Tuesday, July 6, 2010
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
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 Odyssey… With 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 email@example.com and ask for the “Get Jazzed” package. Call today, space is limited!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
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!
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.
Friday, April 23, 2010
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
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!
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!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Catch The Snow Show at Studio 21 South, a working studio and exhibition space in the historic Beaver Mill just up the road a piece from Porches. According to Berkshire Living Magazine,”the Snow Show appeals to both lovers and haters of winter, presenting works by local artists that either celebrate or defy the season… the snow-covered countryside… [and] contrasting images of tropical climes will warm the heart. For both snow bunnies and beach bums, a visit to is worth braving the weather.” See it before it ends March 14th!
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]