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Warm weather months are a time for en plein air, outdoor, painting and drawing. Families and adults can draw artistic inspiration by the natural and architectural landscape, as well as the local art in view in various galleries.

“The Great Meadow: Natural and Cultural Histories of Northampton’s Meadows” at Historic Northampton features the work of three local artists as they represent their unique artistic perspective on the Meadows and its many facets. Through the weaving of art, history and artistic vision, this exhibit offers three varying and fascinating interpretations of the culture in our local landscape.

In celebration of Black History Month, Norman Rockwell Museum has partnered with Google to share artworks and artifacts from its permanent collection, that illustrate Norman Rockwell’s dedication to civil rights.

Lead by a visit to the Springfield Museums’ new exhibit, “Leaving Our Mark: In Celebration of the Pencil,” families can explore not only the role of pencils and paper in art-making, but their ties to the history of western Massachusetts! A local historic mining site and a papermaking museum add depth to the arts-based learning that the museums’ exhibit inspires.

What is “spirit of place?” Can you identify it in your backyard? How about in historic landscapes? UMass Amherst Libraries is hosting the traveling exhibition, “A Genius For Place,” this spring, featuring photographs of North American landscape designs from the “Country Place Era.” Take in the exhibit, learn about the history of the estates featured, and ask yourself questions about the spirit of these places, your place, and how it may influence landscape architecture to amplify natural elements.

This fall, Amherst Cinema offers a rare opportunity to intimately explore the art of Johannes Vermeer, one of the great Dutch masters and painter of the beloved work, “The Girl With a Pearl Earring.” Three screenings of the film, “Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure,” will be of interest to students of music, art, and European history, and art lovers in general…

Ansel Adams: Masterworks on View Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA February 9th – June 2nd, 2013 The Berkshire Museum welcomes their newest exhibit this week!  Beginning February 9th, “Ansel Adams: Masterworks,” will be down in the museum’s galleries.  The show contains 48 pieces of Adams’ most striking nature photography, on loan from the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, CA.  Titled, “The Museum Set,” the works feature scenes from across the country… Read More

Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America Art & Cultural Studies at the Stockbridge Library Friday, January 25th The Stockbridge Library is offering the community a unique opportunity to learn about a topic not often discussed – the artwork of prison inmates.  Art teacher Phyllis Kornfeld, author of Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America, will share a slideshow presentation of artwork created by inmates.  This presentation will be paired with a discussion of… Read More

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art My 4yo daughter and I have watched this video a couple dozen times. She is fascinated by it. I love it. The first time she saw it she asked, “Mommy, are they angels?” The video is truly other-worldly.  Cello music by Bach plays while portraits of women painted over the past 500 years by many great painters are morphed from one into the other:

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