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"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 …

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 his website, www.evaldart.com. “The materials ... in many ways record some of the history of …

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 …

Art Maker: Susan Halls | sculptor

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Susan Halls, 49, was born in Kent, England, and studied at an art school there until she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London, from which she graduated in 1990. A residency at …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Summer spokes

Thursday, August 13, 2015

... forged by summer folks. This toasty image comes from the Florence Music on the Porch concert series, which is held on the same Florence Civic Center lawn that sprouts a skating rink each winter. But in the …

Select Board awards ‘Monte’ Belmonte lease for Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Shea Theater may see larger traveling acts, more diverse community theater and get an environmentally friendly makeover in the coming year after the Select Board agreed to award Northampton radio personality and Turners Falls resident Christopher “Monte” Belmonte a lease to take over the …