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PHOTO BY STEPHEN PETEGORSKY
"Untitled #42," archival inkjet print

Infusing life: Artist’s childhood fascination with natural-history dioramas recalled in recent art project

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Animal? Vegetable? Mineral? Titles like “Fish,” “Bat,” and “Baby Crocodile” reveal the animal sources of Stephen Petegorsky’s inkjet prints, but works in a recent series span categories to stake out the intriguing territory between taxonomies. “Animal” in origin, the artwork begins with slices of scientific specimens of land and sea creatures — which Petegorsky photographs and then Photoshops. “Vegetable” comes with extreme close-ups and dramatic cropping that reframe the original specimens as organic landscape forms. And “Mineral” enters into the chemical process called “staining and clearing” that renders tissue transparent while leaving bones and cartilage opaque. Alive or inanimate, animals are a long-term interest for …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘Puss in Boots’

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

There are many stories in Western folklore of animals who help or rescue humans, and one of the best known is the multicultural tale of the “cat in the boots” who wins wealth, power and the hand of a princess for his low-born master via trickery and deceit. While the sneaky feline might …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

At CDH These artists will exhibit works through Sept. 30 in the corridor galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St. in Northampton. There will be a reception Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. In the Locust Gallery: “Light, Life and Reflections,” pet portraits in pastel by Leni Gaudet. Gaudet captures the personality …

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Art Maker: Ron Michaud | Painter

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Retired UMass art professor Ron Michaud of Pelham says his paintings these days incorporate the relationship between color, vision and the brain. “The images are composed with limited but carefully selected colors, arranged and applied in such a …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Pining away

Thursday, September 3, 2015

I’m always up for a good tip, so when my friend Cindy told me to check out a crazy tree growing at the Pepin Farm in Easthampton, where she works, I got right on it. The proprietor of …

Art Maker: Matt Evald Johnson | material manipulator

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The urban/industrial environment supplies Easthampton artist Matt Evald Johnson with subjects, materials, processes and narratives for his sculpture and painting. “The subject of my work is always the assemblage and manipulation of raw material,” Johnson, 51, writes on …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Wade in the water

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Two weeks ago, I photographed a group of Broad Brook Coalition volunteers putting in place a plan to outsmart the beavers at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area in Northampton. The mud and stick constructions of the four-footed engineers …

Weekend Planner — Comedy: ‘Full-On Funny’ at Diva’s nightclub, Northampton

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happening on a (more or less) quarterly basis, the “Full-On Funny” comedy series at Diva’s nightclub in Northampton showcases local and regional comedians and is “open to all adult humans (21+) who enjoy laughter and good times.” Series …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Carts on the lam

Thursday, August 20, 2015

At first glance, this scene at Hampshire Heights in Northampton amused me; it looks like a gathering herd (flock?) of shopping carts, about to escape into the woods. Seeing objects like this, out of their expected environment, often …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Viennese music The Valtchev-Tchekoratova Violin and Piano Duo, with George Valtchev, violin, and Lora Tchekoratova, piano, will perform an all-Viennese concert Sunday at 3 p.m. in the music room of Memorial Hall, 8 Memorial St. in Old Deerfield. …

‘Art in the Orchard’: Exhibitors cultivate unusual setting

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It started in 2011 as a kind of experiment: Put some art amid the trees and pastures of a working orchard and see what happens. From that modest beginning, Easthampton’s “Art in the Orchard” exhibit has gained a …

Weekend Planner — Theater: Hampshire Shakespeare Young Company presents ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Among the list of “Ten Things I’ve Learned from Shakespeare” drawn up by Hampshire Shakespeare Young Company member Richard Glover, No. 3 is of particular relevance to this weekend’s show: “If you suspect your lover has committed suicide, …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Water cure “Water as Cure and Transformation,” a contemporary interpretation by Katie Richardson of the Round Hill Water Cure, is inspired by documents and objects from the permanent collection at Historic Northampton. The exhibit will open with a …