“Something is wrong with this picture,” Sam Abell said to his audience on May 9, during the final Photographers’ Lecture Series of the 2012-11 season.
Projected on the screen in the darkened Dodge Room was a photograph of two coffee cups on a tray and a glass of water. What was wrong? The audience strained to see.
Then the next slide appeared. Abell had turned the handle of a coffee mug, ever so slightly, to create a sliver of space between it and the shadow cast by the water.
Such small details have obsessed Abell throughout his long and illustrious career as a documentary photographer and on in-depth projects for National Geographic. As he noted in his artist’s statement, Abell “explores ways in which places can be purely recorded, with images simultaneously shaped by the photographer’s imagination.”
Members of Go Figure Sculpture Studios in Holyoke, MA, will present a group show of portraits and figurative sculptures in clay and bronze at the Grubbs Gallery in the Reed Campus Center of The Williston Northampton School from November 3 through December 30, 2011. An artists’ reception will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Participating artists are: Esthela Bergeron, Harriette Block, Elizabeth Caine, LeaAnn Cogswell, Cynthia Consentino, Viki Gable, Betty Gerich, Lee Hutt, Betsy Koscher, Christina Mastrangelo, and Lauren Mills.
The Williston Northampton School presents its annual fall play on October 20-22 and October 27-29 in the Williston Theatre. This year’s offering is Eurydice by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. except Friday, October 21, when the show begins at 8:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $5 and may be reserved at (413) 529-3434 or the box office email. Admission is free for Williston families on October 21.
Ruhl’s dream-like play, written in 2001, is a meditation on loss, love, and our hopes for true connection. This devastatingly breathtaking retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth creates a world in which worms deliver letters, stones talk, and rivers make people forget.
The 14th Writers’ Workshop Series continues with author Andre Dubus III on October 11, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the Dodge Room of the Reed Campus Center.
Andre Dubus III is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Cage Keeper and Other Stories; the novels Bluesman, House of Sand and Fog, and The Garden of Last Days; and a memoir, Townie. Published in 20 languages and made into an Academy Award-nominated motion picture, House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Booksense Book of the Year. It was also an Oprah Book Club Selection and reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for fiction, and the Pushcart Prize. He is a member of PEN American Center, has served as a panelist for The National Book Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts, and has taught at Harvard University, Tufts University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he is a full-time faculty member.
Rita Edelman, Oriole Farb Feshbach, and Carl Sesar will exhibit, “Write a Painting, Paint a Poem,” a group show at the Grubbs Gallery in the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School from November 4 to December 17, 2010. An artists’ reception will be held on November 7, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Rita Edelman, Oriole Farb Feshbach, and Carl Sesar independently explore the relationships between painting and poetry. Rita Edelman uses poetry and the calligraphic geometry of ancient symbols in developing her paintings; Oriole Farb Feshbach is inspired by poetry to capture the visual panoply on array in our natural world; and Carl Sesar paints poetry with typewriter ribbon and rubber stamps.