Parties & Openings
February 22 - Pittsfield
BIFF Academy Awards
February 19 - Pittsfield
10x10 Real Art Party
February 14 - Pittsfield
Fantastic February Frolic
Lift off in Lenox: Two Gallery Openings and a KiteFest
Cultural correspondent Bess J.M. Hochstein reports: Last Saturday in Lenox, there was something old, something new, and definitely something in the air. The annual show of new work by Lucy MacGillis, who was born in the Berkshires and lives and paints in Umbria, attracted a typically enthusiastic crowd at Hoadley Gallery. Just a block down Church Street, art jewelry connoisseur Sienna Patti opened the doors of her new Lenox gallery, SPQ Projects, with the exhibition Decadence & Disarray. As the dinner hour approached, supporters of IS183 Art School of the Berkshires headed to Stonover Farm, which hosted a benefit barbeque dinner. And as night fell, the scene heated up for the school’s Kitefest Dance Party in Stonover’s barn, in conjunction with the juried art show, Kite, in the Barn Gallery. A successful raffle of four stylized kites, made by the artist Michael Rousseau, helped elevate the mood. Gallerist Patti (in photo, with Bill Wright), relieved after hosting her own party, was among the high-spirited celebrants, several of whom attended all three events.
The capacity crowd at Hoadley Gallery spilled out onto the porch. Less than an hour into the reception, eight of MacGillis’ paintings had sold, and two more were put on reserve.
Artist Lucy MacGillis with her mother, Ingrid MacGillis; gallery owners Tom and Stephanie Hoadley.
Kristin O’Connell and The Boston Globe’s Donald MacGillis, father of the artist; Bates College student Hannah Wilkin and Pittsfield psychotherapist Christine Burbank.
Sienna Patti (center) welcomes Joan and Jim Hunter to her new gallery, SPQ Projects.
Anita Curtin, Marianne Klimchuk, and Niki “Buffy” Giokas; Lillian Lennox Whitehead flanked by her daughters, Blake and Morgan Whitehead.
Attorneys David Schecker and Vicki Bonnington, whose broad-rimmed hat came in handy during the KiteFest BBQ; fiction writer Brendan Mathews, who teaches at Simon’s Rock, with Margaret Keller.
Jewelry designer Jill Schwartz of Elements with Caitlin Nash of BlueQ; Rebecca Weinman with IS183 Art School director Hope Sullivan.