PITTSFIELD, Mass. A dozen art shows and displays will be on display during the First Fridays Artswalk on August 5 from 5pm to 8pm, with most artworks on display throughout the month.
Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. Presents Indoors Out! Free Children’s Paint & Sip on Friday, August 5, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., in the parklet and outdoor seating area at The Marketplace Cafe, 53 North Street. Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. is also hosting a children’s scavenger hunt on August 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Kids who complete the hunt will receive a coupon for a free ice cream or frozen yogurt. A copy of the hunt can be found a few days before the event at downtownpittsfield.com or at Paint & Sip above.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, will present the Moby Dick exhibit August 5-26 and an opening reception during the First Fridays Artswalk on August 5 from 5-8pm
The Moby Dick exhibition is a fascinating dialogue about Melville’s work, how it has inspired generations of artists and how many of the issues are relevant in today’s world. Featured artists Jim Jasper and Christopher Volpe have created works based on themes from Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby-Dick. Jasper’s Moby Dick series consists of works on paper that refer to each chapter of the novel. Rather than simply illustrating each chapter, the artist draws on the sources that inspired Melville’s writing. Volpe’s series Loomings, which refers to the title of the first chapter of Moby-Dick, includes paintings that contain materials other than oil paint: mainly liquefied coal tar. He uses this medium to explore the relationship between humans and industrialization and the resource-driven destruction of the natural world.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. This exhibit is presented by the Berkshire County Historical Society and sponsored by Berkshire Bank.
The Brothership Building Window at 141 North Street, curated by the Berkshire Art Center (formerly known as IS183 Art School of the Berkshires), will be showing paintings by Wednesday Nelena Sorokin from August 5-29.
Wednesday Nelena Sorokin (Nelena Soro by profession) is a professional painter and teacher. Spirituality, feminism and her ongoing adventures with Jungian psychology are integral to her work.
Lee Bank, 75 North Street, will present paintings by Anita Plouffe in August. This will be on display throughout the month as a showcase. Selected paintings are on view in the bank during normal bank opening hours.
Anita Plouffe is a self-taught painter who has always had a love of art and creativity. Hailing from Pittsfield, her art reflects the nature and wildlife of the Berkshires using vibrant colors with watercolor and oil paints.
For the month of August, TKG Real Estate, 137 North Street, is pleased to present cutting-edge work by two award-winning international artists, multimedia artist Leslie Alfin and performance artist Karen Dolmanisth, in an exhibition entitled MOSAIC.
As part of the First Fridays Artswalk, Friday, August 5th There will be a reception from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This special evening is the culmination of the creative give and take of two very different talents. Together they have developed a profound way of experiencing their art, which will be highlighted by the planned creation of a triple Mandela later in the evening.
MOSAIC is an exhibition that blends Alfin’s chaotic, colorful and noisy pieces with Dolmanisth’s quiet, serene and meditative work through each artist’s process of identifying, selecting and combining fragments of experiential material. Material harvested from the depths of the internet in the case of Alfin and from the depths of introspection in the case of Dolmanisth. In this way, the coming together of the works creates a powerful dialogue that is paradoxically both chaotic and serene.
The Barrington Stage Company is presenting The Art of Humberto Fernandez: A recollection of Cuba Inspired by Anna in the Tropics from July 15 to August 15 at the Barrington Stage Company’s Wolfson Theater Center, Rhoda and Morris Levitt Lobby, 122 North Street.
Cuban artist Humberto Fernandez came to America as a result of the revolution. Raised in the Bronx and Elizabeth, NJ, he began a successful career as a commercial photographer and filmmaker after studying film and television production at NYU.
Now retired and based in Pittsfield in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, his artwork consists primarily of encaustic photography and paintings. He uses a 5000 year old process involving rice paper and beeswax, with acrylic, oil and wax paints fused together at 185 degrees heat, in collages mounted on wood or prepared encaustic panels.
The public can come and see the show during the First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, August 5 from 5-8 p.m. and when the Wolfson Center is open.
The Artists at the Historic Clock Tower would like to welcome the community to their second open studio at this newly established Pittsfield art location! Established visual artists will open their new studios to share their art and provide insights into their creative processes.
The artists’ studios are located on the third floor of the Clock Tower at 75 South Church Street, which has free parking and an elevator.
The Clock Tower artists are Lori Bradley, Joanie Ciolfi, Mary Davidson, Marion Grant, Caroline Kelley, Mollie Kellogg, Mark Mellinger, Shany Porras, Ilene Richard and Sally Tiska-Rice.
The Hotel on North, 297 North Street, will exhibit What Keeps My Heart Awake, by Marita O’Dea Glodt, for the August Artswalk. There will be an opening reception during the First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, August 5 from 5pm to 8pm.
“Each season, my journey through the Berkshires takes me through farms and orchards, through forests and preserves, into waterfalls, under trees, on lakes and nearby marshes and streams, past rainstorms, morning light and sunset, and the edges of riverbanks.” says Marita. “It has carried me through these difficult times, helping me navigate the creative process and find joy in the simplest yet most exquisite things.”
Mission Gastropub, 438 North Street, will feature artwork by Dennis Fougere in August. Dennis will make a few comments on Friday 5th August at 5pm and will be on site for about an hour to chat about his work.
The Marketplace Cafe, 53 North Street, presents JD Logan Fine Art for the month of August. As part of the First Fridays Artswalk, there will be a reception with the artist on August 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. JD Logan creates surreal landscapes with an emphasis on trees and moons, inspired by the surroundings of JD’s home in the Berkshire hills.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Avenue, will present Amarie’s “No Rhyme Or Reason” in August. There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 5 from 5-8pm as part of the First Fridays Artswalk and the art will be on display through August 25.
Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. Presents Indoors Out! Free Children’s Paint & Sip on Friday, August 5, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., in the parklet and outdoor seating area at The Marketplace Cafe, 53 North Street. This free event is best suited for children aged 5 to 12, although older children are welcome. All materials, instruction, snacks and juice are provided. August’s painting theme will be watermelons, baseball and ice cream. Children must be accompanied by an adult and masks are recommended. The alternate rain venue is in the covered outdoor seating area of Hot Harry at 37 North Street.
inside out! Free Kids’ Paint & Sip is presented by Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. and funded by the Commonwealth Places Program created by MassDevelopment. This event is presented in partnership with First Fridays Artswalk.
Other participating venues include ReDefine at 5 Melville Street, The Funky Phoenix at 441 North Street and Soma’s Aromas at 81 East Street.
For more information on the First Fridays Artswalk, visit firstfridaysartswalk.com or call 413-443-6501.
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