Applications for Berkshire Art Center's Artist Residency Now Open

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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Art Center is now accepting applications for its 2024 Berkshire Artist Residency Program. 
 
This year, Berkshire-based artists can apply for a summer residency at three local institutions - The Red Lion Inn, Chesterwood, and now, Ventfort Hall. A total of five selected artists will spend three months creating work inspired by the history, landscape, culture, and architecture of those institutions.
 
Since 2012, Berkshire Art Center has coordinated artist residencies that pair local visual artists with cultural institutions and historic landmarks across the Berkshires. The heart of the Berkshire Artist Residency is to give artists the opportunity to create new work inspired by their home county, according to a press release. This tailored program provides visual artists with exclusive access to world-class cultural facilities to develop work that intertwines with the fabric of our region. 
 
The Summer 2024 program begins on Memorial Day, May 27, and runs through Labor Day, September 2. Artists selected receive access to the buildings and grounds of their site and support for the development, creation, and exhibition of their work. Each artist will receive an honorarium, the opportunity to give an Artist Talk, invitation to teach a course or workshop through Berkshire Art Center, and invitations to special events held at their site. Additional benefits, such as meal stipends and studio space, are site specific. Each residency closes with a reception and exhibition of the artist's work. 
 
Applications are due March 21. For more information, please visit our website at: https://www.berkshireartcenter.org/berkshire-artist-residency-apply
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Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit Highlights Black, Women's Teams

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WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires museum this week opens an exhibit focusing on the history of Black baseball and women's baseball teams in Berkshire County.
 
"Not Your Ordinary Teams: The Unknown Story of Baseball in the Berkshires" opens on Friday, April 19, at the Old Town Hall, 9 Main St.
 
There will be an exhibit preview on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
 
On Friday, the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. will feature a lecture at 6:30.
 
Larry Moore, the director of Baseball in the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond, will moderate a discussion with guests Bryan House, a former Pittsfield Cub, and Joe Bateman, a former Minor Leaguer.
 
Not Your Ordinary Teams will be open on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. with a special presentation, "Innovation in Baseball - What's New?."
 
On Sunday, the exhibit again will be open from noon to 4 with a program titled "Tools of the Trade - the History of Baseball Equipment."
 
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