Arts Previews

  • CLICK Workspace in Northampton opens a new exhibit this week of work by painter Chris Pouler. Image from CLICK Workspace website

  • Valley rockers Colorway will play a free, farewell concert in Florence next Thursday. Image courtesy Colorway.

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Art and humanitarian aid in Northampton

CLICK Workspace in Northampton opens a new exhibit, “WE ARE,” on Friday, July 12 by painter Christopher Pouler both to celebrate Northampton Arts Night Out and to help people whose lives have been disrupted by climate change, poverty and war.

Pouler, of Lakeville, Connecticut, works in oil paints, pencil and oil pastels, exploring the human condition and how people try to find connection in an increasingly complex world. According to press notes, his latest work looks at the contrast between people caught in regions of turmoil and those fortunate to live in areas of relative peace.

Half of the show’s proceeds will be donated to Movement on the Ground (movementonthe ground.com), a nonprofit foundation that aids people displaced by crisis.

“WE ARE” will be on view at CLICK Workspace, 9½ Market Street, starting at 6 p.m. Friday and will run through Oct. 5.

Last show by Colorway

Colorway, the Valley rock/pop trio fronted by guitarist and singer F. Alex Johnson, will play its last show — at least for the foreseeable future — on Thursday, July 18 on the Florence Civic Center lawn beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In a statement, Johnson, Colorway’s principal songwriter, said his wife, Jodi, will begin teaching English in Kyoto, Japan, where the couple will move at the end of July for a year or more. Johnson said he hopes to continue “creating and performing music while overseas,” given he’s toured Japan three times, both as the guitarist for the Young@Heart Chorus and as a solo performer. “[T]his move is a bit of a dream come true,” he said.

Colorway, which released its most recent album, “These Are the Days,” last year, includes bassist Matt Clegg and drummer Riley Godleski; the band has shared stages with Foreigner, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, The Yardbirds and several other well-known acts.

Next Thursday’s show is free and will move indoors to the Florence VFW in the event of rain. 

Van Gogh for the21st century

One of the late 19th century’s most famous artists is getting a new treatment at the Springfield Museums. In “Van Gogh for All,” which opens Saturday, July 20 at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, curators have created an interactive and “experientially-rich exhibition [that] uses modern technology and participatory learning to introduce audiences of all ages to Van Gogh’s genius, his personal struggles, and his creative process,” according to press notes.

Visitors can actually make themselves part of some of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings such as “Bedroom at Arles.” There are also opportunities to create art, with stations for drawing a still life or a portrait, and interactive options allow visitors to manipulate Van Gogh’s work in new ways, including through a 12-foot-wide, electronic version of “Starry Night.”

An accompanying exhibit at the D’​​​​​​Amour Museum, “Van Gogh and Japanese Prints,” also opens July 20 and will examine how Van Gogh’s art was influenced by Japanese woodblock prints, from their vibrant colors to their innovative compositions. The exhibit will compare reproductions of selected Van Gogh paintings with Japanese prints from the D’Amour’s own collection.

“Van Gogh was captivated by Europe’s popular fascination with Japanese culture,” Maggie North, acting curator of art at Springfield Museums, said in a statement.

More information on the two exhibits, which run through Oct. 14, is available at springfieldmuseums.org.

“The Skin of Our Teeth” at Berkshire Theatre Group

Three-time Pulitzer Prize-Winner Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” opens Thursday, July 11 at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage (83 East Main Street) at Berkshire Theatre in Stockbridge and runs through August 3.

Winner of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize, the play has long been considered a thought-provoking explosion of time and space, featuring the Antrobus family of contemporary and prehistoric New Jersey as they narrowly escape one disaster after another — including dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, and world war.

Directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-Winner David Auburn (“Proof,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”), the production features a number of award winning actors, including Harriet Harris, Danny Johnson, Lauren Baez and Lynnette Freeman.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield; at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage Ticket Office at 83 East Main Street, Stockbridge; or by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org.