Stockbridge

Glass art grows at Chesterwood

On one coast, young artists camped under massive pine trees while a furnace glowed under a wooden-beamed tent. On the other coast, a trim man and his daughter molded clay into the folds of a white shift. A fountain played behind his studio, and his sculpture in bronze and marble dignified monuments. This summer will…

Fiorello! fights corruption — to music

He defended strikers and labor unions. He worked as a translator at Ellis Island in Italian, Yiddish and Croatian. He helped and represented newcomers in the city, and against the corrupt political machine of Tammany Hall they supported him when he ran for the House of Representatives — as a Republican. Times have changed since…

Like a marble in the sun — Glass art

Glass art gleams in the woods and gardens at Chesterwood, the historic house and studio of Daniel Chester French in Stockbridge. On a bright afternoon this week I got to walk around the show with executive director Donna Hassler and the show’s curator, Jim Schantz, owner and director of Schantz Galleries Contemporary Art in Stockbridge,  and talk about the young, experimental glass movement in the U.S. The show opens tomorrow, and you’ll see the story in the Eagle next week.

Berkshire writers travel in time

“Harriet Beecher Stowe had a manic depressive husband, and the roof leaked, and she had seven children, and she wrote ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’” said Berkshire playwright Barbara Sims. “She inspired me. I’ve raised children; I’m in a marriage; but how do you make your own identity?” She read Stowe’s journal not long ago, and for…

Harvey Dunn from the plains to the trenches

He was a tall, powerful man, and he knew how to work. He could plough from dawn to dark and stack full grain stacks faster than two hired men together. Lynn Verschoor, director of the South Dakota Art Museum, and Jodi Lundgren, curator at the museum, have talked with people who knew artist Harvey Dunn…

Chesterwood in early fall

Barn boards and harness, ruffed grouse, swallowtail butterflies — Boston Sculptors Gallery artists have come to the woods and fields around Chesterwood, Gilded-Age sculptor Daniel Chester French’s historic house and studio in Stockbridge, Mass., with site-specific shapes and forms. On an early fall morning, the sculptures brighten the grounds like ripe apples …

French and France — Entering the bronze age?

Light comes through broad windows high on the wall and sloping in the roof — northern light. Bill Allen, waiting in the studio to talk with visitors, explains that sculptors like ambient northern light because it stays consistent, no movement during the day, no change in color, no shifting shadows. Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) designed…

Norman Rockwell and the news

Imagine what it would be like if newspapers today commissioned paintings to run on their color pages? In honor of throwback Thursday, I offer a question I first asked in a column on Jan. 8, 2009. I have visited the Norman Rockwell Museum many times since then, often on the track of a story. But then it…