Berkshire Museum

Robert Hite builds spirit houses

A weathered wooden smokehouse in the apple orchard, a free-standing fence enclosed in morning glories, a 20-foot tower where an invisible watcher can look out over the Round Stone Barn — new structures seem to have taken root Hancock Shaker Village this summer. And up the road at the Berkshire Museum they will appear on…

10×10 Festival heats up

Drum beats and improvisation, bonfires, dance, oil paintings and spoken word … the city is getting ready. As I revise the poem I’m working on for the WordxWord Project on Friday, Pittsfield is preparing for its annual 10 days of performance and art — with tacos. And chocolate. WordxWord has intived me to be part of an…

Wood carving catches whimsy

Artist and wood carving instructor Coleen Curley of Pittsfield finds inspiration for her carvings in the small details of everyday life — a childhood toy or a curve of tree bark. Jess Gamari talked with Curley and wrote this story for the BTW Holiday Guide 2015. “Sometimes little things happen during the day that are funny…

Look West at the Berkshire Museum

American bison gallop over open ground in a golden haze. A curving line of horse-drawn wagons kick up dust in an Oklahoma land rush at Cherokee Outlet. At a glance the two scenes look alike, with the movement of large animals, the land stretching away  for miles and the almost smokey light in the air.…

In the week ahead

Looking at the week ahead, as I sift the week’s story ideas and events, these catch my eye … Downstreet Art — North Adams’ monthly downtown arts celebration will return Thursday evening, Sept. 24, with art, music, performances — and news. Press Gallery will announce a transformation. The former gallery will become a home for the…