Thursday, April 25 **
Art Forum/Artists in Community: Fourth Thursday
Special Kick-Off Event
28 Amity Street 1D
The artists exhibiting will talk about their work and invite questions and comments from the audience. Free and Open to the Public
wind trees water
Margaret Jean Taylor
form shadows light
The Forum, Artists In Community, is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council,
a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Friday, April 26
Found in Amherst
7 – 9 pm
Laughing Dog Bicycles
63 South Pleasant Street
An evening of shared stories, poetry, images, objects, ideas and more about things Found in Amherst. All are invited to attend and participate. On display will be artifacts, artwork, zines, journals, furniture, ephemera found in Amherst Center. Listen to a reading from Checked Out OK – culled from the police log of the Amherst Bulletin, by author Corwin Ericson. More poets, performers and storytellers TBA. Light refreshments and music provided.
Saturday, April 27
10 – 5 pm
Sustainability Festival on the Amherst Common
A free event! Pick up chalk from the Amherst Downtown/BID tent at the Sustainability Festival on the Commons.
Contribute your own chalk masterpiece on the sidewalks around the Common. Pick up a map of chalk art throughout town.
Connecting through Writing
Of Note Stationers
220 N Pleasant St #10, Amherst MA
Slow down and re-connect with Of Note Stationers — this afternoon is all about engaging with presence.
During this afternoon session, Of Note Stationers will guide you through a mindful letter writing practice. We will share a meditation, enjoy some tea, and get writing. 3 cards, postage for each, and a couple extras to keep your practice going are included in the ticket price as well as a discount to shop the rest of their stationery collection!
Sunday April 28
“Soap, Water, and Wool”
Amherst History Museum
67 Amity Street, Amherst Center
Soap and a washcloth, all in one! A bar of soap is wrapped in wool fleece, wet, and agitated to created a felted soap with a colorful, slightly abrasive surface. Then you can use it as you would any soap, except that it will last longer and be fun to admire! Learn how to make one, and then take it home.
About the Artist: Flo Rosenstock is a fiber artist who enjoys the magic of watching fleece turn into felt and enjoys sharing this process with children and adults
Tuesday, April 30
“First Poets — Then the Sun –“:
A Writer’s Workshop
5 – 7 pm
Emily Dickinson Museum
280 Main Street, Amherst MA
Emily Dickinson—when she counted at all—counted poets first. In this intimate poetry workshop held during private hours at the Emily Dickinson Museum, be inspired by the space and place that informed Dickinson’s own revolutionary poetic voice. Adult writers of any level and degree of experience are welcome to participate in this workshop facilitated by poet and writing coach Burleigh Muten. A private tour and prompts based on Dickinson’s life and work will guide the workshop. Participants will spend time writing poetry in the historic rooms of the Dickinson Homestead, including the poet’s bedroom. Snacks will be provided.
- The participation fee is $40 per person.
- Workshop is offered twice, participants choose one date
- Advance reservation is required and space is limited
- To register please e-mail EDMPrograms@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org and indicate your workshop date preference.
This program is offered as part of ArtWeek, presented by the Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center.
Wednesday, May 1
Teri Magner Art Continues
6:30 – 9;00 pm
11 Amity Street
Thursday, May 2
The Art of Evaluation
Amherst History Museum
67 Amity Street, Amherst MA
Lynne Bassett, Costume & Textile Historian
Want to learn more about your treasures? Lynne Bassett will date and identify the materials in your family heirloom clothing, quilts, and other textile artifacts. Photographs and portrait paintings will also be dated. No monetary values will be provided. Don’t have an item? Please join us as part of the audience and learn about other people’s cherished possessions. $10.00 per item, you can sign up in advance on our website beginning April 26.
Want to learn more about your treasures? Lynne Bassett will date and identify the materials in your family heirloom clothing, quilts, and other textile artifacts. Photographs and portrait paintings will also be dated. No monetary values will be provided. Don’t have an item? Please join us as part of the audience and learn about other people’s cherished possessions.
$10.00 per item, you can sign up in advance on our website beginning April 26.
Phool Patti/Pakistan Truck Art
5-8 pm Arts Night Plus Special
Outside Visitors Information Center
35 South Pleasant Street
Displaying vibrant colors along with playful and romantic poetry similar to those found on vehicles across Pakistan, the “Amherst BID Trolley” not only transports people between the UMass Amherst campus and downtown Amherst and appears at local festivals, but also serves as a rolling cultural bridge between the U.S. and Pakistan. In June of 2018, the trolley, a re-designed bus operated by the Amherst Business Improvement District, was re-imagined as a rolling display of Pakistani “truck art”. Phool Patti (pool pah-tee), a group of artists from Karachi, Pakistan, spent over a week painting the trolley with bright and playful colors as well as iconic images of both Pakistan and Amherst. The resulting fusion is a unique display found nowhere else in the Pioneer Valley. Amherst was just one stop on Phool Patti’s continuing world travels to spread the peaceful image of Pakistan through their art. In 2018 alone, they publicly displayed their work at the World Expo in Kazakhstan as well as Germany, Bulgaria and from coast to coast in the U.S. The Phool Patti artists were invited to Amherst in 2018 by the international exchange program of UMass Donahue Institute. Local fans of the trolley will be on-hand to answer questions and to explain the imagery and many Urdu expressions on the trolley. Pakistani music will be playing, and, to add an additional flavor of Pakistan, a free “writing station” will be set up near the trolley where Urdu writers will translate exhibit visitors’ names into the beautiful written calligraphic Urdu script. Details to follow on a live music event.
Artist’s Studio Supply & Surplus Sale
Sunday, April 28 (rain cancels event. no rain date.)
11am – 3pm
Amherst History Museum
67 Amity St
The public is invited to attend this outdoor artist’s studio supply and surplus sale. Local artists have been invited to clear out their studios and will be selling, trading, or swapping supplies and materials that they no longer use or need. Some items offered for free! Potential items may include canvases, fiber, fabric, paints, frames, easels, beads, and tools. Artists may also sell seconds or discontinued art. Engage with the artists and talk with them about their creative process.
Saturday, May 4
N+1 Community Day: May the Fourth Be With You
Mead Art Museum
41 Quadrangle Drive
Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein is a groundbreaking exhibition that explores how modern art was influenced by advances in science, from Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to newly powerful microscopic and telescopic lenses. A first-of-its-kind touring exhibition, Dimensionism is organized by the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College and will be on view from March 28, 2019–June 28, 2019. The exhibition features approximately 70 artworks and is accompanied by an illustrated exhibition catalogue published by MIT Press. The exhibition is inspired by the 1936 “Dimensionist Manifesto,” which declared that artists should respond to the scientific advances happening around them. Under the leadership of Hungarian poet Charles Sirató, an international group of artists endorsed the Manifesto, which exhorted artists to use their art to explore the new physical realities and philosophical queries of their day. The Manifesto’s collection of signatures represents some of today’s best-known modern artists, including Hans Arp, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay, Wassily Kandinsky, László Moholy-Nagy, Francis Picabia, and Sophie Taeuber-Arp. All are invited to the Mead for an afternoon of art and experimentation. We’ll explore questions about the universe as we delve into Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein with guided tours, N+1 experimentation stations, and film screenings that make us feel a little bit closer to galaxies that seem far, far away.