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The exhibit will open Saturday, Nov. 18, and feature work from three local artists specializing in different mediums and utilizing different views on color, texture, and form.

Guild of Berkshire Artists Opening New Exhibit

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Guild of Berkshire Artists will be hosting its new exhibit "Color, Texture & Form" in their Art on Main gallery, located at  38 Main St, and will run for three Friday, Saturday, Sunday weekends. 
 
The exhibit will open Saturday, Nov. 18, and feature work from three local artists specializing in different mediums and utilizing different views on color, texture, and form. 
 
Artists Sarah Morrison, Sally Lebwohl and Margie Skaggs all focus on different mediums of art but all emphasized that sharing their work with fellow artists gives them the courage to try new things and look at their own work with a different perspective. 
 
They also noted that the gallery adds some additional energy to West Stockbridge. 
 
They are looking forward to getting to know their gallery peers and discover how their work will blend together once they start setting up the exhibit. They are excited about putting this together to see what becomes of it. 
 
Morrison's love of the tactile experience of art creation inspired her to explore different artistic mediums including collage, printmaking, and felting, to express the "spirit of place within each subject." 
 
"Making art makes me happy. So I think that I hope that that comes through ... My art is always inspired by something I've seen outside, usually in nature. So even if it looks very abstract, I hope that there's some sort of joy and playfulness that comes through with it," Morrison said. 
 
She joined the guild in 2018 after moving here from the San Francisco Bay Area. She did not participate a lot in the activities for the first year after joining and when she did, the pandemic started. 
 
She was able to stay active in the community through the guild's online programming, which gave her the opportunity to meet new people and feel connected. 
 
Lebwohl joined the guild two years ago during the pandemic after moving to Stockbridge full time. She focuses on the color, composition, light, and texture of her surroundings, often Cambridge or Berkshire County, as a way to become more aware of their beauty using soft pastel on sanded paper.  
 
Like Morrison, she was able to connect with other artists through the guild's online programming, such as the plein air workshops and artist talks, and be part of a community at a time where many people felt trapped and alone.
 
All three artists agreed that COVID-19 and the use of Zoom allowed the guild to introduce a variety of programming that allows them to connect with artists. 
 
Unlike her counterparts, Skaggs focuses on clay creation as a way to emphasize the "function, beauty, affordability, and an element of surprise" in her creation.  
 
During her 30 years experimenting with clay, Skaggs developed her own voice in her art that is influenced by the traditional forms of clay creation from American and Japanese folk cultures. 
 
She lived in New Mexico in the 1940s and collected pieces from Native Americans — particularly the Black-on-black ware by the Puebloan Native Americans. 
 
Her interest in the style started with her parents who had a couple large platters displayed on a bookcase that she was always fascinated by. 
 
When her parents moved to Arizona she would visit the trading posts with her husband adding to her collection.  
 
Margie Skaggs joined the guild in 2015 when it was still named the Richmond/West Stockbridge Artists Guild, Inc and has had the unique opportunity to watch it evolve and broaden. During her time working with the guild, she has met "terrific people."
 
The gallery will be open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday until Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be a reception on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 2 until 4. More information here.  

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Jacob’s Pillow Free Live Stream Series

BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow is pleased to announce the launch of a new free livestream series, Jacob's Pillow Live, which will feature nine select performances from this summer's 92nd annual international Dance Festival.

Jacob's Pillow Live will provide audiences the opportunity to tune in from anywhere in the world to enjoy live performances on the scenic outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage and in the historic Ted Shawn Theatre.

According to a press release:

Live performances will occur each week of the festival between June 22 and Aug. 24—from the celebrated repertoire of The Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom to the unique thrill of Princess Lockerooo & The Fabulous Waack Dancers—with advance online registration available. Out of the nine livestream events, five will include access to a free "Encore" stream released the following week, allowing an additional 24 hours to watch the performance on-demand.

This new series provides livestream access to arts lovers and families who are not able to travel to experience these events in person, while affording local and regional audiences more opportunities to blend at-home viewing with in-person visits to the festival this summer. Registration for these free livestreams is now open to everyone at http://jacobspillow.org/live.

"Our dance and live music events really shine because they are brimming with creative talent from around the world," said Jacob's Pillow Executive and Artistic Director Pamela Tatge. "We want to honor the fact that our visiting audience is global as well, and always has been. We are delighted to bring lovers of dance this expanded, and more flexible, series of chances to experience live performances at our festival this summer for free, no matter where they are watching from."

Livestreams will include access to Jacob's Pillow's Gala performance, as well as other  performances from inside the historic Ted Shawn Theatre—which opened in 1942 as the first performance space in America designed exclusively for dance—and from the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage.

The livestream on July 6 will bring viewers a performance by The Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom, from the Ted Shawn Theatre, on the company's sole engagement in the United States this year—and their first touring performance in the country since 2015. In addition to classical and contemporary ballet, the series will feature performances that range in styles from Afro Latin and jazz to tap, flamenco, tango, contemporary, musical theater, hip-hop, house, vogue, waacking, and Indigenous masked dance. All livestreams in this series are family-friendly, and all include English-language captioning, available in browser while viewing.

Jacob's Pillow Live comprises the following livestreams for summer 2024, in chronological order. Select livestreams also include an Encore stream, to be made available after the performance.

  • Saturday, June 22 at 6:15PM EST — Performances from the Season Opening Gala

    • From the historic Ted Shawn Theatre

    • This event will include performances by members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, pianist Craig Baldwin and dancers from the New York City Ballet, Sekou McMiller and Friends, Caleb Teicher and Conrad Tao, Soles of Duende, and a world premiere by The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Ballet Program. Details at jacobspillow.org/gala.

  • Saturday, June 29 at 6PM EST — The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Ballet Program

    • From the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage

  • Saturday, July 6 at 8PM EST — The Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom

    • From the historic Ted Shawn Theatre

    • Includes an Encore stream, available from 12pm on Wednesday, July 10 to 12pm on Thursday, July 11.

  • Saturday, July 13 at 6PM EST — The MasterZ at Work Dance Family

    • From the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage

    • Includes an Encore stream, available from 12pm on Wednesday, July 17 to 12pm on Thursday, July 18.

  • Thursday, July 18 at 8PM EST — Social Tango Project

    • From the historic Ted Shawn Theatre

    • Includes an Encore stream, available from 12pm on Wednesday, July 24 to 12pm on Thursday, July 25.

  • Saturday, July 20 at 6PM EST — The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Program

    • From the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage

  • Saturday, July 27 at 6PM EST — Dancers of Damelahamid

    • From the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage

    • Includes an Encore stream, available from 12pm on Wednesday, July 31 to 12pm on Thursday, August 1.

  • Saturday, August 17 at 6PM EST — The School at Jacob's Pillow Musical Theatre Program

    • From the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage

  • Saturday, August 24 at 6PM EST — Princess Lockerooo & The Fabulous Waack Dancers

    • From the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage

    • Includes an Encore stream, available from 12pm on Wednesday, August 28 to 12pm on August 29.

Jacob's Pillow has been experimenting with access to online performances and livestreams for several years, explained Tatge. Building on more than a decade of online access through Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive, the Pillow took its first real steps in 2020, when health and safety concerns required pivoting to an all-digital summer festival. This work continued in 2021, when Jacob's Pillow aired an online series of streaming performances from the outdoor Leir Stage roughly two weeks after filming. In 2022 and 2023, Jacob's Pillow produced a series of performance streams that aired during the fall, winter, and spring. "As we look toward the opening of our reimagined Doris Duke Theatre in 2025," Tatge said, "we are excited to build and deepen our world of digital productions, livestreams, and interactive online events. We want to make these available to any arts lover, anywhere, who wants to see what the future of dance can look like."

 

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