‘Four Sundays in February’ postponed; Grace Lin honored, and more

Arts Council postpones February Series 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 arts performances to combat the doldrums of winter, including KidsBestFest, a weeklong children’s film festival during school winter vacation. All events are being rescheduled to the month of April with specific dates to be announced shortly.

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

Please visit northamptonartscouncil.org for more information.

Grace Lin wins Children’s
Literature Legacy Award

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

Her numerous 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 Jan. 21-24. The award is administered annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the ALA.

“With her exuberant art and storytelling, Lin creates unforgettable books that engage all children, while incorporating elements of her own life and heritage,” said Children’s Literature Legacy Award Committee Chair Brian E. Wilson.

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

MCLA Gallery to presents ‘Come Inside’ exhibit

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

In the show, “Come Inside: Works by Joshua AM Ross,” the artist welcomes viewers into his perception of the world through intentionally disorienting full- and small-scale colored pencil drawings designed to immerse his audience into his world perspective, finding comfort in the discomfort of life. A dozen of the drawings will be on display.

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

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

Schools land Hitchcock Center educators

AMHERST — Several elementary schools across the region have landed 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 STARS Program and the Local Cultural Council programs, went to three schools in Amherst — Crocker Farm, Fort River and Wildwood — along with East Meadow School in Granby and elementary schools in Hatfield, Pelham and Shutesbury.

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

The Holyoke Cultural Council also provided funds to Hitchcock center educators to lead nature walks for families in the community. The program hopes to highlight publicly accessible land throughout Holyoke and showcase the relationship between our lives and the outdoors.

Showcasing work of metadata librarians

AMHERST — “Unseen Labor,” an exhibit hosted by the 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 stories of libraries through embroidery and cross-stitch pieces. Through the theme of unseen labor, the exhibit showcases the “unseen” work of metadata librarians and the projects they are proud of.

The exhibit features 35 creators from a variety of libraries across the U.S, Canada and the United Kingdom. The project is designed to showcase the creative side of the metadata-librarian community who’s work is often generalized as quite the opposite; working in a standardized field guided by policies, guidelines and best practices.

A reception is scheduled to be held Feb. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Science and Engineering Library on the UMass Amherst Campus.

Gallery A3 marking 20th anniversary

AMHERST — Gallery A3 of Amherst, a cooperative contemporary gallery, celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibit called “Constellations” — clusters of verbal and visual constructs by artist and founding member, Sue Katz.

The anniversary and retrospective exhibit features art from the gallery’s earliest days to never-before-seen creations from late 2021. Showcased within the gallery are Katz mixed-media encaustic pieces, along with a collection she’s titled “signs”; a body of work encapsulating her experience with love, and signaling to the world’s injustices.

Although the gallery has reduced its in-person viewing hours, they are expanding their presence online offering an Instagram exhibit and an online gallery with virtual touring. The gallery is also hosting an online forum on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m., where Katz will discuss the diverse themes carried throughout her work.

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


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