Arts Previews

  • “The Selfish Giant,” a children’s play about a giant who builds a wall around his garden to keep children out, comes to the Northampton Center for the Arts on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. Photo by Angela Cardenas

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Herter Gallery reopens with special exhibit

Herter Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will honor one of the school’s own when it opens a new exhibit by the late George Wardlaw, who taught at the university from 1968 to 1990 and served as chair of the art department for a good part of that time.

“Disruptions & Continuities: Recent Work by George Wardlaw,” which opens Wednesday, Sept. 25, features some of the last work by Wardlaw, a painter and sculptor who died this past July in Amherst at age 92. According to press notes, in these last paintings, he “merges imagery from his previous work with Picasso’s paintings of women to confront the latter on his depictions and treatment of women.”

Because of Wardlaw’s failing health, this body of work was created on an iPad, and then painted on canvas by his studio assistant, Kelsi Giguere, a practicing artist and a recent graduate from the UMass art department.

For more information on the exhibit, which will run through Oct. 25, you can contact Procheta Olson, the interim director of Herter Galley, at hertergallery@umass.edu.

Building walls

A play with some links to current news comes to the Northampton Center for the Arts on Sunday, Sept. 15, in a production that’s aimed at young children and their families.

“The Selfish Giant,” by PinProductions of New York City, is a tale about a giant who builds a wall around his garden to keep out the town’s children — but in doing so, he plunges his garden into an endless winter.

According to press notes, the show’s creators, Jose Ignacio Vivero (of Ecuador) and Susannah Dalton “instill a sense of urgency in the story by placing the storytellers themselves at a border wall. Traveling, depression-era hucksters, they transform their wares to tell a much-needed story to the audience they find waiting to cross.”

The original story was actually written by Oscar Wilde, and the play’s producers say that “any resemblance to actual events is purely coincidental.”

“The Selfish Giant” runs from 3 to 4 p.m.; tickets are $8 for children and $12 for adults.

Free dance classes in Turners Falls

Great Falls Creative Movementin Turners Fallshosts its annual fall open house this Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering free creative dance classes for children ages 3 to 12.

The schedule begins with a creative dance for 5- and 6-year-olds from 10-11 a.m., followed by a class for 3- and 4-year-olds from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Grandparents, babies, older siblings, friends, caregivers, stuffed animals, and parents are all welcome to come dance with the children.

From 1-3 p.m., children ages 6 to 12 are invited to try out a creative dance class that will also serve as an audition for the center’s children’s dance company, “Awesome Art in Motion.”

Creative Movement offers its classes in The Movement Studio, located on the 2nd floor of The Brick House Community Resource Center, 24 Third St. in downtown Turners Falls. More information on the center’s events can be found at greatfallscreativemovement.com.

Dance party in Florence

The Elks Club at 17 Spring Street in Florence will present a dance party and concert on Friday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. The Noiseful Joys, presented by Joyful Pictures Sound & Press and Aquarian Expositions, will headline the event. $25 for couples, $20 for singles; veterans attend for free. Local beer and wine will be available.