been invited to be in the Landscape Exhibition at William Baczek Fine Arts, which “gathers artists who push the boundaries of what can be described as a landscape,” according to press notes. “Working in various materials, these artists have been selected to help redefine what the typical notion of a landscape can or should be. Does a landscape need a horizon line? Can a city be a landscape? Can a book be a landscape? A ceramic vessel?” William Baczek Fine Arts is at 36 Main St. in Northampton. The exhibiton will run from September 6 to October 7, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 9. For more information call 413-587-9880 or visit wbfinearts.com.