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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

See Art More Often – Next Week: DownStreet Art is back!

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.

The Thursday June 23 celebration – a massive block party to include gallery exhibition openings, street musicians and specials at local businesses – will run from 6 to 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public. This season’s opening event coincides with the kick-off of the Solid Sound Festival, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). “This year’s DownStreet Art will hold more exhibition openings than ever before”, according to Jonathan Secor, Director of Special Programs at MCLA.
DOWNTOWN NORTH ADAMS, 6-9 PM
Here are a some of what you’ll see during the opening weekend:
NAACO Gallery
33 Main Street
Mon-Fri 11am – 6pm, Sat 10 am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 4pm
The North Adams Artists’ Co-Operative Gallery, otherwise known as the NAACO Gallery, is an independently member-run organization of over 35 active and talented, primarily regional, artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and craft.
- June 23 / July 25, “Unconscious Convergence”
Works of Debi Pendell. Abstract landscape-type space and imagery paintings.
MAYA IV
9 Main Street
Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 2pm
Pyramid of toys, wall drawings, and assemblage reveal the imaginative world of Jarvis Rockwell.
MAYA IV is a voluntary indulgence in obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mirror reflecting ourselves and the story of our lives. Jarvis Rockwell started buying action figures in 1978 and over time his collection grew. In 2001 the artist partially found a home for the collection at MASS MoCA. Now at its forth stage, MAYA IV is the essence of the way that everything goes through continuous change. (Check out pictures on the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center’s Flickr page from MAYA IV!)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Inside/Out at studio21 South

studio21south in North Adams  current show: Inside/Out, now-July 10, featuring the paintings of a Northampton-based couple, Katy Schneider and David Gloman.

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.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Families Stay & Play at Porches!

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).

Or…

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!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Play Hooky

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…

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Elevated Events

Our friends at Bascom Lodge on top of Mount Greylock have some fun stuff planned… The lodge is just a short, but bea-U-tiful drive from Porches – you’ll be at an altitude of of 3,491 feet with views 60 to 90 miles around. Bascom Lodge offers music (Rakish Paddy, anyone?), art (collagist Karen Arp-Sandel is the Creative Resident for June), and intellectual pursuits in general. Not to mention, they offer a pretty spiffy dining experience! Follow this link for the schedule…

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Triple Header

Before the summer crowds get here (and, don’t get us wrong, we love our summer crowds!), c’mon up to Porches for an art-filled getaway. MASS MoCA has three temporary exhibitions on view that are amazing. Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly has been up since last fall. She’s known for large-scale canvases and raucous installations that employ a vibrant palette and exuberant gestures merging painting, sculpture, and architecture. Grosse opens up a new path for painting while rearranging conventions, hierarchy, and our very habits of seeing.  Nari Ward’s dramatic sculptural installations are composed of material systematically collected from the neighborhoods where he lives and works or is personally connected to. By revealing the complex emotional registers inherent within everyday found objects, Ward’s work examines issues of race, poverty, and consumer culture and the inherent meaning and gravity we place upon objects from the discarded to the treasured. Nari Ward: Sub Mirage Lignum is his new installation encompassing the entire second floor of Building 4.  Memery: Imitation, Memory, and Internet Culture shows the work of nine artists in the show mine the Internet – drawing on YouTube videos, pictures from Flickr or Tumblr, website logos, social networking sites, and webchat programs – examines the connections between memes (a form or concept that spreads via the Web) and memory in online culture.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Albert Cummings – special – TONIGHT !

Feel like being spontaneous? Let us help you! Come stay the night and enjoy two tickets to local blues legend Albert Cummings at Mass MoCA this Friday on us! For $222 (tax included), enjoy one overnight in a Deluxe Standard guestroom as well as two tickets to the Cummings show as well as Porches’ healthful continental breakfast (upgrades available at additional cost). Add Saturday to this package in any Deluxe Room or One Bedroom Suite for $180 plus tax! Packages also available with Mass MoCA gallery admissions, call or email us reservations@porches.com for details.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Multifaceted Gem

The Williams College Museum of Art just finished a two-year project of reinstalling their collection, resulting in eight exhibitions that explore the idea of “museum” as subject.  Take a look at this link to see what they’ve cooked up! Don’t Fence U.S. In: Crossing Boundaries in American Art expresses the power of boundaries–making, breaking, crossing, drawing, and erasing them–and the cultural, sociological, and geographical boundaries that are drawn and redrawn through the various historical phases of our political state of the Union. The breadth of the collection is impressive and the exhibitions thoughtful and thought-provoking. Don’t miss!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Summer Lovin’

Yeah, it’s cold, but our bulbs are busting out of the ground so we know that Spring is here and, with that, Summer isn’t too far behind! Check out our summer packages – Museum Mania and Geocaching are now a part of the regular mix. We’ll be adding more fun ideas to our packages page in the coming weeks, but keep an eye out for specials too! We keep those kind of last-minute, for you spontaneous types! See you soon…

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Combo Platter

Chautauqua! happens at MASS MoCA on Saturday, April 9th. Consider this: a young, rabble-rousing theater group distills an historic intellectual gathering into a a sly exploration of the relationship between High Culture and the Mass Mind. These folks are eccentric and proud of it! The performance is a combination of lecture, debate, scientific demonstration and tales of explorers with more traditional forms of entertainment dance, dramatic recital, feats of strength, and joke telling. Sounds outrageous? It is. Don’t miss it – check out our Chautauqua special, complete with a chance to get $25 off your reservation!

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