Thursday September 6, 2012

EVENTS & OPENINGS

Artswalk

A broad variety of visual arts on display in more than 20 venues along the North and South Street corridor, Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Art changes on Friday and on all first Fridays monthly. 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 Arts Center

Opening reception of historical exhibit, "Insight into the Building of our Community: Becket and Washington" tomorrow night at 5 p.m. Accom panying series of lectures and talks run through Sept. 22., Becket Arts Center, 7 Brooker Hill Road, Route 8, Becket.

Mullen House Education Center

"Lauren Horowitz: Works of Art in Fabric and Thread," freelance artist with more than 35 years of experience working in fabric and other creative media. Gallery open on Fridays and Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m., through Sept. 22, or by appointment. Gala on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with the opening of the Becket Arts Center's "Art in Quilted Form: Juried Show of Fiber Artists reception" across the street. 12 Brooker Hill Road (corner rte. 8) in North Becket Village. (413) 623-2100.

Old Chatham Country Store

John MacGruer, and Jane McWhorter, photography, reception Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m. Show through Sept. 26. Hours: 7 a.


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m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Village Square, Old Chatham, N.Y., www.theoldchathamcountrystore.com.

ART EXHIBITS & MUSEUMS

Animagic

Museum of Animation, Special Ef fects, 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. 135 Main St, Lee. By reservation, (413) 243-8095 or (413) 841-6679.

Arrowhead

"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.

Artscape

Public outdoor art exhibit with "Moby-Dick" theme, part of year-long celebration of Herman Melville -- includes 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.

Bennington Museum

"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." 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. 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, Sunday to Sept. 30. daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31 with tours Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Stockbridge.

Berkshire Carousel

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.

Berkshire Museum

"Rethink," contemporary American Indian artwork and art from the museum's collection, through Jan. 6, 2013. "Liz Whitney Quisgard: Kaleidoscope," exhibit on Quisgard's paintings, sculptures and fiber wall hangings, through Oct. 21. Hall of Innovation, Ameri can Indian gallery, Egyptian and other historic art. 39 South St., Pitts field. (413) 443-7171, www.berkshiremuseum.org.

Chesterwood

"Contemporary Sculpture at Chest erwood 2012" and 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. Grounds open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Route 183, 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, Riverbend Café in Great Bar rington. www.communityaccesstothearts.org.

DownStreet Art

Galleries throughout downtown North Adams open new shows monthly. Public murals unveiled. Downtown North Adams.

Frelinghuysen Morris House

"Exploring Color" exhibit. 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 Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lenox.

Gallery 51

Recent work by Mass MoCA's director of fabrication and art installation, Richard Criddle, today through Sept. 23. MCLA's gallery at 51 Main St., North Adams.

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. "Seasons" group show of paintings. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. www.hancockshakervillage.org.

‘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. "Seasons" group show of paintings. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. www.hancockshakervillage.org.

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

"Melville Contemporary," an exhibit of contemporary art inspired by Herman Melville and his works, open tomorrow for "First Friday," through Sept. 29. Free and open Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Pittsfield.

Mass MoCA

"Oh Canada," survey of more than 100 works by more than 60 artists from coast to coast. "Invisible Cities" inspired by Italo Calvino's magical realist fiction. "Making Room: The Space between Two and Three Dimensions," artists at the intersection of craft and technology. Sanford Biggers, "The Cartographer's Conundrum." Philbrick Gardens and "All Those Vanished Engines" installation; "The Workers"; "Nari Ward: Sub Mirage Lignum," exploration of hybrid, transformative spaces. Kidspace rotating exhibits; Sol LeWitt: "A Wall Drawing Retro spect ive," ongoing; Fransje Killaas installation: "Color, No Figures." North Adams. Open daily except Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., www.massmoca.org. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, (413) 662-2111.

Music & More

New Marlborough Artists group show through Sept. 23. Meeting House Gallery, Route 57, New Marlborough. www.newmarlborough.org.

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. www.nrm.org.

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.

GALLERIES

Childs Studio Art Gallery

Ceramics by Josh Simpson and Daniel Bellow; blown-glass from Penrose Design, Alex Brand and Holly Grace; Raku-fired porcelain vessels by Bob Green; sterling silver jewelry by Michael and Maureen Banner and more. 40 Railroad St., Great Bar rington. Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and (413) 429-1945, www.childsstudioarts.com.

Cormier Art Gallery

Published Works of Laurie Cormier, Joseph Speraco's Works in oil. Winslow Homer, Thomas Nast and Frederick Remington engravings. Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 682 Tyler St., Pittsfield, (413) 499-4188.

DeVries Fine Art International, Inc.

Bronze scultpture by Andrew DeVries. 62 Church St., Lenox. (413) 238-7755, www.andrewdevries.com.

Eclipse Mill Gallery

Monthly shows. Hours: Friday, 5 to 9 p.m., and Sat urday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Life drawing night, Mondays, 7 to 8:30: weekly sessions, free. Artists volunteer to sit for other artists, or bring materials and subjects. 243 Union St., North Adams, Common Room #102. www.eclipsemillgallery.com. (413) 664-9101.

Ferrin Gallery

Maggie Mailer, ‘The Starry Outburst,' through Saturday. ‘The Teapots 2012' through Dec. 1. Hours: Thursday to Satur day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 437 North St., Pittsfield. (413) 442-1622, ferringallery.com.

Gallery 25

Marguerite Bride paintings, solo show, through Friday. Gallery hours Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. 25 Union St., Pittsfield.

Good Purpose Gallery

Robert Schecter, abstract paintings, through Sept. 17. 40 Main St., Lee, (413) 394-5045.

Harrison Gallery

Solo show of paintings by Stanley Bielen, to Sept. 30. Gallery hours Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 39 Spring St., Williamstown, (413) 458-1700.

Hoadley Gallery

Joan Diamant, paintings from own photographs; Kathy Winstanley, watercolors; Thomas Hoad ley, abstract paintings; Vincent Serbin, photographic collages; Jewelry by Julia Britell, Ken Loeber & Donna Look, Barbara Heinrich, Judy Neuge bauer, Niamh Duffy, Lulu, Erica Zap. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 21 Church St., Lenox. (413) 637-2814, www.hoadleygallery.com.

Hoffman Pottery

"Infinity Earth Tone": new and handbuilt coiled ware, garden sculptures, maskes; also plate painting, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Wednesday. 103 Great Barrington Road, Route 41, West Stockbridge, (413) 232-4646 or www.EHoffmanPottery.com.

Hotchkiss Mobiles Gallery

Mobiles, glass, jewelry, a gallery cafe and a viewing area into a studio/workspace. 8 Center St., West Stockbridge, www.artmobiles.com.

North Adams Regional Hospital

More than 200 new works by 19 local artists, part of the hospital's Com munity Art Program, through October. Surgical Services Waiting Area, Hospital Avenue, North Adams.

Salmon Falls

Ruth West, digital photo montage, show through Sept. 30. One Ashfield St. #9, Shelburne Falls. (413) 625-9833, www.SalmonFallsGallery.com

Schantz Galleries

Contemporary glass sculpture of artists including Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra and William Morris. 3 Elm St., Stockbridge, www.schantzgalleries .com.

Shade Gallery

Pen and Ink drawings, The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., Lenox, (413) 637-3390.

Siena Gallery

Innovative artists in jewelry, Main Street, Lenox. Hours Wednesday to Saturday, 11a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.siennagallery.com.

Sohn Fine Art Gallery

"A Sea Feeling in the Mountains" through Oct. 29 In partnership with Chesterwood and Call Me Melville. Photo graphy at Chesterwood and at 6 Elm Street, 1B-C; Stockbridge. (413) 298-1025, www.sohnfineart.com.

Stanmeyer Gallery

"Fragile Landscapes: Trees and Vistas of Our World" -- Ken Packie's intricate chainsaw sculpture and internationally renowned photographer John Stan meyer's images, including photographs from "Amazon Ablaze," aerial views of the Amazon during illegal fires in 2008, and scenes from India, Mexico, Af ghan istan, Japan, southern France, Bang ladesh, Indonesia and the Berkshires. Near intersection of Tyring ham Road on Route 23, Otis. (423) 429-5504, www.stanmeyergallery.com.

Vault Gallery

Marilyn Kalish's paintings, including "The Birdcage." Photographs by Clem ens Kalischer. 332 Main St., Great Barrington. Daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (413) 644-0221, www.vaultgallery.net.

Wit Gallery

Contemporary art by more than 50 artists. Daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 27 Church St., Lenox. (413) 637-8808.