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.

Kimberley, a Native woman, looks out from Nayana LaFond's painting with somber eyes. LaFond will show her artwork at the Lichtenstein Center as part of The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Project. Press image courtesy of First Fridays Artswalk
Sep 26 2022 @ 10:00 am
Internationally known artist Nayana Lafond will show her portraits of women in 'The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Project.'
Kimberley, a Native woman, looks out from Nayana LaFond's painting with somber eyes. LaFond will show her artwork at the Lichtenstein Center as part of The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Project. Press image courtesy of First Fridays Artswalk
Sep 27 2022 @ 10:00 am
Internationally known artist Nayana Lafond will show her portraits of women in 'The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Project.'
Kimberley, a Native woman, looks out from Nayana LaFond's painting with somber eyes. LaFond will show her artwork at the Lichtenstein Center as part of The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Project. Press image courtesy of First Fridays Artswalk
Sep 28 2022 @ 10:00 am
Internationally known artist Nayana Lafond will show her portraits of women in 'The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Project.'

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