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Photo courtesy of Betsey Garand
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 …

Art Maker: Lois Barber | Painter

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lois Barber has spent nearly a quarter century as the founding director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 peace and social justice organizations in some 160 countries. Now, at 69, the longtime Amherst resident says …

Valley Readings

Friday, July 3, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: Diana Whitney. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A waiting game

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tuesday Market behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton is usually an interesting place to look for pictures. When the market is busy, the constant movement and influx of people sometimes makes it hard for me to find the …

Book Bag: ‘Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews’ by Christian McEwen; ‘Life of the Garment’ by Deborah Gorlin

Friday, July 3, 2015

SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL: THE SMITH COLLEGE POETRY INTERVIEWS By Christian McEwen Bauhan Publishing www.christianmcewen.com Northampton author and writing instructor Christian McEwen has long had a love of poetry — and an interest in discovering how poets turn …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Duhks play the Iron Horse and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Friday, July 3, 2015

Grammy-nominated folk fusion band The Duhks has gone through its share of lineup shifts since it blasted out of Winnipeg in 2002, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the engine at the band’s core — the strong …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Channeling Dashiell Hammett

Friday, July 3, 2015

I was seated at the bar when she walked in ... She strode toward me with an air of confidence — like a woman who was in her element. “Are you Tim?” she asked. “I am,” I answered, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Florence Music on the Porch; Inside Amy Schumer

Friday, July 3, 2015

THURSDAY TUNES Listening to outdoor concerts, while lounging on lawn chairs and picnic blankets, provides the sweetest sounds of summer. The Florence Music on the Porch series offers excellent music in our own backyard. Next Thursday’s concert is local fiddler Katherine First. Bring blanket and chairs, but there …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Taking stock of our ‘grand old flag’

Friday, July 3, 2015

The first patriotic song I ever learned, probably around age 5 or 6, was the one that begins “My country, ’tis of thee” — official title, “America.” For many years afterwards, I certainly had no idea what the words “ ’tis of thee” meant. If asked, I suppose …

Your Time: Steps to a bygone era

Friday, July 3, 2015

In a world that communicates at the speed of light, where information is conveyed immediately and continuously, and even relaxation has to be planned in advance, dance can provide a timeless interlude of grace. When the Small Planet …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets

Friday, July 3, 2015

FIT AS A FIDDLE Never mind wondering (as I do) how Watermelon Wednesdays snagged Martin Hayes, Ireland’s pre-eminent fiddler, for a gig at its tiny West Whately Church venue. Just don’t pass up the opportunity Wednesday to see him in a rare solo performance, and to discover for …