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Reclamation project: Runner’s art recaptures Boston Marathon’s joy and whimsy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

With her running shoes and her paintbrush, Hope Phelan of Easthampton is trying to recapture the joy and whimsy of the Boston Marathon. An artist and a competitive distance runner, Phelan has created a series of paintings that celebrate the race — and deliberately ignore its terrorist scars. The women of Wellesley College …

Art Maker: Nan Salky | assemblage artist

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Artist Nan Salky, 59, works in multiple mediums, but has shifted her focus recently — away from her earlier work in painting and drawing to assemblage, using mostly vintage pieces. Now she’s working on a series of pieces based on old furniture. The search for the antiques gives her a reason, she says, …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Five College dance The Five College Dance Department will present a faculty concert Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 8 p.m., in Theatre 14 in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts at Smith College in Northampton. The concert …

Art maker: Marsha Humphrey | printmaker

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Even though Marsha Humphrey of Hatfield was exposed to the art world as a child — her father was an art historian, a museum director and curator — she didn’t receive formal art training until she started taking …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Three on three

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This trio of North Hadley corn cribs seems well-entrenched, yet I only noticed them for the first time one sunny day a couple of weeks ago. At the time, I tried to frame them for a photo in …

Natalie says yes: Marriage proposal in ice has desired effect

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was the ultimate romantic gesture on the eve of the biggest romantic day of the year: a marriage proposal broadcast for all to see. The answer was “yes.” On Friday, Don Chapelle, an ice sculptor …

A museum’s money pit: Effort afoot to halt Historic Northampton’s long slide toward insolvency

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nancy E. Rexford remembers driving through the city with her husband in 1975 and first visiting the Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center. She was astonished by the extent and quality of the museum’s women’s clothing …

Fundraising, programming, community support said key to nonprofit’s future

Saturday, February 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Historic Northampton’s leadership is racing against the clock to build community support, expand programs and save its structures amid mounting financial stress. Board members, staff and volunteers have been rolling up their sleeves as part of …

Mussolini’s Rome, the legacy of wartime land mines, living in the brutal Bronx: Herter Gallery at UMass features exhibits by documentary photographers

Thursday, February 12, 2015

If there’s a theme to three photo exhibits now on display at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, it might be the sense of history they evoke. But the exhibits, all at the Herter Gallery, can stand on their …

Frozen: Area artists put frigid temps to good use at fifth annual Northampton Ice Art Festival

Thursday, February 12, 2015

As officials in Northampton try to figure out how to get rid of the city’s overflowing piles of snow, many residents are looking forward to the delivery Friday of nearly five tons of ice. All that frozen water …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, February 12, 2015

At ECA+ “Myth and the Atemporal Challenge,” an exhibit of paintings by Easthampton artist Ruth Kjaer, will be on view through Feb. 24 at the in ECA+ Gallery in Easthampton’s Old Town Hall at 43 Main St. There …

Photo Gallery: Not a ripple in sight

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last Saturday, I covered the Western Massachusetts High School Swimming Championships at Springfield College. It was the first time I have ever photographed swimming. I made this image as everyone rose for the playing of a very old, …