Arts Previews

  • Banda Criolla, led by Amherst guitarist Joe Gonzalez, center, will play a Latin Christmas show at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on Friday, Dec. 6. Submitted photo

  • Historic Northampton will offer two free demonstrations on old-time logging methods and equipment on Sunday, Nov. 24 beginning at 1 p.m. Submitted photo/courtesy Historic Northampton

  • Various artists will offer short presentations of their work, and make them available for sale at discounted rates, on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Northampton Community Arts Trust building. Submitted photo

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Latin Christmas show in Holyoke

Amherst guitarist Jose Gonzalez and his Banda Criolla will be performing a Latin Christmas show at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The show will highlight the famous “Parranda” songs from Puerto Rico as well as the very best of today’s “hot Latin dance music,” according to publicity notes.

Gonzalez is also releasing three new recordings, including his first English pop-rock CD, “Rainbow of Dreams.” Another disc is “Fantasia del Sur” by The Gonzalez-Ragazzi Project, a collaboration with 2018 Grammy winning guitarist Claudio Ragazzi, a professor of film composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The two guitarists composed and played all the music on the CD.

Gateway City Arts in located at 92 Race St. in Holyoke. For tickets and additional information, visit gatewaycityarts.com.

ArtSalon in Northampton

On Friday, Nov. 22, the second annual “Red Dot Dash” ArtSalon (it’s one word, not two) will take place at the Northampton Community Arts Trust building at 33 Hawley St. both to showcase work by a number of local artists and to make some of that work available at a discount.

The ArtSalon, held since 2009 in various Valley locales, helps introduce some of the area’s most vibrant artists, who speak to the public about their work in an engaging, fast-paced image presentation, followed by a Q&A session. Artists earn an honorarium for their time and effort.

At Friday’s event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., attendees can purchase 10” x 10” sized 2D works and 10” x 10” x 10” 3D works by established and emerging artists for $88 each. Each piece is exhibited anonymously and offered on a first-come, first-served basis; the identity of the artist is only revealed after the sale.

Tackling big trees at Historic Northampton

Historic Northampton has been forced to take down two dying sugar maples on its property, but museum officials say they’ll use that loss to offer two special demonstrations on Sunday, Nov. 24 about how large trees were cut down in the past.

From 1-2:15 p.m., Westhampton woodsmen Stephen Holt and Mark Gould will discuss the history of crosscut saws, demonstrate how to use the tools and give attendees a chance to try them. Holt and Gould have been involved in woodsmen competitions in New England for over a decade.

Holt will also use his portable Alaskan sawmill to cut the sugar maple trunks into slabs, which Historic Northampton will later use to create benches and tables.

And from 2:15-3 p.m., Northampton resident and climbing arborist Rob English will demonstrate the ropes, gear and knots he uses to safely climb trees. He’ll also have chainsaws on hand and will discuss their different uses.

Both demonstrations are free and open to all.