Studios open and kilns and conversations – #berkshiresweekend

In the next week, we can make paper out of old jeans … or see a potter lift the top off a raku kiln while the bowls inside are glowing like molten glass.

Artsweek Berkshires is coming back to celebrate. And after a summer of wandering through museums and studios and fields, I’m thinking about what I would offer you. Where would I go to sit quietly with art that moves me on a summer afternoon?

In the morning, I would head up to Field Farm, to see Rose B. Simpson’s sculpture. I’ve wanted all summer to see her women at sunrise. They look east, and I’ve come in the early light when they held a glow, and the redwing blackbirds were calling in the meadow, and a heron was fishing on the pond.

Then I might wander into an open studio or a workshop, so I can feel the clay in my hands, or the paper pulp, or the ink and the silkscreen.

And in the afternoon, I’d head south. I want to see Nayana LaFond’s paintings at the Lichtenstien, and I want to go back to the Norman Rockwell Museum — their broad summer show is still with me, bright with music and people holding each other.

This weekend …

Artsweek Berkshires is coming back through Sept. 25 with open studios, art shows and events across the county. Novelist Lara Tupper will hold a virtual writing group on September 21, and the Plant Connector in North Adams will offer workshops throughout the week.

Acclaimed artist Loveis Wise will hold a virtual workshop with the Norman Rockwell Museum, Jeanne Marklin will show her fiber art in Williamstown, and the Old Stone Mill and Cheshire Glassworks will hold open studios, amont many others … Plein air painters gather oudoors, and WAM Theatre holds community conversations …

Events coming up …

Find more art and performance, outdoors and food in the BTW events calendar.

Abbie Chambers joins an exhibition of The Art in Gathering, as Paradise City asks artists to explore ideas of community. Press photo courtesy of Paradise City Arts Festival
May 27 2024 @ 10:00 am
More than 220 selectively curated artists and makers come to Northampton for the annual three-day celebration of art, live music and local food.
Mass MoCA catches sunlight on a summer day.
May 27 2024 @ 11:00 am
Mass MoCA and the Williamstown Theatre Festival present The Plastic Bag Store, an immersive, multimedia experience by Brooklyn-based artist Robin Frohardt.
Mass MoCA catches sunlight on a summer day.
May 29 2024 @ 11:00 am
Mass MoCA and the Williamstown Theatre Festival present The Plastic Bag Store, an immersive, multimedia experience by Brooklyn-based artist Robin Frohardt.

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