Herman Melville's historic house hosts summer shows. Pittsfield.
Public outdoor art exhibit through downtown Pittsfield, in public areas including Park Square. "Arts+Industry" theme celebrates Pittsfield and the Berkshires' industrial heritage: past, present and future. Self-guided tours of some two dozen installations, info at Pittsfield Visitors Center, City Hall, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.
Visual arts in more than 20 venues along the North and South Street corridor. Art changes on first Fridays in June and August and on July 3. Venues include Art On No, the Berkshire Museum, Gallery 25, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and the Colonial Theatre. Full schedule at firstfridaysartswalk.com.
Becket Art Center
Becket Washington School Children's Art Exhibit opens May 23. "See What I See" photographs by David Stein and "Rich Colorful Complex Shapes and Images" by Larry Gordon opens June 21. "Threesome," Abby DuBow, monoprints; Judith Koppel, ceramic sculpture and drawings; Lorraine Klagsbrun, nature studies in various media, opens July 19. Members exhibit opens Aug. 16. "Music as Inspiration," oil pastels, and "Expressing Insight on the Human Condition," watercolors and mixed media opens Aug. 30. Opening receptions 2 to 4 p.m. Route 8, Becket.
July 5 through Nov.
"Oil Painters of America," June 7 to July 7. "Arts of the Animal Kingdom," June 14 to Aug. 24. "Impressions of New England," opens Aug. 2. "Portraying the Human Spirit" opens Aug. 2. Laumeister Fine Art Competition opens Aug. 30. Covered Bridge Museum, American Indian art, wildlife art, bird carvings by Master Carver Floyd Scholz and a collection of Eric Sloane paintings. Bennington.
Berkshire Botanical Garden
‘Windswept' sculpture and objects celebrate the beauty of wind, opens May 23. Garden open daily 9 to 5 p.m., tours Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. June 15 to Sept. 1. Stockbridge.
"Butterflies" -- live Butterfly Pavilion with native and exotic species. Butterfly life cycle, habitats and metamorphosis in a chrysalis display. Contemporary and historic art, historic objects and artifacts from cultures around the world, opens May 31. Butterfly activities Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and August. Children's adventures 11 a.m. Fridays. Chow time at the acquarium 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Little Cinema films weekly. Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, dinosaurs, local natural history, classical art, gallery of American Indian art and culture. 39 South St., Pittsfield.
Studio, house and grounds of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of Lincoln Memorial. "Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2014: Selected Works by Albert Paley" opens June 14. "An Oasis of Beauty: Photographs by Artist-in-Residence Julie McCarthy" opens May 24. Concerts on Fridays in July and August. May 24 to June 30, ad Sept.1 to Sept. 30, Thursday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; July 1 to Aug. 31 and Oct. 1 to Oct. 13, open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stockbridge.
Clark Art Institute
Re-opening after 10-year renovation. "Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950-1975," Jackson Pollock's Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist), Mark Rothko's No. 1 (1961), Lee Bontecou's Untitled (1962) and more, July 4 to Oct. 13. "Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum," July 4 to Sept. 21. "Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith," July 4 to Oct. 19. 225 South St., Williamstown.
Community Access to the Arts
"I Am a Part of Art," annual art show opening July 24. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Exhibit runs through Aug. 24.
Art openings across downtown North Adams, last Thursday of each month, June to Sept., 6 to 9 p.m. Gallery openings, street performances and public art works. North Adams.
Good Purpose Gallery
Rotating exhibits highlight artists along the autism spectrum, 40 Main St., Lee. (413) 394-5045.
Frelinghuysen Morris House
"Pioneers of American Modernism -- Morris and Holtzman," founding members of the American Abstract Artists, show opens June 26. Home of abstract artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen with frescoes, sculptures and murals. Hourly guided tours, Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Painting demos on Fridays at 11 a.m. with local artists. Half-price tour Thursday at 10 a.m. for Berkshire residents. Gentle Yoga on the Grounds, Thursdays 12:30 p.m., weather permitting, with certified instructor Lisa Reynolds, free with admission. Lenox.
Hancock Shaker Village
Photography in the Poultry House galleries: Dual gallery exhibition of Paul Lange's "Fowl Portraits" and Eric Korenman's "Shaker Series," opening May 22. Gifts and acquisitions from the last five years on display in main gallery. Pittsfield.
IS183 Art School
Adult Student Show June 19 through Labor Day, Citizens' Hall, Stockbridge. "Landscapes, Farmscapes, Cityscapes, Mindscapes" artists including Maggie Mailer, Rob MacIness and Cynthia Wick, July 10 through Labor Day at Stonover Barn Gallery in Lenox. Free.
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
"Gotta Dance!", vintage dance movie posters,
Open Tuesday through Sunday, noon through final curtain, Blake's Barn. Denishawn Centennial, celebrating the 100th anniversary of dance soloist Ruth St. Denis and Pillow founder Ted Shawn's marriage, open 60 minutes pre-performance, Ted Shawn Theatre Lobby, "104 Work Weeks: On Tour With Merce Cunningham Dance Co." by visual artist Kenneth E. Parris, open 60 minutes pre-performance, Doris Duke Theatre Lobby. Jacob's Pillow Dance Archives, open Tuesday-Sunday, noon to approximately 9 p.m., Blake's Barn.
Mass Live Arts/14
Participatory art installation/animation "Empire!" opens July 22. Full exhibit on view July 22-26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Free. Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.
Izhar Patkin restrospective, "The Wandering Veil," including "Veil Suite" collaboration with poet Agha Shahid Ali. Kidspace "Freedom's just another word for ..." through May 26. "It's only human" opening June 14. Darren Waterson, "Uncertain Beauty," includes re-imagination of Whistler's "Peacock Room." "It transit: Between art and object. Teresita Fernandez, "As above, so below," works in graphite and gold opens May 24. "Dying of the Light" film show. Marc Dion "Octagon Room," labyrinthine, 19th-century-style vision of contemporary artist's study. "Stasis Horror," more than 80 of Christopher Chiappa's paintings on three-legged stools, opens June 21. Franz West's Les Pommes d'Adam - a 25', Pepto-pink outdoor sculptural ensemble. Seasonal installations in the Speedway: "All Utopias Fell" and "All those vanised engines." Permanent: Anselm Kiefer gallery. Joseph Beuys. Sol LeWitt: "A Wall Drawing Retrospective." June 21 to Sept. 1, galleries open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday to Wednesday, extended evening hours to 7 p.m. Thursdays to Saturday. North Adams.
MCLA Gallery 51
Julia Mandle and Gayle Wells Mandle, ‘Teetering,' examines socio-economic issues of imbalance and resistance, May 29 to June 22. Alaa Awad, Egyptian painter and muralist, "Thebes: What the Ancients have to say about Contemporary Egypt," June 26 to July 27. "Split/Level," Julia Morgan-Leamon solo show: found and altered objects, assemblage, paint, sculpture and video explore rifts (and connections), July 31 to Aug. 24. "Things You See," Sara Farrell Okamura and Hideyo Okamura, prints, drawings and paintings, Aug. 28 to Oct. 26. North Adams.
Eleven artists working in wood, metal and stone, June 14 to July 6. "Portals," Mixed-media group show, July 26 to Aug. 24. Varied work by artists living in New Marlborough, Aug. 30 to Sept. 28. Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Marlborough.
Knox Gallery exhibit: Paula Shalan: Shades of Black (ceramics) through May 31. Leonard Weber June 6 to July 5. "Photography Monterey," community show of photographs taken in Monterey in the last year, July 11 to Aug. 23. "Julie Shapiro: Recent Work," Aug. 29 to Sept. 27. 452 Main Road, Monterey, (413) 528-3795.
National Museum of Dance
"Dance Theatre of Harlem," theater's 40-plus year history; "Tradition in Movement," Guatemalan dances; "Photography of Richard Calmes: Dance Magic" opening in May; Saratoga Favorites of the New York City Ballet by the late Mae Banner, opening in June; "A Tribute To Dance in Film" opening in July; "Tiaras and Tutus." Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Norman Rockwell Museum
Edward Hopper retrospective. Museum open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays through Aug. 30, open until 7 p.m. Rockwell's studio open to October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stockbridge.
"Common Ground" sculpture at The Mount in Lenox. Outdoor sculpture annually in Berkshire communities.
Southern Vermont Arts Center
Sculpture Park, rotating exhibits of Vermont artists' work, trails, performances. Art classes and workshops. Hours Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. West Road, Manchester.
"Off the Beaten Path: Prints by J. Ann Eldridge and Photographs by Bill Duffy," May 17 to June 22. "Dreams and Digressions: New Paintings by Kris Galli" June 28 to Aug. 10. Open weekends 1 to 5 p.m. Free. Spencertown, N.Y.
Vermont Arts Exchange
Recent works by painter Matthew Marks, on exhibit in the Sage Mill Gallery June 6 to 30. Children's art camps in June, July and August. Bennington.
Whitney Center for the Arts
Monthly art exhibits and artswalk celebrations on first Fridays. Pittsfield.
West Stockbridge Library
Ira Wasserberg, painting and sculpture, in May. Karen Carmean, painging, in July. Ilene Spiewak, painting, in August. Town Hall, Route 102, West Stockbridge
Williams College Museum of Art
‘Material Friction: Americana and American Art' artworks from WCMA's American art collection, opens June 12. Samplers and blanket chests, Hudson River School paintings and Georgia O'Keefe. Grant Wood in conversation with an Amish farmer and Paul Cadmus talking with a blacksmith from Maine. ‘Franz West' (Austrian, 1947-2012) opens June 7 in conjunction with Mass MoCA show of West's outdoor sculpture. ‘Mitchell, Benglis, Wilke,' three women approach abstraction. Summer School Office Hours with: the Director, the Registrar, the Curator, the Finance guy, drop in 1 to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday to learn museum's inner workings. Williamstown.
Williamstown Rural Lands
Benefit exhibit of watercolors and oils by Williamstown artist Ed Scofield at Sheep Hill through June 2. Williamstown.