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COURTESY OF THE UMCA
"I long to meet the masses once again" (detail), inkjet print by Walid Raad, production date, 2014

Blurred lines: Walid Raad’s work, on view at UMCA, blends fact and fiction

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For Walid Raad, fact and fiction do not stand poles apart, in stark distinction. In his artwork, fact and fiction bend, blend, and blur together — with fantasy thrown in to enhance the mix. Born in Lebanon in 1967, Raad left Beirut as a teenager, when violence from civil war intensified, and even came knocking at his door as local …

Weekend Planner — Reenactors: Society of the 17th Century

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Redware pottery, spinning, lace making, herbal lore, quill pen writing, wood carving, basket making, arms and armor — the members of the Society of the 17th Century have mastered these period arts, crafts and trades and will be putting them on display on Saturday at Historic Deerfield. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

At the Hosmer Gallery Woodblock prints by Annie Bissett and etchings by Joan Dix Blair will be on view Dec. 2-29 at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St. in Northampton. There will be an artists’ reception Dec. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. Northampton artist Bissett has been making woodblock …

Art Maker: Lynn Peterfreund | Printmaker, animator

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lynn Peterfreund, 62, has been working as a painter, printmaker and art educator since receiving her MFA in 1980 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Now living in Leverett, she says her work reflects her interests in both representational …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Lawn of the dead

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Or, perhaps, the “undead?” No. I know well what these folks were doing at the Franconia Golf Course in Springfield during the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament last week: Having caddied for my Dad back in the day …

Seldom seen: Rare Matisse drawings on exhibit at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Henri Matisse was one of the giants of early 20th-century art — an influential painter, printmaker, sculptor and collage artist who became particularly noted for the expressive colors and strong brushstrokes of his paintings. But Matisse (1869-1954) also …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Illuminati’ at Academy of Music in Northampton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A secret techno-cult called The Illuminati sends its agent Aleister back in time to 1307 and an East European village known as Kailash. A trained archeologist and historian, his mission is to locate the Archon — a malevolent, …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Jury-rigged

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I was at the Hungry Ghost in Northampton a couple of weeks ago when I admired the ingenuity of this set-up: I love that they wrapped a vine around the doorknob to keep the door open, and I …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘God Box’ — performance in Northampton

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

After the untimely death of her daughter Rebecca in a car accident, quintessential Jewish mother Gloria Adelman is packing up the girl’s apartment when she discovers a box labeled “God.” Finding it filled with bibles, Buddhas and other …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Live, onstage “Live Art Magazine,” billed as “a contemporary art talent show,” will be presented Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Music, 274 Main St., in Northampton. Creative folks from around the Valley are making …

Art Maker: Guru Karam Khalsa | sculptor, painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guru Karam Khalsa, 53, enjoys working with all types of media and using a variety of approaches in his art. In the past, he’s shown paintings, mixed media works and sculpture at Gallery A3 in Amherst, where he …

Photographer Masha Arms remembered with exhibit, book at Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — On the wall of the Flynt Gallery in the Memorial Hall Museum hangs a photograph depicting a young girl with a cloth shawl draped over her head. The image, captured in 1942, hangs among a few …

US returns artifacts to Peru

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DENVER — Dozens of artifacts are on their way back to Peru after being seized in the United States during investigations into the smuggling of cultural relics. Investigators from U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security department held …