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Monday, August 22, 2011

See Art More Often: Brill Gallery II

Art in a museum, gallery, school, even outdoor art we’ve seen before. Something we hadn’t seen before – an art gallery that is not only located outside, but is located on the exterior of the building! Ralph Brill opened Brill Gallery II this summer on the outside of the Cariddi Mill on in North Adams and we got a chance to see it. In a recent article from BerkshireOnStage.com, writer Charles Giuliano talks about Brill’s exterior gallery along with his many art projects in the area:

“In addition to the Brill Gallery in the Eclipse Mill you are using large images attached to some of the windows of the Cariddi Mill between North Adams and Williamstown. You are calling it Brill Gallery Two and it is intended to create an awareness of your gallery in the Eclipse Mill. You have mentioned drive by visibility during the season in the hundreds of thousands”

Have you seen the Brill Gallery II while you are making your way to Porches? What’s your favorite piece of outdoor art?

Brill Gallery II
Cariddi Mill Exterior
Route 2, between North Adams and Williamstown
On view 24 hours

- May / Sept “Changing Displays”
Visual art and light shows on exterior of Cariddi Mill.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pic of the Week: Sabine the Cat Relaxes (& other ways to unwind @ Porches)

Our Feline-in-Residence Sabine (or Bean, as she’s known to the Porches staff) is a quiet presence at the Inn, whether she’s keeping guests company in the lounge area or taking in the sun on the second floor walk way (where she matches the carpet!) We even caught Sabine doing some yoga poses (pictured here is the Downward-facing-Dog, obviously not her favorite). She is the queen of relaxing and we wanted to share with you a few ways to unwind while you’re at Porches:

If you enjoy yoga like Sabine, our Dharma Days package might be right for you! Spend two days practicing yoga at the nearby Frog Lotus Studio and one night in our serene digs. This package aims to rejuvenate your body and soul and includes a total of four yoga classes per package (2 per person or however you’d like to divvy them up!) along with our balanced continental breakfast in the morning.

After a day exploring the Berkshires with the gang, if you’d rather Hunker Down, retire to your guestroom for a movie and an extra large pizza with this package! Choose from our extensive movie library while we order up the pizza (or four subs) along with four sodas; we’ll make popcorn for you too!

If the outdoors are your thing, check out our (heated in the winter!) outdoor pool and hot tub. Those looking to cool off will find an array of museums, galleries, shops and restaurants to explore while you are in town!

What are some of your favorite ways to unwind while traveling? Comment on our Facebook page or Tweet us at @porchesinnmoca!
-SGW

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Downstreet Art Opening this Thursday!

Get Down! Hit the streets of North Adams on July 28, from 6 – 9.

New exibition openings, performance, live music and murals.
Restaurants, shops and bars open late.

DownStreetArt returns this Thursday with six new exhibitions including the work of renowned photographer and artist Carrie Mae Weems, live performances on the street by Mark Steward, Paul Simon’s Guitarist and Bang On A Can All Stars member and his orchestra of homemade instruments and live aerial song cycles by artist C. Ryder Cooley.   Now in it’s fourth year DownStreet Art celebrates the arts community of North Adams.  ”It is great on the last Thursday night of every month to see hundreds of people in downtown North Adams, just like back in the day when payday was the night to go out”, says Jonathan Secor, MCLA’s Director of Special Programs. “And to have contemporary art and performance as the catalyst for those hundreds recognizes a new beginning for the City”. Read more about this Thursday’s schedule of openings, click here.

-SGW

Friday, July 22, 2011

Pic of the Week: Porches Visit to Eagle Street & Beaver Artist Mills!

Last month, the marketing department along with the Porches Inn’s new Innkeeper Mel (who will be featured on our blog soon!) visited this summer’s Downstreet Art galleries to see what kind of exhibits we can tell our guests about. This month, MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Director Jonathon Secor took us to two former mills that were transformed into artist live work spaces.  It was exciting to see the difference between these spaces and a traditional brick-and-mortar retail gallery space.

Our first stop was the Historic Beaver Mill which is home to over twenty artist work and/or live spaces and several galleries. The first studio we visited was  Leibman Studios were Rebecca Leibman gave us a tour of her live/work space as well as the show 4 Concepts of North South East West by 4 artist. Rebecca also gave us a tour studio21south as the gallery managers Jaye and Thor were out of town.  In addition to these two galleries, the Beaver Mill is also home to the Frog Lotus Yoga Studio and many other artist spaces.

The next stop in the artist mill tour was the Eclipse Mill which is home to a community of artists, living and working in a former textile mill. Our first stop was the Brill Gallery, where Ralph Brill showed us around the his current show featuring photography from the Powder Ridge Rock Festival. Gail Sellars from River Hill Pottery gave us a mini tour  of the shop and of their studio, as well as a tour (with Ralph Brill) of the Eclipse Mill Gallery and the “Reflections on Melville” exhibit which features photographs by Kay Canavino and abstract paintings by Arthur Yanoff telling the story of Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Arrowhead, Mt. Greylock, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Monument Mountain.

We also stopped by Grover Askin’s book store: G.J. Askins Bookseller where he shared some of his favorite ways to find books (estate sales, auctions, thrift stores, etc…)

Check out our Facebook page for pictures from our visit and here is the info for each gallery:

Historic Beaver Mill
189 Beaver Street
Route 8
North Adams, MA

Leibman Studios
Historic Beaver Mill: Liebman Studios
Natural Bridge State Park
McCauley Road off Route 8
(877)904-2362 (call for hours)

studio21south
Saturday, 10-5; Sunday 10-1; and by appointment in the summer.
http://www.studio21south.blogspot.com
413/652-2141

Eclipse Mill
243 Union Street, #102
North Adams, MA

Brill Gallery
Loft 109 (first floor)
Hours: Friday-Sunday 12-6 and by appointment
http://www.brillgallery109.com
800 294-2811

River Hill Pottery
Loft 104 (first floor)
Open Daily 10-5 and by appointment
http://www.riverhillpottery.com
413-664-0197

Eclipse Mill Gallery
Loft 102
Saturday-Sunday, 12-5.
www.eclipsemillgallery.com

G.J.Askins Bookseller
Loft 108
Weekends or by chance
or appointment
413-664-6493

Friday, July 15, 2011

Porches Pic of the Week: Have enough plates?

We thought it’d be fun every Friday to do a “Pic of the Week” feature where we share an image from The Porches Inn whether it’s from of our extensive, eclectic art collection or our resident feline Sabine! This week’s pic is one of our many vintage plate collages that adorn the Porches hallways.

We love all things vintage at Porches, where do you find your flea-market finds?
Have a great weekend! -SGW

Friday, June 24, 2011

Keeping it Local: Eagle Street Market during Solid Sound Festival

Eagle Street Market during Solid Sound Festival
Stop by the Eagle Street Market in downtown North Adams on Saturday, June 25th, for a once a year market of unique, quality handmade wares, curiosities, pretty things and delicious local edibles! Browse dozens of area artisans, entrepreneurs, local shops & farmers and meet creative folk with a shared love of a beautiful place, nice people, local talent and good music.
Here is some info about the shops on Eagle Street (from the Market Facebook page) – “Historic Eagle Street is home to some really cool local businesses. Jack’s Hot Dog Stand has been around since 1917! You can also grab a bite to eat and sit on the patio at Desperado’s Mexican Restaurant,or grab a slice from Supreme Pizza or Village PizzaPersnickety Toys is one of the best toy stores in New England and a must if you have little ones. If your little ones are of the furry variety the Bark’N Cat should be on your list of places to visit this weekend, too.
Papyri Books offers used & rare books. The Warp Gallery is new with a collection of unusual offerings. There’s also Martha Flood Studio, Clarksburg Collectibles, Mia’s Exchange (for the thrift store junky), the Party Place (great party supplies, silliness & $1 noise makers that the kids will love), Kim’s Cut’s & the Klipper Kingz…. AND Eagle Street Music!”
According to event organizer and shop owner Suzy Helme, “We have 31 vendors coming this Saturday! There will hand knits, silk-screened clothing and houseware, ceramic tableware, funky pottery, felted wool coolness, vintage game piece jewelry, beaded & porcelain jewelry, quilts, totes, re-purposed unique house decor, blown glass, candles,hand knit toys, photography, original paintings, copper & leather accessories, gourmet cookies, locally raised meats, jams, plants and maple products. PLUS, the wonderful shops on Eagle Street will be open so you can browse all of their unique goods, too!
Check out the event’s Facebook page for more info!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

See Art More Often: Unconscious Convergence at North Adams Coop Gallery

“Unconscious Convergence: The Work of Debi Pendell”
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:
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Monday, June 20, 2011

See Art More Often: MAYA IV by Jarvis Rockwell

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):

MAYA IV 49 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.
“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

Become a fan of the MAYA IV Gallery on Facebook!
- SGW

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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