Art in the region

Summer 2017 art shows and exhibits brighten museums and maker spaces in and around the Berkshire region, Southern Vermont and New York State. In the photo above, Architect Alexander Konstantinov, one of the designers of the newly opened Turn Park outdoor sculpture exhibit in West Stockbridge, smiles at Nicolas Silis’ Don Quixote. (Photo by Susan Geller.)

These are nonprofit and community organizations.




Arrowhead — Berkshire sculptor  Michael Melle’s fairy straw sculptures on the grounds, opening June 3. Moby-Dick, the Movie Exhibit opening June 27. Opening of Captain Ahab Garden Gnome exhibit opening July 4.  Fairy House exhibit opening Aug. 14. Historic house where Herman Melville wrote Moby-Dick. House tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, May 23 to Oct, Michael Melle straw sculptures. Home of the Berkshire Historical Society. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-1793.

Artscape — Public outdoor art exhibit through downtown Pittsfield with themes from local history, current events and the natural world. Self-guided tours, info at Pittsfield Visitors Center, City Hall and Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. Free. 413-499-9368

Becket Arts Center — Works of Amalia FourHawks, Wendy Jensen, Ivor Parry, and Carolyn Wells June 24 to July 16; work of Margie Skaggs, Iva Kalikow, Liz Titone, and Frank Tencza, July to Aug. 13; Becket Arts Center Members’ Exhibition opens Aug. 19, artwork of Ben Porway, Nathan Hanford, Ilene Spiewak, and Roz Sommer through Aug. 27; Gallery hours noon to 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, shop with local artists’ and artisans’ jewelry, cards, prints, ceramics, books, and music. Adult art workshops, children’s dance classes. Yoga 8:30 a.m. Fridays in July and August. 7 Brooker Hill Road (off Route 8), Becket.

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Play Date: Playhouses in the Garden through Sept. 24, summer exhibit of whimsical play spaces for the garden, imagined by local artists, artisans and designers — timber frame cottages, a shepherd’s wagon, twig buildings, a treehouse and more. Plein air painting workshops beginning in early July. Contained Exuberance, annual exhibition of decorative container gardens created by designers, Aug. 12 to Sept. 24. 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 —Tirty-three 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 — Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World, through Sept. 4: Explore the science, sound, and cultural impact of the guitar in a family friendly installation that contains more than 70 instruments, from the rare and antique to the popular and innovative, as well as videos, audio stations, hands-on interactives, models, touchscreens and photographs. Play the world’s largest guitar, 43.5 feet long and 16 feet wide, certified by Guinness World Records. Newly renovated Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, Hudson River School paintings, classical art, gallery of American Indian art and culture. Little Cinema films weekly. 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,

Community Access to the Arts — “I Am a Part of Art,” painting, drawing, collage created by CATA artists with disabilities, July 1 to Aug. 22, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. July 7 to 31, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield

Chesterwood — Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood opens June 10: curated by Sharon Bates, commissioned new artworks and adapted works by 15 artists including Roberley Bell, Roger Bisbing, Isidro Blasco, Colin C. Boyd, Matt Crane, Couglas Culhane, Brian Kane and Michael Oatman, Matt LaFleur, Portia Munson, Derek Parker, Amy Podmore, Chrissy Scolaro, Amelia Toelke and Deborah Zlotsky. Plein Air Painting Class July 13 to Aug. 17 with IS183. Historic house, studio, gardens and grounds of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial and other monumental works on 122 acres. Open daily May 27 to Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays to 7 p.m. in July and August, with interpreters in the studio and residence. Stockbridge. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3579,

Clark Art Institute — Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design  summer exhibition that reunites the components of Henry Gurdon Marquand’s music room, a famous interior of the Gilded Age created around the unique piano in the Clark’s collection, June 4 to Sept. 4. Picasso | Encounters, large-scale printmaking throughout his career with paintings on loan from the Musée national Picasso–Paris, June 4 to Aug. 27. As in Nature: large paintings by Helen Frankenthaler from the 1950s through the 1990s, focusing on nature as a longstanding inspiration, July 1 to Oct. 9. No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts, July 1 to Sept. 24. In July and August: Yoga on the terrace 9 a.m. Mondays; Cubist Portraits, 1 p.m. Tuesdays; Brought to Light: Works on Paper program 1 p.m. Wednesdays; Soak Stain wall-hangings inspired by Helen Frankenthaler, 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays; and daily gallery talks 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. 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.

DownStreet Art — Monthly rotating exhibits highlighting local artists. Exhibits around town rotate monthly: DownStreet Art Thursdays with exhibition openings, performance, happenings and downtown art, music and culture. 5 to 8 p.m. North Adams.

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

First Fridays Artswalk — Shows open monthly with regional artists in the Upstreet Cultural District on first Friday of the month, openings 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Berkshire Museum, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Shire City Sanctuary, Whitney Center for the Arts and more than a dozen pop up locations with live entertainment, free. Tour leaves from the intermodal center at 5. After-party 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., free. Downtown Pittsfield, 413-443-6501,

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio — Historic art deco house of 1920s artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen with paintings, frescos, sculptures and Cubist collection. “See Their World” vintage films from the 1930s Morris took in France, Belgium, Holland, Korea and India, displayed in the Studio. Paintings by Suzy Frelinghuysen. Painting demonstrations with professional artists from the community, 11 a.m. Fridays. “Has your Creativity Been Hiding” on select Saturday mornings  with director/artist Kinney Frelinghuysen on looking at modern art, and short workshops after each tour: Guided tours Thursday to Sunday hourly, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22 to Labor Day, Thursday to Saturday through Oct. 8, Thursday to Saturday Sept. 6 to Oct. 9. Berkshire residents’ half-priced tour 10 a.m. Thursdays. 92 Hawthorne St., Lenox. 413-637-9790,

Hancock Shaker Village —  Making: Then and Now, work by Gregory Crewdson, Don Gummer, Stephen Hannock, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin and David Teeple, exhibit opens July 1. Days of Youth: The Lives of Shaker Children exhibit explores the experiences of children at Shaker villages from Maine to Kentucky. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield.

Hilltown6 Pottery Tour — Open Studios tour of nine ceramics artists at eight studios with guest artists and demonstrations of hand building, wheel throwing and decoration, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ashfield, Cummington, Westhampton, Windsor and Worthington. Map and full schedule at

Housatonic Valley Art League — Artists in the Southern Berkshires hold annual member show, juried show and small works exhibition through the summer. Life drawing sessions 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Sheffield library, 413-229-5951.

IS183 Art School — Arts Night Out, 7 to 9 p.m. second Fridays monthly, all welcome for informal time in Stockbridge art studios. Teen Tuesdays 6 to 8:30 Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. Workshops in painting, ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, photography and more, including publishing picture books, mixed-media collage and contemporary clay. Exhibits and events. Locations at 13 Willard Hill Road (off Route 183) in Stockbridge and 49 Main St., North Adams. 413-298-5252.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Jumps, exhibit celebrating 85 Jacob’s Pillow seasons, exclusive new collection of original images connecting today’s artists with pioneering dancers of  the past, from John Lindquist’s photos of the Men Dancers to Christopher Duggan’s season image of Camille A. Brown, in Blake’s Barn, noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday. Inside the Dancer’s Art, Rose Eichenbaum’s 30-year career of photographing and interviewing veteran and emerging dancers, in Ted Shawn Theatre, opens an hour before performances. Maira Kalman’s Principles of Uncertainty, show in tandem with her Dance Heginbotham collaboration. Doris Duke Theatre, opens an hour before performances, and A body in Fukushima, historian/photographer William Johnston’s images of Eiko Otake, in Fukushima, Japan, in 2014 and 2016 after an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns hit the area, capturing capture Eiko’s responseand the evolving landscape, July 5 to 30, Doris Duke porch. All free. 358 George Carter Road, Becket. 413-243-9919;

Lenox Library —  Adrienne Miesmer and Susie Crofut, art show of watercolors and ceramics in the Welles Gallery, June 2 to 16. West Stockbridge-Richmond Artist Guild show July 6 to 20. Lenox

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts — Face Them exhibit in June exploring issues from animal cruelty to global warming, gun control, human trafficking and population explosion with curator and collage artist Barbara Arpante, printamaker and photographer Peggy Braun, writer Roselle Chartock, naturalist and writer Thom Smith, National geographic photorapher John Stanmeyer,and Pulitzer Prize Winning and Boston Globe Photographer Craig Walker and more; Community Access to the Arts in July; Karen Chase artwork in August. Monthly rotating exhibits year-round changing at 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 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and free knitting circle 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Art and craft workshops, open studio hours. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073,

Mass MoCA — New building opens, making this the one of the largest contemporary art museums in the country, with James Turrell light installation; Gunnar Schonbeck’s colossal instruments in No Experience Required; Louise Bourgeois marble sculpture; Jenny Holzer light projections; Laurie Anderson studio, audio archive and art space; Thumbs up for the Mothership collaborative installation by Dawn DeDeaux and Lonnie Holley; Mary Lum, large-scale wall work for the bike tunnel; Barbara Ernst Prey, watercolor over an acre of space. Chicago-based artist Nick Cave’s “Until,” installation with found objects creates a meditation on racism and a performance space for dance, music, theater, pop art, spoken word and community forums. In the Abstract group show; Steffani Jemison’s Plant You Now, Dig You Later, exploring language and literacy in black history; Elizabeth King’s Radical Small, human figures and light; Tanja Hollander’s Are You Really My Friend, photography exploring digital relationships; Chris Domenick 50days; Julianne Schwartz, tonal walkway; Spencer Finch, Cosmic Latte, LED constellations; Ran Hwang, ‘Untethered,” birds created with buttons and pins; Barbara Takenaga, “Nebraska” mural; Kidspace exhibit; covered bridges, sunlit niches, brick-lined courtyards; Sol LeWitt paintings, “A Wall Drawing Retrospective”; “All These Vanished Engines” and “All Utopias Fell” installations in Speedway. Franz West. Anselm Kiefer gallery, Sol LeWitt Retrospective, Joseph Beuys. North Adams.

MCLA Gallery 51 — Babel’s Bricks May 27 to July 20, Cloud Headed Artists July 27 to Aug. 27, 3 Second Stories Aug. 31 to Sept. 24. Rotating exhibits in partnership with MCLA Design Lab and Berkshire Cultural Resources Council. Hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 51 Main St., North Adams. Free.

Monterey Library — Nancy Johnson, Repsychled: Sculpture and Assemblage June 9 to July 22; James Singelis and Linda Skipper, paintings and ceramics Aug. 4 to Sept. 9; Maureen Kelleher, mixed media Sept. 15 to Oct. 21 at the Knox Gallery, Hours 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Free. 452 Main Road, Monterey. 413-28-3795,

The Mount — Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton’s house, gardens and grounds with Sculpture show opening in June and artist tours through the summer. Exhibits on Wharton’s writing and life. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5111,

Naumkeag —  Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White, with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele, daily tours beginning June 1. 413-298-3239 (weekdays), 413-298-8138 (weekends). Trustees of Reservations,

Norman Rockwell Museum — Rockwell, Warhol, and The American Century exhibit links two artists who embraced populism, shaped national identity and opened new ways of seeing in 20th century America. James Warhola: Uncle Andy and Other Stories, exhibit of work by contemporary illustrator influenced by his uncle, Andy Warhol, both opening June 10. Learning from the Masters: The Famous Artists School, creative methods of Norman Rockwell, Harold von Schmidt, John Atherton, Al Parker, Al Dorne, Fred Ludekens, Ben Stahl, Peter Helck, Stevan Dohanos, Jon Whitcomb, Austin Briggs, and Robert Fawcett, opening July 20. Norman Rockwell illustrations, Saturday Evening Post covers. Art intensive workshops in July and August. Rockwell’s studio open to October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historic property walks and sculptural installations of Peter Rockwell, a noted stone carver and historian, and the artist’s youngest son, 2 p.m. Thursdays in July, August, September. Summer sketch club for kids Tuesdays, Kids Create on Wednesdays and Draw in on Thursdays in July and August. Week-long art workshops. Stockbridge.

Sandisfield Arts Center —  Sibyl Perry solo show June 3 to 30, landscape paintings and imaginative scenes; Tina Grammer solo show July 1 to 29; Ann Marie Light, paintings, Aug. 5 to 26; Setsuko Winchester, photographs from the Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project, crossing 16,000 miles of the U.S. to some of the most remote parts of the country, where 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were once imprisoned during World War II, Sept. 2 to 30: will be part of the Photography Exhibition for the 75th Anniversary of FDR’s signing of Executive Order 9066 at the FDR Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York,  5 Hammertown Road (off Route 57), 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. Sewing circle, drop-in public print sessions 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, free. Workshops and day passes available for studio equipment. Art exhibits rotating monthly at Pittsfield First Friday Artswalk. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield.

Turn Park — Sculpture Park: Contemporary exhibit of wood sculpture and 16 acres of sculpture by Vladimir Lemport and nonconformist Soviet sculptors, Russian artists active in the 1960s, with performance spaces and gentle walking trails and indoor exhibit of works on paper by Nicolay Silis. 2 Moscow Road, West Stockbridge.

Whitney Center for the Arts — 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 — Talks in the galleries and activities on the terrace Thursday evenings in July and August, and summer seminars select Wednesdays at noon.Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography, monumental print, Autobiography, with motifs from throughout his career, x-ray imagery of his body, his astronomical chart, photographs, records of his first performance, in a show delving into the newly opened Rauschenberg Foundation Archives and original works of art, through Aug. 20. Lex and Love: Meleko Mokgosi (Botswana, b. 1981) Williams ’07: Democratic Intuition project, immense murals investigate the irresolvable contradictions of democracy, through Sept. 17. Accession Number: Works WCMA acquired between 1960 and 1962, from ancient Egyptian amulets and Chinese Qing dynasty vases to William Morris Hunt’s painting of Niagara Falls, through Aug. 20. Reading Room: The People’s Library with Reference Desk 1 to 3 p.m.Tuesdays and Fridays. Lending Library: Borrow a game, a picnic blanket or a book to enjoy inside or outside the museum. 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 Museum — Grandma Moses: American Modern exhibition reexamining American artist Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses and reestablishing her within the canon of mid-century American Modern Art, July 1 to Nov. 15. Historic 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt Sept. 2 to Oct. 9. Vermont Life Gallery coming soon, dedicated to breaking down the barriers that have traditionally separated craft from art, folk from fine. “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 6 p.m. Tuesdays, May to Oct., with artists-in-residence, with Wine over Marble reception 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Marble West Inn. Chefs in residence create inventive dinners several times a month. Culinary workshops all summer. 1161 Dorset West Road, Dorset, Vt.

North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show — 20th annual group show of nationally known and local artists, outdoor and large-scale work curated by Joe Chirchirillo in the Sculpture Park, 48 Main St., North Bennington. 201-983-9062

Southern Vermont Arts Center — Vermont Glass Guild through July 2. Summer Solo Shows: Pamela Bennett Ader, Ken Ahlering, Martha Armstrong, Anne Harhay, Pavel Kraus, Ann Scott, Carolyn Shattuck, and the Vermont Pastel Society May 27 to July 9. I Chose Film: Film Photography in the 21st Century, July 8 to Aug. 27. 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.

Vermont Arts Exchange — Exhibits, concerts and events. Summer art camps and workshops at locations in North Bennington. 802-442-5549,


New York State


OMI International Arts Center — Fields Sculpture Park and visitors center gallery and rotating gallery exhibits of contemporary artwork: New sculptures by Tony Tasset, Tom Burr, Charles Long and Matt Wedel. In the gallery, site-specific installation by Andre Kruysen with drawings by Joan Banach. Gosia Wlodarczak site-specific drawing on the glass wall.visitors center open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round. Spring exhibits open May 27. Residencies in art, music, writing. Children’s workshops. 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y., 518-392-4747,

Salem Art Works — Unloading of large wood kiln, conersation with firers and potters. 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.

Spencertown Academy — Art from Farm to Table, invitational multimedia exhibit by 15 regional artists with landscapes, buildings, farm life, flowers, vegetables, insects and animals, June 3 to 18. Juried Photography Show curated by photographer Jack Shear, executive director of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, June 24 to July 16. The Curator as Artist, mixed media collages, photographs, drawings and paintings by Spencertown Academy Arts Center gallery curators Norma Cohen, Leslie Gabosh, Barbara Lax, Lynn Rothenberg and Barbara Willner, July 22 to Aug. 13. Gallery hours: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.