April 26 – May 5, 2019

Thursday, April 25 **

 Summer Shadows, Margaret Jean Taylor

Summer Shadows, Margaret Jean Taylor

Art Forum/Artists in Community: Fourth Thursday
Special Kick-Off Event

7:30 pm

Gallery A3
28 Amity Street 1D
Amherst, MA

Nancy Meagher and Margaret Jean Taylor, the exhibiting artists, will talk about their work and invite questions and comments from the audience. Free and Open to the Public. 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

FREE
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. Poets, performers and storytellers include Olivia Holcomb, Elliot Hartmann-Russell and more.  Light refreshments and music provided.

Saturday, April 27

Daffodil Chalk Walk

10 – 4 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 sidewalks. Pick up a map of chalk art throughout town by talented local artists.
Celebrate Spring!

Connecting through Writing

2-4 pm
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!

**This is the first time we are inviting people into our own space for the workshop.** 1 card, postage, and a couple extras to keep your practice going are included as well as a discount to shop the rest of our stationery collection! Please do RSVP so we know how many participation kits to make.

The Art of Rain Poetry 

April 27 – May 5
Locations throughout Amherst Center
Emily Dickinson Museum

Watch poetry come to life on the pavement in downtown Amherst when it rains! To participate in this temporary public art project, poets can submit an original short poem to be considered for inclusion. Five contemporary poems will be selected from the submissions, and will be stenciled on the pavement in public spaces in downtown Amherst Massachusetts using a temporary, non-toxic paint that reveals itself when the pavement is wet. Poets will be credited with their work in an accompanying project webpage and via social media.Social media followers of the project will cast their vote to select the sixth poem out of several options written by Emily Dickinson, and then follow along with the project as it goes live for ArtsWeek using #ArtofRainPoetry! This program is produced by the Emily Dickinson Museum in collaboration with Massachusetts ArtWeek and Mass Poetry.

Sunday April 28

Artist’s Studio Supply & Surplus Sale

Sunday, April 28 (rain cancels event. no rain date.) RAIN HAS CANCELLED EVENT
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.

“Soap, Water, and Wool”

1-3 pm
Amherst History Museum
67 Amity Street,
Amherst, MA

RAIN HAS CANCELLED EVENT

Charge: $1
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
(413) 542-8161

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
AmherstWorks
11 Amity Street
413-461-0655

Event:  #artcontinues Wine & Painting With a Gallery Tour
-audience participation’s
-interactive demonstration
-special talk
-private tour
This #artcontinues BYOB Wine & Painting event will include some art history as well as individual technique instruction.  No prior painting experience is necessary.  The featured painting is Georgia O’Keeffe’s Petunias.  $30 per person includes all instruction, materials, equipment (and snacks)!

Thursday, May 2

 William Steig, Preliminary illustration for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1969).Gift of Jeanne Steig. © William Steig.

William Steig, Preliminary illustration for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1969).Gift of Jeanne Steig. © William Steig.

Behind-the-Scenes Collection Tour

10:30am – 11:30am
Eric Carle Museum

125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Free with Museum admission

The Carle’s collection includes more than 7,000 objects, with a very small percentage on display in the galleries. Join us for a special program that not only includes a guided tour of The Carle’s current exhibitions, but a behind-the-scenes look in Collection Archives.

This special tour is free with Museum admission, but reservations are required and limited to 20 people. Call 413-559-6336 to reserve a spot.

The Art of Evaluation 

5:30-8:00 pm
Amherst History Museum
67 Amity Street, Amherst MA
413-256-0678

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
413-345-2945

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. 

Live Mural Painting at Bistro 63

5-8 pm
Bistro 63
63 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA

FREE
A live mural painting session by local artists Ian Macpherson and Alula Shields. Experience the creation of art in real time, including continuing work on our famous cat, and enjoy food and music. The murals will be on the south side of Bistro 63 on N Pleasant St.

Ladies Drawing Night at Of Note Stationers 

7 pm – 10 pm
220 N. Pleasant St. #10, Amherst, MA
FREE
Ladies Drawing Night Western Mass is a monthly event inviting local creative women to come out and make art together. Hosted by small businesses, restaurants, and artists in the Pioneer Valley, LDN provides a friendly, casual and creative atmosphere fostering new connections, ideation, great conversation, and great art making. All this is done in benefit of local non-profits working to keep arts and culture alive and well in Western Massachusetts. Join us for a night of casual art making and conversation – bring your own art making materials! RSVP: http://thehomegrownstudio.com/ladies-drawing-night-western-mass

The Amherst High School Jazz Combo at Gallery A3

5-8 pm
Gallery A3

28 Amity Street 1D,
Amherst, MA
413 256 4250

Thursday Night Market at The Strong House
Amherst History Museum

5-8 pm
Opening Night Market

Crafters and vendors on the lawn of the Amherst History Museum/Strong House.

Saturday, May 4

Architecture Tour of Amherst 

9 – 10:30 am
Meet at steps of Amherst Town Hall
4 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA

A tour of the modern and historic architecture in the center of Amherst with architect and town councilor Stephen Schreiber.
Walking tour. Rain date May 5th, same time. RSVP suggested but not required to: publicart@amherstma.gov

Santo Taco Frida Kahlo Surprise!


10 am – 1:30 pm
Amherst Farmers Market
Spring Street
Amherst 

Santo Taco will be at the Amherst Farmer’s Market  from 10am-1:30pm offering various options for authentic Mexican breakfast street food style with a special plate inspired by Frida Kahlo.

Jones Library Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You

3-5 pm
The Jones Library
43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413-259-3090

This year on May the 4th, the library will celebrate Han Solo and the crew of the Millenium Falcon. Using this iconic spaceship as our inspiration, we will design and decorate collaborative spaceships using recycled materials. Participants will also have the chance to make their very own mini ship to take home. The day will also feature a Galactic Slime Bar, a sensory play area, and a special photo booth – be sure to dress up! Following our afternoon program, we will host a free screening of a Star Wars movie.

Activities will be from 3:00-5:00 directly followed by the movie screening.

 Wassily Kandinsky, Capricious Forms, July 1937. Oil on canvas, 35 x 45 ¾ inches (88.9 x 116.3 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection (45.977). © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY.

Wassily Kandinsky, Capricious Forms, July 1937. Oil on canvas, 35 x 45 ¾ inches (88.9 x 116.3 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection (45.977). © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY.

N+1 Community Day: May the Fourth Be With You

1-3 pm

Mead Art Museum
Amherst College
41 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA

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.

Sunday, May 5th

“First Poets — Then the Sun –“:
A Writer’s Workshop

4 – 6 pm
Emily Dickinson Museum
280 Main Street, Amherst MA
(413) 542-8161

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.