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Christine Ritok has been hired as Historic Deerfield's newest associate curator. Submitted Photo/Historic Deerfield

Decorative art and furniture expert Christine Ritok joins Historic Deerfield as associate curator

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Christine Ritok, a New York decorative art and furniture expert, has joined Historic Deerfield as the staff’s newest associate curator. Ritok will be responsible for managing, studying and interpreting the museum’s extensive collection of period furniture, and developing exhibits. She is replacing a retiring staffer. Originally from the Detroit area, Ritok said her interest in the decorative arts began with the many museum trips on which she accompanied her history-buff father as a child. “In the Detroit area, there’s a lot of industrial history and living museum experiences,” she said. Her first job at a museum — the National Design Museum in New …

PHOTO GALLERY: Back for more

Friday, February 27, 2015

One unexpected joy of raising a child is that, basically, you get to be a kid all over again (through older eyes, of course). Not an earth-shaking revelation but, six years in, I’m still absorbing that simple truth. Back in my grown-up world, could I buy a cheap plastic toboggan and ply the …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Unanswered mysteries in the halls of power

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Last week, I was at the Statehouse in Boston to photograph Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, as he was voted in as Senate president. I have walked by the Statehouse, with its big gold dome, many times, but this was …

Jones Library leads reading of ‘The Girl Who Fell From the Sky’

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — An annual event that encourages all residents to read and discuss the same book continues this winter with “The Girl Who Fell from the Sky,” a novel that explores issues of race and identity. “On the Same Page,” a community reading program sponsored by the Jones …

Art Maker: Toby Barnes | painter

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pelham artist Toby Barnes was inspired during a trip to Asia by small personal altars that seemed to be everywhere: restaurants, in buses, by the roadsides. What drew him to them, he says, was their spontaneity, and in …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: The scenic route

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I feel lucky to say I pass Boulder Range Farm in Southampton almost every day on my way to work. Best seen while traveling north on Route 10, this pasture, unencumbered by trees, with its picturesque barn, grazing …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Anne of Green Gables — The Musical’ at UMass; ‘Treasures,’ historic art and artifacts at the Hosmer Gallery

Thursday, January 8, 2015

RED-HAIRED HEROINE I’m pretty sure my daughters and I wore out our video copy of “Anne of Green Gables,” back in the day. We loved the delightful story line about the spunky orphan trying to make her way in a new home on Prince Edward Island, that was …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: French thriller ‘Tell No One’ on Netflix; ALSCT’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ at UMass

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A TAUT THRILLER I discovered the 2008 French thriller “Tell No One” on Netflix recently. Within minutes after the movie started, I forgot I was reading subtitles because the plot is so engrossing and the characters so believable. The protagonist of the story is played by a French …

Digital alchemy: Burnett Gallery hosts photo exhibit of computer-enhanced photographs

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Most art exhibits, particularly those featuring multiple artists, have some sort of theme — something that ties the work together. In the case of an upcoming show at the Jones Library at Amherst, the theme, as one of …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Hanging the Show

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Taking a path less traveled, I rediscovered these bicycles lodged on an Amherst porch last week, hanging just as neatly as when I’d first come across them last summer. Same bikes, same order. I hope they’re getting some …

Weekend Planner — Theater: Happier Valley’s Sunday Improv Fun Time

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

You’ve seen them perform as The Ha-Ha’s, The Majesters, The Villa Jidiots and The Happier Valley Comedy Show. Now you get to climb onstage with them. Yes, it’s Happier Valley’s Sunday Improv Fun Time, an all-new monthly series …

Art Maker: Barbara Feldman Morse: Cookbook author, master weaver, basket maker

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Barbara Feldman Morse of Amherst is an award-winning baker and recipe developer, and has baked for films, Ted Williams, and former Vermont governor Madeleine Kunin. She had her first-ever TV interview last month, on a live broadcast of …