EVENTS & OPENINGS
A broad variety of visual arts on display in more than 20 venues along the North and South Street corridor, rotating on first Fridays monthly from 5 to 8 p.m. 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.
‘North Adams: A New England Cotton and Slave Capital' --new exhibit to confront history of cotton mills and mill owners in 1850s and their ownership of southern slaves, opening Wednesday (Oct. 10) at 6:45 p.m. Eclipse Mill, North Adams. (413) 664-4353, www.brillgallery109.com.
Columbia County Council of Arts
‘Postcard Show,' small works for sale to benefit CCCA. Reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Show on display through Nov. 3. 209 Warren St., Hudson N.Y. www.cccaartswalk.webs.com.
Recent work by portrait artist Claudia Shuster and whale carver Sam Ponder. Opening reception Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., at ArtonNo, 311 North St., 2nd floor, Pittsfield. Gallery hours Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. 25 Union St., Pittsfield.
ART EXHIBITS & MUSEUMS
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.
"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.
‘Skyline Adrift: Cuban Art and Architecture,' show of multi-disciplinary, site-specific installations by two Havana based architects and two internationally established Cuban artists -- large-scale architectonic installations by Cuban architects Yilena Lourdes Fietó Echarri and Yoandy Rizo Fiallo and internationally renowned Cuban visual artists Alexandre Arrechea and Armando Mariño Calzado. Omi International Arts Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y. www.artomi.org.
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.
"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. Garden hours: 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," 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.
"Contemporary Sculpture at Chest erwood 2012" and "A Sea Feeling in the Mountains" photography exhibit. 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. 225 South St., Williamstown. www.clarkart.edu.
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.
‘Die Formmeister: The masters of form' show of animation, glass, 3-D, textiles, prints, ceramics, jewelry and more, through Oct. 21. MCLA's gallery at 51 Main St., North Adams.
Good Purpose Gallery
Michael McManmon, ‘Spectrum Perspectives,' through Oct. 29. Inside look at an artist diagnosed with Asperger's. 40 Main St., Lee. (413) 394-5045.
Great Barrington Historical Society
Photos of the Great Barrington Fair, taken by local photographer Marie Tassone for 50 years, on exhibit at the Capt. Truman Wheeler Museum. High-flying acts, a host of local faces, horse races and more. Hours: noon to 4 p.m., through Monday. 817 South Main St., Great Barrington.
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.
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
"Melville Contemporary," an exhibit of contemporary art inspired by Herman Melville and his works. Free and open Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. 8 Renne Ave., Pittsfield; (413) 499-9348. 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 499-9348.
"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.
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.
Childs Studio Art Gallery
‘Mixed Emotions,' exhibition of new ceramic works by Andy Matlow, multi media creations Valerie Fanarjian, and dimensional fiber ‘Sculptural Drawings' by Gessica Silverman, through Oct. 15. 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.
Maggie Mailer, ‘The Starry Outburst,' through Oct. 14. Studio pottery, Kip O'Krongly through Oct. 14. ‘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.
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.
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.
"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.
Old Chatham Country Store
John MacGruer and Jane McWhorter, photography, show through Sept. 26. Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Village Square, Old Chatham, N.Y., www.theoldchathamcountrystore.com.
Ruth West, digital photo montage, show through Sept. 30. One Ashfield St. #9, Shelburne Falls. (413) 625-9833, www.SalmonFallsGallery.com
Contemporary glass sculpture of artists including Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra and William Morris. 3 Elm St., Stockbridge, www.schantzgalleries .com.
Pen and Ink drawings, The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., Lenox, (413) 637-3390.
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.
"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.
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.
Contemporary art by more than 50 artists. Daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 27 Church St., Lenox. (413) 637-8808.