First Fridays Artswalk | Friday, February 1st | 5-8pm | Upstreet Cultural District | 413-443-5601 | FREE
Kevin O'Hara & Missie the Donkey
Award-winning author and longtime Berkshire Medical Center employee Kevin O'Hara presentsTravels with Missie: The Photographs on Friday, February 1, from 3pm to 5pm in BMC's Main Lobby. Along with O'Hara's dazzling photo display, there will be a special appearance by Missie the Donkey from theBerkshire Carousel.
Family Coordinator at Morningside Community School and part-time teacher of arts and crafts at the Boy's and Girl's Club of PittsfieldSharon Mongeonfound her love of art while taking courses atBerkshire Community College. Now, she displays her paintings and ink drawings with rouged oils and watercolors.
Amy Cohen Banker exhibits 10 original pieces in the spirit of the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival. Her works vary in size—from miniature to murals—and medium from acrylic, oil, pastels, aquarelle, oil sticks, varnishes, glazes, finishing and surface techniques. This show, titled Heuristic, features Banker's recent oil and acrylic paintings based on metaphors from nature.
10 Shaker Faces + Historic Doors of the Berkshires
An opening reception for a collection of photographs by designer Paul H. Hergenrother entitled Historic Doors of the Berkshires displays his interest and expertise in photography since a young age. Also featured is a photo exhibition entitled Ten Shaker Faces featuring ten portraits of Shakers with fun facts offered to bring these faces to life, organized by Hancock Shaker Village.
TREEHOUSE Children's Boutique| 305 North Street | 413-344-4435
Art Studios at Shire City Sanctuary
A lively evening of artwork and artmaking at Shire City Sanctuary includes photos, paintings and textile/wearable art by Jesse Tobin; hand screen printed calendars by the Dolphin Studio (see left); wearable art and home furnishings for purchase from used clothing alchemist Crispina ffrench; original sterling silver and gemstone designs by Wendy Darling; and the chance to make an open screened monoprint Valentine for a loved one (or yourself!) with artist Bill Clements.
Enioy live music by Nico Wohl and a variety of artists inside the lovely Crawford Square. Featured artists include Michael Dandley, Michael Vincent Bushy (that's his handcrafted journal at left),Richard Wey, and more! Nico Wohl is 12 and has played guitar at the Bitter End in NYC, and the Gypsy Joynt and the Brick House here in the Berkshires, as well as at a Third Thursday and a First Friday!
Here, There and (a little bit of) Everywhere with Nicolette Enhorning-Picton
Stop in for the opening reception for Nicolette Enhorning-Picton's photography exhibit, Here, There and (a little bit of) Everywhere on view for the entire month of February. The exhibit features a glimpse of some of Enhorning-Picton's award-winning photography of landscapes from around the beautiful Berkshires as well as parts of Europe.
Unusual Wedding Rings and More | 137 North Street/Crawford Square | 413-236-9300
TEN Spot at the Lichtenstein
Stop in and get a sneak preview of the second annualTEN SPOT, an invitational art show featuring 10 of the best artists in the Berkshires, including Tina Sotis(at left),Paul Graubard, Joshua Field, Eric Korenman, Jarvis Rockwell, C. Ryder Cooley, Michael Boroniec, Susan Hartung, Joel CurranandMaggie Mailer. And mark your calendars for the artists reception Friday, February 15th during the10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival!
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts| 28 Renne Avenue | 413-499-9348
Mercier's Mandalas & a Native American Drum Meditation
You're invited to the opening reception for the Love and Meditation exhibit by artist and former priest Ron Mercier, showcasing his Mandala/Prayer Wheel paintings at Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. At 7pm a special prayer and healing meditation for the community and families of Sandy Hook will be held facilitated by Fidel Moreno and the Red Road Drumming Meditation Circle.
The Marketplace Café hosts an opening reception for a show of work by Pittsfield native and NU Arts Studios & Gallery artist Lisa Merullo. Entitled I Love Pittsfield, it includes photographic portraits and recent large-scale mixed media paintings.
Sister City Jazz Ambassadors, 8 Foot River at Mission
Make an evening of Artswalk with dinner out and live music at Mission Bar + Tapas, where the Sister City Jazz Ambassadors will play from 5:30pm-8pm followed by 8 Foot River from 8:30pm-11pm, with no cover charge. Other upstreet restaurants and hotspots will be hopping too!
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