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Nov. 22 - Williamstown
Monet | Kelly At The Clark

November 21 - Torrington
Warner Theatre Wine Tasting

November 18 - Norfolk
CultureMAX! Awards

Monet | Kelly Opens At The Clark

Amy Krzanik reports from Williamstown. A large crowd packed the atrium and gallery of the recently redesigned Clark Art Institute on Saturday night, November 22 for the unveiling of the new exhibit Monet | Kelly. The exhibition focuses on the role Claude Monet’s motifs and the sites that inspired his paintings (most notably Belle-Île and Giverny) have played in the work of artist Ellsworth Kelly. Kelly, who helped choose the pieces featured in the exhibit and still creates out of his studio over the border in Spencertown, NY, was on hand to chat with well-wishers. The exhibit runs through February 15, 2015. Above: The artist himself, Ellsworth Kelly, and yours truly.

Ryan Fitzgerald, the Clark’s David Breslin, Warren Seubel and Emily Blanchard; The Clark’s Mattie Kelley and preparator Tim Johnson.

Tara Fracalossi and Thomas Lail; Joan and Chris Jones with Sara Loughman, exhibitions manager at the Williams College Museum of Art.

Joel Wolk with Ron and Iris Maitland; Architect Dean Maltz and Carol Gregg, owner of Red Egg Furniture.

Gintare Everett, Sarah Lees, who helped curate the exhibit and is now at Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art, Licia Conforti, Clark Art Director Michael Conforti and Laure Lowry.

KK Zutter with Jeannene Booher; Michael and Marty Keating flank the artist.

Bill Bowden, “Jid” Sprague and Frank Oakley; Peter Hansen and Petra Krauledat.

Mark Zotto and Michael Wolfman; Ivan Rosa, a professor of architecture at City College of New York, and Pam Jacobs.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 11/23/14 at 05:20 PM • Permalink

Oenophiles Flock To Support The Warner Theatre

Rachel Louchen reports from Torrington. The Warner Theatre’s Annual Wine Tasting kicked off the holiday season on Friday, November 21. A critical fundraiser for the Warner, proceeds raised go not only towards programming theater, music and dance performances, but for arts education as well. The signature event usually sees a large turnout, but this year surpassed any of the previous years’ attendance, with the community coming out to in droves to support the touchstone theater. As vendors poured foreign and domestic wine, delicious food and beverages were provided by local area businesses throughout three large rooms, with the special VIP section offering more drink choices and live jazz. At left, Lesley Budny and Event Coordinator Carol Quartiero.

Jerry Carbone and Torrington’s Mayor, Elinor Carbone; Torrington residents Debbie Sugerak and Mike Johnson.

Megan Hurlburt, Associate Director of Entertainment at Infinity Music Hall and Tyler Hurlburt; Joe Riccio and Laura Riccio.

Warner Theatre’s Development Manager Donna Marconi with Executive Director Lynn Gelormino and Alma Nunnley.

Joe Connolly and Bridget McCue; Sandy Nichol, Jim Nichol, Janet Culver and Stephen Todd, one of the event’s sponsors.

Nicole Milo-Cook and Jeff Milo-Cook; Longtime season ticket holders and volunteers Jean Cardello and Illene Cardello.

Alan Temkin, Linda Temkin, owner of Le Beaux Vous Salon, and Bruce Temkin.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 11/23/14 at 11:32 AM • Permalink

Northwest CT Arts Council Maxes Out Infinity Hall

Rachel Louchen reports from Norfolk. A concert venue that usually features the roaring sounds of rock legends and soulful crooners instead welcomed artists, writers, photographers, lawyers, bankers and others from varied careers. They were there to honor members of the community (as well as business and organizations) that have made huge strides in raising awareness about the arts and culture in Northwest Connecticut. The first-ever Northwest Connecticut Arts Council CultureMAX! Awards on Tuesday, November 18 was a huge success, with a turnout of more than 160 guests packing Infinity Music Hall & Bistro. The awardees were Sharon Dante, Founder of The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts; Catherine Fields, Executive Director of the Litchfield Historical Society; Five Points Gallery; The North End Store in Barkhamsted; and Janet Rathbun of Colebrook who all received a one-of-a-kind sculpture award designed by Torrington artist Dennis Bialeck. The great turnout proves promising for the inaugural event, but it also spoke volumes about the tight-knit community in Northwest Connecticut. “To see how many people showed up just goes to show how people are looking for something like this: they want to honor contributing members of the community,” said the council’s Manager of Membership and Outreach, Debbie Freund (above right, with Alyson Thompson).

Dennis Bialeck, Mary Bialeck, Amy Wynn, executive director of the council and honoree Judith McElhone.

Sue Anne Marolda and Larita Steffee; Arts Council board member Carie Hodel and Margaret Smith.

Ray Furse, Mary Ellen Furse and Jack Sheedy; Arts Council board members Vanessa Giannasi and Michael Quadland.

Arts Council board member Pamela Baker and Carolyn Ferrara; Judith Romaniello and Gail Kruppa.

Lisa Lopez, Dave Webber and Arts Council board member Kerry Noble.

Honoree Sharon Dante with The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts Artistic Director Victoria Mazzarelli; Gay Schempp and Jordan Hutton, gallery assistant at The White Gallery.

John Lavieri and Corky Lavieri flank one of the evening’s honorees, Brenda Pelletier; Gayle Moraski and Laura Lemieux.

Owner of Infinity Music Hall & Bistro and Arts Council board member Dan Hincks with realtor Juliet Moore; Fiona de Merell with Ed Cannata.

Jay Fields, honoree Catherine Fields and Rod Oneglia.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 11/18/14 at 08:34 PM • Permalink

Berkshire Museum Goes On Safari With 2014 Festival of Trees

Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. This year’s Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum opened with, well, not a bang, exactly… more of an extremely loud kookaburra soliciting attention from the guests. That’s because this year’s preview party doubled as an opening reception for the Museum’s Lions & Tigers & Bears exhibit, and many live animals were on hand to help celebrate. The Creature Teachers from Littleton, Mass. brought some furry, scaly and feathered friends, including the attention-loving kookaburra, a banana-scarfing kinkajou, a preening umbrella cockatoo and other well-behaved beasts. Museum supporters wore their animal-print best to coincide with the “On Safari” theme of the 2014 Festival as they wandered through the twinkling upstairs galleries enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres. The Festival of Trees and Lions & Tigers & Bears: Through the Lens with National Geographic exhibits will be on display through January 4, 2015. Above, Pam Knisley, Berkshire Museum Curatorial Assistant Kendra Knisley and Kyle Wilson pose in front of a Kodiak bear.

Tim Kiely of The Pittsfield Co-op Bank and Vicky May of Greylock Federal Credit Union; Michele Hotchkin of Berkshire Shenanigans, with Melisa Krzysztof-Davis and Joe Pickett.

Daryl Corbett of Mad Macs with Joe and Anne Apkin; Berkshire United Way‘s Jonah Sykes and Colin Sykes who works for the City of Pittsfield.

Peter Garlington, John Krenicki, Berkshire Museum’s Board Vice President Donna Krenicki, the Museum’s Executive Director Van Shields and Peggy Rivers.

Sally Evans, Mike Chefetz and Museum board member Nancy Edman Feldman; Gwen Davis and Mark Ouillette, who were enjoying their 18th Festival of Trees.

Michael Vincent Bushy and Berkshire Creative‘s Julia Dixon; Molari co-workers Bernadette Webb, Nicole Lewis, Raya Brower and Liz Goclowski pose in front of their tree.

Tim Burdick and Berkshire United Way Board Chair Brenda Burdick with Berkshire United Way President & CEO Kris Hazzard and Larry Hazzard.

Jesse Tague, a Berkshire Music School student, performed for the crowd; Berkshire Magazines Anastasia Stanmeyer and Peggy Rivers.

County Ambulance paramedic Robert van Bramer and Erin Roark; Tiffany Roberts and her daughter, Ariana, make a pretty picture.

Pittsfield High School‘s trees are going on safari and trying to blend in with the animals.

Andrew Boino of Dana Bixby Architects and Maureen White of Barnbrook Realty; Barbara and Tom Patton flank BCC professor Colleen Quinn.

Lisa Ostellino and daughters Kate and Julia, pose in the Guardian Life sponsored safari jeep; Gail Shaw and Jodi Briggs pose with a baby bear.

The Creature Teachers brought Walter the American alligator and a six-banded armadillo named Doug, among other critters, to meet the crowd.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 11/17/14 at 12:05 PM • Permalink

Mort Künstler’s Adventurous Art Comes to Norman Rockwell Museum

Rachel Louchen reports from Stockbridge. Much like Norman Rockwell, Mort Künstler gained his fame as an artist who has painted America’s story. So the exhibition “Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure” couldn’t be more welcomed than at the Norman Rockwell Museum. An opening reception on Saturday, November 15 honored the artist, who is known for his highly researched historical paintings and extremely detailed images. Advertisements, book jackets and magazine covers, as well as paintings of figures from the Civil War, large-scale animals and posters from iconic movies such as The Poseidon Adventure highlighted just how versatile the artist’s 60-year career has been. The turnout included proud family members, friends and longtime fans who were thrilled to meet the gregarious artist. The exhibition, which includes more than 80-pieces of work, will be on exhibit until March 15, with an artist conversation to be held February 21. Above, Mort Künstler with deputy director/chief curator Stephanie Plunkett.

NRM’s Director Laurie Norton Moffatt; president of the museum’s board of trustees Robert Horvath and his wife, Lynne Horvath with webmaster and interactive media designer Dan Heck.

The honoree’s grandson Tom Künstler with his grandmother, Deborah Künstler; the museum’s external relations coordinator Lisa Lewis, with chief operating officer Jill Gellert and Bill Gellert.

Martin Mahoney, NRM’s director of collections and exhibitions and Jane Künstler , daughter of the artist.

Künstler’s niece Debra Malone came out to support her Uncle Mort, here with longtime friend, Stockbridge resident Gretchen Wehrle- Scott; Pittsfield residents Merrill Roberts and June Waldman with Mary Jo Engels of East Otis.

Zack Murdock and Barbara Murdock drove up from Long Island to attend the exhibit of their favorite artist; Aaron Stein and Kerry Morris.

Laurie Moffatt with her daughter, Leigh, stands in front of her favorite piece in the exhibition, a painting depicting George Washington crossing the Delaware River.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 11/16/14 at 06:30 PM • Permalink

Williamstown Film Festival Talks Suspense With Director Tony Gilroy

Amy Krzanik reports from North Adams. As part of its creative 2014 programming, the Williamstown Film Festival held a benefit dinner on Friday, November 7 at Gramercy Bistro, followed by a discussion with writer/director Tony Gilroy on “The Art of Suspense.” The Festival’s Executive Director, Steve Lawson, and board member Stephen Hannock moderated the discussion, which was held in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center. Gilroy is most famous for writing the scripts of the Bourne movies starring Matt Damon, and received an Academy Award nomination for writing and directing Michael Clayton starring George Clooney—the film received seven nominations in all. Clips of Gilroy’s films, including the recently released Nightcrawler which he produced, and other thrillers were interspersed to give the audience examples of how filmmakers keep moviegoers on the edges of their seats. Lickety Split hosted an after-party in the lobby, and guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres and dessert, including pistol-shaped sugar cookies in a “blood-spattered” bowl. Above: Tony Gilroy and his wife, Susan Gilroy, flank Stephen Hannock.

WFF Consultant Sandra Thomas, WFF Board Vice President Roger Clark, projectionist Anna Moriarty Lev and Ned Thorne; WFF board member Diane Pearlman and WFF Board President Joe Finnegan.

Bonnie and John Raines, subjects of the documentary 1971, with Peter Thompson; WFF board member Sue Killam with Cody Ball and Peyton Young.

Linda Conway, Ellen Bernstein, Emily Eakin, WFF board member and Williamstown Selectman Jane Patton and Gintare Everett.

Annie Kennedy of pop-up shop School For Style, with Wit McKay, and Molly Kerns of Tsubo Massage; Tony Gilroy and WFF Executive Director Steve Lawson.

Chris Finnegan and Kate Scully; Janet Stratton and Randy Stratton with Joe Finnegan.

Gilroy, Lawson and Hannock on stage.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 11/09/14 at 10:43 PM • Permalink

The JLBC’s Signature Fundraiser Gathers A Crowd

Rachel Louchen reports from Pittsfield. Core values of The Junior League of Berkshire County (JLBC) are volunteerism, leadership, collaboration, diversity, mentoring and respect. On Thursday, November 6, the organization focused all those values on its annual fall fundraiser, the 7th annual Taste of the Berkshires. Held at Pittsfield’s Crowne Plaza hotel, over 25 restaurants from across Berkshire County attended and, much like the selection of restaurants in our region, the menu was diverse. There was Malaysian cuisine provided by Flavours Of Malaysia; sushi from 7 Grille, with some comfort food favorites mixed in like pasta from Mazzeo’s Ristorante and barbeque from MadJacks. Sweets were plentiful too: tables were piled high with cakes and pastries, and even Pittsfield (relative) newcomer Ayelada offered up its frozen yogurt. All proceeds from the event will go to community-based programs such as Curl Up With a Good Book, a literacy-focused evening, and Kids in the Kitchen, which helps prevent childhood obesity by teaching children about smart food choices. Above, President Jessica Shandor with fundraising chair Mia Albano.

State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, former JLBC member Amy Novisky and David Novisky.

Hinsdale residents Roberta Francis and Burton Francis; former JLBC member Mary Kay Farley and teacher Mary Beth Eldridge.

Madeleine’s Patisserie & Cafe proprietor Ashely Summers with staffer Nicole Wheeler; Kristine Warfield with her daughter, JLBC member Nora Tassone.

City of Pittsfield Director of Cultural Development (and member) Jen Glockner, Tim Kiely and Lori Gazzillo, director of Berkshire Bank Foundation.

Lisa LoBou and Todd Walton, husband of a JLBC member; Sarah Truden and James Truden.

Former president Karen Rogers with sustainer Heather McDermott; Williamstown’s Hops And Vines was represented by the husband and wife team of Megan Beuth and Robert Beuth.

Monterey residents Carol Edelman and James Edelman.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 11/06/14 at 07:32 PM • Permalink

Berkshire Theatre Group & The Mount Throw Masquerade Balls

Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield and Lenox. November 1, the day after the spookiest day of the year, was still pretty frightening in the Berkshires, as both the Berkshire Theatre Group and The Mount held masquerade balls to celebrate the Halloween holiday. BTG’s annual fall fundraising gala was held on the stage of the Colonial Theatre and featured a drama-themed silent auction, a staged reading of The Raven by cast members of POE, and dancing. Masked guests enjoyed a generous buffet from Mazzeo’s Meat and Seafood, which featured delicious meats, cheeses, grilled vegetables, hot dishes and more. No ghoul or goblin went home hungry. Above, Tara K. Young, BTG’s Director of Special Events and Donor Relations, with Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire.

Pam Malumphy, Joan DiMartino, Lisa Tully and Melissa Mazzeo; Tony Gibson and John Culver of the Purple Plume in Lenox.

Lynne and Mike Mazzeo; The stars of BTG’s POE, Brian Plouffe, David Adkins and Corinna May, with BTG Board President Ruth Blodgett.

BTG board member Linda Cooper with Sue Mooney and Heather Wells Heim; Rhiannon Hagen, Jody Fairweather and Gina Foley.

Mike Fazio and Cori Salvini; Michael and Denise Richardello flank George Haddad.

Casey Meade, Johanna Wise, Katherine Davis and George Manley.

Later in the night, Edith Wharton’s former mansion served up a supernatural scene as the lights were turned low, no… lower… lower… that’s good, for a Victorian Boudoir party hosted by Berkshire Shenanigans. Nineteenth century lords and ladies mingled with superheroes, a come-to-life sculpture, two David Bowies, Waldo from the Where’s Waldo? books (we found him, er… her) and many other beastly and beautiful partygoers. DJ BFG spun tunes for the sold-out crowd inside and How We Roll served up hot eggrolls to hungry guests outside. In the running for party of the year? We think so.

Rachel Parzick as a happy little tree and Michael Boroniec as painter Bob Ross won the Couples Costume award; Antoinette Simms and Seth Levy.

Virgil Kerr, assistant winemaker at Balderdash Cellars, with Jen Frederick and Chris Mollomo; Nancy Fitzpatrick, Nathan Hanford and Rebecca Weinman.

Jon and Carrie Hornbeck; John Ryall and Lori Flynn.

Emily Moraes, Gillian Gorman and Karden Rabin of Radiance Yoga, with Amy Huebner.

Rob Levardi and Lisa Sears; Scott Cole of the Monterey General Store with artist Tom Taylor.

Jennifer Peloquin and Ryan Picard; Darryl Lipinski, Victoria Spelling and Josh Chittenden.

The spooky view of Edith Wharton’s mansion upon arrival.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 11/03/14 at 12:27 PM • Permalink