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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Trevor Richardson, the director of the Herter Arts Gallery.

Still painting after all these years: Herter Gallery opens retrospective show on painter John Grillo, former UMass professor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When John Grillo arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1967, he was 50 years old, and in the view of some, his art was largely passé. The abstract expressionist painter had begun making his mark in the years after World War II and had studied and rubbed elbows with some of the biggest American abstract artists. But by …

Maureen Shea re-joins Dance Generators in Northampton as artistic director

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seven years after departing from the local Northampton dance group Dance Generators, Maureen Shea is coming back as artistic director. Taking over the position from Kristin Horrigan, who was the artistic director from 2006 to 2014, Shea says she hopes to lead the group into new and challenging repertoires. Dance Generators, which was …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Decorated by Mother Nature

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I know I’m not alone in my fondness for antique or aging farm equipment: I see tractors, plows, wheels and other items used to display merchandise, as planters, and as lawn decorations throughout the Pioneer Valley. This one, decorated by nature with wild grasses, flowers and vines, made a nice display for visitors …

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Weekend Planner — Kids: KidsStage presents “D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten!” at the Eric Carle Museum

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

As everyone knows, Arthur Read, the hero of the popular PBS animated television series (and of the children’s books by Marc Brown on which the series is based) is an anthropomorphic bipedal aardvark whose experiences reflect the vicissitudes …

Art People: Rochelle Shicoff | painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rochelle Shicoff thinks of herself mainly as a painter. And yet, her exhibit “It Came to Pass,” on view through Oct. 31 at the Jewish Community of Amherst, features photomontages; the images are mostly sacred items housed in …

Photo gallery: Tradition: Still the bee’s knees

Thursday, August 14, 2014

OK, I know that photos of bees and butterflies on flowers are trite, at least in some circles. I try hard to avoid clichés when taking pictures, but when I saw this bee working coneflowers at the Northampton …

Stars onstage: TV and movie dancers to perform at Academy of Music as part of Generation IV Dance workshop

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Generation IV Dance, a weeklong dance intensive workshop for dancers of all ages, will conclude its fifth season with performances on Aug. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Featured onstage will …

Deconstructing ‘Endgame’: Northampton’s Serious Play! receives grant to develop production of Samuel Beckett’s 1957 play

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) has awarded a $2,000 grant to Northampton’s Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble for the development of its “Endgame Exploration Project,” a three-company collaborative project with Pilgrim Theatre of Ashfield and Sandglass Theater of …

Mead director leaving to head Boston Anthenaeum

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Elizabeth Barker, director of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College for the past seven years, is stepping down at the end of September to become director of the Boston Anthenaeum, one of the oldest independent libraries in …

Weekend Planner — Dance: tinydance project’s tiny tour of Northampton

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The tinydance project is going on tour! “But because we are super-sustainable and low-tech, this is an ultra-local tour,” says project creator Kelly Silliman: “A tiny tour!” The tinydance project’s super-sustainable and low-tech qualities center around its tiny …

Weekend Planner — Kids: New Century Theatre’s shows for children

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Skippyjon Jones is a cat who thinks he is a dog (his mom is pretty annoyed with that). In “Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Olé,” one in the series of children’s books by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon gets …

Photo Gallery: Tunnel of fun

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Whenever I get an assignment to photograph at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, there’s a good chance I’ll be trekking down the Old Coach Road Trail with a bunch of kids. The trail cuts through a swell in …

Photo Gallery: ... But they don’t look under the weather

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I’m sure there’s an official explanation for this sign in a plot outside the University of Massachusetts Laboratory of Medical Zoology in Amherst. But it could just be the brainchild of a few overly protective gardeners. — Kevin …