August First Fridays Artswalk
Friday, August 1st, 5 to 8 pm
Enjoy over sixteen different art shows featuring work by over 30 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!
(In most venues, artists will be present from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, August 1st!)
Join Artswalk Chair Mary McGinnis on a free guided tour beginning at 5pm on August 1st at Berkshire Community College's Intermodal Gallery @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave!
Memories in the Making: Creating a New Avenue for Self-Expression
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia not only deprive individuals of cherished memories, they can also deprive people of verbal expression. As the disease progresses, an individual’s thoughts and emotions can become locked inside, struggling to find a way out.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s Memories in the Making program arms memory-impaired individuals with new tools for expression when words fail. Through art therapy, individuals can use canvas and brush to share their ideas, feelings and memories, ultimately bringing them a sense of accomplishment and renewed self-worth.
The program began in 1988 in Orange County, California when artist, caregiver and Alzheimer’s Association board member Selly Jenny developed an art class to explore how much memory-impaired individuals could reveal about themselves through art. What Jenny discovered was that they could reveal a lot.
Memories in the Making soon launched with the goal of bettering the lives of people with memory impairment. Through art, the program strives to improve self-esteem; provide an emotional outlet; improve focus; reduce isolation; tap into old memories; and reconnect family members by providing a new avenue for communication.
We would like to thank the following facilities for participating in our first annual Memories in the Making art event: Life Enrichment Program at Kimball Farms, Epoch at Melbourne, Craneville Place, Hillcrest Commons, and Sugar Hill.
The featured artists participated in the Memories in the Making Program for several months, creating the beautiful work you will see hanging at Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. for the August 1st, 2014 First Fridays Artswalk. There will be musical entertainment for the Opening Reception on August 1st donated by Doug Schmolze on classical guitar and Lisa Green on harp.
BAA Redux: Industrial Manifest
at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.
BAA Redux: Industrial Manifest, a juried regional show featuring thirteen artists, opens at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, August 1st, 2014, 5-8 pm, for First Fridays Artswalk. The show presents original, contemporary art exploring practices and themes within an industrial context.
BAA Redux: Industrial Manifest was open to artists working in the Northeast. It marks BAA's return after a fifteen-year hiatus to presenting a major regional juried exhibit.
The show artists are Morris Bennett, painting, Pittsfield; Denise Chandler, photography, Lenox; Sara Farrell-Okamura, drawing, North Adams; Kevin Downs, painting, Brooklyn, NY; Erika Fortner, prints, Brooklyn, NY; Ken Green, photography, Pittsfield; Ellen Joffe-Halpern, painting, Williamstown; Eric Korenman, photography, Pittsfield; Jim Lawton, ceramic sculpture, South Dartmouth, MA; Evan J. Soldinger, photography, Dalton; Scott Taylor, painting, Pittsfield; Astrid Toha, installation, Providence, RI; and Joe Wheaton, metal sculpture, Becket.
A trio of guest jurors selected the show. Juror Carol Diehl is an artist and art critic who regularly writes for Art In America and Art News. Artist-printmaker Melanie Mowinski is Associate Professor of Art, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a member of the Berkshire Art Association Board. John R. Stomberg, PhD., is the Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and a well-respected curator, writer, and educator.
The thirty pieces in the show represent diverse media, sizes, and points of view – six sculptures, two prints, ten photographs, three drawings, eight paintings and one installation. All of the works are for sale.
An Artists Awards Reception will be held on Saturday, August 2, from 4 to 6 pm. Three $250 awards will be presented. The public is invited.
The show will run through August 30th. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm.
Part of Pittsfield's 2014" Art + Industry" initiative, Industrial Manifest is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Office of Cultural Development, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Pittsfield Cultural Council.
Additional information may be found at https://industrialmanifest.artcall.org
Susan Aldam at DEIDRE’S Special Day
2 South Street, Pittsfield, MA
Susan Aldam will be showing a series of paintings entitled “Susan Aldam: Inspirations” from July 30th to August 31st at DEIDRE’S; with a reception held during Artswalk from 5 to 8 pm.
The show features examples of her fruit and flower paintings, ocean inspirations, and abstract work. Some of Susan’s work is meant to convey a message while others are expressions of feelings as depicted through balance, color, and sometimes, texture. Others are studies of subject matter which express mood through color and composition. Her art is a spiritual outlet for her. When she opens the door to her studio and begins to paint, a peace comes over her and she feels like she is one with the canvas and paint. Her work has been exhibited at various locations around New England and New York State. All work will be for sale.
Bill Morey AND Stained Glass at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
67 East Street, Pittsfield, MA
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church will feature the watercolors and oils of Bill Morey for the month of August. They will also show off The Stained Glass Art of Mary Tillinghast and Louis Comfort Tiffany and other key features of the church.
There will be an opening reception and tours of the windows by members of St. Stephen’s. Booklets with information on the windows are available.
Click here for a look at their self-guided tour.
Sharon L Vidal at Brenda & Co.
Crawford Square, 137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
Brenda & Co. will feature the works of Sharon L Vidal of West Stockbridge, MA for the month of August. Sharon’s show entitled "Moments I Remember" will feature archival reproduction of hand tinted polaroid manipulation. Her subjects are mostly of Italy and West Stockbridge. Her work has been shown most recently at the Saint Francis Gallery in South Lee. An opening reception with the artist will be held from 5 to 8 pm during Artswalk.
Allison Pierce at Madeleine's Patisserie & Café
48 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
Madeleine's will feature BCC student Allison Pierce’s illustrations for the month of August. The show is composed of illustrations of flowers and other wildlife, made with a black gel pen on bristol board, with a focus on drawing the organic patterns that are present in nature. Madeleine's will host a reception during Artswalk; and will offer samples of their homemade pastries!
Susan Geller at Berkshire Medical Center
725 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
Susan Geller’s photography, ‘BERKSHIRES: SUN, RAIN, SNOW’, will be featured in August. Berkshire Medical Center will host a reception for the artist from 3pm to 5pm on Friday, August 1st in the Main Lobby of BMC. Music will be provided by Alan Bauman’s JAZZMEN, and refreshments will be served.
Berkshire living has always been in the heart and soul of Susan Geller. This strong bond has been the continual link to the beautiful and abundance of the land, and its people. Her photographs have also appeared in group shows, magazines, websites, brochures, and for BerkshireFamilyFocus.com.
Terry Rooney at the Berkshire Community College Intermodal Gallery
1 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.
Terry Rooney, a multi-media artist, will be presenting her 3D constructions of houses: “Home Away From Home” at the Berkshire Community College Gallery. An opening reception with the artist will be held from 5 to 8 pm during Artswalk.
This artwork was inspired by the renovation of a "Handyman Special" in the Berkshires which is now also her studio. Rooney investigates the Iconic image of "Home", exploring this place as an extension of a woman's body; but this body of work has also lead her on a journey to OZ, "There's No Place like Home." This topical subject encourages viewers to become actively involved in looking and at times participating. One piece "Dorothy at the Crossroads" welcomes viewers to bring their "ruby slippers" to the opening on Friday, August 1, to become a participant in this house installation.
Ms. Rooney has exhibited throughout the country including many museums and galleries locally and abroad. Her work is in the collection of UMASS, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Gov. Duval Patrick, Women's Interart Center, NYC and other public and private collections. She recently stepped aside as Chair of the Amherst Public Arts Commission after creating the Amherst Biennial, installing Art in the Park and helping start the Deerfield Arts Bank.
For more information on Terry, visit www.terryrooneyart.com
The Work of Lucille Cohn at Bisque, Beads & Beyond
141 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
Longtime friend and supporter of The Berkshire Museum's children's programs passed away September 22, 2010.
Lucille Cohn, a resident of Kings Point Long Island, who spent time summering in the Berkshires when her children were young devoted much of her life to the arts, playing the piano, singing, painting, creating tapestries and writing poetry.
Her oil paintings have been exhibited in New York City and the Berkshire Museum where she also had showings of her crystal sculptures and creative tapestries.
Lucille taught art and music for many years at The Great Neck Senior Center.
Her oil paintings are distinguished by color. Please read Lucille’s artist statement below to catch a glimpse into the mind of a great artist.
"What could be more exciting than allowing the emotional side of the mind to push forward and direct the hand to create the sum of imagination onto a canvas!
Each moment of every day offer food for imagination until the result is sated and spits out colors that rival the rainbow -- thus a painting is created and part of me lies bare for all to look at and ponder.
Pleasure and pain becomes unified.
This does not result in complete satisfaction but drives one to release more and more of hidden feelings."
The Alphabet of Vibration: Hebrew Letter Mandalas at Unusual Wedding Rings & More
Crawford Square, 137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
Contributing to a more just and harmonious world is important to artist Analesa Berg. That is her goal with The Alphabet of Vibration, a series of 23 paintings that combine Hebrew letters with symbols from many traditions. After years of studying Native American spirituality and other paths, Analesa was guided to return to her Jewish roots when she heard in her ear, “You’ll go to the Hebrew texts and paint.”
She spent 30 days in silence, inspired by bible stories and images she had during meditation. The original gouache and metallic gold paintings that emerged from that time have been reproduced as fine art giclee prints. Analesa lovingly embellishes each colorful print with gold paint. Signed and numbered prints of individual letters or any combination of letters are available in a variety of sizes.
In addition to painting, Analesa is a singer and community connector with a background in spiritual psychology. Through her company, Shema Productions, she loves inviting people into engaging conversations, sing-alongs, and sacred art workshops. Together they explore new ways of connecting to the Divine and living a more full, and delightful life.
To compliment the show, Analesa is inviting people to her Pittsfield studio to create their own artwork in Sacred Text Art Workshops throughout August. For more information and to learn about summer programs visit www.ShemaProductions.com
Join her at an opening reception, Friday, August 1st from 5 to 8 pm, during Artswalk and enter a drawing to win a small, signed print of her work!
Phil Webster at The Marketplace Café
53 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
Phil Webster is a self-taught artist living in Pittsfield, MA. His work was included in last year's show Islam Contemporary at the Whitney Center for the Arts, and has been shown internationally in the UK, Netherlands, and South Korea. His show "Tradition Meets Tech" will feature a number of works from his ongoing Fractal Islamic Patterns series. These pieces combine traditional Islamic motifs with mathematical fractal structures, and are printed onto aluminum and acrylic using modern hi-tech processes.
He describes his work this way: "All of my work stems from one core impulse: to celebrate the inherent beauty of mathematical forms. I believe we all share at some level an innate appreciation for symmetry and pattern. Once one’s eyes are attuned, these forms appear all around us—in trees and crystals, in dunes and flowers, in ancient temples and modern skyscrapers. Rather than directly depict these outer manifestations, I explore the abstract forms underlying it all—polyhedra, fractals, tessellations, lattices. There is something sacred in the creation and viewing of these forms that allows me to meditate on the infinite patterns present in the deep structure of our world."
There will be an opening reception with the artist during Artswalk from 5-8 pm on Friday, August 1st.
Judith Lerner at Bagels Too
166 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
For August, 2014, The Art Gallery at Bagels Too features photos on the spectrum of the Berkshire food paradox -- from foie gras tastings to soup kitchen suppers.
Here in the Berkshires, Judith Lerner is known as a writer and photographer of Berkshire food and lifestyles. She writes about home cooks, ethnic traditions, gala dinners, restaurant kitchens and restaurant dining, cooking classes, food businesses, genetically modified food and hunger -- food insecurity these days.
But, she couldn't think of a way to write a meaningful story of the widening separation she sees, here in the Berkshires, between the increasing use of free meals and food pantries and increasingly common food events costing upwards -- sometimes way upwards -- of $100 per person.
Beginning with preparation for a show about food at The Marketplace Café in Pittsfield earlier this year, Judith found this story can be well presented using photos she took for various food stories. She can present through photography what she sees as the poles of current Berkshire food through the people who create it and partake of it.
There will be an opening reception with the artist during Artswalk on Friday, August 1st. Susan Gordon, owner of Bagels Too, will present a classic wine and cheese reception with extras and, of course, bagels.
Walt Pasko at Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men
157 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
“Plein Air Paintings of New England by Walt Pasko, of Lanesborough” will be on display from July 30th to August 31st; with a reception held during Artswalk on Friday, August 1st from 5 to 8 pm.
About the exhibit from the artist, Walter Pasko: “The art works in this exhibit were all painted on location in various parts of the New England area over an extended period of time. The incentive for me to paint en plein air on location is always to experience the fleeting light and shadow presented to me during the course of the painting. It is always my intention to render, in an impressionistic style, the essence of any given area, like the uniqueness of Monhegan Island, Maine, the great expanse of the cliffs of Acadia National Park, the special feel of a small New England town such as Petersboro Vermont, or the charm of old fishing boats in Gloucester, Mass., or the unique qualities of the Berkshire County landscape. The most recent works capture the remote areas of Adirondack Park of New York. “
The Colt Gallery and Gallery W at The Whitney Center for the Arts
42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.
For more information on The Whitney Center for the Arts, visit http://www.galleryw.org/. The Whitney Center for the Arts hours: Wed to Fri 4-7 PM, (During Artswalk 4 to 8 pm) Sat. 12-5PM & by appointments.
Anne Pasko at The Kinderhook Group Real Estate
Crawford Square, 137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
Anne Pasko will display her work at The Kinderhook Group for the month of August. An opening reception with the artist will be held from 5 to 8 pm during Artswalk.
“Anne’s work crosses a broad range from serene to wild – from monochromatic paper collage to vivid and highly textured mixed media paintings with found objects and acrylics. Her pieces may encompass the symbolism of women’s spirituality or her love for the earth and our natural environment or the love of a place like Monhegan Island…
It is the uncertainty and search for new techniques that keep her excited and burning with a passion to “do” art. She is frequently asked how she comes up with some of the images and pairings of materials – the answer is always that these are not from a clear, conscious place but rather something that bubbles up out of the unconscious – a re-membering of an ancient symbol, or an image seen or felt in a dream.”
For more information on Anne, visit www.paskofineart.com
Mary McGinnis in the Brothership Building Window
141 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
For the month of August, the Brothership Building will display the picture-book art of Artswalk chair and co-founder Mary McGinnis! Mary is also the mastermind behind Mary's Carrot Cake, a dedicated nurse at Berkshire Medical Center, and her list of community involvement is too long to list here!
NU Arts Studios and Gallery
311 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
NUarts Studios and Galleries will have open studios from 5 to 8 pm during the August Artswalk.
NUarts Studios is the largest gathering of artists working under the same roof in the Berkshires. Visit the studios at 311 North Street, and wander the art-filled halls; you will be able to visit with up to 18 different artists, each holding their own unique open studio event. Visit with painters of all mediums and styles, sculptors, jewelry makers, videographers, and photographers. The exhibiting artists of NUarts include: Harrison Searles, Eric Shuman, Claudia Shuster, Sam Ponder, Daniel Brody, Marguerite Bride, Susan Himmel, Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Marion Grant, Scott Taylor, Diane Firtell, Sophia Lee, Debbie Carter, Lisa Merullo, Sally Tiska-Rice, Kathy Gideon, Dawn Meltzer, Jesse Tobin, and Joanie Ciolfi. For more information, visit http://nuartspittsfield.com/
Marguerite Bride at the Crowne Plaza
1 West Street, Pittsfield, MA
The Crowne Plaza will display seasonal scenes by Marguerite Bride in the public areas on the first and second floors.