Thursday, May 30, 2024

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BITS & BYTES: Kimball Farms art exhibition; Black Brazilian artists lecture at The Clark; Teresa Fasolino at Norman Rockwell Museum; Great Barrington Historical Society presents baseball exhibit; Great Barrington Public Theater ‘Ten-Minute Play Fest’; Pittsfield 4th of July parade application; Berkshire Waldorf School community events

This event not only celebrates the artistic achievements of Kimball Farms residents but also underscores the importance of fostering creativity and self-expression at every stage of life.

Kimball Farms Life Care Community presents “A Creativity Explosion at Kimball Farms,” art exhibition and discussion

Lenox— On Tuesday, April 30th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Kimball Farms Life Care Community presents “A Creativity Explosion at Kimball Farms,” an art exhibition and discussion.

Art knows no age limit, and Kimball Farms embraces the belief that creativity is timeless. This event not only celebrates the artistic achievements of Kimball Farms residents but also underscores the importance of fostering creativity and self-expression at every stage of life. At this event, Kimball Farms will transform into a gallery of talent and imagination, showcasing artistic talents of many local artists and residents including Lisa Pleskow Kassow and Molly Pomerance.

Artist Lisa Pleskow. Courtesy Kimball Farms.

Lisa Pleskow Kassow is a painter and photographer living in Connecticut. She has a BFA in Painting from Carnegie-Mellon University. Lisa’s first career was as an artist and award-winning photojournalist in Israel. After her move to Connecticut, she embarked on a long and successful career in Jewish education, arts, and culture. She rediscovered her passion for painting after many years and chose watercolors as her medium. She is inspired by nature, intimate landscapes, still-life, and the reflection of light in our beautiful and vulnerable world. Lisa is a member of the Watercolor Society of Connecticut and has exhibited in numerous juried shows in recent years.

Artist Molly Pomerance. Courtesy Kimball Farms.

Molly Pomerance has been a resident of Kimball Farms since 2018. She was born in Poland and has been painting for the last 30 years. Her work is very colorful and easy to know. She hopes to continue to paint until she is 101. She had been living in Copake Falls, N.Y. before joining the Kimball Farms family and has been an active participant in the art program. One of her paintings was featured on the Kimball Farms 2023 holiday card.

The event is on Tuesday, April 30th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Kimball Farms Life Care Retirement Community at 235 Walker Street in Lenox. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by Friday April 26th by calling 413-637-7000.

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Clark Art Institute Research and Academic Program presents lecture on absence of Black Brazilian artists in the history of Afro-diasporic art

Williamstown— On Tuesday, April 30th at 5:30 p.m., the Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program presents a lecture by Igor Simões (State University of Rio Grande do Sul and Clark Fellow) interrogating the absence of Black Brazilian artists in the context of the international debate on art and the history of Afro-Diasporic art.

Brazil was the largest destination for the African diaspora and has the largest contingent of Black subjects outside the African continent. How then to understand the absence that has been proven from the analysis of publications, exhibitions, and institutional collections that are dedicated to the theme?

Rebeca Carapiá, ‘For Your Fear of Getting Hurt’ (detail), 2023, iron. Photograph by Márcio Lima.

Igor Simões is professor of history, theory, and art criticism, as well as methodology and practice in art teaching, at Universidate Estadual do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He holds a PhD from the same institution. His work focuses on the intersections of histories of art and racialization in Brazilian art. Recent and current curatorial projects include Presença Negra no Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul, Empowerment (Wolfsburg, Germany);  Social Fabric (Houston and Dallas, Texas); and Dos Brasis: Arte e Pensamento negro.

The free lecture is on Tuesday, April 30th at 5:30 p.m. in the Manton Research Center auditorium at The Clark on South Street in Williamstown. There is a pre-lecture reception at 5 p.m. in the Manton Research Center reading room. More information can be found online. 

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Norman Rockwell Museum presents workshop and artist talk with Teresa Fasolino

Stockbridge— On Saturday, April 27th, the Norman Rockwell Museum presents a workshop and artist talk with Teresa Fasolino.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., join the Norman Rockwell Museum (NRM) education team for a drop-in artmaking workshop inspired by the mystery book cover illustrations of Teresa Fasolino. Participants will be introduced to Fasolino’s multi-faceted artistic process and will have the opportunity to make a mystery still life painting of their own. This program is for all ages and is free with Museum admission.

At 3 p.m., join artist Teresa Fasolino and NRM Chief Curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett for a lively discussion exploring Fasolino’s richly painted illustrations for mystery book covers and detailing the fine art of creating memorable images that entice viewers to read the book without giving too much away. Fasolino’s work is featured in the current exhibition “Mystery and Wonder: Highlights from the Illustration Collection.” This event is $10 with Museum admission and free for members.

Artist Teresa Fasolino. Courtesy Norman Rockwell Museum.

The events are on Saturday, April 27th at the Norman Rockwell Museum at 9 Route 183 in Stockbridge. Registration and more information can be found online. 

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Great Barrington Historical Society presents ‘Baseball, The Berkshires, and The Babe’

Great Barrington— On Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m., Great Barrington Historical Society opens a new exhibit “Baseball, The Berkshires, and The Babe” with a powerpoint presentation by local historian Larry Moore at the Claire Teague Senior Center on Main Street in Great Barrington. It is free and open to the public.

Great Barrington Historical Society.

Larry Moore has dedicated his life to telling the story of Baseball and the role Berkshire County played in the development of our national pastime. His program will especially highlight the interest and involvement of the people from Great Barrington and the Southern Berkshires.

An exhibit of his vast collection of baseball pictures and artifacts begins Saturday. May 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum at 817 South Main Street in Great Barrington. This five room exhibit will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m through mid-June. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public. More information can be found online.

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Great Barrington Public Theater presents a ‘Ten-Minute Play Fest,’ eight ten-minute play readings from Berkshire Voices

Great Barrington— On Tuesday, April 30th and Thursday May 2nd at 7 p.m., Great Barrington Public Theater presents a ‘Ten-Minute Play Fest,’ eight ten-minute play readings from Berkshire Voices.

Great Barrington Public Theater.

Co-directed by Liam Castellan and Joshua Briggs, the plays include “A One Act of Contrition” by Joe Lyman, “A Delicious Bite of Your Heart” by Elisabeth Ruthman, “Blood Feud” by Max Rissman, “Dating in the Workplace and Other Acts of Courage” by Liam Castellan, “Neighbors” by Allan Greenberg, “Pressed Against Strangers” by Leigh Curran, “Rehab” by Carolyn Kay Brancato, and “Waiting for Catastrophe” by Gabrielle Orcha.

The free event is on Tuesday, April 30th and Thursday May 2nd at 7 p.m. at St. James Place at 352 Main Street in Great Barrington. Reservations are required and seating is limited. For reservations, email Tristan.greatbarringtonpublic@gmail.com. 

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Deadline approaching fast for Pittsfield 4th of July parade participant application 

Pittsfield— The Deadline approaching fast for Pittsfield 4th of July parade participants to formally apply.  There are typically about 170 units in each parade which is comprised of community groups, Veterans groups, fire departments, floats, balloons, musical units, and elected officials. Each unit must submit an application form. The application form is imperative for every participant so they can be worked into the line-up and telecast.

Pittsfield 4th of July parade.

A form may be obtained online or by calling 413-447-7763 or emailing pittsfieldparade@aol.com. The deadline for submission is June 1st. 

Additionally, float operators and builders must attend workshops prior to the parade to learn and understand rules and regulations on construction and use. Workshops are schedule as follows:

  • May 15th and June 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the Polish Falcons Club on Belair Avenue
  • May 20th and May 25th at 10 a.m. at St. Mark’s Church on West Street

Donations are also being accepted at this time and may be made on the parade committee’s website: www.pittsfieldparade.com.

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Berkshire Waldorf School invites community to two spring events 

Great Barrington— On May 1st and 2nd, Berkshire Waldorf School invites the greater Berkshire community to two spring events.

On May Day, Wednesday, May 1st at 11 a.m., spectators are invited to join the colorful festival of May Day with all the trimmings, including singing, dancing, music, flower crowns, and an authentic Maypole. Shake off the last vestiges of winter and welcome summer in the Berkshires. This is a free all-ages event. Blankets and picnics are encouraged. Meet at the Maypole Green.

Past Berkshire Waldorf School May Day Celebration. Photo by Josh Lee.

On Thursday, May 2nd at 5:30 p.m., pioneering Early Childhood teacher and author Helle Heckmann presents “Slow Parenting,” a talk based on her book of the same name and her experience as the founder of Nokken, a Waldorf program in Copenhagen, Denmark which she developed for children from ages one to seven. Helle has spoken to teachers and caregivers in 50 countries, who share an interest in providing a healthy, nourishing environment for their children. This event is for ages 18 plus, and there is a suggested $10 donation at the door.

The events are on May 1st and 2nd at Berkshire Waldorf School on 35 West Plain Road in Great Barrington.

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