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

Orange and gold tulips bloom at the annual Daffodil and Tulip Festival at Naumkeag in Stockbridge.
Apr 21 2024 @ 10:00 am
Naumkeag's annual Spring Celebration returns for its 5th year, as the eight acres of gardens bloom with bulbs to celebrate spring in the Berkshires.
Young lambs curl up together at Hancock Shaker Village.
Apr 21 2024 @ 10:30 am
Celebrate the arrival of spring with the village's merino sheep as they get their annual haircuts in a woollyweekend of family fun with all the baby animals.
A boy and a lamb walk by the pasture at Hancock Shaker Village.
Apr 21 2024 @ 11:00 am
Hancock Shaker Village welcomes visitors to meet their newest farm babies – lambs, piglets, calves, chicks and kid goats, and enjoy events and activities throughout the Village.

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