Friday, June 26, 2009

Pottery Classes at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts!

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!

Workshops with Crispina ffrench!

Workshops with Crispina ffrench!

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:

Potholder Rugs
July 22, 23 & 24

Sweater Making
August 25, 26 & 27

Blanket/Scarf Making
October 3, 4 & 5

Sweater Making at Kripalu
October 25, 26, 27 & 28

Ragamuffin Making
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!

New Artscape Instillation!

New Artscape Instillation!

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

Revving up the online Pittsfield Artist Registry!

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

Click here to find out more about the Pittsfield Artist Registry.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 4-11

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!