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I have lived in Westhampton for the last 18 years. It is my home, my community. Thursday a fire resulted in a total loss of the Parsons home, a red house I passed everyday on my way home.  I watched as the Parsons tried to make sense of losing everything. As I was getting ready to leave I looked up and saw Ed watching as his house was torn down, the foam they used to put the fire out blowing as the house hit the ground. No one injured, thank goodness, but I could not let go of all the pictures lost,  and then I realized when I passed that house I knew I was home. The big red barns, farm and other houses still stand but that beacon is gone and will so very missed.

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Lost beacon

Monday, November 30, 2015

I have lived in Westhampton for 18 years. It is my home, my community. Last week, a fire resulted in a total loss of the home of Ed and Trina Parsons, an historic red house at the Mayval Farm on Easthampton Road that I have passed every evening on my way home from my job as photo editor at the …

Art Maker: Edwin Lynch | Sculptor

Monday, November 30, 2015

Forty-one years ago, sculptor Edwin Lynch carried a hunk of alabaster back to his loft and began to bang away — untaught but confident, he says, that he could discover a head within. “I was happy, doing what I dreamed of at age 12,” said Lynch, 77, of Hatfield. And then, a single …

Ground-penetrating radar used to prepare for archaeological dig at Amherst Historical Museum

Thursday, November 26, 2015

AMHERST — A high-altitude Peruvian rock shelter, Mayan ruins and caves in France are among the sites around the world where a three-wheeled device resembling an oversized tricycle has revealed what lurks below the ground’s surface. While the lawn of the Amherst Historical Museum on Amity Street may not be the most unusual …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Double Edge Theatre’s ‘Grand Parade’ and other arts happening this week in the Valley

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Grounds for a parade “The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)” will be presented by Double Edge Theatre Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at CityStage, at 150 Bridge St. in Springfield. The “Parade” depicts major events of …

Art Maker: Carmine L. Angeloni | Photographer

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Photography’s unique combination of science and expression has always appealed to Carmine Angeloni. When he was a boy, his father built a makeshift darkroom in the family’s only bathroom. Later, when the Belchertown photographer received his first camera, …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Peek-a-BOO!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

While taking in the fall colors at Childs Park in Northampton last week, I was confronted by this scary face in a leaf. With its jack-o-lantern-like features carved out by nature’s decay, it’s just in time for Halloween. …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Keeping Tabs has been edited to correct the time of the Survivors String Band concert on Sunday. ‘Painterly Friends’ “Painterly Friends,” an exhibit featuring the works of Marguerite Wilson, Terry Faivre and Marjorie Tauer, will be on view …

Art Maker: Laura Radwell | Painter

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Twenty-five years ago, Laura Radwell of Northampton painted realistic landscapes. Then, for several years, she switched to digital art. Recently, she returned to painting, and things have changed. Now, she says, the influence of the digital experience permeates …

Carol Lollis’ photo gallery: Justice done

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I was sitting at an editor’s desk at the Gazette last week, when he said, “We haven’t done justice to fall this season, Carol.” Well, I thought, there’s still time. So here goes: tractors, barns, autumnal colors — …

Play-reading series shines spotlight on young, female writers

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

For more than two decades, Smith College’s theater department has been making strides to close the gender gap in playwriting. Each year, the department showcases the work of promising female students and alumni through its “New Play Reading …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘From the Boat Obama’; ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,’ Academy of Music

Thursday, October 15, 2015

FILLING A VOID Growing up in Georgia and Florida, Mary Taylor’s education about African-Americans was pretty much limited to a discussion of slavery before the Civil War; there was nothing about their achievements and contributions. It’s a void Taylor, a Connecticut singer and dancer, aims to fill: Her …

Art Maker: Deborah Rubin | Watercolor artist

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Amherst artist Deborah Rubin paints in watercolor and, occasionally, acrylic and gouache. She has been pushing the boundaries of photo-realism and hyper-realism since the mid-1970s, according to her website, with an eye on nature and more recently, architecture. …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Love birds

Thursday, October 15, 2015

This was one of those times when “the best camera is the one you have with you.” As I returned to my car at the E.J. Gare Parking Garage in Northampton on my day off last week, this …