PITTSFIELD -- The work of legendary local artist John Stritch, a former surgeon who served in World War II and met Pablo Picasso during a sojourn in Europe, will be showcased in two concurrent exhibits in Pittsfield this month, with an opening this Saturday.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts hosts a show and sale of more than 100 of his silk screened posters, produced for Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, the Josh Billings Run Around and many other iconic Berkshires institutions. The all-volunteer Berkshire Art Association (BAA) organized the show, "Off the Wall," and a portion of the poster sales will benefit the BAA’s programs supporting art students, emerging artists, and the interaction of the public with art.
"The Berkshire Art Association organized this exhibit in recognition of John Stritch’s remarkable career as an artist in the Berkshires. Stritch’s serigraphed posters are diverse, bold, and recognizable. They celebrate the places, events, and spirit of Berkshire County. Stritch’s posters are accessible art -- works that anyone can enjoy on many different levels." said BAA President Mary Rentz.
The second show, at the Whitney Center for the Arts, includes sculpture, mixed media pieces and paintings, some never before publicly exhibited. The show, "John Stritch, A Reflection," will open Saturday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Stritch will speak at 5 p.m. with local artist and educator Michael Boroniec, who has worked closely with Stritch in recent years.
Stritch has shown work extensively in local galleries, museums and colleges. He has won prizes at Silvermine, the Wadsworth Athenaeum and Berkshire Art Association. For many years he lived in Hinsdale, and Shady Villa, his home-studio-gallery with the grounds dotted with his found metal sculptures, drew in visitors. He now lives in Pittsfield.
Both shows run through Saturday, Jan. 31, and the galleries are free and open to all. The Whitney Center for the Arts at 42 Wendell Ave. is open Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call (413) 443-0289.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is located at 28 Renne Ave. off Fenn Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call (413) 499-9348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.