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.
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.
Military Gallery, Pottery and Fine Arts Galleries, Wasp Touring Car Gallery, Church Gallery, and the Grandma Moses Gallery. 75 Main St. / Route 9, Bennington, Vt. (802) 447-1571, www.benningtonmuseum.org.
Art classes in techniques for painting carousel ponies, Mondays and Wednesdays, 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
Joanne Desmond solo show through Nov. 9. Art Forum on Nov. 1. BCC's Art Gallery, Inter modal Transportation Center, 1 Columbus Ave., Pittsfield.
"Rethink," contemporary American Indian artwork and art from the museum's collection, through Jan. 6, 2013. Gallery honoring Northeastern peoples, with newly constructed wigwam. "Orchid madness" paintings and sketches through Dec. 9. "Wink: Pairings from the Berkshire Museum Collections," curated by Maggie Mailer. 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.
Columbia County Council of Arts
‘Postcard Show,' small works for sale to benefit CCCA. Show on display through Nov. 3. 209 Warren St., Hudson N.Y. www.cccaartswalk.webs.com.
‘This Blue Marble: The Universe of Josh Simpson,' a solo exhibition of work from internationally known glass artist Josh Simpson, to Nov. 25. MCLA's gallery at 51 Main St., North Adams.
Good Purpose Gallery
Exhibit on life and work of Jessica Park, an autistic artist living and working in Williamstown. Solo show of Park's work. Dr. Anthony Gengarelly, Professor of Museum Studies and Art History at MCLA, curates accompanying presentation on her life, artwork and the books about her. Also blown glass by Hoogs and Crawford. Gallery open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 40 Main St., Lee. (413) 394-5045, www.bvpac.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. 28 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
"A Day in the Life: Norman Rockwell's Studio" through Nov. 11. "Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross," and "Curator's Choice: Recent Acquisitions from the Norman Rockwell Museum Collection." 323 Saturday Evening Post covers. Norman Rockwell permenant collection of the artist's works. Stockbridge Models Project. Hours through Nov. 11: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Route 183, Stockbridge. Stockbridge. www.nrm.org.
"H. William Scovill" exhibit, Stockbridge photographer most often recognized for the work he did for Norman Rockwell between 1953 and 1963; many of those photographs have become part of the Rockwell Museum's permanent collection. Main street, Stockbridge. (413) 298-5501.
Williams College Museum of Art
"Cosmologies" through Dec. 16. "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.
Recent work by portrait artist Claudia Shuster and whale carver Sam Ponder. Gallery hours Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. 311 North St., Pittsfield.
‘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. Eclipse Mill, North Adams. (413) 664-4353, www.brillgallery109.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.
Solo show of paintings by Mary Sipp Green to Nov. 28. 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.
Old Chatham Country Store
Marguerite Bride and Scott Taylor of Pittsfield, ‘My Favorite Things' show through November. Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Village Square, Old Chatham, N.Y., www.theoldchathamcountrystore.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
Photo graphy. 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.
The White Gallery
‘Simple Lines,' solo show by Susan Ferrari-Rowley through Sunday. Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 344 Main St., Lakeville, Conn.
Contemporary art by more than 50 artists. Daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 27 Church St., Lenox. (413) 637-8808.