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Art Previews: Cyberpunk drawings, Rio Grande photography, public school art, saxophonist David Stambler

  • “An A.I. Interpretation of American History — Afoot in the Forest,” pen, ink, and marker, 2019 by Christina Gusek Photo courtesy of Hope & Feathers

  • An image featured in “Charting a Course.”  Photo courtesy of UMass Amherst

  • Saxophonist David Stambler will perform at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. AFRODITA ELLERMAN PHOTO

  • Untitled weaving by Allison Fohyl, which will be part of an upcoming exhibit at Westfield State University showcasing artwork by students at Springfield Public Schools.  SUBMITTED PHOTO


Thursday, January 23, 2020
Future Forward

Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery in Amherst presents “Future Forward,” futuristic and psychedelic cyberpunk drawings by Holyoke artist Christina Gusek on display starting Wednesday, Jan. 22, through Feb. 29.

According to a press release from the gallery, Gusek’s work draws its inspiration from recent advancements in science and technology, where she imagines a future where these developments impact nature and humanity. Drawing on elements of the fantastic, her work poses the question — what effects will future technologies have on humans and our planet?

“The future is uncertain but her hope is that major global issues we face today — such as climate change, terminal illness, life expectancy and war — will ultimately be remediated or fully resolved via emerging technologies so succeeding generations will prosper in a new and better world,” the gallery writes.

An opening reception for the exhibit takes place Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5-8 p.m. during Amherst Arts Night Plus. Hope & Feathers, 319 Main St., Amherst. Mon-Fri 10-6, Thur 10-8, Sat 10-4. 413-835-0197.

Charting a Course

The Design Building Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present new work by Allison Cekala starting Wednesday, Jan. 22, through Feb. 21. The exhibit, “Charting a Course,” is an installation of photography and video that maps the current state of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo River.

“Over the last 100 years, the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo has drastically changed due to human activity. Poor management, climate change, border walls and increasing populations in the southwest are among the myriad of obstacles that threaten the river and its adjacent landscapes. Sections of the river run dry for portions of the year, but the flow of water continues as it has for millions of years. Charting a Course contemplates the river as a wholistic, infinitely complex, and rapidly changing system, beginning from its headwaters in southern Colorado to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico. The future of the river is unknown, but the work acts a document of the present. This work examines how the river is challenged by the human infrastructure imposed upon it and the ways in which its inherent natural cycles persist,” the gallery wrote in a press release.

Cekala is an artist and educator in the Art, Film and Visual Studies Department at Harvard University and Montserrat College of Art in Beverly. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place Jan. 30 from 5-7 p.m at UMass Amherst, John W Olver Design Building #180, 551 North Pleasant Street, Amherst.

Springfield public school art at Westfield State

Art created by Springfield Public School students will be on exhibit at Westfield State University from January 29 to February 8 at the Ely Campus Center’s Arno Maris Art Gallery. A panel discussion will be held Wednesday, January 29, at the Black Box Theater at 3:45 p.m., followed by a reception in Maris Art Gallery at 4:45 p.m.

The panel will consist of Springfield Public School faculty members, Westfield State University Art Department faculty members and students.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.westfield.ma.edu/marisgallery.

Saxophonist David Stambler at UMass

Winner of the 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching by Penn State’s College of Arts & Architecture, saxophonist David Stambler, will perform at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. Performing in Bezanson Recital Hall, the performance will be free to the public.

Stambler is a professor of music at Penn State University and is equally at home in both classical and jazz styles. He has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the JVC Jazz Festival.

The January 30 program will include Stambler’s own “Phaedrus Waking,” his arrangement of Saint-Saëns’s “Oboe Sonata,” and the second movement, “Serene,” from James Grant’s “Concerto for Alto Saxophone,” plus a selection of jazz tunes. Joining Stambler will be UMass faculty members Jeffrey W. Holmes and Nadine Shank on piano, Tom Giampietro on drums, plus guest bassist Dave Picchi.

Bezanson Recital Hall is located in the UMass Fine Arts Center, 151 President’s Dr., Amherst.