Visual Art in Western MA: June Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Visual Art in Western MA:
June Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Explore Western MA through the lens of visual art! Featured here are June art openings, closings & call for art at galleries, museums and public meeting places across the region, including: Jones Library in Amherst, Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley, Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, Kidspace at MASS MoCA in North Adams, and other locations across the region.

3D Cardboard Sculptures
Jones Library
June 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016

Multi-Arts, a non-profit arts educational program of the Pioneer Valley, proudly presents an art exhibition made by the Multi-Arts children under the guidance of professional artist, illustrator, and teacher Titus Neijens. The goal of Multi-Arts is to cultivate a vibrant and stimulating environment that nurtures children’s self-esteem and confidence. 3D Cardboard Sculptures allows these young artists to showcase their artwork within the local community. It reflects both their acquired skills as well as their personal interests and inspiration. The showcase also gives parents an opportunity to cultivate their own children’s interest in the imaginative world of visual art The exhibit will be on view from June 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016 at the Jones Library. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Kathy Greenwood: A Stitch in Time
Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum
June 1, 2016 through July 31, 2016

Kathy Greenwood: A Stitch in Time at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum is an exhibition of collage and textiles works that cross familiar materials and patterns with contemporary sensibilities. The objects and images that populate this work allude to stories, relationships and observations of daily living. The ephemera of home – heirlooms, implements and cast-offs – can invoke personal memories as well as conjecture about the lives of others. In her collage series, Greenwood imposes patterns upon familiar surfaces whose associations infuse their subjects. For example, what first appear to be quilt blocks, on closer inspection are actually salvaged family relics – check stubs that span three decades, or vintage recipe cards stitched together with paint and staples. Traditional braided rag rugs were made out of discarded clothing and household textiles. The artist draws on this practice in the works seen here, composed of her own family’s garments – the ones too worn out or ugly to give away. Like people or memories, these shreds are twined and stitched together to form vivid patterns that transcend the sorry state of the raw material. These unique pieces merge old and new to create one-of-a-kind art that reflects both creativity and nostalgia. The exhibit will be on view from June 1, 2016 through July 31, 2016 at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. 413-584-4699. 130 River Drive (Rte. 47), Hadley, MA. (<$)

BerkshireNow: Daniel Brody
Berkshire Museum
June 3, 2016 through August 21, 2016

The BerkshireNow gallery space will feature the work of award-winning filmmaker and artist Daniel Brody. The centerpiece of BerkshireNow: Daniel Brody at the Berkshire Museum is a 9-minute looping video entitled “Game On/Game Over,” which features a playful but thought-provoking mashup of animation and live action. Viewers will witness a video that is both comical and foreboding, as a hooded figure walks in the winter woods, and a room floats over snowy fields and sinks into black waters. The meaning of these clips is left to the spectator’s interpretation. The video will be complemented by a collection of recent abstract drawings and paintings that share a similar playful and nervous energy. This exhibit highlights video animation as a distinct form of art, while engaging viewers through the evocation of both thought and emotion. The exhibit will be on view from June 3, 2016 through August 21, 2016 at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443.7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

Amor Fati: Paintings and Drawings by Christopher Willingham
Wistariahurst Museum
June 4, 2016 through July 20, 2016

Artist Christopher Willingham is an adjunct professor of visual arts at Holyoke Community College. Amor Fati: Paintings and Drawings by Christopher Willingham at the Wistariahurst Museum will feature Willingham’s work, charged with mark and color, that evoke themes from classical mythology. These powerful images reveal emergent forms and compositions in a language of exploratory abstraction. Grounded in vivid materiality, they record and search not for specific objects but for an emotional exactitude – a specificity of feeling in light, landscape, weather, and organic form. Naming this creative engagement amor fati, “love of fate,” the artist offers his work as a Stoic meditation on life as an eternal, transformative process and on the aesthetic as life itself. Viewers will have the opportunity to not only appreciate the visual aspects of this exhibit, but also the more complex elements that elicit them. The exhibit will be on view from June 4, 2016 through July 30, 2016 at the Wistariahurst Museum. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

Here Comes the Sun
Kidspace at MASS MoCA
Exhibition begins June 18, 2016

This exciting and colorful exhibit will feature Columbian-born, Miami-based artist Federico Uribe’s magical sculptural menagerie of animals. Viewer will witness how the artist utilizes repurposed, everyday materials to create his animal sculptures. Colorful shotgun casings and golden varying caliber bullets are brought together to form a lion, while leather sneakers are arranged into a leaping puma, and an army helmet becomes a turtle’s shell. The Here Comes the Sun display at MASS MoCa fills 2000 square feet of space with majestic animals that invoke a burst of joy from the moment visitors enter the gallery. The Director of Education and Kidspace Curator, Laura Thompson, noted, “I waslooking for an artist working with bullets, who could transform them in such a way that reconfigures negative, violent associations and, instead, provides entry points into engaging with challenging topics. A goal of the exhibition is to move beyond the pessimistic, fatalistic, divisive tone of current discourse toward more productive and peaceful communities.” The exhibit be on display beginning June 18, 2016 in the Kidspace at MASS MoCA. 413-662-2111. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite
Berkshire Museum
June 30, 2016 through October 30, 2016

Robert Hite is an accomplished painter, sculptor, and photographer whose work often includes components of all three disciplines. Hite creates small-scale structures, dwellings, and living spaces, many of which then become central to his photographs once they are sites in the landscape. He finds inspiration in the ever-present influence of nature and the narrative tradition of his Southern upbringing. As part of a special collaboration with Hancock Shaker Village, this exhibition is part of a shared exhibit set to explore the indoor and outdoor settings of the two venues. Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite at the Berkshire Museum will feature Hite’s large photographs featuring his hand-built structures and dwellings, placed outdoors into the landscape and photographed in such a way as to confound the viewers sense of scale.

Many of the images incorporate water or mist, creating a sense of mystery with a softening of lines and angles. Hite’s cottages and cabins, many on stilts, have a lopsided, somewhat ramshackle air to them, as if nature is slowly reclaiming the buildings. Co-curator Maria Mingalone says viewers “may feel as though you are witness to a long-forgotten narrative, or a throw back into the traditional rural American South. The work lives within the realm of evocative pictorial storytelling.” This intriguing display combines various artistic mediums while evoking a sense of wonder and curiosity.

Viewers may also be interested in seeing part one of Robert Hite’s display, which runs consecutively at the Hancock Shaker Village. You can get more information about this collaborative exhibit by clicking here. The museum exhibit will be on display June 30, 2016 through October 30, 2016 at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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Closing this Month

Synergy: Paintings by Alicia Hunsicker ‘93
The Science & Engineering Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Closes June 2, 2016

The Great Meadow: Natural and Cultural Histories of Northampton’s Meadows
Historic Northampton
Closes June 5, 2016

Seen Yr Show: Senior Studio Art Exhibition
Williams College Museum of Art
Closes June 5, 2016

Magician of the Modern: The Art of Leonard Weisgard
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Closes June 5, 2016

Mac Connor: A New York Life
Norman Rockwell Museum
Closes June 19, 2016

Liminal Artifacts: Recent Paintings by Joe Goodwin
Berkshire Museum
Closes June 19, 2016

Tom Friedman: Untitled (Foundation)
Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Closes June 26, 2016

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Submission Deadline: Saturday, June 4.
CALL FOR ART/TEEN ART EXHIBIT: Participants of ARTeens (an after school program at The Art Garden) are curating an art exhibit for area teens. The optional theme is BrainStorm, but teens can submit anything they wish. At least one piece by every teen will be included in the show. Since work doesn’t always hang on walls, performances are also welcome during the opening reception on June 11. ARTeens provides an opportunity for teens to cultivate an art practice in The Art Garden’s supportive, intergenerational studio. With an emphasis on personal responsibility and self-direction, teens explore and critique the world around them, develop their own voices, and share their ideas. ARTeens offers a sense of community while nurturing uniqueness and engagement in a diverse and non-judgmental group. Submission information can be found online by clicking here. You can also call The Art Garden at 413-625-2782. 14 Depot Street, Shelburne Falls, MA. (FREE)

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