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Elizabeth Mercer in her studio in Easthampton.

Art Maker: Elizabeth Mercer | Glass mosaic artist

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Elizabeth Mercer has been making vibrant glass-on-glass mosaics for about five years. The pieces she makes at her studio at One Cottage Street in Easthampton are meant to be hung in windows so that natural light will shine through and color the room. “It’s an effect that changes throughout the day, as the sun shifts,” said Mercer, 44, of Florence. Right now, she’s working on pieces for “The 5 Elements: 5 Artists in Mosaic,” an exhibit at the Elusie Gallery in Easthampton for which she has collaborated with four other Valley mosaic artists. “I was given the element of fire,” Mercer said, “so I’ve been …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Taking the hogwash cure

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series. To view the other columns, Gluten Mountain (Sept. 11) and the Kale Pit (Sept. 25), visit www.gazettenet.com. Having recently explored the doughy wonders of Gluten Mountain and the reeking stench of the Kale Pit, I turn now for one last look at how food fads are changing our landscape. And of course, I’m …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Hamlet’ at Amherst Cinema; military vets show artwork at Northampton Arts Night Out

Thursday, October 8, 2015

TRAGIC TRANSFORMATION British actor Benedict Cumberbatch transformed himself into computer scientist, mathematician, logician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game”; he became Australian WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate”; and he’s done a turn as Massachusetts’ own Billy Bulger in “Black Mass.” Now’s your chance to see him as the world’s most-famous Dane: Cumberbatch stars as Hamlet in an HD …

New on DVD

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Aloft: A struggling mother (Jennifer Connelly) encounters the son she abandoned 20 years earlier. Also stars Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent. Rated R. Cop Car: A small-town sheriff (Kevin Bacon) sets out to find the two kids who have …

Book Bag: ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate’ by Naomi Klein; ‘An Upraised Chalice: Adventures and Near-Death Encounters in my Search for the Brotherhood of Light’ by Gene O’Neil

Thursday, September 24, 2015

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: CAPITALISM VS. THE CLIMATE By Naomi Klein Simon & Schuster www.naomiklein.org There are no easy fixes to climate change. But Naomi Klein says any attempt to address it must begin with revamping the entire engine …

Valley Readings

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BARNES & NOBLE: A l ocal authors night will be held Friday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore at Mountain Farms Mall in Hadley. Readings by Corey Jay Hudson, Gene O’Niel, Christine …

Your Time: Festival of Achievement, Diversity and Disability, Amherst

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Last Saturday, the Amherst Common was a busy place, as folks stopped by to enjoy the Festival of Achievement, Diversity and Disability, put on by Stavros’ Surrogate Volunteer Program for Independent Living. The event celebrates “the promise made …

Style Stop: Frances Paine

Thursday, September 24, 2015

While out “style stopping” in downtown Northampton, the team noticed Frances Paine’s intricately decorated skirt. Although the Northampton resident was in a rush — she was on her way to a French Club meeting — she took the …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Kids in motion

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I love taking pictures of children; I always have. And I love that this picture is all motion — illustrating, to me, how happy children can be in the simple act of playing. Here’s what else I love …

ID: Musician Philip B. Price

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Philip Price is a musician with the band Winterpills, and was also in the bands The Maggies, Memorial Garage and the Gay Potatoes. He has been a Valley resident since 1996, is married to Winterpills bandmate Flora Reed, …

Digital Life: Better photos, animated shots in new iPhones

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Photography gets even better with Apple’s new iPhones. Although the iPhone is already among the best smartphones for everyday shots, images from previous iPhones haven’t been as sharp as what rival cameras produce. The new iPhone 6s and …

Art Maker: Megan LaBonte | Photographer

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Megan LaBonte’s current project is called “A Year in Black and White,” for which the Northampton photographer focuses her energy, she says, on creating black-and-white images that cover a year’s time (July-July). “I’m trying to capture the mystery …

Chef’s Best: This fall, get French onion soup off the stove, onto a grill

Thursday, September 24, 2015

When a friend asked me if I could create a hearty fall soup that begins on the grill, at first I was stumped. I love making grilled gazpacho; it’s a regular in my summer rotation. But a cold …