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Painter and printmaker Kathryn Fanelli at work in her studio at Eastworks in Easthampton

Art Maker: Kathryn Fanelli | painter, printmaker

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kathryn Fanelli, 48, of Amherst says she’s mainly a painter, but includes drawing, printmaking and photography in her practice. She has a studio in Eastworks in Easthampton and is a member of Zea Mays Printmaking Studio in Florence. She also is an affiliate of the contemplative arts movement, and her work addresses methodologies for creating through meditation and unconscious perception. …

Photo gallery: Smooth sailing

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to tag along with pilot Paul Sena of Worthington Ballooning for my first experience flying in a hot air balloon. It was a relatively calm afternoon so it was smooth sailing as we traveled from Whately to Northampton. Familiar landscapes transformed and flattened out into patterns and shapes …

Windows and walls: In a new exhibit, photographer Kate Way examines the physical and metaphorical impact of structures

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Photographer Kate Way wants people to look beyond the ordinary structures of windows, walls and doors to realize the impact they have on our lives. In a new exhibit at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, Way will feature 25 photos taken over the past six years throughout New England, the deep South and …

Art Maker: Andrew ‘Fig’ Figueroa | Hip-hop artist

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Northampton rapper and hip-hop artist Andrew “Fig” Figueroa, 23, is getting ready to hit the road on a national tour of “Mixed-Race Mixtape,” a theater piece he wrote as part of his senior thesis project at Hampshire College. …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Going solo

Thursday, June 11, 2015

While at Hopkins Academy in Hadley for graduation ceremonies last week, I couldn’t help but notice the big number “2015,” created by jamming plastic cups into the chain link of the school’s baseball backstop. With an eye toward …

Anonymous challenge grant, foundation gift lift Historic Northampton; membership drive key to future, leaders say

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Historic Northampton is on the brink of making some of its own history. For the first time in nearly two decades, the nonprofit organization is aiming to finish its fiscal year with a balanced operating budget as it prepares to kick off a major membership drive …

‘Echoes from the Borscht Belt’: Exhibit at Yiddish Book Center explores history of Catskill resorts

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It was once a vacation destination for hundreds of thousands of people — a wooded, hilly land that boasted over 600 hotels and resorts, summer camps and scores of bungalow communities. But the Borscht Belt, as the area …

Arise with art: Valley artists donate their work for auction to benefit Springfield community group

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

It’s no secret that art — for most artists — is not a big money-making venture. Whether you’re a painter, photographer, musician, sculptor or something else, you do the work because it’s important to you. But the way …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Life in the (413)’ at New Century Theatre

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

After three years, it’s threatening to become a Valley tradition. On Saturday, New Century Theatre will once again kick off its season with “Life in the (413),” an evening of five original tales by local authors and performers …

Art Maker: Jon Crispin | Photographer

Thursday, June 4, 2015

For the past four years, Pelham photographer Jon Crispin, 63, has been photographing a collection of more than 400 suitcases left behind at the Willard Psychiatric Center (originally called the Willard Asylum of the Insane) in New York …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Alley renaissance

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Since it seems like something more apt to be found in an Old World landscape like Versailles than right here in Northampton, I was surprised to see this alley of trees on my way into Childs Park in …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Guns and posies

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A flower in a gun — it’s an iconic image, made so by the photo reporter Bernie Boston took in 1967 that showed an antiwar protester tucking carnations in the rifle barrels of soldiers at the Pentagon, and …

Finding beauty: Amherst exhibit showcases varied photography of Robert Hallock

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Robert Hallock has had a distinguished career as a professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, joining the faculty in 1970 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the university in 1965 and a doctorate from Stanford …