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BITS & BYTES: exhibitions at the Berkshire Museum; family fun day in Pleasant Valley; lecture by Mr. Gerard Fromm; Daryl Lowry Quartet concert; Dance workshops for social justice

The Berkshire Museum will open three exhibitions with reception on June 4

PITTSFIELDBerkshire Museum will celebrate the bi-annual exhibition of Berkshire-based artists”The art of the hills: visual evidenceas well as solo exhibitions by Julia Dixon and Bill Arnold, with an opening reception Saturday June 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Painting by Julia Dixon from the Berkshire Museum solo exhibition “Memento Mori”. Image courtesy of Berkshire Museum

It is the third installment in “Art of the Hills”, which debuted at the Berkshire Museum in 2018. The series celebrates the region’s artistic and creative culture through emerging and established artists working or living within 60 miles from museum location to downtown. Pittfield. “Visual Evidence” was curated by jurors Christine Lafuente and Valérie Hegarty to feature 50 artists showing a total of 66 works out of over 480 submitted works.

Along with the main exhibition will be “Memento Mori“, a solo exhibition by artist Julia Dixon, winner of the 1st place of “Art of the Hills: Narrative”, in 2020, and “Very large photosfeaturing the work of photographer Bill Arnold.

“Art of the Hills: Visual Evidence” includes works by the following artists: Alvin Ouellet, Ashley Garrett, Barbara Patton, Bradley Wakoff, Bryan Powers, Cara Petricca, Cassandra Sohn, William Zelazo, Dan Mead, Daniel Koretz, David T. Ricci, Diane McLeod-Packer, Dorene Beller, Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Gail Gelburd , James Singelis, Jamie A. Hankin, John Clarke, John MacGruer, John Roberts, Karen Lee Bognar-Khan, Katherine McClelland, Kay Canavino, Kent Mikalsen, Kest Schwartzman, Kit Curry, Lemmy Evans, Ligia Bouton, Mary Claire Hogan, Mary Davidson, Matthew Van Alstine, MJ, Nathan Hoogs / Elizabeth Crawford-Hoogs / Crawford Glass, Noah Depew, Patricia R. Hogan, Peggy Reeves, Peter Vacchina, Ralph Frisina, Ray Larrow, Robert H. Lafond, Robert Markey, Sara Mikula, Stephanie A. Blumenthal, Susan S. Miller, Terri Tibbatts, Terry Junoure, Toby Barnes, Virginia Bradley, William S. Casper

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Pleasant Valley Sanctuary will host a day of family fun

LENOX —Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary invites everyone to his Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free.

At 11 a.m., Master Naturalist and Field Biologist Tom Tyning will present turtle time, an animal show with live turtles. Throughout the day, families are invited to discover the sanctuary’s ponds, forest and meadows with experienced naturalists. Guided exploration stations will include: Insect Safari (“hunt” for butterflies and other insects in the open field); Wing Watchers (see what birds you can spot in the bluebird meadows); and Pond Creatures (find strange creatures that inhabit Beaver Lodge Trail).

Learn about protecting local wildlife with the Berkshire Environmental Action Team and the efforts of the Housatonic Stream Resilience Project. Snacks will be for sale, along with refreshments and snacks from the BrewBerry food truck. During the event, Mass Audubon Family Memberships will be available at half price.

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Gerard Fromm will discuss a new trauma book at the Lenox Library

Gerard Fromm, Ph.D. Photo courtesy of Lenox Library

LENOX – The Library Lenox will welcome the local author Mr. Gerard (Jerry) Fromm to discuss his new book, “Traveling through Time: How Trauma Plays Itself out in Families, Organizations and Society,” on Saturday June 11 at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of The Bookstore.

Organized in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, ‘Journey through Time’ collects stories and reflections on the conditions that lead to trauma, the forms it takes and how it affects a person’s life. and the lives of others. The book explains how the “big story” of societal trauma is reflected in the “small story” of families and professional life. In his presentation, Dr. Fromm will discuss the foundations of this work at the Austen Riggs Center’s Erikson Institute and illustrate his theme with vignettes from the book.

Mr. Gerard Fromm, Ph.D., is a distinguished faculty member of the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center and a Fellow of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis. He was the first Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute and led the therapeutic community program at Riggs for many years. He has taught and consulted at psychoanalytic institutes across the country and has served on the faculties of the Yale Child Study Center and Harvard Medical School. He is president of the International Dialogue Initiative, an interdisciplinary group that studies the psychodynamics of societal conflict. He is also past president of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations and the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems in Boston.

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Daryl Lowry Quartet will perform at the West Stockbridge Historical Society

STOCKBRIDGE WEST — As part of its Jazz Series, the West Stockbridge Historical Society will host a show Daryl Lowry Quartet on Saturday June 11 at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the concerts go towards the restoration of the historic Old Town Hall.

Daryl Lowery is a saxophonist, composer and educator who was born and raised in the New York metropolitan area, where he was immersed in jazz, soul, funk and R&B. He has recorded and performed with renowned artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Jackie Byard, the eclectic Ran Blake and Boston’s legendary Ellis Hall Group. He appears frequently at many international jazz and blues festivals and at venues such as BB King’s, the Bottom Line, Lincoln Center and the Beacon Theatre.

Bassist Mary Ann McSweeney was chosen to play at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the All-Star band led by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis at the age of 16. She has performed with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Joanne Brackeen, Lee Konitz, Gil Goldstein and Bucky Pizzarelli, as well as renowned conductors Leonard Bernstein, Lalo Schifrin and John Williams.

Keyboardist Gilson Schachnik attended Berklee College of Music and played with Peter Erskine, Harvey Mason, Claudio Roditi, Bill Pierce, Miguel Zenon and many more. His recording “Raw”, released on Brownstone Records, was nominated for a Best of Boston Music Award.

Mark Walker is an award-winning drummer, percussionist, author and educator. He has performed on numerous Grammy Award-winning albums and earned several Grammy Award nominations (including Best Instrumental Composition) for his work with various artists including Oregon, Donato Poveda, Paquito D’Rivera and the Caribbean Jazz Project. He has performed and recorded extensively and appeared on major television shows.

Tickets for the concert are $35 and can be purchased online. Masks will be mandatory.

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Jacob’s Pillow presents Dance for Social Justice™ residency with Danza Organica

Mar Parilla. Photo courtesy Jacob’s Pillow

PITTSFIELD — Join artists Mar Parrilla and Dey Hernández of Danza Orgánica in a series of 4-part workshops exploring creative strategies for effective collaboration in the Pittsfield and Berkshire community – through movement, conversation and artistic creation.

All members of the community are welcome, from 8 years old; movement experience is not required. Artists of all mediums are welcome: dancers, visual artists, musicians, poets, etc. BIPOC artists are strongly encouraged to participate.

Pittsfield Workshop Dates (locations to come):

Saturday June 11 | 3-6 p.m.
Sunday June 12 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday July 2 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday July 9 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
More! Sharing of work in progress: July 15 and 21.

All participants will be compensated for their time, active participation and creative contributions. Participants must present in all 4 workshops to be eligible for fees: $18/hour per workshop hour, up to 20 hours. Additional compensation may be provided for rehearsals, work-in-progress screenings and brainstorming sessions.

Únete a los artists Mar Parrilla y Dey Hernández de Danza Orgánica in a series of 4 heights that explore creative strategies for effective collaboration in the nuestra comunidad of Pittsfield y Berkshire, a journey of movement, conversation and artistic creation.

Todas los miembras de la comunidad mayores de 8 años son bienvenidas. No se requiere experiencia en movimiento. Son bienvenidos todas las artists de todos los medios (bailarines, visual artists, músicos, poetas, etc.) Animamos a todas las personas negras, indígenas y de color a que participan.

Fechas del taller de Pittsfield (Estén pendientes para la exact location):

Saturday June 11 | 3-6 p.m.
Sunday June 12 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday July 2 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday July 9 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
¡Y presentaremos nuestro trabajo con el public en julio 15 y 21!

All participants will be compensated for time, active participation and creative contributions. Pedimos that the participants are present in los 4 talleres, de 3 hours cada uno, para ser eligible de los honorarios de $18 por hour de taller, to be compensated hasta 20 hours. Possibly to provide additional compensation for the essays, the presentations of creative processes and the reflection sessions.

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