Sunday, October 7, 2012

Biennial Opens to Rave Reviews

   Today, Karen Dolmanisth's IN BALANCE performance at Noon,will be inside the Mead Art Museum. Stearns Steeple bells rung by Aaron Hayden will announce the beginning of Karen's performance. Boltwood Gallery at 49 Boltwood Place opens from noon - five today and every Saturday & Sunday in October & November.While you're in the area  check out William Brayton's sculpture in front of the Lord Jeffrey Inn on the green, and if you stop by for brunch or a drink at the Tavern you'll see Dawn Siebel's playful alterations of vintage paint-by-number paintings at the entrance to the tavern today. (and for the rest of the Biennial). Also the one of Peter Kraznekewicz's  little White House series sits at the entrance of Hampshire College. A few more little white houses will dot the landscape of Hampshire College by Columbus Day.

   Challenging weather this week effected the production of Nancy Winship Milliken's production of gestural "cobb" (bricks made of local clay, hay, sand and other organic materials) figures at Hitchock Center which will start in earnest this week with the sun. Also we are rescheduling Samuel Rowlett's performance with walking canvas, dates TBA.

Last night openings at several sites (Emily Dickinson Museum, Boltwood Gallery, Strong House Museum, Hope & Feathers Gallery & Freedom Trails Gallery) created great excitement. So many different parts of our community have come together to support the incredible talent of this fertile valley. Artscope's reporter, Gregory Morell  toured the Biennial on opening day and will be reviewing the Amherst Biennial in Artscope November edition.

If you missed the grand opening last night there will be many more host sites open for the Amherst's Artswalk on November 1st, Thursday from 5 - 8 PM.

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