DALTON — When Albany Berkshire Ballet choreographer Mary Talmi first set eyes on the sculptures in Michael Boroniec's "Spatial Spirals" series, she saw dance.

"I was really struck by how much movement he incorporated into the sculpture," Talmi said during a phone interview.

Inspired by Boroniec's work, Talmi created a duet, "Spindown," that The Stationery Factory will host (along with two of Boroniec's sculptures) on Thursday evening to help kick off the four-day 413Heart Music & Arts Festival, a project spearheaded by nonprofit Grow Dalton. Dance is new to the third annual event that has broadened from a music-focused gathering to an homage to different art forms. In addition to a Johnny Irion concert, the festival will include a documentary screening, a staged reading and juried art shows.

"It encompasses all the arts. We really want to highlight what a rich cultural community we have here in the Berkshires," said Pittsfield artist Diane Firtell, one of the chairs of the 413Heart committee.

Firtell has a studio in The Stationery Factory, where all of this year's events will be held. Talmi feels that the Flansburg Avenue building is an excellent venue for dance, among other art forms.

"The Stationery Factory is just a fabulous space," she said.

Albany Berkshire Ballet's Anna Acker and Vincent Brewer will perform "Spindown" before they're joined by Lisa Iannacito McBride and Ruslan Sprague for two excerpts from "Verdant Fire," a piece by ABB guest choreographer Jonathan Riedel. A music-and-dance show by tap artist Stefanie Lynx Weber and musician Sam Rosen (both unaffiliated with ABB) will follow.

The night will close with a screening of "Moving Stories," a documentary about Battery Dance Company members' experiences teaching dance to youths abroad, and a Q&A session with director Rob Fruchtman.

The next two evenings feature events helmed by two artists who live near Dalton. On Friday night, Washington's Johnny Irion will play tunes off his new album, "Driving Friend." In a story in Sunday's Eagle ("Playlist: We asked Johnny Irion: What's your favorite song?"), the folk-rocker said that "Salvage the Day" is his favorite track to perform off of the record, so audience members can expect to hear that one.

On Saturday night, Hinsdale's Michael Dowling will present a reading of his play, "Tamarack House." The story was inspired by a boarding house on Dalton Division Road that Dowling has frequently passed throughout his life.

"I've never set foot in there," Dowling said by phone last week.

He has noticed "colorful characters" occupying its porch over the years. One time, he saw a "for sale" sign up outside the building as a development was being built nearby.

"It just got my imagination going about where these guys are going to go," Dowling said, noting that the play comments on income disparity.

The reading's cast is drawn from regulars of local theater companies and beyond. Christopher Innvar is the lead; Kim Stauffer and Ryan Winkles are among the other professional actors who will participate. Like last year's reading of Dowling's "Harvest" at 413Heart, "Tamarack House" could potentially generate new theater fans in a town that lacks a major stage.

"Some people had never gone to a theatrical production of something," Dowling said of last year's audience.

While other art forms may rule the night, visual art will carry the days. Juried art shows on Saturday and Sunday will display pieces by more than 15 regional artists specializing in painting, photography, collage and other mediums. Saturday also brings an exhibit of Berkshire Museum campers' works and an interactive activity, "Make a Miniature Planet" (in conjunction with "Josh Simpson: Galactic Landscapes" at Berkshire Museum), that allows visitors to construct their own additions to the universe.

Performances by Dalton Ballet Studio and Youth Alive will close out the festival on Sunday. While they digest all of the art, festivalgoers can also sample drinks from Silver Bear Distillery (6 p.m. Thursday) and wine from Kelly's Package Store (5 p.m. Saturday with vocalist Sherri James Buxton and pianist Bob Shepherd performing); patronize a cash bar on Friday and Saturday nights; and order food from Shire Breu-Hous throughout the weekend. The restaurant and bar occupies the bottom level of The Stationery Factory, a venue that increasingly attracts night owls and arts enthusiasts.

"It's such an exciting place to be," Firtell said. "It's got a lot of life in it."

Benjamin Cassidy can be reached at bcassidy@berkshireeagle.com, at @bybencassidy on Twitter and 413-496-6251.

If you go ...

What: Third annual 413Heart Music & Arts Festival

Where: The Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton

When: Thursday through Sunday

Ticketed events:


6 p.m. — Silver Bear distillery tasting

7 p.m. — Albany Berkshire Ballet performances followed by "Moving Stories" documentary screening and director Q&A ($20, includes tasting)


7 p.m. — 413Heart Music Awards

8 p.m. — Johnny Irion concert ($20 in advance, $25 at the door)


8 p.m. — Staged reading of Michael Dowling's "Tamarack House" ($15 suggested donation)

Tickets: Individual prices listed above; $45 festival pass provides access to all

Reservations/Information: 413heart.com.