Arts Previews: Hosmer photography, NEA grant for The Common, Lui Collins at Song & Story Swap

  • Photography by Kay Canavino will be on display at Hosmer Galley in Forbes Library beginning Feb. 7 Submitted photo

  • Photography by Jesse Merrick will be on display at Hosmer Galley in Forbes Library beginning Feb. 7 Submitted photo

  • Veteran folksinger Lui Collins will be the featured artist at the next Song & Story Swap in Amherst, on Saturday, Feb. 1. Photo by Steve Lipofsky

Friday, January 31, 2020
Photography at Hosmer Gallery

The work of photographers Kay Canavino, Jesse Merrick and Veronika Patty will be on display at Hosmer Gallery in Northampton’s Forbes Library beginning Feb. 7 and running through March 5.

Canavino, formerly living in the Berkshires and now in Northampton, offers color photos from her project on the writers Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne and how the landscape shaped their writing. Merrick, by contrast, photographs street scenes and historic buildings in black and white.

The work of Veronika Patty, meantime, is part of Project Redemption, a traveling photo exhibit featuring people in recovery. Last summer, Patty, of Ashburnham, came to Northampton to take pictures of people affiliated with the Northampton Recovery Center. Her exhibit is sponsored by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, Hampshire HOPE and the Northampton Recovery Center, with funding from Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

There will be an artists’ reception Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. for Canavino and Merrick and another on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. for Patty and speakers who are part of her exhibit.

Amherst literary journal receivesnational grant

The Common, the literary journal based at Amherst College, has received a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts — its fourth grant from the NEA in as many years — to help the journal publish diverse writers, expand its readership and extend its international reach.

“We are thrilled to receive our largest-ever NEA grant as The Common heads into its 10th anniversary year,” founder and editor-in-chief Jennifer Acker said in a statement.

In past years, The Common has published portfolios featuring writers from Puerto Rico to Syria. This spring the journal will feature Arabic stories from Sudan. In the fall, The Common, in partnership with a literary program in Portugal, will publish a portfolio from the “Lusosphere”: Portugal and its colonial and linguistic diaspora.

Lui Collins at Song & Story Swap

Veteran folk singer-songwriter Lui Collins, who has been performing, writing and recording music for over 40 years, will be the featured artist at the next Song & Story Swap in Amherst, on Saturday,Feb. 1, at The Nacul Center, 592 Main St.

According to publicity notes, Collins, who the Boston Herald has called a “folksinger for our times,” earned international acclaim earlier in her career as an artist on the Philo and then Green Linnet labels and shared stages with performers such as Pete Seeger, Bonnie Raitt, Stan Rogers, Dar Williams and John Gorka.

In more recent years, Collins has worked with guitarist, Grammy-nominated producer and longtime collaborator Anand Nayak on a number of projects, including her album “Closer.” She also contributes harmonies and ukulele, banjo and piano to the band 3 Ravens, which includes fiddler Donna Hébert and guitarist Max Cohen.

Saturday’s show begins at 7 p.m. and is open to performers and audience members alike. Admission is free, with a suggested minimum donation to the featured artist of $7.50. More information is available at filbert.com/pvfs.

— Steve Pfarrer