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Arts / Theater / Dance

Reclamation project: Runner’s art recaptures Boston Marathon’s joy and whimsy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

With her running shoes and her paintbrush, Hope Phelan of Easthampton is trying to recapture the joy and whimsy of the Boston Marathon. An artist and a competitive distance runner, Phelan has created a series of paintings that celebrate the race — and deliberately ignore its terrorist scars. The women of Wellesley College …

Art Maker: Nan Salky | assemblage artist

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Artist Nan Salky, 59, works in multiple mediums, but has shifted her focus recently — away from her earlier work in painting and drawing to assemblage, using mostly vintage pieces. Now she’s working on a series of pieces based on old furniture. The search for the antiques gives her a reason, she says, …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Whole Children’s ‘Once Upon a Bog’

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Based in Hadley, Whole Children is a grassroots organization founded by parents of children with special needs to provide a range of after-school, weekend, and vacation enrichment programs for all ages and abilities. This weekend, students in the …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “Once Upon a Bog;” Funky-Tones

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ORIGINAL THEATER Whole Children of Hadley has notched many great accomplishments in its 10-plus years serving children with special needs — the most impressive of which might be what it’s done to open the minds and hearts of people who think they don’t need its services. This weekend, …

Symposium Saturday in Old Deerfield on public sculpture

Friday, March 13, 2015

DEERFIELD — Sculpted monuments are equal parts history and art as they stand as sentinels in many public parks, outside museums or government buildings and on the corners of streets in cities around the globe. On Saturday, a symposium hosted by Historic Deerfield and Wellesley College will consider …

Classic Agatha: The Country Players presents Christie mystery, ‘And Then There Were None’

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What do you get when you put 10 strangers on an island together, accuse each of them of a crime and then start knocking them off one by one? The answer: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” …

Weekend Planner — Cabaret: ‘Spring to Life’ cabaret in Hadley

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Including “men and women living or working in the greater Amherst area who are linked by a common interest in enhancing the quality of life for themselves and their neighbors,” The Amherst Club has over the course of …

Weekend Planner — Dance: PVPA’s ‘Dancing on the Atlantic Coast’

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

“Teenagers are basically the same wherever you go in the world,” says Alpha Kabisko Kaba, director of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School’s WOFA African Dance and Drum Company. “They want to try things out, challenge their parents …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Season finale

Thursday, March 12, 2015

When I stopped to photograph these arbor vitae, shrouded and standing sentinel in a central Amherst neighborhood, the homeowner was gracious — but not surprised. Since she began wrapping them against the elements three or four years ago, …

Headliners: The ‘24-Hour Theater Project’; ‘St. John Passion’ with Arcadia Players

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Creative hysteria “Bigger than ever and never better!” declares Elizabeth Foley, coordinator of the ‘24-Hour Theater Project,’ which this year is set to unfold in the commodious space of Smith College’s Theatre 14. It all starts Friday at …

Conservation specialist recommends replacing Soldiers’ Monument on Old Deerfield town common with replica

Friday, March 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — Preserving the historic Civil War-era Soldiers’ Monument on the Old Deerfield town common and preventing it from collapsing could cost up to $120,000, according to a report by a Connecticut conservation specialist. A project to clean the sculpture, which depicts a soldier standing at parade rest, …

Art Maker: Sandra J. Rae | painter

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sandra J. Rae of Easthampton works in oil and acrylic and exhibits landscapes and still-life paintings. “Painting, for me, is an act of communing with myself and a communication with the materials at hand,” she writes in an …