Thursday, December 17, 2009
For more information please contact Nakeida Bethel-Smith at 413-464-9645 or Shirley Edgerton at (413) 841-8770.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Handmade Holiday Festival!
The Handmade Holiday Festival opens with a special preview party on Friday, December 4 to benefit the Alchemy Initiative, dedicated to sustainable arts and community. Tickets are $25 at the door, and the first 50 attendees receive a free goodie bag filled with wonderful handmade gifts, coupons and surprises galore.
The evening preview party runs from 5pm to 8pm and also includes live music, body painting, hula hooping, mulled wine, delicious nibbles, henna tattoos and first dibs on the incredile array of beautiful and unique gifts.
Peace on Earth cut paper design by Noelle Horsfield.
Be the first to shop on Friday evening or come on Saturday, December 5, from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, December 6, from 12 noon to 4pm to enjoy a festive holiday atmosphere and great shopping from a select group of forty of the best local and regional artisans, including locally grown Christmas trees and holiday greenery, beautiful jewelry by Saskia Larraz, Angela Gerhard & Lisa Anderson...
Gold lotus on a chain by Lisa Anderson.
handcrafted knives by John Manikowski, as seen in Berkshire Living,
Teapot by Daniel Bellow.
and much more include Dolphin Studios' legendary hand silkscreened calendars; delicous home goods from Minc House; hula hoops from Hooping Harmony; twig furnishings for indoor and out from Hey Cut it Out; locally designed & made comfy & stylish yoga clothing from Ancient Languages; lovely leather accessories by Liz Olney; strange & wonderful recycled goods by Moe O'Hara and other delights from your friends & neighbors.
Recycled board game notebook by Recycle Moe.
“Wait until you see the unusual, handmade treasures we will be showcasing! From handmade knives to tins of the Berkshire’s tastiest artisan-made holiday cookies… And of course my recycled sweater concoctions will be available for purchase in a setting designed to bring honest to goodness cheer to the season,” says Crispina ffrench. Pittsfield's Youth Alive Step Dance & Drum Line group will be selling handmade wrapping paper and wrapping gifts as a fundraiser for their group as well.
The Handmade Holiday Festival is located at 40 Melville Street in downtown Pittsfield in the beautiful interior of the former Notre Dame Church, now home to the Alchemy Initiative. An donation of $2 is requested on Saturday & Sunday, with all proceeds going to the Alchemy Initiative's programs. There's lots of free parking next to the Church and across the street, and don't forget the horse and wagon rides for the whole family! 12-4pm Saturday & Sunday.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Here's a spooky fun video of the 2007 parade by artist Douglass Truth...
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The Ferrin Gallery will be showing a preview of the abstract works of Pittsfield's own Joe Goodman and altered post cards by Lucy Feller. Jae's Spice will host Dj BFG while Club Groove will have Throwback thursday featuring an 80's and 90's inspired lineup.
All attending this month's 3rd Thursday is urged to wear a water inspired costume as there will be a Crowne-Plaza hosted costume contest!
September's 3rd Thursday will be loads of fun and promises to be enjoyable for attendees of all ages.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The show will be on display through October 31 and is a feast for the senses as the gallery will be filled with the sound of Annea Lockwood's A Sound Map of the Housatonic River. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5pm, and admission is free. The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is located at 28 Renne Avenue in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
We encourage all attendees to create an aquatic or otherwise water related haiku as you enter the gallery as a part of a community poetry project. The opening is shaping up to be one of great beauty and is looking more spectacular as we pass through the week. We hope that many arrive on Friday night in order to view the pieces provided and enjoy an evening of sound, taste, and beauty.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Ethnic Fair 2009!
Crowd favorite, La Fogata had a booth selling their delicious Colombian Food. Even though the Polish Picnic was just a couple of weeks ago, the Polish National Alliance booth always had a line of people anxiously awaiting some more Polish food. Flavours, a Malaysian and Asian restaurant that will soon be located at 75 North Street, sold tasty chicken satay, crispy spring rolls and somosas. Guido's Fresh Marketplace sold delightful fresh fruit, health chilled beverages and healthy frozen fruit. Even the Dancing Vegan came out to celebrate.
If you are interested in being a vendor or volunteer for next year's Ethnic Fair, send your contact information to:
P.O. Box 725
Pittsfield, MA 01202
or firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Monday, August 3, 2009
On Saturday, July 25th, over 150 people gathered to view and celebrate the many talented artists in Pittsfield. Check out some pictures from this event!
This exhibit is on display till August 29th at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts located at 28 Renne Avenue in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 12-5pm. Come and check it out!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Celebrate summer tomorrow at the July 16th 3rd.Thursdays, Pittsfield’s award-winning free monthly downtown after-hours festival! From 5pm to 8pm and well beyond, downtown Pittsfield’s streets will be filled with performers, vendors, families, and fun. Celebrate Motown's 50th birthday, enjoy delicious treats from around the world, check out new artwork & locally made craft, and shop some GREAT summer sales. There's plenty of parking in garages and parking lots ALL around downtown. And afterwards there's loads of theatre, two film screenings, live music, a dance party, a poetry slam & much more to enjoy into the evening!
The Palace Park Beach returns!
It was such a hit last year, we brought it back! Don't miss the Palace Park Beach on North Street between Fenn & Eagle Street. There's beach toys, plenty of sand to play in, and even a real live lifeguard! The mysterious Silver Swimmers will return and you might even see some pirates walking around downtown...
Magic, Music, Dancing & More for the Whole Family!Berkshire favorite Terry A La Berry (pictured left) performs family-friendly tropical favorites at the Palace Park Beach. Down the street at Sottile Park, up-and-coming magician John Nesbitt performs tricks to entertain and astonish. Chapters Bookstore offers free face painting and welcomes special bunny guest Max from the Max and Ruby Books. Don’t miss a sneak preview onstage of Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre production of High School Musical 2 at 5pm at Persip Park. Plus you can see the whole production on 3rd.Thursdays at 7:30pm at St. Joseph’s High School gym, at the very special preview price of just $8. The B-Boys from Rhythms Dance Center will be breakdancing at the corner of North and Maplewood Streets.
Colleen Quinn, Teapots, Pittsfield Art Show preview & more!The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts showcases works by artists in the fifth annual Pittsfield Art Show , downtown Pittsfield's terrific outdoor juried art fair being held this weekend, July 18th & 19th. The Ferrin Gallery exhibits two shows: Teapots: Interpretations, a group show of teapots, objects & still lifes featuring the classic form of the teapot, and (DE)CONSTRUCTIONS, a solo exhibition of new works by Michael Zelehoski. A block away the beautiful new Berkshire Community College Art Gallery in the Intermodal Center hosts an opening for a solo show by Colleen Quinn, while the 429 Gallery within Museum Facsimiles features new work by Berkshire artist Diane Firtell. The art.on.no Gallery hosts an opening reception for new paintings and photography by Ellen Joffe, Matt Tucker & Claudia Schuster.
Music Up & Down the Street
The 3rd.Thursday’s Main Stage will be at Persip Park and features a sneak preview from the cast of Barrington Stage’s High School Musical II. Beginning at 5:30pm enjoy the lively beat of MarkaMusic, a world music group with members from throughout South America, followed by Albany favorites Solid Smoke (they've opened for War, the Spinners, Chick Corea & more) playing the best of Motown in honor of Motown’s 50th anniversary this year! Things get tropical in front of St. Joseph Church with The Berkshire Bateria, a 3rd.Thursday’s crowd favorite. This band will be taking over the lawn with their wild Brazilian drum beats. Unfulfilled Desires can be heard on the street at the Crowne Plaza hotel and the Pittsfield Brew Works is hosting singer-songwriter Jack Waldheim.
Summer Sales Galore!North Street’s unique locally-owned businesses will be open late for your browsing pleasure, & several are kicking off special summer sales at this week’s 3rd.Thursdays, including Museum Facsimiles, featuring a special summer sale on hand letter-pressed cards, frames and unique gifts; Paul Rich & Sons’ legendary summer tent sale with terrific prices on beautiful home furnishings; and a sidewalk sample sale of the Ancient Languages collection of locally designed and created yoga wear. Also open late for your shopping pleasure are Studio Addict; Berkshire Masquerade; Aerus-Electrolux; and RGile Engravers.
Further down North Street you’ll find Ordinary Cycles; Pasko Frame and Gift; Rebel Sound Records, featuring alternative music on CD and vinyl; RJ Stohr’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, which will be offering 50% off almost everything in the store for one day only; and Chapters Bookstore, featuring a live DJ playing lots of Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffett and artwork by Suzanne Goudreau and Dave Sekac.
Great Food at Local Restaurants!Travel the world in downtown Pittsfield's restaurants including Brix Wine Bar & Bistro; Hot Harry’s, the Highland Restaurant, Pittsfield Brew Works; Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, Bagels Too, Jae’s Spice, the Press Box, Mary’s Carrot Cake Café; Mission Bar & Tapas, Dottie’s Coffee Lounge & the newly remodeled Lantern Bar & Grill. Enjoy a meal, an appetizer or just a glass of wine in Trattoria Rustica’s secluded outdoor garden patio.
Tasty Treats & Varied VendorsIn addition, street vendors will be selling a wide variety of food & goods to enjoy as you walk around the streets and enjoy all that 3rd.Thursdays has to offer. Corrine’s offers Greek specialties at Palace Park, the Civitan Club will be grilling hotdogs and hamburgs at Persip Park, Brix Wine Bar will be making crepes on the street; and La Fogata, Zucchini’s, Ben & Jerry’s, Krispy Kones, SoCo Creamery, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, the Dancing Vegan, and more will be selling a variety of delicious treats.
The Berkshire Made Artisan Market features the best Berkshire craft artists around selling locally made jewelry, pottery, handbags and more in front of the YMCA on North Street. Pittsfield Rye and Berkshire Mountain Bakery will also be offering freshly made, locally baked goods to take home and enjoy along with other Farmers Market vendors!
The Fun Continues into the NightAfter 3rd.Thursdays, there is plenty to enjoy! Barrington Stage offers three different productions: the thriller, Sleuth, and the musical, High School Musical 2. Dance the night away at a DJ dance party at Jae’s Spice or enjoy live music from pirate descendent Mia Dyson at Mission Bar & Tapas, and more at Rebel Sound Records & Pittsfield Brew Works. Catch the last screening of Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, Loss of Control, at 8pm at the Little Cinema in the Berkshire Museum, or a screening of the award-winning City Farmers documentary at the Alchemy Initiative to benefit their urban farming initiative. And four time national slam poet champion Taylor Mali hosts a poetry slam at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts!
Upcoming 3rd Thursdays
Sponsored by Berkshire Bank, the August 20th’s 3rd.Thursdays celebrates the 40th anniversary of Woodstock and the era of peace and lovebeads. The September 17th 3rd.Thursdays’ theme is Jump In! sponsored by the Housatonic River Museum and brings back 3rd.Thursdays favorites Hector on Stilts, all the way from New York City. Lastly, the Quality Printing Company sponsors the final 3rd.Thursdays of the year on October 15, celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival with a free performance by the Industrial Jazz Group, all the way from the West Coast.
Click here for more information about 3rd Thursday!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Beginning July 25th, 14 of Pittsfield’s finest artists will invade the walls of the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts for the 2nd annual Pittsfield Contemporary Exhibition, a juried show of artists that live or work in Pittsfield. This year's jurors were Art in America contributing editor Carol Diehl, Kathleen Gilrain, executive director of NYC arts organization Smack-Mellon, and Maria Mingalone, Director of Interpretation at the Berkshire Museum. The show kicks off with an opening reception on July 25th, from 5 to 7pm and will run until August 29.
Jay Elling & Huckleberry DelSignore Untitled
This year’s show will correspond with the launch of PITTSFIELDCONTEMPORARY.COM, a dynamic arts marketing collaborative effort from Pittsfield’s premier contemporary art venues, including Ferrin Gallery, Berkshire Museum, Storefront Artist Project, the Lichtenstein Center forthe Arts, art.on.no Gallery, Artscape, the Pittsfield Art Show, and the BCC Art Gallery.
Michael McKay Hansaviertel (cyanotype)
This year’s exhibit features twelve new artists, including photographer Nick Atlas; Autumn Doyle, a musician and photographer with striking self-portraits; Sydney Flint, a student at Massachusetts College of Art with wildlife inspired etchings; Eric Korenman, a photographer that specializes in buildings and landscapes; Paul Graubard, who presents colorful paintings inspired from childhood fantasies; Jay Tobin, a painter and retired firefighter; Eduardo Villanes, a native Peruvian with paintings of wild animals, Jay Elling and Huckleberry DelSignore, founders of Pittsfield’s bike church, Copperworks; as well as Colleen Surprise Jones, Michael McKay, and Monika Pizzichemi. Mike Carty, a spray paint graffiti artist, and Jazu Stine, local photographer, sculptor, and chef, both return to the Pittsfield Contemporary line-up this year.
The Shortest Distance Between Two Points
This exhibition is sponsored by Brix Wine Bar, which will provide catering and refreshments for the opening reception on July 25th. For more information about the event, call 413-499-9348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Pottery Classes at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts!
Join Jim Horsford for an instructional six-week pottery class starting Wednesday, July 1st! Learn the ins and outs of pottery and go home with some great pieces of art work! Class dates are:
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and August 5
Many times to chose from:
Here is an outline of the classes:
1. First class:
Students wedge two pieces of clay and step by step we throw two small pots: a mug and a bowl.
2. Second class:
We continue throwing and make three more pots.
3. Third class:
Now that we have five pots that have been kept moist in plastic and we trim the bottoms of this work.
4. Fourth Week:
Its back to throwing, and we make three larger pots.
5. Week five:
Work from week four is trimmed, handles are made for mugs and pitchers, clay can be added to the exterior of work or textures can be carved into the surface of work.
6. Week six:
Each student will have six to eight pots that they will glaze.
About a week after glazing, students from all classes will return for a pick-up celebration.
For more information, check out Jim’s website!
Crispina ffrench hosts workshops through November on a variety of different textile topics. I had the pleasure of attending her first workshop: Flower Making! In this workshop, Crispina showed her students how to take bits of fabric and turn them into dazzling flower arrangements. Using a couple of different techniques, many different types of flowers can be created. One great thing about the workshop was the amount of your own creativity that you can put into making the flowers. Even Crispina is looking for new ways of creating flowers. The possibilities are really endless.
Listed below are other workshops taught by Crispina that you can attend:
July 22, 23 & 24
August 25, 26 & 27
October 3, 4 & 5
Sweater Making at Kripalu
October 25, 26, 27 & 28
Novermber 6, 7 & 8
Workshops run from 10-4:30pm, cost is $150 per day (includes lunch, all tools and materials). Students can attend for one, two, or all three days and will end each day with a finished piece. To register or find information please visit her website send her an email
I encourage you to take a look at these great opportunities to learn more about the art of textile design!
Come and check out the newly installed Artscape sculpture on the First Street Commons! Karl Saliter of Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut designed this piece, entitled “Making Money.” The artist describes it as a glimpse into the efforts and energy put into the physical creation of paper money. Saliter writes, “the hundred of welds which hold this piece together mirror the widespread beliefs in money, which grant it value.”
This instillation was made possible through the Art + Industry grant awarded to the Office of Cultural Development. Art + Industry celebrates innovative works of outdoor public art that focus on early industries in the Upper Housatonic Valley, which encompasses central and south Berkshire County in western Massachusetts and northern Litchfield County in Connecticut.
Friday, June 5, 2009
The Office of Cultural Development in Pittsfield is revving up their online visual, literary and performing artist registry. We want to showcase you! If you live or make art in Pittsfield, we invite you to send us information about you and your work. We are requesting your contact information that you would like to make public – i.e. phone and/or email, several digital images of your work, a short paragraph about your work, and links to your website or webpages (if applicable). This information will be featured on the City of Pittsfield’s website to increase your exposure as an artist! All information should be sent to email@example.com.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Come check out the awesome events that are going on in Pittsfield this week! On Thursday, dance your heart out at Jae's Spice. On Friday, the Colonial is hosting The Producers and Rebel Sound Records have invited some punk rock bands to rock out. Saturday, you could enjoy some new art by Julio Granda at Bagels Too or go to an American Defenders game. To get yourself through the upcoming week, check out preview nights of the world Premiere of Freud's Last Session next Wednesday and Thursday!
For a more information about these events and others, click here!
Friday, May 15, 2009
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is hosting the opening reception for the annual Art in Our Schools exhibit, featuring creative work by middle and high school students from Pittsfield’s public schools. In addition, the winners of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival’s poster contest for high school students will be announced and a selection of the entries will be on display. A block away the beautiful new Berkshire Community College Art Gallery in the Intermodal Center hosts an opening for a show of work by BCC art students, as well as featuring culinary delights by BCC cooking students.
The City’s Community Development and Police Departments are sponsoring a bike rodeo to be held on Melville Street near North Street (Melville Street will be partially closed from North Street to North Pearl Street.) Bring your bike for a free tuneup and safety check! The YMCA will hold an open house featuring open swim, gym games and our new Sports Wall. The Piston Poppers will be out in force showcasing their vintage cars on North Street for your enjoyment, and down the street at the Common you’ll find the annual Memorial Day Weekend Carnival.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is home to many artists in Pittsfield. Few people may actually know this, but above and below the gallery located on the main floor there are many art studios housing the work of painters, photographers, and mixed media artists. Stationed in the basement of the gallery, John Stritch keeps an archive of all of his posters and artistic pieces. With over 50 years of art under his belt, Stritch has a lot to offer. On Saturday, June 6th from 1pm to 4pm, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host a John Stritch Poster Sale showing all of Pittsfield what Stritch has developed over the years.
John Stritch uses a specific art style to produce his poster called silk screening. Similar to stenciling, silk screening uses a fine mesh that outlines the printable area. Stritch has produced posters for Tanglewood, the Josh Billings Run Around, Jacob’s Pillow and other Berkshire institutions. Most recently, his work has been featured in The Press Box as well as Pittsfield Brew Works. Back in March 2007, the Lichtenstein celebrated 50 years of his art by showcasing him in a solo show featuring his work throughout the years.
Even at 84 years of age, John Stritch still has much to show. With tons of work to sale and a personality that no one can help but love, this poster sale is sure to be a good one.
Saturday, June 6 @ 1pm-4pm
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Dreams can sometimes be hard to grasp. Occurring in the subconscious, most images that appear in a dream require much thought and interpretation before they can even be fully understood. Some dreams are beautiful and presents the dreamer with images that they could possibly never imagine during a conscious state. Other dreams maybe frightening but may help to create a much-needed awareness. With so much happening during someone’s slumber, it could be extremely difficult to articulate any of the thoughts, emotions, or images that were perceived.
Kellie Meisl is a dream specialist. In fact, she offers classes that assist people in articulating their dreams through what she likes to call, “DreamArt.” Meisl is an artist and a teacher who uses shamanic practices to understand dreams more clearly. By creating art derived from dreams, a further understanding can be made.
Kellie Meisl takes control of the subconscious and provides instruction for bringing artistic dreams to life. By instructing people in her methods of identifying and dissecting dreams, beautiful art can be made. Her uses of Dream Theme and Dream Reflection helps to allow people to not only comprehend their dreams but also to articulate it to others.
Sessions are as follows:
Session 1~ Working With Our Dreams: Guidelines & Dream Reflections, Dream Journaling, Identifying Our Dream Themes & Mapping Our Dreams
Session 2~ Honoring Our Dreams: Dream Reflections, Learning to Revisit our Dreams, Learning to Place Dream Intentions
Session 3~ Creating Our Dreams: Dream Scribble Exercise, Dream Art Project
Session 4~ Acting Our Dreams: Dream Sculpting, Understanding Our Dream Metaphors
Session 5~ Sharing Our Dreams: Paired Intuitive Sharing, Working With Our Dream Guides
Session 6~ Our Personal Dream Journey: Creating a Personal Dream Spiral Line, Holding a Dream Ritual
Session 7~ Growing Our Dreams: Planting a Dream Seed, Growing a Community Dream
Session 8~ Manifesting Our Dreams: Making a Plan for our Dreams to Take Flight, Healing With Spiritual Light, Wrapping Each Other In a Dream
May 6 – June 24
Wednesdays @ 6pm
$15 per class
$100 for all 8 weeks
Classes are held at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue
Contact Kellie at 413-329-4021 or, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have or if you are interested in taking a class.
For more information about Kellie Meisl and her methods, click here.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The deadline to enter a submission is June 30, 2009.
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Monday, April 27, 2009
Strength. Power. Precision. Speed. Style. These are the words that come to mind when someone hears the name “Youth Alive.” It’s almost hard to believe that such a recognizable and successful team is composed of such a young cast. Since 1996, The Youth Alive Step Team has been family to many teenagers and younger children of the Pittsfield community. Founded by Akilah Edgerton and directed by her mother, Shirley Edgerton, this step team has helped further develop Pittsfield as a community. Currently in its 13th year of operations, Youth Alive has made a name for itself by performing at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, Williams College, MCLA, the State House in Boston, and at Coney Island in New York City. As the team continues to impress at each performance, opportunity presents itself once more.
Spreading their energy and good spirits, Youth Alive will soon be taking another trip to New York City to perform at BET’s 106 & Park. They are scheduled to perform on June 24th at the Wild Out Wednesdays competition where two teams from across the U.S. battle it out for recognition. However, that’s not the only thing that Youth Alive is looking to accomplish by heading into to this televised encounter. In fact, this city’s very own step team has dreams of representing Pittsfield on a grand scale in order to broadcast to all of America what Pittsfield has to offer.
Youth Alive is requesting that everyone be a part of this breakthrough event and tune into BET on Wednesday, June 24th from 6pm to 8pm. Support those who represent us and vote!
Follow the links below to view some of Youth Alive's performances.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Every month, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts presents a new show to the Pittsfield community that everyone could enjoy. This month is no different— The Berkshire Art Association Fellowship Show is an annual exhibit that recognizes college-level achievement in art. This show gives students the chance to showcase their talents and earn cash awards. This year, the BAA awarded eleven students with the opportunity to put their work on display here at the Lichtenstein.
The BAA Fellowship Show could best be described as vivid in color, bright, and imaginative. Each of the eleven students brings something completely different to the gallery. Along the beautiful white walls of the Lichtenstein, each painting, photo, textile, and sculpture pops right off of the wall forcing viewers to take notice without being so visually overpowering. Indeed, the exhibit is aesthetically pleasing and stimulates the eye quite possibly more than any other exhibit has within the past four months.
The art throughout the show varies on so many different levels. With eleven participating artists come eleven different art styles. Pieces vary in shape, size, color, and overall appearance. Quickly glancing at the wall, there are deep and vivid hues of red, blues, and greens. To mention only one piece would not do the exhibit as a whole justice because each painting, photo, textile, and sculpture work as a whole to create an overall feel of aesthetic pleasure. This show is definitely something that every art enthusiast should personally experience.
This year’s featured artists are listed below:
Beverly Acha, Williams College
Medium: encaustic and monoprints
Claire Briguglio, Macalester College
Nicole Campanale, Tyler School of Art
Merritt Fletcher, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Elena Gil-Chang, Williams College
Medium: prints and painting
Maya Lama, Williams College
Beth Links, Williams College
Medium: textile sculpture
Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, Williams College
Medium: digital and mixed media
Omar Mendez, Williams College
Kristen Parker, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Sofia Torres, Williams College
Medium: digital photography
April 18 - May 16 | 12noon-5pm | Wednesdays - Saturdays | Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | 499-9348
Friday, April 17, 2009
Written by MCLA student B-HIP intern, Jamal Ahamad
The City of Pittsfield is the central hub of culture for the Berkshire County. With a plethora of galleries, restaurants, and other venues in its downtown area, this city really does deserve massive recognition. With the establishment of the Office of Cultural Development, the City of Pittsfield has seen nothing but bustling activity and continues to do so under the benevolent diligence of its director, Megan Whilden. Her innovativeness has brought upon such great new features to Pittsfield including The Cultural Pittsfield Newsletter, the Jazz Festival, and Third Thursdays. Now, to add on to those elements of success, Whilden and her staff of dedicated Pittsfield residents have started their very own television show. With the assistances of Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV), the Office of Cultural Development releases Cultural Pittsfield Television (CPTV).
“CPTV on PCTV,” as it is referred to amongst the staff of the Cultural Development team, is the manifestation of the almost overwhelming Pittsfield occurrences. This new television show is designed to inform members of the Pittsfield community and Berkshire County of the vast amount of events and happenings throughout Pittsfield. As a result, CPTV acts as a correspondent to the Cultural Pittsfield This Week. Both are designed to inform, however the major difference here and beneficial aspect of each is the ability to attract and reach different audiences while having the ability to cover different yet related material.
The staff of the Office of Cultural Development along with committed volunteers from the Pittsfield community comes together to form the operating staff of CPTV. Each member fulfills an important role and plays a crucial part in producing the show. The show is made up of Producer, Megan Whilden; Director, Ryan Weightman; Co-hosts, Mary Domenichelli and Javier Dominguez; and current cameraman, Jamal Ahamad. Each show follows a basic structure in which there is welcoming commentary from the Co-hosts followed by a prerecorded video segment complete with voiceovers, afterwards the Co-hosts will make a brief commentary and then interview a featured guests, subsequent to that interview, another video segment will play followed by updates and closing commentary.
CPTV is scheduled to premiere on Friday, April 17 at 3pm. Following the premier, the show will air Friday nights at 6pm, Saturday nights at 7pm, and Sundays at both noon and 7pm. For more information, visit www.pittsfieldtv.org and click on CityLink Show Search at the bottom of the page and look for Cultural Pittsfield TV.
Stay up to date with Pittsfield by tuning into CPTV on PCTV!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The Berkshire Fool's Festival marked the 33rd anniversary of the Greasepaint Treaty of 1976, signed in Pittsfield, which marked the end of the Clown Wars, the catastrophic conflict between clowns and mimes that began in the 1960s.
The Fools Festival brought together artists, organizations and businesses in a multi-media, multi-venue, always surprising celebration with more than a dozen exciting events that took place from April 1-5. The festival included theatre, music, art exhibitions and activities that were engaging for all ages.
To start off the festival, the Office of Cultural Development pulled a city-wide prank on the citizens of Pittsfield by releasing a Cultural Pittsfield This Week newsletter that was presented as the very last. The newsletter stated:
"Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development has been diligent in informing citizens about the many fun Pittsfield events that occur every day via Cultural Pittsfield This Week. Unfortunately, the ever-increasing number of cultural activities has led to the newsletter's downfall. City Hall's IT department has informed us that we have overwhelmed available memory space on the shared server. There is no longer room to store the dozens of new events and activities happening each week in Pittsfield. Therefore Cultural Pittsfield This Week will no longer be published until further notice. "
Surprisingly, no one noticed the little note at the bottom of the newsletter informing readers that all of this was a joke and performed in the good spirit of April Fools. The city went into a frenzy. The Office of Cultural Development received both very concerned and angry phone calls, e-mails, and in one case, a disgruntle letter to the Mayor! Even the IT Department down at City Hall took this joke to heart. Indeed, the staff of the Office of Cultural Development has something to be proud of; a successful city-wide prank is definitely something that is hard to accomplish.
As for the actual festival, many members of the Pittsfield community enjoyed themselves despite the rain by attending various events. Throughout the five day event, there were special gallery exhibits, lectures, plays, and parties. With events like these, every day in Pittsfield must be a good day!
Monday, March 23, 2009
A trio of women artists journeyed together in 2007 to the sunbathed town of Cortona in the heart of Tuscany and captured the beauty of the region on paper and canvas. Now on display at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts through April 11, the show Inspiration Italy: 3 Women Paint the Heart of Tuscany features plein air paintings in watercolors and oils that enliven the spirit with the colors and light of Tuscany.
The exhibit features work by artists Karen Arp-Sandel, Carol Acquilano and Leigh Ann Smith, who share their love of Cortona, Italy through a rich array of paintings, offbeat mixed media and shrines, sketchbooks and text. Cortona is perhaps most widely known as the setting of the bestselling book, Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes. The exhibit captures the exuberance of their encounter with the art, history and spirituality of this remarkable Tuscan town, perched atop Mount Sant’Egidio. Inspiration Italy is part of the first annual Berkshire Festival of Women in the Arts.
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 21, from 4pm-6pm, and will be catered by Chef Christine Buchholz, owner of Viva Fresh Pasta in Northampton, Massachusetts. Christine will entice the viewers with the smells and tastes of Italy. She visited the artists during their artist retreat in Cortona, bringing her passion for Italian cuisine to the experience. The reception is free and open to the public.
In addition, on Saturday April 11, at 11am, the artists will present an artist talk on plein air (or outdoor) painting along with a gallery tour of the exhibition. This final presentation of the exhibit will also be free and open to the public.