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BITS & BYTES: Historic poster exhibit; Container gardening class; Berkshire Music School benefit; clown duo perform at The Foundry; Antiques Appraisal Fair

Wondering how much your grandma's silver is worth? Bennington Museum will host an Antiques Appraisal Fair on Saturday, April 29.
Ellsworth Kelly Studio. Image courtesy of Spencertown Academy Arts Center.

Ellsworth Kelly Centennial: An Exhibition of Historic Posters at Spencertown Academy

Spencertown, N.Y. — Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents “Ellsworth Kelly Centennial: An Exhibition of Historic Posters.” The show opens on Saturday, April 29, with a public reception on Sunday, May 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and will remain on display through Sunday, May 14. Gallery hours will be Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. The posters, which date from 1951 to 2018, are from the collection of the Ellsworth Kelly Studio and are not for sale. Admission is free. The Kelly Studio has donated one framed poster to be raffled in conjunction with the exhibition. Raffle tickets may be purchased at

Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015) is widely regarded as one of the most important painters, sculptors, and printmakers of his time. On the occasion of his May 31 centennial, a year-long celebration will showcase the artist’s indelible legacy. This collaborative event will include exhibitions and installations at the Art Institute of Chicago, Glenstone Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, among others; new publications; multiple gifts of artworks to museums; grant awards from the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation; a scholarly symposium; and new digital initiatives to ensure that Kelly’s legacy endures for another 100 years and beyond. For more information, please see

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Robert Clyde Anderson offers container counsel

Stockbridge— Berkshire Botanical Garden is offering a “Container Counsel: Tips and Tricks for Creating Successful Container Plantings” class on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Contained plantings offer the opportunity to introduce focal points of foliage and flowers where there is no ground space, and are particularly useful around a pool, on a terrace or flanking an entranceway. Interest in potted plantings still remains strong even after many years of popularity, but choosing an appropriate container, assembling beautiful and compatible combinations, and avoiding design clichés can be challenging. Led by designer Robert Clyde Anderson.

Instructor Robert Clyde Anderson provides a lively, enjoyably opinionated and informative illustrated talk based on his years of experience as a designer and in the retail gardening business.

Register here $20 for members, $25 nonmembers.

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Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding performance to benefit Berkshire Music School

Pittsfield— Berkshire Music School is having a benefit performance of “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” on April 29 at 5 p.m. at Holiday Inn in Pittsfield. All proceeds will go to supporting Berkshire Music School. Tickets start at $100.

Off-Broadway’s longest running show is coming to the Berkshires, and you’re invited to the party! Join the Berkshire Music School for a rollicking good-time at Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, a very special evening to benefit BMS’s outreach, scholarship, and community engagement programs. This internationally renowned celebration, hailed by the New York Times as “Audaciously imaginative!” will be held on April 29th, 2023 at the Holiday Inn, Pittsfield. This interactive comedy welcomes you to a lively wedding with lovable characters who will leave you feeling like a member of the family. As part of the performance, guests will enjoy a delectable Italian feast catered by the McNinch Restaurant Group (101 Restaurant & Bar and Patrick’s Pub).

All proceeds from this special event support the Berkshire Music School’s mission of fostering the love and pursuit of music for all ages through quality music education activities, community collaborations, and performance opportunities. You don’t want to miss the funniest wedding you will ever experience!

Tickets start at $100.

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World-wide physical comedians Pinot & Augustine perform clownery

West Stockbridge— Pinot & Augustine will perform at The Foundry on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m.

A sure-fire 45-minute, bilingual, crowd-pleaser,  Pinot & Augustine is a classic, family-friendly clown duo inspired by the golden age of Circus. Pinot is the authoritarian clown in fancy clothes and white cone hat. Augustine is the appealing red-nosed bumbler who punctures his pomposity. The show bubbles over with physical comedy, virtuosity and musical surprises from the sublime to the ridiculous: from lyrical melodies on a musical saw to pratfalls and a whoopee cushion.

Pinot & Augustine have appeared all over the world and are a hit with audiences of every age. The show is adaptable and is available for booking in Theaters, assembly programs, school performances, for street festivals and in cabarets.

Happenstance Theater is an award-winning, professional company committed to devising, producing and touring original, performer-created visual, poetic Theater. With the simplest means – movement, silence, theatrical clown, music, text, physical comedy and beauty – we seek to elevate the moment when the performers and audience meet, to lift the encounter beyond the daily and pedestrian into the realms of dreams, poetry, and art. Meaning is often discovered by happenstance.

Tickets in advance: $18 for Adults (over 16) / $10 for Children (under 16). Tickets at the door: $20 for Adults (over 16) / $12 for Children (under 16).

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Bennington Museum to host Antiques Appraisal Fair for all your old treasures

Bennington, Vt. — Back by popular demand, it’s the Antiques Appraisal Fair at Bennington Museum on Saturday, April 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Bring your personal treasures for evaluation by professional appraisers Charles Flint, Lorraine German, and Maria and Patricia Siskind. Members of the Collections Care and Conservation Alliance will also advise you on the best ways to preserve your precious items.

Bring up to 5 items at $10 per item.

No need to register in advance. Participants will be paired with appraisers based on order of arrival.

Image via Bennington Museum.

The appraisers include:

Charles Flint, of Charles L. Flint, Fine Art and Antiques in Lenox, MA has an impressive background in and knowledge of antiques. He performs appraisals and authentications for museums, as well as private collectors and insurance companies. A member of the New England Appraisers Association, he has expertise in fine arts; Early American furniture, both country and formal; 16th to 19th century oil paintings, both European and American; Shaker furniture and accessories; early blown and molded glass; paper and rare books; toys; bottles; folk art; early photography; vintage jewelry; civil war objects; stoneware and numerous other areas.

Patricia Siskind and her daughter Maria are the owners of Siskind Appraisals in Williamstown, MA. Siskind Appraisals has been helping clients realize the intrinsic value of their possessions since 1996. Whether it is estate work, insurance values, advising on how to live with fine art and antiques, or retaining and dispersing of inherited items, they have been able to find a solution. They work throughout the Berkshires, Southern Vermont and adjoining New York. They are generalists, but their special interests include fine art, 18th to 20th century furniture and decorative items, silver, and estate jewelry.

Lorraine German and her late husband Steve established Mad River Antiques, LLC in 2001, with a concentration on 18th, 19th, and 20th century Americana and decorative arts. They have received extensive recognition from their peers for their expertise in stoneware, textiles, Christmas decorations, and Indian baskets. They have been frequent guest speakers at antiques shows, museums, and antiques organizations, where they have covered a variety of topics, including stoneware, redware, quilts, Christmas ornaments, and Santa Claus. Lorraine is a member of the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America and the Cape Cod Antique Dealers Association.  Both she and Steve have served as collection advisors for the Bidwell House Museum in Monterey, Massachusetts.

Bennington Museum is also excited to welcome members of the Collections Care & Conservation Alliance, a network of conservation and preservation professionals that seeks to improve collections care by providing information and education to individuals, organizations, and institutions. Bring them your questions about how to best store, clean, or exhibit heirlooms; how to find a professional conservator; and how to inventory collections for estate planning or family discussion. These experts will be available to give you their advice at no charge.


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