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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 …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Making Valentine cards, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Twenty-seven parents and children gathered Saturday at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst for the eighth annual Valentine card-making party, organized by Meghan Burch, who is the museum’s art educator. Resting on a table …

Carol Lollis’ photo gallery: Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl ...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

... but she didn’t have a lot to say. — Carol Lollis …

Style Stop

Thursday, February 4, 2016

After running into the Style Stop team on Main Street in Northampton, Catherine Carija, 52, said she had been up since 2:30 a.m. and had thrown together her attire without a care. We never would have guessed her …

ID: Sean Cleary: Lawyer, business owner

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sean Cleary moved to Amherst with his family in 1970, when his father, Vincent Cleary, took a job teaching at the University of Massachusetts. At 19, he dropped out of college and moved to southern California, and though, …

Serving up cocktails with a cinematic twist for the Oscars

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Silver shakers and the silver screen go back a long time. Think French 75 from “Casablanca” and Agent 007’s dry martinis. So for those of you planning to drink along at home for the Feb. 28 showing of …

Art Maker: Ann Knickerbocker | Abstract painter

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When Florence artist Ann Knickerbocker started college as an art major, she says, she loved tiny little sketches and etchings. She wanted to draw a tree branch like Rembrandt did, she says, and it seemed everyone else already …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: The death of privacy

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I think of myself as an optimistic, light-hearted person who enjoys jokes, satire and, especially, puns. No one has ever accused me of being a worrywart. However, I am a full-fledged introvert who values his privacy and quiet time. Because of that latter fact, and even though this …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: American Ballet Theatre Studio Company at MHC; ‘We Like it Like That’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, January 28, 2016

PLAY MISTY FOR ME They can’t ALL be Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, and one of the most 100 influential people in the world, according to Time magazine. But, they ARE good enough to get their professional starts in the same place …

James Heflin’s Best Bets: TAO taiko drummers at UMass FAC; Julian Gerstin Sextet at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BIG DRUMS Members of the musical group TAO live in a mountain compound in Japan, and there they study the ancient tradition of taiko drumming. Taiko drums will make a mighty racket — some of them are 800-pound monstrosities — Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., when TAO returns to …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: The Bottle Rockets and Marshall Crenshaw at the Iron Horse; “Take a Seat” exhibit at UMass

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BOTTLED LIGHTNING Roots-rock veterans The Bottle Rockets have been getting a lot of attention, courtesy of a new album, “Lean Forward,” and a catchy single, “Monday (Every Time I Turn Around).” Their populist, guitar-based anthems are like a sound track to small-town America. They’ll bring those tunes to …