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Arts Previews

  • Multi-instrumentalist Larry LeBlanc plays at Amherst’s Song & Story Swap Jan. 5 Courtesy Pioneer Valley Folklore Society

  • Dominique Thiebaut’s photos will be on display at Amherst Town Hall January through February. Photo by Dominique Thiebaut


Friday, January 04, 2019
Multi-instrumentalist Larry LeBlanc in Amherst

Versatile musician Larry LeBlanc, who’s made his mark on guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo and button accordion, will be the featured performer at the monthly Song & Story Swap in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Nacul Center, 592 Main St.

LeBlanc, who’s also an engaging singer in contemporary and traditional folk, country and bluegrass styles, has played with numerous New England bands in the past 30-plus years including the Greasy Mountain Boys, The Kennebunk River Band, the Nevah Band, the Moxie Cove Band, and the Acoustic Flight Test. Locally he plays with Katie Clarke and the Small Change Band.

The monthly Song & Swap, jointly sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society and the Nacul Center, is open to all ages, performers and listeners. Admission is free, with a suggested minimum donation to the artist of $10. More information is available at.nacul.com and filbert.com/pvfs.

Photo exhibit of Valley landscapes and skies

Photographer Dominique Thiebaut has used his camera to capture striking images of Valley landscapes and skies, and the work will be exhibited from Thursday, January 3 through February at Amherst Town Hall.

Thiebaut’s photos, taken over the four seasons, range from the Seven Sisters peaks of the Holyoke Range, both at sunrise or encased in fog, to birds sitting on top of Northampton town hall, to a dramatic sunset over the Smith College campus.

There will be a reception for the artist at Amherst Town Hall on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. in conjunction with Amherst Arts Night Plus.

Eric Carle Museum finds a “Who’s Hoo” in its vaults

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has tapped its own extensive collection for its newest exhibit, “Illustrated Owls: A Who’s Hoo from the Museum’s Vault,” which runs through April 21, 2019.

Owls, the nocturnal birds of prey, have been a part of world cultures throughout history, from Greek mythology to Harry Potter’s Hedwig. For its newest show, the Amherst museum has looked to the work of artists and writers who have “long been drawn to owls as symbols of wisdom, envoys to the spirit world, or as harbingers of misfortune,” as press notes put it.

Among the selections are Garth Williams’s “Children’s Book Week” poster from 1955, Ezra Jack Keats’s lithograph from “Zoo Where Are You?” from 1964, Maurice Sendak’s lithograph from “A Kiss for Little Bear” (1971), and José Areugo and Ariane Dewey’s watercolor from “Owliver” (1974).

Also on view are Barry Moser’s resingrave print from “The Pennyroyal Caxton Edition of the Holy Bible” (1999), and numerous E. H. Shepard illustrations of Owl, Pooh, Tigger, and other friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. More information is available at carlemuseum.org.