'Hilltop' by Karen Dolmanisth, one of the Guild of Berkshire Artists' member artists whose work will be on display during the Stockbridge Art Walk Thursday, Sept. 12. Image courtesy Guild of Berkshire Artists

Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Art Walk; Berkshire South gala; Art in the Barn; ‘Time After Time’; Greenwoods Puppet Festival

Featuring the theme “Come Fly With Me,” Berkshire South Regional Community Center's annual gala will honor Bobbie Hallig as this year’s Edwin A. Jaffe Award winner.

Stockbridge Art Walk to include studio tours

Stockbridge — The Guild of Berkshire Artists and TKG Real Estate will present the Stockbridge Second Thursday Art Walk Thursday, Sept. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Art Walk is a self-guided tour of locations within the downtown area of Stockbridge. Participants can partake of light refreshments at TKG Real Estate then stroll to Schantz Galleries across the street, visit Sarah Horne’s studio east on Main Street, the Stockbridge Library art exhibit, Image Gallery at 34 Main St. and art demonstrations at the Red Lion Inn. Artist Diane Firtell will demonstrate painting a house portrait at 4:30 p.m. at 10 Elm St. Photographer Denise B. Chandler will discuss her process at the Red Lion Inn from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The Guild of Berkshire Artists’ art studio tours will continue Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. when 20 artists throughout central and south Berkshire County will open their studios to the public.

A map of the Art Walk locations, which are all within a half-mile walk, will be available at the TKG office. Stockbridge Art Walk will continue on the second Thursday of each month through December. For more information, call (413) 298-0610.


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Bobbie Hallig. Photo courtesy Berkshire South Regional Community Center

‘Come Fly With Me’ gala to honor Bobbie Hallig

Great Barrington — Berkshire South Regional Community Center will host its annual gala Saturday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m. Featuring the theme “Come Fly With Me,” the gala will honor Bobbie Hallig as this year’s Edwin A. Jaffe Award winner. Gala attendees will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, dinner, and then a live auction to benefit Berkshire South’s youth programming.

The Edwin A. Jaffe Award honors an individual or group exhibiting an extraordinary commitment to building community and common purpose within the Berkshires. “Bobbie Hallig is a wonderful choice for this designation,” said Berkshire South executive director Jenise Lucey. “Her many years of service on Berkshire boards — the Children’s Health Program (now CHP), Berkshire Theatre Group, the Nature Conservancy, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, the Rudolf Steiner School, the Mahaiwe Center for the Performing Arts, and Green Berkshires, among others — are highly commendable.”

For 50 years, Hallig has served as an officer of the Mount Washington Church of Christ. She is currently an active trustee at the Mount, where she is co-chairing a campaign to secure an endowment for the organization. In 1966, she founded International Television Trading Corporation with her husband, Klaus Hallig, who she met when she was an air hostess for TWA. The corporation produced the Leonard Bernstein birthday celebration at Tanglewood and had an exclusive 21-year film contract with him, during which it won two Emmy Awards for Bernstein shows for the “Great Performances” series.

Tickets start at $175. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Berkshire South Regional Community Center at (413) 528-2810 or gala@berkshiresouth.org.


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Pleasant Valley’s Art in the Barn features seven local artists

Oil painting by Elizabeth Torsay-Wilson. Image courtesy Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Lenox — Seven local artists are displaying their artwork in Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s historic barn on Saturdays and Sundays in September (excluding Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22). An opening reception featuring refreshments and live music will be held Friday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The theme of the show is “Pathways to Nature: Celebrating the Intersection of Art and Nature.” The featured artists are Morgan Burns, Julie Love Edmonds, Vita Kay, Kerry Millikin, Lucinda Moran, H. David Stein and Elizabeth Torsay-Wilson. The artists use various media including oils, acrylic, photography and ink on paper. All of the artists have a strong connection with nature that inspires their work.

The reception is free and open to the public. The barn will also be open to visitors on various weekdays. Admission to the exhibit is free for Mass Audubon members and included in sanctuary admission for nonmembers. For more information, contact Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary at (413) 637-0320.


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Berkshire Hills Chorus to present women’s a cappella concert

The BErkshire Hills Chorus at its 2019 Region 1 competition. Photo courtesy Berkshire Hills Chorus

Pittsfield — The Berkshire Hills Chorus women’s a cappella singing group will present “Time After Time,” its 50th anniversary show, Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. at Barrington Stage Company.

The chorus, a local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will be singing favorites from the last half century, including tunes by Queen, Billy Joel, Elton John, Pharrell Williams and more. The 2015 Division A champion chorus has appeared all over the county, from the Red Lion Inn to Tanglewood.

Tickets are $15. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Community Access to the Arts. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call Barrington Stage Company at (413) 236-8888.


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Norfolk Library to host Greenwoods Puppet Festival

The Norfolk Library

Norfolk, Conn. — The Norfolk Library will host a weekend full of theatrics, creativity and magic for children and adults with the Greenwoods Puppet Festival Friday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Sept. 15.

A celebration of the art of puppetry, the festival will be presented by puppeteers who have won recognition by the Jim Henson Foundation. Activities will include a series of puppet shows for children and adults, plus a puppeteer specializing in streets fairs and large puppets strolling the lawn between shows.

Admission is free, but all performances require registration. For a complete schedule of events or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Norfolk Library at (860) 542-5075.