Arts Previews

  • Charlie King and Candace Cassin lead a presentation May 22 at Forbes Library on the civil rights movement, using music and historic images. Submitted photo

  • An image from the May 22 presentation at Forbes Library on “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn me ‘Round.’ ” Submitted photo

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Dual show at Gallery A3

“Shifts in Form,” a dual show by multimedia artist Sue Katz and painter and printmaker Janet Walerstein Winston, is on display at Gallery A3 through Saturday, June 1. A free talk with the artists about the shifts from realistic to abstract forms in contemporary art takes place at the gallery Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Katz, whose newest work includes collages and encaustics, says she’s been inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing Vitruvian Man, which is a study of proportions using the basic forms of a square and a circle. And Winston says her newest prints take their cues from nature, which “is my muse. The colors and atmospherics of the natural world are the initial sources that inspire me.”

Galley A3 is located at 28 Amity Street in downtown Amherst.

Sojourner Truthwalking tour

On Saturday, May 18, a free guided tour of Florence’s African American Heritage Trail will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to explore the Florence of the mid-1800s, when Sojourner Truth and other abolitionists and former slaves lived in the community. The event is sponsored through the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership and led by members of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee.

The tour, about one mile long, will stop midway at the David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History for a brown bag lunch (please bring a bag lunch), where participants can talk about the ways Sojourner Truth’s life values can impact current discussions about equality and racism.

Rain date is Sunday, May 19, same time. More information is available at sojournertruthmemorial.org.

The civil rights era:history and music

On Wednesday, May 22, Forbes Library in Northampton will host “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn me ‘Round,” a history of the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans from 1955 to 1967, highlighting activists such as Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker.

Charlie King & Candace Cassin recreate these dramatic events at their free, 7 p.m. presentation using historic narrative, original music and over 230 PowerPoint images, in a “dramatic performance half a century old and as compelling as this morning’s headlines,” according to press notes.

Charlie King is a musical storyteller, labor historian and political satirist who Pete Seeger once hailed as “one of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.” Candace Cassin is a social service provider, spiritual director and teacher of Buddhist practice. They are married and live in Shelburne Falls.

For more information about the performers, visit charlieking.org.