Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mass Transport

One of our local art heros, sculptor and Eric Rudd, founder and operator of the Historic Beaver Mill, revitalized a vintage trolley, got some sponsors (Porches is THE major sponsor!), and is now offering Art Tours of North Adams. The first tour, which leaves the MASS MoCA parking lot at 1 p.m., is a 75-minute drive through the city’s historic neighborhoods guided by local historian Paul W. Marino. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. A second two-hour-long “art hot spots” tour, led by artist guides, leaves the museum at 3 p.m., with a pick-up right here at the Porches Inn. The tour includes revolving stops at artists lofts, galleries at the Eclipse, Windsor and Beaver mills and DownStreet Art galleries and installations. Tickets are $10 per person and $5 for children under 12. Save some time for a trolley tour on your next visit!


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Art Walk

Art has taken over North Adams again! Make sure you set aside enough time to explore the entire Down Street Art spread – it encompasses much of North Adams’ downtown area, from the storefronts to the mills. At Gallery 51, EVERYTHING IS OK, the first solo-exhibition for local artist, Sean Riley features painting, collage, sculpture and fabric works – most engrossing is a quilt of Riley’s deceased father’s work clothes, Carhartts and all. Click here for a map. One of my favorite places to shop for affordable art has a new show going on in conjunction with Down Street Art… The North Adams Artist Coop Gallery kicks off the new season with a juried show presented by members of NAACO featuring fine art and craft that is meant to “soar.” Some artists have interpreted the theme by creating three-dimensional creatures while others stuck with a two-dimensional medium to represent something airborne. This is a great place to find an affordable work of art for your own collection or even for a wedding gift – tis the season for weddings, after all!


Friday, June 25, 2010


Down Street Art opened to much fanfare last night in North Adams… about a thousand people made their way around the galleries and storefront installations. I walked over from Porches today to check out some of the art on view. MCLA’s Gallery 51 has an amazing show by Sean Riley, who recently renewed his interest in American quilt-making to honor his deceased father’s life by making a quilt (illustrated above) from his father’s clothing – walking up to the quilt, the viewer is enveloped by a collage of fabrics from Riley’s father’s work clothes, Carharts and all. It’s powerful.  MCLA’s Cultural Resource Center teamed up with Art for Change in NYC for a show entitled Haiti: Beyond Mountains There Are Mountains. Rather than focus on the devastation and suffering of Haiti and its people following the recent earthquake, this show explores the political, economic and social landscapes of Haiti post-earthquake. This is the first of several exhibitions and events exploring the compelling art, music and culture of a country that has been shaking things up culturally and politically for over two centuries. A portion of all sales will be donated directly to the relief efforts in Haiti.

I asked MCLA’s Jonathan Secor if he sees a theme running through the shows and he commented that it’s all about community. Down Street Art  brings together a variety of media, styles and cultures, but they all have some kind of commentary on their communities and the artists’ places in it. Here’s a link to a map showing how easy it is to walk Down Street Art – more on this summer-long event soon!


Friday, June 18, 2010

Get Jazzed!

We’re excited to partner with our friends at MASS MoCA on a one-night special: Get Jazzed! Join us on Saturday, June 26th, and experience Jacob Fred Jazz OdysseyWith a magical mix of jam band enthusiasm and jaw-dropping virtuosity, JFJO transcends boundaries with its “intensely improvisatory [sound], which embraces Beatles covers, free jazz and just about everything in between,” according to The Village Voice.  Get Jazzed! includes: deluxe accommodations in a one-bedroom suite, two tickets to Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and two passes to the MASS MoCA galleries for just $250 (plus taxes; based on availability). To reserve, please call us at 413 664 0400 or email us at reservations@porches.com and ask for the “Get Jazzed” package. Call today, space is limited!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Art Has a Block Party

In just a few weeks, North Adams will be bursting with art even more than ever! Down Street Art is a public art project intended to help revitalize our city’s downtown by working with existing arts organizations and events to transform vacant and open spaces into arts destinations. The opening event is Thursday, June 24th – Galleries will open new exhibitions, music and dance will be presented in the streets and inside venues, and our neighboring businesses stay open late and offer special discounts! Kinda like a block party, but with art. Join us!


Monday, May 31, 2010

On Top of Mt. Greylock

Whether you hike or drive to the top of Mount Greylock, a fantastic culinary experience awaits… The folks at nearby Bascom Lodge serve three meals a day and a host variety of events at this rustic stone and wood Lodge that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. On June 2 at 6PM, enjoy a night of Celtic Music as Rakish Paddy performs foot stomping, heart throbbing Celtic style music; the performance is followed by a prix fixe meal  ($25, tax and tip not included. Reservations required for dinner. ). On Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22 & 29, 5:00 – 6:30PM, students and experienced sketchers alike are invited to enjoy the highland evening beauty found at the summit of  Mount Greylock, taught by artist Karen Arp-Sandel (who was commissioned to produce a collage in one of The Red Lion Inn’s guestrooms). Watch for events all summer long at Bascom Lodge – just a short drive from Porches.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Photos + Food

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!


Friday, April 23, 2010

Walk to This Artist Co-op

One of my favorite haunts in North Adams is the North Adams Artists Co-op Gallery. The NAACO Gallery s an independently member-run organization of 32 active and talented, primarily regional, artists exhibiting works in the fields of fine and applied arts. I’ve often found great gifts (jewelry, scarves) in addition to the excellent affordable art on sale. The gallery is presenting its first two-member exhibition, Shifting Perspectives, featuring the work of papermaker Cynthia Lewis and ceramic artist Linda Siska. Each artist delivers a body of new work that describes her current relationship with her respective medium.  Cynthia Lewis’ “pulp paintings” are abstract interpretations of a particular aspect of the natural world and the current theme is “elemental” with titles expressing water, air, earth, fire, metal, wood light, sky, etc.  Linda Siska’s ceramic work uses nature to visually enhance her vessels through the firing process. To view a list of events, click here.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Warm and Sunny

Today and tomorrow – 66+ degrees and sunny. ROAD TRIP!

If you’ve got kids, check out Kidspace @MASS MoCA’s 10 Anniversary Celebration. Or, bring a babysitter and send them off to MASS MoCA so you and your sweetie can steal a few hours alone sunning by our heated outdoor pool and hot tub! At the Clark, catch Material Witnesses before it closes in a few weeks – photography used for documentary purposes.

C’mon over to our place!