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Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School students perform during "Subject to Change", a dance thesis show for seniors, Tuesday in the PVPA Mainstage Theater. This piece, "I Want to Dance", was choreographed by senior Melinda Hurteau.

Dancing the night away

Friday, February 12, 2016

Natural patterns: Art inspired by particle physics on view in UMass exhibit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Art is not the antithesis of science — at least not the way artist Alicia Hunsicker does it. Hunsicker, 47, uses natural fractals, patterns that repeat over and over again on all scales, from tiny particles all the way out into the cosmos, to create her artwork. “Synergy,” a new exhibit on view …

Thrills and chills: Northampton readies for 6th annual ‘Ice Art Festival’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It got off to a slow start, but winter’s finally here, just in time for the 6th annual “Northampton Ice Art Festival.” On Friday, experienced and neophyte ice sculptors will spend the day decorating the streets in the city’s lively downtown area. The festival, part of the city’s monthly “Arts Night Out,” is …

Behind the scenes at Disney: Eric Carle Museum offers a retrospective on seminal illustrator Mary Blair

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

She might be the biggest name in animation you’ve never heard of. Mary Blair was a key figure for the Walt Disney Co. in the 1940s and 1950s, an art director and designer whose eye for bold color …

Valley Views: Backlit Grasses

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Backlit Grasses Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown Photograph and text by Anne E. Ely, South Hadley Quabbin Reservoir is a treasure trove of images waiting to be captured. The late afternoon October sun shining through these feathery grasses on the …

Art Maker: Frances Kidder | Painter

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Regardless of the subjects of Williamsburg artist Frances Kidder’s paintings — which range from dogs to refugees to landscapes — one thing remains constant: She has a desire, she writes in an artist’s statement, “to make paintings in …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: In a fog

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The unseasonably warm weather we experienced recently created an unusual amount of fog. I spotted Jim Roberts of Westhampton last week as he canoed in the murk along the Connecticut River. I like the way the wake from …

Into the woods: Leverett Crafts and Arts thrives as work, gathering place for local artists

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Nestled in the quiet, peaceful woodlands of Leverett, lies a hub of creative energy. In the course of its 112-year existence, this historically rich building has morphed from a box factory into a routine destination for the local …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Closing time at the (pie) bar

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Last week I took some time off to cash in those last “use-‘em-or-lose-’em” vacation hours from 2015. To borrow a phrase from a friend, it was time to “eat down on the larder.” And rather than allowing my …

In celebration of the pencil: Springfield exhibit explores a basic artistic medium

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Before the typical painter ever picked up a paintbrush, he or she likely sketched something in pencil. Because it can be erased and redrawn, graphite, for centuries, has been a basic building block for artists to develop their …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘Santa Gets a Puppy’

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Santa travels the world handing out presents at Christmas. But does anyone ever think of giving Santa a gift? No one, apparently, except Mrs. Claus, who this year has decided to give her husband a puppy. Well, she …

Weekend Planner — Dance: East Street Ballet’s ‘Clara and the Nutcracker’

Thursday, December 17, 2015

For younger children who may have trouble sitting through a full-length performance of “The Nutcracker,” there’s “Clara and the Nutcracker,” a condensed, one-hour version of the classic set for performances by East Street Ballet Friday at 7 p.m. …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Tiny art “Microworks,” an exhibit of “small works,” will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Jan. 4, 2016, at the A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St. in Northampton. Featured …