Leafing out with Joan Backes

Walking into Branching Out: Trees as Art  from the Atrium, I always have to stop for a few moments to enjoy the gentle twisting of Joan Backes’ “Falling Leaves” installation.  ...

Chasing Raza

Two years ago, I found myself standing in a gallery at PEM transfixed by S.H. Raza’s painting, Udho, Heart is Not Ten or Twenty. I’d never heard of Raza before. ...

Furry family

Those of us who are dog lovers know that it’s not weird to call your pup your  “baby.”  It’s also not weird to share your pillow with him at night ...
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Tom Coakley is the assistant editor of the Globe West regional print edition and this Salem site.