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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 …

Pet photo series aims to counter ‘black dog’ theory

Sunday, June 14, 2015

MAYNARD — It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn’t shake off. A woman was talking about “Black Dog Syndrome” — a theory that …

Wet paint: Northampton benches get public-art makeover

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Two years ago, benches in downtown Northampton were at the center of a brief controversy when Mayor David Narkewicz had several of the structures removed in response to complaints from business owners that aggressive panhandlers were occupying some …

Leapin’ Lizards: LSSE presents ‘Annie’ — a benefit concert

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Little Orphan Annie is about to find a home. On Saturday, the Amherst Leisure Services (LSSE) Youth Performing Arts Program will present a concert version of the Tony-Award winning play “Annie,” starring local youths. The production, a benefit …

Weekend Planner — Art: ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ exhibit at Oxbow Gallery, Northampton

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pretty much unique in the history of art, the magnificent “Chamber of Giants” by the Renaissance painter and architect Giulio Romano in the Palazzo del Te in Mantua, Italy, transforms a single room of the palace into one …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

And ... action! Crowdsourced Cinema makes its debut this year, sponsored by Northampton Community Television. And so can you. NCT invites community members to join in the filmmaking project inspired by the likes of “Star Wars Uncut,” where …

Art Maker: Andrew ‘Fig’ Figueroa | Hip-hop artist

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Northampton rapper and hip-hop artist Andrew “Fig” Figueroa, 23, is getting ready to hit the road on a national tour of “Mixed-Race Mixtape,” a theater piece he wrote as part of his senior thesis project at Hampshire College. …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Going solo

Thursday, June 11, 2015

While at Hopkins Academy in Hadley for graduation ceremonies last week, I couldn’t help but notice the big number “2015,” created by jamming plastic cups into the chain link of the school’s baseball backstop. With an eye toward …

Anonymous challenge grant, foundation gift lift Historic Northampton; membership drive key to future, leaders say

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Historic Northampton is on the brink of making some of its own history. For the first time in nearly two decades, the nonprofit organization is aiming to finish its fiscal year with a balanced operating budget as it prepares to kick off a major membership drive …

‘Echoes from the Borscht Belt’: Exhibit at Yiddish Book Center explores history of Catskill resorts

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It was once a vacation destination for hundreds of thousands of people — a wooded, hilly land that boasted over 600 hotels and resorts, summer camps and scores of bungalow communities. But the Borscht Belt, as the area …

Arise with art: Valley artists donate their work for auction to benefit Springfield community group

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It’s no secret that art — for most artists — is not a big money-making venture. Whether you’re a painter, photographer, musician, sculptor or something else, you do the work because it’s important to you. But the way …