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MATT BURKHARTT
Sarah Braman, an artist from Amherst poses for a portrait at her studio in Hadley Thursday January 15. Braman exhibits and sells her work at a gallery in New York City, Mitchell, Innes and Nash.

Art Maker: Sarah Braman | sculptor

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sarah Braman’s sculptures are monuments to everyday life. She combines parts scavanged from vehicles, old buildings or furniture to construct her precariously balanced structures. “I make monuments for love, death, sex, nature, DRIVING,” Braman writes in an artist’s statement. “Making sculpture can be a series of bad turns and still be right. ... Sculpture allows for the awkward feeling of doing wrong things, and the euphoria of when things fit. I like to black out in objects, get undone. After the trip, I can look at the sculpture and laugh at how it turned out and how we are lucky to live in the unknown.” …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Anatomy of a Super Bowl party

Thursday, January 29, 2015

With the Patriots in Super Bowl CCDXXXLIV, local parties will approach record levels of excitement. But not for everyone. There are three types at any Super Bowl party. One third are the Actual Fans — people who can tell you Tom Brady’s shirt size or what Rob Gronkowski’s teammates call him in the shower. You’ll see them blocking the big screen, shouting “Safety …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Duck, duck, goose

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Back when this week’s storm of “potentially historic proportions” was just a gleam in the meteorologist’s eye — where it pretty much remained — I found this cozy scene under the iron bridge over Lower Lake at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley. My best guess is that the main character is a …

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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 …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Mandolin Orchestra of South Hadley concert; ‘Descent’ by Tim Johnston

Thursday, January 15, 2015

YOU KNEW THEM WHEN Local residents have a chance to see the first performance of the Mandolin Orchestra of South Hadley this weekend. Founder and director Adam Sweet (also a soloist) will lead the orchestra playing chamber works from selected composers and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. There …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Two good books on modern Russia; South Hadley Mandolin Orchestra concert

Thursday, January 15, 2015

FROM RUSSIA WITH RESIGNATION Interested in a portrait of modern Russia? I can recommend two recent books. “The Putin Mystique” by Russian-American journalist Anna Arutunyan, published by Northampton’s Interlink Publishing Group, looks at President Putin’s relationship to past Russia autocrats. Gregory Feifer, a former NPR Moscow correspondent whose …