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March 21 - Stockbridge
J.C. Leyendecker Opening

March 21 - G. Barrington
Gutsy Gals Award

March 19 - Williamstown
Carhartts + Cocktails

A Saturday Evening for J.C. Leyendecker at The NRM

Rachel Louchen reports from Stockbridge. The arrival of spring brings change and, at Norman Rockwell Museum, it means “fresh new work” said Director Laurie Norton Moffatt, as she addressed the crowd at the opening reception for J.C. Leyendecker and The Saturday Evening Post on Saturday, March 21. The exciting exhibit is a tribute to the innovative illustrator, who captivated the country with his magazine covers, an astounding 400 for numerous general interest publications and 322 for The Saturday Evening Post (beating Rockwell by just one). On display until June 14, the exhibition offers a rare glimpse of every one of his Post covers, generously donated by NRM trustee William Hargreaves (shown above with his wife, Sandy). Rockwell and Leyendecker were good friends during their years as neighbors in New Rochelle, New York, their work had common themes, and Leyendecker was a huge influence on Rockwell. Now, museum guests are invited to compare their work as it hangs side by side.


President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, Robert Horvath, with Deputy Director and Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett; Pip Deely and Leigh Moffat.


Judy Cutler and Laurence Cutler, art historians and founders of the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, Rhode Island, who gave an in-depth talk about Leyendecker’s career, shown here with Tim McCann at far left.


Stephanie Beling and Gloria Pixley of Lenox; Curatorial staffer Barbara Rundback with Jesse Kowalski, curator of exhibitions.


Just one of the covered walls displaying the complete set of Leyendecker’s 322 Post covers.


Made in the Berkshires co-founder Hilary Somers Deely with Michael Pulitzer, Jr., who sits on the NRM National Advisory committee; New NRM member Alison Ash from West Stockbridge with Margit Hotchkiss, deputy director for audience and business development.


David and Kristine Snyder with Alicia Antreasian and Clovis Madeiros of Boston.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 03/22/15 at 06:23 PM • Permalink

Gutsy Gals Make Films And Walk The Red Carpet

Lisa Green reports from Great Barrington. A red carpet event in our region? It’s happening frequently these days, and on Saturday, March 21, the carpet and backdrop were staged for the first-ever Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Film Awards at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Presented in conjunction with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, the award honors women writers and directors of films, with the grand prize going to “Muffin Top: A Love Story,” a romantic comedy written and directed by Cathryn Michon, who plays the lead role of a woman learning to “love the skin you’re in.” The Berkshires’ own Karen Allen, Gutsy Gals founder Deborah Hutchison and its COO Christina Holbrook announced the 11 winners of the films, several of whom were in attendance. Following the screening, Cathryn Michon answered questions from the audience. “I just want to be a voice of encouragement to women making films,” she said. Above, Michon and Hutchison.


Jana Laiz, author and writer-in-residence at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead and Karen Allen, actor, director and owner of Karen Allen Fiber Arts in Great Barrington.


Cathryn Michon chats with RI reporter Nichole Dupont, who wrote the Rural Intelligence story on the film awards event; Gutsy gals on the red carpet.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 03/22/15 at 11:00 AM • Permalink

The Farmers Have Many Friends At Carhartts + Cocktails

Lisa Green reports from Williamstown. Just a day after National Agriculture Day, farmers and supporters met up on Thursday, March 19 at Mezze Bistro for Carhartts + Cocktails. Nancy Thomas, owner of Mezze (and Allium in Great Barrington), wanted to recognize the growth of several new CSAs and farms in northern Berkshire County and present the farmers with an opportunity to connect with the food-conscious community in the region. Guests enjoyed drinks from local beer and spirits makers, and hors d’oeuvres (prepared under the direction of Chef Nicholas Moulton) with products from area farms. Prompted by Nancy Thomas, the farmers introduced themselves to the crowd and spoke about their CSA offerings and some of the challenges involved in farming. “Sometimes it’s hard to hold your head high and be proud in such a hard environment,” one farmer said on the bone-chilling evening. But anyone who was there could assure all the farmers that their contributions are very much appreciated. Above, Angela Cardinali, founder of Berkshire Farm and Table, with Mezze’s Nancy Thomas.


Amy Jeschawitz, a member of the Williamstown Planning Board, Carolyn Jones of Custom Business Solutions and Sandra Thomas, interim executive director of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce; Chef Nicholas Moulton preparing chicken liver mousse with Lakeview Orchard preserved peaches and Mighty Food Farm onion confit.


Reginold Royston, a professor in the Africana Studies program at Williams College and Maxine Royston, a professor of education at MCLA; Eric Harrington and Madeleine Jayson.


Mary Jane Dunlop, a real estate broker, and Rebecca Cellana of Burnham Gold Real Estate.


Don Azsada of Caretaker Farm, Cameron Hastie of Trusted Roots Farm and Laura Meister of Farm Girl Farm; Dean Crawford and Leslie Reed-Evans, executive director of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation.

 
Emily Rosselli with Ashley Amsden of Square Roots Farm; Erin Scott, Dan Cellana, John Cellana and Aimee Cellana, “supporters of farmers.”

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Posted by Lisa Green on 03/19/15 at 08:57 PM • Permalink

Three Cheers For The Winners Of 2015’s Berkshire Awards

Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. The Berkshire Awards, started three years ago to honor those who have significantly advanced the arts, historic preservation and environmental conservation in the Berkshires, held its 2015 awards ceremony at the Berkshire Museum on Friday, March 13. This year’s three recipients were preservationist, conservationist and agricultural leader Lila Berle; community leader, Pittsfield City Councilor and president of the Samuel Harrison Society Churchill Cotton; and Mary Rentz, a community organizer, promoter of public arts and culture and president of the Berkshire Art Association. After a humorous and moving short film tribute to each of the award winners, directed by Richard Sands, the party moved upstairs to the Museum’s Crane Room. Chef Brian Alberg of the Red Lion Inn, along with Chef Dan Smith of John Andrews and Allium’s Daire Rooney, supplied hors d’oeuvres as the honorees were congratulated for their inspiring work by their families and a community of supporters. Shown left, honoree Lila Berle with Allium chef Daire Rooney.


Lenora Gallo and Tim Burns flank honoree Churchill Cotton; Joanne Quattrochi and honoree Mary Rentz.


Ethan Klepetar and Julia Dixon; Michelle Petricca, Michael McDonald, Nancy Fitzpatrick and Perri Petricca.


Berkshire Athenaeum Director Ron Latham, Kay Latham, reading coordinator at Pittsfield Public Schools, and Ellen Kelly, a teacher at Egremont Elementary; Samuel VanSant, Gwendolyn VanSant and Marietta Rapetti Cawse.


Lawrence Yerdon and Jody Nelson; John Moore with honoree Mary Rentz’s daughters Debbie Rentz-Moore and Sarah Rentz, and Andy Kelly.


Berkshire Museum’s Executive Director Van Shields, who was celebrating his birthday, with artist Peggy Rivers, Carolyn Butler and Richard Seltzer, president of the Stockbridge Bowl Association; A crane presides over the hors d’oeuvres in the Crane Room.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 03/15/15 at 10:04 PM • Permalink

‘Travels With Missie’ Lives On In Artists’ Interpretations

Lisa Green reports from South Lee. Master storyteller Kevin O’Hara may have documented his 1979 trek through Ireland in Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, but it was hardly the last adventure he’s taken, as illustrated by four local artists who captured their recent tour of the Emerald Isle with Kevin. The exhibit, “Travels With Missie — The Artists’ View” opened on Saturday, March 14 at the St. Francis Gallery with a wall-to-wall crowd of friends and art lovers.  “You couldn’t handpick four artists and be more pleased than I am,” O’Hara said of the creative quartet who decided to put on a show of their Ireland impressions while they were abroad. Above, O’Hara stands next to Missie, the Berkshire Carousel Donkey as he regales the crowd with yet another hilarious account of his original Missie sojourn.


Jamie Lahey and Alicia Williams, northern Berkshires residents; Artist Linda Baker-Cimini and Mike Melle, who crafted a life-size straw version of Missie.


Brian Majewski and Sally Morse Majewski of The Clark with Belita O’Hara and Kevin O’Hara; Three of the exhibiting artists: David King, Susan Edwards and Scott Taylor (not shown: Marge Bride).


Artist Hildy Kronen and Aine Ungar; Sandy Moon with Donald Anderson and Maureen Anderson, owners of The Cruise Store, the travel agency that books O’Hara’s tours to Ireland, and Helen Stewart.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 03/15/15 at 11:22 AM • Permalink

It’s A Dead Man’s Party for Gabriel Squailia’s Book Launch

Rachel Louchen reports from Pittsfield. Zombies descended upon Dottie’s Coffee Lounge on Saturday, March 7 to celebrate the release of Gabriel Squailia’s debut novel, Dead Boys, which tells the story of corpses and the underworld. Guests were painted and dressed in varying stages of decay as they enjoyed food, drinks and music from DJ Casey Meade. An animated staged reading was performed by the author and his friends, and signed copies of the book—hot off the presses—were available for purchase. Turnout for the event, thrown by Darling Event Design, was strong, as friends came out to support Pittsfield’s Squailia, also known as DJ BFG, a passionate supporter of arts and culture in the region. Above, the author with his wife, Najwa Squailia.


Jared Vello and Dottie’s owner Jessica Lamb with her daughter.


Sharae Gadson, teller at Greylock Federal Credit Union and Eliza Ryan; Colin Gold particpated in the staged reading, here with the author’s father, Richard Squailia.


Cynthia Mole and Marilyn Ryan of Boys & Girls Club of Pittsfield; Raymond Jacoub and Monica Bliss of Town Players of Pittsfield.


Sara Katzoff of Berkshire Fringe, Sara Mugridge, Nichole Calero and Leah Parker.


Friends of the author: Candy Jeweski, Katerina Penna and Paul Dodds; Veronica Martin and Casablanca Lenox’s Tony Chojnowski.


Lanesborough residents Karen and Hank Gold came out to support Gabriel; Autumn Doyle bewitches Colleen Surprise Jones.


Theo Pulfer-terino, Rebecca Weinman and Dottie’s Sam Burnham, who painted guests into zombies.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 03/08/15 at 08:37 PM • Permalink

Pops Peterson Reinvents Rockwell At Sohn Fine Art

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Friends and well-wishers crowded into Sohn Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, March 7 for an artist’s reception for Maurice “Pops” Peterson and his latest exhibit, Reinventing Rockwell. The exhibit features the photographer’s modern-day reinterpretations of some of Norman Rockwell’s most famous paintings. Freedom From Want is now Thanksgiving Gay Dinner, with Pops and husband Mark Johnson at the head of the table. The Problem We All Live With, Rockwell’s painting of Ruby Bridges being escorted to school during the 1960 racial desegregation of New Orleans, has become Peterson’s The Problem Persists, as the young schoolgirl is now walking to class alone in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Other works feature landscape photographs done in the style of the late Stockbridge master. Visit Sohn Gallery by March 15 to see Reinventing Rockwell for yourself. At left, gallery owner Cassandra Sohn with the artist.


Warren Dews, Jr., Roberta McCulloch-Dews, a model for Peterson’s Freedom From What, and their children; Sohn Gallery artist Hildy Pincus Kronen and Dan Ladd in front of Kronen’s photographs.


Sohn Gallery’s assistant director Jenna Gazaille and artist Denise B. Chandler in front of one of her photographs; Barbara Newman, Liz Thompson and Kelly Vickery.


Al Harper, Janet Pumphrey, Raymond Jacoub and Veronica Martin; Cris Raymond with Officer Heidi Teutsch, who modeled for Peterson’s Stockbridge Fire Dept. to the Rescue.


Pamela and Richard Clarke with Norman Rockwell Museum director Laurie Norton Moffatt; Carl and Cindy Atkins.


Artist John Atchley and Cassandra Sohn in front of his work; Mark Johnson with Will Nappo and Bill Nappo of Grayhouse Partners Renovations in Housatonic.


Sandy Parisky of Sandisfield Arts Center, photographer Flora Parisky and Rita Kasky; A closeup of Thanksgiving Gay Dinner.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 03/08/15 at 04:06 PM • Permalink

‘Warhol By The Book’ Celebrates The Artist’s Inner Bookworm

Lisa Green reports from Williamstown. There’s something to fascinate everyone among the more than 500 objects at “Warhol by the Book,” Williams College Museum of Art’s new exhibit that opened with a talk and reception on Friday, March 6. Showcasing Andy Warhol’s experimentation with the form and content of books from his student days in the 1940s to his death in 1987, the exhibit may be the largest ever presented at WCMA in sheer number of items, said Kathryn Price, curator of collections. The well-attended evening began with a discussion between Price and Matt Wrbican, chief archivist at The Andy Warhol Museum and curator of “Warhol by the Book,” about the artist’s lifelong obsession with books. It was the first in a series of conversations that will touch on various aspects of Warhol’s astoundingly diverse output. Above, Kathryn Price and Matt Wrbican celebrate the completion of months of effort in curating the show.


The Williams College Libraries were represented by Katie Mash and Christine Menard, who is head of research services and library outreach; Darra Goldstein, professor of Russian and founding editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, who will be participating in the next Warhol conversation, and Linda Conway of Williamstown.


Local visitors Martin Zalud, Ian Backman, Domingos Goncalves and Lydia Reyburn; Jay Reeg, a board member of The Andy Warhol Museum and Warhol collector whose items are in the current show, with Eugene Heath, professor of philosophy at SUNY New Paltz and Reva Wolf, professor of art history at SUNY New Paltz, Warhol scholar, and author of Andy Warhol, Poetry, and Gossip in the 1960s.


Sarah Tefft, a student at MCLA, Diane Hart, WCMA senior museum registrar for collections and exhibitions, and Sara Farrell Okamura, an artist.


Tom Stefanik, Marty Keating and Michael Keating; Megan Kosinki, curatorial assistant at The Clark Art Institute and Sara Harrrison of Williamstown.


Diana Brooks, Katherine Myers, the museum’s director of donor engagement, and Brian Walsh; Warhol’s private book collection was recreated as he had them, with the spines facing in.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 03/07/15 at 08:26 PM • Permalink