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Peter Leach uses ground penetrating radar to examine an area near the Strong House, right, which houses the Amherst History Museum, Monday on Amity Street.

Ground-penetrating radar used to prepare for archaeological dig at Amherst Historical Museum

Thursday, November 26, 2015

AMHERST — A high-altitude Peruvian rock shelter, Mayan ruins and caves in France are among the sites around the world where a three-wheeled device resembling an oversized tricycle has revealed what lurks below the ground’s surface. While the lawn of the Amherst Historical Museum on Amity Street may not be the most unusual place that Peter Leach has brought his …

Art Maker: Lilian Kravitz | Photographer

Friday, November 20, 2015

As a youth living in Brooklyn, Lilian Kravitz was encouraged to draw and paint. She studied art in high school and took weekend art classes at Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn Museum and the Pratt Institute. Kravitz, 66, received a bachelor’s degree in art, with a concentration in photography, from Brooklyn College. It was …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: A patient sentinel

Friday, November 20, 2015

I like working as a photographer for the Gazette on Veterans Day; it’s a treat to talk to people I wouldn’t otherwise meet, and I’m reminded of events that we mustn’t forget. This year, at Bridge Street School in Northampton, I came across 8-year-old Donald Rogers of Springfield, dressed in a miniature 10th …

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Integrating art at the Mead: New museum director at Amherst College to build outreach programming

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

David Little can tick off a couple pivotal moments in his life when career goals suddenly became clearer — and in both cases, art was at the center of them. Little, the new director of the Mead Museum …

Josef Albers’ legacy explored in new Mead Art Museum show

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Mead Art Museum director David Little says he’s interested in staging exhibits that look at the intersection of art with different disciplines — science, music, media studies and other fields. As it turns out, he’s arrived just …

A jumble of nerves: The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s quirky parents prove fine fodder for new book, exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

With a range of vocal intonations and a conjuring of brilliantly imaginative drawings, The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is a master storyteller. Speaking recently to a sold-out audience at Stockbridge’s Norman Rockwell Museum, she created tsunamis of …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Kids in motion

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I love taking pictures of children; I always have. And I love that this picture is all motion — illustrating, to me, how happy children can be in the simple act of playing. Here’s what else I love …

Two plays paint human portraits of the chaos of war

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS STORY WAS CHANGED TO CORRECT THE PERFORMANCE DATES OF “SOLDER’S HEART,” WHICH ARE SEPT. 18-20. Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan was picking up her daughter from kindergarten in 2007 when she noticed the mother standing next …

Weekend Planner — Exhibit: ‘Farm Stands’ at Leverett Library

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

“When I moved to the Pioneer Valley 17 years ago, I was delighted to find numerous roadside farm stands filled with juicy tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, berries and, as the autumn harvest came in, squashes, pumpkins and root vegetables,” …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: ‘Baghdad to Bach’ at Smith College and much more happening in the arts this week in the Valley

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

‘Baghdad to Bach’ “Baghdad to Bach: The Second Concert,” a music and spoken-word event, will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel, 123 Elm St. in Northampton. The event is presented by the …

Art Maker: Megan LaBonte | Photographer

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Megan LaBonte’s current project is called “A Year in Black and White,” for which the Northampton photographer focuses her energy, she says, on creating black-and-white images that cover a year’s time (July-July). “I’m trying to capture the mystery …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Cock of the roost

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I worked on Labor Day this year and my assignment was to take pictures at the Three County Fair in Northampton. Upon hearing of my holiday assignment, a friend suggested I visit the poultry barn. I’m not going …

Back in Black — and White and Color: UMass exhibit debuts iconic photography of one-time art teacher Chuck Close

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chuck Close had a brief but dramatic stay at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the mid-1960s. As an art professor from 1965 to 1967, the young painter and photographer put on his first-ever solo exhibition at the …