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The Hillsdale ArtsWalk will encompass a variety of art media spanning painting, ceramics and pottery, woodcraft, photography, custom jewelry, found object art, mixed media, fabric art, and metalwork.

Hillsdale to host third annual ArtsWalk

A painting by Bob Crimi.
A painting by Bob Crimi.

Hillsdale, New York — The third annual Hillsdale ArtsWalk will be held on Saturday Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the town center. Attendees will enjoy a variety of art media spanning oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor painting, ceramics and pottery, woodcraft, traditional and avant-garde photography, custom jewelry, found object art, mixed media, whimsical felted objects, fabric art, and metalwork.

A printed map guide will be available. Hillsdale art galleries Neumann Fine Art, LABspace and the Art Annex as well as Trudy’s Beauty, Passiflora, O’s Hillsdale Diner, and Village Scoop will feature indoor exhibits. Pop-up galleries will appear at Hillsdale Fine Wines & Spirits and CrossRoads Food Shop. Outdoors, individual and group tents will be placed in the Village Square and the first block of Anthony Street (both of which will beclosed to vehicular traffic), and a large grassy lot on Route 23 across from the Art Annex and Mirror Mirror Clothing Shop.

Live music will be performed in front of the Hillsdale General Store by the Two of Us Productions, John Farrell, Howard Lieberman, Christina Dellea and Zach Nayer, Abby Lappen, and Anne Banks with Mikey Merrill and Lucas Swann. Food and beverages will be in ample supply at Hillsdale’s regular eateries CrossRoads Food Shop, O’s Hillsdale Country Diner, Hillsdale House, Village Scoop and Four Brothers Pizza as well as from food vendors will be located in the grassy lot.

The free, family friendly event will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact hillsdaleartswalk@gmail.com.

–E.E.

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Rogue Angel to present Living Room Theatre

A recent Living Room Theatre performance.
A recent Living Room Theatre performance.

Great Barrington — Rogue Angel Theatre will present its annual Living Room Theatre event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, in Rotary Way (the alley next to Rubiner’s Cheesemongers & Grocers). This year’s event, titled “Revolutionary Love Letters and Female Uke Revolutionaries,” will feature readings of love letters; ukulele performances from Heather Fisch, Pooja Prema, Katie Hagel, Gabrielle Senza, Kristin Grippo, Sabrina Allard, and Safara Fischer; and other The event is free and open to the public, though donations will be accepted. Attendees are advised to bring a chair or couch. If necessary, the raindate will be Sunday, Aug. 28.

–E.E.

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Multimedia art exhibit at Becket Arts Center

Becket — The Becket Arts Center will host its third and final art exhibit of the season from Saturday, Aug. 27 – Sunday, Sept. 18. The multimedia installation will feature the work of mixed media watercolorist and ceramicist Mary Anne Davis, photographer Arthur Hillman, and acrylic painter Scott Taylor. An opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 2 – 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Becket Arts Center at (413) 623-6635 or office@becketartscenter.org.

–E.E.

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Behold! New Lebanon Aug. 27 tours

Heather Naventi. Photo: Uli Rose.
Jewelry designer Heather Naventi. Photo: Uli Rose.

New Lebanon, New York — Behold! New Lebanon, the living museum of contemporary rural American life, has announced its schedule for Saturday, August 27. The programs will include:

What You “Auto” Know About Your Car – Bud Godfroy of Godfroy’s Service Station will demonstrate the basics that drivers need to know and lead them through a car inspection.

Farm Animal Rescue – Claudette LeFebvre will walk visitors through her farm and explain why it was important to her to become an animal rescuer.

Gemstones Demystified, Pearls Renewed – Master jeweler and jewelry designer Heather Naventi will bust myths about jewelry and gemstones, demonstrate how to distinguish fake from real, and show how to detect flaws in diamonds.

Corkscrew Choo Choo – Take a leisurely stroll along the Wyomanoc Creek following the footprint of the once-famed Rutland Railroad with Corkscrew Rail Trail Association President Joe Ogilvie.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 5 – 16, and free for children 4 and under when accompanied by an adult. Advance ticket purchase is recommended for all programs. For more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Behold! New Lebanon at (518) 720-7265 or info@beholdnewlebanon.org.

–E.E.

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