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Friday, August 15, 2014

Easthampton BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT: Emily’s Friends of the Library is seeking donations of books in good condition for the fall book sale in September to benefit Emily Williston Memorial Library. CDs and DVDs can also be donated but not magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, VHS tapes, or books on cassette. Donations can be brought to the library at 9 Park St. during open hours. For more information contact the library at 527-1031. … 0

Outsider Art: Yiddish Book Center in Amherst features ‘raw art’ of New Yorker Nathan Hilu

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The French call it “art brut,” which translates as “raw art” or “rough art.” The English equivalent is “outsider art” — artwork that’s made outside the conventions of the academy, often by people with little or no formal training. Nathan Hilu certainly meets the latter definition. The elderly New York artist spent a … 0

‘See the Beauty’: Robert Markey’s artwork holds stirring images, strong commentary, about violence against women and children

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life is complicated and so is the artwork of Robert Markey of Ashfield. For over 30 years, the figures he has drawn, carved, painted, molded in wire sculpture or captured in mosaics have mixed beauty with messages about fragility and the abuse of power. Street children and orphans, women, farmers and laborers, homeless … 0

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Photo Gallery Plugged in

Thursday, June 26, 2014

While driving Tuesday along Liberty Street in Easthampton, I was intrigued by this odd juxtaposition of the man-made and the natural. Somehow, the branches of the dead pine tree appear connected to the electrical transformers. The wood poles … 0

Art Person/ Judith Mann — painter

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Until about 20 years ago, Judith Mann was strictly an oil painter. But on a transatlantic sailing trip to various ports of call in the Mediterranean Sea, she took up watercolors for the first time in her life … 0

Laughter on the 23rd Floor: The joke’s on Caesar

Monday, June 23, 2014

Laughter on the 23rd Floor: The joke’s on Caesar Stalin has died and Joe McCarthy is saying bad things about General Montgomery. And on stage at Smith College's Mendenhall Center for the Performing arts, an audience of people old enough to get the jokes was laughing along with … 0

Making faces

Thursday, June 19, 2014

These sculpture studies resting on a windowsill in the Studio Arts Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst caught my eye. The overcast sky served double duty as the background and the main light source. A pulled-down shade … 0

From the Versace clad to devotees of cut-off jeans — everyone’s welcome at Jacob’s Pillow

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Amherst native Jennifer Weber is returning to western Massachusetts, but not for any ordinary visit. From June 25 to 29, Weber and her Brooklyn-based, all-female hip-hop crew, Decadancetheatre, will perform at the internationally acclaimed Jacob’s Pillow in Becket. … 0

Photo Gallery: Behind closed doors

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I was at Mosier Middle school in South Hadley recently to shoot an assignment, and was just about to go to my car when, suddenly, the hallways filled with students heading for their lockers. It all seemed so … 0

Kendrick Park sculpture known as Portal in downtown Amherst to be dedicated Saturday

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

AMHERST — A metal sculpture that has been part of Kendrick Park for nearly four years will be a permanent art installation. The Amherst Public Arts Commission raised $10,000 to buy the piece known as Portal from Easthampton artist Matt Evald Johnson who created it for the inaugural … 0

‘Cultural Chaos’: All-points arts festival will celebrate Easthampton’s Cottage Street Cultural District

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Last year, Easthampton won state recognition for part of its historic downtown area when Cottage Street, a section of Route 141, was designated a cultural district. The mixed area of galleries, small businesses, restaurants, music shops and other … 0

Coming full circle: After a decade of artistic experimentation, Amherst artist Tom Morton returns to his roots

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

For much of the past decade, Tom Morton had been experimenting with different kinds of art: video installations, collages, sculpture. But within the last couple of years, the Amherst artist began returning to his roots: painting. “Painting is … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: Performance artist Sally Greenhouse performs at Flywheel in Easthampton

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

“Refreshing ... Swiftian humor ... Mordantly funny” — The New York Times; “The thinking person’s performance artist ... Hilarious and harrowing” — The Boston Globe; “Not as funny as Don Knotts” — The St. Louis Post Dispatch. Yes, … 0