Oct. 28: Vanja Malloy, the new Curator of American Art of Amherst College

posted Oct 22, 2014, 9:54 PM by Amherst Club   [ updated Oct 30, 2014, 8:14 AM ]
Oct. 28: Vanja Malloy, the new Curator of American Art of Amherst College

President Roger Webb called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, and welcomed us all.

Andrea Battle noted that she is now stepping down from the task of choosing speakers, and handing over to Claude Tellier. The members thanked Andrea for her super work in this area.

Roger noted that former club member Harry Brooks is now back in Amherst living at the Arbors. Harry  would welcome being contacted by old friends.

We were all sad to learn that Isaac Ben Ezra broke two bones in each foot and is now in rehab for two months at Health South, 222 State Street, Ludlow MA 01056, in room 150, phone 413-308-3550. He is busy in the daytime but would welcome visits between 4- 8 pm, with a call beforehand.

We were glad to hear that Judy Brooks is now home and feeling better, and has been seen at the pool!

We also noted Phyllis Lehrer’s birthday was yesterday!


Ellen Kosmer introduced Arthur Kinney’s guests, scholars from Germany at the Renaissance Center Angelika Zirker and Matthias Bauer. They will present a free talk on Wednesday Oct. 29th at 4 pm in the Renaissance Center on “Authorship and Co-Creation in the English Renaissance: From George Herbert to Shakespeare."

Amherst News:

Jim Wald brought us news from the Amherst Select Board, noting that this last week was stellar in that the governor visited us, and we received three large grants, including money to bury overhead wires in the Kendrick Park area.

Raffle:  Elsie Fetterman won the wine and Larry Siddall the $10.   


Andrea introduced our speaker, Vanja Malloy, newly appointed curator of American art at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. The Mead is sponsoring a bus trip to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem on Sat. Nov. 15, where Vanja will lead a tour of the exhibit, Calder and Abstraction: from Avant-Garde to Iconic. For more information on this trip, contact Kathy LeBeau at 413-542-2551 or at klebeau@amherst.edu.  Her very interesting talk focused on how Calder’s engineering training suffused his art with ideas from contemporary physics, astronomy and geometry. His mobiles reflect Einstein’s perceptions of the dynamic universe, with stars and atoms in motion: Calder’s creations add the fourth dimension of movement to the three dimensions used by previous sculptors.  

Roger noted that the Amherst Club will be fielding a team, as usual, in this year’s Trivia Bee that benefits Amherst Education Foundation. The event is this Thursday October 30, 7:00 pm at the Middle School. Ruth Miller has designed the costumes, our team will be Arthur Kinney, Andrea Battle, Charles Stevenson, and Tony Papirio. Hope to see you there.

UMass Renaissance Center First Sunday Concert Series 2:00-4:00pm on Sunday, November 2nd. AyreCraft ~ Vocals by Donnie Cotter and lutes played by Robert Castellano and Meg Pash.  Reading Room. Free and Open to the public. No reservations required.

Ellen reminded us all to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4th. She urged members to support the increase of Community Preservation Act dues, and offered to discuss this issue with anyone interested. The CPA money has recently included paying toward the restoration of the Unitarian Meeting House Tiffany window, and preserving low-cost housing in town.


The Valley Light Opera is presenting Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard, with performances on November 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Sunday performances at 2 pm, others at 8 pm.


University Women - New York City Bus Trip -  Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bus will leave Amherst at 7:00AM SHARP  -   Cost $38.00

from the parking lot by T. J. MAXX (next to Stop & Shop)

and leave New York at 7:00PM.     Drop off in New York:

Metropolitan Museum of Art and Theatre District

RETURN PICK-UP announced by the driver

Full refunds given before November 12th.     (Bring your own bus snacks)


For more information call Shirley Stevens at 253-7269 or email apstevens317@gmail.com

REMEMBER: to reserve the bus, we must receive your check before 11/1/14.

For reservations, fill out this form and send with a check payable to University Women to:

Shirley Stevens, 13 Sutton Court • Amherst, MA 01002

NAME: ___________________________________________ PHONE:__________________________

ADDRESS:_____________________________________                                                            EMAIL: ______________________________

No. of Tickets:   Total Enclosed: $            (full refund before the 12th)


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