The Human Tragedy of ‘Lost Girls’
Apr18

The Human Tragedy of ‘Lost Girls’

The artwork of Zitong (Ann) Xu blends myth, magic, and the fantastical together to tell human stories about sorrow for “Lost Girls” at the Barnes Gallery at Leverett Crafts & Arts through the month of April. With lifelike haunting faces of women combined with imagery out of an ancient Greek poem or the dark fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, Xu, a senior at Northfield Mount Hermon preparatory school in Gill, presents a series of...

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“Breathing In, Monotypes:” Abstract nature art in layers of ink
Mar29

“Breathing In, Monotypes:” Abstract nature art in layers of ink

At first glance, Doris Madsen’s artwork seems to be a collection of slightly abstract paintings inspired by nature: a frigid island shore, an overhead bird’s eye view of Greenland, the stark Icelandic countryside, and a collection of pitcher plants. But on closer examination, the process for making these images is much more involved with dense layers of ink through monotype printing. Madsen’s artwork is on display through April 25 as...

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‘From Farms to Table’ exhibition in Northfield celebrates land, bird, and beast
Mar22

‘From Farms to Table’ exhibition in Northfield celebrates land, bird, and beast

For the past year or so, the Deerfield Valley Art Association has had a gallery and gift shop at 105 Main Street in Northfield. Particularly at this time of year, downtown Northfield may offer more to those driving through than those who actually stop and walk around. Northfield Creamie isn’t serving ice cream yet. Highland BBQ remains closed for the season. And the old churches and historic buildings seem made for driving by as you...

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Review: Art made on an iPhone 6?
Mar08

Review: Art made on an iPhone 6?

Turners Falls artist ixchelailee has produced a series of digital collages that stand toe to toe with any other non-digital artwork that you might find in art galleries across the Pioneer Valley. Her exhibit, “Art as veil: hiding behind and walking through,” on display through March 22 at Artspace Community Arts Center in Greenfield, transforms religious symbolism and historical imagery into artwork with new meaning. What’s most...

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Staff picks: 17 Years Boy: Epilogue; Big Surf Dance; Spring Bulb Show
Mar07

Staff picks: 17 Years Boy: Epilogue; Big Surf Dance; Spring Bulb Show

Imo Nse Imeh: 17 Years Boy: Epilogue // Through March 15 Visual artist Dr. Imo Nse Imeh’s latest project “17 Years Boy: Epilogue” is now on display at Readywipe Gallery in Holyoke. His work is remarkable and powerful and absolutely beautiful. The exhibition stems from a project started last year in response to the death of Trayvon Martin. Imeh painted a large-scale portrait of the teenager over a 17-hour period, then destroyed the...

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