Art news in the Berkshires


Full schedule for First Fridays Artswalk

First Fridays Artswalk will encompass a dozen art shows featuring over two dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District. Venues will reach as far south as the Berkshire Museum and as far north as Dottie's Coffee Lounge. This month's Artswalk will kickoff with opening receptions and artists present throughout the "walk" from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. There will be a free guided walking tour lead by Artswalk co-founder Mary McGinnis at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center at BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.

The Office of Cultural Development will host its third annual Holiday Wreath Art Auction at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave. The wreaths will be on display during a $10 ticketed event, with a preview from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The live auction of 10 featured wreaths will begin at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Pittsfield Food Pantries. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. There will also be grab-and-go options for wreaths and kissing balls.

NUarts Studios & Gallery, 311 North St., will host a NUarts Holiday Show from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring interactive art making.

For more information on First Fridays Artswalk and to view a listing and map of all participating artists and locations, visit

Great Barrington

Concert at Simon's Rock

Trombonist Ronald Barron and soprano Maureen O'Flynn will join Bard College at Simon's Rock faculty members Allan Dean and Larry Wallach for a program of music featuring trombone in various combinations at 8 p.m. Friday in the Kellogg Music Center.

The varied program showcases both serious and lighter contemporary music including a song cycle by Juilliard composer Eric Ewazen for soprano, trombone and piano entitled "Summer's Journey"(a response to Schubert's "Winterreise"), and a sonata by Philip Wharton for the rarely heard alto trombone. Also on the program are "Fandango" by Joseph Turrin for trumpet, trombone, and piano, and works by John LaMontaine, Otto Luening, and Tommy Dorsey for trombone and piano.

Admission to the Faculty Recital Series is free. For more information, call 413-528-7212.


Gallery talk for new parents, infants at Clark

The challenges of having a new baby at home can be overwhelming. With this in mind, the Clark Art Institute warmly welcomes new parents and their infants into the galleries for an informal, guided gallery talk at 10:15 a.m. Friday. This free program is designed to give parents a break from thinking about "all things baby" and is best suited for parents with pre-toddlers. Strollers and front-style baby carriers are permitted.

Participants should meet at the admissions desk in the Clark Center. The talk will be held in the permanent collection galleries in the Museum Building.

New Parents Gallery Talks continue on select Fridays through May; visit for information on upcoming dates.


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