Bits & Bytes: ‘Visual Harmonies,’ Steiner Fair

 St. Francis Gallery: ‘If Walls Could Talk — Visual Harmonies’

South Lee — If Walls Could Talk – Visual Harmonies is yet another exhibit full of delights by local artists at St. Francis Gallery, and runs through November 24. The focus of the show is how the artist uses the gallery walls, and together the works are a vibrant collection of “imaginative conversations” that will speak to the viewer in ways that words often cannot.

“Some speak loudly, some speak softly yet eloquently thru pattern, line, color, figure, ground, in multiple mediums,” says gallery owner Philip Prijma.

Featured artists include Jennifer Archer,
Gloria Malcom, Arnold
 William Barkin, Guy Beining,
 Linda Baker-Cimini,
Marguerite Bride, 
Joan Ciolfi, 
Mary Cobb, Dimitri Freund,
 Peter Ganick,
 Gigi Kingston,
 Kate Knapp,
 Bruce McDonald,
 Joan Mentzinger,
 David Morris,
 CV Morris, 
Ellen Murtagh, Gerard Natale, Anne Pasko, 
Franco Pellegrino,
 Susan Power,
 Philip Pryjma, Vlada Rousseff, 
Paula Stern, 
Robert Taylor,
 Scott Taylor,
 Sharon Vidal and Bass Wane.

The St. Francis gallery, at 1370 Pleasant Street and Route 102, South Lee, features an eclectic mix of both emerging and established local artists. With its unique setting and wonderful energy, the former church captures the spirit of art. True to its namesake, the gallery supports the Sawa Sawa Foundation, Inc., which partners with energetic and creative Kenyans to improve the lives of their fellow countrymen while establishing working partnerships with like-minded individuals in this community.

— H.B.

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42nd Steiner Holiday Handcraft Fair

Great Barrington — It’s that time again; time for an enchanted day of early holiday shopping, sucking on peppermint lemons, dipping candles and watching Roger the Jester crack up hoards of children and adults. The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) is hosting its long-cherished Holiday Handcraft Fair Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington. There will be the usual puppet shows, horse-drawn hayrides and handmade gifts to make or buy.

Every family in the school community comes together to create this festive winter village, from knitting squares to form the Community Afghan – one of many items available in the Fair’s Raffle Room – to crafting small gifts for the magical Little People’s Shop, where children third grade and younger can choose gifts for family and friends. The Handcraft Room, centerpiece of the Fair, offers a large selection of warm handmade items, including winter accessories, soft toys and classic Waldorf dolls.

Adults will revel in the array of beautiful things and services at the Fair’s silent auction, and have a chance to win a dream vacation to St. Lucia. The Country Store stocks one-of-a-kind gifts and gourmet treats — Italian specialties this year — and the cafe serves lunch, warm drinks and desserts. All Fair proceeds benefit the programs and students of the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School.

The Early Childhood faculty will perform the new puppet play, “The Mouse Bride,” with multiple performances throughout the day. Also, rescue petting zoo Misfit Farms will bring their family farm to the Fair, with baby animals to pet, feed and hold. Other highlights include carnival games, maple sugar cotton candy, jump rope making, a photo booth with dress-up costumes, the children’s craft room where youngsters can make presents themselves, and the Pocket Lord and Lady, whose many pockets are filled with small gifts.

Free parking and admission; rain or shine. For more information, call 413-528-4015, or visit

— D.S.