Holiday First Fridays Artswalk
December 3, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The December Holiday First Fridays Artswalk will fill the downtown with Holiday Open Studios, the Berkshire Hills Chorus, a wreath sale and more.
The First Friday of the month brings new indoor art shows with a a virtual walking tour (you can download the app from the First Fridays Artswalk webpage) from 5 to 8 p.m., including all of Pittsfield’s Paintboxes and live music from the Berkshire Hills Chorus from 5:30 to 6 p.m. downtown in the parklet at 53 North Street in front of the Marketplace Cafe.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, will host a grab and go Wreath Sale to benefit the food pantry at the South Congregational Church on Friday, December 3, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., with holiday wreaths, kissing balls and centerpieces all handmade by local artists.
The Berkshire Museum will present Museum of the Moon, an awe-inspiring installation of lunar views and glowing moonlight through January 9, 2022. A combination of art, science, and sound, this radiant installation was created using NASA imagery of the lunar surface, inspiring those who experience it to contemplate the many ways the Moon connects humankind across time and culture. The museum will have extended museum hours every Friday evening until 7:30 p.m.
NUarts Studios & Gallery, the largest artist and artisan studio collective in downtown Pittsfield, will host a holiday open studios event with the artists in their studios, including Stefanie Bessman, Myk Daigle, Val Fox, Kathy Gideon, Caroline Kelley, Shany Porras, Ilene Richard, Marney Schorr and Sally Tiska Rice. They will offer artwork for sale, and Marney Schorr offers a free, handmade ornament making for all ages. Entrances to NUarts are at 311 North Street and 21 Union St.
Soma’s Aromas at 81 East St. will present Mandalas in Bloom by Elizabeth Nelson this month with a reception with the artist tonight. Hot Plate Brewing will pour samples, and Elizabeth will create a mandala in real time to show her process.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Avenue, will present a group show called When Heaven and Nature Sing, December 3 through January 17, with photography, paintings, pastels and mixed-media art — works by Paula Dambrauskas, Phyllis Prysby and Sal deBethune. The artists will be there on Friday for the Artswalk, and at the craft table in the Social Hall, visitors can create, collage and exchange winter holiday cards to take home.
Members of the Guild of Berkshire Artists will celebrate the holiday season at TKG Real Estate, 137 North St. with paintings, photographs, and fiber arts — Susan Sabino and Jon Caplan offer photography, Katherine Ludington brings fiber art and Lou Coco shows paintings. They will be on hand on Friday night, and this exhibit is coordinated with an online show at BerkshireArtists.org which will benefit Berkshire United Way.
IS183 Art School of the Berkshires curates the Brothership Building Window at 141 North St., with Proof that I am, by lowercase d studios, through December 31. Sam de Soto (lowercase d studios, they/he) is an artist, musician, and teacher from Long Island, N.Y., largely inﬂuenced by abstract expressionism, street art and modern design. His work ranges from large canvases to digital photo manipulations, and this is their ﬁrst gallery installation.
MCLA Pittsfield at 66 Allen Street will show artwork by Molly Paluilis for the month of December. “(My work) is about feeling using color, shape, rhythm, and movement,” Paluilis says. “It shows healing, chaos, excitement, pain, and resilience in ways that words cannot. It is used as an outlet to express the inexpressible.” She too will have an opening reception on Friday, and her work will remain on viewe by appointment.
Hotel on North, 297 North Street, will show When Worlds Collide by Scott Taylor for the December Artswalk. When Worlds Collide gives a sampling of the work Taylor has created during the pandemic. Many of the paintings speak of containment, some visually looking outward, some inward. Some return to a simpler time that we once knew hoping to find comfort in our own existence. He will be on hand on Friday night.
The December Artswalk will also highlight art celebrating Cultural Appreciation Week 2021 in the windows of Berkshire Juvenile Court at 190 North St., and the virtual tour will guide you to murals downtown including The Sun Will Rise by Jesse Tobin McCauley, Jay Tobin and Stephanie Quetti at 443 North St. and Gaia on Melville St. by Mike Carty., and all of Artscape’s Pittsfield Paintboxes.
All the art exhibits will stay on display all month long.
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