PITTSFIELD >> Thirteen-year-old city resident Paige Wright has announced a call to artists for her fundraiser exhibition, "A Mitzvah for the Berkshire Kids' Place," to be installed at Dottie's Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield.

The young curator is currently studying for her bat mitzvah, a rite of passage process for young people in the Jewish faith. Part of her studies includes the concept of "tikkun olam," which translates to "repair the world," and is practiced through performing acts of kindness and service to one's community.

To fulfill this part of her studies, Wright has chosen to create a community event that benefits Berkshire County Kids' Place & Violence Prevention Center Inc. The center provides a range of programs, professionals and services trained on support families and young people who have experienced or witnessed violence in their lives, are suffering physical abuse or emotional trauma.

The art exhibition, "A Mitzvah for the Berkshire Kids' Place," begins on April 1 and runs through April 16. One hundred percent of the art sales will be donated to support the children and families at Kids' Place.

Artists of all levels — professional, emerging, and students of all ages — are invited to share their work for the cause.


Artists may submit one or multiple original works. Submission materials are due on Feb. 29. Finished works should be dropped off, ready to hang, at Dottie's by 6 p.m. on March 29. With the art exhibition name in the subject line, artists should include in the body of an email: A jpeg-format image of the piece, with a caption of the artist's last name, then an underscore, then the title of the piece; dimensions of each piece, mediums used, weight, and name and contact information for the artist.

Info: Contact Paige and her mother, Carrie Wright at mitzvahfortheberkshires@gmail.com.