“Four Sundays in February” postponed; Grace Lin honored, and more

Arts Council postpones series from February to April

NORTHAMPTON – The Northampton Arts Council has postponed its annual ‘Four Sundays in February’ winter arts series until April due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.

“Four Sundays in February” traditionally kicks off with the Silver Chord Bowl, a regional collegiate a cappella showcase, on the first Sunday of the month. The series also includes various other indoor art performances to combat the winter doldrums, including KidsBestFest, a week-long children’s film festival during the winter school holidays. All events are postponed to April with specific dates to be announced shortly.

Tickets purchased for any of the events listed in February will be honored on the rescheduled date.

Please visit northamptonartscouncil.org for more information.

Grace Lin wins the children’s award
Literary Legacy Award

CHICAGO — Resident of Florence Grace Lin is the recipient of the 2022 Children’s Literature Legacy Award for an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a significant and lasting contribution to children’s literature.

His many works include “The Ugly Vegetables” (Charlesbridge, 1999) and “The Year of the Dog” (Little, Brown and Co., 2006).

The award was announced during the American Library Association’s LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience, held virtually January 21-24. The award is administered annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of ALA.

“With his exuberant art and storytelling, Lin creates unforgettable books that engage all children, while incorporating elements of his own life and legacy,” said Brian E. Wilson, Literature Award Committee Chair. for children.

Growing up in upstate New York, Lin began creating art and writing stories at a young age. She often writes and talks about loving books as a child, but not seeing herself represented on the pages. Since publishing her first book, “The Ugly Vegetables” in 1999, Lin has written and/or illustrated over 40 children’s books, including collaborations with other authors. Last year, she curated the online exhibition “Asians, Everyday” for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

MCLA Gallery presents the exhibition “Come Inside”

NORTH ADAMS — Artist and photographer Joshua AM Ross, as part of an artist lab residency at MCLA Gallery 51, will present his abstract exhibition at the gallery this winter and spring.

In the exhibition “Come Inside: Works by Joshua AM Ross”, the artist invites viewers into his perception of the world through intentionally disorienting large and small scale colored pencil drawings designed to immerse his audience in his perspective of the world. world, finding solace in the discomfort of life. A dozen drawings will be exhibited.

The exhibition will run from February 4 to May 20, with an in-person opening event at the Main Street gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. on February 4. Ross created works for this exhibition as part of his MCLA Artist Lab residency. , which began in the fall of 2021. To conclude his residency, Ross will deliver remarks at a reception scheduled for February 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall 218 on the MCLA campus.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Proof of vaccination and masks are required to attend.

Schools recruit Hitchcock Center educators

AMHERST — Several area elementary schools have won grants to bring educators from the Hitchcock Center for the Environment into schools to provide students with programs related to engineering and environmental science.

The grants, awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s STARS program and local Cultural Council programs, were awarded to three schools in Amherst – Crocker Farm, Fort River and Wildwood – as well as East Meadow School in Granby and at the elementary schools of Hatfield, Pelham and Shutesbury.

The MCC STARS grant is designed to support creative learning residencies and get programs like the Hitchcock Center to offer workshops to schools that last three days or more. The programs are designed to introduce new ways of thinking and shape future community leaders.

The Holyoke Cultural Council has also provided funding for educators at the Hitchcock Center to organize nature walks for families in the community. The program hopes to enhance publicly accessible lands throughout Holyoke and highlight the relationship between our lives and the outdoors.

Showcasing the work of metadata librarians

AMHERST — “Unseen Labor,” an exhibit curated by UMass Amherst Libraries, is now open to the public through May on the second floor of the Science and Engineering Library.

The exhibit, created by UMass Amherst metadata librarian Ann Kardos, presents library stories through embroidery and cross-stitch pieces. Through the theme of invisible work, the exhibition presents the “invisible” work of metadata librarians and the projects of which they are proud.

The exhibition features 35 creators from various libraries in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The project is designed to showcase the creative side of the metadata librarian community whose work is often generalized as being quite the opposite; work in a standardized domain guided by policies, guidelines and best practices.

A reception is scheduled for February 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Science and Engineering Library on the UMass Amherst campus.

A3 gallery marking the 20th anniversary

AMHERST – Amherst’s A3 Gallery, a cooperative contemporary gallery, celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition titled “Constellations” – clusters of verbal and visual constructions by artist and founding member, Sue Katz.

The anniversary and retrospective exhibition features artwork from the gallery’s early days to previously unseen creations from late 2021. The gallery features mixed-media encaustic pieces by Katz, as well as a collection she has titled “signs”; a body of work summarizing his experience with love and pointing out the injustices of the world.

Although the gallery has reduced its in-person visiting hours, it is expanding its online presence by offering an Instagram exhibit and an online gallery with virtual tour. The gallery is also hosting an online forum on February 27 at 7:30 p.m., where Katz will discuss the various themes explored throughout his work.

“Constellations” is set to open February 4-26, with a preview party and reception scheduled for February 3 from 5-7 p.m. Gallery A3 is open for in-person viewing Friday through Sunday, 3-7 p.m.

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