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KEVIN GUTTING
Lois Barber works in the studio of her Amherst home.

Art Maker: Lois Barber | Painter

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lois Barber has spent nearly a quarter century as the founding director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 peace and social justice organizations in some 160 countries. Now, at 69, the longtime Amherst resident says she’s begun the transition away from full-time work and toward a growing focus on another of her passions: making art. “Birdz of …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A waiting game

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tuesday Market behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton is usually an interesting place to look for pictures. When the market is busy, the constant movement and influx of people sometimes makes it hard for me to find the jewel amid the chaos. This time, I chose a background and waited for a good …

A third act at Chester Theatre: Director Byam Stevens will hand over the reins to the company at the end of this season; Daniel Elihu Kramer will pick them up.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For 18 years, Byam Stevens has filled the small stage at the Chester Town Hall with the weight of ideas. Under his direction, the Chester Theatre Company (CTC) has dealt with the philosophical implications of clones in “A Number” and uncomfortable truths in “Arms on Fire.” The company renewed a classic Peter Pan …

And there’s more this season at the Chester Theatre

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In addition to the opening play, “The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” by Scott Carter, directed by Byam Stevens (through July 5), the Chester Theatre Company’s 2015 season will feature three other plays Stevens says represent the best of contemporary English …

‘Van Gogh and Nature’: Clark Museum opens first-ever show on famous artist’s views of natural world

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Think you’ve heard or seen it all when it comes to Vincent van Gogh? The salient points are well known: Brilliant painter who developed a distinctive post-Impressionist style that had a huge influence on 20th-century art. Prolific artist …

‘Whistler’s Mother’ makes rare trip to America

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

You’ve seen her before — somewhere. But probably not up close. “Whistler’s Mother,” or more accurately, “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother),” is considered perhaps the foremost work of American art not …

Everything’s up-to-date in Olde England: Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents modern-day ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It’s time for Shakespeare’s boys to take a seat; this summer, the world is a woman’s oyster. On Saturday, Hampshire Shakespeare Company will open “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at the Center for Renaissance Studies at the University …

Light on her feet

Friday, June 26, 2015

Historic Deerfield acquires tall case clock which had been on loan to museum for decade

Friday, June 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — History is often represented by points in time and Historic Deerfield will now have a slightly easier time keeping track of its relentless march with the acquisition of an 1803 tall case clock built by 19th-century …

Partners, new and old: VLO, Amherst Ballet to team up for Gilbert & Sullivan treat

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Even 144 years after W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan collaborated on their first opera, their Victorian comedies continue to bring people together. But the members of this iconic partnership produced work, separately, even before they became a permanent …

Weekend Planner — Arts: ‘Art at Thistlebloom Farm’

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The barn studio of Amherst’s Thistlebloom Farm (formerly known as Mad Woman Farm) will be put to use as a showcase for 10 local artists Saturday and Sunday. Called “Art at Thistlebloom Farm,” the event will also include …

Art Maker: Rob Kimmel |painter, curator

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Florence artist Rob Kimmel, 44, is busy these days, curating art shows: There’s a group show, “Horns to Tale,” on view through the end of June at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton in which a dozen artists have …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Castles made of sand

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Yes, those would be my feet ... and my “jammies.” And my sidewalk. And so, by turns, my ant hills — or at least they were. Such is the ephemeral nature of nature. While waiting to send my …