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MATT BURKHARTT
Artist and writer Russell Powell works on a painting at his home in Hatfield.

Art Maker: Russell Powell | painter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Russell Powell, 60, of Hatfield draws on his experience as an athlete — throwing a softball, for example, or shooting a basketball — when creating his oil paintings. “My most transcendent moments on the playing field occurred when my will was realized unconsciously through my body,” he says. “In one fluid motion ... I would receive a relay throw from …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life — The Conch Republic: A role model for western Mass?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here’s an example of how my mind works: Last September, while reading about the Scottish secessionist movement from the United Kingdom, I started thinking about Key West, Florida, one of my favorite travel destinations. Besides those great sunsets and a laid-back atmosphere, this little dot of an island with its edgy feeling has traditionally been a haven for folks who wish to keep …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Cuba: Anthropology of a Country’ at the Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass; three stand-up comedians at the Academy of Music

Friday, January 23, 2015

INSIDE CUBA I’m fascinated by Cuba and am excited to think that a trip there might be in my future. As the U.S. and Cuba try to figure how to proceed, an exhibit, “Cuba: Anthropology of a Country,” projected digital photographs by Yeraldine Ordoñez, opens Tuesday and will be on view through Feb. 17 at UMass’ Augusta Savage Gallery in Amherst. It’s a …

What to watch for at the Sundance Film Festival

Friday, January 23, 2015

Just as Hollywood’s awards season heats up, half the town takes off for a snowy getaway to Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. Celebrating its 31st year, the festival has steadily outgrown its indie-film roots to …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Nature’s graffiti

Friday, January 23, 2015

Although this may look like someone’s cryptic graffiti, the designs on this building at the corner of Main and Market streets in Northampton are the result of late-afternoon sunlight reflected from windows across the street. — Jerrey Roberts …

ID: Sharon C. Mehrman

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sharon C. Mehrman is the owner of a one-woman workshop in Florence, where she designs and handcrafts fine furniture. She began her woodworking career handcrafting signs for businesses on Nantucket Island. Mehrman says the things in our lives …

Style Stop: Corinne Wingard

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Style Stop team caught up with Corinne Wingard, 72, of Agawam inside The Village on Main hair salon. WHAT SHE WAS WEARING: A reversible coat, glass earrings and a scarf from Venice. Her style: I like Soft …

Chef’s Best: Want Valentine’s Day ease that still impresses? Try fondue

Friday, January 23, 2015

Worried your kitchen skills may not be up to pulling together something impressively decadent for Valentine’s Day? Fear not. A pricy restaurant meal isn’t your only option. We created this delicious, yet simple pair of fondue sauces to …

Digital Life: Gadget Show Review: Lots of noise, a few gems in smart home

Friday, January 23, 2015

Technology forecasters are calling 2015 the year of the Internet of Things — that idea that everyday objects will use sensors and Internet connectivity to start thinking and acting for themselves. At the International CES gadget show this …

Art Maker: Georgia Pugh | painter

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Painter Georgia Pugh lives on a former farm in Hatfield with her husband, Milton Howard, and their son, Daniel. Her current “Seawall Series” portrays ruined structures of iron, concrete, rock and rebar, built to keep the water from …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Slugfest for the people

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sworn in and dedicated to doing “the people’s business,” the 114th Congress got right to work last week. Even the most clueless of the 64 new members knew the stakes. The people had elected a new Congress, run by the largest GOP majority in years. This Congress could …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Plan B

Thursday, January 15, 2015

It was a raw, rainy day, the kind that chills to the bone — the sort of nasty night that keeps most people home. But not me. I had places to go and cocktails to drink. And on …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Cellist Stephen Katz Sunday at the Hartsbrook School; ‘The Seth Show’ Tuesday at Eastworks

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Here we go loop de loop This I’ve gotta hear: Haydenville musician Stephen Katz has charted new territory for the rhythmic potential of the cello: As he’s playing, he uses live-looping electronics to generate dynamic orchestral textures; his solo compositions unfold during the concert, loop by loop. He’ll …