Herman Melville's historic house hosts summer shows including "Pittsfield, 1863" images and stories of Pittsfield citizens in that iconic year; a straw sculpture by Michael Melle on the grounds. "Home City: The Pittsfield Photographs of Edwin Hale Lincoln" opens June 2. Pittsfield.
Public outdoor art exhibit through downtown Pittsfield, in public areas including Park Square.
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. Venues include 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
"We Are the Future," student exhibit opens May 24. "Travel the Watershed," opens June 6. "Coming of Age: Photographic Collages" and "Shifting Perspectives" pottery opens June 21. "Unearthing Elements from the Natural World" opens July 19. Members Exhibit opens Aug. 16. "Nouveau Brut: The Fabulous Weirdness of Obsessive Non-Sequitors," opens Aug. 30. Friday to Monday, noon to 4 p.m., Becket.
"Victorian Extreme," 19th-century macabre and contmporary steam-punk, through May 27. "Tom Fels: Cyanotypes from the Arbor Series" June 6 through Sept. 2 -- photography experimenting around a single tree. "150th Anniversary of the 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt" exhibit opens Aug. 31. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571.
Berkshire Botanical Garden
"Rare Earth: Garden Pots as Sculpture," potter Mark Hewitt solo show, opening May 25. "Contained exuberance," container gardens, May 25. "Down to Earth: Architects Redesign the Potting Shed," all season. "Earth Works: Gourds of Iron and Glass," opens Aug. 24. Garden open daily 9 to 5 p.m., tours Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. June 15 to Sept. 1. Stockbridge.
"PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material" opens June 14. Contemporary works of art by more than 30 artists. Origami in the galleries, 1 p.m., Tuesdays July 2 to Aug. 27. Paper plane challenge Thursdays 1 p.m., July 11 to Aug. 29. "Ansel Adams: Masterworks" and "Nature Magnified: Photographs by Andreas Feininger," through June 2. Pittsfield.
House and grounds of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of Lincoln Memorial. 35th anniversary of Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood: 26 artists. Show opens June 22: Glenn Harper, editor of Sculpture magazine, is guest juror. Rebecca Keller, artist-in-residence. Stockbridge.
Clark Art Institute
"Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History," exploration of the Clark's extensive collection of Homer's works -- 200 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and etchings and rarely seen wood engravings from 1857 to 1904 -- opens June 9. "George Inness: Gifts from Frank and Katherine Martucci," works from 1880 to 1894, Opens June 9. "Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My!" family show. 225 South St., Williamstown.
Free community celebration, fourth Thursdays monthly, with a wide variety of visual and performing art events. Galleries, restaurants and stores stay open late. North Adams.
Good Purpose Gallery
Rotating exhibits highlight artists along the autism spectrum, 40 Main St., Lee. (413) 394-5045.
Frelinghuysen Morris House
"Exploring Shapes" -- isolating shape and form as a way of starting a conversation about abstract Painting. Home of abstract artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen with frescoes, sculptures and murals. Hourly guided tours, Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gentle Yoga on the Grounds, Thursdays 12:30 p.m., weather permitting, with certified instructor Lisa Reynolds, free with admission. Lenox.
Hancock Shaker Village
"Fakes and Forgeries: Shaker Chairs and Their Influence" opening May 24. "Village Views," watercolors, acrylics and oils, opening May 24. "Wood Works," opening Sept. 7. Ongoing: "A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA," work of photographer Noel Vicentini,. More than 200 black-and-white photographs. Pittsfield.
Stockbridge Art Lab through June 3: series of "pop-up" galleries in the town of Stockbridge exhibiting the work of IS183's faculty artists. Emerging Artist Showcase opening, June 22, 4 p.m. Annual IS183 student art exhibition, to Aug. 25. Citizens' Hall, Stockbridge.
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
"Shooting Stars" photography, June 19 to Aug. 25, New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan reveals what goes on in the dressing rooms of New York City Ballet, while Miguel Anaya shares backstage view of production From the Horse's Mouth. Becket.
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
"Portraits of Berkshire County Elders," July 5 to Aug. 5. Part of Lift Ev'ry Voice summer-long festival. www.liftevryvoice.org. Gallery free and open Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Pittsfield.
Guillome Leblon sculpture, Jason Middlebrook wood grain geometry and Joseph Montgomery abstract assemblages, all open May 26. Xu Bing "Phoenix," monumental soaring birds made from detritus of Beijing skyscrapers; Marc Dion "Octagon Room," labyrinthine, 19th-century-style vision of contemporary artist's study; "Life's Work," Tom Phillips' "A Humument" re-invented Victorian novel and Johnny Carrera's walk-in encyclopedia; "One Minute Film Festival"; Kidspace "Freedom's just another word for ..." opens June 15. Permanent Sol LeWitt: "A Wall Drawing Retrospective." North Adams.
Music & More
"Fabulous Fabric and Fiber" Work by 10 quilt artists, a rug hook artist, and two first-class basket weavers, June 14 to July 7. "Visual Metaphors" invitational show, 30 regional mixed-media artists, July 26-Aug. 25. New Marlborough Artists: invitational show of work from the region, Aug. 30 to Sept. 29. Meeting House Gallery, New Marlborough.
Norman Rockwell Museum
"R.O. Blechman: The Inquiring Mind" solo show by illustrator, animator, graphic novelist, and editorial cartoonist for The New Yorker, The New York Times, opens May 11. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Making of a Classic" opens June 8. "Maya and Beyond: The Art of Jarvis Rockwell" assemblages by Norman Rockwell's son, opens July 13. Museum 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.
"Confluence," contemporary outdoor sculpture incluing work by George Rickey, Jonathan Price, Richard Erdman and Tim Prentice, at The Mount in Lenox. Opens June 4.
Williams College Museum of Art
"Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980," opening July 20 -- vital legacy of the African-American arts community in Los Angeles. "72 Degrees: LA Art from the Collection" opens Aug. 17 -- highlights work by artists in Los Angeles in 1960s and 1970s. "Labeltalk 2013: India" -- to June 9. "The Persian Image," through Aug. 18. Art and aperitif al fresco, 4 to 8 p.m. Gallery talks or performances on Thursdays weekly, July 11-Aug. 29. Spotlight Gallery Talks: Saturdays in July and August, 2 p.m.: highlight a sculpture, print, or painting. Getting to know Joan Mitchell's "Sunflower VI," Tuesday to Friday June 18-July 19. Williamstown.