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ARTS PREVIEWS

  • Hatfield native and potter Amy Clark returns to Hatfield Friday through Sunday for a pottery show. Submitted photo

  • Amanda Williams, of Chicago, will inaugurate Smith College’s new artist-in-residence program in June. Submitted photo


Thursday, May 30, 2019
Pottery show in Hatfield

Amy Clark, a Hatfield native and potter who now lives and works in Maine, returns to her childhood home to host a show of her work on Friday, May 31 and Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2.

The show, at which Clark will have a wide range of her wood-fired pieces for sale, takes place Friday from 5-8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, all at 77 Depot Rd. in Hatfield. The event, open to all ages, includes art activities and refreshments and is free.

According to press notes, Clark studied ceramics at UMass Amherst, and she and her father built a pottery studio in the tobacco barn on the family’s farm. She later taught pottery at Amherst Regional High School and Deerfield Academy’s Summer Arts Camp before opening a studio and gallery in York, Maine in 2009. 

“I am proud of my Pioneer Valley roots and I’m thrilled to be able to share my latest work with the people who have helped me realize my dream,” she said in a statement.

Smith College launches new artist-in-residence program

Multidisciplinary artist Amanda Williams of Chicago will launch a new artist-in-residence program at Smith College that officials say is designed to expand the presence and scope of contemporary artists and art at the college, while also giving emerging or mid-career artists “sustained contact with students, faculty, staff and greater Northampton,” according to press notes.

Williams, a painter who also designs installations and works on paper, is the recent co-recipient of a major new commission for a Brooklyn monument commemorating Shirley Chisholm. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, Cornell University and Washington University in St. Louis, and her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Under the new program, Williams will have studio space and housing for her family from June 10 to July 7; the residency will enable Williams to take up painting for the first time in several years, according to press notes.

“Amanda stood out as the ideal artist to inaugurate this program,” Jessica Nicoll, director of the Smith College Museum of Art, said in statement. “Not only is she at a pivotal point in her career, but her practice, which is generous and collaborative, interdisciplinary and research-based, evidences a deep commitment to engaging the world around her.”

John, Paul, George & Ringo (acoustic)

The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society will host an all-acoustic Beatles night on Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Nacul Center, 592 Main St. in Amherst, for its monthly Song & Swap open mic. The event will also serve as the society’s annual fundraiser.

Performers can sign up to sing one or two songs by the Beatles or a former Beatle. Instruments should be of the acoustic variety (guitars, ukuleles, hand drums, accordions, sitars, etc.).  Electronic keyboards and direct lines are OK. Microphones for instruments and vocals will be available.

Performers can register by emailing Paul Kaplan at paulkaplanmusic@gmail.com. You can express a preference for 7-8, 8-9, or 9-10 p.m. Appearance slots and song choices will be first come, first served. More info is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/271059863799762/.

Suggested donation is $5-$10.