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Your September 5th Artswalk Preview!
September First Fridays Artswalk
Friday, September 5th, 5 to 8 pm

Enjoy over a dozen different art shows featuring work by over 20 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!


(In most venues, artists will be present from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, September 5th!)

Join Artswalk Chair Mary McGinnis on a free guided tour beginning at 5pm on September 5th at the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority's Intermodal Center, 1 Columbus Ave!
 
The fun doesn't stop at 8! Join us for the Artswalk After Party from 8-10 pm at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue. Free and open to the public!

 
 
Artswalk Spotlight:

Stefanie Weber/Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Public Performance Project

The Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Public Performance Project will premiere a new work-in-progress scene, "The Magic is in The Mechanism", beginning at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA, at 8 pm on Friday, September 5th as part of First Fridays Artswalk. The performance begins at 8 pm at the Lichtenstein but be prepared to move to alternate outdoor locations.

Stefanie Weber began the Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Performance Project in 2001 to artistically explore connections between behavior, environment and a collective psyche she believes humans share with the rest of nature. Weber’s most recent obsessive investigation, “Auto Mobile Body Works” follows her extremes suitably through the fascination of how: a media-loaded body part tells a real story, metaphors that an unmoving vehicle can inspire, and paved habitats that require passing through to retain existence. Weber must create in order to survive and her work exhibits and highlights that need in all of us. It is action-based art: poems in physical form that include the bones of a collective moving dream.

The Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Public Performance Project utilize video projection, movement, music, and vehicles in outdoor paved spaces, parking garages, lots, alleys, abandoned industrial atmospheres and car wash bays to bring persistent metaphors to life. Sculptural regalia and intentional visual limitations for all the bodies present transport the viewer into a mythical world of blurred lines between real and imagined. The audience is an active participant, traveling to 5 separate locations to view the work.

Stefanie has been touring this performance to different cities, recently returning from Detroit and she will be in New York City with it in October. Pittsfield is her native city and where she likes to premiere and tryout new work. For the September Artswalk, Stefanie will premiere a new work-in-progress scene, "The Magic is in The Mechanism", from this series (Auto Mobile Body Works) which will include images and choreography gathered from time exploring former General Electric sites in Pittsfield in collaboration with fine arts photographer Monika Pizzichemi. In general, this work is unique because it is performed in 5 different outdoor locations and the audience travels with the performers to each location to experience it.

This project is made possible by the Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development, the Art + Industry Initiative, and First Fridays Artswalk.

For more information, visit their website:
fertileuniverse.com/auto-mobile-body-works



Artswalk Highlights:

In These Shoes: Bespoke Footwear in America at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.
 
“In These Shoes: Bespoke Footwear in America” opens on Friday, September 5th with a reception from 5 to 8 pm during Artswalk. The show originated at the Quigley Gallery at Clarke University (Dubuque, IA) in 2013 and will be traveling throughout the country in various galleries and museums.

In These Shoes exhibits the work of bespoke shoemakers from around the country and blurs the boundaries of fashion, art and craft. The show features handmade-to-order footwear from conceptual to couture, that both fit the foot and look like no off-the-rack shoes-- akin to sculpture. With a burgeoning trend of fashion and costume being recognized in major museums like the Whitney and MoMA, this is the first show to specifically highlight contemporary bespoke shoemakers.

The artists included in this show have widely diverse styles, but share a traditional shoemaking process involving leather, thread, and tacks, built around lasts for specific individuals. The artists maintain the traditional, artisanal hand-lasting and hand-welting process that modern factories have eliminated. Artists include: Daphne Board, Amara Hark-Weber, Paul Krause, Jesse Moore, Paul Opperman, Michelle Quick, and Anne Marika Verploegh Chasse.

This show was conceived and developed by members of The Honourable Cordwainers’ Company, a historical shoemaking guild in the United States dedicated to preserving the craft of shoemaking by hand.

The show is on display through September 27th. The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Photographs by Allan Seppä at DEIDRE’S Special Day
2 South Street, Pittsfield, MA

Allan Seppä will be showing a series of photographs entitled “Landscapes, Cityscapes and Seascapes: Photographs by Allan Seppä” at DEIDRE’S from September 3rd to September 28th. There will be a reception held during Artswalk on Friday, September 5th from 5 to 8pm.

Allan’s art photography features canvas gallery-wrap landscapes, cityscapes, and seascapes including scenes on the east and west coasts of America, Finland, Estonia, and Canada. For more information on Allan, visit
https://sites.google.com/site/allanseppaphotographer/
 
2 Galleries and 2 Exhibits at The Whitney Center for the Arts
42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.


Gallery W @the Whit will be exhibiting a Photography show called, "Whee..." Featuring Nick Decandia & Jess Tobin.

The Colt Gallery will host new works by artist Susan Hartley Himmel paired with art-inspired poems by Gerald M. Tuckman for the month of September.

Autumn Alchemy is about change, the cycle of life represented in spirals, the wonders of nature, and abstract expressions honoring all the season brings. This show evolved into a pairing of fine art and poetry when poet Jerry Tuckman met artist Susan Himmel and they discovered their work is like a fine wine pairing. In this case it is a pairing of images and words that creates a unique taste of the season.
 
Susan Himmel celebrates the coming of autumn with vibrant colors and a fresh look at the season. Several motifs are explored in mixed media paintings incorporating different elements and textures to bring her paintings to life. Jerry Tuckman has written poems and haikus which were inspired by Himmel’s paintings. Together they provide a unique toast to the alchemy of autumn.


Opening receptions for both shows will be held Friday, September 5th from 5-8 pm. Stick around for the Artswalk After Party starting at 8 pm. For more information on The Whitney Center for the Arts, visit http://www.galleryw.org/. The Whitney Center for the Arts hours: Wed to Fri 4-7 PM, Sat. 12-5PM & by appointments.

Jim Day AND Stained Glass at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
 67 East Street, Pittsfield, MA

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church will feature artist Jim Day for the month of September. They will also show off The Stained Glass Art of Mary Tillinghast and Louis Comfort Tiffany and other key features of the church.

There will be an opening reception and tours of the windows by members of St. Stephen’s. Booklets with information on the windows are available.

Click here for a look at their self-guided tour.

Ana Maria Martin at Berkshire Medical Center
725 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
 
The works of Ana Maria Martin will be featured in September. Berkshire Medical Center will host a reception for the artist from 3pm to 5pm on Friday, September 5th in the Main Lobby of BMC.
 
Anna Maria Martin works in acrylic and oil on canvas at her studios in Santiago and Pittsfield. As a part time resident of the Berkshires; her current work on exhibition is dedicated to life and family. The exhibit at BMC will show different life styles, focusing and showing both nature and real and abstract human silhouettes full of color, texture and imagination.

Anna was born in Santiago de Chile and studied Fine Art at the University of Chile. She has been employed in design internationally -working in Germany, Algeria and Chile with an emphasis on posters, calendars, safety manuals, presentation materials and oil paintings.

New Painting Series by Marion Grant at Unusual Wedding Rings & More
Crawford Square, 137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
 
The public is invited to an opening of artist Marion Grant’s oil paintings on September 5th from 5 to 8 pm during Artswalk. The works in Grant’s “Vessel Series” exhibition are an exploration of the many forms the artist’s extensive collection of bottles, vases, bowls, pitchers, and other containers take.  The images reflect the artist’s interest in color, shape, texture, and especially the interplay of foreground and background.  Each still life was painted with a limited palette - reflected in the names of the works such as Vessels in Blue and Ochre and Vessels in Red and Green.

Grant lives in Richmond, MA and paints at her studio in the NU Arts building at 311 North Street, Pittsfield.  About this recent work, the artist says, “The simplest objects offer unlimited possibilities for investigating color and form. I set up the objects in my studio and let the arrangements inspire me.”

To view more work by the artist, visit marionhgrant.com. The exhibition will be on display for the month of September: Tuesday through Friday from 10:15 am to 5:50 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
 
Stephanie Quetti at The Marketplace Café
53 North Street, Pittsfield, MA. 

Stephanie Quetti is inspired by things in nature and often loves to paint outdoors in the summer. She works primarily in oil. She was born and currently lives in Pittsfield. Her first and most influential teacher was Morris Bennett at Taconic High School. She later studied Fine Art at Berkshire Community and Smith College. The painting styles of Vincent Van Gogh and Gustav Kilmt deeply influence her work. She considers Jackson Pollock, Amedeo Modigliani, Mary Cassatt and Rene Magritte brilliant and innovative artists. In the near future, she is very excited to be working on a committee to create outdoor murals in Pittsfield.
 
There will be an opening reception with the artist during Artswalk from 5-8 pm on Friday, September 5th.

“Summer’s Green” Group Exhibition at Bagels Too
166 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
 
For the month of September, The Art Gallery at Bagels Too will feature paintings, constructions and photographs by local artists which celebrate summer's green.
 

The Gallery will be showing joyous summer paintings by Judy Artioli of Middlefield, a photo collage of green summer images by Tanya Bougaevskaya of Pittsfield, oils by Cambridge and West Stockbridge painter Karen Carmean, green summer watercolor landscapes by Patrice Farrell of Stockbridge, Green Love and other photographs by Pittsfield's Susan Geller, West Stockbridge greenery by photographer Doane Perry, photographs of trees glimpsed from a moving car by Rosemary Starace of Pittsfield and, perhaps, more.

There will be an opening reception with the artist during Artswalk on Friday, September 5th. Susan Gordon, owner of Bagels Too, will present a classic wine and cheese reception with extras and, of course, bagels.
 
Peter Russo Photography at Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men

 157 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.

“Natural Structures” fine art photography by Peter Russo will be on display at Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men from September 3rd to September 28th; with a reception held during Artswalk on Friday, September 5th from 5 to 8 pm.

The photographs in "Natural Structures" are a close-up look at the beauty of small, everyday, naturally-occurring forms of life. Some of the shapes that make them up are universal. The fragile folds of a budding poppy become cloth, or flesh; a white wisp of seaweed appears to be a pile of bones; lichen encroaching on a chunk of quartz, a bird's-eye view of a lake. Others appear almost alien. Familiar or not, looking deeply at even the most seemingly mundane life forms reveals something, whether about the larger world, or the viewer.

Native to the hill towns of Western Massachusetts, Russo received an A.A. from Berkshire Community College and a B.F.A. in Printmaking from UMass Amherst. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
For his work in other mediums, visit outerpress.tumblr.com.

Sylvia Hereford Foster at The Kinderhook Group Real Estate
Crawford Square, 137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.

Sylvia Hereford Foster will display her work at The Kinderhook Group for the month of September. An opening reception with the artist will be held from 5 to 8 pm during Artswalk.

 
Sylvia Foster resumed her artistic career after retirement. While watercolor is her primary medium, her newest interest is painting en plein aire, impasto in acrylic. Her work has appeared in many juried art shows in both Florida and Massachusetts. In 2012 and 2013 her work was selected for the Florida Watercolor Society Online Show.
 
Sylvia’s style is bold and colorful. She is presently painting watercolor on Aquabord and loves the ease of layering. Many times she paints from her travel photos, choosing subjects that are complex and unusual. Currently, she has a New Orleans series, a Panama/Cartagena series, and a New England series, as well as Florida landscapes.  She loves the challenge of painting the bright tropical light.
 
For more information on Sylvia, visit
www.Sylviapaints.blogspot.com

Sophia D. Lee in the Brothership Building Window
141 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
 
For the month of September, the Brothership Building will display the artworks of Sophia D. Lee. She will display "TIMEBLOCK", a collection of exploratory material in wood, paint, and photography from summer graduate studies at Maryland Institute College of Art, dealing with the distillation of time, memory, and con-sequence.

 For more information about the artist, visit
www.sophiadlee.com
 
Photography at Brenda & Co.
Crawford Square, 137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

Brenda & Co. will display photography from around the world by Nicolette Enhorning-Picton for the month of September. They will host an opening reception with complimentary refreshments from 5 to 8 pm during Artswalk.

NU Arts Studios and Gallery
311 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

NUarts Studios and Galleries will have open studios from 5 to 8 pm during the September Artswalk.

NUarts Studios is the largest gathering of artists working under the same roof in the Berkshires. Visit the studios at 311 North Street, and wander the art-filled halls; you will be able to visit with up to 18 different artists, each holding their own unique open studio event. Visit with painters of all mediums and styles, sculptors, jewelry makers, videographers, and photographers. The exhibiting artists of NUarts include: Harrison Searles, Eric Shuman, Claudia Shuster, Sam Ponder, Daniel Brody, Marguerite Bride, Susan Himmel, Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Marion Grant, Scott Taylor, Marney Schorr, Sophia Lee, Debbie Carter, Lisa Merullo, Sally Tiska-Rice, Kathy Gideon, Dawn Meltzer, Jesse Tobin, and Joanie Ciolfi. For more information, visit
http://nuartspittsfield.com/


Marguerite Bride at the Crowne Plaza
 1 West Street, Pittsfield, MA

The Crowne Plaza will display seasonal scenes by Marguerite Bride in the public areas on the first and second floors.
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