Three watercolor paintings by local artist Barbara Ernst Prey are on exhibit this month at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

According to Prey, a Williamstown resident and graduate of the Williams College Class of 1979, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations requested "Gallantly Streaming I," "Parade Route," and "Patriot," part of Prey's "9/11 series," for the exhibit in the United Nations Security Council's office of presidency meetings.

"Gallantly Streaming I" was previously on view at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, as part of the U.S. State Department's Art in Embassies program, and was in the New York governor's office.

"I am honored that my paintings from my "9/11 series" were selected for exhibit at the United Nations Security Council. The flags are metaphors for a difficult time and remind us of the importance of working together at an international level," said Prey, who, in 2008, was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Prey's paintings have been exhibited at U.S. Embassies worldwide including Paris, Madrid, Oslo, Prague, Hong Kong, Minsk and Mali, and her prints are exhibited at more than 100 U.S. Embassies and Consulates.


The artist's exhibition comes on the heels of another Berkshire County art connection at the United Nations. Back in September, Norman Rockwell's iconic painting "Golden Rule" served as a backdrop during Pope Francis' visit to the U.N.

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Another local artist is looking for help in fostering positive creative connections with a community abroad.

The charitable project They Dance for Rain is spearheaded by Berkshire dance artist Stefanie Weber and fine art photographer Monika Pizzichemi, and provides arts enrichment and social justice programming in Nairobi, Kenya.

For its upcoming trip back to Nairobi, They Dance for Rain is looking for donations of unused digital cameras, cables, data cards and iPhones to be used and given to children in Pizzichemi's photography programs there. Cash donations also are welcome. The deadline to donate equipment is Sunday, Jan. 3. For more information, contact the project at or 413-281-6734, or mail to Stefanie Weber, P.O. Box 3094, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

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'A Barefoot Holiday'

Some Food Network fans may have been delighted to see Sunday's "Barefoot Contessa" special, "A Barefoot Holiday" which featured host Ina Garten and her husband, Jeffrey, on a getaway visiting friends in the Berkshires to kick off the holiday season before returning home to create their own holiday spread.

The episode features local purveyors like Berkshire Mountain Bakery; Amanda Perreault, executive chef at The Southfield Store; Robin's Candy Shop, Rubiner's Cheesemongers and more.

Fret not if you missed Sunday's premiere. "A Barefoot Holiday" will air again at 8 a.m. Saturday, and 4 p.m. Monday.