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COURTESY OF THE UMCA
"I long to meet the masses once again" (detail), inkjet print by Walid Raad, production date, 2014

Blurred lines: Walid Raad’s work, on view at UMCA, blends fact and fiction

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For Walid Raad, fact and fiction do not stand poles apart, in stark distinction. In his artwork, fact and fiction bend, blend, and blur together — with fantasy thrown in to enhance the mix. Born in Lebanon in 1967, Raad left Beirut as a teenager, when violence from civil war intensified, and even came knocking at his door as local …

Weekend Planner — Reenactors: Society of the 17th Century

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Redware pottery, spinning, lace making, herbal lore, quill pen writing, wood carving, basket making, arms and armor — the members of the Society of the 17th Century have mastered these period arts, crafts and trades and will be putting them on display on Saturday at Historic Deerfield. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

At the Hosmer Gallery Woodblock prints by Annie Bissett and etchings by Joan Dix Blair will be on view Dec. 2-29 at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St. in Northampton. There will be an artists’ reception Dec. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. Northampton artist Bissett has been making woodblock …

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A life of clay: Florence potter Tiffany Hilton finds balance between art and business

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

When I meet Florence potter Tiffany Hilton for an interview, she presents me with my own coffee mug. “I figured if you want to know who I am, you should have one of my pots,” she says with …

Weekend Planner — Performance: Riff Talks at Northampton Community Arts Trust Building

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Co-hosted by the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought and the Northampton Community Arts Trust, Riff Talks is a new series of discussions with local and international artists about their performance practices. The series kicks off Nov. 14 …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Mike Metzger’s collages at Cushman Market and other exhibits, performances this week in the Valley

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cut-ups in Cushman New collages by Chesterfield artist Michael Metzger will be on view through Dec. 31 at the Cushman Market & Cafe, 491 North Pine St., North Amherst. Metzger, an Emmy Award-winning TV producer, now retired, creates …

Art Maker: Bill Venman: VLO co-founder

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bill Venman says when he and his wife, Sally, founded Valley Light Opera 40 years ago, he had no idea it would become a permanent part of his life. Venman, 83, a UMass professor emeritus, used to play …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Picture puzzle

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Occasionally, I like to take a photo that is a little mysterious — like it’s a puzzle to figure out. While at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Northampton last month for the seventh annual Giving Voice, …

Power Women: Photo exhibit highlights female powerlifters

Monday, November 10, 2014

Liane Brandon wasn’t looking for a new artistic project when, a couple of years ago, she went to a gym in Boston. The former University of Massachusetts Amherst professor and filmmaker just wanted to get back in shape …

Open Studios: Artists, craftspeople invite public in for a look-see

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Every year around this time many of the area’s artist studios open their doors to the public, inviting them in to interact with artists as they work, view demonstrations, and purchase work directly from the creators. Arts & …

Power Women: Photo exhibit highlights female powerlifters

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Liane Brandon wasn’t looking for a new artistic project when, a couple of years ago, she went to a gym in Boston. The former University of Massachusetts Amherst professor and filmmaker just wanted to get back in shape …

Weekend Planner — Cabaret: ‘Still Tryin’ to Get it Right: A Jewish Woman’s Journey’

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

By day, Sharon Saline is a licensed clinical psychologist in Northampton who works primarily with children, adolescents and families. By night she’s a cabaret performer who mixes songs from musical theater, jazz standards and rock with personal stories …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: A feather in the wind

Thursday, November 6, 2014

While I was photographing a group of paragliders descending from Mount Tom into Easthampton, a southbound jet appeared to cross paths with one of them. I can’t say it photobombed my picture, since I saw it coming, and …