Thursday January 3, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- First Fridays Artswalk begins its first full year of art shows, openings and events in downtown Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Galleries, shops and restaurants will be open late and free maps and guides will be available throughout downtown as well as online at first
fridaysartswalk.com.

The band David Wax Museum, who play a musical fusion of traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock, will be at the Colonial Theatre, while the Sister City Jazz Ambassadors will play from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Mission Bar + Tapas, followed by 8 Foot River from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with no cover charge.

Artswalk founder Mary McGinnis will lead a free guided tour of Artswalk locations, starting at 5 p.m. at Gallery 25, at 25 Union St.

Highlights of the Artswalk include Berkshire Carousel ponies on display at Berkshire Medical Center; and opening receptions for a solo show by Donna Tukel inspired by Hebrew calligraphy at TREEHOUSE Children’s Boutique; for photographs by designer Paul H. Hergenrother titled "Historic Doors of the Berkshires" at The Marketplace Café; for works by Tom Fahey at Berkshire Community College Intermodal Gallery; and for "Under Construction" a group show of works-in-progress by artists at NU Arts Gallery and Studios (formerly known as Art.On.No at 311 North St.)

Crawford Square, home to Pateez Boutique and more, will be featuring a variety of artists in its hallway.

Ongoing shows that will be open include iPhone photography by Douglass Truth at The Lantern restaurant; small works by Sherry Steiner at Wild Sage; large-format photography by David Ricci at Spice Dragon; multimedia works by Karen Carmean, Barbara Deely, Cindy Duryea, John Gampert, Mitch Greenwald and Margaret O’Keefe at Bagels, Too; woodwork by Sam Craig at Unusual Wedding Rings & More; Terry Wise at the offices of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.; and the Out of the Studio group show of resident artists at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, featuring Mario Calouri, Julio Granda, Peg Dotchin, Sean McCusker, Lorraine Abruzzo, Jim Horsford, Michael Rousseau, and Marion Grant.

In addition, there is a closing reception for Marge Bride’s winter scene watercolors at Gallery 25, plus additional prints by Bride on display at the Crowne Plaza.

For more information, and for artists who would like to participate, visit firstfridays artswalk.com or call (413) 443-5601.