PITTSFIELD -- The work of legendary local artist John Strich will be showcased in two concurrent exhibits in Pittsfield this month, with an opening scheduled for Saturday.
The show, titled "OFF THE WALL" has been organized by the all-volunteer Berkshire Art Association. A poster sale will benefit the BAA’s programs that support art students, emerging artists, and the interaction of the public with art.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host a show and sale of over 100 of Strich’s collectable silk screened posters, produced for Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, the Josh Billings mostly unframed, and are all limited editions.
The second show will take place at the Whitney Center for the Arts, at 42 Wendell Avenue. "JOHN STRICH: A REFLECTION" features Stritch’s entire oeuvre, including sculpture, mixed media pieces and paintings, some never before publicly exhibited. Both galleries are within walking distance of each other.
The opening reception will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and is open to the public. A discussion with Strich will take place at 5 p.m. with local artist and educator Michael Boroniec, who has worked closely with Stritch in recent years.
Stritch has been exhibited extensively in local galleries, museums and colleges. He has won prizes at Silvermine, the Wadsworth Athenaeum and Berkshire Art Association. His sculpture and paintings are in numerous private collections. He lived in Hinsdale for many years but now resides in Pittsfield.
Both shows run through Saturday, Jan. 31. The galleries at both venues are free and open to the public. Information: (413) 499-9348.