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Bits & Bytes: ‘Out of Site’ sculpture exhibit; the Zolla Boys at the Southfield Church; ‘Becoming Involved in State Government;’ YeeJin Yuk at Music on Main; Kiwanis scholarship recipients

Rep Farley-Bouvier's stated priorities are to ensure the well being of vulnerable populations including elders, those with disabilities, and those suffering with mental health and addiction issues.

‘Out of Site’ sculpture exhibit at Chesterwood

Stockbridge — The exhibition “Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood,” is on view at Chesterwood through Monday, Oct. 9. An artists’ reception will be held Sunday, June 25, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The exhibition features the work of 14 artists invited by guest curator Sharon Bates to develop new projects or to adapt existing works that directly respond to the environmental, cultural and aesthetic attributes of the landscape at Chesterwood. Artists Roberley Bell and Colin C. Boyd have taken cues from the natural world and re-imagined them for Chesterwood’s dramatic outdoor setting. Matt Crane, Roger Bisbing and Chrissy Scolaro have employed a number of materials to construct forms that are both narrative and illusive. Brian Kane, Michael Oatman and Portia Munson present creatures of monumental scale and Derek Parker, Deborah Zlotsky and Amy Podmore address the passage of time in present-day life. Douglas Culhane, Matt LaFleur and Amelia Toelke explore different aspects of home through built structures.

The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chesterwood at (413) 298-3579 or chesterwood@savingplaces.org.

–E.E.

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Music at the Southfield Church to welcome the Zolla Boys

The Zolla Boys
The Zolla Boys

Southfield — On Saturday, June 24, at 7 p.m., Music at the Southfield Church will present the Torrington, Connecticut-based bluegrass duo the Zolla Boys at the Southfield Church, 234 Norfolk Rd.

Brothers 17-year-old Ben and 16-year-old Sam started playing music with their father 2012. What started as a hobby quickly grew into regular bookings at music halls, bluegrass festivals and concerts and the boys have found their voices in the songs of the Louvin Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse, Bob Dylan and Blue Highway. They have performed at Infinity Music Hall and Bistro in Norfolk, Connecticut, and have been featured on the Emerging Artist stage at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, New York.

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.

–E.E.

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Farley-Bouvier to speak on ‘Becoming Involved in State Government’

Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier
Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier

Pittsfield — On Monday, June 26, at 10:45 a.m., the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will present Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, in a free program titled “Becoming Involved in State Government” at Congregation Knesset Israel. In her presentation, Farley-Bouvier will use concrete examples and walk through ways that one can–“and must!”, she asserted–make an impact in local government.

Pittsfield native Farley-Bouvier was elected to the state legislature in October 2011. Her stated priorities are to ensure the well being of vulnerable populations including elders, those with disabilities, and those suffering with mental health and addiction issues. Currently, Farley-Bouvier serves as the House of Representatives vice-chair on the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development; as a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means; as a member of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities; and as a member of the House Committee on Technology and Intergovernmental Affairs.

For more information, call the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at (413) 442-4360 x10.

–E.E.

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Music on Main to present pianist YeeJin Yuk

YeeJin Yuk. Photo courtesy Music on Main
YeeJin Yuk. Photo courtesy Music on Main

Stockbridge — The Music on Main series at the First Congregational Church of Stockbridge will present pianist YeeJin Yuk on Saturday, June 24, at 3 p.m. with a light reception to follow. The performance will feature works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Bolcom.

A student at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Yuk is a multiple-time first-prize winner at the Berkshire Music School merit scholarship competition, has twice won the Westfield Young Artist Piano Competition, has placed second in the A. Ramon Rivera piano competition for two consecutive years, has been awarded second prize at the Ruth Davidson Piano Competition held by the New England Piano Teachers’ Association, and placed first in the Uel Wade Scholarship Competition in 2013 and 2015.

There is a suggested donation of $20 for the general public and $15 for seniors and students at the door. Proceeds from the concert series help support the music ministry of the church, which included a 2015 refurbishment of its rare and historic 1908 Steinway B piano.

–E.E.

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Sheffield Kiwanis scholarship recipients at a picnic in Sheffield's town park on June 6. Photo: Marie Ryan
Sheffield Kiwanis scholarship recipients at a picnic in Sheffield’s town park on June 6. Photo: Marie Ryan

Sheffield Kiwanis announces scholarship recipients

Sheffield — Sheffield Kiwanis has awarded scholarships to 28 graduating seniors from Monument Mountain and Mount Everett regional high schools and returning college students. Presentations were made at the annual scholarship picnic at the Sheffield town park on June 6. The scholarship recipients are Kayla Krom, Sophia Cohen, Matthew Walsh, Brittany Walsh, Kelsey Netzer, Brialyn Wells, Julia Groebber, John Ryan, Bradley Lupiani, Sarah Deming, Ella Long, Graham Collopy, Taylor Willi, Eliza Maggio, Evan Peretti, Justin Makuc, Claudia Martin, Austen Dupont, Vaughn Collopy, Jesse Smerechniak, Emily Rada, Leigh Duffin, Chad Wilson, Parker Snyder, Sean Smith, Shane Biernacki and Halle Hassett. Scholarships for drivers’ education classes were awarded to Isabel Haywood and Alyssa Rathbun.

–E.E.

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