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Maurine Sutter at her home in Northampton

Art Maker: Maurine Sutter | Contemporary photographer

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Maurine Sutter of Northampton uses a combination of traditional photography and contemporary digital methods to produce photos of spectacular color. She seldom uses imaging software to enhance or alter the tones that were present in the original scene, but, rather, hand-tints her work. “My approach ... is to keep it simple and straightforward, not adding too many tricks and gadgets,” she says. “Having been taught in a traditional wet darkroom ... I stick closely to these classic guidelines. Of course, there are times to break and bend the rules a bit, too.” Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Maurine Sutter: Since taking …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A flower in a gun — it’s an iconic image, made so by the photo reporter Bernie Boston took in 1967 that showed an antiwar protester tucking carnations in the rifle barrels of soldiers at the Pentagon, and repeated many times, in many settings, over the years. I spotted these flowers poking out …

Finding beauty: Amherst exhibit showcases varied photography of Robert Hallock

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Robert Hallock has had a distinguished career as a professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, joining the faculty in 1970 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the university in 1965 and a doctorate from Stanford University in 1969. But Hallock, 71, who lives in Leverett, has long had a deep …

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Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Walk a mile

Thursday, April 30, 2015

This picture makes me think of the practices particular to each religion and, even more, our perceptions of familiar and unfamiliar experiences. In April, the Gazette did a story about fourth graders from Lander Grinspoon Academy, a Jewish …

Easthampton Cottage Street Cultural District home to new mural by Eastworks artist Luke Cavagnac

Sunday, April 26, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Motorists entering the city’s Cottage Street Cultural District from Holyoke Street will now be greeted by the likes of a bear, a cupcake and a pizza. Those items occupy just a few of the 48 square …

Former student-mentor duo team up to direct HEF musical, ‘The Pajama Game’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Frank Jackson and Vanessa Kerby met in 2001, when Kerby was a freshman at Northampton High School, interested in acting, and Jackson was brought in to the school to direct a play. It was Jackson’s influence, Kerby says, …

‘Monte’ Belmonte, Northampton Center for the Arts propose to run Shea Theater in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The lone proposal for taking over operation of the Shea Theater in Turners Falls envisions a blend of Pioneer Valley arts promoters and Turners Falls boosters to bolster art and culture in Franklin County. Radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte, who works in Northampton and lives in Montague, has …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Rock Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POTTERY PARTY In addition to having a great name, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour has this going for it: It’s a chance to visit nine art galleries set up in some of the most beautiful locations in western Massachusetts, including Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield and …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: A sad demise

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In my frequent travels along Reservoir Road in Westhampton, I often pass these red pine trees. Some have been marked with blue spray paint, meaning they are diseased, and must be cut down. Those that are healthy are …

Keeping tabs on the arts

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Northampton film debut “The Throwaways,” a film by Ira McKinley, will be shown Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. The film is a personal exploration of the impact of what McKinley calls police brutality and mass incarceration of the black community told through …

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 …

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 …