Arts Previews for Feb. 9, 2018

  • Part of “Dusk at MacLeish.” Photo by Pamela Petro

Thursday, February 08, 2018
Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls is hosting an event for all ages in their Great Hall to make Valentine’s Day cards on Sunday, Feb. 11. Co-sponsored by Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Center Playgroup, the event — titled “Who Do You Love?” — will help children learn about protecting their favorite animal’s habitat. 

This is just one in a series of events Great Falls Discovery Center will be hosting this month. On Saturday Feb. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m, the center will host a variety of learning stations, including botanical drawing and painting and other, dinosaur-themed events. The events conclude on Feb. 24 with “Dinosaur Story Hour,” for children 4-8, with a parent or guardian, taking place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more details, visit greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org.

Landscapes on display 

There’s a new partnership between The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the UMass Five College Federal Credit Union. According to press notes: “The UMCA will curate and showcase works of art by local artists, to be displayed on a rotating basis at the Credit Union’s Hadley and UMass Campus Center branches.” A reception will be held at the UMass Five College Federal Credit Union’s Hadley branch on Friday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. The reception will feature work from two artists, both capturing landscapes through different mediums. Elizabeth Solley Caine will showcase her oil paintings, while Michael Zide will show his photography. These artists will also be hosting a talk to discuss their work with attendees. For more information, visit umass.edu/umca. 

‘Dusk at MacLeish’

On four upcoming Northampton Arts Nights Out, photographer Pamela Petro and poet Naila Moreira will present an art exhibition, “Dusk at MacLeish.” The photos and poems “reflect on the fragile moment in ecological history in which we live, suggesting liminal moments between light/dark, seen/intuited, day/night, present/future,” according to press notes. “The project juxtaposes moved-image photographs taken at dusk by Petro with poems written simultaneously by Moreira, created in a series of visits to the Smith College MacLeish Field Station in Whately.” Their first event is on Friday, Feb. 9, from 7-8 p.m. The exhibition will include seven graphic poems, which will be projected on a set of three of screens. Part of “Arts Afield,” a MacLeish Field Station program in which artists and writers chronicle their personal impressions of specific sites, “Dusk at MacLeish” will be located within a pop-up parklet on the green by the Smith College Art Museum on all four dates. For more information on the series and event dates, visit northamptonartscouncil.org.

A film festival for kids

Falling over February winter break, the Northampton Arts Council presents “KidsBestFest: a film festival for kids and their adults.” Part of the Four Sundays in February winter arts series, this event will be located at the Academy of Music Theatre, with daily showtimes at 1:30 p.m. and doors opening at 1 p.m. Featured films include “March of the Penguins,” “The LEGO Batman Movie,” “The Dark Crystal” and “The Breadwinner.” Feb. 19 will feature animated shorts followed by an interactive session with the artists. The event will be sponsored by A2Z Science and Learning Store, Northampton Community Television, Smith College and Academy of Music Theatre. Admission is free, though donations are encouraged. For the full schedule and more information, visit northamptonartscouncil.org or aomtheatre.com.