"Red Kite, Blue Sky" – In Conversation with Madeleine Kunin Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Time: 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom - Free Program with Northshire Bookstore Fee:
"Red Kite, Blue Sky", the debut poetry collection from Madeleine May Kunin, celebrates life and the natural world, occasioned by the birth of grand-children, the memories of friendship and past birthdays/Bar Mitzvahs, a gift of plum-colored gloves from the poet’s daughter, the Sicilian sun which “melts my argument against myself," with sharp observations and humor. Like Emily Dickinson before her, Kunin does not shy away from death; rather she embraces the anticipation “before death drags me deep,” the gap in her life when her beloved husband dies, the fear of immigration to America during World War II with “an H for Hebrew, I found out later,” and the sadness of being isolated as an older woman living alone during the pandemic. For years Kunin was caught in the tempo of politics—as governor, as a federal official, and as an ambassador—but as she eased into retirement from public life, she found a door that opened for her to explore the multi-layered language of poetry.
Cézanne, van Gogh, and Matisse in the South of France Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 Time: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $45
Cézanne, van Gogh, and Matisse were major innovators in the development of modern art. All three spent significant time in the south of France where they found inspiration in the dramatic light and bold landscapes of Provence and the Riviera. In a series of video lectures, we will trace the lives and careers of these artists as they explored new directions in their work, moving away from conventional modes of representation toward a new art of powerful expression and daring abstraction.
Ansel Easton Adams: The Man and His Photography Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15
Ansel Adams was quite literally the most influential and beloved photographer and conservationist of the 20th century, becoming a national institution. The popularity of his work has continued to increase well after his death in 1984. Even to those who are not familiar with Adams, his magnificent black and white photographs of the West inspire and amaze photographers even today for their sheer beauty, and his work has and continues to elevate photography to a true art form. He developed many of the basic tenants and techniques of photography in use today. Adams once said, “It is easy to take a photograph, but it is harder to make a masterpiece in photography than any other art medium.” And masterpieces they remain today.