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MICKY BEDELL
Michael Poole sands down the edges of a ''2' that is part of a zipcode bike rack for Easthampton at his studio on East St. Poole chose to base his design on the zipcode because he found the idea "unifying" and a unarguable reflection of the area.

Art Maker: Michael Poole | Welder

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some months ago, Easthampton City Arts+ asked artists to come up with possible designs for a sculptural bike rack to be installed on Main Street. The design submitted by Michael Poole, an Easthampton welder, was chosen. Poole 45, spent the winter months creating the piece, which is in the shape of Easthampton’s zip code, 01027. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you’re doing now: Michael Poole: I designed a typeface that could be fabricated with pipe, and used as a bicycle rack or place to lock up a stroller outdoors. We fabricated the numbers, rolling, cutting and welding the pipe to create the designed font. Then …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘The Shape of Water’ at ECA+ Gallery; staged reading of ‘Tar2f,’ musical version of Moliere’s ‘Tartuffe’ at Unitarian Society in Northampton

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WHAT SHAPE? I like the title of the exhibit “The Shape of Water,” but it makes me wonder: Does water even have a shape? And, if it does, what defines it? In an exhibit at the ECA+ Gallery, painter Lynne Adams and printmaker Patricia Parker reveal water’s form by magnifying its reflections and studying its character of movement and translucency. Exhibit closes Tuesday, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Rock Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POTTERY PARTY In addition to having a great name, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour has this going for it: It’s a chance to visit nine art galleries set up in some of the most beautiful locations in western Massachusetts, including Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield and Shelburne Falls. The 11th annual tour and sale features nine local potters opening their studios …

Your Time: Celebrating spring, Hampshire County

Thursday, April 23, 2015

We all did battle over the past months with the howling winds and frigid temperatures during what was surely the longest, coldest, snowiest and just-plain-hardest winter in memory. Even now, in the hills, early-April showers haven’t quite eliminated …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: A sad demise

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In my frequent travels along Reservoir Road in Westhampton, I often pass these red pine trees. Some have been marked with blue spray paint, meaning they are diseased, and must be cut down. Those that are healthy are …

ID: Kevin Moforte

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kevin Moforte was born in the United States but his father is from Chile, so he grew up moving constantly between both countries and speaking what he calls “Spanglish.” He studied aviation before a volunteer stint working in …

Style Stop: Maude Behrens’ folk-punk vibe

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Style Stop team had just about given up for the day when we spied Maude Behrens, 18, about to cross the street near the Academy of Music in downtown Northampton. We couldn’t help but interrupt the Northampton …

Digital Life: Plenty of options for HBO online, not enough time

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HBO Now, the cable channel’s new stand-alone streaming service, is both a blessing and a curse. Like HBO Go, the app that cable and satellite TV subscribers have, HBO Now gives you instant access to new TV episodes …

Chef’s Best: For classic Alabama barbecue, only white sauce will do

Thursday, April 23, 2015

When people think barbecue sauce, they usually think something tomato- or vinegar-based. But today, I want to convince you to consider another breed of barbecue — white. White barbecue sauce is popular in northern Alabama. I was introduced …

Art Maker: Nan Salky | assemblage artist

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Artist Nan Salky, 59, works in multiple mediums, but has shifted her focus recently — away from her earlier work in painting and drawing to assemblage, using mostly vintage pieces. Now she’s working on a series of pieces …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Best of Valley Voices’ at Academy of Music; J.S. Bach Festival at UMass

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TALL TALES Only the earliest of birds got into the three “Valley Voices StorySlams” that were held earlier this year at Hinge in Northampton: They sold out weeks in advance. Now, here comes “Best of Valley Voices,” the best of the best. Ten finalists, chosen by audiences during …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Maltese Falcon’ at Academy of Music; Stan Sherer photo exhibit at Historic Northampton

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A FILM FOR THE AGES As part of the “All Hamptons Read” program, the film “The Maltese Falcon” will be screened Sunday. Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, the 1941 film noir is based on the 1929 classic detective novel by Dashiell Hammett. The late film …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: “Spring Arts Festival” at Amherst College; a “Revolutionary Muster’ at Historic Deerfield

Thursday, April 16, 2015

MUSIC IN THE IVORY HALLS While UMass hosts a Bach festival this weekend, Amherst College is also offering up its share of music, as part of the school’s second annual “Spring Arts Festival.” On Saturday at 5 p.m., the college glee club will celebrate its 150th anniversary with …