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BITS & BYTES: New Art on Main Gallery exhibit; BCC portrait exhibition; Motherhood retreat; É.T.É performance; WCMA art event with Tibetan creator

Join the Williams College Museum of Art for an after-hours viewing of “Across Shared Waters” from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on April 27.

Tibetan Sacred Tattoo event features Lama Tashi Norbu

Williamstown— Join the Williams College Museum of Art for an after-hours viewing of “Across Shared Watersfrom 5 to 5:30 p.m. on April 27. Starting at 5:30 p.m., Lama Tashi Norbu, an artist featured in the show, will work with a participant from our community to design a tattoo for them based on Tibetan astrology, create their personal buddhist mantra, and, during a live performance, chant the mantra for the participant as he tattoos the design on their body in the museum to empower their lives for eons.

Local musicians will improvise alongside the artist. This project would not have been possible without the support of Alexis Rosasco, a local artist and owner of North Adams tattoo shop AR Designs Fine Art & Tattoo.

Please follow this link to apply to participate in this performance. You can also use the form to indicate that you would like to perform music at the event.

Norbu also will lead drop-in meditation sessions in the galleries from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 26.

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“Autumn” by Jaye Alison Moscariello. Image courtesy of the artist and Art on Main Gallery.

Jaye Alison Moscariello’s “For the Love and Land and Sea” exhibit opens at Art on Main Gallery

West Stockbridge— View “For the Love and Land and Sea (from my window)” from award winning artist/filmmaker Jaye Alison Moscariello’s seascape triptychs and landscapes painted in the Berkshires and in California, on exhibit at Art on Main Gallery, from April 27 through May 9. A reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The daughter of two social activists, Jaye Alison Moscariello has seldom been just about painting a pretty picture, although that’s often the end result. She executes works in varied media including watercolor, acrylic, gouache, latex and graphite. An active, constantly questioning/observing mind is evidenced in her rapid brushstrokes.“I feel as if I must paint quickly to beat time and to bear witness to the fragility of a rapidly vanishing landscape. I’m in a race to honor and interpret the world around me before it’s all gone!”

Moscariello’s artistic training began at Paier College of Art and continued at the Art Students League, UCLA, Santa Monica College, and Mendocino College. She earned her Masters of Fine Art at TransArt Institute/Plymouth University. Her art has appeared in print, on television, in film and has been exhibited in the United States and abroad. An artistic home she helped create was a popular destination on the Open House New York tour (NYC) for a decade. Her film “From the Ashes” received a number of awards and was shown last year at the Sandisfield Arts Center.

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“Countenance,” an exhibition of portraits by artist Janna Essig. Image courtesy of the artist and BCC.

“Countenance” portrait exhibition opens at Berkshire Community College

Pittsfield— Berkshire Community College (BCC) presents “Countenance,” an exhibition of portraits by artist Janna Essig, on view in Koussevitzky Gallery through April 28. The gallery is open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

“Countenance” features original paintings by the artist, who earned an associate degree in liberal arts from BCC and moved on to UMass Amherst to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree in art education and a master’s degree in education with a focus on creativity. Her portraits have evolved from her studies of Madonna images, surrealism and meditation.

Essig in 2008 started exploring using the face as an icon with a series of watercolor portraits. She painted the faces of seven people who were taken from their homes in Iran and imprisoned for practicing their Bahai faith.

After completing her education, Essig shared a studio space in Amherst and participated for 15 years in workshops for artists and writers. At the studio, she worked on a different series each year, painting first in watercolor and in the last 10 years in oils. There, she joined a painting group, which continues to meet regularly.

Essig has exhibited her work in local art galleries, annual studio art exhibits and a graduate art show at UMASS Amherst. In addition to the BCC exhibit, Essig is currently participating in a virtual exhibit with her painting group at the Jones Library in Amherst.

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Sanity in the Motherhood Neighborhood Retreat with LifeWorks Studio

Great Barrington—  LifeWorks Studio, located at 50 Castle Street, Suite 2, in Great Barrington, is pleased to announce they will host their first Berkshire-based retreat offering. The event, titled Sanity in the Motherhood Neighborhood Retreat, is a GB-based weekend retreat for anyone who identifies as a mother—open to participants from the Berkshires and elsewhere. The retreat will take place from Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 29. Ilana Singer Siegal and the LifeWorks crew will lead participants through a weekend of rest and rejuvenation that will include movement practices, group discussions, and community cultivation. During the retreat, the group will delve into the complexities of motherhood. Intimacy, identity, shame, guilt, frustration, and joy— no topics will be off-limits in this safe and nurturing space.

LifeWorks strives to make their offerings accessible to all. Sliding scale and payment plans are available, based on need. Cost for this event ranges from $375-$775. Space is limited. Email with any questions and to sign up. Participants have the option to attend all daily activities and return to their own lodging/home at night or stay in housing provided by LifeWorks. Shared and solo rooms are available. Chef-prepared meals and access to a sauna are included in the retreat package. For more information, please visit:

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French Canadian É.T.É to perform at The Foundry

West StockbridgeOn Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Foundry will host a performance by É.T.É. With lovely vocal harmonies, deep groove, and rich instrumentation, É.T.É are an explosive trio on stage, transforming the nostalgia of a kitchen party into an unforgettable show experience that celebrates the joie de vivre of Québecois culture.

Awarded the OPUS prize for “Discovery of the Year 2017-2018”, among many other accolades since their first album release in 2017, this trio is quickly winning over the hearts of listeners worldwide, young and old alike. É.T.É are Élisabeth (fiddle, step-dancing, vocals), Thierry (bouzouki, podorythmie, vocals), and Élisabeth (cello, vocals). The word été in French means summer–a fitting tribute to how their original, lively take on Québec traditional music is infused with a new vitality.

Élisabeth Moquin is originally from Saint-Majorique-de-Grantham, where she had her first contact with traditional arts. Élisabeth Moquin now has a degree in violin from the traditional music program of the Cégep de Joliette. Co-founder of the group, this young musician, with her dynamism and stage presence will captivate you. Step-dancing is also an integral part of her passions–onstage and at home. The pursuit of learning and development is at the heart of her quest. Active in the traditional dance and music scene, and passionate about the music, she travels throughout Quebec to meet new acquaintances to share and keep active her living heritage.

Thierry Clouette holds a bachelor’s degree in musicology at University of Montreal, Thierry Clouette also studied Irish bouzouki and Québec traditional music at Cégep de Joliette. Multi-instrumentalist, he founded É.T.É. with his colleagues in 2015 and works on varied musical projects such as Saligaude and Innerspace.

Élisabeth Giroux graduated from the Montreal Conservatory of Music in cello performance. Upon completion of her studies, she took part in the amjad world tour with the dance company La La La Human Steps. She also collaborated with Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà during the 2010-2011 season. Elisabeth regularly plays as a supernumerary with various symphony orchestras in Quebec, as well as devoting herself to her creative projects and teaching. She has participated in the recording of more than twenty albums with various projects and artists. Her talent, her love for the cello and her attraction to other musical styles have allowed her to become a very versatile musician. In recent years, Elisabeth has become more active in the traditional Quebec music scene. She has recently collaborated with composer and multi-instrumentalist Jean-François Bélanger. In 2015, she co-founded the É.T.É. trio with her two acolytes.

Tickets: $25 in advance/$30 at the door


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