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Christine Ritok has been hired as Historic Deerfield's newest associate curator. Submitted Photo/Historic Deerfield

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, and developing exhibits. She is replacing a retiring staffer. Originally from the Detroit area, Ritok said her interest in the decorative arts began with the many museum trips on which she accompanied her history-buff father as a child. “In the Detroit area, there’s a lot of industrial history and living museum experiences,” she said. Her first job at a museum — the National Design Museum in New …

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. Back in my grown-up world, could I buy a cheap plastic toboggan and ply the …

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, …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, February 5, 2015

At CDH These exhibits are on view through Feb. 28 in the corridor galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton. There will be an artist’s reception Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. In the New Gallery: …

Photo Gallery: Double take

Thursday, February 5, 2015

On my drive back from a recent portrait shoot in Amherst, my head was on a swivel as I looked for feature-photo possiblities. I did a double take when I spotted Norman Bie, 59, of Amherst. I drove …

Ellen Keiter takes over as chief curator at Amherst’s Eric Carle Museum

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — Ellen Keiter is taking the reins as chief curator of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, replacing founding director and chief curator H. Nichols B. Clark. Clark retired in December after 13 years in …

Poehler feted by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Amy Poehler turned the tables on her roasters, poking fun at Harvard and its famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe during its annual Woman of the Year award Thursday. The actress joked at the irreverent affair that …

A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan of Taylor and his company since she was introduced to his work as …