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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 …

‘The Araboolies’: A musical tale of acceptance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Students at the Smith College Campus School in Northampton, in collaboration with the Smith College music department, will perform “The Araboolies of Liberty Street,” a family-friendly opera written by Smith professor emeritus Ronald Perera that he based on …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Duck, duck, goose

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Back when this week’s storm of “potentially historic proportions” was just a gleam in the meteorologist’s eye — where it pretty much remained — I found this cozy scene under the iron bridge over Lower Lake at Mount …

Weekend Planner — Kids’ opera: ‘The Araboolies of Liberty Street’ at Smith College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In the children’s book “The Araboolies of Liberty Street” by Sam Swope and Barry Root, General Pinch and his wife live on Liberty street, where all the houses are white and look the same. Modern-day fascists, the Pinches …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Fast Five’ at Northampton Arts Trust Building

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Back by popular demand, the Connecticut River Valley Poets’ Theatre’s production of “Fast Five” will be presented Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Northampton Arts Trust building. A spoof of the Vin Diesel action-flick series, the …

Art Maker: Russell Powell | painter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Russell Powell, 60, of Hatfield draws on his experience as an athlete — throwing a softball, for example, or shooting a basketball — when creating his oil paintings. “My most transcendent moments on the playing field occurred when …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Nature’s graffiti

Friday, January 23, 2015

Although this may look like someone’s cryptic graffiti, the designs on this building at the corner of Main and Market streets in Northampton are the result of late-afternoon sunlight reflected from windows across the street. — Jerrey Roberts …

Freckle-faced heroine: ALSCT brings ‘Anne of Green Gables’ to Bowker Auditorium

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

At a recent rehearsal for “Anne of Green Gables,” the cast was rehearsing for the first time at Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where the musical is scheduled to open on Thursday. A group of …

Four decades of art: University Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates milestone with special exhibition

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

For 40 years, the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been cultivating the work of both upcoming and established artists. Now, to celebrate its four decades on the scene, UMCA has reached back …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On the run from a wicked stepmother, a young princess finds refuge in a small cottage in the forest inhabited by seven pint-sized men who decide to adopt her and protect her from all harm. It’s the Grimm …

Art Maker: Georgia Pugh | painter

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Painter Georgia Pugh lives on a former farm in Hatfield with her husband, Milton Howard, and their son, Daniel. Her current “Seawall Series” portrays ruined structures of iron, concrete, rock and rebar, built to keep the water from …