Parties & Openings
February 22 - Pittsfield
BIFF Academy Awards
February 19 - Pittsfield
10x10 Real Art Party
February 14 - Pittsfield
Fantastic February Frolic
Storefront Artist Project 12 x 12 Auction
Since its founding in 2002 by the painter Maggie Mailer, the Storefront Artist Project (SAP) has been a cornerstone of Pittsfield’s reincarnation as a creative center, offering residencies and mentoring programs that support a diverse range of artistic endeavors. The annual 12 x 12 auction features 100 twelve-by-twelve inch works—paintings, drawings, photograph, sculpture, collage—by local artists. Guests pay $25 each for a chance to choose the work they want as their number is randomly picked. You don’t necessarily get your first or second choice of a piece of art, but nobody goes home empty-handed or unhappy, especially when your prizes are hand-wrapped by good-spirited volunteers like Chris O’Gara and Davinica Nemtzow (above.)
Pittsfield Contemporary’s Jay Elling and SAP board member Reba Evenchik; Rebecca Weinman and artist Eric Drury, who is currently an artist in residence at SAP.
Cultural Pittsfield’s Megan Whilden and photographer Sue Geller; SAP board vice president Colleen Quinn and SAP director Julia Dixon.
The Berkshire Museum’s Maria Mingalone with lawyer and WBCR community radio station president Paul Rapp and Berkshire Living‘s Mary Garnish