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Bits & Bytes: BCC dog show; Playhouse seeks directors; watercolors at Camphill Ghent; ‘RE” at Ferrin Contemporary; Crossroads gallery hop

The Ghent Playhouse is seeking proposals from directors interested in directing a musical as part of its 2016-2017 theater season.

BCC’s 15th annual ‘Not Your Average Dog Show’

A dog at the 2015 Not Your Average Dog Show.

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College (BCC) Foundation’s 15th annual Not Your Average Dog Show is slated for Sunday, February 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at BCC’s Paterson Field House. The event, which is open to all dogs, will feature family-oriented activities. Admission is free. Donations to the institution’s Annual Fund are appreciated.

Dogs participating in the show must be registered to compete. Each dog may be entered into two categories. Category judging will begin at noon. Pre-registration has closed, but day-of registrations are welcome. Registration is $20 paid at the door. Registering a second dog in the same family is $10. Dogs at the event must have an up-to-date rabies vaccination and must be leashed at all times. Female dogs in season should not participate. Handlers of spectator dogs must agree to event rules.

State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli will emcee the show and BCC Foundation President Gene Dellea will serve as ringmaster. In addition to the competitions, the event will feature Eric Thee Illusionist, information/vendor tables, and a concession stand. Caricatures of dogs for will be available for $10, the proceeds of which will benefit the Annual Fund.

Registration forms, event rules, and regulations are available online or by contacting Jennifer Larkin at or (413) 236-2185.


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(ART)ic Adventure with Tara Altebrando

Hudson, N.Y. – On Monday, February 15, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Olana State Historic Site will host “(ART)ic Adventure: My Life in Diorama” with artist and author Tara Altebrando.

(ART)ic Adventure is designed for youth ages 7-14 to learn more about writing a novel, making dioramas, and art as a tool for processing experiences. Each participant will receive a copy of young adult author Tara Altebrando’s book “My Life in Diorama” and their own diorama kit. The program will also include an afternoon hike and time for play outside in Olana’s beautiful landscape followed by hot chocolate and a book signing. The workshop will end with an “exhibition” where each participant will be able to talk about their invented space, and audiences can share what they like about each other’s dioramas.

Tara Altebrando attended Harvard University where she studied American Political Science, and is the author of “My Life in Diorama,” “The Battle of Darcy Lane,” and four other novels for young adults.

Space is limited to 25. The cost of the workshop is $50 and includes all diorama materials, a copy of Altebrando’s book “My Life in Diorama,” and a diorama kit. The program fee does not include lunch so participants should bring their own. Registration is requested but walk-ins are welcome if space is available. For more see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Olana’s Education Department at (518) 828-1872 x105.


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The Ghent Playhouse seeks directors

Ghent, N.Y. — The Ghent Playhouse is seeking proposals from directors interested in directing a musical as part of its 2016-2017 theater season.

Those interested may submit up to three musicals for consideration for one of four production time slots between October 2016 and June 2017. Those interested should provide the following information to Artistic Director, Cathy Lee-Visscher: name, address, home and cell phone numbers, email address, the title of the musical(s) being submitted, and a brief resume. Requested information may be emailed to and noting “2016-2017 Theater Season” in the subject line.

The Ghent Playhouse is a nonprofit, all-volunteer community theater. The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 15.


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A watercolor by Tim Paholak.

Watercolor exhibit at Camphill Ghent

Chatham, N.Y. — Columbia County, N.Y., artist Tim Paholak will discuss his watercolor paintings at an opening and reception Saturday, February 13, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Camphill Ghent’s Joan Allen Art Gallery. Paholak’s paintings are gathered in an exhibit titled “Search for Revelation” which runs through March.

Paholak is a Detroit native and a graduate of Michigan State University. He was introduced to art at the Waldorf Institute of Mercy College and continued his art path in the Camphill Seminar at Camphill Special School in Pennsylvania. As a teacher in various settings, he has taught wet-on-wet watercolor painting at Special School, Camphill Soltane in Pennsylvania, and Camphill Triform in Hudson. For the past 18 years, Paholak has studied with local artists Laura Summer and Martina Mueller.


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‘RE’ at Ferrin Contemporary

Bouke de Vries
Bouke de Vries, “The Repair II,” 2014, 18th century Chinese porcelain tureen stand, tureen cover, and mixed media, 14 x 10.5 x 10″.

North Adams — Ferrin Contemporary will present “RE–Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld,” opening Saturday, February 13, and continuing through Sunday, April 10. The show is co-curated by Paul Scott and Andrew Baseman and focuses on the work of contemporary ceramic artists Stephen Bowers, Bouke de Vries, Noelle Horsfield, Ruan Hoffmann, Sergei Isupov, Adam Lefebvre, Frances Palmer, Paul Scott, Caroline Slotte, Mara Superior, and Ai Weiwei. It was originally presented as a special exhibition at the 2016 New York Ceramics & Glass Fair.

The pieces in the exhibit attempt to imitate, replicate, or honor inventive repairs of the past. “RE–Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld” examines the current interest in materially related forms and graphic material by leading artists who exploit and explore the surrounding issues of conservation, restoration, over-consumption, reuse, and recycling.

Call the Gallery for more information at (413) 346-4004


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Crossroads Gallery Hop

Hillsdale, N.Y. – Crossroads Food Shop is partnering with local art galleries on Saturday, February 13, and Sunday, February 14, for the Crossroads Gallery Hop: visitors to both Neumann Fine Art and LABspace can enjoy 10 percent discount on lunch at the Crossroads Food Shop.

Neumann Fine Art is hosting a group show with gallery artists featuring new work by painters Ken Young, Don Wynn, Margot Trout, and Jeffrey L. Neumann, as well as a new cabinet by Joel Mark and new jewelry designs by Anni Maliki. LABspace is currently presenting Christine Sciulli‘s new fully immersive video installation “Push Pull Passage” along with a concurrent show of paintings and drawings inspired by the intersection of biotechnology and grotesques by Alexander Ross called “Schneck!”



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