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July 19 - North Adams
Ferrin Contemporary's Dish + Dine

July 18 - Lenox
Pleasant Valley Barn Dance

July 18 - Pittsfield
Hancock Shaker Village Benefit

July 16 - Lenox
Slideluck At Stonover Farm

What A Marvelous Night For A Barn Dance At Pleasant Valley

Mary Garnish Bauman reports from Lenox. A barn dance in the Berkshires — that’s what Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary decided to do for its 7th annual fundraiser on July 18, welcoming 100 guests to celebrate “An Evening in the Woods.” The center of the action this year was Pleasant Valley’s historic barn, where the band Spare Parts, featuring noted fiddler George Wilson, inspired dancers to take to the floor. Caller Paul Rosenberg instructed in contra-dancing and other barn-appropriate styles. Before all the high-stepping and whirling about, guests enjoyed delicious tacos and flautas from local eatery Baja Charlie’s, libations from Kelly’s Package Store and ice cream from SoCo Creamery while bidding on silent auction items. Giant butterfly kites, colorful flags and wooden sculptures from Asia Barong adorned the tents. Robert Harrison, event sponsor and former board member, welcomed guests, and Berkshire Sanctuaries director Becky Cushing (above right, with Candice Ferrell) expressed gratitude for the generosity of the community in supporting Mass Audubon’s regional education programs for people of all ages. Gary Clayton, acting president for Mass Audubon statewide, elucidated the importance of the Berkshire Sanctuaries in a statewide context – and then kicked off the celebration. Photos by Susan Geller.

Butch Ptak and Janice Cullen, formerly of Mass Audubon; Guests take a seat at the picnic tables.

Jesse and Patty Spector; Jim and Kathi Hatch with intern Jessie Griffin.

Pleasant Valley Advisory Committee member Michael Kaplan, David Lotto and Kevin Ploss; Victoria Nast, Bill Talbot and architect Robert Harrison, one of the event sponsors.

Alyce, Emma and Luke Caplan; Robert Harrison and his wife, Sharon Harrison, lead the dance pack.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/20/15 at 04:06 PM • Permalink

Dish + Dine Brings Ceramics Experts To Ferrin Contemporary

Amy Krzanik reports from North Adams. If you’ve ever watched an episode of Antiques Roadshow, you may have recognized a couple of familiar faces at Independent Art Projects (IAP) on Sunday, July 19. Specialists, collectors and Roadshow appraisers Suzanne Perrault and David Rago were joined by the show’s consulting producer, Daniel Farrell, for the panel discussion “Clay Is Hot! Good Better Best.” The trio answered questions regarding collecting ceramics, pottery and porcelain from 1900 to the present, including the importance of provenance, connoisseurship and values. The event was part of gallerist Leslie Ferrin’s programming for Ferrin Contemporary’s current IAP ceramics exhibit, Glazed & Diffused. Kelly’s Package Store supplied seven different rosés for guests to sample and compare post-lecture. The dinner that followed, catered by Gramercy Bistro, stayed on-theme by featuring chicken, vegetables and sticky rice brushed with a variety of glazes. Dessert, inspired by Jae Yong Kim’s Donut Madness, consisted of ricotta fritters with an aperol diffusion. Glazed & Diffused will be on view at IAP, located on the MASS MoCA campus, until August 16.

Leslie Ferrin with Alex Gilbert and Patrick Parrish; Ceramic artist Alexandra Jelleberg with Meg Wendy and Guy Geslin.

Elenor Wilson, editor of The Studio Potter, with Donald Clark of The Marks Project, ceramic artist and teacher Michael Boroniec and photographer John Polak; Panelists Suzanne Perrault and David Rago.

Guy McLain, director of the Wood Museum of Springfield History, Ruth Kjaer, an artist from Easthampton, Mass., and panelist Dan Farrell; Collectors Melinda Sanders and Mark Shifman flank Glazed & Diffused artist Linda Sormin.

Ceramic artist Michael McCarthy supplied all of the dinnerware for the event, from mugs and dishes to water pitchers and vases. The flowers are from the gardens surrounding Ferrin Contemporary’s Cummington location.

Guests discuss art in front of Robert Silverman’s Tirana (inspired by Rana); Ferrin Contemporary artist-in-residence Roberto Lugo with Ashley Lugo and Theodore. Lugo’s solo show, Ghetto Garniture: Wu Tang Worcester will be on view at IAP beginning August 22.

Saul Ingram, Laurie Norton Moffatt and Sonya Bekkerman; Glazed & Diffused artist Jae Yong Kim in front of his work, Donut Madness.

Photo and video artist Jen Morris, ceramic artist and teacher Michael McCarthy and B-HIP intern Danielle Eddy.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/20/15 at 10:21 AM • Permalink

Slideluck Mixes Art And Community At Stonover Farm

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Suky Werman, co-owner of Stonover Farm Bed and Breakfast and a board member of IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, curates an amazing benefit art show for the School in her Barn Gallery each summer. She boasts an impeccable eye for art, but isn’t one to rest on her laurels, and so kicked it up a notch for this year’s exhibit by adding a Slideluck event to the opening reception. Guests to the July 16th shindig enjoyed a community potluck upstairs in the barn, an art show downstairs and a slide show presentation viewed from blankets on the lawn once the sun set. Brooklyn Brewery and Souverain wine supplied the beverages. The exhibit, featuring the work of more than 20 artists, includes photography, paintings, ceramics and textiles. Read RI’s article about Slideluck and its creator, Casey Kelbaugh. Above, IS183 board chairman Andy Foster with former IS183 artist-in-residence Malik Sajad and executive director Hope Sullivan.

Stonover Farm’s Tom Werman is flanked by Renee and Steve Erenburg; exhibiting artist Rob MacInnis and the show’s curator, Stonover Farm’s Suky Werman.

Artist Terry Wise and herbalist Margot Wise; Photographer Bill Wright, IS183 marketing associate Carrie Wright and Nathan Hanford.

Attendees begin to gather on the lawn and set out picnic blankets before the slide show.

Exhibiting painter Kris Galli, IS183 associate program director Lucie Castaldo, photographer Edward Acker, Malik Sajad, Hope Sullivan and exhibiting painter Maggie Mailer.

Exhibiting ceramic artist Alexandra Jelleberg and Melissa Post of Ferrin Contemporary; Adam Hinds and Danielle Steinmann.

Slideluck creator Casey Kelbaugh with its global coordinator, Jen Plaskowitz; guests enjoy the generous potluck supper inside the barn.

Early view of the picnic area from inside the barn.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/19/15 at 02:45 PM • Permalink

Hancock Shaker Village Goes Back To Its Roots

Lisa Green reports from Pittsfield. Hancock Shaker Village celebrated its 55th anniversary with a gala themed “Back to Our Roots.” And, indeed, the theme was carried out through the dinner, which was prepared over open fire by Fire Roasted Catering of Great Barrington, with nearly all of the food coming directly from Hancock Shaker Village’s own farm. The hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour gave guests a chance to bid on silent auction items and then dinner began with a Shaker grace sung by Cindy Dickinson, director of education, and Lesley Herzberg, curator. But the real action happened during the live auction and the “cause within a cause,” which was to raise money for much-needed improvements to the educational Discovery Barn. Although the auction activity was lighthearted, it was serious business that paid off: Darin Johnson, a trustee, announced after a quick tally that the evening’s goal of $50,000 was surpassed by $3,000. Above: Darin Johnson, Dan Cain, chairman of the Trustees, and Linda Steigleder, president and CEO.

John Fawcett with Marilyn Walters and Ron Walters, Board of Trustees vice chair; Robin Lazarow and Jeanne Kangas, who have a house in West Stockbridge.

Board of Trustees member Dan Feld and Ann Feld; Michael Christopher and Elaine Christopher, who is a volunteer with the quilting friends at HSV.

Posing for a beautiful family portrait: Robin Fernsell, Jack Quattrochi, Joanne Quattrochi and their mother/grandmother, Kathryn Quattrochi.

Jay Galarneau from Fire Roasted Catering stirs the foraged mushroom and farro risotto in the 200-year-old caudron; Lee Blatt, Sydelle Blatt, Randy Nelson and Cynthia Nelson.

Greg Keffer, an architect with Rockwell Group, Meagan Ball, who is a summer intern at Old Sturbridge Village; Darin Johnson, Cheryl Zaccaro and Michael Zaccaro, a member of the board of trustees.

Richard Seltzer and Carol Seltzer, gala benefactors; Eric Prouty, a collector of Shaker goods, and Shawn Hartley Hancock, HSV director of marketing and communications.

Noah Hanft and Dora Hanft, gala benefactors; Elissa Haskins-Vaughan, director of development, and Dan Cain.

The most picturesque vista for roasting chickens you’ll ever see.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/19/15 at 09:46 AM • Permalink

Mass Live Arts Kicks Off Its Third Season With A Bang And A BBQ

Amy Krzanik reports from Great Barrington. “I thought I was done being surprised by theater,” marveled an audience member after Friday, July 10th’s performance of Andrew Schneider’s YOUARENOWHERE at Mass Live Arts (MLA). Schneider, a 2015 OBIE winner, uses technology (some self-created), cleverly timed sounds and visuals, and audience participation to charm and disorient viewers. The result is rapt attention while his character attempts to understand how time works, and a vested interest in his struggle for intimacy against the lure of detachment. Now in its third year, MLA brings experimental theater like this to the Berkshires for one month, using Simon’s Rock’s Daniel Arts Center to stage intimate performances and provide practice space for local works in progress. An after-party/benefit/barbecue featured live music from Doll Parts, a Brooklyn-based Dolly Parton cover band, followed by late-night karaoke. Cast and crew chatted with supporters, enjoying wine and beer from Domaney’s and way-above-average burgers from The Meat Market, served sizzling from the grill by MLA’s executive director himself, Ilan Bachrach. MLA’s season continues until July 26. Above, Doll Parts plays the hits.

Hillel Bachrach with Marilyn Lebowitz and Nancy Seebert, who is visiting from Oregon to perform with Berkshire Choral; Sandy Cleary, director of the Daniel Arts Center, with Ilan Bachrach, MLA’s artistic director.

Great Barrington Selectman Ed Abrahams and Caroline Tufts; Margaret Cherin, curator of Simon’s Rock’s Hillman-Jackson Gallery, and photographer Gregory Cherin with Sarah Blexrud.

The cast of YOUARENOWHERE, Andrew Schneider and Peter Musante.

Ian Volner, Scout MacEachron and Henry Lyon; Martha Joseph and Virginia Wagner.

Jaime Cooper and architect Grigori Fateyev; Doll Parts plays as partygoers line up for grub.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/13/15 at 01:41 PM • Permalink

BART Charter School Grows Bigger And Better

Amy Krzanik reports from Adams. With the students away for the summer, Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (BART for short) finally had a chance to show off its newly built wing to the adults in the community on Friday, July 10. Teachers, administrators and trustees past and present joined parents, town officials and supporters from local colleges to toast to the school’s addition and those who helped make it possible. In particular, the wing’s namesake – Pam Johnson, a founding trustee – was honored for her dedication to BART and its students. The tuition-free, college prep school serves Berkshire County students in grades 6-12. Since its inception in 2004, the school has used an atrium on its lower level as gym, cafeteria and function space, a set-up which needed modifications each time it was used. The new addition makes room for a separate cafeteria, as well as a gymnasium with a stage for performances and graduation ceremonies. The evening’s event was catered by Mezze and guests enjoyed live music from the Limbshakers Jazz Band. Above, BJ and Pam Johnson pose in front of the new Pam Johnson wing.

Dan and Rebecca Riff pose with Brad Svrluga; Carol Stegeman with Jane Allen, who is the school’s former acting executive director, and Joan Hunter.

Jonathan Stone, Tom Flanigan and Bill Mulholland, who is vice chair of the school’s board of trustees; Brad Wells, former BART principal Ben Klompus, Janine Hetherington and Betsy Burris.

Board member Fred Puddester, Susan Puddester, board member Bill Polk and Adams town administrator Tony Mazzucco; Former board members Jodi Joseph of MASS MoCA and Chris O’Connor with BART development coordinator Leah Thompson.

Sue Lubell, the school’s director of special education, and assistant principal Miles Wheat welcomed party guests into the beautiful new wing.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 07/13/15 at 11:12 AM • Permalink

Berkshire Grown Brunchers Talk Food With Ruth Reichl

Lisa Green reports from Sheffield. It’s not as if there’s ever a bad time to enjoy the bounty of the Rural Intelligence region, but the exquisite summer weather of the past weekend seemed particularly felicitous for Berkshire Grown to hold a fundraising brunch. On Sunday, July 12, supporters of the organization, which champions local agriculture, farmers and locally grown food, gathered in the shaded garden of Hester Velmans and Peter Cherneff, where tables were set with a banquet’s worth of food (catered by private chef Jamie Paxton), all sourced from area farms, as well as other items contributed by local restaurants. As the grazing part of the event wound down, guests moved to the barn for the second part of the fundraiser, a talk by guest of honor Ruth Reichl, award-winning food writer, former New York Times food critic and best-selling author. Cheesemonger Matt Rubiner served as moderator and the two food experts talked about food trends (past, present and future) and other delicious subjects. Above, Ruth Reichl and Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown.

Andrew Ruggles and Marymar Ruggles of NYC and Great Barrington, with Hester Velmans, who hosted the event; Host Peter Cherneff, husband of Hester Velmans, with Stephanie Rothschild.

Meghan Harrison, a massage therapist, and James Burden, co-owner of Red Apple Butchers.

Meeting, greeting and eating at the brunch; Tom Vris and Patty Vris with Jack Isler and Beth Isler from Salisbury, Ct.

One of the tables offering locally sourced items; a list of the farms and restaurants that contributed to the brunch.

Architecture and design writer Linda Saul-Sena, Mark Sena and landscape designer Honey Sharp; Austin Banach of the Berkshore Oyster Co. shucks a few for Robin Ban.

Colin Harrington, who is the events manager at The Bookstore in Lenox, with Deborah Balmuth, publisher at Storey Publishing.

Jewelry designer Dai Ban and Robin Ban, owner of Seeds in Great Barrington; Jan Johnson and Tom Curtin, both Berkshire Grown board members, and Bill Ryan, one of the event’s sponsors.

Sunday in the garden with Berkshire Grown supporters.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/13/15 at 09:37 AM • Permalink

A Gilded Age Summer Soiree At Wilderstein

Rachel Louchen reports from Rhinebeck. Built in 1852, Wilderstein Historic Site is a Cape Anne-style mansion that, thanks to generous contributors and dedicated staff and volunteers, doesn’t look a day over 50. Those people and more gathered on the extensive lawns on Saturday, July 11th for the Summer Celebration benefit fundraiser. The former home of three generations of the Suckley family, most notably Margaret “Daisy” Suckley, a cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt who opened the house to the public and created the Wilderstein Preservation in 1984. Daisy would be happy to see the care her beloved home has received over the years, including various restorations that are funded by events like these. A jazz band played while guests enjoyed cocktails and food, perused the silent auction and tried to narrow down which pie to bid on in the dessert auction. There were croquet matches, outdoor sculpture, gardens, trail and outdoor games, but many guests chose to simply enjoy the sights. Parasols, picnic blankets and pillows were scattered about the lawn so attendees could lie back, relax and enjoy the spectacular Hudson River views on this perfect cloudless day, much like Daisy would have. Above, Stan Sagner and Executive Director Greg Sokaris.

Supporter Marlon Taylor-Miles with committee member Miles Dallas; Yvonne Paulin and Greg Durkin donated to the silent auction.

Wilderstein supporters Lara Gillet and Michele Tugade; David and Linda Souers of Rhinebeck.

Debra and Arthur Eisenberg are neighbors in Rhinebeck; the perfect example of a Queen Anne-style country house.

Board member Tess Casey was instrumental in organizing the event, here with board president Brian Lang and Robin Waxenberg, who helped promote the fundraiser.

Classic car for a classic home; Rhinebeck residents Amy and Rachael Scorca.

Members Dorothy and Terrance Mahon of Rhinebeck; Erica Obey and George Baird came from Woodstock to support the Wilderstein.

Jewelry designer Lisa Salzer and Marjorie Wolfson from New York City; one-of-a-kind Hudson River views.

Patricia Heller, proprietor of a Mountain View Retreat in Germantown, board member Christine Foreace and Barbara Markell take advantage of the parasols.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 07/11/15 at 09:43 PM • Permalink