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Plein air artists paint at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, one of the locations in the Guild of BErkshire Artists' 'Creating Art Outdoors in the Berkshires' plein air art event to be held next week. Photo courtesy Guild of Berkshire artists

Bits & Bytes: ArtWeek plein air sessions; Louise Glück at Williams College; ukulele lesson at Lenox Library; CoA luncheon; Special Olympics New York Spring Games

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By Thursday, Apr 26, 2018 Life In the Berkshires

Guild of Berkshire Artists to hold plein air sessions

Richmond — The Guild of Berkshire Artists, formerly the Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists’ Guild, is participating in the statewide ArtWeek festival with the weeklong event “Plein Air: Creating Art Outdoors in the Berkshires” to run Monday, April 30, through Sunday May 6.

Artists of all levels may join the plein air group to paint, draw and photograph outside at different Berkshire locations each day of the week from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. During each session, participants can watch artist demonstrations, observe artists at work and create artwork on their own. Work will continue until noon, followed by lunch and positive critique. The group will meet Monday, April 30, at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield; Tuesday, May 1, in Great Barrington; Wednesday, May 2, in Stockbridge; Thursday, May 3, at the Mount in Lenox; Friday, May 4, in Lenox; Saturday, May 5, in West Stockbridge; and Sunday, May 6, at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. Suitable sheltered locations will be available in case of inclement weather.

The fee for non-guild members is $15 per day including admission to the site. For more information, contact berkshireartists@gmail.com.

–E.E.

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Williams College to welcome poet Louise Glück

Louise Glück. Photo: Gasper Tringale

Williamstown — Poet Louise Glück will read from her works Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Adams Memorial Theatre of Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Glück is a former poet laureate of the United States and the author of a dozen widely acclaimed books. Her most recent collection, “Faithful and Virtuous Night,” won the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry. Other recent books include “A Village Life,” which was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize; and “Averno,” which was nominated for the National Book Award, won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award and was listed by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year. Her honors include the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, a Sara Teasdale Memorial Prize, and the MIT Anniversary Medal. In addition, she has won fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2015, she was awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Glück grew up on Long Island, New York, and attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. She was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005. Previously a professor at Williams for 20 years, she is currently a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Yale University’s Rosenkranz Writer-In-Residence program.

The reading is free and open to the public. For building locations on the Williams campus, consult the online map or call the Office of Communications at (413) 597-4277.

–E.E.

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Lenox Library to offer ‘Learn Ukulele with Julie’

Julie Stepanek. Photo courtesy Lenox Library

Lenox — On Saturday, April 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., the Lenox Library will host “Learn Ukulele with Julie,” a program for youth and adults ages 8 and up who want to learn how to play the ukulele. Taught by singer-songwriterJulie Stepanek who performs and teaches across New England with her 24 ukuleles, the program will cover the basics of playing and reading chords followed by a strum-along of fun and easy songs.

The program is free and open to the public. Participants may bring a ukulele to use or borrow one at the program. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Katie Wallick at (413) 637-0197 x105 or kwallick@lenoxlib.org.

–E.E.

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Great Barrington Bagel Company & Deli owner Bob Climo at work. Photo courtesy Egremont Council on Aging

Councils on aging to hold luncheon

South Egremont — The Egremont and Mount Washington councils on aging invite all seniors to their complimentary lunch and program, “Cooking With Bob Climo,” Wednesday, May 2, at noon at the Egremont Village Inn. Climo, owner of the Great Barrington Bagel Company & Deli will demonstrate how to make simple, delicious food. To make reservations, contact the Egremont Town Hall at (413) 528-0182 x17 or wbrinker@egremont-ma.gov by Monday, April 30, and include dietary restrictions and whether or not a ride is needed.

–E.E.

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Athletes participate in the 2017 Special Olympics New york Spring Games at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School in Burnt Hills, N.Y. Photo courtesy Special Olympics New York

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School to host Special Olympics Spring Games

Burnt Hills, N.Y. — On Saturday, April 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School will host the Special Olympics New York-Capital Region Spring Games. Approximately 150 athletes will travel from three regions and throughout the capital region for the event, which will include competitions in shot put, turbojav, softball throw, long jump, running, walking and relay races. Weeks of hard work and dedication in training will be rewarded as athletes are cheered on and supported during competition. Spectatorship is encouraged and the community is welcome to attend and watch the sportsmanship of Special Olympics athletes in action.

For more information, contact Special Olympics New York at (518) 388-0790.

–E.E.


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