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Peter Leach uses ground penetrating radar to examine an area near the Strong House, right, which houses the Amherst History Museum, Monday on Amity Street.

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 place that Peter Leach has brought his …

Art Maker: Lilian Kravitz | Photographer

Friday, November 20, 2015

As a youth living in Brooklyn, Lilian Kravitz was encouraged to draw and paint. She studied art in high school and took weekend art classes at Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn Museum and the Pratt Institute. Kravitz, 66, received a bachelor’s degree in art, with a concentration in photography, from Brooklyn College. It was …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: A patient sentinel

Friday, November 20, 2015

I like working as a photographer for the Gazette on Veterans Day; it’s a treat to talk to people I wouldn’t otherwise meet, and I’m reminded of events that we mustn’t forget. This year, at Bridge Street School in Northampton, I came across 8-year-old Donald Rogers of Springfield, dressed in a miniature 10th …

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 …

Art among the hammers: Steampunk exhibit hidden in plain sight on hardware store shelves

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A hardware store is not the first place one might think of as a venue for an art show. But for artist Dean Nimmer, the idea has been brewing for some time. Nimmer, a retired chairman of the …

‘From the Boat to Obama’: Play aims to fill historical void about African-American experiences

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mary Taylor says she doesn’t remember learning anything in school about the African-American experience back when she was growing up in Georgia and then Florida — except that most blacks had been slaves, predominantly in the southern United …