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'Untitled (Green)' by Claus Brunsmann is part of the 'Francis Greenburger Selects' exhibit at Love Apple Farm in Ghent, N.Y. Image courtesy Love Apple Farm

Bits & Bytes: ‘Francis Greenburger Selects’; Rachelle Garniez at Spencertown Academy; Paul Çelebi at the Southfield Church; ‘The Life of a Tree’; Music in Common party

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By Thursday, May 31, 2018 Life In the Berkshires

Love Apple Farm presents ‘Francis Greenburger Selects’

Ghent, N.Y. — Love Apple Farm, in partnership with Art-in-Buildings, presents its 2018 exhibition, “Francis Greenburger Selects” in the Love Apple Art Space through October. Featuring the work of Claus Brunsmann, Margaret Evangeline, John Morra and Sandi Slone, the exhibition will host a celebration with the artists Saturday, June 2, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Love Apple Art Space is housed in a late-1800s farmhouse situated on the 80-acre working apple orchard of Love Apple Farm. Greenburger, founder of Art Omi and the owner of Love Apple Farm, is the inspiration behind the new art space. The works on view in “Francis Greenburger Selects,” demonstrate a view of the varied expressions of contemporary painting through the eye of a seasoned arts patron.

“For me, the experience of art is an intuitive, visceral reaction to the visual impact a work of art makes on me. These artists represent aesthetics that I responded to the first time I encountered them and repeatedly thereafter over many years. My experience can be compared to liking someone from your first encounter and on and on from there as your friendship develops. These artists and their works are all long time very special friends of mine,” said Greenburger.

Art-in-Buildings, curated by Jennie Lamensdorf and sponsored by Time Equities Inc., brings contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists to non-traditional exhibition spaces in the interest of promoting artists; expanding the audience for art; and creating a more interesting environment for building occupants, residents and their guests.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Love Apple Farm at (518) 828-5048 or info@loveapplefarm.com.


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Spencertown Academy to welcome Rachelle Garniez

Rachelle Garniez. Photo courtesy Spencertown Academy Arts Center

Spencertown, N.Y. — The Spencertown Academy Concert Series will present singer-songwriter-accordionist Rachelle Garniez with bassist Derek Nievergelt Saturday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Spencertown Academy Arts Center.

Native New Yorker Garniez performs story songs that slip among pop, polka, country, ska, jazz, yodeling and more. She is at home in many worlds, from busking on street corners to performing on stages around the globe. She has released six albums of original material and her influences range from Tin Pan Alley classics to klezmer, Americana roots and Latin flavors. She composed the music for Taylor Mac’s “The Lily’s Revenge,” has written for jazz vocalist Catherine Russell, and has collaborated with artists including the Citizens Band, Thomas Dolby and Jack White.

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for Spencertown Academy members, $10 for students and $5 for student members. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendaror contact Spencertown Academy Arts Center at (518) 392-3693 or info@spencertownacademy.org.


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Paul Çelebi. Photo courtesy Music at the Southfield Church

Pianist Paul Çelebi to perform at Southfield Church

Southfield — Pianist Paul Çelebi will kick off the fourth season of Music at the Southfield Church Saturday, June 2, at 7 p.m. at the Southfield Church, 234 Norfolk Road. The program will feature works by Brahms, Ives, Villa-Lobos, Corigliano and Hisaishi.

A Pittsfield native, as well as an alumnus of Pittsfield High School and Berkshire Music School, where he studied under Jean Stackhouse, Çelebi will head into his fourth year this fall at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he is in the studio of Alvin Chow. This past fall, Çelebi joined with three-time Grammy Award-winning flautist Tim Munro and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble in a performance of Hans Abrahamsen’s “Schnee.” Composer Zou Hao is currently writing a piano concerto for Çelebi, which he will premier with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. Çelebi has won prizes from the New England Piano Teachers’ Association and the Uel Wade Scholarship Competition. He was invited, alongside Timo Andres and Evren Ozel, to perform at the Tanglewood 75th anniversary concert. He is also a composer, and studies composition with Jesse Jones and Stephen Hartke.

The performance is free and open to the public; a retiring collection will be taken in support of the artists. A reception with refreshments will follow the program. For more information, call the Southfield Church at (413) 229-8109.


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‘The Life of a Tree’ family program at Roe Jan Library

Hillsdale, N.Y. — The Roeliff Jansen Community Library will present the family program “The Life of a Tree” Saturday, June 2, at 10:30 a.m. Pamela Price, biologist and education program coordinator at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center, will facilitate an hour-long program on the life of trees and tree identification. Attendees will discover the importance of trees as they progress from sprouting seeds to rotting logs and the necessary role trees play in the lives of people, animals and plants. There will also be a walk around the grounds of the library and the Roeliff Jansen Park to learn how to identify different types of trees.

The program is free and open to the public. Participants are advised to dress for the weather and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. For more information, contact the Roeliff Jansen Community Library at (518) 325-4101.


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Music in Common at Les Trois Emme Winery

‘Peace’ by Sabiha Zaveri

New Marlborough — On Friday, June 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., an event to showcase the Sheffield-based nonprofit organization Music in Common and hosted by Sandy and Brandon Pantorno will take place at Les Trois Emme Winery.

Founded in 2005 by singer-songwriter and producer Todd Mack in response to the murder of his friend, band mate and former Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, Music in Common empowers youth from diverse cultures and faiths to discover common ground through collaborative songwriting, multimedia and performance. The event will begin with hors d’oeuvres and a cash wine bar, after which Mack will introduce the short films, “From Madness to Music” and “Amplified: Young Voices Rising,” which were produced by MIC and expound on the history and goals of the organization. An original work of art by Sabiha Zaveri titled “Peace” will be auctioned off as part of the event.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and an RSVP is required by Monday, June 4, to sandra.pantorno@gmail.com.


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