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Lois Barber works in the studio of her Amherst home.

Art Maker: Lois Barber | Painter

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lois Barber has spent nearly a quarter century as the founding director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 peace and social justice organizations in some 160 countries. Now, at 69, the longtime Amherst resident says she’s begun the transition away from full-time work and toward a growing focus on another of her passions: making art. “Birdz of …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A waiting game

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tuesday Market behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton is usually an interesting place to look for pictures. When the market is busy, the constant movement and influx of people sometimes makes it hard for me to find the jewel amid the chaos. This time, I chose a background and waited for a good …

A third act at Chester Theatre: Director Byam Stevens will hand over the reins to the company at the end of this season; Daniel Elihu Kramer will pick them up.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For 18 years, Byam Stevens has filled the small stage at the Chester Town Hall with the weight of ideas. Under his direction, the Chester Theatre Company (CTC) has dealt with the philosophical implications of clones in “A Number” and uncomfortable truths in “Arms on Fire.” The company renewed a classic Peter Pan …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Going solo

Thursday, June 11, 2015

While at Hopkins Academy in Hadley for graduation ceremonies last week, I couldn’t help but notice the big number “2015,” created by jamming plastic cups into the chain link of the school’s baseball backstop. With an eye toward …

Anonymous challenge grant, foundation gift lift Historic Northampton; membership drive key to future, leaders say

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Historic Northampton is on the brink of making some of its own history. For the first time in nearly two decades, the nonprofit organization is aiming to finish its fiscal year with a balanced operating budget as it prepares to kick off a major membership drive …

‘Echoes from the Borscht Belt’: Exhibit at Yiddish Book Center explores history of Catskill resorts

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It was once a vacation destination for hundreds of thousands of people — a wooded, hilly land that boasted over 600 hotels and resorts, summer camps and scores of bungalow communities. But the Borscht Belt, as the area …

Arise with art: Valley artists donate their work for auction to benefit Springfield community group

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It’s no secret that art — for most artists — is not a big money-making venture. Whether you’re a painter, photographer, musician, sculptor or something else, you do the work because it’s important to you. But the way …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Life in the (413)’ at New Century Theatre

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

After three years, it’s threatening to become a Valley tradition. On Saturday, New Century Theatre will once again kick off its season with “Life in the (413),” an evening of five original tales by local authors and performers …

Art Maker: Jon Crispin | Photographer

Thursday, June 4, 2015

For the past four years, Pelham photographer Jon Crispin, 63, has been photographing a collection of more than 400 suitcases left behind at the Willard Psychiatric Center (originally called the Willard Asylum of the Insane) in New York …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Alley renaissance

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Since it seems like something more apt to be found in an Old World landscape like Versailles than right here in Northampton, I was surprised to see this alley of trees on my way into Childs Park in …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Guns and posies

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A flower in a gun — it’s an iconic image, made so by the photo reporter Bernie Boston took in 1967 that showed an antiwar protester tucking carnations in the rifle barrels of soldiers at the Pentagon, and …

Finding beauty: Amherst exhibit showcases varied photography of Robert Hallock

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Robert Hallock has had a distinguished career as a professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, joining the faculty in 1970 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the university in 1965 and a doctorate from Stanford …

‘Johnny Came Home’: Play about PTSD benefits Wounded Warrior Project

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It’s a story that’s become all too familiar for many families with members serving in the military: a son, daughter, husband or wife joins the armed forces and is deployed overseas, ready to fight and defend the nation’s …