Pittsfield: Artist illustrates 'Moby-Dick' chapters

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The Berkshire Historical Society announces an exhibit opening for "Jim Jasper: Moby Dick," a comprehensive set of 140 drawings illustrating chapters of Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick," at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in the North Field at Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road.

An artist talk is included. Masks and social distancing are required.

Jasper's inspiration comes not only from the novel itself, but also from sources which Melville himself might have drawn from, including nautical journals and logbooks, natural history texts, prints by J.M.W. Turner, and more.

Originally drawn on paper in a variety of media, a selection of the works have been reproduced and enlarged.

The show will be on view free of charge for the remainder of the season. The full series of drawings can be viewed at jimjasper.com.

Saturday also marks Melville's 201st birthday and the weekend of BHS's annual "Moby-Dick" reading marathon.

Tours can be booked by calling 413-443-1449 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays-Mondays. Information: berkshirehistory.org.

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