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Betsey Garand in her New Hampshire studio

Art Maker: Betsey Garand | Printmaker

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Betsey Garand, a senior resident artist at Amherst College, divides her time between western Massachusetts and Hancock, New Hampshire, where she has a studio. She is currently working on multiple series that include prints, drawings and watercolors. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Betsey Garand: My recent work centers around ideas of resonance, balance and continuum. Biomorphic shapes intertwine with calligraphic linear elements, some seem animal-like while other shapes reference utilitarian tools or invented natural forms. There is an entwined component of flat and dimensional space, imagined and seen, with quips of comedic interactions. H.L.: What is your creative process like? B.G.: …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Grateful to be swinging my racket

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Athletes, both great and small, need to learn how to lose as well as to win. Something like grace is called on to do either well. Maybe bragging is the accepted style for boxers — remember Mohammed Ali’s classic self-display, floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee — or basketball players trash-talking. …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: FallsFest music, arts festival in South Hadley; Upper Valley Music Festival in Turners Falls

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MUSIC GALORE! I think we can call NRBQ venerable: The band’s been playing in one form or another since the 1960s, led throughout by mad keyboard artist Terry Adams. The group plays Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Beachgrounds in South Hadley as part of “FallsFest,” a music and arts festival that also features such performers as Seth Glier, Jose Gonzalez & Banda …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AMY: This documentary tells the story of the late British pop singer Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks. Directed by Asif Kapadia. Rated R. ANT-MAN: Director Peyton Reed’s tale of a …

Book Bag: ‘Was’ by Geoff Ryman; ‘The Moon in the Pool’ by Gary Metras

Thursday, July 16, 2015

WAS By Geoff Ryman Small Beer Press www.smallbeerpress.com It’s one of the most memorable lines from “The Wizard of Oz”: the moment when Dorothy, magically transported from America’s Great Plains to a strange, colorful land, looks down at …

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: JONES LIBRARY: Poets Eileen P. Kennedy (“Banshees”) and Cheryl J. Fish (“Make It Funny, Make It Last”) read from their new collections Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at the library, 43 Amity St., …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Imagining the days of their lives

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I think my lifelong love of old, abandoned structures started with my grandparents’ home: They lived in an old house in Earlington, Kentucky, an especially neat place that featured what my grandparents used as a shed, but what …

Your Time: Barstow’s Burger Fest, Hadley

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Nestled in between the Connecticut River and Skinner State Park rests Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery at Longview Farm. On Saturday afternoon, if you happened to be driving along the historic scenic byway in Hadley, you could hear …

Style stop: Alice O’Connor

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Alice O’Connor, 84, of Westfield, was taking a stroll through downtown Northampton when the Style Stop team noticed her smart outfit. When we asked how she puts it all together, she told us she likes to make clothes …

Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s Musical Petting Zoo, Southampton

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Photos and text by Jerrey Roberts Like a scene from “The Music Man,” area children got a chance to try out musical instruments last week at the Edwards Library in Southampton during the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s Musical Petting …

A is for Anne

Thursday, July 9, 2015

I was recently browsing through a bookstore and a paperback novel caught my eye from 20 feet away. It was titled “The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin (Bantam Books, 2013) and I instantly knew it would be about the marriage of Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh. Nearly 90 …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Light show

Thursday, July 9, 2015

If you missed this spectacular sunset back on June 16, I’m sorry. I watched it at the Connecticut River dike in Hadley, and it’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen such a show. Constantly changing, transforming …

Art Maker: Molly Hatch | Ceramic artist

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Molly Hatch’s career in ceramics has led to collaborations with institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Hatch, 37, of Florence, has shown her artwork and …