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"My Palette" by William Merritt Chase. Oil on canvas, circa 1870-1880; Reading Public Museum.

This side of the Atlantic: Springfield Museums hosts new exhibit on American impressionists

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In the early 1870s, a group of painters in France began bucking tradition and accepted technique to produce a new style of work: paintings done with quick but visible brushstrokes, an intense mix of colors, and often produced outside to capture changes in light. The goal was to depict not the details of a subject but its overall visual effect …

Chronicling lives and how they’re remembered: Hadley photographer depicts roadside memorials

Thursday, July 23, 2015

You might give them a glance as you’re driving by — that small cross or other marker, maybe with some flowers at its base, a name on a placard. But for one Valley photographer, roadside memorials and fatality markers are a source of inspiration and mystery, a reflection both on personal loss and …

Weekend planner — Kids: ‘Junie B. Jones: The Musical’ at New Century Theatre

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In “Junie B. Jones: The Musical,” an adaptation of the best-selling series of books by Barbara Park, Junie B. sings and dances her way through first grade with her new friends Herb and José (but not that tattle-tale, May); dons a hairnet to help out the Cafeteria Lady; stubs her toe in a …

Light on her feet

Friday, June 26, 2015

Historic Deerfield acquires tall case clock which had been on loan to museum for decade

Friday, June 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — History is often represented by points in time and Historic Deerfield will now have a slightly easier time keeping track of its relentless march with the acquisition of an 1803 tall case clock built by 19th-century …

Partners, new and old: VLO, Amherst Ballet to team up for Gilbert & Sullivan treat

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Even 144 years after W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan collaborated on their first opera, their Victorian comedies continue to bring people together. But the members of this iconic partnership produced work, separately, even before they became a permanent …

Weekend Planner — Arts: ‘Art at Thistlebloom Farm’

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The barn studio of Amherst’s Thistlebloom Farm (formerly known as Mad Woman Farm) will be put to use as a showcase for 10 local artists Saturday and Sunday. Called “Art at Thistlebloom Farm,” the event will also include …

Art Maker: Rob Kimmel |painter, curator

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Florence artist Rob Kimmel, 44, is busy these days, curating art shows: There’s a group show, “Horns to Tale,” on view through the end of June at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton in which a dozen artists have …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Castles made of sand

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Yes, those would be my feet ... and my “jammies.” And my sidewalk. And so, by turns, my ant hills — or at least they were. Such is the ephemeral nature of nature. While waiting to send my …

Your Photos

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Full Disclosure: New theater festival aims to engage audiences

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Linda McInerny thinks a lot about the brain. “I love neurology and I love the study of the brain and consciousness, and who we are as human beings,” McInerny said recently. The Old Deerfield Productions artistic director had …

Photo gallery: Last light

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I lucked into living in a beautiful spot in the woods between Goshen and Williamsburg along the West Branch of the Mill River. Usually by the time I make it home, though, after a day of photographing for …

Headliners: ‘Seminar’ at New Century Theatre; the Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The write stuff? A tart Broadway comedy from 2011 by Teresa Rebeck, “Seminar” opens in an Upper West Side Manhattan apartment where four young writers are awaiting the arrival of Leonard, a once-celebrated novelist turned creative-writing guru who …