Behind the scenes with artists — #berkshireweekend

House centipedes groom themselves like cats, one leg and antennae at a time, Ashley Eliza Williams says. She has painted one shimmering on a blue-green background, large enough to show the fine hairs at the tips of the antennae and the graceful curves of each leg.

On a cool grey Saturday, MCLA invited me to talk with the artists in their fall art show, Reflecting Ecologies: Artists in Nature. As they focus in on a blown down branch, a river stone, they talk about the details and the interconnections they see in their work.

Malaika Ross creates graphite drawings and collage inspired by the microorganisms who live around plants’ roots. Whole worlds are living in a richly active layer of the soil.

Joan Hanley, Bill Botzow, MCLA professors Melanie Mowinski and Gregory Scheckler explore the woods and rivers. They sense changes in a river day by day across a season. A blue heron stands at the river’s edge. A goldfinch flaps his wings in a pattern to keep airborne. …

Artists conjure hope and resistance — Like Magic

A red maple fills the courtyard with color at Mass MoCA on a fall day.
Photo by Kate Abbott

A red maple fills the courtyard with color at Mass MoCA on a fall day.

At Mass MoCA, a group of artists are seeking ways to grow and go on when life and health and well-being feel fragile. … Read the story

Events coming up

Berkshire Botanical Garden offers plants, swags and crafts at its annual Gallery of Wreathes.
Dec 10 2023 @ 9:00 am
An annual tradition continues at Berkshire Botanical Garden with the Gallery of Wreaths, as many as 100 unique wreaths and an assortment of holiday-blooming amaryllis and paperwhites and more.
Ventfort Hall houses the Museum of the Gilded Age in Lenox.
Dec 10 2023 @ 10:00 am
Venfort Hall will hold a juried show of handmade works of art — jewelry, fine woven garments, wood vessels, sculpture, raku pottery, quilts, paintings, photography and more.
Ventfort Hall hangs stockings by the chimney. Photo by Susan Geller
Dec 10 2023 @ 10:00 am
Ventfort Hall is decorated for the holidays in 19th-century style, with lighted tree and stockings by the fire and more, and open for self-guided explorations.

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