Cultural Pittsfield: Friday Artswalk

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We're kicking off First Fridays ArtsWalk

Join us in downtown Pittsfield's new Upstreet Cultural District on Friday, May 4 from 5-8 p.m.! Below you'll find a sneak preview of many of the featured artists and locations, listed from north to south. Other participating locations include Marge Bride at the Crowne Plaza, Joan Palano Ciolfi in the windows of Paul Rich & Sons, Sean McCusker at Steven Valenti Clothing for Men, & more. Look for the ArtsWalk banners at each location (thank you WJ Blueprint!), and pick up a map downtown or print one out below.

Click here to print out your map & guide! 


Thank you to all who have made it possible!

BIG thanks to all the downtown businesses and artists participating and a special thanks to our major sponsors: Gallery 25, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Art Association, Berkshire Theatre Group, and the Berkshire Eagle, and a very special thanks to Mary McGinnis & Leo Mazzeo, the founders of First Fridays Artswalk! See you upstreet!


BMC Gallery: Marion Grant

Berkshire Medical Center presents Rare Breeds, a series of oil paintings of rare barnyard birds by Marion Grant on display in the Berkshire Medical Center lobby during the month of May, from Silver-Laced Wyandotte to Golden Campene chickens!

Berkshire Medical Center  |  725 North St.  | 413-447-2000 | Click HERE for more details on Marion Grant's Rare Breeds


Ferrin Gallery: Michael Allen Lowe

Ferrin Gallery presents a special preview of work by artist Michael Allen Lowe, one of the artists in their summer show COVET. Meet Michael and enjoy his provocative works that combine classical and contemporary references.

Ferrin Gallery | 437 North St. | 413-442-1622 | Click HERE to learn more about COVET 


Y Bar: Michael Boroniec & Philip Bastow

Y Bar hosts an exhibit by local artist Phil Bastow entitled Serious Business, featuring mixed-media paintings paired with ceramic works from local artist Mike Boroniec, whose work has been exhibited at the Fuller Craft Museum, the Albany Institute of History and Art, Ferrin Gallery and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

Y Bar | 391 North St. | No phone 


Aerus Electrolux: Nicholas Bobrovsky

Aerus Electrolux hosts a show of work by Nicholas Bobrovsky featuring 20 years of paintings. Bobrovsky will be on location for a demonstration of his work. The show features watercolor and icons (pictured left)—an ancient form of religious art created with egg tempera or acrylics. He has painted a large number of icons commissioned by individuals, churches or orthodox institutions.

Aerus Electrolux | 383 North St. |
413-442-1544 | Click HERE for more details about Nicholas Bobrovsky


Gallery 25: Michael Vincent Bushy

Gallery 25 presents Bones & Bodies, a collection of figure drawings and anatomical prints by artist Michael Vincent Bushy. Bushy's drawings are primarily in charcoal and deal with the figure, both as a study and a narrative device.

Gallery 25 | 25 Union St. | 413-464-2127 |
Click HERE to learn  more about Bones & Bodies


Mad Macs Digital Gallery: Sally Tiska Rice

Mad Macs presents art and artists who use 21st century technologies as a part of their creative process. Berkshire native Sally Tiska Rice is this month's featured artist at their Digital Gallery at 21 Union Street behind Mad Macs.

Mad Macs, Inc. | 317 North St. | 413-445-5858 | Click HERE to learn more about Sally Tiska Rice & Mad Macs, Inc.


Art on No: Spring Open House & Show!

The Art on No artist collective presents its 5th annual spring open house. Tour the gallery space and artists' studios, enjoy refreshments & music, and meet the artists, including Marguerite Bride, Daniel Brody, Deborah Rufo Burrato, Joan Palano Ciolfi, Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Kathy Gideon, Annie Laurie, Sophia Lee, Leo Mazzeo, Dawn Meltzer, Lisa Merullo, Sam Ponder, Philip Pryjma, Dee Randolph,Harrison Searles, Eric Shuman, Claudia Shuster, Nathan John Strother, and Scott Taylor.

Art On No & Open Studios | 311 North St. |
413-281-1230 | Click HERE for more details about the Art On No open house


Treehouse Gallery: Peg Dotchin

TREEHOUSE Gallery hosts Peg Dotchin's paintings of children in a show entitled All the Children. Dotchin's work reflects questions of universality among common childhood influences. Does each culture re-interpret children's stories using their own experiences? How do these experiences influence children's thoughts, feelings and desires? Dotchin's images explore some of these topics.

TREEHOUSE | 305 North St. | 413-344-4435 | Click HERE to learn more about Dotchin & TREEHOUSE


Spice Dragon: Photographer David Ricci

The walls of Spice Dragon will feature the large scale photographs of the award-winning local fine art photographer David Ricci, whose work has been shown at the De Cordova Museum, Penn Station, and the Berkshire Museum, and is in the collections of the LA County Museum of Art, the Fogg Museum of Art in Cambridge, the Danforth Museum of Art & elsewhere.

Spice Dragon | 297 North St. | 413-443-1234


BCC Intermodal Gallery: Daniel Brody

Berkshire Community College presents an exhibit by Daniel Brody. Working in ink on paper and acrylic on un-stretched canvas, Daniel Brody creates abstract works that explode and blossom with biomorphic shapes. His architectural renderings for clients have been published in The New York Times and exhibited at The New York Historical Society.

BCC Intermodal Gallery | North Street/Columbus Avenue | 413-499-4660 | Click HERE to learn more about Daniel Brody


Berkshire Carousel Gallery: History & Horses

Berkshire Carousel welcomes the public to glimpse its gallery, featuring carousel figures and a Pittsfield history exhibit which includes local historic scenes that will eventually be displayed on the Berkshire Carousel.

Berkshire Carousel | 140 North St. | 413-499-0342 | Click HERE for more details on the Berkshire Carousel Gallery


Lichtenstein Center for the Arts: Berkshire Art Association College Fellowship Show

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts hosts the juried 2012 Berkshire Art Association Fellowship Show featuring six Berkshire college art students. The exhibit runs from April 21 to May 12, with gallery hours Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12pm-5pm.

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | 413-499-9348 | Click HERE to learn more about the BAA Fellowship artists


Marketplace Café: Kathryn Jensen

The Marketplace Café presents the paintings of Kathryn Jensen in a show entitled Hilltowns in Spring. Jensen's paintings feature traditional, rural buildings against the hills and waterways of Western Massachusetts. 

The Marketplace Café | 53 North Street | 413-347-4777 | Click HERE for more details.


Brix Wine Bar & Bistro: Kate Knapp

Brix Wine Bar & Bistro presents artist Kate Knapp, an accomplished painter from the Berkshires. Knapp's distinctive work is bold, passionate and strongly influenced by color and light, reflecting her intimate relationship with nature.

Brix Wine Bar & Bistro | 40 West St. | 413-236-9463 | Click HERE to learn more about Brix & Katie Knapp.


Berkshire Museum: Taking Flight, Bryan Nash Gill, David Henderson & the Berkshire Museum Camera Club

Berkshire Museum is staying open late for the First Fridays Artswalk. 25% off discount coupons for museum admission during First Fridays will be available at the participating Artswalk venues. Current exhibits include Taking Flight:  Audubon and the World of Birds and Bryan Nash Gill:  Beyond the Landscape. Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, aquarium, Alexander Calder Gallery and other exhibits are ongoing.

Berkshire Museum | 39 South St. | 413-443-7171 | $13 adults, $6 children; members & children three and younger FREE


The Colonial Theatre: Nicholas Whitman

Berkshire Theatre Group presents the photography of Nicholas Whitman in the The Colonial Theatre lobby. Whitman will be in attendance as will copies of his book, The Colonial Theatre: A Pittsfield Resurrection, which documents the history and restoration of The Colonial Theatre.

The Colonial Theatre | 111 South St. | 413-997-4444 | Click HERE to learn more about Nicholas Whitman & his book


Empty Set Projects: Monika Pizzichemi, Marcel Bova & Michael McKay Open Studios

At long last, the mysterious Empty Set Projects opens its doors to the public, featuring the studios of artists Monika Pizzichemi, Michael McKay, and Marcel Bova. Across from the Colonial, and not to be missed!

Empty Set Projects | 150 South St. | 518-781-3899 | Click HERE to learn more about Empty Set Projects


The Art of Jazz at Baba Louie's!

Finish up your evening at Baba Louie's Sourdough Pizza with NY-based jazz vocalist Elli Fordyce and the Boston-based Jazz Tuber Trio. Elli Fordyce, a highly accomplished vocalist and actor, has performed all over the New York Metro area and throughout North America. Click HERE for more details.

Friday, May 4 | 8 p.m. | Baba Louie's Sourdough Pizza | 34 Depot St. | 413-499-2400 | $20

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