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Preserving a key part of Emily Dickinson’s legacy: Historic Evergreens house reopens at the Emily Dickinson Museum
03-10-2024 1:48 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Between the “Dickinson” series on Apple TV+ and movies such as 2016’s “A Quiet Passion,” interest in Emily Dickinson has grown in the last several years, even beyond the already intense admiration that existed for her poetry among readers and literary...

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Tropical paradise? Not so much: Spring exhibits at Mead Art Museum examine the effect of tourism in the Caribbean, Native American art, and more
04-01-2024 11:43 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

What could be better in winter than a trip to the Caribbean? Warm but not overly hot temperatures, plenty of sun, crystalline waters — sounds like paradise.But as a current exhibit at the Mead Art Museum in Amherst shows, paradise for some can mean...


The ABCs of children’s books: ‘Alphabet Soup’ at the Eric Carle Museum looks at how picture books come to life
02-23-2024 9:40 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has no shortage of material to draw on for exhibits.Aside from highlighting work from traveling exhibits, or showcasing illustrations of specific artists drawn from various sources, the Amherst museum can...


The Evergreens house is ready for its close-up after preservation work at Emily Dickinson Museum
02-08-2024 8:38 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — Closed since 2019 for extensive preservation efforts and infrastructure improvements, The Evergreens, a key property at the Emily Dickinson Museum, will reopen for visitors March 1.The 19th century house was built in 1856 for Austin...


Just a big kid at art: Carle Museum showcases children’s book art of legendary graphic designer Seymour Chwast
11-29-2023 8:37 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Seymour Chwast turned 92 this summer. But in his heart, he might still be about 8 or 9 years old, based on the work he continues to create.A legendary graphic designer who, beginning in the 1950s, helped revolutionize the look of commercial art,...


Fresh exhibits bloom at Valley galleries as colleges reopen
09-11-2023 10:18 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

September brings hordes of college students back to the Valley — as well as new art exhibits. Here’s a selected look at what’s on tap at several local campuses, as well as some area galleries.University Museum of Contemporary Art, University of...


A change of the guard: Eric Carle Museum taps new executive director
08-16-2023 2:35 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — A significant change is afoot at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, where a new executive director is poised to come on board.Jennifer Schantz, who has an extensive background with a number of organizations in New York City, will...


The Beat Goes On: David Wax Museum in Hatfield, Shakey Graves, Lucius and Roger Salloom at the Pines Theater, and more
08-09-2023 4:13 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

In recent years, David Wax Museum, which mixes Americana influences with pop music and traditional Mexican folk sounds, had spent a lot of time recording a new album, “You Must Change Your Life,” that the group — the husband and wife duo of David Wax...


Expanding perspective: Porter-Phelps property in Hadley wins designation as larger National Historic District
08-04-2023 9:04 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

In 1973, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington house in Hadley, which dates to 1752, won designation on the National Register of Historic Places, the federal program that supports and coordinates efforts to protect the nation’s historic and archeological...


Fleet of foot and easy on the eye: ‘Horse Tales,’ a new exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum, celebrates our four-legged friends
06-21-2023 7:47 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Is the dog man’s best friend? Or it is the horse? Based on the longevity of their relationship with humans, horses might have the better claim. Researchers have estimated horses were widely domesticated at least 4,000 years ago and even further back...


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,...


A bright splash of color: Carle Museum tries on special glasses for visitors with vision issue
03-16-2023 7:15 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

For Will Schneider, putting on this pair of glasses opened up his vision to a depth of color he wouldn’t ordinarily see.“The blue is so much more textured,” said Schneider as he peered at an illustration at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art....


The different sides of James Baldwin: Mead Museum exhibit showcases writer’s artistic connections
03-08-2023 6:29 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

It’s mostly a lesser-known footnote to his career: From 1983 to 1986, James Baldwin was based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was part of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies and taught students from across the...


‘The door opener’: Longtime University Museum of Contemporary Art Director Loretta Yarlow to step down
02-01-2023 9:08 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

After nearly 18 years at the helm of the largest art gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Loretta Yarlow will step down from the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at the end of June.Yarlow, who came to the Valley from New...


Come on back: The Mead Art Museum, closed to the public since March 2020, reopens Jan. 31 for all visitors
02-01-2023 9:06 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, which has been closed to the public for nearly three years, has reopened with two new exhibits in place.The museum shut its doors for all in March 2020 when COVID-19 arrived, and though it eventually reopened...


Pictures of possibility: Exhibit by acclaimed illustrator Christian Robinson aims to help children explore the variety life offers
01-27-2023 9:35 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Illustrator and children’s book author Christian Robinson calls his website “The Art of Fun,” and it seems an appropriate title. Robinson’s colorful and whimsical art — a mix of detailed collage, acrylic paint and colored pencil — transmits the sense...


Longtime Eric Carle Museum director Alexandra Kennedy stepping down this year
01-27-2023 9:34 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — After almost 15 years leading the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Executive Director Alexandra Kennedy plans to step down from her post this year.But Kennedy, known at the Carle as Alix, says she hopes to stay engaged with the museum...


Emily Dickinson Museum receives $2.5 million donation to endow the executive director’s position
01-12-2023 1:49 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — The Emily Dickinson Museum, in the midst of a major fundraising campaign to expand its resources and reach, has received a major new donation to help realize that goal: $2.5 million.Jane and Robert Keiter of Lakeville, Connecticut, have made...

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