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Artwork by Clemente Sajquiy is included in the 'Art That Speaks' exhibit at Fuel Coffee Shop in Great Barrington. Image courtesy Walk Unafraid

Bits & Bytes: ‘Art That Speaks’ at Fuel; Radius Playwrights Festival submissions; ‘Mass. Cast’ at Schantz Galleries; library deliveries; ‘People Paintings’ at Camphill Ghent

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By Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 Life In the Berkshires

Fuel Coffee Shop displays ‘Art That Speaks’

Great Barrington — Walk Unafraid presents “Art That Speaks,” a public art exhibition featuring artwork by Guatemalan-born artist Clemente Sajquiy at Fuel Coffee Shop through Thursday, Nov. 15. An artist’s reception will be held Monday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Sajquiy’s artwork expresses his experiences as an immigrant as well as the tension between science and religion, and knowledge and belief. In addition to Sajquiy’s work, the exhibition features a display of campaign-style posters created by Berkshire County residents as part of the Four Freedoms Federation’s 50 State Initiative, a nationwide project that seeks to use art to encourage civic engagement and public discourse in advance of November’s midterm elections.

“Clemente only recently discovered his artistic abilities while taking an art class at the local community college. I found the messages in his artwork inspiring, and in alignment with my vision for this community-oriented show,” said Walk Unafraid founder and exhibition curator Gabrielle Senza.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Walk unafraid at hello@walkunafraid.org.


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Radius Playwrights Festival calls for submissions

Chris Tucci, left, and Kevin O’Rourke in ‘The Audition’ by Steve Otfinoski at Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s second annual Radius Playwrights Festival in January 2018. Photo courtesy Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Great Barrington — Berkshire Playwrights Lab is calling for submissions for its third annual Radius Playwrights Festival, which features five or six new, short plays created by playwrights who live within a 50-mile radius of Great Barrington. BPL invites submissions of short, original plays that are 10 to 15 minutes long and have a maximum cast size of six actors. BPL will present fully staged readings of the plays at Saint James Place Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, and Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

To keep the festival as open and accessible as possible, there is a blind submission process and no fee to submit. A panel of experts reads all submissions and chooses the plays to be presented and performed by local directors and actors. Playwrights should send their play(s) in PDF format to submit@berkshireplaywrightslab.org prior to Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Playwrights selected to participate will be notified mid-December.

For more information, contact Berkshire Playwrights Lab at (413) 528 2544 or admin@berkshireplaywrightslab.org.


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Schantz Galleries presents ‘Mass. Cast’ glass exhibit

Polished plate glass vase by Sidney Hutter. Photo courtesy Schantz Galleries

Stockbridge — Schantz Galleries will present “Mass. Cast,” an exhibition of cut and cast glass works by Massachusetts glass artists William Carlson, Robin Grebe, Sidney Hutter and Martin Rosol Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 28. An opening reception will take place Saturday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Carlson, formerly a professor of art at the University of Illinois and the University of Miami, has worked on large-scale glass sculptures and exhibited locally at the Mount in Lenox and Chesterwood. Grebe uses cast glass, ceramic glazes and transparent enamels to create her monolithic and allegorical human forms inspired by Greek Cycladic fertility goddesses. Hutter was among the first artists who experimented with laminated glass techniques and is considered a pioneer in the American Studio Glass Movement. Rosol’s work provides a harmonious feeling of balance of light and dark, hard and soft, reality and perception, tension and ease, and solidity and ethereality.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Schantz Galleries at (413) 298-3044.


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Ramsdell Library offers deliveries to homebound patrons

The children’s room at Ramsdell Library in Housatonic. Photo courtesy Great Barrington Libraries

Housatonic — Ramsdell Library is now offering free neighborhood delivery for homebound library patrons. Volunteer drivers will make deliveries Wednesday afternoons pending applications from patrons. Patrons seeking home delivery must have accounts in good standing with the library. Interested delivery customers should contact Sam Reggio, adult circulation supervisor at Mason Library, at (413) 528-2403.

The art room at Ramsdell Library in Housatonic. Photo courtesy Great Barrington Libraries

Also at Ramsdell, the library staff has swapped the location of the children’s room and the art room, as suggested in a recent consultant’s report on the future of the Ramsdell Library. The swap allows for a cozier children’s room, which can be easily closed off from the rest of the library, and a better lit and larger arts and crafts room for Ramsdell’s art book collection. New toys and furnishings will be acquired for both rooms in the coming months.

Ramsdell also has a new public photocopier for color or black and white copies as well as scanning. Color photocopies are 50 cents per page. Scanning is free but requires a USB drive. Black and white photocopies are 15 cents each but will increase to 20 cents Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.


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A painting by Eunice Agar. Image courtesy Camphill Ghent

Artist Eunice Agar exhibits ‘People Paintings’ at Camphill Ghent

Chatham, N.Y. — Great Barrington, Massachusetts, artist Eunice Agar presents “People Paintings,” an exhibition of her figurative oil paintings, in the Joan Allen Art Gallery at Camphill Ghent through Friday, Nov. 30. An opening reception and artist talk will take place Saturday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m.

Agar makes a point of presenting people as they are, respecting but not exaggerating individual characteristics. She is known for her landscapes painted on location in the Florida panhandle, Maine, Massachusetts and trips abroad. She works in oil, casein, watercolor and drawing media, and also makes block prints and etchings. Agar has a degree in art history from Wellesley College and studied at the Art Students League of New York. She has had many solo shows, and exhibits at Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York; the Ainilian Gallery in Washington, D.C.; LeMoyne Art Center in Tallahassee, Florida; and the Albany Institute of History and Art. For many years she was a contributing editor of American Artist Magazine and has recently written for the Artful Mind.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Camphill Ghent at (518) 392-2760.


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