Saturday, May 8, 2010
Check out MASS MoCA’s Disfarmer Photos before the summer crowds – you’ll want some time to look at this exhibition. Photographer Mike Disfarmer produced intimate, often intense portraits of the people of Heber Springs, Arkansas from 1939 to 1945. Disfarmer’s photographs are recognized as a stunning achievement for their exquisite artistry, their profound empathy and their landmark documentation of small town life in America’s heartland.
In celebration of the spring season, Berkshire Grown will host Farmed + Foraged: A Weekend of Spring Flavors, a culinary celebration of farmed and foraged seasonal foods at area restaurants from Friday, May 21 through Sunday, May 23. This year, Berkshire Grown will feature 23 participants offering an array of prix fixe menus and a la carte selections to celebrate this farm-to-table dining event. Menus will feature wild edibles, locally grown produce, Berkshire artisan cheeses, heritage breed meats, locally made bread and chocolate, and Berkshire-crafted beer and spirits. The dates, prices and menus for Farmed + Foraged participants vary dramatically. Please contact participating restaurants for accurate information on when they will be offering Farmed + Foraged, their menu options and pricing. Check out our friends at Gramercy Bistro, Mezze and The Red Lion Inn.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
MASS MoCA is featuring another critically acclaimed tabletop puppetry show, Disfarmer on May 8th & 9th. American portrait photographer Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959) operated a photography studio in Heber Springs, Arkansas, where for years locals and tourists lined up to have their picture made. This show explores the contradictions in the life of this American artist known for his documentation of a way of life that has pretty much vanished. The New York Times called Disfarmer, “a quiet tour de force” while the Washington Post put Disfarmer at the top of their “Best Of” list for 2009. How lucky we are that MASS MoCA brings such compelling and edgy work to our little bucolic world!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
C’mon over to our place – we’re just across the street from MASS MoCA, where you can check out Jones Street Station on March 27th. These folks have been opening for Ben Kweller on his recent tour, “play their catchy originals with virtuosic mandolin jams and honky-tonk piano fillers, and top them with off-kilter, good-time harmonies.” (Time Out New York) Legendary rock critic Greil Marcus said listening to them “is like running down a mountain on a switchback trail, the sound of surprise generating its own momentum. There’s a punk glee inside the bluegrass craft — and a punk vehemence inside the bluegrass smile.”
Friday, March 12, 2010
Sorry we cannot offer any more Shack Up with Shackleton packages – the second show at MASS MoCA sold out quickly. But, don’t let that keep you from heading our way… There’s an exhibit opening at the Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield: Stories from the Bible and Other Places, recent and older works by artist Paul Graubard of Lenox MA. The work, created in acrylic paint, fabric, paper and objects arranged on canvas and wood, depicts personal experiences, ethnic traditions and Biblical stories. Stop in Pittsfield on your way up to Porches and kick off an art-filled weekend – MASS MoCA has several compelling shows and the excellent Clark Art Institute is free this time of year!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
If you haven’t checked out RuralIntelligence.com, please do. I know I’m cutting-and-pasting here, but I couldn’t say it better myself: RuralIntelligence.com was created for folks “who routinely do business and seek recreation and entertainment in four counties—Berkshire, Columbia, northern Dutchess and northern Litchfield—that are spread over three states,” an area ”not well-served by mainstream media.” The talent behind this site, Marilyn Bethany and Dan Shaw, “have taken their combined forty years of experience in print journalism [New York Times & New York magazine! - my exclamation point] with the technology of the day to create this Rural Intelligence, which treats this uniquely sophisticated region as one big neighborhood.” It is an incredibly insightful and sophisticated resource, totally lacking in snobbery! We’re honored that Dan wrote about our Get-a-Waypoint package! Follow this link to read what he said – and make your reservation soon, as there is limited space for this package!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Not every artist finds it easy to write about their work – in fact, many might say that they prefer to leave the writing to curators and critics. To the naysayers, I say: consider this… Writing about your art can have a dual benefit. It can help you think through the process and the intent while engaging with the viewer on a deeper level. One of the major benefits of this is a stronger following and – we hope! – sales of your work. Here in the Berkshires, we have just the thing to help you put pen to paper – MCLA’s Tricks of the Trade, a professional development seminar series for artists and creatives. The January session is “Writing: How do artists write about their work?” - this workshop will look at a plethora of artist statements to understand what connects us most to the work. You will then use these techniques to write our own statements. Please click here for more information – sign up for the free January 12th session at Kidspace at MASS MoCA in North Adams!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
From now through May, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is offering free admission! Be sure to catch Steps Off the Beaten Path and Crow and Raven: Baskin, Hughes, Manet, Poe before they end in early January! On December 12 from 10 am to 12 pm, there will be a special Start with Art program at the Clark. This session, entitled “Light and Dark,” allows parents to explore the collection with their preschoolers. Family-friendly gallery guides and age-appropriate painting talks will also be offered. From 11 am to 12 pm, there will be various art projects the children can participate in. This event is free and no registration is needed. Art-appropriate clothing is recommended – don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
When making your plans to visit MASS MoCA and the Clark, don’t forget to include the Williams College Museum of Art in the mix! Check out A Strong Impression: William Morris Hunt’s Niagara before it closes at the end of next month. The exhibition examines both the artistic and cultural context in which the picture was produced through paintings, drawings, photographs, films, rare books, and souvenirs. Get a glimpse of the process this artist employed to interpret one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
The holidays will be here before we know it. If you’re looking for a unique gift made in New England, check out these two options… Berkshire Grown has organized a Holiday Marketplace featuring products from local farms including jams and pickles – why not give the gift of the harvest preserved for enjoyment during winter months? The event takes place in Williamstown at the Williams College Field House on Latham Street from 10 am – 2 pm on November 21st. Meanwhile, our friends at MASS MoCA are organizing MASS MoCA Marketplace: A Collection of Contemporary Crafts for November 21-22 - the marketplace will be open 11 – 5 both days – there will be about 40 vendors and lots of variety for great gift ideas!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
It’s about a 45-minute drive from Tanglewood to our neck of the woods. The drive up Route 8 is beautiful, with views across placid lakes to Mount Greylock and plenty of rolling green hills to lose yourself in. If you’re heading to the Berkshires this summer, I suggest you consider this amazing deal… Tanglewood and the Clark Art Institute have partnered on a $45 package that includes two Tanglewood lawn tickets and two admissions to the Clark. To hear a sublime classical concert and visit a great museum for just $22.50 per person?! Super! Treat yourself to an extended weekend that you finish off in the Berkshires: Start with a Sunday afternoon concert at Tanglewood with a huge, decadent picnic; head north to take advantage of Porches’ thriftier Sunday night rate (and fabulous digs!); then head to the Clark the next day… Check out this link for more details on the Tanglewood/Clark package…