The Foundry finds its way during pandemic

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WEST STOCKBRIDGE — After a successful first year as a new performing and visual arts venue in West Stockbridge, The Foundry, like most venues in the area, had to close it's doors mid-March due to COVID-19. But the neighborhood hotspot isn't going down without a fight.

Over Memorial Day weekend, The Foundry launched an online fundraising campaign "Fund the Future" to help cover operating costs and building expenses. As of early June, the venue had reached 2/3 of the way to its $15,000 goal, according to owner Amy Brentano.

Artist Pat Brentano, the owner's sister, donated almost 200 small pieces of mixed media artwork for the fundraiser. The work is currently displayed in the gallery windows in West Stockbridge, on the website and on the venue's social media pages (@thefoundryws). The work is priced in tiers and available as perks for donors.

The Foundry patio bar is also now open, serving beer, wine and a few mix drinks. Guests are encouraged to order take-out from nearby Truc Orient Express Restaurant and bring it over to enjoy with some drinks on the patio.

"With so many live performance venues having cancelled their summer seasons, the venue wants to provide a safe way to experience innovative theater, spoken word, music, and movement," according to a statement on the venue's website.

Also in the works are plans to live stream some of the previously scheduled performances at the venue. A genre-bending new theater work was to make its world premiere at The Foundry this June. "My Evil Twin" is an intimate musical starring identical twin opera singers Jim and John Demler — as Jim and John Demler. The Foundry is navigating a July date for the live stream.

For more information about The Foundry, visit thefoundryws.com.

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