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Arts Previews

  • “Untitled,” by Susan Knight, is one of a variety of works by 18 artists in a new exhibit, “Materialized,” at Hampden Gallery at UMass Amherst. Submitted photo

  • Pianist Jiayan Sun of Smith College will be the featured performer for a series of concerts of the music of Franz Shubert, beginning Sept. 12 at the college. Derek Fowles Photography/submitted image


Thursday, September 05, 2019
Hampden Gallery opens new season

Art is back in swing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and at Hampden Gallery, two new shows will be celebrated with an opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.

“Materialized” features the work of 18 artists who, according to press notes, “handle matter, color and form ... constructing a personal language that melds material, dimension and process with resonating forms that rupture our notion of space and how an artwork must function.”

The exhibit includes a variety of sculpture, installations, mixed media and hybrid work, such as that by Jayoung Yoon, whouses hair from her shaved head as her primary building substance.

Also opening Sept. 8 is “Slicey Dicey” by Suzan Shutan, who creates two- and three-dimensional installations from a variety of materials; the artist says her work is inspired in part by childhood memories of looking through windows at “millions of tiny particles of dust floating and shimmering through a streaming light.”

More information about the exhibits, which run through Oct. 6, can be found at Fineartscenter.com/Hampden.

Storyteller Dave Bates in Amherst

Amherst’s Song & Story Swap returns to The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. with storyteller David Bates, a Hampshire College alum, as the special guest performer.

Bates, of Shelburne Falls, has been telling stories for over 38 years in schools, libraries and community settings around the country, according to publicity notes. His recording “Family Stories” won a Parents Choice Magazine Gold Award as well as a starred review by the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine.

The Song & Story Swap, sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Foklore Society and the Nacul Center monthly from September through June, is open to all ages, and to performers and listeners alike. Admission is free, with a suggested minimum donation to the featured artist of $7.50.

More information is available at filbert.com/pvfs/

Franz Schubert concert series

The Smith College Department of Music has scheduled a series of eight concerts of the music of Franz Schubert, featuring pianist Jiayan Sun, that begins Thursday, Sept. 12. The concerts, which will take place on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, are free and open to the public.

The series is called “Schubertiade,” which refers to gatherings of Schubert’s devoted circle of friends where the composer shared his music, since it was rarely performed in public venues during his life.

Sun is the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano and lecturer in music at Smith College, now in his third year of residency. In press notes, he says that at Schubert’s “Schubertiade” gatherings, “People were bonded through Schubert’s music: they wandered with his curious heart, they laughed together, they shared each other’s tears.”

Sun will be joined at some of his performances by a number of other Smith and Five College musicians (and some Smith College piano students), including violinist Joel Pitchon, cellist Marie-Volcy Pelletier, tenor William Hite and pianist Judith Gordon.