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Arts / Theater / Dance

PHOTO BY STEPHEN PETEGORSKY
"Untitled #42," archival inkjet print

Infusing life Artist’s childhood fascination with natural-history dioramas recalled in recent art project

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Animal? Vegetable? Mineral? Titles like “Fish,” “Bat,” and “Baby Crocodile” reveal the animal sources of Stephen Petegorsky’s inkjet prints, but works in a recent series span categories to stake out the intriguing territory between taxonomies. “Animal” in origin, the artwork begins with slices of scientific specimens of land and sea creatures — which Petegorsky photographs and then Photoshops. “Vegetable” comes with extreme close-ups and dramatic cropping that reframe the original specimens as organic landscape forms. And “Mineral” enters into the chemical process called “staining and clearing” that renders tissue transparent while leaving bones and cartilage opaque. Alive or inanimate, animals are a long-term interest for …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘Puss in Boots’

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

There are many stories in Western folklore of animals who help or rescue humans, and one of the best known is the multicultural tale of the “cat in the boots” who wins wealth, power and the hand of a princess for his low-born master via trickery and deceit. While the sneaky feline might …

Art Maker: Matt Evald Johnson | material manipulator

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The urban/industrial environment supplies Easthampton artist Matt Evald Johnson with subjects, materials, processes and narratives for his sculpture and painting. “The subject of my work is always the assemblage and manipulation of raw material,” Johnson, 51, writes on his website, www.evaldart.com. “The materials ... in many ways record some of the history of …

PVB dancers take their moves out of the theater and into the park

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pioneer Valley Ballet will be tossing out the pointe shoes and ornate theaters in favor of sneakers and local parks (and a museum) this weekend, when it presents its inaugural summer tour of “FLUX ChoreoLab: Boundless Adventures in …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Burq Off!’ at Ko Festival in Amherst

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It’s an all-too-familiar pattern: A family emigrates from its native land to find greater freedom and opportunity in another country but brings along all of its onerous cultural baggage. In “Burq Off!,” Nadia P. Manzoor’s autobiographical one-woman show …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Music at the TreeCat Café Singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes will perform Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the opening of the TreeCat Café, a new youth-run establishment at the Treehouse Community Center, 1 Treehouse Circle in Easthampton. Gomes, who is …

Art Maker: Carolyn Webb | Sculptor, printmaker

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Carolyn Webb, a sculptor and printmaker, says she sees her two artistic practices as related and complementary forms. “I approach printmaking as a sculptor, always thinking in terms of making an object, not just a 2-dimensional image, says …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Imagining the days of their lives

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I think my lifelong love of old, abandoned structures started with my grandparents’ home: They lived in an old house in Earlington, Kentucky, an especially neat place that featured what my grandparents used as a shed, but what …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “Major Crimes”; Gallery talk in North Adams

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A SUCCESSFUL SPINOFF The ensemble cast of TNT’s “Major Crimes,” the hugely successful spin-off from “The Closer” provides among the best dialogue, story lines and character building on TV today. A huge fan of “The Closer,” I’m a bigger fan of “Major Crimes,” in its fourth season. Mondays, …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Light show

Thursday, July 9, 2015

If you missed this spectacular sunset back on June 16, I’m sorry. I watched it at the Connecticut River dike in Hadley, and it’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen such a show. Constantly changing, transforming …

Renaissance man: Eric Carle Museum opens new exhibit on late illustrator Fred Marcellino

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fred Marcellino knew from an early age that he wanted to be an artist and, as a young man, he imagined he’d make his way as a painter. As it turned out, he didn’t — but the publishing …

Art Maker: Lois Barber | Painter

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lois Barber has spent nearly a quarter century as the founding director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 peace and social justice organizations in some 160 countries. Now, at 69, the longtime Amherst resident says …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A waiting game

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tuesday Market behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton is usually an interesting place to look for pictures. When the market is busy, the constant movement and influx of people sometimes makes it hard for me to find the …