VIDEO GAME CHANGERS Mount Ida College’s tradition of educating women and preparing them for careers stretches back to its founding in 1899, and even as a coed school for the past 40 years this priority hasn’t changed.

But the career opportunities themselves are changing, says Jason Donati, dean of the School of Design at the Newton campus. Whereas in the past women may have struggled to find equality with men in fields such as business, law, and medicine, Donati now wants to see more equality for women training as animators and video game artists.

“There’s very little focus on the accomplishments of female game artists and animators,” Donati said. “And much of the conversation over the past few years has been about the negative aspects and challenges of women getting into the field. While that certainly exists, we want to celebrate the amazing female artists that are defining video game design, animation, film, and broadcast.”

And to make that point, Mount Ida is introducing its students and the public to some of the industry’s most creative and talented women in an exhibition called “Game Change[HERS].”


The exhibit features an international array of women artists’ work, including 3-D, animation, and concept art. It opens Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. with a keynote speech by Amanda Clarke, user interface artist at Demiurge Studios, with more than 10 years of experience in mobile media, animation, Web and print.

Other artists whose work is featured include CG modeler and digital sculptor Helen Duckworth, Demiurge Studios concept artist Reiko Murakami, and video game character designer Sze Jones.

The exhibition runs through Jan. 13. For more information: 617-928-4500 or www.mountida.edu/academics/school-of-design. The School of Design is at 777 Dedham St., Newton.

READING MAGIC Ed the Wizard will appear at the Weston Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. Using audience participants, Ed the Wizard deploys magic, comedy, and suspense to underscore the importance of building and maintaining reading skills. Admission is free. The library is at 87 School St. For more information: 781-786-6166 or www.westonlibrary.org.


HEALING DIALOGUE The Courageous Art of Living and Dying, a new program that focuses on mortality by facilitating dialogue and providing resources and education about end-of-life issues, will host a free workshop and open house Friday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Roots and Wings Yoga and Healing Arts Studio, 317 N. Main St., Natick. Claire Willis will discuss her 20 years as a facilitator in group conversations about how we deal with death and dying, as individuals and as a society, followed by an discussion with participants. Seating is limited. To reserve a space, e-mail contact@rootsandwingshealingarts.com or call 508-315-8088. For more information: www.rootsandwingshealingarts.com .

150 YEARS YOUNG Hudson’s 150th anniversary celebration continues with an open house at Hudson Historical Society Museum, Hudson Mill Center, 43 Broad St., fourth floor, on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Founded in 1916, the museum contains thousands of historic items, period clothing, china, war souvenirs, newspaper volumes, and family heirlooms. Admission is free; light refreshments will be served. For more information: www.hudsonhistoricalsociety.org.

TWICE AS NICE Gallery Seven in Maynard presents “Perfect Pairs” an exhibition of works by artists who happen to be couples: Larry Blumsack and Carol Wintle, Curvin Huber and Catriona Baker, and Dave Kaphammer and Janet Schwartz. The works range from mixed-media collage and monoprints to animation and narrative painting. Some of the couples collaborate and some work separately, inspired and influenced by each other’s art. The exhibition runs through Nov. 12, with an artists’ reception Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. The gallery is at 7 Nason St. For more information: 978-897-9777 or www.gallerysevenmaynard.com.


PIANO MAN Celebrated solo pianist George Winston will perform at the Center for the Arts in Natick on Thursday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. Winston primarily performs melodic folk piano, New Orleans R&B piano, and stride piano but also incorporates a few pieces on solo guitar and solo harmonica into his performances. Tickets are $45 for nonmembers, $40 for members. Reflecting Winston’s ongoing commitment to food banks and service organizations, proceeds from the sale of merchandise at the show will be donated to the Natick Service Council, and audience members are encouraged to bring a canned good to donate. The Center for The Arts is at 15 Summer St. For tickets or more information: 508-647-0097 or www.natickarts.org.

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