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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jeffrey Gatrall, of Florence, speaks to the Gazette's reporter about his exhibition of paintings of Arcadia Nature Preserve at the Historic Northampton Museum in the downtown Northampton Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.  Gatrall has done some varied art, including photography, and has worked as an animator in Hollywood.

Art people: Jeffrey Gatrall/painter

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeffrey Gatrall once studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Italy and Scotland, and considered trying for a career as an artist. It didn’t work out quite that way, though he found creative work as an animator and animation director for Warner Brothers, Disney and other companies; he even illustrated episodes of “Beavis and Butthead.” But …

First Person: Inner thoughts, interior lives

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Posted on the window of Waterstone’s Books, Trafalgar Square, London: Words cannot do justice to the pleasures of a good bookshop. Ironically. - To tell the truth, most words cannot do justice to much of what’s going on in our inner world. Words are all right for everyday stuff. We live in the …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Before You Become Improbable’ at Dickinson Museum; UMass Multiband Pops Concert

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A WALK WITH EMILY There’s always something going at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst. It’s a fabulous resource that lends itself to musical performances, poetry readings (of course) and other events. But here’s a new one: “Before You Become Improbable,” an interactive theatrical adventure that takes audience members for a one-hour walking trip through downtown Amherst, led by Dickinson’s poetry and prose, …

Book Bag: ‘The Stethoscope Cure’ by Sam Osherson; ‘The Hawley Book of the Dead’ by Chrysler Szarlan

Thursday, September 11, 2014

THE STETHOSCOPE CURE By Sam Osherson Solyphos Press samosherson.com Sam Osherson, a therapist from Cambridge who has taught psychology at a number of colleges and universities, is also the author of several nonfiction books about relationships and personal …

Valley Readings

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips reads from his work Sept. 16, 8 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Sam Osherson presents his new novel, …

Your Time: Hot jazz

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It was a three-H day — hot, humid and hazy — last Saturday for the final, main-stage event of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival. Perhaps fittingly, as the temperature reached into the 90s, it felt more like …

ID: Sasha Berman

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sasha Berman exercises her love of self-expression in choosing her colorful style of dress and her jewelry — often her own creations. She’s someone, she says, who is “comfortable with too much.” Berman is an international folk dancer …

Style Stop: Chris Lott

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Style Stop team spotted Chris Lott’s matching pink outfit as he was crossing the street in downtown Northampton on a recent morning. Lott, of Pelham, was taking his girlfriend out to lunch at The Green Bean for …

A Closer Look: Reading tablets decent, but needed?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

E-book readers are great for reading books, but they can’t be used get directions or watch videos of people dumping ice over their heads. Tablets can. In partnership with Samsung, Barnes & Noble recently released a reading-centric tablet, …

Cheesesteak that’s delicious even minus the steak

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Like Philadelphia itself, there’s a lot to love about the city’s signature sandwich — the cheesesteak. But that delicious combination of beef, onions and cheese isn’t the sort of thing you want to pack away every day, unless …

Art People: Jonathan Wilhelm | painter, woodcut artist

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jonathan Wilhelm describes himself as a hard worker who’s been focused on his art for 20 years. That’s not an unusual length of time — but the fact that Wilhelm is only 25 does add context. “My earliest …

First Person: Job search: Tales from the front line

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I voluntarily left my last full-time job in 2012. I hated the job and continuing it made me a miserable husband, dad and friend. I was doing the things I liked to do as a communications professional but …