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MICKY BEDELL
Michael Poole sands down the edges of a ''2' that is part of a zipcode bike rack for Easthampton at his studio on East St. Poole chose to base his design on the zipcode because he found the idea "unifying" and a unarguable reflection of the area.

Art Maker: Michael Poole | Welder

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some months ago, Easthampton City Arts+ asked artists to come up with possible designs for a sculptural bike rack to be installed on Main Street. The design submitted by Michael Poole, an Easthampton welder, was chosen. Poole 45, spent the winter months creating the piece, which is in the shape of Easthampton’s zip code, 01027. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you’re doing now: Michael Poole: I designed a typeface that could be fabricated with pipe, and used as a bicycle rack or place to lock up a stroller outdoors. We fabricated the numbers, rolling, cutting and welding the pipe to create the designed font. Then …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘The Shape of Water’ at ECA+ Gallery; staged reading of ‘Tar2f,’ musical version of Moliere’s ‘Tartuffe’ at Unitarian Society in Northampton

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WHAT SHAPE? I like the title of the exhibit “The Shape of Water,” but it makes me wonder: Does water even have a shape? And, if it does, what defines it? In an exhibit at the ECA+ Gallery, painter Lynne Adams and printmaker Patricia Parker reveal water’s form by magnifying its reflections and studying its character of movement and translucency. Exhibit closes Tuesday, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Rock Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POTTERY PARTY In addition to having a great name, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour has this going for it: It’s a chance to visit nine art galleries set up in some of the most beautiful locations in western Massachusetts, including Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield and Shelburne Falls. The 11th annual tour and sale features nine local potters opening their studios …

Book Bag: ‘Look!’ by Jeff Mack; ‘Stone Angel’ by Jane Yolen; ‘Lifelines’ by Michael Miller

Thursday, April 9, 2015

LOOK! By Jeff Mack Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers Group www.jeffmack.com Easthampton author Jeff Mack, who writes and illustrates books for very young children, has proven he can tell a story with a minimal amount of words. He’s done …

Valley Readings

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST COLLEGE: Polish writer Tadeusz Dabrowski reads from his poetry Sunday, 4 p.m., Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Webster Hall, at the college. BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Molly Burnham presents her new book …

Headliners: Rob Mazurek at the Parlor Room; Stephen Petronio Company at UMass

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Jazz requiem Avant-garde jazz? For Rob Mazurek, Chicago-based electro-acoustic composer, cornetist and improviser, that entails constructing exotic soundscapes from the murmurings of the Amazonian rain forest, recording the sonic emanations of electric eels and using audio culled from …

Your Time: Culinary arts program, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northampton

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Students in the culinary arts program at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton get real-life experience. Under the direction of instructors/chefs, the program’s 50 students — from freshmen to seniors — study cooking theory in the …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Optical illusion

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The reflection of clouds onto the water and melting ice at Puffer’s Pond in Amherst Monday reminded me of a view one might see from a passenger jet — when very large things can appear very small. Like …

ID: Molly Merrett, vegetarian cook, pedal person

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Molly Merrett owns a vegetarian catering company and meal delivery service based in Northampton. She also plays guitar and fiddle in a local band called The Ephemeral Stringband, and is a member of Pedal People, a worker-owned, human-powered …

Style Stop: Carly Raber, feeling Bohemian

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Carly Raber, 23, was browsing from shop to shop in downtown Northampton when we caught a glimpse of her colorful skirt fluttering in the wind. We had to stop and ask about the rest of her unique outfit. …

Gussy up your salad by breaking it down and jarring it up

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Too often, a salad is served out of obligation. We feel it is something we have to do to make the meal complete, but really don’t want to. And too often that’s why the salads we serve aren’t …

Art Maker: Michael Goldman | poetry translator

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Michael Goldman, 49, of Florence, translates, promotes and publishes Danish literature. In the past two years, he has received six translation grants for his work with five distinguished Danish writers, among them Denmark’s most popular, all-time best-selling poet, …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘The Nile Project’ at UMass; Senior thesis dance concert at Smith College

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A MULTICULTURAL TRIUMPH The title “The Nile Project: Songs and Music of the Nile River” sounds exotic, and the subtitle, “Loving, Listening, Subtle Flow,” is absolutely mesmerizing. The concert that meshes the Nile’s many sounds features musicians from countries along the river. The musicians learned each others’ unique …