Portrait Exhibition on View at BCC

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) presents "Countenance," an exhibition of portraits by artist Janna Essig, on view in Koussevitzky Gallery through April 28, 2023. 
The gallery is open Monday–Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free. 
"Countenance" features original paintings by the artist, who earned an associate degree in liberal arts from BCC and moved on to UMass Amherst to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree in art education and a master's degree in education with a focus on creativity.
"In most of my artwork I am working from memory and not using a model or photo," said Essig, who in 2008 started exploring using the face as an icon with a series of watercolor portraits. She painted the faces of seven people who were taken from their homes in Iran and imprisoned for practicing their Bahai faith. 
"I was moved by the nobility and inner strength that I could see in each person, and by their unwavering faith, while facing persecution from the Iranian government," she said.  
After completing her education, Essig shared a studio space in Amherst and participated for 15 years in workshops for artists and writers. At the studio, she worked on a different series each year, painting first in watercolor and in the last 10 years in oils. There, she joined a painting group, which continues to meet regularly. 
Essig has exhibited her work in local art galleries, annual studio art exhibits and a graduate art show at UMASS Amherst. In addition to the BCC exhibit, Essig is currently participating in a virtual exhibit with her painting group at the Jones Library in Amherst. 

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Dalton Expects July Delivery of Ladder Truck

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
DALTON, Mass. — The Fire District is projected to have its new ladder truck delivered in five weeks, the interim Fire Chief Chris Cachat said during the Fire District meeting on Tuesday night. 
As of last week, the truck was in the paint shop, Cachat said. 
The ladder truck has been completely refurbished from the ground up. Since the start of the project Northern Fire Equipment has had people leave, which set them back on a lot of their projects, Cachat said. 
Water Commissioner Michael Kubicki questioned the expected delivery date saying that when he spoke to the owner of Northern Fire Equipment, he informed him that it would be delivered at the end of May and that there was only one other truck ahead of them in line.
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