Plenty of offerings at Full Disclosure art festival this weekend in Amherst

  • Fine House is the title for the activity by dancer Lori Holmes Clark, who will be under theatrical lights near the Merry Maple as she embodies various Magritte paintings, at the Full Disclosure Festival: Radical Interconnectedness arts festival this Friday and Saturday in Amherst. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Thursday, October 19, 2017

AMHERST — A dancer who will embody the paintings of Rene Magritte, natural sculptures made from willows and tree limbs, and a clothesline with messages held in place with clothespins are among elements of an arts event that begins Friday night.

Musical, visual and expressive offerings focused on the interconnections between people and interactions with the Earth are coming to downtown Amherst as part of the Full Disclosure Festival: Radical Interconnectedness.

Produced by Eggtooth Productions and sponsored by the Amherst Business Improvement District, the event will fill both public common space and several Amherst center buildings both Friday and Saturday.

“There will be a whole panoply of art offerings, all out of the box, all experiential, all based on the theme of interconnectedness,” said Linda McInerney, artistic director for Eggtooth.

More than 40 regional artists, many well-known beyond the Valley, have been commissioned to perform original dance, theater, folk opera, music and spoken word pieces.

In addition, the event will feature conversations with thought leaders who have explored ways people are connected. They will be stationed in nooks and crannies of local businesses spread among the venues.

Previous Full Disclosure events have been held in downtown Greenfield, but with limited opportunities to continue there, McInerney said she was approached by Ann Tweedy, marketing and communication director for the Amherst BID, about whether Amherst could serve as a replacement. McInerney said Amherst has many interesting spaces, all near the Town Common, in which to play.

The events are staggered so people can enjoy several on each night. For example, John Sheldon’s orchestra will be at Grace Church, performing music and storytelling with images that explore the relationship to the sacred element which makes life possible. This will be followed by “The Water Project Folk Opera,” a reflection on the construction of the Quabbin and the loss of four towns by Emma Ayres.

At the Pacific Lodge on Main Street, Katherine Adler will lead a movement-based examination of “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman, also featuring the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus.

At the Knights of Columbus’ Quigley Hall, LUNGS, a love story about a couple who decide to have a child, will be directed by Ellen Kaplan.

Art that will be visible to the public includes “Touching Myself” in the tunnel between Main Street and Boltwood Walk, where Ayshia Stephenson and Samantha Wood present a scene in a bar that features music, sound, movement and poetry.

Fine House is the title for the activity by dancer Lori Holmes Clark, who will be under theatrical lights near the Merry Maple as she embodies various Magritte paintings, and Joe Dulude II, who will be painting himself as masterworks of art.

A primordial woven natural sanctuary will be built by Melinda McCrevan on the North Common, and “Out to Dry” is the name of the clothesline that will circle the common and feature people writing messages on scraps of fabric, then hanging those messages.

Those participating in the conversations with spectators during the evenings will include State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, University of Massachusetts professors Alice Nash and Mari Castañeda, diversity educator Terry Jenoure, astrophysicist Salman Hameed, WRSI radio host Monte Belmonte and sculptor David Teeple.

Tickets for the event, which get people in the door to all venues both evenings, are $20.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com