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Artist Dorothy Sabean Opens Show at BCC

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC)'s Koussevitzky Arts Center welcomes artist Dorothy Sabean's show, "From Street to Elite and the Curiosities in Between." 
 
The exhibit is on view through Nov. 16. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
 
Sabean's, a visual artist who works with mixed media, art was first publicly displayed in the early 2000s at the Sarasota Chalk Festival in Florida, one of many such large street painting festivals held throughout the southern and western parts of the United States. 
 
Trained in the public eye among talented madonnari (street painters) and muralists from all over the globe, Sabean street-painted and taught young chalk artists for many years.
 
In 2011, growing weary of seeing her artworks wash down the street in a heavy rain, she pursued canvas art training in St. Petersburg, Fla. She went on to have solo gallery showings and international sales.
 
In 2014, her book, "Seventh of Eleven: An Illustrated Memoir" was published. In this collection of drawings and essays, she chronicles her '70s era childhood as the seventh child in a family of eleven children. In recent years, the artist relocated from Florida to the Berkshires. 
 
Sabean continues to create art both indoors and out, large and small. 
 
For more information, visit Dorothysabean.crevado.com.
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Pittsfield Picks Veteran Employees as ARPA Fund Managers

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two familiar faces will be serving as the city's special projects managers for the $41 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

Director of Community Development Deanna Ruffer and former Director of Public Health Gina Armstrong will share the one full-time position as co-managers.

Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday informed the City Council by email that Ruffer would be resigning from her current post in early to mid-February to take on this new role.

Rather than a resignation, Ruffer sees this as a transition. Armstrong resigned from her position in September, citing a need for more balance in her life and to spend more time with her family.

In the fall, the special projects manager position was created to oversee the city's allocation of ARPA funding. It will likely only be in place over the next five years, until the spending deadline in 2026, and will be paid in full through the ARPA funds.

"I am very excited to transition from the city's Community Development Director Position to co-special project manager for the City's American Rescue Plan program. This opportunity coincides with a personal desire to adjust my work-life balance to allow me to spend more time with family and pursuing personal interests," Ruffer wrote to iBerkshires in an email.

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