'Matins' by Bishakh Som, part of the 'Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand' exhibit opening Saturday, Jan. 11, at Art Omi in Ghent, N.Y. Image courtesy Art Omi

Bits & Bytes: Architecture opening; benefit art show; ‘NOW’ one-woman play; student art call; swing dancing at Dewey Hall

Berkshire Museum and Living the Change Berkshires are calling for submissions of student art that respond to the climate crisis.

Art Omi to open to architecture exhibits

Ghent, N.Y. — Art Omi will host an opening reception for its architecture exhibits “Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw by Hand” and “InConstruction: SO – IL” Saturday, Jan. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Berenson Center. The event will include refreshments and remarks from the exhibiting architects.

Co-curated by Nalina Moses and Art Omi director Warren James, “Single-Handedly” collects original drawings from contemporary architects who, in an industry dominated by digital technologies, continue to work by hand. “InConstruction: SO – IL” presents a model of Site Verrier de Meisenthal (2015), a cultural center in an 18th-century glass factory that is composed of three independent, interrelated institutions.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Art Omi at (518) 392-4747 or info@artomi.org.

–E.E.

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Spencertown Academy to host ‘Artists for the Academy’ benefit exhibition

‘Bird & Nest Tile (7)’ by Moira O’Grady. Image courtesy Spencertown Academy Arts Center

Spencertown, N.Y. — Spencertown Academy Arts Center will host an opening reception for “Artists for the Academy” Saturday, Jan. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibition features donated works by more than 50 regional artists.

“Spencertown Academy is well on its way to complete restoration—the new roof is on, windows are being fitted in one by one, and old white paint is being stripped from the outer walls. As of now, we’re only about $150,000 away from reaching our goal for the building and maintenance endowment fund,” said Nick Van Alstine, president of the Academy’s board of directors. The exhibit will encompass fine arts, photography, ceramics, illustration and sculpture. Participating artists include Stephanie Anderson, Karen J. Andrews, Fern T. Apfel, Carl Berg, Amy Bergeron, Arlene Boehm, Jim Brearton, William Bullard, Jennifer Clark, Norma Cohen, Pamela Dalton, Mary Anne Davis, Jeff DeLisle, Stephen Dietemann, Elizabeth DiPalma, Diane Fader, Alan Finger, Jerry Freedner, Leslie Gabosh, Gail Giles, Karen Halverson, Linda B. Horn, Marta Jaremko, Marybeth Ketz, Maria Kolodziej-Zincio, Barbara Lax Kranz, Ellen Lynch, John MacGruer, Alice McGowan, Jane McWhorter, Jason McWhorter, Liz Nealon, Moira O’Grady, Clarke Olsen, Marilyn Orner, Rick Patterson, Andrew Pellettieri, Valerie Richmond, Mary Ellen Riell, Lynn Rothenberg, Julia Rothenberg, Mary Ellen Riell, Liz Sample, Joel Schiller, Jody Schoenfeld, Mel Sears, Gerald Seligman, Laura Shore, Cecilia Sinclair, Diane Smook, Amelia Toelke, Marianne Van Lent, Marlene Vidibor, Betsy Wallin and Mike Zdeb.

The entrance fee of $25 can be fully credited toward art purchases. All proceeds from sales will benefit the Academy’s building and maintenance endowment fund. The exhibition will be on display through Sunday, Feb. 2. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Spencertown Academy Arts Center at (518) 392-3693 or info@spencertwonacademy.org.

–E.E.

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One-woman play ‘NOW’ sheds light on attempted suicide

TAMIR. Photo courtesy actresstamir.com

Ashfield — Pauline Productions will present the world premiere of ‘NOW,’ a one-woman play written and performed by TAMIR and directed by Martin Jason Asprey, at the First Congregational Church of Ashfield Friday, Jan. 10, and Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m.

In development at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox and the Shakespeare Forum in New York City, “NOW” is TAMIR’s personal story: The daughter of Jews fleeing pogroms, she grew up in Israel in a culture of guns and grenades with war at home and in the streets. At age 18, she was conscripted to serve in the army and attempted suicide with her clunky Czechoslovakian service rifle. Against all odds, she lived. “NOW” depicts an inner emotional landscape and the healing that has come through faith and theater, especially the plays and words of Shakespeare. Now in her 60s, actress TAMIR takes the audience on her life’s journey from fragmentation and the overwhelm of trauma to being present in the now.

Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Pauline Productions at (413) 268-3850 or paulinelive@gmail.com.

–E.E.

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‘How Shall We Live?’ student art exhibit calls for submissions

Pittsfield — Berkshire Museum and Living the Change Berkshires are calling for submissions of student art that respond to the climate crisis. The juried exhibition “How Shall We Live? Climate Visions of Berkshire High School Artists” will be part of a month-long focus on climate change at the Berkshire Museum in April, which will include the Berkshire Earth Expo Saturday, April 4. Berkshire County students of high school age are invited to submit artwork in one of four subject categories:

  • “What is happening?” (positive or negative);
  • “What is needed?”;
  • “What would be lost?”; and
  • “Vision of the future” (positive or negative).

Individual or collaborative, original art work in 2- or 3D will be accepted. The maximum size: 3 feet by 3 feet for work in 2D, and 2 feet by 2 feet for work in 3D. High-definition digital photos of artwork, including information about medium, materials, dimensions, artist name, age, school, telephone number, and email address should be sent to Anne Legêne at anne@livingthechangeberkshires.com. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, Feb. 15. Questions and requests for more information may be submitted to the same address.

–E.E.

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Dewey Hall to host swing dancing with South Street Swing

South Street Swing. Photo: Mark Phillips

Sheffield — Oldtone Native will present a night of swing dancing Saturday, Jan.11, at Dewey Hall, beginning with a lesson with Harry Pisila at 7:30 p.m. Dancing to live music from South Street Swing will begin at 8:30 p.m.

South Street Swing is a collaboration between vocalist, fiddler and saxophonist Maggie McRae and jazz guitarist and vocalist Mark Phillips that seeks to revitalize the Great American Songbook. Based in Great Barrington, McRae and Phillips take inspiration from classic and contemporary jazz duet ensembles to create memorable, foot-tapping musical experiences for both traditional and modern listeners.

The cost is a sliding fee of $15–$20; and $10 for students with ID. Beginners are welcome, partners are not necessary and refreshments will be available. For more information, contact (413) 429-1176 or mcraemb7@gmail.com.

–E.E.