Sunday December 2, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The city’s First Fridays Artswalks will wind up for the year this Friday with art shows, openings and events in downtown galleries, shops and restaurants

Over 50 local artists will be featured between 5 and 8 p.m. in locations from the Ferrin Gallery to the Berkshire Museum, to, for the first time, City Hall.

Free maps and guides will be available throughout downtown as well as online at firstfridaysartswalk.com.

Across the street from City Hall, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. will host an opening reception for a solo show by Great Barrington artist Terry Wise. Around the corner at the Lichten stein Center for the Arts, an opening reception for "Out of the Studio" will feature work by artists who have studios in the Lichtenstein Center, including Michael Rousseau, Peg Dotchin, Julio Granda, Mario Ca louri, Lorraine Abruzzo, Sean Mc Cusker and Jim Horsford.

Studio resident Nicole Rizzo, founder of Gypsy Layne Burlesque & Cabaret, will present a special performance at 6:30 p.m.

The Berkshire Museum, currently featuring its annual Festival of Trees, will be open until 8 p.m.

In the Crawford Square at 137 North St., artwork by Richard Thomas Weber and Anne Pasko will be at Pateez Boutique and the quilts of Susan Shepardson at Brenda & Co.

Gallery 25 on Union Street features a solo show of Marguerite Bride’s winter watercolors, while upstairs artists will open their studios for a group show around the color red.

Participating in that event will be Joanie Ciolfi, Diane Firtell, Claudia Shuster, Scott Taylor, Dan Brody, Lisa Merullo, Debbie Carter, Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Dee Randolph, So phie Lee, Sally Tiska-Rice, Susan Himmel, Dawn Metzer and Margue rite Bride.

The Shire City Sanctuary on Melville Street (formerly the Notre Dame Church) will be the site of a Holiday Shindy from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

The BINGO! Gallery in the basement of the sanctuary will feature work by the Housatonic Valley Arts League, including Pat An drus, Joe Baker, Peggy Braun, Ro selle Chartock, Ruth Drysdale, Diana Felber, Alice Gage, Marion Grant, Steve Hamlin, Bar bara Heaphy, Pat Hogan, Elsa Karr, Sue MacVeety, Leo Mazzeo, Ellen Murtagh, Penny Pitts, Antonella Preve, Nina Ritson, and Robert Taylor.

The Ferrin Gallery will have three Berkshire artists present: painter Rebecca Weinman and studio potters Jeffrey Lipton and Michael Mc Carthy; while next door the Museum Facsimiles Outlet Store will display giclee prints by Mary Sipp-Green, platinum prints of New York City dancers by Lear Levin and works by Berkshire photographer Ken Green.

Other First Fridays Artswalk locations include Tom Fahey at circa, Lisa Merullo and Thomas Goodrich at Treehouse, small works by Sherry Steiner at Wild Sage, and contemporary Berkshire portraits by photographer Dominick Avellino at the Marketplace Café.