PITTSFIELD -- The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is an oasis of green this month thanks to the biennial "Forty Shades of Green art show." More than 80 artists with an age range of more than 70 years -- the youngest artist is 8 -- have contributed sculpture, drawings, paintings, mixed media pieces, artist books, figurines and more to Berkshire County's only open call art show.
"An open call show is one where everyone is invited to be a part," explained Megan Whilden, Director of Cultural Development for the City of Pittsfield. "All art that fit the theme that was brought to the gallery was installed for the show. And, wow, it is a terrific outpouring of talent and creativity. There's definitely more than 40 shades of green on display."
Sculptor Richard Criddle, Director of Fabrication at Mass MoCA, contributed a sculpture called "Storm in a Teacup," while artist Flo Barth Mason of Stephentown brought a sculptural installation called "River Women Rocks."
Williamstown artist Karl Mullen, a native of Ireland, submitted 49 pages from James Joyce's classic novel "Ulysses," each individually painted with pastels, walnut ink and Barry's tea. Dalton artist Autumn Ni Dubhghaill contributed a scroll covered in the elegant writing of ancient Ireland.
Nathan Hanford, a fiber artist from Becket and artist-in-residence at Soldier On, submitted a framed piece of embroidery on antique Irish linen.
Other local artists featured in the show include Scotty Taylor, Walt Pasko, Julio Granda, Peg Dotchin, Sean McCusker, Ivor Parry, Mike Carty, Joan Ciolfi, Colleen Surprise Jones, Jennifer Archer, Sally Tiska Rice, Lisa Merullo, Marge Bride, Robert Hill, Katherine Gundelfinger, Susan Sabino, Peggy Rivers and others.
This is the fourth time the "Forty Shades of Green" open call show has been held. Named after a song the legendary Johnny Cash wrote after his first visit to Ireland, Forty Shades of Green is cosponsored by Pittsfield's Irish Sister City Committee, and 20 percent of all art sales will go to youth exchange programs with Pittsfield's Irish sister city, Ballina.
"Forty Shades of Green" is on view at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Ave., Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m., throughout the month of March, and is free and open to the public.
An artist reception will be held Sunday, March 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, with refreshments, Irish music, and a visiting delegation from Ballina. The reception is free, and are welcome.
For more information, call (413) 499-9348.