Art all around the hills

Glass, Old Masters from the Prado, new soundscapes influenced by Afro-Caribbean music … Now that the BTW Fall Magazine is live, I’m also updating the website here for the fall — starting with art shows and exhibits at museums, exhibits and spaces in and around the Berkshire region and  Southern Vermont. In the photo at the top, Nancy Callan’s glass orbs in bright colors gleam in the ferns in Julia’s Garden in the ‘Nature of Glass’ show at Chesterwood, now extended through Oct. 10. (Photo by Kate Abbott)

These are nonprofit and community organizations.

Arrowhead — Historic house where Herman Melville wrote “Moby-Dick.” House tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily into October, Michael Melle straw sculptures. Home of the Berkshire Historical Society. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-1793.

Becket Arts Center — Exhibit with Mary Anne Davis, Arthur Hillman and Scott Taylor, mixed media, paintings and photographs, through Sept. 18. Gallery hours noon to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, shop with local artists’ and artisans’ jewelry, cards, prints, ceramics, books, and music. 7 Brooker Hill Road (off Route 8), Becket.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — ‘Trailing Off’ through Oct. 7. Solo exhibit by Brooklyn N.Y. painter Robin Williams: scenes infused with references from René Magritte’s Son of Man to Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Botanical Garden — “Benched: Come Take a Seat in the Garden” through Sept. 15, display of 25 to 30 benches by local artists and artisans including Berkshire woodworkers guild. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day, tours 11 a.m. Monday to Saturday. Route 183 and Route 102, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshire

Berkshire Carousel — 33 hand-carved and hand-painted horses, accessible chariot, rocking chariot and spinning tub. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Workshops, tours, shop wth local artisans, pop corn, ice cream and local food. 50 Center St., Pittsfield. 413-499-0457,

Berkshire Museum — “Finding Raven: Art and Stories from the Northwest Coast,” through Oct. 30. North Pacific peoples tell their stories in art, the Haida, Tsimshian, Kwak’waka’wakw, Tlingit and more. “Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite,” photography and sculpture through Oct. 30 with Hancock Shaker Village. Melissa Matsuki Lillie, Paintings and collages with natural forms and vibrant colors in the BerkshireNow Gallery, through Nov. 20. Newly renovated Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, Hudson River School paintings, classical art, gallery of American Indian art and culture. Little Cinema films. Hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171,

Chesterwood — Contemporary sculpture show: “The Nature of Glass: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2016” through Sept. 18, curated by Jim Schantz of Schantz Galleries, with 12 nationally recognized glass artists including William Carlson, Daniel Clayman, Richard Jolley, and Tom Patti. House and studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial and other monumental works. Open daily through Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with interpreters in the studio and residence. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3579,

Clark Art Institute — “Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado,” with the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 28 Old Master paintings of the nude,through Oct. 28. “Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill exhibition,” in galleries and on trails through Oct. 10. Thomas Schüte, “Crystal” outdoor installation on Stone Hill. Permanent collection of impressionist art, Renoir, Monet, Degas, and 19th-century artists including John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, George Innes, silver and more. Trails and café. Hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303,

Crane Papermaking Museum — Drop-in papermaking artspace and museum documenting papermaking from 1770 to today. All ages welcome for hands-on papermaking with rag pulp, screens and presses, ink and stamps. Museum hours 1 to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; papermaking Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. off Route 9 and West Housatonic Street, Dalton. 413-684-6380.

Field Farm — 1967 post-modern guest house and folly designed by Ulrich Franzen for art collector Lawrence Bloedel. Periodic art and architecture tours compare architectural philosophies. Trails and grounds open daily, free. 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown, 413-458-3135,

Frelinghuysen Morris House Museum — Cubist and Modernist masters from Picasso to Miro in the collection of artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen. Open through Oct. 10. 92 Hawthorne St., Lenox. 413-637-0166,

Hancock Shaker Village — “Living on Earth:  The Work of Robert Hite,” site-specific sculptures, paintings and photographs around the Village and in the Poultry House Gallery through Oct. 30 and at Berkshire Museum. Living Designs and Shared Values: Highlights from the Jane P. Fitzpatrick Quilt Collection,” through Oct. 30, exhibit of antique American quiltsin the hallways and bedrooms of the historic 1830 Brick Dwelling. “Spirit houses and woodland wonders” miniature spirit houses made out of twigs, pebbles, pine cones and things found on the Farm and Forest Trail. “Heaven on Earth: A Shaker Introduction” and Carol Kinzel’s “Views of the Village” through Oct. 30. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield.

IS183 Art School — Arts Night Out, 7 to 9 p.m. second Fridays monthly, all welcome for informal time in Stockbridge art studios. Workshops in painting, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, photography and more. Exhibits and events. Locations at 13 Willard Hill Road (off Route 183) in Stockbridge and 49 Main St., North Adams. 413-298-5252.

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts — Mastheads construction exhibit on writing spaces to house artists-in-residence in the Berkshires in keeping with historic writers, opens Sept. 23. The Visual Poetry of Suburban Pittsfield by Artist Morris Bennet, paintings around the city, Oct. 7 to 29. Berkshire Art Association hosts Othering juried exhibition reflecting on experiences of exclusion, Nov. 4 to 26. Monthly rotating exhibits year-round taking part in First Fridays Artswalks. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Free. Drop-in drumming classes with Gaia Roots, Mondays, 6 p.m. beginner and 7 p.m. advanced. 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9348,

Makers Mill — Maker space with screen-printing studio, printing and bookbinding equipment, looms, figure drawing collective 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays. Art and craft workshops, open studio hours. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073,

Mason Library — The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Sept. 26 to Oct. 23, photography exhibit showing the diversity of new Massachusetts citizens. 231 Main Street, Great Barrington. 413-528-2403,

Mass Audubon — Art in the Barn exhibit of statewide wildlife and nature photography contest, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors, Oct. 15 to 30. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320,

Mass MoCA — “Nick Cave: Until,” artist celebrated for wearable Soundsuits turns a football-field-sized gallery into an installation with found objects, creating a meditation on racism and a performance space for dance, music, theater, pop art, spoken word, community forums and debates, opening Oct. 15. “Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder” group show at the edges of art and science; “Here Comes the Sun,” Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Federico Uribe’s magical, colorful, sculptural menagerie of animals, and Chicago-based artist Nick Cave’s “Kaleidoscopic Playground,” an art-making lab. Alex Da Corte “Free Roses,” Sarah Crowner “Beetle in the Leaves,” “The Space Between” opening in stairwells, covered bridges, sunlit niches, brick-lined courtyards and cracks in the pavement; Ran Hwang, ‘Untethered,” birds created with buttons and pins; Barbara Takenaga, “Nebraska” mural; Kidspace exhibit; Sol LeWitt paintings, “A Wall Drawing Retrospective”; “All These Vanished Engines” and “All Utopias Fell” installations in Speedway. Franz West. Permanent — Anselm Kiefer gallery, Sol LeWitt Retrospective, Joseph Beuys. North Adams.

MCLA Gallery 51 — Secrets too beautiful to keep Sept. 29 through Nov. 20. Shelley Chamberlin and Michelle Daly’s interdisciplinary exhibition exploring vulnerability, metaphor, absurdist humor and personal history across a 14-year friendship. 51 Main St., North Adams. 413-662-5253,

Milne Library — Hoosic River Watershed Association presents ‘Reflections on the River,’ an exhibition of works by local artists, paintings, prints, photographs, and collages through September. Monthly rotating exhibits. 1095 Main St., Williamstown. 413-458-5369,

Monterey Library — Anne Shatas and William Carlson, ‘Rediscovered and Reconsidered,’ ceramics, found objects and geometric sculpture, through Sept. 24. Rotating exhibits at the Knox Gallery, 452 Main Road, Monterey. 413-528-3795,

The Mount — Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton’s house, gardens and grounds with Sculpture Now “Remix” show and artist tours through Oct. 31. Exhibits on Wharton’s writing and life. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5111,

Naumkeag —  “Parallel Visions: Photographs of Gardens in China and at Naumkeag” by Lois Conner, through Columbus Day Weekend. Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White, with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele, house tours. 413-298-3239 (weekdays), 413-298-8138 (weekends). Trustees of Reservations,

New Marlborough Meetinghouse — 19th Annual Show with eight local artists including Shawn Fields and Ann Getsinger, and photographer Larry Burke of Bard College at Simons Rock, through Oct. 2. Gallery hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road, New Marlborough. 413-229-2785,

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast” through Dec. 4, Political cartoonist Thomas Nast’s controversial career and the powerful images that shaped public opinion and several presidential elections. “Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World,” group show of realists, abstractionists and illustrators through Oct. 29. “Build a Better Baby Carriage” 100th anniversary celebration. Historic Property and Build a Better Baby Carriage walks 2 p.m. Thursdays in October. Norman Rockwell illustrations, Saturday Evening Post covers. Rockwell’s studio open to October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Route 183, Stockbridge.

OMI International Arts Center — Fields Sculpture Park and visitors center gallery with new works. 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y., 518-392-4747,

Sandisfield Arts Center — ‘Shodou: Traveling Along the Long Path of Writing Japanese Calligraphy’ with Michelle Arnot through Sept. 25. Paintings / drawings by Robin Crofut-Brittingham Oct. 9 to 30, mythological and natural landscapes. 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield. 413-258-4100,

Shire City Sanctuary — Monthly rotating exhibits by local artists. Maker space with screen printing shop, sewing lab, commercial kitchen, studios, meeting and event space. Timber framing workshop in Oct. and Nov. with barn raising Nov. 19. Workshops and day passes available for studio equipment. Art exhibits rotating monthly at Pittsfield First Friday Artswalk. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. 413-236-9600,

Whitney Center for the Arts — Work by award-winning photojournalist Ken Franckling, author of ‘Jazz in the Key of Light,’ in October. Monthly rotating art exhibits and artswalk celebrations on first Fridays. Cabarets, children’s concerts, WordxWord poetry and story slams and more. 42 Whitney Ave., Pittsfield. 413-443-0298,

Williams College Museum of Art — David Zink Yi solo show of life-sized carved mollusks and wooden sound sculptures opens Oct 6: Born in Peru and trained as a sculptor in Germany, Zink Yi has studied percussion in Cuba for more than a decade, and many of his videos reflect the influence of Afro-Caribbean music.‘State of Obedience’ works in many media by Matthew Ronay, Barklay Hendricks, Mary Ellen Mark, Patty Chang, Glenn Ligon and others addressing violence, unease and stances against unjust actions, opens Oct. 7. ‘Ritual Series’ by Michale Singer, sculpture on bronze, iron, copper, granite, stone and wood. Student Choice tours 1 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 29 to Nov. 19. Ongoing shows: The Anxiety of Influence: European and American Art 1689-1913; Not Set in Stone: Architectural Fragments from the Collections; Object Lab: Art across the Disciplines; Sol LeWitt: On the Wall. 15 Lawrence Hall drive, Williamstown 413-597-2429,


Southern Vermont

Bennington Center for the Arts — From the permenant collection: Women in art, Impressions of New England from the Laumeister Fine Arts Competition, “The Hunters,” “The Hunted,” Birds. Covered Bridge Museum, American Indian art, wildlife art, bird carvings by Floyd Scholz and a collection of Eric Sloane paintings. Hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday. 44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, Vt. 802-442-7158,

Bennington College — VBS (violent burning sunset) in Usdan Gallery Sept. 20 to Oct. 16: Material artworks in grey tones and works in vivid color. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt.

Bennington Museum — Jane Stickle Quilt annual display through Oct. 10. “Milton Avery’s Vermont,” solo exhibit on the American colorist painter through Nov. 6, paintings, watercolors and sketches. Duane Michaels, “Photographs from the Floating World,” through Oct. 30. Paintings by Mark Barry through Oct. 2. Paper Gallery, “Grandma” Moses gallery, textiles, ceramics and weather vanes to drawings, paintings and sculpture. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington, Vt.

Marble House Project — Artseed free talks, performances, open studios and more on Tuesdays through October with artists-in-residence. 1161 Dorset West Road, Dorset, Vt.

North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show — 19th annual group show of 38 nationally known and local artists, outdoor and large-scale work curated by Joe Chirchirillo, through Oct. 25 in the Sculpture Park, 48 Main St., North Bennington. 201-983-9062

Southern Vermont Arts Center — ‘Chromatic’ National Fall Exhibit through Oct. 16, ‘Creation’ by Kathryn Wiegers and 20 Years Retrospective with David Brewster through Oct. 3. ‘Harmonic Resonance: Return to the Mythic,’ Terry Hauptman and Hugh Joudry, Oct. 8 to Nov. 11. Outdoor sculpture and trails. Hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive, Manchester, Vt. 802-362-1405,

Vermont Arts Exchange — Nova Scotia series by Mallory Bratton Rich, paintings inspired by a 2015 trip. through Dec. 2, Taconic Spine, 3505 Richville Road, Manchester, Vt. Exhibits, concerts and events. Art workshops at locations in North Bennington. 802-442-5549,


New York State

Art OMI — OMI International Arts Center, Field Sculpture Park and rotating gallery exhibits of contemporary artwork: Rob Fisher’s Omi Pond House, Folkert de Jong’s metal sculpture involving war and tragedy, Freya Powell’s ‘Active Turn: Home’ steel zoetrope, Andreas Savva’s ‘Oval Frontiers’ and more. visitors center open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round. Residencies in art, music, writing. 1405 N.Y. County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y.

Columbia County Council on the Arts — Hours 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. 209 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. 518-671-6213.

Salem Art Works — Cary House Gallery. Outdoor sculpture park, trails. Public welcome for self-guided tours year-round, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday from October to May. Guided tours in office hours; call ahead. Workshops in painting, ceramics, glassblowing, blacksmithing and more. Studio space and equipment for metal-casting, glass, woodworking, forge, print shop, welding. 19 Cary Lane, Salem, N.Y. 518-854-7674,

Spencertown Academy — Painter Scott Thomas Balfe and photographer Jane McWhorter, winners of last year’s Spencertown Academy juried regional art exhibition, Sept. 24 to Oct. 9. Annual juried art show Oct. 15 to Nov. 13, curated by Nicole Hays, curator of the Fields Sculpture Park and Gallery at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, N.Y. Gallery hours: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.

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