Arts Previews

  • “Picnic Bench,” drawing by Bob Pelletier, part of a new exhibit at Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library in Northampton. Image courtesy Forbes Library

  • “Sachuest Snowy Owl,” watercolor by Steve Hamlin. Submitted image

  • Jazz/classical pianist Aaron Diehl comes to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Feb. 8. Submitted photo

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Forbes Library to open new art exhibition

Hosmer Gallery in Forbes Library in Northampton will open an exhibit devoted to the work of two photographers and a sketch artist on Saturday, Feb. 2, with an artists’ reception on Feb. 6 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Tad Malek, after photographing mostly in color, has a new series of environmental portraits almost entirely in black and white; they’re inspired in part “by the work of photographers such as Alfred Sieglitz, Fan Ho, and Vivian Maier,” according to press notes.

Bob Pelletier says his pencil drawings have been inspired by his photos of Cape Cod. And photographer Sara Karz Reid says her pictures represent scenes “that could have been very different had the shutter been released earlier or later,” according to press notes.

Huntington artist selected for regional showcase

Huntington painter Steve Hamlin will be among 99 artists participating in the 2019 New England Watercolor Society Signature Members Show, held Feb. 6 through March 3. at the Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St. in Boston. Internationally acclaimed artist Jean Haines will be this year’s exhibition judge.

According to press notes, the exhibition brings together “some of New England’s finest watercolor artists” in “one of the oldest and most prestigious watercolor societies in the United States.”

The show is free and open to the public. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. An artist reception and awards ceremony takes place Saturday, Feb. 9, from 2-4 p.m. More information, including on gallery talks and painting demonstrations, is available at newenglandwatercolorsociety.org/galleries/2019SMS.html.

Acclaimed jazz pianist comes to Amherst

Aaron Diehl,a classically trained pianist and composer, performs at Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. Diehl’s “Paradoxes in Performance” is an exploration of how classical and jazz traditions intersect and influence each other and includes works by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Jelly Roll Morton, George Gershwin, Fats Waller and more.

A graduate of Juilliard, Diehl has made “an indelible mark on the jazz world over the last 15 years,” according to press notes, performing in the U.S. and abroad and collaborating with jazz greats Wynton Marsalis and Benny Golson, as well as classical titan Philip Glass. He has served as musical director and arranger for two-time Grammy winner Cécile McLorin Salvant.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call the UMass Fine Arts Box Office at 545-2511, toll-free at 800-999-UMAS, or purchase online at fineartscenter.com/Diehl.