Museum of Animation, Special Effects, and Art showcases Berk shire-based talent that made blockbuster movies like "The Matrix," "X-Men" and "Chicken Run" possible. Original models and technologies from the movies. "Create your own animated movie" workshop at hands-on studio. Award-winning special effects creator Eugene Mamut will lead the session. Turn imagination into reality and learn how to create real animated movies. At the end of the session, students creation will posted on Internet. Special workshop at 135 Main St, Lee. By reservation, (413) 243-8095 or (413) 841-6679.
"The Genius of Place: Landscape and Inspiration" explores Melville's real and imagined world: an exhibit on Polynesia and Sailor Art. "Ahab and the Whale" -- hay sculpture by artist Michael Melle. Melville-inspired carvings, drawings, shadow-box miniatures and more. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. (413) 442-1793, www.mobydick.org.
Public outdoor art exhibit with Moby-Dick theme, part of year-long celebration of Herman Melville -- inclides a large representation of Melville's pen; twin octopi flying from a light pole; a figure of Moby-Dick itself, in the planter on Bank Row; "Sail" of New England fieldstone, steel and limestone; "Great White Whale" made of white granite; a bronze bust of "Ahab"; and a "Breaching Whale" made of welded steel. Downtown Pittsfield including Dunham Mall in front of City Hall, Bank Row, Park Square, and city planters and medians along the city streetscape.
A broad variety of visual arts on display in more than 20 venues along the North and South Street corridor. Art changes on first Fridays monthly, Sept. 7 and onward. Venues include Alchemy Initiative, Art On No, the Berkshire Museum, Gallery 25, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, and the Colonial Theatre. Full schedule at firstfridaysartswalk.com.
Becket Art Center
Rotating exhibits, local artists and artisans, changing throughout the summer. BAC members show in August; art quilts juried show opens Sept. 7. Talks with local art museums. BAC Gallery store offers local artists' and artisans' jewelry, cards, prints, ceramics, books and music, through August. Exhibits open Friday to Monday, noon to 4 p.m., Becket.
"Rockwell Kent's ‘Egypt': Shadow and Light in Vermont," through Oct. 30. Rockwell Kent lived and worked in Arlington, Vt., between 1919 and 1925 on a property he called "Egypt." Despite the fact that the majority of his career has been well documented, his time in Vermont has been vastly overlooked by scholarly studies. This groundbreaking new exhibition reflects on Kent's time in Southwestern Ver mont. Kent examined the human connection to the natural world through travel, writing, illustrations, prints, oil paintings, reverse glass paintings, designs for ceramics and textiles, and much more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. 75 Main St., Ben nington, Vt., (802) 447-1571.
Berkshire Botanical Garden
"Gimme Shelter: Architects Design for Shade," shade shelters integrate examples of ancient Japanese charring techniques, green roofs, reinvented traditionalist architecture and surprise sound elements. "Garden Time: An Exhibition of Objects Employing the Sun," antique and new armillaries, spheres and sundials made of stone, iron, bronze and other metals,to Oct. 15. "Contained Exuberance: Picture Perfect Pots," container gardens, to Sept. 30. Garden open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31 with tours Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Stockbridge.
Art classes in techniques for painting carousel ponies, Mondays and Wed nesdays, 11a.m. to 3 p.m., and children's art classes, Saturdays , 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours of the Berkshire Carousel workshop, Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., while local volunteers carve carousel ponies. On display: all carousel art work, rounding boards, chariots and finished Ponies. Berkshire Mall Lanesborough. (413) 499-0342.
Berkshire Community College
"Remem brance of Things Past" by Grier Horner. BCC's Art Gallery, Inter modal Transportation Center, 1 Col umbus Ave., Pittsfield.
"Rethink," contenporary American Indian artwork and art from the museum's collection, through Jan. 6, 2012. "Liz Whitney Quisgard: Kaleidoscope," brightly colored magical realist painting; "The Big Picture: Berkshire Museum Camera Club 75th Anni versary Ex hibition," photography; Glass work commissioned from Tom Patti opens June 30. "Rethink! American Indian Art at Berkshire Museum," work by contemporary Native American artists, also historical objects from the museum collection, opens July 12. Pittsfield.
"Contemporary Sculpture at Chest erwood 2012." Sculpture Demonstrations at the Studio: Con temporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2012 artists, 1 to 4 p.m., weekends in August. House and Studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, open daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to Oct. 8, 2012. Brown Bag Talks with staff, Wed nesdays, June to August, noon to 1 p.m. Grounds will be open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Berkshire County Residents' Family Day, Sept. 8. Stockbridge.
Clark Art Institute
"Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China," Oct. 21. commemorates 1908 expedition Sterling Clark, organize to North China. Recent archaeological discoveries from the Shanxi and Gansu provinces never exhibited outside of China. "Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China," Sept. 16 at the Stone Hill Center, celebrates Clark trip with biological specimens, scientific equipment, historic photographs and original documents. "Then & Now: Photographs of Northern China," to Sept.16, photographs from 1908-09 exploration and the same scenes captured by Chinese photographer Li Ju 100 years later.
Community Access to Arts
"I Am a Part of Art," CATA's annual art show, through today at Welles Gallery, Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox. On Saturday, the show will move to the Riverbend Café in Great Barrington. www.communityaccesstothearts.org.
Free community celebration, fourth Thursdays monthly, with a wide variety of visual and performing art events; includes unveiling of four murals. Galleries, restaurants and stores stay open late. Downtown North Adams.
Frelinghuysen Morris House
"Exploring Color" exhibit opens today. Basic principles of color emphasized on the tour and interactive exhibits using digital demonstrations with tablets or silkscreen paper in the studio. Visitors can digitally or manually manipulate colors in templates of the artworks they have seen. In the early 20th century avant garde Cubist artists in Paris eliminated color from their compositions. The results showed the artists of that generation that color could be a subject in its own right. Hourly guided tours, Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. After Labor Day, also closed Sundays. Lenox.
Hancock Shaker Village
‘A Promising Venture: Shaker Photo graphs from the WPA': work of photographer Noel Vicentini, who was hired as part of the Works Progress Ad ministration (WPA) Federal Art Project in 1936 to document the Shaker villages in upstate New York and western Massachusetts for the newly-formed Index of American Design. More than 200 black-and-white photographs show Shaker craft, architecture, and culture. ‘Shalom: Weaving Threads of Peace Mixed Media Assemblages by Wendy Rabinowitz,' Shaker ideals of peace with Jewish ideals of Shalom in weaving and textile arts with other visual arts, graphics, and the written word, through Sunday. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. www.hancockshakervillage.org.
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
"Melville Contemporary," a juried group show of contemporary art inspired by Herman Melville and his works, to Sept. 1. Free and open Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Pittsfield.
"Oh, Canada" showcase of 62 artists from all territories,"Invisible Cities," real and fantastic, inspired by Italo Calvino's book; "Making Room: The Space between Two and Three Dimensions," artists at the intersection of craft and technology. Sanford Biggers, "The Cartographer's Conun drum," a tribute to Afrofuturist John Biggers. "Anna Betbeze: New Work," Greek Flokati textile art. Philbrick Gardens and "All Those Vanished Engines" installation; Kidspace exhibit: "Curiosity," opening Saturday; "The Bus Stand," installation on Main Street, opening June 28. permanent Sol LeWitt: "A Wall Drawing Retro spect ive." North Adams. Open daily except Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. North Adams.
MCLA Gallery 51
Recent work by Mass MoCA's director of fabrication and art installation, Richard Criddle, today through Sept. 23. North Adams.
Music & More
"New Marlborough Artists," Friday to Sept. 23. Meeting House Gallery, New Marlborough.
Norman Rockwell Museum
"Howard Pyle," illustrations, to Oct. 28: illustrator's best known and rarely seen paintings, drawings, prints and arch ival materials shed light on the artist's career as a painter and storyteller in a changing world at the cusp of the 20th century. "Buried Treasures: Perspec tives on Pyle," Thursdays through today at 5:30 p.m. "Norman Rockwell: Sports," through Oct. 28. Open through October, open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays through Aug. 30, open until 7 p.m. Rockwell's studio open to October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stockbridge.
North Adams Museum
Museum of History and Science Genealogy exhibit, on display through Labor Day. Museum open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. North Adams.
"The Collector's Eye: New Work," A gallery exhibition of seven emerging photographers selected by Cathy M. Kaplan. Free. Spencertown, N.Y.
Williams College Museum of Art
"Power Runs in Many Channels: Diversity in Nigerian Art": rich diversity of cultural and artistic production in traditional African art from Nigeria. "On the Grid" from WCMA permanent collection. "Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series": gouache works on paper take a darkly humorous look at the media, historical events, and race and gender. "Re flections on a Museum" works from the collection. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Williamstown.