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BITS & BYTES: Sculpture at The Mount; Frida Kahlo photography at The Springfield Museums; Jeffery Kay at Norfolk Library; Keb’ Mo’ at The Mahaiwe; Pride at Bottomless Bricks; Triplex Cinema online auction

Golden pears, Frida Kahlo, Keb’ Mo’, LEGO Pride, and an online auction.

Sculpture at The Mount opens on Sunday, June 2nd

Lenox— The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, is pleased to announce that the annual outdoor sculpture exhibition produced in the Berkshires for the past twenty-five years officially opens on Sunday, June 2nd. Visitors can experience the exhibition for free every day of the week, from dawn until dusk, through October 20th. 

The popular annual exhibition features 24 large-scale outdoor works by emerging and established artists in many sizes and media thoughtfully situated throughout The Mount’s lush gardens and grounds.

‘Keeping It Together’ by Justine Perlman. Courtesy The Mount.

Executive director of The Mount Susan Wissler said “There is great synergy between Wharton’s literary legacy and the compelling narratives expressed through contemporary sculpture. The exhibition encourages visitors to explore the intersection of literature, sculpture, and nature.”

The exhibit runs from June 2nd through October 20th at The Mount on Plunkett Street in Lenox. There is a “Meet the Artists” event on Sunday June 23, at 3 p.m. at which the 24 artists will share their stories and visions next to their pieces. Artist-led tours will also be available monthly. Registration and more information can be found online. 


The Springfield Museums proudly present ‘Frida Kahlo, Her Photos,’ an exhibition that offers an intimate glimpse of the renowned Mexican artist

Springfield— From June 1st through September 8th, the Springfield Museums proudly present “Frida Kahlo, Her Photos,” a collection of images from a secret archive hidden at her residence, La Casa Azul (now Museo Frida Kahlo.)

Frida Kahlo with xoloitzcuintle dog in the Blue House, by Lola Álvarez Bravo, ca. 1944. Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Archives

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is recognized for her self-portraits that blend realism with fantasy. Her distinctive naïve folk-art style explores themes of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society.  Although Kahlo remained relatively unknown until the late 1970s, her work has been rediscovered by art historians and political activists, making her a symbol of Mexican national and Indigenous traditions, as well as a powerful voice for the female experience.

Curated by Mexican photographer and photo historian, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, the exhibition features more than 200 images that illuminate Kahlo’s artistry, her life, and her deep connection to Mexico.

“The life and artwork of Frida Kahlo continue to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide,” says Heather Haskell-Burns, Vice President and Director of the art museums. “We are thrilled to host this collection of previously unseen images, offering our visitors a deeper insight into Kahlo through her photographic documentation of her personal and artistic journey.”

Muray, 1946. Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Archives

The exhibit runs from June 1st through September 8th at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at 21 Edwards Street in Springfield. Tickets and more information can be found online. 


Norfolk Library presents ‘Embers & Flames: 50 Years of Lights & Lenses,’ the photographs of Jeffery Kay

Norfolk, C.T.— Through the month of June, the Norfolk Library presents ‘Embers & Flames: 50 Years of Lights & Lenses,’ the photographs of Jeffery Kay.

Kay is a photographer from New York City who tells visual stories through rare and unusual vintage lenses. This exhibition of fine art prints showcases his decades-long exploration of visual storytelling, bokeh experimentation, and painterly abstraction in landscape and portraiture, in both black and white and color palettes.

Photo by Jeffrey Kay.

The exhibit runs through the month of June at The Norfolk Library at 9 Greenwoods Road East in Norfolk, C.T. There is an opening reception on Sunday, June 2nd from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at which poet Sarah Kay will join her father for a performance of spoken word poetry. More information can be found online.   


Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents Keb’ Mo’

Great Barrington— On Saturday, June 15th at 8 p.m., the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents Keb’ Mo’.

Keb’ Mo’. Courtesy the Mahaiwe.

Keb’ Mo’s musical journey began nearly half a century ago, when he landed his first major gig in Papa John Creach’s band at the age of 21. Over the course of the next 20 years, Keb’ would go on to establish himself as a respected guitarist, songwriter, and arranger, and though he recorded a one-off album in 1980 under his birth name, Kevin Moore, it wasn’t until 1994 that he would introduce the world to Keb’ Mo’ with the release of his widely acclaimed self-titled debut. 

Critics were quick to take note of Keb’s modern, genre-bending take on old school sounds, and two years later, he garnered his first GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. In the decades to come, Keb’ would take home five more GRAMMY Awards; top the Billboard Blues Chart seven times; perform everywhere from Carnegie Hall to The White House; collaborate with many including Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, The Chicks, and Lyle Lovett; have compositions recorded and sampled by artists as diverse as B.B. King, Zac Brown, and BTS; release signature guitars with both Gibson and Martin; appear in and compose music for films and TV shows, and earn the Americana Music Association’s 2021 award for Lifetime Achievement in Performance.

The concert is on Saturday, June 15th at 8 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington. Phillip-Michael Scales is the opening act. Tickets are $45 to $95, with limited availability. Tickets and more information can be found online. 


Bottomless Bricks and Berkshire Pride present ‘Adult Build Night: Pride Edition!’

Pittsfield— On Tuesday, June 4th at 6 p.m., Bottomless Bricks and Berkshire Pride present “Adult Build Night: Pride Edition!,” a creative evening perfect for adults looking to express their pride through building and imagination.

Bottomless Bricks ‘Adult Build Night: Pride Edition!’

Think of this unique and colorful celebration as a Paint & Sip but with LEGO® elements. Come together with fellow community members to help build a stunning Pride Flag for Berkshire Pride using an array of LEGO® parts and pieces. All necessary parts and instructions will be provided, and no experience is necessary.

There is also an option to craft your own rainbow bowties. This wearable accessory can be built and purchased to take home for $10.

The 21+ event is on Tuesday, June 4th at 6 p.m. at Bottomless Bricks at 163 South Street in Pittsfield. BYOB. Registration is required. Registration and more information can be found online. 


Online auction to benefit The Triplex Cinema

Great Barrington— From June 2nd through June 10th, there is an online auction to benefit The Triplex Cinema.

Have you ever wanted to eat dinner with a famous politician, lunch at a renowned estate with a celebrity, own an original drawing by a well-known artist, or acquire memorabilia from one of the most iconic films ever made? If so, you can bid on all of that and so much more at the Triplex Spring 2024 Online Auction.

Some of the items to be auctioned are:

•   A private dinner for 10 at the Red Lion Inn with former Governor Deval Patrick and First Lady Diane Patrick.

•   “Indiana Jones” vintage memorabilia from Karen Allen.

•   Lunch and garden tour at Blue Stone Manor with Dorinda Medley of the “Real Housewives of New York.”

•   A week at Jayne Atkinson and Michel Gill’s fabulous Michigan Lake house.

•   Dinner at The Elm with “Super-Agent” to the stars, Bart Walker.

•   An original signed drawing and book collection by artist Walton Ford.

•   Lauren Ambrose’s “Yellowjackets” bomber jacket from her hit series on Showtime.

•   Lunch at Zinc with Producer/director Matt Penn. Plus, a working copy of the screenplay “Alice’s Restaurant” with Arthur Penn’s handwritten notes.

•   Vacation for one week at the beautiful Casa Miel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

•   James Hamilton (photographer to the stars) original signed photos.

•   A Spa Day for two at Canyon Ranch, and much much more.

Casa Miel in San Miguel Allende, Mexico.

The bidding will start on June 2nd at 9 a.m. and end on June 10th at 9 p.m. The auction can be viewed online.


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