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Matt Evald Johnson at his home studio in Easthampton

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 their previous lives. I hope to merge the grace (and) brutality to produce an unexpected object that not only records my personal involvement with the process but also retains some of the force from what it once was. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Matt Evald Johnson: At any …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Wade in the water

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Two weeks ago, I photographed a group of Broad Brook Coalition volunteers putting in place a plan to outsmart the beavers at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area in Northampton. The mud and stick constructions of the four-footed engineers had been blocking the overflow drain, causing the lake level to rise by some two …

Weekend Planner — Comedy: ‘Full-On Funny’ at Diva’s nightclub, Northampton

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happening on a (more or less) quarterly basis, the “Full-On Funny” comedy series at Diva’s nightclub in Northampton showcases local and regional comedians and is “open to all adult humans (21+) who enjoy laughter and good times.” Series founder Jennifer Myszkowski of Holyoke (“corporate drone by day, stand-up comic by night”) will be …

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 …

A third act at Chester Theatre: Director Byam Stevens will hand over the reins to the company at the end of this season; Daniel Elihu Kramer will pick them up.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For 18 years, Byam Stevens has filled the small stage at the Chester Town Hall with the weight of ideas. Under his direction, the Chester Theatre Company (CTC) has dealt with the philosophical implications of clones in “A …

And there’s more this season at the Chester Theatre

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In addition to the opening play, “The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” by Scott Carter, directed by Byam Stevens (through July 5), the Chester Theatre Company’s 2015 season will feature three other plays Stevens says represent the best of contemporary English …