25th March 2012

"Backs and Bottoms"—"Notes to the Photo Editor"
Put on your detective hat and join Curatorial Fellow Maggie Dethloff in the Mead Art Museum for an illuminating exploration of information and clues appearing on backsides of three photographs in the collection. This series continues on April 15.

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After the Show Bulb Sale Hours
After the Show Bulb Sale hours for the general public. Saturday March 24 from noon to 3:00 PM, and Sunday, March 25, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please bring cardboard flats or trays for your purchases. Information is also online at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html

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Picturing Enlightenment: Thangka in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
This special exhibition marks the completion of an extensive project to conserve the Mead Art Museum’s collection of thangka (pronounced “tan-kah”)—scroll paintings of Buddhist figures. So fragile that they have remained largely inaccessible to scholars and museum visitors for nearly six decades, Amherst College’s eighteen thangka, primarily from Tibet, have been gently cleaned, stabilized, and repaired by conservators at Museum Textile Services in Andover, Massachusetts, under the leadership of Camille Myers Breeze. A generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and additional support from the Amherst College Department of Religion underwrote the conservation treatment. The Louis and Nettie Horch Foundation provided further support for the conservation of one thangka.
For more information, visit www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/2011exhib/picturingenlightenment.

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Photo Exhibition: The Gesture in Light: Illuminated
Exhibit: The Gesture in Light: Illuminated by Theresa Antonellis runs from Monday Jan. 9 through Sunday May 11.
A reception will be held Thursday, February 2, from 4-6pm.

The exhibit consists of a related series of framed prints featuring photo-enhanced light photography by Theresa Antonellis.

Info: 577-0785, mcharney@library.umass.edu  

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Charles Dickens at 200
An exhibition of books by Charles Dickens from the Mortimer Rare Book Room, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Dickens birth in February 2012. The exhibition is in the Book Arts Gallery (Neilson, 3rd floor). See http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/ for library open hours, direction and other general information.
The exhibition runs from January 15 through April 15, 2012

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Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley

Exhibition is on view from January 15 through April 15, 2012.
"Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley" features decorated paste papers by 19 bookbinders, most of whom live and work in the vicinity of Northampton. The exhibition marks the publication of "Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley" in late fall 2011, and also showcases bookbindings which incorporate paste papers. All items on display are from the Mortimer Rare Book Room.
The exhibition is in the Neilson Library, 3rd floor. See http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/ for library open hours, direction and other general information.

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Kosciuszko Foundation: Violinists Piotr and Ania Filochowski
Ania Filochowska and Piotr Filochowski, Poland’s award-winning sibling violinists were accepted at The Juilliard School on full scholarships in 2005. Prior to coming to New York, they were already winners of numerous prestigious children's international violin competitions in Europe. Having performed at major concert halls in Poland, the duo toured Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, and Canada. In the United States, they have played at such concert venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Princeton University's Richardson Auditorium, Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory in Boston, to name just a few. In 2006 and 2007, the Filochowskis appeared on NPR’s “From the Top.”

Their music educators include such world-renowned violinists as Ida Haendel, Midori, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Igor Oistrakh, Itzhak Perlman, Ruggiero Ricci, and Aaron Rosand. In the past few summers, Ania and Piotr participated in “The Perlman Music Program,” Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, and Mozarteum University’s International Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria. They have been proud recipients of several awards and scholarships supporting their talent and education, including the assistance from the President and First Lady of Poland, Barbara Piasecka Johnson Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, as well as the “Crescendum Est – Polonia” scholarship from the Polish Minister of Culture.

Ania has been described by Itzhak Perlman as “extremely gifted, a natural violinist, who is not afraid to take musical risks.” Since 2009, Piotr has been a student at the Yale School of Music in the “Certificate in Performance” Program for exceptionally gifted musicians. Ania and Piotr play the modern Polish violins made by celebrated luthier Wojciech Topa in Zakopane, Poland.

Please visit their website at www.filochowski.com & www.aniafilochowska.com

WHERE: Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College

WHEN: Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM

OTHER: Tickets are $15.00 and available at the door; FREE for students and faculty with IDs.

GENERAL: The Kosciuszko Foundation NE Chapter is based out of Chicopee, MA. The main Kosciuszko Foundation is headquartered in New York, New York, www.thekf.org.

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