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Tiffany Hilton says her pottery is designed to be used as functional dinnerware.

Clay shapers: Studios along the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail open for 10th annual event

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The earthy smell of fresh clay. The warm glow emanating from a kiln. Doors to working studios thrown open to the public. It’s that time of year again. The Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, a self-guided driving tour of clay studios, is back for its 10th year on April 26 and 27, in Florence, Hadley, Pelham, Shelburne Falls, Greenfield and Northfield. … 0

Weekend planner — Theater: ‘The Slam Up Tour’

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Performance artists, comedians and longtime friends, Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger, decided to hit the road together with “The Slam Up Tour,” a show intermixing comedy, poetry, music and spoken word in which the pair promises to “grab you by the heartstrings with tales of the many shades of love — requited, unrequited, … 0

Weekend planner — ‘Water Dance’

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The collaborative brainchild of Conway artist Phyllis Labanowski and Hooping Harmony Inc., a Greenfield-based mother-daughter team of professional hoop dancers, “Water Dance” is an annual sound-and-light ceremony and Earth Day celebration of the Connecticut River and the people who work to protect it. Set for Saturday night on the banks of the river … 0

Cut (up) and paste — the quirky collage art of Michael Metzger

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It’s been four years since collage artist Michael Metzger had an exhibit of his work at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton. Since then, he quips, he has spent his hours guzzling cooking wine from paper bags and sleeping … 0

Art People: Jacqueline Tuthill and Rebecca Tuthill | photographers

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jacqueline Tuthill and her granddaughter Rebecca Tuthill share an appreciation for the fragile, fleeting images they find in the natural world. “I think I was inspired by her to go out and look for things that are beautiful,” … 0

Norton Juster to receive ‘Sammy’ award from Jones Library

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Amherst — There is a measure of irony in the award bestowed to renowned children’s book author Norton Juster. Juster, a longtime Amherst resident perhaps best known as author of “The Phantom Tollbooth,” is being honored Thursday as … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘The Wilde Women of James Joyce’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A new stage work in narrative and song by Valley Celtic musician Rosemary Caine, “The Wilde Irish Women of James Joyce” focuses on the three major women in James Joyce’s life: his wife Nora, his daughter Lucia and … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A sweetly curious baby Dryosaur, a hulking but peaceful Titanosaur and a pretty scary, teeth-gnashing T. rex are among the 16 prehistoric creatures that take the stage in “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo,” an interactive theater performance from Australia that … 0

Keeping tabs on the arts

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

‘The Art of Giving’ More than 100 local artist have contributed artwork in support of Whole Children, an afterschool center in Hadley for children with disabilities. The works will be up for grabs, so to speak, April 12 … 0

Photo Gallery: A whole new perspective

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The reverse view of a sign for The Village Commons in South Hadley, and Hadley Street behind, make an interesting study of form, scale and space. — Jerrey Roberts … 0

Art People: Turi MacCombie | painter

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Turi MacCombie has long been drawn to animals; the Amherst watercolorist enjoys painting outdoor scenes but prefers filling them with creatures ranging from birds and bears to foxes and sheep. “There’s more to react to,” she says. “I … 0

Photo Gallery:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

During last week’s cold, windy weather, these crocuses — one of my favorite indicators of the end of winter — seemed like early arrivals near the Lyman Plant House at Smith College in Northampton. This purple-and-yellow mix, which … 0

‘Not Like the Other Girls’ — Easthampton photo exhibit explores the different dimensions of butch women

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Amiee Ross says she’s had any number of people approach her over the years who want to take her picture — not because of who she is, she says, but for what the would-be photographers think she represents. … 0