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Northampton native and former local dancer Kurt Adametz to perform July 23 at Jacob’s Pillow

Monday, July 21, 2014

Northampton native Kurt Adametz returns to western Massachusetts as a dancer with LehrerDance, a professional company from Buffalo, New York, which will perform July 23 at 6:15 p.m. at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket. The performance is part of the festival’s Inside/Out Performance Series. Under the direction of Jon Lehrer, LehrerDance fuses modern and jazz dance to create an energetic and athletic style of movement, according to the company’s website. Adametz is also the rehearsal director for the eight-member troupe. Adametz began his dance training at the Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Easthampton. While a student there, he traveled to Europe twice as … 0

New and Improved: Clark Museum in Williamstown unveils dramatic expansion and renovation

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

When the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute opened its doors in 1955, it was a bit of an anomaly — a fairly modest museum seemingly in the middle of nowhere, one designed more or less as a public showcase for its founders’ private art collection. The Williamstown museum may still be off … 0

No comfort for this Creature: Old Deerfield Productions premieres multi-media adaptation of ‘Frankenstein’

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Forget the lumbering green monster with bolts sticking out of its neck. Old Deerfield Productions’ new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s book “Frankenstein,” directed and produced by Linda McInerney and written by Lindel Hart, eschews Hollywood’s iconic movie-monster image in favor of a nuanced Creature that organizers say is more true to the novel. … 0

Art People: Anne Louise White | musician, teacher

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Music is so much more than entertainment, says Anne Louise White, a singer, pianist, choral director and music teacher. It’s a way to build community, to learn about history, to reach across cultural barriers, and to feed our … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Positive energy A book signing party for Leta Herman and Jaye McElroy’s new book, “The Energy of Love,” will be held May 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Booklink Booksellers in Thornes Marketplace in Northampton. The authors … 0

Photo Gallery

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Hadley Walkway, an art installation by Laura Brooks of East Lyme, Connecticut, on North Lane in Hadley, struck me as a great place to take a picture. Since its completion last year, I’ve often pondered its possibilities, … 0

We’re still here: Northampton Center for the Arts getting ready to roll at new home on Hawley Street

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

It doesn’t yet have an official name — either 33 Hawley Street or The Arts Trust Building will do — but the building that once housed a lumber company and, most recently, a health club, is the new … 0

From the ground up: Collaborative arts community at UMass coalesces within walls of innovative building

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ask Chelsea Sams about her work as an artist, and she’ll tell you, “Place makes a difference.” The University of Massachusetts master’s degree candidate in studio art, who transferred last year from Florida State University, was speaking generally … 0

Art People: Elizabeth Brownlow | painter

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Six days a week, Elizabeth Brownlow drives from her home in Holyoke to Eastworks, the old mill building in Easthampton that houses commercial space and artists’ studios. She heads up to her second-floor studio, a large, light-filled room … 0

Photo gallery: Ready for his close-up

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I love taking pictures of children, so I couldn’t resist when I spied 2-year-old Michael Brandford of Amherst playing on the climbing structure recently in Pulaski Park in Northampton. Like all photographers, I have a spatial comfort zone … 0

Weekend Planner — Morris dance

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Spring is here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street — more specifically, for the form of English folk dancing known as Morris dance. On Saturday three Massachusetts Morris teams, a garland team and a … 0

Joint exhibit at Hope and Feathers Gallery explores the world of Wabi-Sabi

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

For several years, Barbara Johnson had been drawn to painting images of old, crumbling buildings, demolition sites and other gritty corners of cities and towns, finding a beauty of sorts in the transitory nature of many human-made landscapes. … 0

‘We Are Pilgrims’: Local printmaker’s book inspired by her New England roots

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

An ongoing push and pull between public discourse and private musings inspires Northampton artist Annie Bissett, who does moku hanga, traditional Japanese woodblock printing. In the 15 woodblock prints included in her self-published book, “We Are Pilgrims,” Bissett … 0