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The museum and the craft beer company have teamed up to host the first annual Art of Brewing Contest, open to art students in the United States.

Berkshires Beat: Rockwell Museum, Collective Arts Brewing Host Student Art Contest

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Norman Rockwell Museum and Collective Arts Brewing have announced a new partnership designed to promote illustration programs around the country and highlight career paths available to artists. The museum and the craft beer company have teamed up to host the first annual Art of Brewing Contest, open to art students in the United States. The submission deadline is March 31.

Eight winning entries — selected by a jury of representatives from Collective Arts Brewing, Norman Rockwell Museum and contemporary illustrators — will be showcased on a Collective Arts Brewing can series, distributed across North America. To be eligible, students must be 21 or older and currently enrolled in one of the nation's undergraduate or graduate art program. 

"Both Norman Rockwell Museum and Collective Arts Brewing are dedicated to creating opportunities for contemporary illustrators," said Mary Berle, chief educator for Norman Rockwell Museum. "For many student artists, this will be their first opportunity for national recognition. We look forward to revealing the winners at the summer beer tasting event and celebrating the wide range of illustration art. Our thanks to Collective Arts Brewing for their sponsorship of the event."

Norman Rockwell Museum's education team will share the art contest details with art schools, and college art departments across the nation. Winning artists will be announced at a major craft beer festival – “The Art of Brewing” at Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, Aug. 10. Along with presenting the winning art entries, the festival will feature beer tasting opportunities from Collective Arts Brewing and a range of local brewers, food, music, art-making, and more. See the website for more information.


Father and Daughter Dance

The 25th annual Northern Berkshire Father and Daughter Dance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hoosac Valley High School cafeteria in Cheshire.  All proceeds from the dance this year will benefit Soldier On, which is an organization that is committed to ending homelessness among veterans.  

To celebrate the 25th year of the dance, there will be balloon sculptures by Alluring Balloon Designs of Adams and a balloon drop at 8 p.m. as well as dancing to DJ Bizz, baked goods, pictures, raffles and door prizes. Each girl who enters will also receive a flower.  Tickets are expected to sell out and will not be sold at the door. They are available at Persnickety Toys in North Adams, Val’s Variety in Adams and Where’d You Get That?! in Williamstown. Tickets are $10 per person.


'Go Red for Women'

Employees at Southwestern Vermont Health Care gathered on Friday, Feb. 1, for a photo to celebrate National Wear Red Day. The American Heart Association's observance and its "Go Red for Women" campaign raise awareness of heart health issues, especially in women.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts.


Pathlight move

Pathlight, a local organization that supports people with developmental disabilities and those with autism throughout Western Massachusetts, is moving from its longtime space on North Street to bigger quarters at 75 South Church St. in Pittsfield. The move, scheduled for Feb. 21, allows Pathlight to better support its programs in the Berkshires. Pathlight’s Autism Connections as well as its Shared Living and Adult Foster Care programs are growing in response to community demand.

Autism Connections offers workshops, social skills groups and support groups, as well as recreation opportunities to people with autism and their caregivers. The program's Autism Specialists also work individually with families in their homes. In Pathlight’s Shared Living and Adult Family Care programs, a community member shares their home and provides support for a person with an intellectual disability or autism.

The new office space features a large activity room, several meeting rooms and a kitchen. The space will host community activities including education workshops on a host of issues, social skills groups for people with autism, and support groups for families caring for a person with autism. In the future, Pathlight plans to offer recreational and performing arts classes for children and teens of all abilities. Pathlight will host an open house at the new space later in the spring. The phone number will remain the same at 413-443-4780.


Preschool open house

The Dalton Preschool will host open house in its classroom space within the Dalton CRA building, at 400 Main St., Dalton, on Saturdays, Feb. 16, March 23, April 27 and June 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. Families of prospective preschool students, ages 2 years, 9 months, through 5 years old, interested in obtaining information about Dalton Preschool's program and touring the classroom are invited to drop in. 

Prospective preschool students are encouraged to attend with their parents; open-play activities will be available. Administrative Director/Lead Preschool Teacher Paula Harris and current parent representatives will be available to meet families and answer questions about the program. No appointment is needed. Applications for the 2019-20 academic year will be available.

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New Trustees Appointed at Norman Rockwell Museum

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Jill Hai and Louis Henry Mitchell have joined the Norman Rockwell Museum board of trustees.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome these two outstanding members as trustees of Norman Rockwell Museum," said board Chairman Robert T. Horvath. "Their diverse talents and networks will enhance the museum's mission as the leading museum of illustration art and help to reach new audiences, honoring the legacy of Norman Rockwell and American illustration art."

In addition to Horvath, officers elected for one-year terms to the museum's board of trustees include returning President Alice Carter, First Vice President Jamie Williamson, Treasurer John V. Frank and newly appointed Second Vice President, Peter C. Williams, and John Hyson, who succeeds Williams as clerk.
Brian Alberg, Robert Babcock, Peter Blum, Alexander Brown, Terry Burman, Alice A. Carter, Anthony M. Consigli, Walter and Mary Jo Engels, John V. Frank, William W. Hargreaves, and Peter C. Williams were re-elected to three-year terms.

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