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Speaker for the whales: Indigenous artist interprets endangered right whale’s legacy and meaning
03-10-2024 1:43 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...

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Arts Briefs: A Sojourner Truth biographer comes to the Valley, a new take on a noted play, and more
06-06-2024 7:30 PM

AMHERST — Kristina L. Durocher, who earned an master’s degree in art history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has over two decades of experience leading museums, has joined the leadership team of the school’s Fine Arts Center.Durocher...


Arts Briefs: The Paradise City Arts Festival returns to Northampton, the MIFA Victory Players perform in Holyoke, and more
05-28-2024 10:46 AM

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
05-20-2024 10:04 AM

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...


Valley arts organizations win Mass Cultural funding: Awards are designed to mitigate casinos’ entertainment clout
04-11-2024 6:30 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

As part of a funding program for municipal and nonprofit performing arts centers, the Massachusetts Cultural Council is awarding over $150,000 to 10 arts organizations and centers in the Valley.The awards — part of $3.66 million in funding the MCC is...


The Beat Goes On: A Jeff Buckley tribute show, a slate of New Year’s weekend concerts, and more 
01-02-2024 10:34 AM

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...


Showcasing arts and culture: South Hadley introduces a new festival to highlight music, dance, and more 
09-14-2023 10:48 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Several years ago, South Hadley created a community block party, FallsFest, that was designed to bring people together in the Falls area, the oldest neighborhood in town, with the long-range goal of revitalizing the area, home to many businesses, and...


Trusting children’s inner artist: Hartsbrook School’s Creativity Camp launches inaugural season
07-19-2023 2:01 PM

By MERCY LINGLE

Senna Kahn, a rising third grader at the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, claims that when she draws she doesn’t “usually make things, I just let my hands guide me.”She reported this while coloring in a mandala that she had created under the guidance of...


Walking the earth, with a bit of swagger: Documentary film profiles the groundbreaking all-female rock band Fanny
07-06-2023 12:33 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

June Millington is a familiar name in the Valley music scene, a veteran guitarist and educator who since the early 2000s has overseen numerous programs at The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA), the Goshen center dedicated to supporting women and...


June views: Area art galleries bring out the color as spring segues into summer
06-08-2023 12:06 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Even with area colleges and the University of Massachusetts largely closing up shop for the summer, there’s plenty of art on view in the Valley this month. Here’s a look at what some selected galleries have this month.D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts,...


As nature intended: Group exhibit ‘Engaging Nature’ in Leverett features landscape paintings made outdoors 
05-18-2023 4:18 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Until recently, it hasn’t seemed like much of a spring: a lot of damp or rainy days, overcast skies, and cold nights.But the weather has warmed up, just in time to be a fitting backdrop to an art exhibit designed to celebrate the outdoors.“Engaging...


Voices of loss, grief and transformation: Illuminati Ensemble concert includes nod to local Black history
02-08-2023 7:23 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

David Ruggles and Frederick Douglass, two of the most notable Black men to come to Northampton in the first part of the 19th century, left behind a strong legacy as committed abolitionists, writers, and speakers. Ruggles also lived in Florence in the...


Back Porch Festival announces part of its lineup: Expanded roots music festival takes place in Northampton March 3 through 5, 2023
01-02-2023 11:27 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Back Porch Festival, which is set to expand to multiple venues in downtown Northampton in early March, has begun to fill out its lineup.Among numerous bands and artists that will play at the roots music showcase, begun by Signature Sounds in 2014,...

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