TJ Guachione "SPRING" 2022

BITS & BYTES: Poets at Chesterwood; CATA Art Show; Concerts in the Dell; Trustees concert series; Art Grant deadlines; Basilica Hudson Fundraiser

The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home, announces its Concert in the Dell series with 100% of the proceeds going to help Ukrainian relief efforts.

Franny Choi

Franny Choi and Rachel Urquhart to read at Chesterwood

Stockbridge — On July 14th at 5:30 p.m. two poets, Franny Choi and Rachel Urquhart will read at Chesterwood as part of the ARTS ALIVE series.

Franny Choi (Floating, Brilliant, Gone)  is from Northampton, Mass. Choi is a faculty member at Bennington College and is the poetry co-editor at The Massachusetts Review. More information about Franny Choi here.

Rachel Urquhart (The Visionist) is from N.Y. and Tyringham, Mass. Urquhart is a novelist and former staff writer for Spy, and Vogue. More information about Rachel Urquhart here.

Rachel Urquhart

Also at Chesterwood, six Berkshire poets will read on July 20th at 5:30 p.m. The poets are Richard Berlin (Freud On My Couch), Patty Crane (Bell I Wake To), David Giannini (The Dawn of Nothing Important), Jessica Laser (Planet Drill), Sasha Debevec-McKenney, and Owen Lewis (Field Light). Laser and Debevec-McKenney are in The Mastheads’ summer artist residencies at Arrowhead in Pittsfield.

For more information: https://www.chesterwood.org/schedule-2022

— S.B.

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The Trustees expand Summer Concert Series at Naumkeag

Stockbridge — The Trustees of Reservations announces its expanded Summer Concerts Series beginning July 14 at 6 p.m. featuring Fiesta Del Norte, an ensemble creating Mexican and Latin American music.

More than 50 performances will take place at 9 different properties across Mass.. Tickets are $9 per adult, children free for Members. $15 per adult and $5 per child for Nonmembers. Reserve your tickets here.

Concerts will be held at Naumkeag, the former country estate of noted New York City lawyer Joseph Hodges Choate and Caroline Dutcher Sterling Choate, located at 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, Mass..

— S.B.

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Rossie Tessier “UNTITLED” 2022

CATA Art Show Celebration– see the art and meet the artists

Pittsfield — Community Access to the Arts (CATA) will host a free celebration for I Am a Part of Art, CATA’s Annual Art Show, on Wednesday, July 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. On display will be paintings, drawings, and sculptures created by local artists with disabilities. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet the artists in person.

Pat Butler “BALTIMORE ORIOLE” 2022

Refreshments will be provided. RSVP’s are requested at CATAarts.org/IAPOA2022. Masks are highly recommended.

CATA’s exhibit at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts runs from July 1-July 28, 2022. The gallery, located at 28 Renne Avenue in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free.

CATA’s exhibit at the Clark Art Institute’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill runs from July 2 through September 5, 2022. A free “Meet the Artists” and Community Art Making event will be held on Wednesday, July 20 at the Clark’s Lunder Center from 1-4 p.m. with CATA artists in attendance.

— S.B.

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The Mount announces Concerts in the Dell series 

Lenox — The Mount, Edith Wharton’s house, announces its line-up for the 2022 Concerts in the Dell. Performances are scheduled for Thursdays from July 14 to August 18, 6 to 8 p.m.. Suggested donation is $10 per person; youth 18 and under are free. To view the full line-up and reserve tickets in advance, visit EdithWharton.org. Tickets will also be available on-site prior to each event.

July 14 marks the start of the series with the Wanda Houston Band, a quartet specializing in the music of the 1930s through the 1970s with a blend of rhythm, blues, jazz, and soul.

100% of ticket proceeds will be directed to Cash for Refugees in support of Ukrainian relief efforts.

Picnics are available for pre-order at least 48 hours before each show. More information is available at berkshirepicnics.com. Adult beverages and snacks will be available for purchase on-site; please note that all alcohol must be purchased on-site per The Mount’s liquor license requirements.

For more information and images, please contact Jennifer Beeson at jbeeson@edithwharton.org, 413-551-5115.

— S.B.

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Announces Summer Deadlines for Arts Grants 

Sheffield — The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announces summer deadlines for grants for artists and art organizations in Berkshire, Columbia, northeast Dutchess and northwest Litchfield counties, and around New England.

The Martha Boschen Porter Fund supports artists residing in Berkshire, Columbia, northeast Dutchess and northwest Litchfield counties who are emerging in their field or experiencing a significant change of direction in their work. Artists working in all media, such as painters, sculptors, musicians, performers, writers and photographers, are eligible for grants up to $5,000. Applications are due July 15 at BerkshireTaconic.org/Boschen.

The Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Fund provides grants to support the creative work of mid-career visual artists, age 35 and older. Grants are available in painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography or mixed media to artists with financial need in Mass., Conn., Maine, Vt., N.H., and R.I., as well as Columbia and northeast Dutchess counties in N.Y.. Nonprofit organizations wishing to show, commission or purchase work by such artists may also apply. Grants range up to $10,000. Applications are due Aug. 1 at BerkshireTaconic.org/ART.

— S.B.

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Basilica Hudson invites the public to an intimate fundraiser

Hudson, N.Y. — On July 14 at 6 p.m. Basilica Hudson presents R/Evolution, a fundraiser for Basilica Hudson’s continued work of art, alternative culture, and radical change. Tickets are $75 per person, or $65 for patron members. The event is co-hosted by Melissa Auf der Maur, Warren Brown, and Amanda Palmer.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. in Basilica’s North Hall with a silent auction of handmade local art, and a live auction of experiences, including:

– Personal Tour with Basilica Co-Founder and Director Melissa Auf der Maur of her hometown Montréal

– Studio visit with artist Marc Swanson @ Foreland Catskill 

– Green x Historic Building Restoration Consultation with Basilica Co-Founder and Filmmaker Tony Stone 

– Custom Personal Portrait by Artist Rudy Shepherd 

A screening of Masculin/Féminin, a French New Wave film by Jean-Luc Godard, will follow from 8 to 10 p.m. From 8 p.m. to Midnight will be a B L A C K O U T Dark Wave Dance Party in the Basilica Gallery building, part of Basilica’s Jupiter Nights Thursday night programming.

— S.B.