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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Trevor Richardson, the director of the Herter Arts Gallery.

Still painting after all these years: Herter Gallery opens retrospective show on painter John Grillo, former UMass professor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When John Grillo arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1967, he was 50 years old, and in the view of some, his art was largely passé. The abstract expressionist painter had begun making his mark in the years after World War II and had studied and rubbed elbows with some of the biggest American abstract artists. But by …

Maureen Shea re-joins Dance Generators in Northampton as artistic director

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seven years after departing from the local Northampton dance group Dance Generators, Maureen Shea is coming back as artistic director. Taking over the position from Kristin Horrigan, who was the artistic director from 2006 to 2014, Shea says she hopes to lead the group into new and challenging repertoires. Dance Generators, which was …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Decorated by Mother Nature

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I know I’m not alone in my fondness for antique or aging farm equipment: I see tractors, plows, wheels and other items used to display merchandise, as planters, and as lawn decorations throughout the Pioneer Valley. This one, decorated by nature with wild grasses, flowers and vines, made a nice display for visitors …

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Weekend Planner: Theater — ‘Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide’ at KoFest

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

After teaching in schools and jails for 15 years, actress Judith Sloan is more than familiar with cultural clashes and generation gaps. Her collision with hip-hop culture — and with the rapper Immortal Technique in particular — inspired …

Photo Gallery: Three little pigs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

About a month-and-a-half ago my neighbor in Westhampton called to tell me he had some baby pigs in his barn, and that I should come take a look, and maybe a picture. My neighbor’s got a great track …

Photo gallery: Fishing allure

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Most of the orphaned fishing line I saw in the trees around Puffer’s Pond in North Amherst last Saturday appeared fairly harmless — except that, unlike the natural string from Charlie Brown’s lost kite, these nylon lines might …

The How and the Why answers questions I never asked

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tonight I went to see the latest New Century Theatre production at Smith College, "The How and the Why," by Sarah Treem. It's a serious play about a mother and daughter who come together for a biology conference and find similarities in their adult lives after the mom …

‘American Moderns’ New exhibit at Springfield Museums highlights 20th-century art during time of dramatic change

Thursday, July 3, 2014

From 1910 to 1960, the United States changed in ways that few people at the turn of the century could have imagined. Between two world wars, the Great Depression, growing urbanization and rapid advances in technology — from …

Ko Festival gears up for its 23rd season of varied theater

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The annual Ko Festival of Performance presents five weekends of summer theater on the theme of “work, job, career, calling” from July 5 to Aug. 3 at Amherst College. The festival, now in its 23rd season, began as …

Historic Deerfield gets $30,000 state grant to complete restoration of Barnard Tavern

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

OLD DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield Inc. has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to complete the restoration of the Barnard Tavern museum building. The colonial museum house has been closed for about six years …

Powder horn returned to Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield some 65 years after it was stolen

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DEERFIELD — When James Richardson was growing up in Longmeadow during the 1950s, he loved scouring through the town dump with his friends for unusual items. One of those forays turned up a piece of history — an …

Photo Gallery Plugged in

Thursday, June 26, 2014

While driving Tuesday along Liberty Street in Easthampton, I was intrigued by this odd juxtaposition of the man-made and the natural. Somehow, the branches of the dead pine tree appear connected to the electrical transformers. The wood poles …

Art Person/ Judith Mann — painter

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Until about 20 years ago, Judith Mann was strictly an oil painter. But on a transatlantic sailing trip to various ports of call in the Mediterranean Sea, she took up watercolors for the first time in her life …