MuseFLASHES: Arts happenings this week in the Amherst area

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Upcoming events at Amherst Books

Two meet-the-author events are coming soon to Amherst Books, 8 Main Street, Amherst.

On May 23, at 7 p.m., local author and poet Sharon Dunn will discuss her new memoir, “Under a Dark Eye: A Family Story.” Dunn uses photographs, letters, journal entries, dreams, memories and more to take us on a journey from 19th-century immigration, to the Great Depression, World War II, women in medicine, and finally her early family life on the grounds of the state mental hospital in Concord, New Hampshire — piecing together a compassionate vision of her disappointed entrepreneur father and her mother, a practicing psychiatrist.

On May 24, also at 7 p.m., Mary Dearborn talks about the first full biography of Ernest Hemingway in fifteen years, and the first one to be written by a woman: her “Ernest Hemingway: A Biography.”

Dearborn traces Hemingway through his youth, his early work in journalism, his adventures, wives and personal demons — alcohol, manic depression and brain injuries — all of which she believes eventually led to his suicide. Despite the challenges, Dearborn says, Hemingway changed the way we use language and even the way we think.

For more information, visit amherstbooks.com.

Can you ear me now?

Christian McEwen plans to exhibit her latest project, “The Listening Ear,” during Ashfield’s Saturday Farmers Markets May 27, June 10 and June 17 at the Ashfield Town Common.

“The Listening Ear” centers around a giant papier-mache ear, and will include a series of “open listening sessions” in which all are welcome to come by and share their story. No recordings will be made.

The project is supported by a small HATCH 2 grant from the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, and McEwen is currently constructing the Ear at the Art Garden in Shelburne Falls, along with local artist, Laura Iveson.

For more on this artist, christianmcewen.com.

Contemporary printmaking

The Cherry Press Trio — Randy LeSage, Kathy Murray and Corinne Rhodes — presents a showing of contemporary prints at the Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, as part of the Amherst Arts Nights Plus June 1.

The exhibit, presented by the Amherst Public Art Commission, will explore contemporary printmaking, including woodcuts, etchings, monotypes, collagraphs, traditional stone and polyester plate lithography and a new technique that was invented here in the Pioneer Valley: non-toxic, Century Plate Lithography.

The exhibit will continue through June 30.

For more information, visit cherrypress.org.