A Celebration of Spring at the Addison Gallery
The Addison Art Gallery in Orleans (43 South Orleans Road) hosts a spring celebration on Saturday, April 15, 4 to 6 pm. The event will include artist demonstrations, a new exhibition titled “Celebration of Spring,” and live music.
Two visual artists will take the spotlight for the demonstration portion of the afternoon. Maryalice Eizenberg’s oil painting depicts different forms of light. In Through the Mist, pale light steals softly over a foggy hill. Truro artist Amy Sanders will show her work with pastels, most of which feature nature scenes from the Outer Cape. Other artists in the exhibition include Karri Allrich, Jonathan Earle, Andrea Petitto, Paul Schulenberg, and Cleber Stecei.
In addition, singer and songwriter Sarah Burrill will perform music from her folk, rock, and blues repertoire.
The event is free. See addisonart.com for information. —Eve Samaha
Darrell Smith at the Commons
Darrell Smith works in an art form with deep roots in Provincetown: the white-line print. He will show a selection of his prints at the Provincetown Commons (46 Bradford St.) from April 18 to 30. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, April 21 from 6 to 8 pm.
“I’ve been coming to Provincetown for decades. I always admired this art form,” says Smith, who lives in Provincetown and Brookline. When Smith retired from his job as a physician, he devoted himself more fully to art. He took a class on white-line prints four years ago at PAAM with Kathryn Lee Smith and has since developed a few bodies of work that will be on display at the Commons.
“My work takes a couple of routes,” says Smith. “Some are very Provincetown, nautical-themed.” Others are inspired by floral motifs. “Traditionally the Provincetown Printmakers did a lot of florals,” says Smith. He will also be showing a series of new abstract pieces he’s calling biomorphs. “They’re very midcentury modern,” he says. “They kind of look like lava lamps,” he adds.
This month an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston highlights the contributions the Provincetown Printmakers made to the history of printmaking and modern art in America. The legacy of this early 20th-century group is evident in Darrell Smith’s prints, available to see here in Provincetown, where the art form originally blossomed. —Abraham Storer
Three Trios by Four Musicians
Music by two towering figures — Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) and Dmitri Shostakovich (1909-1975) — will be performed at Wellfleet Preservation Hall (335 Main St.) on Saturday, April 15 at 3 p.m.
Manhattan-based pianists Steven Mann and Ray Wong will collaborate with Cape Symphony musicians Heather Goodchild Wade on violin and Elizabeth Schultze on cello to perform Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49, and Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67. Mann and Wong will also perform Paul Dukas’s “L’apprenti Sorcier” (“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”), arranged for piano four hands.
The three pieces are vastly different. Characteristic of its composer, Mendelssohn’s piano trio blends classical and romantic style, with nimble melodies and memorable expansive themes. The Shostakovich feels more tortured: written during World War II as an elegy for the composer’s close friend who died, the piece is an eerie, frantic, and heavy lament. Dukas’s “L’apprenti Sorcier” is a composition based on Goethe’s poem of the same name. Best known for its inclusion in Walt Disney’s Fantasia, the piece tells its story in different musical voices.
Tickets are $25 at wellfleetpreservationhall.org. —Dorothea Samaha
Curtains Up at WHAT
The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) gets its season rolling this month with two educational programs for children and teenagers. During the week of school vacation (April 17-21) WHAT is hosting two workshops.
Paige O’Connor will teach a morning workshop (Curtains Up! Theater Camp) for ages 8 to 12. Participants will create a show with their peers and learn “the ins and outs of making theater,” concluding in a performance for parents and guardians on April 21 at 11:30 a.m.
Participants age 12 and up will work in Brittany Rolfs’s afternoon class, Putting It Together. Here the focus will be on producing and directing shows.
Tuition for the one-week workshop is $25 and scholarships are available. Register online at www.what.org.