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Arts / Theater / Dance

JERREY ROBERTS
Elizabeth Bannish applies ink to a plate August 7 in the Studio Arts Building at the University of Massachusetts.

Art People: Elizabeth Bannish | printmaker, illustrator

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Elizabeth Bannish wasn’t sure what she’d major in when she arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Much as she liked art, she wondered how practical it would be as a career. She also had an interest in science, so her initial thought was to focus on marine biology. Bannish, who lives in Northampton, eventually decided she couldn’t make art her secondary subject. However, the printmaker and illustrator, who graduated from UMass in 2012 with a degree in printmaking and a minor in art history, hasn’t lost her interest in the natural world — she’s made it a key subject matter for her art, with … 0

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A frame divided

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I took this picture last week as I watched people using the third-floor skyway that leads from Thornes Marketplace to the E. J. Gare Parking Garage in Northampton. I like the way the frame is divided between the flat monochromatic graphic that occupies the left side of the picture and the full color … 0

Weekend Planner — Dance: Performance at East Street Ballet in Hadley

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ilse Kapteyn and Ruben Rascon, graduates of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow who now dance with the New Jersey Ballet, have been conducting master classes for the past two week at the East Street Dance Center, where Kapteyn, a Deerfield native, also studied. On Friday the two will join fellow professional dancers … 0

Photo gallery: Fishing allure

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Most of the orphaned fishing line I saw in the trees around Puffer’s Pond in North Amherst last Saturday appeared fairly harmless — except that, unlike the natural string from Charlie Brown’s lost kite, these nylon lines might … 0

The How and the Why answers questions I never asked

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tonight I went to see the latest New Century Theatre production at Smith College, "The How and the Why," by Sarah Treem. It's a serious play about a mother and daughter who come together for a biology conference and find similarities in their adult lives after the mom … 0

‘American Moderns’ New exhibit at Springfield Museums highlights 20th-century art during time of dramatic change

Thursday, July 3, 2014

From 1910 to 1960, the United States changed in ways that few people at the turn of the century could have imagined. Between two world wars, the Great Depression, growing urbanization and rapid advances in technology — from … 0

Ko Festival gears up for its 23rd season of varied theater

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The annual Ko Festival of Performance presents five weekends of summer theater on the theme of “work, job, career, calling” from July 5 to Aug. 3 at Amherst College. The festival, now in its 23rd season, began as … 0

Historic Deerfield gets $30,000 state grant to complete restoration of Barnard Tavern

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

OLD DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield Inc. has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to complete the restoration of the Barnard Tavern museum building. The colonial museum house has been closed for about six years … 0

Powder horn returned to Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield some 65 years after it was stolen

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DEERFIELD — When James Richardson was growing up in Longmeadow during the 1950s, he loved scouring through the town dump with his friends for unusual items. One of those forays turned up a piece of history — an … 0

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