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Diane Firtell, whose work 'We Are Here' is seen here, is one of the artists featured in the 'Quarantine Artist Profile' series.

First Fridays Artswalk Features 'Quarantine Artist Profiles' on Social Media

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Like every other arts organization across the country, First Fridays Artswalk has had to cancel events and think of creative ways to safely continue bringing art to our community. It was out of this need that the "Quarantine Artist Profile" was born.

Berkshire County artists are invited to submit images of works (or works in progress) they have created during this unprecedented time of social distance and isolation. These images will be posted to First Fridays Artswalk's social media pages for the community to enjoy. Links to the artists' websites or online stores are included in hopes that those who are able to can support our local artists during this time.

Follow First Fridays Artswalk on Facebook and Instagram to view the Quarantine Artist Profiles. They are also viewable on the website.

Artists who would like to be featured in a Quarantine Artist Profile can visit the website for more information.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. This program would not be possible without the support of First Fridays Artswalk’s fiscal agent (the Downtown Pittsfield Cultural Association) and First Fridays Artswalk sponsors, which include the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Berkshire Money Management, Mary’s Carrot Cake and Berkshire Medical Center.

To make a tax-deductible donation to First Fridays Artswalk, visit the website.

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Berkshire County Arc Elects New Board Chair

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michael Ferry has been elected Berkshire County Arc's chairman of the Board of Directors. He has been serving as the board's treasurer for 16 years.

Ferry brings to the position more than 30 years with Berkshire Bank, most recently as senior vice president, commercial regional president, for Berkshire County and Vermont regions.

"I look forward to working with the board and BCArc's staff to ensure the continued delivery of services to our individuals and families, while maintaining the financial stability of the agency into the future," Ferry saud. "There will always be new challenges, new regulations, a changing economy, and leadership. Our duty as a board is to insure delivery of services for those we care so much for." 

Ferry said the diverse expertise of the board members help provide needed vision for the future. Board members include professionals in the areas of disabilities, law, education, finance, health care and private business. 

"I believe it's important we continue to widen the expertise of the board in terms of experience, diversity, and community relations," he said.  

Ferry holds a bachelor's degree from Saint Michaels College in Colchester, Vt. He has served on numerous boards in the community, including board president of the Berkshire Housing Development Corporation & Berkshire Housing Services Inc., board member of "EforAll" Berkshire County, and a former board member and current member of the finance committee for Berkshire United Way, committee member for the Dalton Development and Industrial Commission, and a volunteer coach with the Special Olympics Massachusetts.

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