December 7 Arts Night Plus

About Arts Night Plus at the Museum:

The Emily Dickinson Museum participates in Amherst Arts Night Plus on first Thursdays each month. Each month enjoy a pop-up art exhibit from 5 to 8 pm.  Open mic signups are from 5 to 6 pm, with the open mic beginning at 6 pm and a featured reader to follow. Free and open to all! Learn more at

About guest artists at the Emily Dickinson Museum: Please note that the works of guest artists may contain sensitive or mature material and do not necessarily represent the views of the Emily Dickinson Museum.

December 2017 Arts Night:

Featured artist: Robert Masla

Artist Robert Masla will offer a demonstration of watercolor on Fredrix watercolor canvas from 5-6PM on Arts Night, in addition to displaying an exhibition of his paintings.

Robert Masla is an internationally exhibited fine artist with over 35 years of full time professional experience as an easel painter and muralist serving fine art galleries, collectors, art consultants and designers. His canvases, murals and portraits can be found in private residencies, corporations, the hospitality and health care industries, public institutions, restaurants and on film. Masla brings his talent, technical expertise, imagination and masterful craftsmanship in whatever he puts his heart and hand to. Masla has also remained dedicated to art as an educator, teaching and lecturing in various settings with a wide range of populations, from schools to colleges, museums and workshops. He was the Artist in Residence for the City of Springfield, MA where he created the A4E, (Art for Everyone) program, which received three consecutive grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for bring art into inner city schools that had no previous art program. The Council has honored him with the title of “M.C.C. Teaching Artist”. Masla continues to offer workshops from his studios North, in rural Ashfield, MA, where he lives with his wife Monica and there 3 children, and his studios South, “Casa de los Artistas”, located in the small fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan, on Mexico’s gorgeous Pacific coast, as well as conducting workshops by invitation at different locations.

Featured poet: Will Dowd

Will Dowd is a writer and artist from the Boston area. He earned a BA from Boston College, as a Presidential Scholar; an MS from MIT, as a John Lyons Fellow; and an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, as a Jacob K. Javits Fellow. His writing and art have appeared in numerous places, including The Rialto, Post Road Magazine, and His collection of essays, Areas of Fog, was just released in November, 2017 from Etruscan Press. 

In Areas of Fog (Etruscan Press, 2017), Will Dowd takes us on a whimsical journey through one year of New England weather in this engaging collection of essays. Written over the course of one year in the tradition of Thoreau’s WaldenAreas of Fog is a collection of poetic musings on New England weather, literature, and history. As unpredictable as its subject, this book combines wit and poetry with humor and erudition. A fun, breezy, and discursive read, it is an intellectual game that exposes the artificiality of genres.