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Artist Christopher Sullivan works at his home studio Thursday in Easthampton.

Art Maker: Christopher Sullivan | Painter

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Christopher Sullivan lives in Easthampton and teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. For many years he made purely abstract paintings, which, he says, taught him about balance, focus, movement and the physicality of materials. “I love a new blank canvas,” Sullivan said. “Like ‘beginner’s mind,’ it’s filled with possibilities.” His recent paintings are a pastiche of figures found in art history, pop culture and the artist’s imagination. The mash-up of images incorporated with abstract elements creates what he calls “a sense of traditional formal coherence between space, light and color.” Hampshire Life: What’s your creative process like? Christopher Sullivan: I use the …

Story Place: In the arms of an angel

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Editor’s note: In this new feature, which will run periodically in Hampshire Life, Northampton resident Keegan Pyle will connect with local folks, and share their stories. On a recent day, as a patient underwent chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, an angel appeared — in the form of …

Tasting circle: 1000 foods to eat before you die

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Katy van Geel and I are enthusiastic foodies, cooks and 5 College Learning in Retirement members. Last spring, Katy asked if I would co-moderate a course with her with the intriguing title “1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die,” taken from food critic Mimi Sheraton’s recent book of the same name. This is …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: The joy of — tidying up?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I recently bought two new sieves, one with fine mesh, the other with bigger openings, replacing an ancient object that had begun to fray dangerously around the edges. I showed them to my son Will, who was visiting from Oregon and who is an excellent cook. “Silly, isn’t …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Snow falling on sycamores

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Monday’s falling snow, illuminated by the athletic field lights at Smith College in Northampton, created the texture for this image of a sycamore tree. It reminds me of the pointillism employed by post-expressionist painters, like Georges Seurat (1859-1891). …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘The Giant Claw’ — a 1950s creature-feature clunker

Thursday, February 11, 2016

My household watched the live version of “Grease” on TV recently (I can sing “Summer Nights” as off-key as the next joker), and it put me in a 1950s frame of mind. So I decided to go back …

Thursday, February 11, 2016

JUST FOR UKES The folks at Forbes Library have established a musical residency, with the aim of supporting artists’ processes and program development by providing time, space and an opportunity to teach and perform. The first recipients of that support: The Well Tempered Ukes, a trio of ukulele …

James Heflin’s Best Bets: Jacqueline Sheehan reads from new novel at Odyssey Bookshop; Irish band Solas plays the Iron Horse

Thursday, February 11, 2016

TALE OF DECEPTION The Valley has its share of bestselling authors, including names like Mira Bartok and Holly Black. Also on that distinguished list is Jacqueline Sheehan. Her latest novel, “Center of the World,” is the story of a teenage New England soccer star, Sofia, who believes she …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Winter fests in Easthampton, Holyoke; film series for kids at the Academy of Music

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Yes, it will be chilly this weekend. But if you can take the cold, there’s plenty to do at winter festivals in Easthampton and Holyoke — and much of the action is indoors. Starting at 8 a.m., Easthampton’s fête, on Saturday, features snow sculptures, …

Book Bag: ‘A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors,’ edited by Anne Liontas and Jeff Parker; ‘Golden Delicious’ by Christopher Boucher

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A MANNER OF BEING: WRITERS ON THEIR MENTORS Edited by Anne Liontas and Jeff Parker University of Massachusetts Press www.umass.edu/umpress How do you become a writer? Well, it starts with doing a lot of reading, and then you …

Valley Readings

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Novelist Jo Ann Beard reads from her work Thursday, 8 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 AMHERST WOMAN’S CLUB: Randy Purinton reads from Civil War …

Movie times

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 45 Years (R) Daily 1:45, 4:15, 7:05, 9; Sat.-Mon. also 11:15 a.m. 2016 Animated Oscar Shorts (NR) Daily 7; Sat.-Mon. also 1:40 2016 2016 Documentary Oscar Shorts (NR) Daily 3:40 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, February 11, 2016

THE 5TH WAVE: Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. Also stars Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez. Rated …