Join us during Amherst Arts Night Plus on June 6, 2019 for our monthly Open Mic. Poets, writers, and performers of any kind are welcome! Come early to view the pop-up, contemporary art exhibition in the Homestead by our featured artist, Kandy Vermeer Phillips. The open mic begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by this month's featured reader. Those who would like to share their work should arrive between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. to sign up.
This month's Featured Poet: Naila Moreira is most often inspired by the natural world. After earning her doctorate in geology at University of Michigan, she worked as a journalist, Seattle Aquarium docent, and environmental consultant. She now teaches at Smith College and has served as writer in residence at the Shoals Marine Laboratory in Maine and Forbes Library in Northampton, MA. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction are published or forthcoming in Terrain.org, The Boston Globe, Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Cape Rock, Connecticut River Review, Rosarium Press Trouble the Waters anthology, and other venues, and her second poetry chapbook, Water Street (Finishing Line Press, 2017) won the New England Poetry Club Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize. She writes a monthly environment column for the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
This month's Featured Speaker: Join Master Gardener and garden historian Marta McDowell for an informal talk on Emily Dickinson’s wildflowers. Following the relationship between the pen and the trowel led MartaMcDowell to Emily Dickinson for Emily Dickinson’s Gardens (2005), which will be reprinted in full color by Timber Press in 2019. Marta also scripted the Emily Dickinson Museum’s landscape audio tour, and was an advisor for the New York Botanical Garden’s 2010 show, “Emily Dickinson’s Gardens: The Poetry of Flowers.” Her other works include The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder (2017), All the Presidents Gardens (2016) and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life (2013).
This month’s Featured Artist: Kandy Vermeer Phillips’s “Poetry in Silver: The Language of Flowers in the Works of Emily Dickinson.” This ongoing series of silverpoint drawings compares specimens found in Dickinson’s herbarium to those housed in the U.S. National Herbarium. “Poetry in Silver” highlights several of these cherished woodland flowers that inspired Dickinson’s poetry along with her use of the popular Language of Flowers.
Celebrate the beauty of spring during Garden Days at the Emily Dickinson Museum!
As warmer temperatures arrive in Amherst, Emily’s garden begs to be tended. On June 7 and 8, join our 2018 Gardener-in-Residence Marta McDowell and a group of volunteers to aid in the cultivation and growth of the historic Dickinson family landscape. You do not need to be an expert gardener for this “all levels” program. Learn from volunteers who have tended the gardens in the past and become part of a new generation of caretakers for this precious piece of land.
From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, visitors to the Museum can tend the historic landscape, discuss nature poetry under the great white oak tree, learn about the ongoing archaeological work, and enjoy gatherings in the garden all weekend long. Those who wish to volunteer are asked to sign up in advance for either or both days by emailing EDMPrograms@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.
Our archaeology students have been hard at work at the Emily Dickinson Museum! Come tour their dig sites and see their discoveries firsthand on June 15 at 1 p.m. In past years, visitors have received a close-up look at remains of plants that once grew in the gardens, buried paths, water pipes, bed borders and other garden infrastructure that existed when Emily Dickinson was alive. This year, see the hard work of our Archaeology Field School students as they continue to delineate the archaeological footprint of the Dickinson home.
Come see two new paintings being added to Johnson Chapel’s portrait gallery. Pendant portraits of Emily Dickinson by Bob Sweeney, the William R. Mead Professor of Art, will be dedicated on Friday, June 21, at 1:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel, followed by a reception featuring desserts based on Emily Dickinson's recipes. All are welcome.
Join us at The Emily Dickinson Museum to celebrate the opening of our inaugural Conservatory Art Installation! On June 21, from 6:30 to 8:00PM, Tereza Swanda will transform the Conservatory with her exhibition of stained and painted glass. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and the Massachusetts College of Art and an Instructor of Art at Dean College, Swanda will transform the Conservatory alongside glass artist Ingrid Pichler and musician Fletcher Boote with their exhibit “In formation.”
Taking the Emily Dickinson poem “Nature is what we see” as the starting point, the installation will include stained and painted paper hung from the windows in the Conservatory to mimic the colors of a sunset. Providing each visitor with a sense of what Dickinson saw from her conservatory windows, the medium will also make malleable the experience of the artwork, changing with the time of the day and the amount of light present. In addition to this visual component, the landscape will be translated into sound by Boote that wordlessly references Emily Dickinson’s poetry.
Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte, on exhibit from March 4 to Aug. 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative
Professor Caroline Goutte is chair of the Department of Biology and a member of the Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Amherst College. Betsey Garand is senior resident artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.