Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
P/sunny
93°
P/sunny
Hi 93° | Lo 66°

Hampshire Life

Photo courtesy of Betsey Garand
Betsey Garand in her New Hampshire studio

Art Maker: Betsey Garand | Printmaker

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Betsey Garand, a senior resident artist at Amherst College, divides her time between western Massachusetts and Hancock, New Hampshire, where she has a studio. She is currently working on multiple series that include prints, drawings and watercolors. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Betsey Garand: My recent work centers around ideas of resonance, balance and continuum. Biomorphic shapes intertwine with calligraphic linear elements, some seem animal-like while other shapes reference utilitarian tools or invented natural forms. There is an entwined component of flat and dimensional space, imagined and seen, with quips of comedic interactions. H.L.: What is your creative process like? B.G.: …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Grateful to be swinging my racket

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Athletes, both great and small, need to learn how to lose as well as to win. Something like grace is called on to do either well. Maybe bragging is the accepted style for boxers — remember Mohammed Ali’s classic self-display, floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee — or basketball players trash-talking. …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: FallsFest music, arts festival in South Hadley; Upper Valley Music Festival in Turners Falls

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MUSIC GALORE! I think we can call NRBQ venerable: The band’s been playing in one form or another since the 1960s, led throughout by mad keyboard artist Terry Adams. The group plays Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Beachgrounds in South Hadley as part of “FallsFest,” a music and arts festival that also features such performers as Seth Glier, Jose Gonzalez & Banda …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED: After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and …

Art Maker: Rob Kimmel |painter, curator

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Florence artist Rob Kimmel, 44, is busy these days, curating art shows: There’s a group show, “Horns to Tale,” on view through the end of June at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton in which a dozen artists have …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Inside Out’ at Cinemark, Tower Theaters; Charles Neville and Youssoupha Sidibe at Porter-Phelps Museum

Thursday, June 25, 2015

UPSIDE DOWN It was Father’s Day and my family wanted to see the new Pixar movie, “Inside Out.” I’m not that into animated films, but I put on my game face. At least there’ll be popcorn, I thought. To my surprise, I loved this movie about a girl …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Roz Chast exhibit; ‘Northampton Family Fourth’

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CARTOONS TO LIVE BY I, for one, think an exhibit of Roz Chast cartoons is well worth a summer drive to Stockbridge. Lots of people love her New Yorker cartoons. I couldn’t put down her hilarious and profound memoir, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant,” about her …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Lonesome Brothers at the Parlor Room; Fred Marcellino exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum

Thursday, June 25, 2015

IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO TODAY Before they put on “a really big shew” at the Green River Festival July 10-12, Signature Sounds will help the Lonesome Brothers celebrate 30 years with a Saturday concert at Northampton’s Parlor Room. Jim Armenti and Ray Mason will take turns playing …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lonesome Brothers celebrate 30 years together and other musical happenings this week

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Two summery Saturdays ago, local singer/songwriters Jim Armenti and Ray Mason played separate daytime solo sets inside the Platinum Pony in Easthampton. The air was heavy with humidity and the crowd was heavy with other local musicians, intently …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Looking with a (new) eye toward the future

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A few weeks ago, I had cataract surgery, something that has become, as my friend Nancy noted, a regular rite of passage for the elderly. I spent half a day in the well-run, high-tech Cataract and Laser Center in West Springfield, where my ophthalmologist’s group, Eye Physicians of …

Movie times

Thursday, June 25, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Far From the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 2, 6:50; Sat. no 2; Mon. no 6:50 I’ll See You in My Dreams (PG-13) Daily 2:10, 4:20, 7:25, 9:35; Sat.-Sun. also 11:20 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A LITTLE CHAOS: Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles. Stars Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci. Rated R. DOPE: Life changes for Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a …

Headliners: ‘The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord’ at Chester Theatre; ‘The Juliet Letters’ at the Yiddish Book Center

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Group re-write Setting to work with a penknife over three consecutive evenings in 1804, Thomas Jefferson cut and pasted passages from the King James Bible into a book — titled “The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth” — that …