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Ferrin Gallery Dish+Dine: An Arts Salon on Decadence & Decay

Rural Intelligence Parties and OpeningsCultural correspondent Bess J.M. Hochstein reports from Pittsfield.
The genteel tradition of the art salon finds new vitality at the Ferrin Gallery’s periodic Dish+Dine soirees, which bring together local artists, food, academics, and chefs, plus guests interested in any or all of those topics, to share a meal, libations, and lively discussion over a table set with locally made plates and cups. The latest of such events, on Friday, August 19, was a sold-out dinner on the theme of Decadence & Decay, part of an artBerkshires curated weekend, with a focus on photography. Aprile Gallant, curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Smith College Museum of Art (in photo, left, with Leslie Ferrin); John Stromberg, director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; and Maria Mingalone, interim executive director of Berkshire Museum, discussed the role of photography in museum collections as a crowd of more than 40 art lovers and bon vivants enjoyed a meal prepared by Brian Alberg of the Red Lion Inn, served on porcelain dishes made by Mary Ann Davis.

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Hope Sullivan, executive director of IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, with Joan Salke; Olivia Georgia, executive director of Meredith Monk’s The House Foundation, with Michael Salke.

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Paul Goldberg with photographer and gallerist Cassandra Sohn; Deborah Pege and ceramist Frances Palmer.

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Arts consultant Bobbie Paley with Vicki Bonnington; Hancock Shaker Village’s interim director Dr. Peter Hansen and Dr. Petra Krauledat.

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Publicist Michael Kusek and photographer Susan Mikula; nonprofit marketing consultant Cathy Deely with attorney David Schecker.

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MASS MoCA communications queen Katherine Myers with gallerista and artBerkshire collaborator Sienna Patti; sculptor Gordon Chandler with Studio Two’s new project manager Rebecca Weinman.

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BART charter school math teacher Curtis Asch, who went on the win the next day’s Word X Word poetry slam, with Maria Mingalone, interim executive director of Berkshire Museum; Ferrin gallerinas Madeline Thompson and Lauren Shea, a B-HIP arts management intern from MCLA, flank photographer Bill Wright.

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Sienna Patti holds forth in a lively discussion amidst Ferrin Gallery’s photography show, Beauty in Decay.

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