Parties & Openings
April 14 – Pittsfield
Susan Merrill Exhibit Opening
April 7 – Ghent
Ghent Playhouse Gala
March 31 – Hudson
Lil' Deb's Commitment Ceremony
Toasting “Woodland Style” at Berkshire Museum
Cultural correspondent Bess J.M. Hochstein reports from Pittsfield: Artists, home décor devotees, and other friends and fans of Marlene Marshall converged on Berkshire Museum on Saturday, September 25, for her book signing. An artist, art teacher, and author, Marshall’s latest book, Woodland Style, was released recently by Storey Publishing. This exploration of artists and home designers who use elements from nature in their work was also the springboard for a new exhibition of the same name that she curated at Berkshire Museum, which sprouted this month in the lobby and spreads up the grand stairway, and will grow into the gateway for the museum’s annual Festival of Trees—themed Storybook Forest —in November. The artists included in the initial phase of Woodland Style are based in or near the Berkshires, making this a locavore show, a theme reflected in the hors d’oeuvres supplied by Dottie’s that were inspired by recipes in the book such as Jerusalem artichoke latkes with apple sauce and petit wild mushroom tartlets, which were accompanied, naturally, by organic wines.
Author, artist, and teacher Marlene Marshall, who has written several home design books and curated the Woodland Style exhibition, with Hudson interior designer Dusty Simi; Ron Bernstein with artist Mona Mark of Chatham, NY.
West Stockbridge framer Robin Schmitt and her son, Nicholas Schmitt, an edible landscaper, with artist Joan Meakin of Windsor, CT, whose work is in the show; ceramist Ellen Grenadier, whose work is in the show and the book, with Berkshire Museum director of interpretation Maria Mingalone .
Interior designer Sarah Thorne, with her husband, woodworker Peter Thorne, who has work in the book, and author/artist/curator Marlene Marshall.
Cathy Deely with Mayme Stensfield, a fashion photography stylist; Faye Minsky and Barbara Beach, who traveled from Florida for their friend Marlene Marshall’s reception and book signing.
Nho Hoang, who works at Goldman Sachs in Boston, with Bill Russel, a dolphin trainer at the Boston Aquarium; jewelry designer Maris Nichols with photographer Keith Emerling.
Adam Carmichael & Alee Marsh of Storey Publishing, which released Woodland Style, with photographer Lisa Vollmer; Pittsfield artist Julio Granda and Sara Kataoka heading into the book signing/reception with Pittsfield cultural development commissioner Megan Whilden.
Artist Reggie Madison of Athens, NY with artist & pre-school teacher Sue McVeety and musician and singer Bob McVeety of the BTUs, who played later that evening at the Chesterwood Cider Mash Bash.