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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, …

Hampshire Life ID

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Michael Cohen has been a self-sustaining potter for 53 years — he started his first studio in 1962 and had studios in East Weymouth and New Ipswich, New Hampshire, before moving to Pelham in 1973. Cohen was interviewed …

Call waiting

Thursday, March 5, 2015

...and waiting. For Superman, perhaps. I found this timeless example of 20th century technology at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds during a recent storm. Timeless, in that New England Telephone …

Laurie Loisel’s best bets: Sacred Harp singing; “Hairspray” at ARHS

Thursday, March 5, 2015

LIFT UP THOSE VOICES Think loud. Think robust. Think a cappella music on steroids. That’s Sacred Harp music. This weekend, anyone who loves singing or listening to passionate singers might appreciate the 2015 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Singing Convention. Traditional American choral music dating back to the late …

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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, …

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. …

‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written by Harley Erdman especially for New Century Theatre. “Tour” will be performed next …

The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Really Big Show’

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A mystifying snake-and-sword performance by the Crescent Dancers; anthropomorphic pets that sing; a banjo choir; the four-piece funk-jazz outfit known as The Defenastrators (pictured); Lord Russ as Elvis; western Massachusetts’ own world-championship yo-yo team; plus a live segment …