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PHOTO BY STEPHEN PETEGORSKY
"Untitled #42," archival inkjet print

Infusing life: Artist’s childhood fascination with natural-history dioramas recalled in recent art project

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Animal? Vegetable? Mineral? Titles like “Fish,” “Bat,” and “Baby Crocodile” reveal the animal sources of Stephen Petegorsky’s inkjet prints, but works in a recent series span categories to stake out the intriguing territory between taxonomies. “Animal” in origin, the artwork begins with slices of scientific specimens of land and sea creatures — which Petegorsky photographs and then Photoshops. “Vegetable” comes with extreme close-ups and dramatic cropping that reframe the original specimens as organic landscape forms. And “Mineral” enters into the chemical process called “staining and clearing” that renders tissue transparent while leaving bones and cartilage opaque. Alive or inanimate, animals are a long-term interest for …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘Puss in Boots’

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

There are many stories in Western folklore of animals who help or rescue humans, and one of the best known is the multicultural tale of the “cat in the boots” who wins wealth, power and the hand of a princess for his low-born master via trickery and deceit. While the sneaky feline might …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

At CDH These artists will exhibit works through Sept. 30 in the corridor galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St. in Northampton. There will be a reception Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. In the Locust Gallery: “Light, Life and Reflections,” pet portraits in pastel by Leni Gaudet. Gaudet captures the personality …

Renaissance man: Eric Carle Museum opens new exhibit on late illustrator Fred Marcellino

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fred Marcellino knew from an early age that he wanted to be an artist and, as a young man, he imagined he’d make his way as a painter. As it turned out, he didn’t — but the publishing …

Art Maker: Lois Barber | Painter

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lois Barber has spent nearly a quarter century as the founding director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 peace and social justice organizations in some 160 countries. Now, at 69, the longtime Amherst resident says …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A waiting game

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tuesday Market behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton is usually an interesting place to look for pictures. When the market is busy, the constant movement and influx of people sometimes makes it hard for me to find the …

A third act at Chester Theatre: Director Byam Stevens will hand over the reins to the company at the end of this season; Daniel Elihu Kramer will pick them up.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For 18 years, Byam Stevens has filled the small stage at the Chester Town Hall with the weight of ideas. Under his direction, the Chester Theatre Company (CTC) has dealt with the philosophical implications of clones in “A …

And there’s more this season at the Chester Theatre

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In addition to the opening play, “The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” by Scott Carter, directed by Byam Stevens (through July 5), the Chester Theatre Company’s 2015 season will feature three other plays Stevens says represent the best of contemporary English …

‘Van Gogh and Nature’: Clark Museum opens first-ever show on famous artist’s views of natural world

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Think you’ve heard or seen it all when it comes to Vincent van Gogh? The salient points are well known: Brilliant painter who developed a distinctive post-Impressionist style that had a huge influence on 20th-century art. Prolific artist …

‘Whistler’s Mother’ makes rare trip to America

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

You’ve seen her before — somewhere. But probably not up close. “Whistler’s Mother,” or more accurately, “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother),” is considered perhaps the foremost work of American art not …

Everything’s up-to-date in Olde England: Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents modern-day ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It’s time for Shakespeare’s boys to take a seat; this summer, the world is a woman’s oyster. On Saturday, Hampshire Shakespeare Company will open “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at the Center for Renaissance Studies at the University …

Light on her feet

Friday, June 26, 2015

Historic Deerfield acquires tall case clock which had been on loan to museum for decade

Friday, June 26, 2015

DEERFIELD — History is often represented by points in time and Historic Deerfield will now have a slightly easier time keeping track of its relentless march with the acquisition of an 1803 tall case clock built by 19th-century …