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KEVIN GUTTING
Lois Barber works in the studio of her Amherst home.

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 she’s begun the transition away from full-time work and toward a growing focus on another of her passions: making art. “Birdz of …

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 jewel amid the chaos. This time, I chose a background and waited for a good …

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 Number” and uncomfortable truths in “Arms on Fire.” The company renewed a classic Peter Pan …

Art Maker: Eric Broudy | Photographer

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Photographer Eric Broudy, 74, says he wants to help build a greater art presence in his hometown of Amherst. To that end, one of his current projects is soliciting photographs from anyone who lives or works in Amherst …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Tables were turned

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Every once in a while, instead of bringing home a minor tale of woe of how I just missed a really good moment or picture — and I know that’s just part of the job — I get …

Dancing with a pro

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ruins and rebirth Japan’s dynamic modern history at heart of Mead exhibit

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tokyo had a turbulent passage through much of the 20th century — going from ruins to rebirth to ruins and a second rebirth as an economic powerhouse, before spending much of the final decade in the financial doldrums. …

Spreading the limelight: ‘Youth on Broadway’ to present musical review

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Everyone is a star; everyone gets a chance to shine. That’s the premise behind “Youth on Broadway,” an annual musical theater revue, now in its third year, sponsored by Amherst Leisure Services. The aim, organizers say, is to …

Weekend Planner — Dance: East Street Ballet’s ‘Princesses’

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The “Paquita Variations” are a series of additions by the renowned Russian choreographer Marius Petipa to a French ballet called “Paquita.” Though the ballet itself has long since been forgotten, Petipa’s variations live on as a cornerstone of …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: A youthful reminder

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Every six months, the Gazette hires a new photo intern. They come from different schools, from all over the country, and often have worked at other newspapers. I enjoy the energy they bring to our newsroom. The intern …

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 …

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 …

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 …