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I once worked in an office on the grounds of the former Northampton State Hospital. The last of the residents had moved out by then, and the place had a creepy, haunted feel. I could only guess what life had been like for the patients there. Northampton painter Genevieve Burnett doesn’t have to imagine; she was a patient. In her exhibit, “The Life that the Artist Within Saved: Inside and Out of the State Institution for the Insane,” which opens with a reception Friday from 5 to 8 at Historic Northampton, Burnett offers a glimpse from inside a community that has often been silent. Through Aug. 2. historic-northampton.org


Carillonneur Gerald Martindale gives a carillon concert Saturday, 7 to 8 p.m., at UMass Amherst. It takes place at the Old Chapel, but the music will be heard across the campus.

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