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Weaving the fabric of life: Every Thread Handwoven in Williamsburg teaches the basics of an ancient craft
06-26-2024 4:42 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

WILLIAMSBURG — Ten large floor looms consuming most of the space in a room would normally bring an air of intimidation, but the Swedish looms at this weaving studio instead sculpt the room into cozy nooks, decorated with plants, seven day candles and...

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Arts Briefs: Lots of theater in Northampton, Indian poetry and music in South Hadley, and more
06-20-2024 2:47 PM

Pulling at the roots: Plays cover 3 centuries of city history — againNORTHAMPTON — Last August, Historic Northampton presented a new way of examining some chapters of city history by staging three short plays at the museum, including two that took...


Arts Briefs: A Sojourner Truth biographer comes to the Valley, a new take on a noted play, and more
06-06-2024 3:36 PM

Truth biographer comes to townFLORENCE — Historian Nell Irvin Painter, the author of an acclaimed biography of Sojourner Truth, will visit the town where the famed abolitionist once lived to talk about her newest book and about some of the ideas that...


Arts Briefs: The Paradise City Arts Festival returns to Northampton, the MIFA Victory Players perform in Holyoke, and more
05-23-2024 2:41 PM

Paradise by the fairground lightsNORTHAMPTON — One of the area’s largest artistic celebrations returns this weekend, as some 220 artists and craftspeople gather at the Three County Fairgrounds for the Paradise City Arts Festival.The biannual festival,...


Overlooked no more: Leverett artist’s woodcut prints celebrate remarkable women of the past
05-09-2024 4:05 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It started in early 2018 with a special New York Times series of articles, “Overlooked,” obituaries about notable people whose deaths had gone unreported in the newspaper, which first began publishing obits in 1851.Leverett printmaker and collage...


Around the Hamptons: City Arts to unveil Cottage Street sculpture
05-08-2024 3:49 PM

By Alexa Lewis

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton City Arts (ECA) Public Art Committee will host an unveiling on Saturday of its newest sculpture on the Nashawannuck Pond Promenade. The sculpture has been years in the making, with the initial idea proposed in 2019 by...


Spring brings new art: A look at what's on tap in April at selected local galleries
04-12-2024 2:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

April weather can be fickle, as this week, with some warm, sunny days to start, followed by a few days of clouds and rain, has shown.But if you can’t get out into nature as much as you’d like, you can still see plenty of artwork in the region, which...


Arts Briefs: An arts festival at Smith College, a theatrical version of an iconic 1920s novel, and more
04-12-2024 8:40 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Editor’s note: The performance at Northampton’s A.P.E. Gallery tonight with Fumi Tomita has been canceled. However, Tomita and Allen Fowler will be present for the artist’s reception at the gallery from 5-8 p.m.​​​​​​A new arts celebrationNORTHAMPTON...


Art is a vehicle for change: Power of Truths Festival returns to Florence to illuminate history of injustice, April 5-6
03-28-2024 3:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Can the arts help us reexamine our past and come to terms with injustice? Can music, film and other mediums become instruments for social change by helping us look differently at our history and our beliefs?Those are questions the Power of Truths Arts...


Speaker for the whales: Indigenous artist interprets endangered right whale’s legacy and meaning
03-01-2024 3:57 PM

By NAILA MOREIRA

Two new exhibitions inspired by the life and skeleton of the whale Staccato — a grandmother North Atlantic right whale whose remains came to UMass’ natural history collection after her death in 1999 — are now open to the public.Indigenous artist...


New year, new look: Bombyx Center adds more varied arts programming to its lineup while making infrastructure improvements
02-22-2024 1:30 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

What a difference a year makes.Late last May, the Northampton Fire Department abruptly shut down virtually all music performances at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity in Florence, citing inadequate fire prevention measures at the venue.The move...


Still harmonizing after all these years: Silver Chord Bowl marks its 40th anniversary
02-08-2024 3:21 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The 1980s witnessed the start of what have become some longstanding artistic landmarks in Northampton: the Young@Heart Chorus, the downtown New Year’s Eve festival called First Night Northampton, and a good-natured competition involving collegiate a...


Staying in the game: Veteran actors and teachers Raye and Candace Birk are still involved with theater after decades of performance
01-25-2024 3:02 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Looking for some talented older actors who can play a wide range of roles? Who have decades of experience in theater, film and television?Raye Birk and Candace Barrett Birk are at your service.The Florence couple, relatively new transplants to the...


Northampton appoints a new poet laureate: Franny Choi is 10th person to hold title
01-16-2024 4:52 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — After a delay caused in part by the pandemic, the city has a new poet laureate.Franny Choi, who was nominated last year for a Massachusetts Book Award, has written for the New York Times and the Atlantic, and been interviewed on NPR, has...


Returning home: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School hires former students to lead workshops
01-14-2024 5:00 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School scans old rosters for this year’s January’s Guest Artist Series, hiring seven alumni to bring their skills and knowledge of dance back home in a series of 11 workshop classes.Rather than...


The Beat Goes On: A Jeff Buckley tribute show, a slate of New Year’s weekend concerts, and more 
12-28-2023 7:50 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Like father, like son: Tim Buckley and his son, Jeff, both became musicians at a young age, and both died well before their time — Tim of a heroin overdose at age 28 in 1975, and Jeff from drowning at age 30 in 1997.Tim Buckley became a pretty...


A real old-school First Night: Northampton New Year’s Eve festival returns with its old energy
12-21-2023 9:43 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

As Steve Sanderson sees it, First Night Northampton is getting its mojo back.The annual New Year’s Eve celebration got shot down two years in a row by COVID-19, first in December 2020 and then again in December 2021 when, just days before the event...


PVPA students lobbying for bill that would require at least one mental health expert per 250 pupils
12-19-2023 5:07 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

SOUTH HADLEY — As youth across western Massachusetts struggle with increasing mental health issues, three teenagers at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA) are working to increase the number of mental health personnel in...


It’s almost showtime: 33 Hawley, Northampton’s community arts center, is putting on its finishing touches
11-18-2023 9:47 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s been a long run — but the finish line is now in view.The Northampton Community Arts Trust building, largely or partly shuttered for most of this year, is poised to reopen, as work to make the final improvements in the 25,000-square-foot building...


Old playbill keys concert revival: Nov. 18 show at Bombyx Center reimagines an 1873 show once staged at church
11-16-2023 2:40 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When staff at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity, in the midst of doing renovations in the basement, came across a tattered but still readable playbill from a concert apparently staged at the property in 1873 — then known simply as the Florence...


Smith College Museum of Art receives $280,000 award to increase access
11-15-2023 3:12 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — Fresh from having received gifts from two alumnae that have enabled the Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) to drop its admission fees, the museum has won additional funding to expand its programming for visitors.The Art Bridges...

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