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Dr. Jack Kevorkian archive opens at The University of Michigan as physician-assisted deaths rise

Monday, November 30, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Just days before she died with Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s assistance, Merian Frederick could not speak or hold up her head without help from her daughter, Carol Poenisch. On a video recorded by Kevorkian in 1993, Poenisch steadies Frederick’s Lou Gehrig’s disease-ravaged body as she signs a form requesting help to die “in the most humane, rapid and painless manner” possible. Then, Poenisch reads words just penned …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Lost beacon

Monday, November 30, 2015

I have lived in Westhampton for 18 years. It is my home, my community. Last week, a fire resulted in a total loss of the home of Ed and Trina Parsons, an historic red house at the Mayval Farm on Easthampton Road that I have passed every evening on my way home from …

Art Maker: Edwin Lynch | Sculptor

Monday, November 30, 2015

Forty-one years ago, sculptor Edwin Lynch carried a hunk of alabaster back to his loft and began to bang away — untaught but confident, he says, that he could discover a head within. “I was happy, doing what I dreamed of at age 12,” said Lynch, 77, of Hatfield. And then, a single …

Ground-penetrating radar used to prepare for archaeological dig at Amherst Historical Museum

Thursday, November 26, 2015

AMHERST — A high-altitude Peruvian rock shelter, Mayan ruins and caves in France are among the sites around the world where a three-wheeled device resembling an oversized tricycle has revealed what lurks below the ground’s surface. While the …

Art Maker: Lilian Kravitz | Photographer

Friday, November 20, 2015

As a youth living in Brooklyn, Lilian Kravitz was encouraged to draw and paint. She studied art in high school and took weekend art classes at Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn Museum and the Pratt Institute. Kravitz, 66, received …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: A patient sentinel

Friday, November 20, 2015

I like working as a photographer for the Gazette on Veterans Day; it’s a treat to talk to people I wouldn’t otherwise meet, and I’m reminded of events that we mustn’t forget. This year, at Bridge Street School …

Family and friends remember Genevieve Mae Burnett, artist who spent time at Northampton State Hospital

Saturday, November 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In pale shades of yellow and green, a metal bed melts into the floor — a reflection of Genevieve Mae Burnett’s time at the Northampton State Hospital. This somber aura runs through many of her paintings: …

‘Riff Talk’: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought celebrates 40th anniversary of Contact Quarterly

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

To Jennifer Polins, dance is not simply about performance: There is a process behind every end product, she says — a journey that should be discussed, analyzed and appreciated. To that end, Polins, the founding director of the …

Picture Book Theatre brings Carle characters to the stage

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

For the past 10 years, the arrival of November has brought with it special performances for youngsters that promote reading at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. The shows are conducted annually by Picture …

Weekend Planner — Exhibit: ‘Farewell to Another Technology’ at Historic Northampton

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Edwin Land invented the Polaroid instant camera in 1947 but it wasn’t until the easy-to-use SX-70 folding single lens reflex model was developed in 1972 that the Polaroid became a best-selling item. That camera even acquired a cult …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Valley photos An exhibit of photographs by Jonathan Sherrill will open with a reception Friday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Green Earth Computers at 20 Crafts Ave. in Northampton and will remain on view through mid-December. The …

Art Maker: Ellen LaFleche | Poet

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Northampton poet Ellen LaFleche, 61, says she’s interested in creating poetry about the experiences of women and working-class people. She also writes about the body, exploring its sensual and symbolic dimensions through imagery. And, since the recent death …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Feudal effort

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Autumn seems to have settled in, bringing with it the low sun and faster-gliding clouds that give the light that moving-target, Jekyll-and-Hyde quality we often see this time of year. You know what I mean: When the sun …