Art in the region

Fall 2017 art shows and exhibits brighten museums and maker spaces in and around the Berkshire region, Southern Vermont and New York State.

These are nonprofit and community organizations.




Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Fortune [Teller] Chatter, award-winning artists Sangram Majumdar, a Brooklyn-based artist who works from found imagery; Dominic Terlizzi,a Baltimore-based artist who builds mosaic surfaces from cast paint; and Karla Wozniak, a San Francisco Bay Area artist whose paintings are filled with marks and color, through Oct. 30. Daniel Arts Center’s Hillman-Jackson Gallery. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Becket Arts Center — 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 — Wonder World: Three Artists Define Nature’s Magic, an exhibition of Bugs, paintings by Susan Merrill, and Botanicals photography by Jane McWhorter and John MacGruer, in Leonhardt Galleries in the Center House through Nov. 24. Hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926.

Berkshire Carousel —Thirty-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 — Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash, a solo exhibition of paintings and sculptures by a Berkshire artist from drawings and watercolors created in 1967 and 1968 to a recent series of gouache on paper pieces of a vivid array of birds. Images from the Berkshire Camera Club, through Dec. 31. Whimsical, Wonderful Festival of Trees  Nov. 18 to Jan. 7, more than 100 trees decorated with imagination and tales of fantasy and whimsy, strange juxtapositions and marvelous scenes, and a quizzical, fanciful treasure hunt for hidden objects. 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,

Chesterwood — Historic house, studio, gardens and grounds of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial and other monumental works on 122 acres. Open daily through 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 — As in Nature: large paintings by Helen Frankenthaler from the 1950s through the 1990s, focusing on nature as a longstanding inspiration, through Oct. 9. The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec, Nov. 5 to Jan. 28: Prints and drawings from the 1860s to the 1890s inclucing drawings by Claude Monet, color woodcuts by Paul Gauguin, etchings by Édouard Manet, pastels by Edgar Degas, and color lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Laborers, performers, and racehorses in settings that vary from the French countryside and far-flung islands to Parisian cafés and dancehalls. 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 — Spotlighting local artists. Exhibits around town rotate monthly through October: 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,

Hancock Shaker Village —  Making: Then and Now, work by Gregory Crewdson, Don Gummer, Stephen Hannock, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin and David Teeple. 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.

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.

Lenox Library —  Welles Gallery, rotating exhibits. West Stockbridge-Richmond Artist Guild show July 6 to 20. Lenox

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts — 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 — Newly opened Building 6 makes 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. Liz Glynn, The Archaeology of Another Possible Form in Building 5. 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 retrospective, Joseph Beuys. North Adams.

MCLA Gallery 51 — Setsuko Winchester’s Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project, a solo exhibition, the first show of the entire series of photographs created for the project, which documents site-based installations of 120 yellow tea bowls to represent the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese-Americans to 10 internment camps in the American West during World War II. 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 — Ellen Piccolo: Sicilia and the Basque Country, paintings of commercial fleets in France, Spain and Italy, through 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. 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 through Oct. 29. James Warhola: Uncle Andy and Other Stories, exhibit of work by contemporary illustrator influenced by his uncle. 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. Norman Rockwell illustrations, Saturday Evening Post covers. Rockwell’s studio open into 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. Route 183, Stockbridge.

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 Art Space — 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 — Presence of Absence medieval artwork through a contemporary lens; Pink; 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 College — An exhibition of artist books by renowned publisher and book artist Gunnar Kaldewey in the Usdan Gallery, through Oct. 18. Founder of the Kaldewey Press in Poestenkill, N.Y., one of the leading presses for contemporary artist books with exhibitions worldwide. Small editions in cooperation with artists such as Mischa Kuball, Jonathan Lasker, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Richard Tuttle and Not Vital, with writers from all countries and periods, from Lao Tsu and Ovid to Samuel Beckett and Paul Celan. Gallery hours Tuesdays to Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Brooklyn media artist Alexandra Bell’s Counternarratives, supersized New York Times articles edited to reveal biases and assumptions about race and gender, on display outdoors on buildings across campus. Free. 1 College drive, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-4267,

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, through Nov. 15. Photographs by Laura Gilpin and Her Circle: Gertrude Käsebier, Clarence H. White, and Clara Sipprell through Dec. 30. Early Vermont Gallery newly opened with artifacts from 1761 to the early 1800s, challenging any barrier between craft and art. “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. Festival of Trees?

Marble House Project — Artseed free talks, performances, open studios and more 6 p.m. Tuesdays, through October, 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. After October?

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 — Rotating exhibits and 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.


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.