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Peter Dellert at work at a previous "Northampton Ice Art Festival"

Thrills and chills: Northampton readies for 6th annual ‘Ice Art Festival’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It got off to a slow start, but winter’s finally here, just in time for the 6th annual “Northampton Ice Art Festival.” On Friday, experienced and neophyte ice sculptors will spend the day decorating the streets in the city’s lively downtown area. The festival, part of the city’s monthly “Arts Night Out,” is a popular one, says Penny Burke, the …

City man wins snow-sculpting competition in Colorado

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dave Rothstein of Northampton recently used 20 tons of snow to educate the public about ocean pollution — and he won first place in a snow-sculpting contest while doing it. Rothstein was a member of Team USA/VT, one of 15 teams competing last month in the “International Snow Sculpting Championships,” held in Breckenridge, …

Keeping tabs on the arts

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dance at Smith “Hue: a continuum,” thesis choreography by Smith College MFA candidates in dance, will be presented Feb. 11-13 at 8 p.m. in Theatre 14 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, 122 Green St. at Smith College in Northampton. The choreographers are Barbie Diewald, Emily Lukasewski, Bronwen MacArthur and Kate …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Tall tales and ruminations

Thursday, January 14, 2016

This time of year — on either side of the winter solstice — I often notice the improbably long shadows cast by the pines at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School farm in Northampton. Caught between the …

Finding the magical in the mundane: ALSCT brings ‘Mary Poppins’ to Bowker stage

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

More than 80 years after P.L. Travers published her first book about Mary Poppins, the magical nanny blown by easterly winds to the Banks family’s home in London, will breeze into Amherst for a musical stage version of …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Photos from around the globe “Places Near and Far,” a photography exhibit by Tad Malek of Northampton, will be on view through Jan. 28 at Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton. The 20 photographs in the exhibit …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Classic New England weather

Thursday, January 7, 2016

With December temperatures reaching the middle-60s, it made it easy for me to put off yard work; I would check the forecast, then delay my work a few more days ... then a few more. I was still …

Art Maker: Alan Dallmann | Actor

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Alan Dallmann, 48, of Amherst, is preparing to perform as one of musical theater’s most beloved characters: Bert the chimney sweep in “Mary Poppins,” presented this month by Amherst Leisure Service Community Theater. Hampshire Life: How do you …

Behind the scenes at Disney: Eric Carle Museum offers a retrospective on seminal illustrator Mary Blair

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

She might be the biggest name in animation you’ve never heard of. Mary Blair was a key figure for the Walt Disney Co. in the 1940s and 1950s, an art director and designer whose eye for bold color …

Valley Views: Backlit Grasses

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Backlit Grasses Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley Quabbin Reservoir is a treasure trove of images waiting to be captured. The late afternoon October sun shining through these feathery grasses on the …

Art Maker: Frances Kidder | Painter

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Regardless of the subjects of Williamsburg artist Frances Kidder’s paintings — which range from dogs to refugees to landscapes — one thing remains constant: She has a desire, she writes in an artist’s statement, “to make paintings in …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: In a fog

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The unseasonably warm weather we experienced recently created an unusual amount of fog. I spotted Jim Roberts of Westhampton last week as he canoed in the murk along the Connecticut River. I like the way the wake from …

Into the woods: Leverett Crafts and Arts thrives as work, gathering place for local artists

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Nestled in the quiet, peaceful woodlands of Leverett, lies a hub of creative energy. In the course of its 112-year existence, this historically rich building has morphed from a box factory into a routine destination for the local …