Arts Previews for Oct. 6, 2017

  • “Like, Lunar” by Madge Evers.

  • “J&J Farm Cows,” Hadley, 2016, oil on canvas by Lori Lynn Hoffer.

Thursday, October 05, 2017
Iroko Nuevo’s “Cuban Night”

Iroko Nuevo Performance Group, a 13-member Afro-Cuban folkoric music and dance group, is hosting “Cuban Night” at Leverett Crafts and Arts on Sept. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music, dance performance, song, education about Afro-Cuban traditions and a community dance.

A $10 donation is suggested. For more information, visit barnesgallery.org. 

Mushroom art workshop

Hilltown Land Trust will be hosting a Mushroom Spore Printing Workshop on Oct. 7 at the Bullitt Reservation in Ashfield, teaching the techniques of creating mushroom spore prints. “Spore printing is the technique of taking the millions of tiny spores that fall from mushroom caps and using them to create a print,” according to press notes. “This technique is also helpful in identifying mushrooms, as different mushroom species can have different colored spores.”

The workshop begins at 9 a.m. with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Ticket costs $10. For pre-registration, email Katie Carr at hltoutreach@thetrustees.org.

Peter Lehndorff joins Song & Story Swap

Singer and songwriter Peter Lehndorff will bring his folk and jazz music to the Song & Story Swap, which happens on the first Saturday of each month. Lehndorff, who has shared stages with Bill Morrissey, Robert Earl Keen, Arlo Guthrie and Tom Paxton, writes songs “about everyday life — some funny, some serious, but all poignant and thought-provoking,” according to press notes. 

Lehndorff will perform on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Nacul Center in Amherst. More information can be found at lehndorff.com/music. 

Comics and graphic novels

Forbes Library’s Calvin Coolidge Museum is hosting a book event on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. featuring three distinguished comic book creators: Holly Black, the award-winning bestselling author of fantasy novels, including “The Spiderwick Chronicles” (with Tony DiTerlizzi); Denis Kitchen (the founder and publisher of the pioneering graphic-novel publisher Kitchen Sink Press); and N.C. Christopher Couch, an author of many books and articles on Latin American art, graphic novels and comic art, who teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Guests will participate in a discussion about the future of comics and graphic novels in the digital age.

More information is available at forbeslibrary.org.  


Lori Lynn Hoffer’s oil-painting exhibition

The Leverett Crafts and Arts Center is presenting the work of Lori Lynn Hoffer in their new exhibition. Hoffer’s oil paintings focus on the landscapes and botanicals in the Pioneer Valley and has a style “reminiscent of stained glass with a highly saturated jewel-like color palette and striking design,” according to press notes. The show starts on Oct. 7. A reception will be held on Oct. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. 

To learn more about Hoffer’s work, visit waterlilydesign.com/florafauna.