Southern Vermont

Northern Berkshire art overlaps

In 1999, the summer Mass MoCA opened, Robert Rauschenberg came several times to see his work installed in the football-field-sized gallery in building 5. The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece gathered images from athletes and animals to umbrellas and planets. In collage or silkscreened onto fabrics, aluminum and copper, they formed a massive record…

Artseed takes root in Dorset

New music, dance, fiction and nonfiction, patterns made of flower petals and colored sand … artists at the Marble House in Dorset are presenting their work on Tuesday nights this summer and fall. Aug. 9 — ArtSeed presentation with RAWdance, 6 p.m. Aug. 13 — Farm to table gala dinner, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16 — ArtSeed…

Artists gather at the Marble House

Lara Palmquist usually works in a cabin without electricity, but on this sweltering afternoon she has set up a standing desk and a balance board in a quiet, spare studio room. She is beginning work on a novel set in Svalbard, in Norway, researching threads in the story that revolve around environmental science and her…

New work on stage

This summer is rich in premieres at Berkshire theaters — new work developed here, often commissioned here and in full production here for the first time — and contemporary plays, recent if not new. I got to talk with artistic directors for Berkshire Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage and Williamstown Theatre Festival earlier this summer for a story in Berkshire Magazine before many of the shows were in rehearsal, and meet a playwright at Shakespeare & Company.

In the featured photo, Tamara Tunie and Michael Hayden hold onto each other in ‘American Son,’ which premiered at Barrington Stage Company in June and July. Photo by Scott Barrow, courtesy of Barrington Stage Company

Sculpture and signal boxes

Walking around North Bennington and the North Bennington Sculpture Show on a July afternoon …