March Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibition

Thursday, March 2, from 5-8 pm 

The Emily Dickinson Museum returns to Amherst Arts Night Plus for our first poetry open mic, poetry reading, and one-night art exhibit of 2017. Open mic signups are from 5-6 pm, and the open mic begins at 6 pm with the featured readers following. The open mic is a chance to share your newest (or oldest) creative endeavor with a warm and welcoming audience in Emily Dickinson's own parlor. All are encouraged to share written word, music, and performance, or to simply lend a friendly ear!

Featured poets:
Allison O'Shea, Robbie Dunning, and Lauren Singer, members of Northampton Poetry

Featured artist:

Our one-night art exhibit features the work of Rhys Davies, and will be on display throughout the night.  The event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there! 


About the Arist:

Rhys Davies was born in Wales, UK and has been a resident of Amherst for the last 18 years. He studied at Cardiff College of Art before earning his BA honors degree at Wimbledon School of Art, London. Davies is currently a Freelance book illustrator / designer for Macmillan Publishers, Tor Books, St.Martins, Random House, Penguin etc. 

Rhys writes, "Much of my professional design work is creating illustrated maps for novels and publications. It seemed a great opportunity to take on ‘Emily’s Amherst’ in map form and to point out how much the town that she loved has changed over the years. To further illuminate her world I’ve created a number of pen and ink drawing of places of importance to her.

I have also been working on a series of large scale drawings for the last 20 years looking mostly at strong human figures. These 60”x 60” (approx.) are a combination of charcoal/conte on a collaged ground (brown paper grocery bags, tape etc.); the ability to constantly change the elements of the drawings/collages, and the shape of the overall image making for dynamic finished images.

My most recent large drawing was of Emily standing by her window at the Homestead.