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CAROL LOLLIS
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 …

This side of the Atlantic: Springfield Museums hosts new exhibit on American impressionists

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In the early 1870s, a group of painters in France began bucking tradition and accepted technique to produce a new style of work: paintings done with quick but visible brushstrokes, an intense mix of colors, and often produced …

Chronicling lives and how they’re remembered: Hadley photographer depicts roadside memorials

Thursday, July 23, 2015

You might give them a glance as you’re driving by — that small cross or other marker, maybe with some flowers at its base, a name on a placard. But for one Valley photographer, roadside memorials and fatality …

Weekend planner — Kids: ‘Junie B. Jones: The Musical’ at New Century Theatre

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In “Junie B. Jones: The Musical,” an adaptation of the best-selling series of books by Barbara Park, Junie B. sings and dances her way through first grade with her new friends Herb and José (but not that tattle-tale, …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

One cool kitty PaintBox Theater’s children’s theater performances of “Puss in Boots” continue through Saturday at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. in Northampton. Puss is one cool kitty who will show audiences how to get from …

Art Maker: Betsey Garand | Printmaker

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Betsey Garand, a senior resident artist at Amherst College, divides her time between western Massachusetts and Hancock, New Hampshire, where she has a studio. She is currently working on multiple series that include prints, drawings and watercolors. Hampshire …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Gone in a flash

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If you haven’t seen the wildlife, you’ve heard the stories and seen the pictures — like, the bear that strolled by Smith College Campus School near downtown Northampton in midday, or the mother bear that settled into a …

Headliners: Pauline Productions’ ‘4000 Miles’; Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Loneliness of the long-distance biker “4000 Miles,” the title of Amy Herzog’s 2012 Obie Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, refers to the distance 21-year-old Leo has traversed on a cross-country bike trip that has brought him to Manhattan and the Greenwich Village apartment of his grandmother, where, following …

Replenishing the soul: Weekly series uses art to promote sharing, healing

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

the Haymarket Café veritably buzzed with customers during last Monday’s lunch rush: As many folks settled in to eat their meals, it wasn’t long before their cell phones came out for business. Susannah Crolius sat in the restaurant, …

PVB dancers take their moves out of the theater and into the park

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pioneer Valley Ballet will be tossing out the pointe shoes and ornate theaters in favor of sneakers and local parks (and a museum) this weekend, when it presents its inaugural summer tour of “FLUX ChoreoLab: Boundless Adventures in …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Burq Off!’ at Ko Festival in Amherst

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It’s an all-too-familiar pattern: A family emigrates from its native land to find greater freedom and opportunity in another country but brings along all of its onerous cultural baggage. In “Burq Off!,” Nadia P. Manzoor’s autobiographical one-woman show …