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Artist Esther S. White threads the needle on Friday as she demonstrates the kind of textile work that will be featured in the Piecework exhibition at Mill Arts Project at Eastworks in Easthampton.

Easthampton art exhibit experiments with sense of touch

Thursday, April 30, 2015

An art show can be more than just visually engaging. Sometimes it can be heard, handled, touched, read — and even hugged. That’s the case with “Piecework,” a collaborative, multi-media exhibit that opens Tuesday at the Mills Arts Project at Eastworks in Easthampton. The show is produced by Fugitive Arts, a project that promotes experimental art and emerging artists, run …

Weekend Planner — Theater: PVPA’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at Academy of Music

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School has mounted an ambitious production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” as its spring musical. At a recent rehearsal with the orchestra, “I was blown away by the fullness of the sound I was experiencing,” says director Michael Arquilla, who adds that “the …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Larry Preston opens solo show at William Baczek and other art happenings

Thursday, April 30, 2015

At W. Baczek Fine Arts An exhibit of still life paintings by Larry Preston will be on view through June 6 at William Baczek Fine Arts, 36 Main St. in Northampton. An artist’s reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. In an artist’s statement, Preston writes, “I paint what I …

Hampshire Life ID

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Michael Cohen has been a self-sustaining potter for 53 years — he started his first studio in 1962 and had studios in East Weymouth and New Ipswich, New Hampshire, before moving to Pelham in 1973. Cohen was interviewed …

Call waiting

Thursday, March 5, 2015

...and waiting. For Superman, perhaps. I found this timeless example of 20th century technology at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds during a recent storm. Timeless, in that New England Telephone …

Laurie Loisel’s best bets: Sacred Harp singing; “Hairspray” at ARHS

Thursday, March 5, 2015

LIFT UP THOSE VOICES Think loud. Think robust. Think a cappella music on steroids. That’s Sacred Harp music. This weekend, anyone who loves singing or listening to passionate singers might appreciate the 2015 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Singing Convention. Traditional American choral music dating back to the late …

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Decorative art and furniture expert Christine Ritok joins Historic Deerfield as associate curator

Friday, February 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Christine Ritok, a New York decorative art and furniture expert, has joined Historic Deerfield as the staff’s newest associate curator. Ritok will be responsible for managing, studying and interpreting the museum’s extensive collection of period furniture, …

PHOTO GALLERY: Back for more

Friday, February 27, 2015

One unexpected joy of raising a child is that, basically, you get to be a kid all over again (through older eyes, of course). Not an earth-shaking revelation but, six years in, I’m still absorbing that simple truth. …

‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written by Harley Erdman especially for New Century Theatre. “Tour” will be performed next …

The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Really Big Show’

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A mystifying snake-and-sword performance by the Crescent Dancers; anthropomorphic pets that sing; a banjo choir; the four-piece funk-jazz outfit known as The Defenastrators (pictured); Lord Russ as Elvis; western Massachusetts’ own world-championship yo-yo team; plus a live segment …