Arts Previews for Sept. 15, 2017

  • Paintings and drawings by E.E. Cummings are on view this month at Hope & Feathers Gallery in Amherst. — Image courtesy of Hope & Feathers Gallery

Saturday, September 16, 2017
​​​​​​Ashfield Fim Festival


Ashfield’s 11th annual FilmFest takes placeFriday and Saturday nightat 7 p.m. in town hall. “Complicit,” shot verite style in China, follows teenagers from remote villages who work under grueling conditions in city factories, making electronics for western companies such as Apple.

“Complicit” plays Friday night and will be followed by a panel discussion including the film’s co-director and producer Heather White and screenwriter and editor Christopher Seward.

On Saturday at 6 p.m., the Ashfield Town Band will be play outside town hall, and at 7 p.m. the traditional Ashfield short films, celebrating the town and community, will be shown.

Tickets for both nights can be purchased online for $6.00 (plus a service charge) at www.AshfieldFilmFest.org. A limited number of tickets will also be available for purchase, in person ($6.00 cash or check) at Elmer's, Ashfield Hardware, or Ashfield Nolan's Neighbors store. Tickets will also be sold at the door for each film, depending upon availability.


Eric Carle Museum celebrates Eric Carle


Amherst’s Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has just opened a new exhibit of work by its namesake artist. “The Art of Eric Carle: Night” features 33 original collages, dating from 1972 to 2015, from some of the artist’s most popular books such as “The Very Lonely Firefly,” “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse,” as well as less well-known titles like “The Honey Bee and the Robber.”

The exhibit, which runs through March 18, follows research Ellen Keiter, the Carle’s chief curator, did while examining the artist’s collection; she says she found herself repeatedly lingering over his arresting nighttime scenes. "The blues really appealed to me. I wondered if there was enough nighttime imagery to assemble a show. I thought it could be a beautiful installation," said Keiter.

Information on this and other exhibits at the Carle can be found at www.carlemuseum.org. 


The paintbrush (and pencil) of E.E. Cummings


It’s not generally well known that the poet E.E. Cummings was also a visual artist, who experimented with art as he did with words. He devoted as much time to drawing and painting as he did to poetry, and considered himself equally an artist and a poet — and he called his artwork his “twin obsession.”

Through Sept. 30, Hope and Feathers Gallery in Amherst features paintings and sketches by the famous poet and author, reflecting influences such as post-impressionism and fauvism and artists such as Cézanne and Matisse; many of the works have never been shown publicly.

On Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in conjunction with the Amherst Poetry Festival, the gallery will also feature readings of Cummings' poems, poems inspired by Cummings artworks, and poetry mad-libs. More information is available at hopeandfeathersframing.com.


Amherst Poetry Festival 

The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, along with some other locales in town, hosts a variety of this weekend to celebrate the Belle of Amherst and the spirit of poetry itself.

Events include workshops and discussions, a poetry reading at the Amherst College’s Bassett Planetarium, a marathon reading of all of Dickinson’s poems, and a number of other readings featuring different poets. For a full schedule, visit emilydickinsonmuseum.org/amherstpoetryfestival.