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    A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era
    The UMass Amherst Libraries host A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era, a panel exhibition from the Library of American Landscape History, through Saturday, May 10, 2014, on the Lower Level of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst. An opening reception on Wednesday, March 5, at 4:30 p.m., includes remarks by Robin Karson, author and curator, and Carol Betsch, photographer. The event is free and open to the public. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, new fortunes in the United States made it possible for many city dwellers to commission country estates. Rising cultural aspirations, a widespread belief in the salutary benefits of country life, the availability of beautiful land, and growing numbers of landscape practitioners set the stage for thousands of such places. From the 1890s to the waning years of the Great Depression, legions of American estates were constructed on the outskirts of cities, in resorts, and in scenic locales throughout the nation. Taken together, they comprise an important movement in the history of North American landscape design. Seven examples are the subject of this photographic exhibition: Gwinn, Cleveland, Ohio; Stan Hywet, Akron, Ohio; Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.; Winterthur, Winterthur, Del.; Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.; Val Verde, Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Naumkeag, Stockbridge, Mass. About the Exhibition A Genius for Place was a collaboration between Robin Karson, a landscape historian, and Carol Betsch, a landscape photographer. Karson studied hundreds of historical landscapes and selected seven to represent the chronological development of an important movement in American landscape design. Over the course of five years, she and Betsch selected views that would reveal and illuminate the designers’ intentions and express the spirit of each place. Betsch created the photographs with a 4 x 5 wood field camera. Both the book and exhibition trace the development of American landscape design by analyzing a group of landscapes that were chosen for their significance, state of preservation, and chronological and geographical distribution. Most are open to the public today. Karson argues that the spirit of the place--the genius loci--continued to guide these twentieth-century practitioners, even as they began experimenting with other influences, from the Beaux Arts to modernism. The award-winning book has drawn wide praise. The London Telegraph identified it as the “most important book on American gardens for at least a decade.” An exhibition of original photographs specially commissioned for the book toured nationally from 2000 to 2012. A Genius for Place In conjunction with the touring show, the Library of American Landscape History (LALH) and the University of Massachusetts Press have published a paperback edition of A Genius for Place. Robin Karson’s published works include Fletcher Steele, Landscape Architect; The Muses of Gwinn, Pioneers of American Landscape Design (co-editor), A Genius for Place, and more than one hundred articles about American landscape design. She is the founding director of LALH, based in Amherst, Mass. Carol Betsch (b. 1948) has been a landscape photographer for more than thirty-five years. Her photographs appear in The Winterthur Garden; The Muses of Gwinn; The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman; A Modern Arcadia, and many other books and articles about American landscape design. She is the managing editor of the University of Massachusetts Press. Founded in 1992, LALH is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to foster understanding of the fine art of landscape architecture and appreciation for North America’s richly varied landscape heritage through LALH books, exhibitions, and online resources. Photo: Winterthur by Carol Betsch
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    Color Woodblock Prints, an Exhibition by Linda Mahoney '79
    The UMass Amherst Libraries host Color Woodblock Prints, an Exhibition by Linda Mahoney ’79, from January 23 through April 28, 2017, in the Science & Engineering Library (SEL), Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Linda Mahoney has been a painter for over 30 years. She lives in Northfield, Massachusetts, and was an art teacher at Stoneleigh-Burnham School for Girls in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from 1987 to 2016. In 2007, she took a workshop in Moku Hanga—Japanese watercolor woodblock printmaking—and fell in love with all parts of the process. It has become her primary medium. Mahoney graduated from UMass Amherst in 1979 with a B.F.A. in Painting and a minor in Art History. Her artworks have been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally through the Art in Embassies Program which promotes the cultural identity of America’s art and artists by borrowing original works of art by U.S. citizens for display in approximately 180 U.S. embassy residences worldwide. During the last five years she has been exhibiting her color woodblock prints in outdoor art shows throughout New England, and has received several awards for her prints. In June of 2016, she was the “Artist in Residence” at Acadia National Park in Maine. Moku Hanga consists of designing an image, carving several blocks for each print design, experimenting with colors while proof printing, refining the blocks and colors, using brushes to apply water-based paint mixed with rice paste to the paper and then applying pressure with a hand-held baren (a pad of twisted cord covered with paper, cloth, and bamboo leaves) in order to make the final print. “I paint numerous watercolors en plein air, during the warmer months, returning to favorite places each year. I favor the undisturbed landscape, usually nature preserves, state parks, wildlife sanctuaries, or undeveloped coastal areas,” says Mahoney. “I am particularly drawn to Downeast Maine; the Schoodic Peninsula, Steuben, Addison, and Lubec. Distinctive trees, crashing surf and rocks, bogs, boreal forests, marshes, and active skies are frequently my subjects.” Mahoney then studies these watercolors and selects the ones that best capture the spirit of place to use as designs for her color woodblock prints. The exhibition will include a display of her materials and process. To view the artist’s work, visit:
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    Global Perspectives: Through Student Eyes
    The UMass Amherst Libraries and International Programs Office (IPO) host an exhibition of photos, “Global Perspectives through Student Eyes,” from February 5 through May 11, 2018, in the Science & Engineering Library (SEL), at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A reception will be held in SEL on Tuesday, March 6, from 4-6 P.M. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. IPO sponsors an annual photo contest for students to submit images they photograph while studying abroad. The images featured in this exhibit are just a sampling of the collections available on the IPO website and Facebook page. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Libraries and the International Programs Office.
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    Jazz is Alive: Exhibit of Jazz Images and Regional Culture
    The records of the Boston Jazz Society (BJS), including posters, correspondence, photographs, recordings, videos and publications, have been donated to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries by the group's founding member and longtime president, Aureldon Edward Henderson.