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Artwork from numerous artists is displayed throughout the Highland Hardware and Bike Shop as part of a scavenger hunt styled art exhibit Saturday in Holyoke.

Art among the hammers: Steampunk exhibit hidden in plain sight on hardware store shelves

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A hardware store is not the first place one might think of as a venue for an art show. But for artist Dean Nimmer, the idea has been brewing for some time. Nimmer, a retired chairman of the painting and printmaking programs at Mass College of Art and Design, has curated just such an exhibit, which is on view through Oct. 17 at Highland Hardware in Holyoke. Nimmer says he hopes this will be the first in a series of such art exhibitions at area hardware stores. “I like the quirkiness of hardware stores and all the bizarre stuff that has been on the shelves …

‘From the Boat to Obama’: Play aims to fill historical void about African-American experiences

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mary Taylor says she doesn’t remember learning anything in school about the African-American experience back when she was growing up in Georgia and then Florida — except that most blacks had been slaves, predominantly in the southern United States, until the end of the Civil War. Nothing about the African-American writers and artists …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at the Majestic Theater

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

“We’ve never done a Tennessee Williams play here at the Majestic, and ‘Streetcar’ is his finest work,” says Danny Eaton, director of The Theater Project, whose production of Williams’ 1948 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ runs through Oct. 18 at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield. Praising the “solid performances delivered …

Healing powers: Amherst exhibit explores ‘Art as Medicine’

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

People in many cultures believe there is a world beyond our world. Shamans, for example, are revered for their ability to access and communicate with spirits from beyond the corporeal realm, invoking the power of benevolent spirits to …

Theater review: Double Edge Theatre makes a spectacle of itself

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

At Ashfield’s Double Edge Theatre, there’s long been an emphasis on productions that offer a full sensory experience — intensely physical ensemble performances that blend choreography, music, imaginative sets, acrobatics and dreamlike storytelling, all done in multiple settings …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Memory House’ at Chester Theatre Co.; Easthampton’s Art Walk

Thursday, August 6, 2015

SIZE DOESN’T MATTER It’s worth a trip to Chester Theatre to see the big, bold productions the company always puts together with miniscule casts on a diminutive stage. This weekend, the company (it was once called The Miniature Theatre of Chester) wraps up Kathleen Tolan’s “Memory House,’ directed …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Art Walk in Amherst and a whole lot more, this week in the Valley

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Easthampton arts Easthampton’s Art Walk will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., and includes gallery shows, performances, demonstrations and a celebration of the final restoration of the 1869 Old Town Hall lobby project (6 to 6:30). …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Can winter be far behind?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

I saw this woman relaxing (napping?) at Musante Beach in Leeds Monday, and it reminded me of the ease of summer, when it seems like the joys of the season will be endless. Until my birthday, which is …

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. …

Art Maker: Christopher Curtis | Photographer

Thursday, August 6, 2015

South Deerfield artist and environmental planner Christopher Curtis, 60, is currently working on a series of photographic images of Native American rock art and spiritual sites. He’s interested, he says, in how the landscape’s forms (arches, spires, alcoves) …

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 …

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 …

Collective Power: Cooperative art galleries in Northampton and Amherst open joint show

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It’s a common question for any artist: How can I get more exposure? At the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton and Gallery A3 in Amherst, Valley artists have joined forces to tackle that issue — and to get to …