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Kelly Silliman dances on her portable stage at Smith College April 11.

Art People: Kelly Silliman | dancer, choreographer

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dancer and choreographer Kelly Silliman is certain that the end of life as we know it on Earth is inevitable. “I’m really pretty convinced that this lifestyle that we’re living is not sustainable; it’s not going to last much longer,” Silliman said in an interview last week at Smith College, where she received a master’s degree in dance last spring. In response to that unsettling certainty, Silliman, 36, who lives in Leeds with her husband and four children, created tinydance, a project that encompasses a variety of dance works made for small, sustainable spaces. That includes her tinydance stage, a 4-foot-by-8-foot platform she designed and … 0

Photo Gallery

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Last week, during one of the first warm days, I stopped uptown for a milk shake. As I was enjoying my treat I noticed some guys painting fire escape steps at a building across the street. I watched for a while, knowing there was a picture in there somewhere. But I was feeling … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Urinetown’ at Williston Northampton School in Easthampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

While the satirical musical comedy “Urinetown” made its debut in 2001, the dystopian future it posits — one in which extreme water shortages have made private toilets illegal and all waste-elimination activities must be accomplished in pay-per-use facilities controlled by a corrupt megacorporation — seems to become less and less remote with each … 0

Wrangling the monster: Healing power of art uncovered in ‘War and Peace Project’ At Umass’ Hampden Gallery

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

This loose and baggy monster can fill the walls of an art gallery, teach you Russian and expose you to one of the most celebrated literary works of all time. After exhibitions in Russia, the international-in-reach and lofty-in-breadth … 0

A tip of the hat: An exhibit at the R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton reveals what’s been hidden behind Dr. Seuss’ secret door

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

IN the beginning, Theodor Geisel didn’t have five hundred hats. He had only one hat. But Geisel, better known as children’s book author Dr. Seuss, began to collect hats, just like the title character in his second book, … 0

Photo gallery: You can take the photographer out of Hampshire County ...

Thursday, March 6, 2014

What was I doing at sunup, driving around looking for a shot of the fog and the sun rising behind a group of cattle? I felt like I was in Hampshire County looking for a feature photo. Why? … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

At Gallery A3 “Un Voyage au Dollarama from Montreal and other new places,” an exhibit of photographs by Gloria Kegeles will open with a reception March 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through … 0

Photo Gallery: Frosty fender

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Though I’ve seen this kind of “fern frost” gracing car windows before, I was surprised to see it covering the entire painted surface of my car one morning. I took a crystallography course in college but never totally … 0

Amherst College, FBI reopen 1975 Mead Art Museum heist investigation

Friday, February 21, 2014

AMHERST — It was just over 39 years ago that the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College experienced what was likely its worst moment: Thieves broke in on a winter night and made off with three centuries-old paintings … 0

Can you spot the fake? Springfield Museums exhibit examines widespread problem of forged paintings, drawings

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

‘Struggling artist” might be a cliché, but it also describes a common predicament: It’s not easy to make a living out of art. Unless, perhaps, you want to try your hand at forgery. “Intent to Deceive: Fakes and … 0

‘Echoes of Industry’: Amherst photographer finds ‘human factor’ in old Holyoke mills

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Relatively new to western Massachusetts, Eric Broudy of Amherst followed a long-time love of photographing architecture to Holyoke’s waterfront factories. “As soon as I crossed the bridge leading into Holyoke,” he says, “I was struck by the array … 2

Belchertown volunteers at work on mammoth spring book sale to benefit Clapp Library

Friday, February 21, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Book sales to support local libraries are a fairly common part of New England life. Events that move 50,000 books in a week are not. For years now, the Friends of Clapp Memorial Library has been … 0

Photo gallery: Outside, looking in

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A big snowstorm means different things to different people. For those who plow, it means long hours; for kids, a storm brings hopes of a snow day; and for newspaper photographers, it means driving around in the mess, … 0