“Paper Trail” at the Lichtenstein
Now - October 2
“Fortune” by Terry Wise
Mills along the Upper Housatonic River at one time produced much of the paper and paper products used in the nation. The region’s contribution to the industry spans more than 200 years: from 1801, when Zenas Crane built his first mill in Dalton; through the 1860s, when the Upper Housatonic powered 65 mills; to the present day, in which two local mills, Crane & Co. and Onyx Specialty Papers, continue the legacy. Now the Berkshires is celebrating the legacy of The Housatonic Paper Trail in numerous ways, including an exhibition of works of paper by contemporary regional artists curated by Housatonic gallery owner Lauren Clark at Pittsfield’s Lictenstein Center for the Arts.
The Berkshire Museum has two exhibits that salute paper-making: A site-specific installation, Paper and Light (right), made of discarded cardboard by Millerton artist Henry Klimowicz, and a display of artifacts from the museum’s archives and the Crane Museum of Papermaking. There is also an exhibit of new photographs by Bill Wright of the men and women who work in the remaining paper mills at Pittsfield’s pioneering Storefront Artist Project.