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Paying homage: Robert Floyd gallery presents 14th annual ‘Women in History Month’ photo contest and exhibit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center hosts a photo contest and exhibit that pays homage to women and their achievements. The 14th annual “Women in History Month Photo Contest and Exhibit,” now on view at the Southampton gallery, features photographs taken by women who live and/or work in the Pioneer Valley. Their subjects, though, come from around the world. The theme this year is “human emotion.” The contest will culminate with an award ceremony Sunday at the gallery. “We have a whole month for women, and it is time to reflect and learn about what …

Weekend Planner — Dance: PVB’s ‘Aladdin and His Magic Lamp’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Directed and choreographed by Pioneer Valley Ballet artistic directors Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti, PVB’s “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp” promises to bring the colorful Arabian Nights story to life by way of a fantastical cast of dancing bees, flowers, birds, bats, spiders, monkeys, jewels and genies, including close to 200 student and …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

All-generations dance “The Legacy Project,” a performance by the Dance Generators, will be presented Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. Members of the intergenerational troupe are Margaret Bowrys, Sarah Boy, Kathleen Gorke, Constance Leslie, JanAlicia Nettler, Robin MacRostie, Ronald …

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Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Season finale

Thursday, March 12, 2015

When I stopped to photograph these arbor vitae, shrouded and standing sentinel in a central Amherst neighborhood, the homeowner was gracious — but not surprised. Since she began wrapping them against the elements three or four years ago, …

Headliners: The ‘24-Hour Theater Project’; ‘St. John Passion’ with Arcadia Players

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Creative hysteria “Bigger than ever and never better!” declares Elizabeth Foley, coordinator of the ‘24-Hour Theater Project,’ which this year is set to unfold in the commodious space of Smith College’s Theatre 14. It all starts Friday at …

Conservation specialist recommends replacing Soldiers’ Monument on Old Deerfield town common with replica

Friday, March 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — Preserving the historic Civil War-era Soldiers’ Monument on the Old Deerfield town common and preventing it from collapsing could cost up to $120,000, according to a report by a Connecticut conservation specialist. A project to clean the sculpture, which depicts a soldier standing at parade rest, …

Art Maker: Sandra J. Rae | painter

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sandra J. Rae of Easthampton works in oil and acrylic and exhibits landscapes and still-life paintings. “Painting, for me, is an act of communing with myself and a communication with the materials at hand,” she writes in an …

Hampshire Life ID

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Michael Cohen has been a self-sustaining potter for 53 years — he started his first studio in 1962 and had studios in East Weymouth and New Ipswich, New Hampshire, before moving to Pelham in 1973. Cohen was interviewed …

Call waiting

Thursday, March 5, 2015

...and waiting. For Superman, perhaps. I found this timeless example of 20th century technology at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds during a recent storm. Timeless, in that New England Telephone …

Laurie Loisel’s best bets: Sacred Harp singing; “Hairspray” at ARHS

Thursday, March 5, 2015

LIFT UP THOSE VOICES Think loud. Think robust. Think a cappella music on steroids. That’s Sacred Harp music. This weekend, anyone who loves singing or listening to passionate singers might appreciate the 2015 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Singing Convention. Traditional American choral music dating back to the late …

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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, …

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. …