Museum of Animation, Special Effects, and Art showcases Berk shire-based talent that made blockbuster movies like "The Matrix," "X-Men" and "Chicken Run" possible. Original models and technologies from the movies. "Create your own animated movie" workshop at hands-on studio. Award-winning special effects creator Eugene Mamut will lead the session. Turn imagination into reality and learn how to create real animated movies. At the end of the session, students creation will posted on Internet. Special workshop at 135 Main St, Lee. By reservation, (413) 243-8095 or (413) 841-6679.
"The Genius of Place: Landscape and Inspiration" explores Melville's real and imagined world: an exhibit on Polynesia and Sailor Art, opens may 26. "Ahab and the Whale" -- hay sculpture by artist Michael Melle, opens June 9. Pittsfield.
Public outdoor art exhibit with Moby-Dick theme, part of year-long celebration of Herman Melville -- inclides a large representation of Melville's pen; twin octopi flying from a light pole; a figure of Moby-Dick itself, in the planter on Bank Row; "Sail" of New England fieldstone, steel and limestone; "Great White Whale" made of white granite; a bronze bust of "Ahab"; and a "Breaching Whale" made of welded steel. Downtown Pittsfield including Dunham Mall in front of City Hall, Bank Row, Park Square, and city planters and medians along the city streetscape.
A broad variety of visual arts displays and programming in more than 20 venues along the North and South Street corridor, 5 to 8 p.m., first Fridays monthly: June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and onward. Venues include Alchemy Initiative, 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
Rotating exhibits, local artists and artisans, changing throughout the summer. Students of the Becket Washington Elementary School opens May 25; Hilltown 6, ceramics & Al Bukszpan, watercolors, opens June 15; Myroshka Dziuk, photographs & Robert Koffler, oil painting, opens July 6; Linda Clayton, oils, and Charles Steinhacker, photographs, opens July 27; BAC members show opens Aug 18; art quilts juried show opens Sept. 7. Talks with local art museums. BAC Gallery store offers local artists' and artisans' jewelry, cards, prints, ceramics, books and music, May 25 through August. Exhibits open Friday to Monday, noon to 4 p.m., Becket.
Becket Land Trust
Mullen House Education Center, "Art Quilts by Lauren Horowitz," opening Sept. 7. Permanent exhibit on Becket Quarry and programs with Becket Land Trust.
"Rockwell Kent's ‘Egypt': Shadow and Light in Vermont," June 9 through Oct. 30. Rockwell Kent lived and worked in Arlington, Vt., between 1919 and 1925 on a property he called "Egypt." Despite the fact that the majority of his career has been well documented, his time in Vermont has been vastly overlooked by scholarly studies. This groundbreaking new exhibition reflects on Kent's time in Southwestern Vermont. Kent examined the human connection to the natural world through travel, writing, illustrations, prints, oil paintings, reverse glass paintings, designs for ceramics and textiles, and much more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571.
Berkshire Botanical Garden
"Gimme Shelter: Architects Design for Shade," shade shelters integrate examples of ancient Japanese charring techniques, green roofs, reinvented traditionalist architecture and surprise sound elements. "Garden Time: An Exhibition of Objects Employing the Sun," antique and new armillaries, spheres and sundials made of stone, iron, bronze and other metals, June 23 to Oct. 15. "Contained Exuberance: Picture Perfect Pots," container gardens, Aug. 4 to Sept. 30. daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31 with tours Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Stockbridge.
Art classes in techniques for painting carousel ponies, Mondays and Wednesdays , 11a.m. to 3 p.m., and children's art classes, Saturdays , 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours of the Berkshire Carousel workshop, Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., while local volunteers carve carousel ponies. On display: all carousel art work, rounding boards, chariots and finished Ponies. Berkshire Mall Lanesborough. (413) 499-0342.
Berkshire Community College
"Apartments" by Jackie Kearns, opening June 1; "Bloom" by Kayla Corby, opening July 6; "Remem brance of Things Past" by Grier Horner, opening Aug. 3. BCC's Art Gallery, Intermodal Transportation Center, 1 Columbus Ave., Pittsfield.
Berkshire Crafts Fair
39th annual show of master artisans from California to Florida to Maine, to benefit Monument Moun tain Regional High School. Con temporary and traditional jewelry, furniture, cermaics, glass, textiles and more. Aug. 10 to 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Aug. 11 demonstration day: see artists at work. Great Barrington.
"Taking Flight: Audubon and the World of Birds" Through June 17: wildlife art of John James Audubon; "Bryan Nash Gill: Beyond the Landscape" through May 28: abstract sculptures, works on paper inspired by rural New England; "Liz Whitney Quisgard: Kaleidoscope," brightly colored magical realist painting, opens June 2. "The Big Picture: Berkshire Museum Camera Club 75th Anni versary Exhibition," photography exhibit opens June 14. Glass work commissioned from Tom Patti opens June 30. "Rethink! American Indian Art at Berkshire Museum," work by contemporary Native American artists, also historical objects from the museum collection, opens July 12. Pittsfield.
"Contemporary Sculpture at Chest erwood 2012" show opens June 30. Sculpture Demonstrations at the Studio: Marc Mellon, portrait sculptor, 1 to 4 p.m., weekends in July; Con temporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2012 artists, 1 to 4 p.m., weekends in August. IS183 Art School at Ches terwood: "From Sketch to Sculpture," 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; "Sculpting the Head," 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays July 17 to Aug. 21. House and Studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, open daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., from May 26 to Oct. 8, 2012. Brown Bag Talks with staff, Wed nesdays, June to August, noon to 1 p.m. Grounds will be open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Berkshire County Residents' Family Day, Sept. 8. Stockbridge.
Clark Art Institute
"Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China," June 16 to Oct. 21. commemorates 1908 expedition Sterling Clark, organize to North China. Recent archaeological discoveries from the Shanxi and Gansu provinces never exhibited outside of China. "Through Shên-kan: Sterling Clark in China," June 16 to Sept. 16 at the Stone Hill Center, celebrates Clark trip with biological specimens, scientific equipment, historic photographs and original documents. "Then & Now: Photographs of Northern China," June 16 to Sept.16, photographs from 1908-09 exploration and the same scenes captured by Chinese photographer Li Ju 100 years later. "Clark Remix highlights from the Clark's permanent collection. "Clark Classic," beloved works from the Clark's permanent collection.
Community Access to Arts
"I Am a Part of Art," CATA's annual art show, opens July 29, Welles Gallery, Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox.
Free community celebration, fourth Thursdays monthly, with a wide variety of visual and performing art events; includes unveiling of four murals. Galleries, restaurants and stores stay open late. Downtown North Adams.
Frelinghuysen Morris House
"Exploring Color" exhibit opens June 21. Basic principles of color emphasized on the tour and interactive exhibits using digital demonstrations with tablets or silkscreen paper in the studio. Visitors can digitally or manually manipulate colors in templates of the artworks they have seen. In the early 20th century avant garde Cubist artists in Paris eliminated color from their compositions. The results showed the artists of that generation that color could be a subject in its own right. Hourly guided tours, Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. After Labor Day, also closed Sundays. Lenox.
Housatonic Valley Art League
Juried Art Show opens July 5. Member show opens Aug, 2. Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Dewey Memorial Hall, Route 7, Sheffield. firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Adult Student Summer Show," June 1 to Aug. 31, reception Aug. 25. Work from IS183's adult class students and studio in painting, photography, pottery, collage, drawing, basketry, book making, animation and moving image work. Berkshire Residency Exchange, July 16 to Aug. 13. Four-week residencies designed for public interaction and cultural engagement. Curated series of community events throughout Berkshire County including artists talks, open studio hours, and pop-up animation studio, with Noor Al Suwaidi, painter and ArtOmi International artist from United Arab Emirates; Bembol dela Cruz, ArtOmi International artist from the Philippines working in figurative realism and tattoo art; and Dina Noto, IS183 faculty artist and experimental animator. Stockbridge.
"Decades of Dance," commemorative exhibition for the Pillow's 80th Anniversary Season; "Old / Pillow," New York photographer Toby Old's images from the Pillow 2006-11; "Ivan Chermayeff Designs," celebrated designer, illustrator and artist has created familiarly iconic images for hundreds of clients from Museum of Modern Art to Smithsonian. "Precious Medals," Pillow's 2011 National Medal of Arts from President Obama and other awards. All exhibits June 20 to Aug. 26. Also Jacob's Pillow archives. Becket.
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
"Projective Preservation and the Small American City: An Installation by Tessa Kelly." Intertwining history, education and the landscape of Pittsfield in four layers referencing Pittsfield's industrial, literary, Mohican and natural history, June 9 to 30. "The Confidence-Man," solo show July 6 to 28 by Berkshire artist Douglas Paisley, inspired by Herman Melville's final major novel, "The Confidence-Man," written in Pittsfield. "Melville Contemporary," a juried group show of contemporary art inspired by Herman Melville and his works, Aug. 3 to Sept. 1. Free and open Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Pittsfield.
"Oh, Canada" showcase of 62 artists from all territories, opens May 27. "Invisible Cities," real and fantastic, inspired by Italo Calvino's book; "Making Room: The Space between Two and Three Dimensions," artists at the intersection of craft and technology. Sanford Biggers, "The Cartographer's Conun drum," a tribute to Afrofuturist John Biggers. "Anna Betbeze: New Work," Greek Flokati textile art. Philbrick Gardens and "All Those Vanished Engines" installation; Kidspace rotating exhibits: "Curiosity," 10 artists explore dinosaurs, ninjas, monsters and more, opening June 23; "The Bus Stand," installation on Main Street, opening June 28. permanent Sol LeWitt: "A Wall Drawing Retro spect ive." North Adams. Open daily except Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. North Adams.
MCLA Gallery 51
"MCLA Senior Art Show" through May 27; "Photographs by Gillian Jones," Transcript photographer, May 31 to June 24; Ven Voisey: "Vs." sound, images, and objects, June 28 to July 22; Sean Riley: "I'll Meet You In the Middle of the Air," fabric works, July 26 to Aug. 26; Recent work by Mass MoCA's director of fabrication and art installation, Richard Criddle, Aug. 30-Sept. 23. North Adams.
Music & More
"Moments of Focus," juried photography show May 26 to June 17; "Sculpture on the Green," June 23 to July 8; "Transformation," multi-media work of 30 artists, July 21-Aug. 19; "New Marlborough Artists," Aug. 24-Sept. 23. Meeting House Gallery, New Marlborough.
Norman Rockwell Museum
Everett Raymond Kinstler, "Pulps to Portraits," celebrating the illustrator-turned-portraitist through June 10. "Howard Pyle," June 9 to Oct. 28: illustrator's best known and rarely seen paintings, drawings, prints and arch ival materials shed light on the artist's career as a painter and storyteller in a changing world at the cusp of the 20th century. "Buried Treasures: Perspec tives on Pyle," Thursdays, July 5 through Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. "Norman Rockwell: Sports," July 6 through Oct. 28. May through October, open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, July 5 through Aug. 30, open until 7 p.m. Rockwell's studio open May - October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stockbridge.
North Adams Museum
Museum of History and Science Genealogy exhibit, on display through Labor Day. Museum open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. North Adams.
"Garden Pleasures: Artwork Inspired by the Garden," exhibit opening May 12. Three centuries of drawings and prints related to aspects of nature. "Transience: Photographs by Lonny Kalfus," photographs capture scars of use, opening June 30. "The Collector's Eye: New Work," A gallery exhibition of seven emerging photographers selected by Cathy M. Kaplan, opening July 28. Free. Spencertown, N.Y.
Williams College Museum of Art
"Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987" through July 29: First retrospective to present the wide-ranging work of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group who used performance, public art and multimedia to respond to social and political turbulence in Los Angeles and beyond. "Power Runs in Many Channels: Diversity in Nigerian Art" opens June 30: rich diversity of cultural and artistic production in traditional African art from Nigeria. "On the Grid" from WCMA permanent collection opens July 21. "Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series" opens Aug. 18: gouache works on paper take a darkly humorous look at the media, historical events, and race and gender. "Reflections on a Museum" works from the collection. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Williamstown.