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Matt Evald Johnson at his home studio in Easthampton

Art Maker: Matt Evald Johnson | material manipulator

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The urban/industrial environment supplies Easthampton artist Matt Evald Johnson with subjects, materials, processes and narratives for his sculpture and painting. “The subject of my work is always the assemblage and manipulation of raw material,” Johnson, 51, writes on his website, www.evaldart.com. “The materials ... in many ways record some of the history of their previous lives. I hope to merge the grace (and) brutality to produce an unexpected object that not only records my personal involvement with the process but also retains some of the force from what it once was. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Matt Evald Johnson: At any …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Wade in the water

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Two weeks ago, I photographed a group of Broad Brook Coalition volunteers putting in place a plan to outsmart the beavers at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area in Northampton. The mud and stick constructions of the four-footed engineers had been blocking the overflow drain, causing the lake level to rise by some two …

Weekend Planner — Comedy: ‘Full-On Funny’ at Diva’s nightclub, Northampton

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happening on a (more or less) quarterly basis, the “Full-On Funny” comedy series at Diva’s nightclub in Northampton showcases local and regional comedians and is “open to all adult humans (21+) who enjoy laughter and good times.” Series founder Jennifer Myszkowski of Holyoke (“corporate drone by day, stand-up comic by night”) will be …

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. …

Art Maker: Christopher Curtis | Photographer

Thursday, August 6, 2015

South Deerfield artist and environmental planner Christopher Curtis, 60, is currently working on a series of photographic images of Native American rock art and spiritual sites. He’s interested, he says, in how the landscape’s forms (arches, spires, alcoves) …

Photo gallery: Smooth sailing

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to tag along with pilot Paul Sena of Worthington Ballooning for my first experience flying in a hot air balloon. It was a relatively calm afternoon so it was smooth sailing as we …

Windows and walls: In a new exhibit, photographer Kate Way examines the physical and metaphorical impact of structures

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Photographer Kate Way wants people to look beyond the ordinary structures of windows, walls and doors to realize the impact they have on our lives. In a new exhibit at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, Way will feature …

Collective Power: Cooperative art galleries in Northampton and Amherst open joint show

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It’s a common question for any artist: How can I get more exposure? At the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton and Gallery A3 in Amherst, Valley artists have joined forces to tackle that issue — and to get to …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Memory House’ at Chester Theatre Company

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Kathleen Tolan’s two-person play “Memory House” takes place in a small Manhattan apartment on New Year’s Eve where Maggie, a middle-aged office worker, has set about baking a blueberry pie while prodding her sullen daughter, Katia, to complete …