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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 …

New on DVD

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Freaks of Nature: In the town of Dillford, humans, vampires and zombies were all living in peace — until the alien apocalypse arrived. Now three teenagers — one human, one vampire, and one zombie — have to team …

Meet ‘Hail, Caesar!’ breakout Alden Ehrenreich

Thursday, February 11, 2016

‘This is my favorite place,” says Alden Ehrenreich. It’s 11 a.m. outside The Musso & Frank Grill on a clear, crisp Los Angeles day, and Ehrenreich is chatting about the previous night’s “Hail, Caesar!” premiere, where his grandmother …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Richard Thompson at the Academy of Music and more music this week in the Valley

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The only way that you, dear reader, are not already a big Richard Thompson fan, is that you haven’t seen him perform live. Here’s your chance: the six-string troubadour (and original member of the legendary Fairport Convention) plays …

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Headline In 1907, when she was 40 years old, the German artist Käthe Kollwitz executed a series of etchings depicting scenes from the 16th-century German Peasants’ War that included “After the Battle,” a work showing a woman with …

Style Stop: Katie Patenaude, ready for Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Style Stop team was roaming the streets in downtown Northampton on a snowy day last week, when we spotted reiki practitioner Katie Patenaude of Haydenville, who was on a mission to buy Valentine’s Day chocolates for her …

Your Time: Fine Arts Center gala, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Last Saturday, hundreds gathered in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center Ballroom for the 27th annual Friends of the Fine Arts Center’s Benefit Gala, which celebrated the FAC’s 40 years of “Stayin’ Alive since 75.” Attendees had …

Art Maker: Jan Ruby-Crystal |Painter

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Before she could even walk, Jan Ruby-Crystal had already started to paint. That early interest, she says, blossomed into a life-long love of painting. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a master’s …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Campaign-English Dictionary: A translation for Orwellian times

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Let the trumpets sound! Let the bloviating blow! The first votes of the endless campaign of 2012-2016 have been cast! And as the contest continues, let my Campaign-English Dictionary help you translate campaign-speak into English. When last seen in these parts, my CED offered some 200 definitions of …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: But ... watch out for the worm

Thursday, February 4, 2016

“We’re overdue for cocktails,” my friend Amy gently admonished me when we ran into each other recently, and I couldn’t have agreed more. We made plans to meet at Spoleto Restaurant, at One Bridge Street in Northampton, after …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: The City of Tomorrow at UMass; Paul Kaplan at Song & Story Swap

Thursday, February 4, 2016

MUSIC FOR HUMANITY Its name, The City of Tomorrow, refers to the acclaimed woodwind quintet’s approach to music and performing: The musicians combine contemporary classical and experimental music to give voice to concerns about environmental destruction and endless war, and other issues facing humanity. Among the quintet’s awards …