Arts Previews for Dec. 22, 2017

  • The artist Bruce Fowler has a new solo show, ‘Pat. Pend.’ Image courtesy of Bruce Fowler

  • Quilt by Susan Boss —

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
First Night Northampton, 2018

It’s almost that time: On Sunday, Dec. 31, the Northampton Arts Council and PeoplesBank will host the 33rd edition of the city’s New Year’s Eve party. According to press notes, “Since 1985, First Night Northampton has filled the Paradise City with a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts culminating in a traditional ball-raising from the roof of the Hotel Northampton.” Friends, neighbors and visitors are invited to gather at 20 downtown venues for the fun, and 100 percent of proceeds will benefit community arts. Fireworks will start at 6:15 p.m., signaling the start of the evening’s entertainment. Visit firstnightnorthampton.org for more information.

Bruce Fowler solo show: ‘Pat. Pend.’ 

Race Street Gallery, 80 Race St. in Holyoke, is hosting a solo show of new work by artist Bruce Fowler, ‘Pat. Pend.’ The show runs from Jan. 5 through Feb. 4, with a reception on Jan. 5, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. “I’ve been an artist/maker as long as I can remember,” says Fowler. “When I was young I would make my own toys and later I became a contractor, designing/building and restoring homes. My work as a maker turned toward the arts early and I began making unusable works of art out of the bits and pieces of anything I could find.” After receiving his MFA, Fowler worked in clay. Currently, he is making art from selected antiques, unusual pieces of industrial parts and electric gadgets. “The things I create are a mixture of the industrial era of steam and electricity, and the selected materials themselves have a quality that is not seen today,” he says. Visit brucefowlerart.com and racestreetgallery.com for more information. 

Contemporary Folk Art at Hosmer Gallery

Mixed Media by Susan Boss, Mark Brown and Michael Tillyer will be on display at Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library from Jan. 3 through the 30, with an artists’ reception happening on Jan. 13, 2018, 2-4 p.m. “Susan, Mark and Michael have been friends since sharing studio space on lower Pleasant Street in Northampton in the late ’70s,” according to press notes. “All of the artists own and live with each other’s work. They incorporate joie de vivre into everything that they make and use new and vintage materials to add humor and whimsy.” To learn more, visit forbeslibrary.org/gallery.

Music at Amherst Concert Series: Juilliard String Quartet 

The Music at Amherst Concert Series plays on with a performance by the Juilliard String Quartet on Jan. 26, 2018 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The program includes Haydn’s String Quartet in G minor, Op 74, No 3 (“Rider”); Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421; and Bartók’s String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102, BB 110.

Founded in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet has a new member, “internationally recognized soloist, chamber artist, teacher and local treasure, cellist Astrid Schween,” according to press notes. “Widely known as the ‘quintessential American string quartet,’ the Juilliard has been recognized for the boldness of its interpretation of the classics, with an equal and parallel tradition of championing the new — a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring.”

Tickets are required, and seating is assigned. The box office for this performance opens on Jan. 12. Ticket prices are $28 for the general public, $22 for senior citizens and $12 for students with valid ID. To reserve seats, contact concerts@amherst.edu, visit amherst.universitytickets.com or call the concert office at 542-2195.