PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A dozen art displays and exhibits will be on display during the First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, October 7 from 5pm to 8am, with most artworks open for viewing throughout the month.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, and the Berkshire Art Association present RE*Fresh, a juried biennial, for the month of October. The exhibition will be on view from October 7th to November 26th and there will be an opening reception for the public during the First Fridays Artswalk on October 7th from 5pm to 8pm
RE*Fresh talks about the challenges, inspirations and new opportunities that have been presented to all of us over the past two years. These themes are expressed and explored by 33 artists from across the Northeastern United States. 44 works, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and graphic design, are represented in this juried show and offer diverse interpretations of the theme.
Berkshire County artists included in RE*Fresh are Carolyn Abrams, Karen Bognar-Khan, Marguerite Bride, Joan Burkhard, Kasha Cooper, Kit Curry, Margaret Dotchin, Patricia Frik, Adrian Holmes, Marion Grant, Sarah Horne, Karen Kane, Ronald Maitland, John Mancia, Mark Mellinger, Alan Papscun, Ivor Parry, Barbara Patton, Janet Pumphrey, Ilene Richards, William Riley, Stacey Silky Schultze, Ilene Spiewak, Kyle Strack, Scott Taylor, Jay Tobin, Jesse Tobin McCauley, Diane Wasp and Terri Wise.
Greater Northeast artists include Evelyn Addante, Carrie Crane, Lydia Kinney, Julie Eisen-Lester, Joan Lengel, Kristina McComb, Janell O’Rourke and Meg Rogers Eldredge.
RE*Fresh opens on Friday, October 7th and there will be an awards reception on Saturday, October 8th from 3-5pm. The opening hours of the gallery during the 6 weeks of the exhibition are by appointment. Admission is free. To view this show virtually or in person after October 8, call 413-499-9348 to schedule an appointment.
Hotel on North, 297 North Street, will feature Puzzle Pieces by JJ Tobin for the Artswalk in October. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday October 7th from 5pm to 8pm and the exhibition will be on view until November 30th.
Tobin’s paintings are influenced by Asian art, particularly calligraphy and folding screen painting. Puzzle pieces are used as an abstract design element or as a type of calligraphy. The works on display date from the years 2018 to 2022 and are made of acrylic, collage and polyurethane on canvas or wood.
Visit the Berkshire Art Center (BAC) at its new Pittsfield location at 141 North Street for creative family fun! Each month, BAC offers free family visits on the first Friday (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) and third Saturday (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) of each month. During this ART-tastic drop-in event, there will be a rotating series of projects that families can participate in at their own pace with the guidance and support of a faculty artist. Free family drop-ins are open to the public and all children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.
For the month of October, TKG Real Estate, 137 North Street, presents “Looking at Favorite Places Through Different Eyes”. In this show, plein-air artists from The Guild of Berkshire Artists have painted Berkshire’s landmarks in new and different ways. These artists see different perspectives, colors and images: a new take on familiar sights.
Presenting artists are Emily Bunnell, Kinney Freylinghuysen, Joan Gluck, Jenny Hensell, Caroline Medina, Walt Pasko, Susan Sabino, Sharon Stanfield and Joan Stark.
There will be a reception as part of the First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, October 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. The works will be on display throughout October and can be viewed during TKG Real Estate opening hours.
The Marketplace Cafe, 53 North Street, presents fine art photographer and digital artist Nicole March for the month of October. There will be a reception with the artist on Friday 7 October from 5pm to 7pm and the work will be on view throughout the month.
Nicole March is an aspiring artist who was born and raised in the Berkshires. “Creation begins with capturing images that are nature-related, often at a macro level, emphasizing fine details that are easily overlooked,” says March. “Then I digitally adjust components of the image, including tints and slayers… and the unconventional result is combined with an equally unique medium, metallic printing.”
The artists of the historic Clock Tower will host an open studio event on Friday, October 7 from 5pm to 8pm on the third floor of the Clock Tower at 75 South Church Street. Five established visual artists move into their new studio space and enjoy working on new projects. Stop by to share their art and give insights into their creative processes.
The artists hosting open studios in the Clock Tower during the First Fridays Artswalk are Marion Grant, Caroline Kelley, Mark Mellinger, Ilene Richard and Sally Tiska-Rice. For more information, see https://
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Avenue, will present PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWS by W. Katherine Hoak for the month of October. As part of this, there will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday, October 7 from 5pm to 8pm First Fridays Artswalk and the art will be on display through October 23rd.
“The photographs featured in this exhibit reflect what has always drawn me, a love of animals, wildlife and the beauty of nature,” says Katherine. “My longing to see wildlife drove my husband and I to go where we could see them. The desire to hold on to these experiences led me to become deeply involved in photography.”
Lee Bank, 75 North Street, will present paintings by Sally Tiska Rice in October. This will be on display throughout the month as a showcase. Selected paintings will also be on display at the bank during normal bank opening hours.
Sally uses spontaneity to compose works of art. She focuses on blending and layering to achieve depth and dimension. She also experiments with light and color to create a piece that will be fun. Sally uses many different techniques in her paintings, using acrylic, watercolour, pastel and oil. She also creates many beautiful commissioned works for international clients.
There will be drop-in art activities at ReDefine, 5 Melville Street during the First Fridays Artswalk on October 7 from 5-8 p.m. Painting and creative activities available.
Other participating venues include The Funky Phoenix (441 North Street), Mission Gastropub (438 North Street), The Beacon Cinema (57 North Street), and Soma’s Aromas (81 East Street).
Download the Downtown Pittsfield app on the App Store or Google Play to take a virtual tour of the art on your phone.
For more information on the First Fridays Artswalk, visit firstfridaysartswalk.com or call 413-443-6501.
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