Juliet Seaver: Buddha Nature

March 25, 2016 - May 1, 2016 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Salmon Falls Galley
1 Ashfield St
Shelburne Falls

From March 4th-May 1st, 2016

Several years ago I was ill with a mild but exhausting version of  Lyme Disease. It was mid-August and very disheartening to be in bed on beautiful warm, sunny days. I was also experiencing other difficulties in my life and I found myself meditating and praying for healing.

One afternoon I came out of a deep sleep with very clear instructions: “Get the silkscreen you once made of Buddha.  Print copies of it and paint each one differently. You can show how our Buddha nature is beneath all the stories, emotions and circumstances.”

I followed these instructions precisely. I set up a painting studio in the basement and began painting and painting and painting for one year. I painted the many renditions of the Buddha from a print I had made from a replica from a 5,000 year old Tibetan woodblock which I had traced thirty-five years ago and turned into a silkscreen.


Peggy Grose: The Hawley Bog and Recent Works

March 25, 2016 - May 1, 2016 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Salmon Falls Gallery
1 Ashfield St
Shelburne Falls

March 4 through May 1
Reception: Sunday, April 17, 4-6pm, in our downstairs gallery
Music: Ellerle Ballard, voice, guitar

Ashfield painter Peggy Grose started visiting the Hawley Bog a few years ago and completely immersed herself in its unusual ecosystem: carnivorous plants, lush tropical-looking vegetation, woodpeckers, dragonflies and red-winged blackbirds sharing one bog in West County. Visual patterns of light and shadow with the startling colors of the animals living there. In some cases her vision demanded a really large format, a few of these painting are 4×5 feet in size. Grose uses combinations of watercolor, casein paint on silk and collage to create the works. Peggy says she can’t let herself go back this season. She simply can’t let herself be seduced by the bog this year, other things need her time. That is the pull of these paintings, they seduce you with texture and color. Think about what milk paint (casein) on silk might look like, might feel like, the creaminess of it. Now come and see her exhibit.

Grose was born in New York City and grew up in Dennis, Mass. She attended the Cambridge School of Weston, Cape Cod Community College and the Vesper George School of Art in Boston. She has been living in Ashfield, MA for the last 14 years and painting for the last 45 years.

Sunday, April 17, 4-6pm, join the artist for nibbles with music by Ellerle Ballard of the band “New Mom” who describe their music as folk/grunge. The reception will be in our new downstairs gallery in the lobby of The Blue Rock Restaurant. The restaurant will open its doors at 4pm for drinks. For directions and more information go to


Arena Civic Theatre Presents: SPRING AWAKENING, A Rock Musical

April 22, 2016 - May 1, 2016 - 8:00 pm - 5:00 pm at The Ruth B Smith Auditorium at the Orange Town Hall
6 Prospect Street

Arena Civic Theatre Presents
Spring Awakening
Book by Steven Sater, Lyrics by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind

4/22, 23, 29 & 30 at 8:00 PM
4/24 & 5/1 at 2:00 PM

The Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at the Orange Town Hall
6 Prospect Street
Orange, MA 01364

Tickets $16 General Admission, $13 Seniors/Students and are available at the door or by calling to reserve at (413) 233-3368 or online at
Opening night all tickets are $8

Spring Awakening, the rock musical that took Broadway by storm, plays in the Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at the Orange Town Hall April 22 – May 1, 2016. Book by Steven Sater and Music by Duncan Sheik. Based on the play by Frank Wedekind.

A group of pubescent students navigate the anxieties of coming-of-age in a provincial world as their budding sexuality takes us from youthful lust to tragic consequences. The ground breaking play fuses morality, sexuality, and rock and roll, and caused critics to exclaim that it awakened Broadway like no other musical. It won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and was hailed by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle as the Best Musical of the Year. The ACT production is directed by Megan Healey, with musical direction by Ted Trobaugh and choreography by Sue Dresser. The cast includes: Chloe Castro-Santos as Wendla, Emme Grace Geryk as Martha, Hannah Trobaugh as Thea, Cassandra Clark as Anna, Laura Langman as Ilse, Bobby Hawes as Melchior, Tyler Conroy as Moritz, Nicholas Cummings as Hanschen, Collins Hilton as Ernst, Sean Sanford as Georg, AJ Krawczyk as Otto, Alana Martineau as Adult Women, and Joshua Aaron Mason as Adult Men.

Talkback sessions featuring members of the cast and production crew, as well as community members in the fields of mental health and education, will take place after both matinee performances, April 24th and May 1st.

Due to mature themes and language, this show is not recommended for young children.

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail

April 30, 2016 - May 1, 2016 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Throughout the region
Pottery Studios
Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield, Shelburne Falls

A self guided driving tour of nine studios featuring 22 potters from the valley and beyond. Demonstrations, music, and lots and lots of pottery. 
For info and to download maps:

This event is free and open to the public.

Dance For Every Child

May 1, 2016 - 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at Academy of Music Theater
Main Street


The PVPA Dance Department & The Dance Education Laboratory Presents Dance for Every Child

Sunday, May 1st at 2pm
The Academy of Music, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA
All Tickets: $6

Reservations: Call 413.584.9032 x105 or email:

Handicap accessible.

Join us for a special kid-friendly Sunday matinee performance of select dance works by PVPA’s highly accomplished student dance companies: Catalyst, WOFA (West African Dance and Drum) and Funkadelic (Hip Hop Dance) in partnership with PVPA’s Dance Education Laboratory outreach program and the PVPA film department. Children of all ages will enjoy this interactive and high energy performance of different genres and styles of dance.

Directed by PVPA Dance Dept. Leader, Ann Biddle, Dance for Every Child features many diverse styles of dance from Hip Hop and West African Dance to Improvisation, Jazz and Contemporary. This interactive one-hour matinee show includes opportunities for audience members to come up on stage and dance with the PVPA dancers!

The Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at PVPA

This is the 4th year that the PVPA Dance Department has been in partnership with the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) dance teacher training program based in NYC at the Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd ST Y. Founded by Jody Arnhold and Ann Biddle, DEL emphasizes a creative approach to teaching dance and choreography to students by making connections to literature, social studies and science. Thanks to a generous grant from Jody Arnhold, the PVPA Dance Education Laboratory was created to train middle and high school dancers to become dance mentors for elementary aged students in local public schools. PVPA DEL was designed to help middle and high students broaden their understanding of dance and dance education while acting as a mentors and role models for younger students. This unique combination of community service, mentoring, collaborative teaching and learning has proven to be highly successful with both the PVPA students and their younger mentees. PVPA DEL students also have opportunities to travel to NYC to attend dance performances and participate in choreography workshops led by established New York City choreographers. PVPA DEL dance residencies have been conducted at the following local schools: Leeds Elementary School, Hilltown Charter School, Moiser Elementary School, Wildwood School, Gorse Children’s Center, Belcher Elementary School, Crocker Farms, and Plains Elementary school

Dan Bern

May 1, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Iron Horse Music Hall
20 Center Street

featuring Bob Hillman

Student Composition Recital

May 3, 2016 - 7:00 pm at Earle Recital Hall
144 Green Street, Smith College

New works by Smith composition students, performed by the Wet Ink Ensemble.

Wednesday Night Open Mic

May 4, 2016 - May 5, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Berkshire Pizzeria
72 Main St

Berkshire Pizzeria is hosting another Open Mic! Every Wednesday from now until next November artists are invited to join us got a fun filled night of Original Music, Poetry, Stand Up and various Circus Performances. Show starts at 7pm and goes until 9pm, unless the place is really hopping, then we go until question mark!!


Northampton High School Student Art Exhibition

May 5, 2016 - May 6, 2016 - All Day at Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library
20 West Street

Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton

Reception: Friday May 13, 5-7 PM (Arts Night Out)

Students in Foundations of Art, Ceramics 1 & 2, Drawing & Painting 1, Graphic Design, and Honors Art 1-4 at Northampton High School will exhibit work in a variety of media. The selection is curated by teachers Lisa Leary and Sheryl Jaffe.

Fruit Bats, Horse Feathers

May 5, 2016 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Iron Horse Music Hall
20 Center Street

Eric D. Johnson’s Fruit Bats from Chicago and Justin Ringle’s Horse Feathers from Portland, Oregon in the indie-folk co-bill of your dreams.

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