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May 12 – Lenox
CATA Gala & Performance

May 10 – North Adams
Art New England Issue Launch

May 5 – Hudson
Hudson Hall Proprietors Ball

A Silver Anniversary: CATA Celebrates 25 Years

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Twenty-five years is considered to be the “silver anniversary,” and that fact was not lost on the the organizers of Community Access to the Arts (CATA)’s annual gala and performances. Huge silver paper chandeliers, created with help from Crispina ffrench, shone from the ceiling at the cocktail reception at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse on Saturday, May 12. An even larger chandelier took center stage during the evening’s performances. All of the groups CATA supporters have grown to love were represented: dancers from The Moving Company and The People’s Tap Dance Theater, actors from Shakespeare’s Players, jugglers from The Juggling Connection, along with drummers from The CATA Beat, and fan favorite Scott Thomas, whose jokes left the crowd in stitches. A dinner followed, catered by Mezze, and dancing to DJ BFG ended the evening on a high note. Each year, CATA raises one-third of its annual budget at the gala event, allowing it to continue providing arts workshops for 700 people with disabilities in Berkshire and Columbia counties. [Above, Bruce and Amy Humes pose with gala co-chairs Tyler Weld and Janet Elsbach.]


CATA’s Executive Director Margaret Keller with board members Deborah Caiola and Neal Maxymillian; Deb Buccino, Eric Plakun and CATA founder Sandra Newman.


Volunteer Leslie Shatz, board member Sandra Baron, and gala committee members Janet and John Egelhofer; Ward Belcher and Jill Cancellieri of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.


Alicia Christoff and Mass. State Senator Adam Hinds; Laurence Cohen, board member Ira Grossman, gala committee member Jami Grossman and Linda Mitchell.


Van Shields, Bill Wright, Carrie Wright and Peggy Rivers; Toni Buckley and CATA instructor Wes Buckley.


WAM Theatre’s Kristen van Ginhoven, Vicki Bonnington and gala committee member Yuki Cohen; board members Elaine Radiss and Linda Russell with Louise Cadigan.


Candlelight and colorful projections from Joe Wheaton set the scene for dinner and dancing.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 05/14/18 at 03:24 PM • Permalink

Art New England Pages The Berkshires

Lisa Green reports from North Adams. On Thursday, May 10, the Cynthia-Reeves and Ferrin Contemporary galleries hosted Art New England to celebrate the publication’s May/June museums issue featuring Destination: Berkshires, MA & Beyond. The two galleries, located next door to each other in Building 13 on the MASS MoCA campus, welcomed Art New England staffers and members of the New England art community. The issue, which features a profile of Jarvis Rockwell (who attended the event), includes a timely article, “The Deaccessioning Dilemma,” and highlights many of our favorite local galleries and museums. [Above, Kristen Jussila, director of Cynthia-Reeves, with Susan Baker, editor of the publication.]


Tim O’Connor, Leslie van Breen and Julia Daly, all from The Artist Book Foundation; Jill Whitney Armstrong, who co-owns iartcolony in Rockport with her husband, and Samantha Wilhelm, account representative for Art New England.


MASS MoCA’s Jodi Joseph chats with Rita Fucillo, publisher of Art New England.


Sisters Kristen van Breen and Annelies van Breen; Greg Van Houten of GVH Studio, which supplies graphics to galleries and museums, with Jarvis Rockwell.


Artist Doug Trump with gallery owner Cynthia Reeves.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 05/10/18 at 09:54 PM • Permalink

Hudson Hall’s Great Gary Gala

Jamie Larson reports from Hudson. This year, Hudson Hall’s annual Proprietors Ball on Saturday, May 5, was whimsically and lovingly dubbed the Great Gary Gala, in honor of the venerable venue’s founding executive director Gary Schiro. Schiro retired at the end of last year after being involved in the restoration of the old Hudson Opera House since the beginning of the project in 1992. Ever the showman, he left on a high note, handing the reins over to Tambra Dillon just after the total completion of those restorations. Last year’s ball was special, as it marked the grand reopening and renaming of the Hall, but this evening, with the drama of the unveiling having subsided, there was a unique joy in the air at Hudson Hall. It was an atmosphere of frivolity and appreciation for all Schiro has done for the building, Hudson, and the future of the local arts community moving forward. [Above, Gary Schiro and Tambra Dillon.]


Georgia Dent, Mattatuck Museum directer and Schiro’s husband Robert Burns, Jane Glucksman and Jack Perry; theater artist Andrew Loren Resto and Hudson gallery owner Tom Swope.


Founder of the Second Ward Foundation Walter Sudol, artist J.D. Ervin, whose “Every Day People” project will soon be exhibited at Hudson Hall, and Lumberyard audience educator and dramaturg Melanie George.


The packed cocktail hour that kicked off the gala; award-wining local philanthropists Sheldon Evans and Martha McMaster with Hudson Area Library Director Emily Chameides and Hudson 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael Chameides.


George Lythe, Steve Corsun, Joe Ackiewicz, Dianne Hortmann and Kathleen Dooley; artist Judah Catalan, Dianne Townsend and Tony Albino.


Mary Ann Mailman with Judith and Walter Flamendaum.


Chuck Currie, Carol and David Nahon and Vern Bergelin; Stephen and Maureen Hanse, Mary Ellen and Jack Higbee, and Jon and Deidre Meier.


Mary Ann Mailman, Alison Lankenau and Gun Nowak, founder of Face Stockholm; Ellen, Megan and Mathew Phelan.

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Posted by Jamie Larson on 05/06/18 at 10:16 PM • Permalink

Sandisfield Arts Center Patrons Keyed Up To Prep New Piano

Lisa Green reports from Sandisfield. On Saturday, May 5, guests at the Sandisfield Arts Center’s annual gala in Sandisfield, Mass. were encouraged to dress in black and white. After all, the evening’s theme was “The Piano and the Building That Houses It and All 88 Keys.” The vibrant arts center “in the middle of nowhere” (their words, not ours) has been the heart of the town for 175 years, formerly as various houses of worship. Now it hosts a full lineup of cultural events and is eagerly awaiting a Steinway baby grand soon to be donated. But first, the piano needs some major restoration work, and a special climate-controlled room must be built to house it. Patrons bought piano keys, bid on auction items to raise funds for the piano’s homecoming, and enjoyed a dinner prepared by chef Adam Manacher. [Above, Susan Van Sickle, Linda Mironte and Susie Crofut.]


George Wheeler, Michele Marincola and Melissa Bye; Jean Atwater-Williams, owner of BizTech Associates, with Allen and Sheila Liberman.


The smiling welcome committee: June Wink, Dassy Herman, Jane Hason and Rita Kasky.


Ron Aaron and Roberta Weiner of New York City; jewelry designer Margo Morrison and Natalie Mimes, who just bought a house in Sandisfield.


The Arts Center has five co-presidents this year: Hilde Weisert, Barbara Penn, Rosanne Skrip, Ed Brozman and Sheila Liberman.


Tom Christopher and Ron Bernard, the town’s historian; Susan Van Sickle and Laura Paskell-Brown, a soul doula.


Guests bought keys to help fund the incoming piano’s restoration.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 05/06/18 at 03:07 PM • Permalink

Portrait Of An Artist: Linda Lavin And Steve Bakunas

Amy Krzanik reports from Spencertown. “We don’t do this at home,” actress Linda Lavin and husband Steve Bakunas assured the crowd at the Spencertown Academy Arts Center on Saturday, April 28. They only perform “Portrait of an Artist” in public, on stage, as a fundraiser for non-profit organizations around the country. Partly planned and partly off-the-cuff (they’ve only performed the show a handful of times), Bakunas asks Lavin, his wife of 13 years, about her life and career while he paints her portrait. Their dog, Mickey, sits or snoozes nearby. The painting is then raffled off to support the cause, in this case the continued restoration of the Academy’s historic building. The restoration campaign is halfway to its $600,000 goal and work to shore up the landmark structure has already begun. Bakunas’ first question of the evening pertained to Lavin’s childhood, “What did you want to be when you grew up?” The six-time Tony Award nominee, who described herself as a poor student, couldn’t wait to become an adult, “wear high heels, and then die.” That was the extent of her plans until she enrolled at The College of William & Mary, where her talents as a singer, actress, comedian and pianist were fully appreciated. The 90-minute performance also included tales of Lavin’s post-college life in New York City in the 1960s and her foray into film and television in Los Angeles. Lavin considers these performances her way of writing a memoir without actually having to write a memoir. The couple, who moved to Columbia County five years ago, are putting the finishing touches on a Spencertown bed and breakfast.


Spencertown Academy supporters and Tannery Pond board members Cindy Atkins and Cindy Puccio; Barbara Lax, a member of Academy’s curatorial committee, with photographer Gerald Seligman and Lynn Rothenberg. The three are part of Creative Columbia, a salon which meets at the Academy on the first Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m.


Board member David Highfill with Venetia Reece and Mary Neufeld; board member Jill Kalotay and volunteer Susan Grybas.


Chad and Jennifer Lindberg; Telisport Putsavage with volunteers Rochelle and Charles Bartolo.


Barbara Lax, Ellen and Alan Goldner and Ken Kranz; Mickey was so relaxed that he fell asleep.


Bakunas and Lavin hold hands in a touching on-stage moment. (Photo copyright by Gerald Seligman)

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 04/30/18 at 03:30 PM • Permalink

Museum Of Dog Offers A Preview Of A Dog-Lover’s Paradise

Lisa Green reports from North Adams. You don’t have to be a dog lover to enjoy the Museum of Dog, but it would probably help, since you’re going to be surrounded by massive amounts of dog-related memorabilia. On Friday, April 27, the Museum of Dog, located in an historic building, opened its doors for a preview party prior to its official opening the next day to coincide with the beginning of ArtWeek. David York founded the museum as a tribute to dogs (and a way to exhibit his personal collection). Along with the mind-boggling mass of canine-related “things,” including original Wegman photographs, vintage dog collars, dog-inspired furniture, jewelry, books and old-timey dog products, the MOD plans to produce special exhibitions, and introduced its first with the photos of fine art dog photographer Jesse Freidin [above], on hand to sign copies of his book “Finding Shelter.”


Artists Cathy Wysocki and Wayne Hopkins, with Robin Sher, who is in the process of moving (with her four dogs) to Williamstown from Texas; artist Dawn Nelson and Bill Riley, a former set artist who is opening a gallery in Adams.


The back room is loaded with canine paraphernalia.


Johnathan Langlois and Nicollette Tanzi work at the museum; Irving Slavid, a conservator of artworks and historical artifacts, Michelle Wiley, a pianist and singer, and Jennifer Conn, who assisted in the renovation of the building and setup of the museum.


The living room section of the museum, where, presumably, dogs are allowed.


You can’t miss the entrance, or the limousines (York purchased two vintage stretch limos and hopes to drive around and transport people to the museum).


Artists Sharon Carson and Ed Carson, with Michelle Jensen and Vin Jensen, all residents of the nearby Eclipse Mill.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 04/28/18 at 02:14 PM • Permalink

Columbia County Habitat For Humanity Takes A Break For Art

Lisa Green reports from East Chatham. Supporters and volunteers for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity eased off from building homes and community for a bit on Sunday, April 22 with Brunch for Habitat, held at the Society of New Concord Meeting House. The program that followed the well-attended brunch featured Christopher Rothko, son of the artist Mark Rothko and author of “Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out.” For 25 years, the former psychologist has been engaged in promoting and presenting his father’s work, and he gave an illuminating talk about the artist’s philosophy. “He wanted us to shift our focus and draw our attention to the inner world,” Christopher Rothko said. As far as the outer world is concerned, Habit for Humanity covers that. The organization has four houses under construction and fosters programs such as The Ancram Rural Build, which help families whose occupations support Columbia County’s agricultural economy find a home with an affordable mortgage. [Above, Brenda Adams, executive director of Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, with Peter Cervi, president of its board of directors, and Jenny Nightingale, the event’s host.]


Isabel Rothko with her father, Christopher Rothko, who gave the presentation about the work of his father, the artist Mark Rothko.


Sharon Lips and Lisa Thomas of Stair Galleries; Henrique Nogueira with Tina Williams, who is the human resources director at Lowe’s in Hudson.


Sara McWilliams and Barry McWilliams.


Stone House Properties’ Nancy Cuddihy with Diane Hersey; Artist Jeanne Butler and Jack Butler, who have been renovating their second home right in New Concord.


Laurie Schnerson, Chris Kersten, Mary Lou Kersten, owner of Hillsdale Country Realty, and Steve Bluestone, a builder and founder of ICF Panels.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 04/23/18 at 09:37 AM • Permalink

Hancock Shaker Village Celebrates Susan Merrill’s Life And Art

Lisa Green reports from Pittsfield. For the past 12 years, spring at Hancock Shaker Village has signaled not only the Baby Animals on the Farm weeks, but also a new exhibit of farm animal paintings by the Berkshires’ beloved artist Susan Merrill. Although Merrill passed away last year, Hancock Shaker Village elected to keep the tradition by honoring the artist, and on Saturday, April 14, held a reception to open “Susan Merrill: A Celebration” in the Poultry House Gallery. Merrill’s legacy lives on in her extraordinary collection of barnyard scenes that help us see her subjects in new ways. “Susan captured familiar faces for us, so we could remember our connection to nature,” states the exhibition’s signage. “This year, we celebrate her art and remember her with love.” As do all of her many longtime admirers. [Above, Jennifer Trainer Thompson, HSV’s president and CEO, with Richard Seltzer, president of the board; both were thrilled with the record attendance on opening day prior to the reception.]


Susan Merrill’s family members in attendance included her niece Kristin Johnson, daughter Daisy Rockwell and sister Pepper Crofoot; Sarah Hatch and David Nolan.


Sculptor Tom Fahsbender and Jennifer Almquist, a photographer; Musician David Edwards and dancer Ruslan Sprague (Merrill’s son); the two collaborated on music for one of Sprague’s dances.


Olivia Cavanagh, Lara Ryan, Peter Cavanagh, Jane Ryan and Sarah Horne.


Robin Lamb and David Lamb; production designer Carl Sprague greets guests at his late wife’s exhibition.


After viewing Susan Merrill’s vibrant animal paintings and drawings, attendees got to take an after-hours peek at the live baby animals in the Round Stone Barn.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 04/15/18 at 03:01 PM • Permalink