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Lois Barber works in the studio of her Amherst home.

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 she’s begun the transition away from full-time work and toward a growing focus on another of her passions: making art. “Birdz of …

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 jewel amid the chaos. This time, I chose a background and waited for a good …

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 Number” and uncomfortable truths in “Arms on Fire.” The company renewed a classic Peter Pan …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Katie Martin, Jake Meginsky performance at A.P.E.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The week-long residency of choreographer Katie Martin and composer Jake Meginsky at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton comes to fruition Friday and Saturday with a concert of contemporary dance and music. Martin (pictured) will present new solo and group …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Filmmaker to teach in Vietnam Right on the heels of the screening May 27 of his new film, “SciTech Band: Pride of Springfield,” Larry Hott of Florence is heading to Vietnam for a month to lead a series …

Art Maker: Maurine Sutter | Contemporary photographer

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Maurine Sutter of Northampton uses a combination of traditional photography and contemporary digital methods to produce photos of spectacular color. She seldom uses imaging software to enhance or alter the tones that were present in the original scene, …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Tea for Three’ at Northampton Senior Center

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In “Tea for Three,” the one-woman show written for her by Eric H. Weinberger, Emmy Award-winning actor Elaine Bromka successively inhabits the personas of former first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as each is …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Atlantis, Lost!’ at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Created by the Berkshire Theatre Group, “Atlantis, Lost! And Other Legends of the Strange Waves” is a collection of stories about “historical wonders and the waters of the world,” including the lost civilization of Atlantis, the life of …

Keeping tabs on the arts: Paradise City Arts Festival; ‘More Clearly in Dreams,’ dance/theater performance at Smith

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A paradise of arts and crafts The Paradise City Arts Festival is back, filling four buildings and outdoor spaces at the Three County Fairgrounds Saturday through Monday. Two-hundred and sixty artists and fine crafts makers, chosen by a …

Art Maker: William Sieruta | Painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, May 21, 2015

William Sieruta was born in 1980 and lives and works in Leverett. After receiving a master’s degree in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he worked in New York City as a studio assistant …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: It’s Greek to me

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I have often noticed the wall of this building, since it’s located on Conz Street in Northampton across from the Daily Hampshire Gazette. The rows of former windows, now filled with unpainted red brick, take on a surreal …

A glimpse of the past: Furniture gallery at Historic Deerfield offers ‘perfect marriage’ of art and history

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Christine Ritok’s eyes narrowed slightly as they fell over the legs of an intricately carved antique chair in Historic Deerfield’s “Into The Woods” furniture gallery in the Flynt Center. A sharp click, and the dull blue beam of …

Weekend Planner — Dance-Theater: ‘More Clearly in Dreams’ at Smith College

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

An elaborate one-act dance-theater-video work by Smith College faculty member Rodger Blum inspired by the work of Leonardo DaVinci (particularly his famous Vitruvian Man drawing depicting human symmetry), “More Clearly in Dreams” was originally performed in 2012. This …