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'Winter' by Pat Hogan is included in one of the Berkshire Museum's new exhibits opening Friday, Feb. 1. Image courtesy Berkshire Museum

Bits & Bytes: New exhibits at Berkshire Museum; ‘Reinventing Rockwell’ at Spencertown Academy; Great Barrington Kennel Club Dog Show; CoA luncheon

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By Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 Life In the Berkshires

Berkshire Museum exhibits:  ‘Oral Histories from NAACP’; ‘BerkshireNow: Pat Hogan’

Pittsfield — On Friday, Feb. 1, the Berkshire Museum will open two new exhibitions that spotlight Berkshire residents: “Their Stories: Oral Histories from the NAACP,” and “BerkshireNow: Pat Hogan.”

Gwendolyn VanSant, from the Berkshire Museum’s ‘Their Stories: Oral Histories from the NAACP’ exhibit. Photo: Julie McCarthy

“Their Stories: Oral Histories from the NAACP” explores the history of African-Americans in the Berkshires. The exhibition contains compelling, contemporary stories as recorded by local African-American community leaders and the NAACP – Berkshire County Branch. Oral histories, played on directional speakers, will be presented alongside portraits, photography, and objects from the museum’s collection. On view through Sunday, May 5, the exhibition will highlight portraits and selections of personal oral histories from Magdalene Adams, Churchill Cotton, Wray Gunn, Mabel Hamilton, Dennis Powell, Rev. Charles Pratt, Evelyn Pratt, Shirley Ann Session Edgerton, Will Singleton and Gwendolyn VanSant.

“BerkshireNow: Pat Hogan” is Great Barrington-based artist Pat Hogan’s first solo show at the museum. In the 14 works on display, Hogan incorporates found objects and builds layers up only to chip them away, creating unique patterns and surfaces. Hogan’s mixed-media painting “Winter” won Best in Show in the Berkshire Museum’s 2018 “Art of the Hills” exhibition. “BerkshireNow: Pat Hogan” will be on view through Sunday, April 28.

Admission to the two new exhibits will be free Friday, Feb. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk. Hogan, and various “Their Stories” collaborators will be present to celebrate the openings of their respective exhibitions. For more information, contact the Berkshire Museum at (413) 443-7171.


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‘Freedom from What’ by Pops Peterson

Artist Pops Peterson to discuss ‘Reinventing Rockwell’

Spencertown, N.Y. — Spencertown Academy Arts Center will host “Reinventing Rockwell: An Afternoon with Artist Pops Peterson” as part of it Conversations with Neighbors series Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m.

Pops Peterson is an artist, performer and writer, whose photos and prints have been featured in solo exhibitions at Sohn Fine Art in Lenox, Massachusetts, and Lauren Clark Fine Art in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, as well as group exhibitions elsewhere in the Berkshires and in New York City. He is best known for his work on the theme of civil rights and freedom, which has received extensive media coverage, including features in the New York Times and on CBS Sunday Morning. In 2015, he debuted his “Reinventing Rockwell” photography series, which received an award from the Northeast Regional Conference on Fair Housing and Civil Rights and led to him being named the first artist in residence of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Currently, he is represented in the international tour “Reimagining the Four Freedoms,” curated by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

The cost of the event is $20 general admission, $15 for Academy members and $10 students. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Spencertown Academy Arts Center at (518) 392-3693 or info@spencertownacademy.org.


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Great Barrington Kennel Club to hold all-breed dog show

Participants prepare for the 2017 Great Barrington Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield. Photo courtesy Great Barrington Kennel Club

West Springfield — The Great Barrington Kennel Club will hold its 103rd/104th All Breed Dog Show Saturday, Feb. 2, and Sunday, Feb. 3, in the Better Living Center at the Eastern States Exposition.

In addition to having the opportunity to see more than 1,200 dogs entered each day in GBKC’s American Kennel Club-sanctioned shows, dog lovers and aficionados will be able to observe GBKC’s AKC Scent Work trial. Launched by AKC in December 2017, Scent Work is one of the fastest-growing dog sports, appealing because it is accessible to people and dogs of varying abilities, and open to mixed breeds as well as purebred dogs.

There are 350 runs per day in classes from Novice to Master including Interior, Exterior, Buried and Container searches, all of which involve a dog correctly identifying a prescribed scent within a set time. There is also a Handler Discrimination search in which a dog finds a scented article belonging to its handler. Spectators are welcome.

Activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day with group judging starting around 2:30 p.m. While the event itself is free, there is a parking fee of $5 per car. For more information, contact the Big E at (413) 737-2443.


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Councils on aging to hold luncheon

South Egremont — The Egremont and Mount Washington councils on aging invite all seniors to a complimentary luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon at the Egremont Village Inn.

The program will feature Elaine Ireland, who teaches physical fitness classes for councils at the South Egremont Congregational Church. She also teaches at the Sheffield Senior Center. Ireland focuses on strength training, balance and agility. She will talk about the importance of developing and maintaining physical fitness as one ages and, if time permits, will lead attendees in a short demonstration.

To make reservations, contact the Egremont Town Hall at (413) 528-0182 x17 or wbrinker@egremont-ma.gov by Monday, Feb. 4, and include dietary restrictions and whether or not a ride is needed.


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