Arts Previews

  • Valley artist Kim Carlino, seen here in New York City, will paint an “asphalt mural” on Cracker Barrel Alley in Northampton. Photo by Marissa Lazar   

  • Valley artist Kim Carlino will paint an “asphalt mural” on Cracker Barrel Alley in Northampton April 29 to May 2. Danielle Tait Photography

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Passing the poetic baton

Outgoing Northampton poet laureate Amy Dryansky will introduce the city’s new laureate, Karen Skolfield, at a special reading on Saturday, April 27 on the grounds of the Florence Civic building. The 4:30 p.m. event, at which both poets will read from their work, will be followed by a conversation and Q & A with the audience.

The reading is part of the Florence Poetry Carnival, an all-volunteer event from 2-6 p.m. at the civic center on Saturday that is presented in conjunction with Massachusetts ArtWeek. Other writers, artists and performers will lead interactive writing projects such as poet-themed, custom mad libs. Participants include Forbes Library and the Emily Dickinson Museum. A $5 donation is suggested.

Asparagus ValleyPottery Trail marks15th annual tour

On Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 24 potters in nine studios in Hampshire and Franklin counties will open their studios to visitors for the 15th annual self-guided tour of ceramic work by potters from Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York state.

The studios are located in Florence, Northampton, Hadley, Pelham, Shelburne Falls, Greenfield and Northfield, and an online map with directions, phone numbers and other information is available at asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com.

Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and the work of guest artists, as well as that of Valley potters, can be viewed at several of the studios; music, fresh food and demonstrations of pottery work will also be available at some of the stops. 

According to press notes, many of the artists are represented in museums and private collections around the country, and Francine T. Ozereko of Pelham counts among her collectors U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

A special paint job for Cracker Barrel Alley

Valley artist Kim Carlino will be adding a new touch to Cracker Barrel Alley in downtown Northampton, which has been transformed into a pedestrian byway in the past year, by creating what she calls “an asphalt mural that can be walked over, jumped on or danced across.”

Weather permitting, Carlino will paint “Oasis Northampton” between Monday, April 29 and Thursday, May 2, adding a “geometric, abstract design that gives the suggestion of green space while celebrating playfulness, creativity and a sense of improvisation.”

Her work has been funded with a $1,500 grant from the Northampton Arts Council, in keeping with the city’s plan to close Cracker Barrel Alley to cars and make it a pedestrian passageway. Carlino, meantime, painted an asphalt mural last fall in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn for the New York City Department of Transportation. 


Edith Wharton lecture series

The Applewood Retirement Community in Amherst will host a lecture series on Edith Wharton beginning Tuesday, April 30 at 11 a.m. in the community room. Anne Schuyler,  who manages visitor services at  The Mount, Wharton’s home in Lenox, will present “Edith Wharton: A Genius for Gardens.”

Other lectures in the series will take place at Applewood May 14 and 29.