ART EXHIBITS & MUSEUMS
Museum of Animation, Special Effects, and Art showcases Berkshire-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.
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.
"Air Quintets and Other Bird Paintings," Greg Scheckler's artwork, through Dec. 31. Holiday Festival of Trees Around the World. 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.
Berkshire Community College
Joseph Katz exhibit through Jan. 3, Intermodal Center, North St. BCC's Art Gallery, Intermodal Transportation Center, 1 Columbus Ave., Pittsfield.
"Myth and Magic" Holiday Festival of Trees in the galleries.
‘99 Cents and Up,'holiday show of small work through Dec. 31 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. 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
"Out of the Studio," Lichtenstein artists' show, through Jan. 19. 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.
Xu Bing, "Phoenix," sculpture by pre-eminent artist in China. "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. Kidspace rotating exhibits; Sol LeWitt: "A Wall Drawing Retrospective," 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
"Norman Rockwell: Home for the Holidays," Christmas images through Jan. 21. "All in the Family: The Art of Mary-Amy Cross" through Feb. 3. "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. 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. "Reflections 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.
‘North Adams: A New England Cotton and Slave Capital' -- 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.
DeVries Fine Art International, Inc.
A Festival of Angels, new work. Bronze scultpture by Andrew DeVries. 62 Church St., Lenox. (413) 238-7755, www.
River landscapes: New works by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, John MacDonald, and Petria Mitchell through Dec. 31. 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 Hoadley, abstract paintings; Vincent Serbin, photographic collages; Jewelry by Julia Britell, Ken Loeber & Donna Look, Barbara Heinrich, Judy Neugebauer, Niamh Duffy, Lulu, Erica Zap. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 21 Church St., Lenox. (413) 637-2814, www.hoadleygallery.com.
Hotchkiss Mobiles Gallery
Mobiles, glass, jewelry, a gallery cafe and a studio/workspace. 8 Center St., West Stockbridge, www.artmobiles.com.
Lauren Clark Fine Art
Anni Crofut jewelry. 402 Park St., Route 183, Housatonic, (413) 274-1432.
Le Petit Musee @ Wild Sage
"The 2004 Mini-Series" by Sherry Steiner. 3" x 5" stretched canvases with hieroglyphic message and story. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. 333 North St., Pittsfield. (413) 447-7000.
Old Chatham Country Store
Folk art paintings of Susan Anderson of New Concord through Dec. 31. Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Village Square, Old Chatham, N.Y., www.theoldchathamcountrystore.com.
"Captured Life" letterpress art. 105 Main St. North Adams.
Contemporary glass sculpture of artists including Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra and William Morris. 3 Elm St., Stockbridge, www.schantzgalleries .com.
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
Photography. 6 Elm Street, 1B-C; Stockbridge. (413) 298-1025, www.sohnfineart.com.
"Four Seasons," landscapes by gallery artists, with artwork roating throughout the winter. 40 Eagle St., North Adams.
Marilyn Kalish's paintings, including "The Birdcage." Photographs by Clemens 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.