Arts Previews for Jan. 5, 2018

  • Robert Templeton painting Dr. King's portrait.

Friday, January 05, 2018
Song & Story Swap with guest Anne Louise White

Longtime singer-songwriter and teacher Anne Louise White will join the Song & Story Swap at the Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, at 7 p.m., Jan. 6. The opening round theme is “hope.” The Song & Story Swap is held on the first Saturday of every month this season and is jointly sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society and the Nacul Center. The Song & Story Swap is open to the public. According to press notes: “People of all ages gather to share stories and songs that are traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. You can tell, sing, or lead everyone in singing, or request a song or story. Listeners are welcome.” Admission is free, with a suggested $10 minimum donation to the artist. For more information, visit filbert.com/pvfs and tiaarchitects.com/nacul.

‘Voices for Sanctuary’: A Benefit Concert for Amherst Sanctuary Effort

The Leverett Chorus will perform a benefit concert, ‘Voices for Sanctuary’ Jan. 28, at 4 p.m., at the Jewish Community of Amherst in collaboration with the First Church Amherst’s Immigrant Sanctuary Fund. The goal: to raise much needed funds for the family of Lucio Perez, one of many immigrants targeted for deportation since Trump’s election; he was ordered to return to Guatemala in October, despite having lived in the U.S. for nearly 20 years. “A dedicated network of community members has been contributing to Mr. Perez’s care at First Church Amherst, where he is in sanctuary while he waits for immigration officials to reopen his case,” according to press notes. “This benefit is planned in response to the economic hardship facing Mr. Perez’s family as they try to make ends meet with the absence of his income. Donations raised from this concert will go to the First Church Amherst’s Immigrant Sanctuary Fund to support Lucio’s family.” The Leverett Chorus, directed by Anne Louise White (see first preview listing), performs songs from around the world. The Jewish Community of Amherst is located at 742 Main Street, Amherst. Suggested donation is $10. Visit leverettchorus.com for more details.

Artwork by Presidential Portrait Painter Robert Templeton 

Starting this February, Gateway City Arts in Holyoke will be showing an exhibit, “Bending Toward Justice: The Art of Robert Templeton and the Struggle for Civil Rights — An exhibit and a series of related events.” A prolific American artist, Templeton worked on many high-profile portrait commissions over the span of his career. Among others, he painted the portrait of former President Jimmy Carter that is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, and his work also includes the civil-rights collection “Lest we forget … Images of the Black Civil Rights Movement,” which spotlights seminal figures from the era. “The paintings … have never been shown in Massachusetts before,” according to press notes. “Gateway City Arts is currently scheduling events related to the content of the exhibit such as concerts, lectures, discussion panels, poetry readings, and more. The month of February will also feature the community-oriented annual Winter Festival.”

The exhibit will launch with a private fundraiser dinner and preview on Feb. 2, followed by a public opening the next day, with live music and events. The show runs from Feb. 1 through March 3. Free. For more information, and hours, visit gatewaycityarts.com and roberttempleton.com.