Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
June 23 – July 25
NAACO Gallery presents a series of new, layered, acrylic collages evolving from a spontaneous and unconscious convergence of several earlier experimental directions the artist had taken. This series is based on the artist’s intrigue with how we humans “read” various symbol systems, and how we use our imaginations to add and/or subtract in order to make sense of what we see.
An artist’s reception will take place on Thursday, June 23rd, 6-9 pm, held in conjunction with the DownStreet Art grand opening celebration.
NAACO Gallery (North Adams Artists’ Co-Op Gallery), 33 Main Street (corner of Main and Marshall Streets) in downtown North Adams. Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri, 11-6; Sat 10-6; Sun 10-4
More about artist Debi Pendell:
Monday, June 20, 2011
Batman, Spiderman, He-Man (She-Ra?), action figures are part of most boys childhood adventures. Check out Jarvis Rockwell’s MAYA IV and how he re imagines these childhood toys (opening reception during DownStreet Art):
“Inspired by the Hindu temples that he saw on a trip to Madras/Chennai in India, artist Jarvis Rockwell created an enormous 11′ tall stepped pyramid at MASS MoCA and lined it with thousands of action figures. The work, installed in MASS MoCA’s Fitzpatrick Family Gallery on the third floor of Building 4, was a dizzying display of every kind of toy from limited edition Star Wars figurines to exotic Japanese monsters to vintage Howdy Doody and Batman dolls.”
Read more about Rockwell’s original incarnation of MAYA at MASS MoCA
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Fourth Annual DownStreet Art initiative – organized by MCLA’s the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC)– will feature more than 100 exhibitions showcasing the work of artists from around the world.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Schneider paints the interior of the family home, sometimes capturing it in its anarchic natural state, other times displaying its artifacts in still life compositions and energetic florals. Gloman turns his attention outdoors. Working on site, he by turns captures the feral, evanescent qualities of the natural environment or plucks order from chaos, resulting in plain-spoken cityscapes and landscapes. Have you ever been inspired by something you saw that you wanted to paint it right then and there? Why not have a portable studio like David Gloman? Continue below to read more about Katy Schneider and David Gloman.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Bringing your family to Porches? Check out all that the Berkshires have to offer for families of all ages. Check out our blog for sample itineraries (indoors and outdoors) to inspire your trip!
Enjoy Art More Often: Museums and More in the Berkshires!
Day 1: Start your day off with a healthful breakfast at Porches and then make your way across the street to Kidspace @ MASS MoCA (open from 10 – 4) Check out the exhibit that’s running this summer!
“Color Forms II: The Basic Utensils features works by artists Soyeon Cho and Lisa Hoke whose hallmark is making beautiful, complex and colorful installations out of inexpensive everyday materials, primarily plastic food utensils, boxes, paper cups and plates, and cardboard containers.”
After exploring the galleries, have lunch at MASS MoCA’s in house café Lickety Split, and enjoy their selection of sandwiches, soups and quiches, and don’t forget about their ice cream!
A post lunch-rest may be needed, but if you’re eager to keep your afternoon going, head south to Pittsfield to the Berkshire Museum. Their latest exhibit will be a delight future scientists and kids of all ages!
“Geckos: Tails to Toepads provides an up-close chance to view 14 different species of geckos in lush, naturalistic habitats that let you visit a gecko’s realm. A host of interactive stations offer the full gecko experience: get a first-hand look at gecko night vision, hear the many different voices of geckos, and try to spot as many camouflaged geckos as you can.”
If your group still as some energy to spend, why not an evening of bowling! Mount Greylock Bowl is less than 10 minutes away and a family of four can bowl for less than $20 (under 30 with shoe rental).
Head back to Porches for an evening in, order some pizza from one of our local eateries and check out a movie from our Blu-Ray/DVD library. What a day!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Here are a few reasons to play hooky this month! Huckleberry Delsignore: New Concepts in Crochet at The Berkshire Museum through June 21st – inspired by geometry, geodesic domes, rocks, zomes, platonic solids and Lou Reed, this artist creates small spaces to sit inside and ponder. The Harrison Gallery has a show of American Realist paintings running the entire month of June – above, we’re sharing an example of the work – this one by Hale Johnson. If you’d rather grab a beer and watch a ball game, the North Adams SteepleCats is a collegiate summer baseball team that brings the best college baseball players from across the country to play summer baseball right here in North Adams - here’s the schedule of games for your consideration…