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BITS & BYTES: Tremaine Gallery reopens; First Friday Arts Walk; Emma Stebbins speaks; Stockbridge Golf and Tennis Classic; Manacher Prize for Young Artists

Hotchkiss School’s Tremaine Gallery reopens to the public on May 15

LAKEVILLE, Conn. – The Tremaine Art Gallery at The Hotchkiss School will present “Fragmentary Blue,” a group exhibition of 17 artists, curated by Joan Baldwin, Curator of Special Collections at Hotchkiss, and Gallery Director Terri L. Moore. The exhibition is visible May 15–June 17. A reception, free and open to the public, is scheduled for Sunday May 15, 2-4 p.m. Please note that visitors must wear masks and bring proof of vaccination.

The exhibition highlights participating artists’ diverse responses to the color blue and borrows its title from Robert Frost’s poem “Fragmentary Blue”, which includes the lines: “Why do so much fragmentary blue / Here and there a bird, or a butterfly, / Or flower, or harbor stone, or open eye, / When the sky presents in sheets the plain tint?

“Bivalve at the Hinge Line” by Nancy Cohen, 2017. Metal, glass, wire, ceramic and handmade paper. Photo courtesy of Tremaine Art Gallery

Whether working with blue as an expression of mood, hue or symbol, the guest artists explored color in a range of media while examining and exploring what blue signifies in their work. They can explore how a color associated with bird’s eggs, the Madonna, mourning, the summer sky, Krishna, hyacinths and the ocean deepens our understanding of color and mood. Selected works will be exhibited with a series of poems and texts, taken up by a group of blue objects, both natural and manufactured, transforming the Tremaine Art Gallery into a multimedia book where images, objects, colors and words intersect.

Exhibiting artists include Cynthia Alberto, Mandy Cano Villalobos, Rosa Chang, Nancy Cohen, Ann Conrad-Stewart, Joy Curtis, Beth Dary, Grace DeGennaro, Valerie Hammond, Tate Klacsmann, Jordana Munk Martin, Caitlin Parker, Sarah Pettitt, Beau Bree Rhee , Dora Somosi, Alyce Santoro and Janis Stemmerman.

The Tremaine Art Gallery is located in the main Hotchkiss School building and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.


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Pittsfield First Friday Artswalk returns May 6

Jennifer Johnson Shadowbox will be presented at Soma’s Aromas in Pittsfield during the month of May. Photo courtesy of Pittsfield Town Center

PITTSFIELDFirst Friday Art Walk returns for the season with 11 new exhibitions on Friday, May 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will also present Indoors Out! Free Paint & Sip for children from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the parklet and at the outdoor terrace of the Market Square Cafe53 North Street.

The aromas of Soma, 81 East Street, will feature Jennifer Johnson’s shadowboxes for the month of May. Johnson’s shadowboxes are handcrafted from found, recycled, refurbished, metal-detected and boiled items from around the world. There will be a reception with the artist during the Artswalk. Hot Plate Brewing Co. will pour in samples and the artist will create a real-time shadowbox to show off their process.

Hotel in the North, 297 North Street, will perform Michael Fabrizio’s “Rhythm and Hues” through May 31. There will be a reception with the artist during the Artswalk. NUarts Studios & Gallery at 311 North Street, will host Open Studios with artists Caroline Kelley, Shany Porras, Sally Tiska Rice and Ilene Richard.

Dr. Mark Mellinger will also host Open Studios at the agricultural bank building100 North Street, Room 322. While pursuing his psychoanalytic practice, Mark paints, collages and builds found objects in his studio in Pittsfield.

Susan Lynch Smith’s work will be on display at TKG Real Estate throughout May. Photo courtesy of Pittsfield Town Center

Susan Lynch Smith and Kayla Corby, two artists from the Guild of Berkshire Artists, will present their work during the month of May at TKG Real Estate, 137 North Street. A reception for artists will take place during the Artswalk.

The window of the fraternity building at 141 North Street, organized by IS183 Art School, will present “Winter Study” by Katherine Finkelstein, artist and founder and director of Motherbox Gallery, an exhibition space she has run from her apartment in Brooklyn since 2016. She teaches photography at Buxton School in Williamstown.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Avenue, will present “Valenti and Valenti – An Evening of Art and Poetry”, a performance by a husband-wife team, for the month of May. During the Artswalk, Dan Valenti will join poet Jerri Chaplin of Charleston, South Carolina, and author Paul Kocak of Syracuse, New York, each reading their recently released collaborative book, “Third Person Singular: 33 1/3 Poems Each” (Planet Media Books-2022). The reading will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“IncognitoDana” by Mollie Kellogg and other works will be exhibited at the Marketplace Café in May. Photo courtesy of Pittsfield Town Center

Senior AP Art & Design students will present their senior portfolio of supported investigations at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts28 avenue de Rennes, for the month of May, with an opening Wednesday, May 11, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Featured artists are Isabella Ameen, Antonia Bedard, Isabelle Berkel, Dale Christiana, Cody Clemons, Charlotte Coco, Shyah Figuero, Kaden Griffin, Lucien Nash, Sophia Nguyen, Mia Powers, Mackenzi Ressler, Paige Webster and Isabella Witherell.

MCLA Pittsfield, 66 Allen Street, will present an exhibition of art by JC Innocence and Delano Mills, with a reception during the Artswalk. The Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, will offer free admission to its new exhibition, “Project Vaccine: Our Best Defense” (“Proyecto Vacunas: Nuesta mejor defensa”) during the Artswalk. The market cafe53 North Street, will feature mixed media portraits by Mollie Kellogg for the month of May, with a reception for the artist at the Artswalk.

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will present Inside ! Free paint and sip for kids Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the parklet and outdoor seating area of ​​the Marketplace Café, 53 North Street. This free event is best suited for children ages 5-12, although older children are welcome. All materials and instructions are provided. Children can choose to paint spring trees or swirling flowers. Snacks and juices will also be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult and masks are mandatory. The rain venue is the conference room at 33 Dunham Mall (Pittsfield, Inc.’s downtown office). A notice will be posted on Facebook (@DowntownPittsfield) if the event is moved to the rain location.


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Maria Teresa Cometto will give a lecture on Emma Stebbins at Ventfort Hall

Journalist and author Maria Teresa Cometto. Photo courtesy of Ventfort Hall

LENOX “Who was Emma Stebbins?” Why is there a stone memorial to her in the heart of Lenox at the junction of Main and Cliffwood streets? On Saturday May 7 at 3:30 p.m.Italian-American journalist Maria Teresa Cometto will provide answers in a lecture at Ventfort Hall. Her latest book, “Emma and the Central Park Angel,” will be published (in Italian) later this fall by Neri Pozza. Local historian Cornelia Brooke Gilder will participate in the presentation.

In New York, the uplifting statue of Emma Stebbins “Angel of the Waters”, installed in 1873 in Central Park, is an emblematic monument. It was the first public commission by a woman in the city and has been used as an evocative backdrop in countless films, most recently in Julian Fellowes’ ‘Gilded Age’. But who knows of Stebbins’ artistic career in mid-19th century Rome or his retirement years in Lenox?

Maria Teresa Cometto has been based in New York since 2000. For nearly 30 years, she has been a correspondent for the major Italian daily “Corriere della Sera”. She wrote two other biographies and in 2017 received the title of “Cavaliere (Knight) dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana”.

Tickets are $20. One must reserve. For reservation call us at 413-637-3206 from April 21st. Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.


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The Stockbridge Library Golf and Tennis Classic will take place on May 23

STOCKBRIDGE — The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives has announced the return of its Golf and tennis classic at Stockbridge Golf Club. After a two-year hiatus, the event is scheduled for Monday May 23and is dedicated to Stockbridge Golf Club on its 125th anniversary delayed by COVID.

Golfers will start at 8:30 a.m. and tennis players will hit the courts at 11 a.m. A continental breakfast, golf cart, and buffet lunch are included in the fee ($125 for golf, $75 for tennis). All are invited to participate. Entry forms are available from the Stockbridge Library and the library website.

This year, the Classic will offer golfers the opportunity to compete for a cash prize of $10,000 for a hole-in-one on the 14th hole. Prizes will also be offered for a hole-in-one on other par 3s. Proceeds from the Classic will benefit the Stockbridge Library.


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June 15 deadline to apply for the new prize for young artists

Artist and designer, Daniel Manacher has channeled his spirit through his personal brand design Shwoopy Loops. This drawing dates from 2013. His parents created a prize for young artists in his name.

SAND FIELD – The Sandisfield Arts Center announce the Daniel Manacher Prize for Young Artists. Three artists will be selected as finalists and each will receive $350 to support their artistic practice, as well as a group exhibition of their work at the Sandisfield Arts Center on August 13, 2022.

The award was created by Adam Manacher and Carol Birnbaum, parents of Daniel Manacher, in memory of their son and his passion for art. Eligible artists are those between the ages of 17 and 26 living or attending school in the county of Berkshire. There is no fee associated with the application and all entrants will be judged solely on the merit of the work submitted.

This year, entries will be accepted from those working in painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, digital paintings and digital drawings. The registration deadline is June 15. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and artists will be notified no later than July 15.

For more details on registration conditions and exhibition dates, Click here. Send your questions to [email protected]


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