Monthly Archives: January 2017

150 years of Woodblock images

I spent a sleeting winter afternoon walking through Japanese Impressions at the Clark Art Institute. Here’s a glimpse of colors, subjects and styles in these woodblock prints as they change over time. You can find the full feature story here, and my thoughts here, on these artists across a century and a half.


MCLA women take on Henry V — #OurNorthAdams

North Adams is welcoming Small Business Revolution today — so in their honor, here’s a #ThrowbackThursday look at a North Adams story that moved me this fall. They can’t sleep. It’s nearly dawn, and they may not be alive by sunset. They are sitting in the dark in a rough camp, hungry and angry. They…

Small Business Revolution — Why #OurNorthAdams

You’re in North Adams for a day in the heart of winter, and you want to get to know the town? I can see the challenge at a glance. It’s January. The sidewalk tables have rolled inside, and next summer’s pop-up galleries and concerts in the park are still a glint in the eye. Even the college is on break.

But even in winter this old mill town can reach around the world. On a well-below-freezing night, a Grammy-winning musician who has performed for the United Nations can get a crowd of 300 on their feet and singing.

You can find comedy and calligraphy, a bookbinder running a letterpress, an entrepreneurial meetup at a microbrewery or a menu with farm-grown purple potato chips, if you know where to look.

I’ve been looking for more than 15 years now, off and on — come on and share my table at BrewHaHa, take half of my pumpkin chip muffin, and I can show you. Take a look at what we’ve seen in the last year alone … (At the top, Nick Cave’s ‘Until’ shimmers at Mass MoCA. Photo by Susan Geller.)

Week ahead Berkshire calendar Jan. 9 to 15

Nationally acclaimed writers converge in Bennington, new music soars at Williams College, concerts and talks celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., and Leo Koettke, in the photo above, will perform one-man-band stripped-down folk with Keller Williams at the Paramount Theatre (photo by Dmileson). The Berkshire calendar Jan. 9 to 15 is far-reaching even in this quiet time of year.…