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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 …

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 …

Easthampton utility box has new ‘energy’ thanks to Amy ‘BannerQueen’ Johnquest

Monday, August 10, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — While stilt walkers aiming to calm traffic captured the attention of many drivers on Cottage Street, another kind of art performance was happening outside the Municipal Building during ArtWalk on Saturday. The dull green utility box …

Healing powers: Amherst exhibit explores ‘Art as Medicine’

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

People in many cultures believe there is a world beyond our world. Shamans, for example, are revered for their ability to access and communicate with spirits from beyond the corporeal realm, invoking the power of benevolent spirits to …

Theater review: Double Edge Theatre makes a spectacle of itself

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

At Ashfield’s Double Edge Theatre, there’s long been an emphasis on productions that offer a full sensory experience — intensely physical ensemble performances that blend choreography, music, imaginative sets, acrobatics and dreamlike storytelling, all done in multiple settings …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Memory House’ at Chester Theatre Co.; Easthampton’s Art Walk

Thursday, August 6, 2015

SIZE DOESN’T MATTER It’s worth a trip to Chester Theatre to see the big, bold productions the company always puts together with miniscule casts on a diminutive stage. This weekend, the company (it was once called The Miniature Theatre of Chester) wraps up Kathleen Tolan’s “Memory House,’ directed …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Art Walk in Amherst and a whole lot more, this week in the Valley

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Easthampton arts Easthampton’s Art Walk will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., and includes gallery shows, performances, demonstrations and a celebration of the final restoration of the 1869 Old Town Hall lobby project (6 to 6:30). …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Can winter be far behind?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

I saw this woman relaxing (napping?) at Musante Beach in Leeds Monday, and it reminded me of the ease of summer, when it seems like the joys of the season will be endless. Until my birthday, which is …

Art Maker: Kathryn Fanelli | painter, printmaker

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kathryn Fanelli, 48, of Amherst says she’s mainly a painter, but includes drawing, printmaking and photography in her practice. She has a studio in Eastworks in Easthampton and is a member of Zea Mays Printmaking Studio in Florence. …