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Christine Ritok has been hired as Historic Deerfield's newest associate curator. Submitted Photo/Historic Deerfield

Decorative art and furniture expert Christine Ritok joins Historic Deerfield as associate curator

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Christine Ritok, a New York decorative art and furniture expert, has joined Historic Deerfield as the staff’s newest associate curator. Ritok will be responsible for managing, studying and interpreting the museum’s extensive collection of period furniture, and developing exhibits. She is replacing a retiring staffer. Originally from the Detroit area, Ritok said her interest in the decorative arts began with the many museum trips on which she accompanied her history-buff father as a child. “In the Detroit area, there’s a lot of industrial history and living museum experiences,” she said. Her first job at a museum — the National Design Museum in New …

PHOTO GALLERY: Back for more

Friday, February 27, 2015

One unexpected joy of raising a child is that, basically, you get to be a kid all over again (through older eyes, of course). Not an earth-shaking revelation but, six years in, I’m still absorbing that simple truth. Back in my grown-up world, could I buy a cheap plastic toboggan and ply the …

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‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written by Harley Erdman especially for New Century Theatre. “Tour” will be performed next …

The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Really Big Show’

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A mystifying snake-and-sword performance by the Crescent Dancers; anthropomorphic pets that sing; a banjo choir; the four-piece funk-jazz outfit known as The Defenastrators (pictured); Lord Russ as Elvis; western Massachusetts’ own world-championship yo-yo team; plus a live segment …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Five College dance The Five College Dance Department will present a faculty concert Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 8 p.m., in Theatre 14 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts at Smith College in Northampton. The concert …

Art maker: Marsha Humphrey | printmaker

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Even though Marsha Humphrey of Hatfield was exposed to the art world as a child — her father was an art historian, a museum director and curator — she didn’t receive formal art training until she started taking …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Three on three

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This trio of North Hadley corn cribs seems well-entrenched, yet I only noticed them for the first time one sunny day a couple of weeks ago. At the time, I tried to frame them for a photo in …

Natalie says yes: Marriage proposal in ice has desired effect

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was the ultimate romantic gesture on the eve of the biggest romantic day of the year: a marriage proposal broadcast for all to see. The answer was “yes.” On Friday, Don Chapelle, an ice sculptor …

A museum’s money pit: Effort afoot to halt Historic Northampton’s long slide toward insolvency

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nancy E. Rexford remembers driving through the city with her husband in 1975 and first visiting the Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center. She was astonished by the extent and quality of the museum’s women’s clothing …

Fundraising, programming, community support said key to nonprofit’s future

Saturday, February 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Historic Northampton’s leadership is racing against the clock to build community support, expand programs and save its structures amid mounting financial stress. Board members, staff and volunteers have been rolling up their sleeves as part of …

Mussolini’s Rome, the legacy of wartime land mines, living in the brutal Bronx: Herter Gallery at UMass features exhibits by documentary photographers

Thursday, February 12, 2015

If there’s a theme to three photo exhibits now on display at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, it might be the sense of history they evoke. But the exhibits, all at the Herter Gallery, can stand on their …