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Waterway Arts in Turners Falls aims to make art accessible
06-13-2024 12:34 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

TURNERS FALLS — The trio behind Waterway Arts has transformed the former Buckingham Rabbits thrift store on Avenue A into a space where artists of all ages and abilities can showcase their work.To start, the art studio and store is showcasing the work...

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Teens to take the stage in inaugural performing arts showcase in Turners Falls
06-13-2024 3:38 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

TURNERS FALLS — The Brick House Community Resource Center will hold the inaugural Franklin County Teen Performing Arts Showcase at the Shea Theater Arts Center on Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m. The show will feature a variety of solo and small-group...


‘Orlando’ adaptation coming to Shea Theater in Turners Falls
05-29-2024 2:38 PM

TURNERS FALLS — Eggtooth Productions and the Shea Theater Arts Center will present Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando” on May 30, May 31 and June 1, at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are $20 at sheatheater.org or at the door. VIP tickets for the...


Comic book fans invited to ‘a little family reunion’ with Sunday’s Western Massachusetts Comic Book Show
05-17-2024 1:27 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — If you can’t make it to Comic-Con in San Diego toward the end of July, there’s a smaller-scale event in Franklin County that might scratch your artistic itch.The Western Massachusetts Comic Book Show is returning to Hawks & Reed...


Performing arts camp at NMH marks 25th year
04-30-2024 10:53 AM

By ABNER ROJAS

GILL — The Summer Stars Camp for the Performing Arts is celebrating its 25th year of providing arts programming to thousands of economically disadvantaged children from across the Northeast. The camp, for children ages 12 to 17, will be held from Aug....


Joannah Whitney of Greenfield wins 33rd annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest
04-24-2024 5:14 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — After a few years submitting her work to the annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest, Greenfield poet and freelance writer Joannah Whitney placed first among the contest’s adult finalists Tuesday night at the Greenfield Public Library. The...


Shea Theater mural artist chosen out of 354 applicants
04-24-2024 9:28 AM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

MONTAGUE — After reviewing submissions from 354 applicants, a steering group has selected North Carolina-based muralist Darion Fleming to paint a 3,200-square-foot mural on the east exterior wall of the Shea Theater Arts Center in Turners Falls.The...


With new library comes new venue for annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest
04-16-2024 1:36 PM

By GRACE LEE

GREENFIELD — The annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest is seeing a change of venue in its 33rd year, transitioning from Stoneleigh-Burnham School to the new Greenfield Public Library.The contest will be held Tuesday, April 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This...


Greenfield board, state lawmakers look to preserve creative economy
04-09-2024 2:34 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

GREENFIELD — The city’s Cultural Council is looking to eventually expand and start a side-by-side nonprofit that would help raise money for local artists and events in addition to the annual funding received from the state.“When it comes to the...


Sounds Local: Coming out in her own time (signature): Kim Chin-Gibbons to release first single as solo artist, ‘7848’
04-03-2024 3:44 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Kim Chin-Gibbons of Amherst has been playing in bands for over a decade. Most know her from her work with ZoKi, a group she co-founded with Zoe Lemos of Ashfield when they were in their teens and students at the Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) in...


Artspace Market looks to raise $7K to increase access to art education
04-03-2024 9:53 AM

By ABNER ROJAS

GREENFIELD — The Artspace Market is back for its 45th year, supporting local artisans while raising money to increase access to art education in Franklin County.The event, to be held Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Greenfield High School,...


PHOTOS: Feeling the rhythm
03-19-2024 10:34 AM


Colrain Roundhouse, a historic home for the arts, being sold to new owner
03-11-2024 6:38 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

COLRAIN — Storytellers, artists and longtime visitors walked the empty rooms of the Roundhouse on Sunday, swapping memories and saying goodbye to what has been a home for collective creativity.The Van Nuys Road building, which has been owned by...


‘A golden era musical’: Four Rivers students to perform ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ at Shea Theater
03-07-2024 1:24 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

TURNERS FALLS — Members of the Four Rivers Charter Public School Drama Club will take to the Shea Theater Arts Center stage this weekend to perform “Once Upon a Mattress,” a retelling of the story “The Princess and the Pea.” Director Leah Plath said...


Speaker for the whales: Indigenous artist interprets endangered right whale’s legacy and meaning
03-04-2024 10:55 AM

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...


Artspace celebrates 50th annual Teen Art Show, grant award
02-23-2024 1:50 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

Not only has Greenfield’s Artspace Community Arts Center begun its 50th annual Teen Art Show, but it has also received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that will help support its overall mission. Artspace was one of a...


Montague Cultural Council awards $16K in grants
02-17-2024 2:13 PM

MONTAGUE — The Cultural Council has awarded 28 grants totaling $16,146 to support local cultural programs as part of its annual funding distribution.According to a notice from Cultural Council Chair Kathleen Lynch, grants are awarded to projects that...


First Arc-a-Palooza concert set for Shea Theater in Turners Falls
02-14-2024 9:35 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — The United Arc’s got talent, and the first Arc-a-Palooza concert aims to prove it.Five local musical acts are set to take the stage at the Shea Theater Arts Center for a Feb. 17 fundraising event for the nonprofit that provides...


Ja’Duke tribute show to raise money for domestic violence crisis services
02-08-2024 2:00 PM

By ANITA FRITZ

TURNERS FALLS — In 1987, 31-year-old Vivian A. Morrissey was fatally strangled by her ex-boyfriend in her Turners Falls home, leaving her two daughters, who have no memory of her because they were a 3-year-old and a 1½-year-old at the time,...


‘It’s a tremendous honor’: Greenfield aikido dojo owner gets promoted
02-08-2024 11:22 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Dave Stier started the new year with notice from Japan that he had been promoted to a seventh-degree black belt in aikido, a traditional Japanese martial art stressing balance, positioning and leverage instead of strength and...


A big audience for small works: Annual Small Works Exhibit and Sale returns for 10th year
02-02-2024 12:04 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Sawmill River Arts Collective gallery, located at 440 Greenfield Rd. in the Bookmill Complex, will show local artists at its 10th annual Small Works Exhibit and Sale, taking place from Feb. 4 through 26.“It is a community art show. Part of our...

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