Arts Previews

  • Americana duo Zoe & Cloyd perform at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hadley on Friday, July 5. Submitted photo

  • “Tree Feet,” a pastel painting by Susanne Personette, is one of 100 paintings now on exhibit at Forbes Library by artists with the Amherst Plein Air Society. Submitted image

Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Country and folk music with Northern andSouthern accents

Zoe & Cloyd, an Americana duo — and husband and wife team — that has won praise for its songwriting, musicianship and harmonies, will perform Friday, July 5 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hadley at 7 p.m.

The duo, which plays a mix of folk, country, old-time and bluegrass, is made up of fiddle player and singer Natalya Weinstein, who grew up in Leverett, and John Cloyd Miller, who plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and also sings. They live in Asheville, North Carolina but often make a trip to the Valley in summer.

With two previous albums to their credit, Zoe & Cloyd are preparing to release a new studio album in the fall; one critic calls the duo “a musical collaboration that demands to be heard.”

Tickets for the July 5 show, at which Zoe & Cloyd will be joined by bassist Nate Sabat, are a $15 suggested donation. The Wesley United Methodist Church is located at 98 North Maple St. in Hadley. More about Zoe & Cloyd can be found at zoeandcloyd.com.

Amherst Plein AirSociety exhibit

Forbes Library in Northampton has opened a new exhibit, “Engaging Nature,” featuring over 100 paintings by nearly 30 artists from the Amherst Plein Air Society (APAS). The work reflects the artists’ direct encounters with the natural world, as the painters are either done outdoors or started in the field and completed in the studio.

In the exhibit, which runs through June 30 at the library’s Hosmer Gallery, participating artists will exhibit a diverse group of paintings that were originally inspired by their sketches, studies, fantasies, and photographs of nature, according to press notes.

An artists’ reception will take place Saturday, July 13 from 2-4 p.m. In addition, APAS members will host a “Plein Air” painting demo on Friday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to noon on the library lawn.

Old-time musicin Huntington

The Berkshire Mountain Boys bring their mix of bluegrass, gospel, folk and country music to Huntington’s Historic North Hall on Sunday, July 14. “We sing the old songs,” says founding member Phil Pothier.

The group began with Pothier on autoharp and vocals and Charlie Mihlek on guitar and vocals; the two have have been performing together for over 50 years locally and across the country, according to press notes. The group expanded to a quartet by adding Dan Damkauskas on banjo and Don Lownds on mandolin.

Admission is $10 at the door; students and youth attend for free. A meet-the-artists reception with refreshments will take place during intermission. North Hall is located at 40 Searle Road (off Route 66) in Huntington and is wheelchair-accessible and air-conditioned. More information: northhallhuntington.org or (413) 667-5543.