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Sandra Rae paints at her home in Easthampton Thursday, Feb. 19.

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 artist’s statement. “My intention is to create paintings that share an intimate life pace and relate a love of the act of …

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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 by the Smithsonian Museum for the “Archives of American Art” and was one of the …

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 is long gone. According to a security officer passing by, the phone line is no …

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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 …

Frozen: Area artists put frigid temps to good use at fifth annual Northampton Ice Art Festival

Thursday, February 12, 2015

As officials in Northampton try to figure out how to get rid of the city’s overflowing piles of snow, many residents are looking forward to the delivery Friday of nearly five tons of ice. All that frozen water …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, February 12, 2015

At ECA+ “Myth and the Atemporal Challenge,” an exhibit of paintings by Easthampton artist Ruth Kjaer, will be on view through Feb. 24 at the in ECA+ Gallery in Easthampton’s Old Town Hall at 43 Main St. There …

Photo Gallery: Not a ripple in sight

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last Saturday, I covered the Western Massachusetts High School Swimming Championships at Springfield College. It was the first time I have ever photographed swimming. I made this image as everyone rose for the playing of a very old, …

Art Maker: furniture maker

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The furniture that Joel Liebman designs and builds in his Easthampton studio is custom-made, much of it to order. And every piece that comes out of his shop is created 100-percent by him — from purchasing the wood …

Amherst to host talk by hometown Pulitzer Prize winner and finalist

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Last April, Amherst became ground zero for the Pulitzer Prize in drama. Now, it will recap that moment. On Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Regional High School library, Annie Baker, the 2014 Pulitzer winner in drama, …