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!
Friday, January 29, 2010
A juried exhibition of photography at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts focuses on Pittsfield, from its gritty industrial side all the way through a variety of neighborhoods and setting to some of the soaring architectural beauty that graces the downtown area. The show highlights the work of local artists while offering new perspectives to film industry location scouts seeking exciting settings for scenes in upcoming movie projects. The challenge is that the stereotypical image of Berkshire County among many filmmakers is its old mansions, rolling hills, bucolic farmland and pastoral forests. Both Pittsfield and North Adams offer interesting urban settings for filmmakers and artists of all types – I imagine that Charles Sheeler would have inspired by our Berkshire cities! The photos are posted on the Web here, but consider a stop at the Lichtenstein Center on your next trip to Porches and see another facet of our rich Berkshire landscape. ["No Admittance" by Scott Edward Cole]
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.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
National Geographic Traveler is the gold-standard for measuring tourism destinations and what makes them special. We were thrilled last year when this publication selected both Porches and sister property The Red Lion Inn for inclusion on their first annual STAY LIST. Now, we’re equally excited about the Berkshires being recognized in the magazine’s latest assessment of destinations’ authenticity and stewardship. The Berkshires ranked with a pretty high score and was noted for “‘the right balance’ of picturesque towns, arts offerings, and well-protected natural beauty.” The secret is out!
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!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Although I’m well beyond my school years, I still enjoy a Back-to-School feeling every September – changing my closet over to warmer garb, waking up to crisp and invigorating autumn air, watching kids parade to the bus stop each morning… but most of all, I enjoy the anticipation of digging into something new – whether it’s a new book, band or knitting pattern, it doesn’t matter. Living near several fine academic institutions, if I feel like actually getting into a lecture hall without committing to an entire semester, I can… Williams College, for example, has a number of lectures and events, many free, for those wishing to add a little academia to their lives. Curious about Race in Castro’s Cuba? Want to hear about the future of art history? The events range from lectures to master dance classes to performances and so much more – follow this link for info.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Yesterday, I had such fun uploading a new gallery of wedding images to this website. I couldn’t help but smile as I edited the photos for inclusion in the gallery – the sheer joy of these folks is palpable! While admiring the skill of the photographers, Jen Huang’s in particular, I noticed how each couple created an event that was uniquely and artfully their own. Surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends, one couple chose to wed in our woodland garden amid the warm glow of lights emanating from the gazebo – followed by a gathering around our bonfire pit. Another used Porches’ porches, rowhouse architecture and colorful clapboards as the staging for a stylish set of pre-wedding images, followed by a magical ceremony and dinner at MASS MoCA. Keep us in mind if you’d like to celebrate your love in a place where there are limitless possibilities for creating an unforgettable event. Makes me want to get married all over again…
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…