Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Photography Show Celebrates Pittsfield

Two hundred and fifty years ago, in 1761, the town of Pittsfield, Massachusetts was first established. Now that it's 2011, we're celebrating! The first event of Pittsfield’s yearlong 250th birthday celebration kicks off this Friday, January 14th, with the opening reception for the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts’ new show Celebrating Pittsfield, a juried exhibition showcasing photographs of Pittsfield in honor of the city’s 250th anniversary in 2011. The opening reception will be on Friday, January 14th from 5pm to 7pm.

Onota Lake Fall Mist by Keith Emerling

Celebrating Pittsfield features two dozen local photographers, both professional and amateur, including Barbara Arpante, Howard Baird, Scott Barrow, Peggy Braun, Nicholas de Candia, Jay Elling, Keith Emerling, Susan Geller, Jennibeth Gomez, Ken Green, Katherine Gundelfinger, Melisa Krzysztof, Sophia Lee, Anna Lotto, Leo Mazzeo, Lisa Merullo, Max Moy-Borgen, Elena Nuciforo, Jennifer Ressler, Charles Shuff, Kaitlyn Squires, Douglass Truth, Karl Volkman, and Brian Walak.

Bicycle by Karl Volkman

Celebrating Pittsfield kicks off with an opening reception at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts on Friday, January 14th from 5 to 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run until February 26th and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is open Wednesday-Saturday from 12pm-5pm.

Wahconah Park by Nicholas de Candia

The City of Pittsfield’s 250th anniversary celebration focuses on the continuing creative transformation of the city in the past, present and future. Overseen by a volunteer committee, Pittsfield 250 will act as an umbrella over the 250th anniversary activities of 2011. It will feature special events, highlight projects of local groups, and embrace many of the ongoing events in Pittsfield. For more information on Pittsfield’s 250th anniversary, visit www.pittsfield250.com.
Girl Dancing by Max Moy-Borgen

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is a city-owned community arts center located at 28 Renne Avenue in downtown Pittsfield. For more information about the gallery, call 413-499-9348 or visit http://www.culturalpittsfield.com/.

Monday, January 3, 2011

NAKED Art Exhibit: Meet the Artists

NAKED: Art Exhibit
New female figurative work by Jeanet Ingalls and Anki King

Meet the Artists for an informal Q&A: Friday, January 7th, 2011 6 PM

At the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

Exhibit ends Saturday, January 8th, 2011

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesdays – Saturdays 12 PM to 5 PM

LOCATION: Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA

If you have questions about the new female figurative work by Jeanet Ingalls and Anki King, or just are curious about the process an artist goes through, now you have a chance to meet the artists, listen to what they have to say and ask any question. Each artist will do a brief introduction of themselves and their work and then the floor is open for questions and conversation.

Come Meet the Artists is for you if:
  • You've seen the exhibit and wondered to yourself, "Why all the nakedness?" or "Why only naked women?" but were too embarrassed to ask
  • Were interested and wanted to learn more about the exhibit
  • After the holidays you find you have a new appreciation for art, then welcome in the New Year with us
  • Hadn't had a chance to see the exhibit and wanted to come while the artists themselves could answer your questions
Inherent in the paintings are all the emotions, psychology and states of being we read into the word itself: NAKED... self conscious, exposed, sexual, humbled, fearful, hopeful, revealed, provocative, assertive, ashamed, feminine, masculine, androgynous, caught, terrified, depressed, dangerous, yearning, empty, and alone...

NAKED exhibit ends this Saturday, January 8th, 2011, if you haven't seen it yet, or want to see it again, don't wait - come in this week to see it before it's gone and too late.

For more information about the exhibition, call 413-499-9348 or email mmoyborgen@pittsfieldch.com.