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June 17 – Becket
Jacob's Pillow Season Opener

June 16 - Spencertown
Twilight In The Garden

June 10 – Wassaic
Wassaic Project Summer Party

Jacob’s Pillow Announces Big Plans For Its 85th Season

Amy Krzanik reports from Becket. This summer, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival celebrates its 85th season and its director, Pamela Tatge, celebrates her first as curator of the esteemed institution. Tatge, pictured at left with Judith Wilkinson, took over last year with a full season pre-planned by outgoing longtime director Ella Baff. At the Pillow’s opening night gala on Saturday, June 17, Tatge introduced the 2017 season, presented her vision for the festival’s future – a year-round, community-engaged plan set to be fully realized by 2022 – and awarded the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award to choreographer Liz Lerman. The sold out gala crowd was treated to performances by Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns with Company Wang Ramirez, and students from the School at Jacob’s Pillow in a visually stunning world premiere choreographed by Bruce Wells. A sit-down dinner followed and, as always, dancing concluded the evening’s festivities. 


Pillow trustee and gala co-chair Hunter Runnette, Albert Pope and actor David Rasche; former Mass. Governor Deval Patrick with Jane Iredale.


Liz Richards and Alison Hart; event underwriter Suzanne Nash with Tom Patti, a glass artist who creates each year’s Dance Award, and his wife Marilyn Patti.


Vicky Spelman, Vincent Thomas, Peter Prix and Anna Spelman.


Karen Cellini with Bruce Evenchick; JK Brown, Evette Sonia Brower and Eric Diefenbach.


Choreographer Liz Lerman with Pamela Tatge and Eleanor Oldham of Wang Ramirez; David Schecker, Vicki Bonnington and Carrie Wright.


Ogden Gigli and Kat Whitney with Jedediah Thompson of the brand-new Township Four in Pittsfield and Nathan Hanford of Soldier On.


Judith Monachina, Dennis Powell and Yvette Jamuna Sirker; Gary Levante and Shela Hidalgo.


Camila Notaro and Grace Bilodeau; Carolyn Valli, who recently auditioned for Wheel of Fortune (Good luck, Carolyn!), with Mass. State Senator Adam Hinds.


Deborah Spey, Seth Cohen, Rachel Cohen, Charles Rosen and Duke Dang.


Brian Cruey with David and Maria Carls; Harriet Ross and Irwin Ross.


Laurie Norton Moffatt, director and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum with Kit DobelleRitch Holben, Ken De Loreto and Scott Edward Cole of the Monterey General Store.


Elissa Haskins–Vaughan, the Pillow’s director of development, with Michael Flamini, who is on the Pillow’s education committee; Methuselah owner Yuki Cohen and its friendly bartender, Johnny, serve up craft cocktails.


Lourdes Lopez, Board President Chris Jones, Katy Rule and Colter Rule.


Toronto’s Throwdown Collective performed two works, outside on the lawn, during the cocktail hour.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 06/19/17 at 04:21 PM • Permalink

Hidden Events Start With Twilight In The Garden

Lisa Green reports from Spencertown. It mattered not a whit that this year’s Twilight in the Garden reception on Friday, June 16 was held at the same location as last year. After all, who wouldn’t want to return to the pastoral landscape at the home of Denise and John Dunne? The garden party, a kickoff to the Spencertown Academy’s annual Hidden Gardens tour the following day, is a fundraiser for the real fundraiser: tours of spectacular gardens in the area, lectures and workshops, a garden market on the green and an art exhibition. Although the all-volunteer party planners hastily set up tents because of rain, all turned out just fine: the showers stopped as guests started to arrive, and even the sheep, as if on cue, drifted out to pasture to assure that the view would be as stunning as possible. [Above: Hostess Denise Dunne and Betsy Winters Russell, a member of the Hidden Gardens committee.]


Cindy Atkins, Carl Atkins, Wayne Greene and Helen Whitney, a producer and director of documentaries for PBS; Rae Gilson, Greg Vogler and Nansi Friedman.


The blond-hair, red-lipstick club: Linda Ziskind and Christine Callander.


Jill Kalotay, secretary of the Academy’s board of directors, and Anita Fiorillo, who was on the Hidden Gardens committee; Pauline Archer-Wills and water garden designer Anthony Archer-Wills flank party host John Dunne.


Eve Zatt, who designed the evening’s special cocktail, and Cindy Atkins, who was on the Hidden Gardens event committee.


New members Christian Dewailly, who worked in the Swiss hospitality industry for 20 years, and Liz Garger volunteered to serve Swiss raclette; Bill Howe is “surrounded by Joy:” Joy Weiner and Joy Howe.


Hidden Garden co-chair (and Rural Intelligence garden contributor) Madaline Sparks, with Chip Rae of Easthampton and Ghent, NY.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 06/17/17 at 12:17 PM • Permalink

Cherchez La Femme: CEWM Celebrates Women Composers

Amy Krzanik reports from Stockbridge. “Cherchez la femme. Look for the woman,” said Yehuda Hanani in his introductory remarks at Close Encounters With Music’s 2017 gala concert, Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman – Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, on Saturday, June 10 at the Mahaiwe. The oft-quoted French phrase was used, in this case, to spotlight the fact that women, sometimes billed only as “anonymous,” were the composers behind some very famous works credited to men. CEWM celebrated them in a concert that began with pieces from the past by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and others, and ended with commissioned world premieres by Joan Tower, Patricia Leonard, Tamar Muskal and others. Performers included pianists Renana Gutman and Ieva Jokubaviciute, Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes, violinist Peter Zazofsky, and cellist and CEWM’s artistic director Yehuda Hanani. A dinner and cocktail reception at the Stockbridge Golf Club allowed guests to mingle with the evening’s musicians and composers in attendance. [Above: pianist Renana Gutman, left, performed a piece by Joan Tower, right.]


Danielle Talamantes with Mark Cannon and Marcia Levy; Betsy and Jonas Dovydenas with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute.


Composer Tamar Muskal poses with her husband; board member Michael Wise, Susan Pettee, who sang as a “suffragette” in the concert’s opening a cappella number, and composer Patricia Leonard.


Penny and Claudio Pincus, Beverly Zabriskie, Carrie Chen and Stanley Cohen.


Violinist Peter Zazofsky with Joan Tower and Yehuda Hanani; Muskal, Hanani, Gutman, Zazofsky and Jokubaviciute on stage. (Photos by Alena Bergmann)


Johanna Janssen, Lorraine Abraham, Helene Berger and Penny Pincus; Aso Tavitian and Isabella Meisinger.


Trevor and Denise Forbes with Timothy, Melanie and Michelle Manuel.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 06/12/17 at 04:50 PM • Permalink

Past And Present Converge At Wassaic Project’s Summer Exhibit

Rachel Louchen reports from Wassaic. The Wassaic Project is known for being so much more than a nonprofit—it’s truly a mix of art and community—and this year they honored their ties to Wassaic’s past. On Saturday, June 10, they unveiled their (always awesome) summer exhibition, Vagabond Time Killers. The name was inspired by a found photograph of a group of Wassaic residents, circa 1901, holding a banner boasting those words. The work of 53 artists creating in a variety of media is displayed throughout the seven floors of the old Maxon Mills grain elevator. Many of the exhibitors are artists-in-residence, who have lived and worked in the hamlet. It’s always an incredible sight, but this year’s exhibition is more mature, said co-founder Bowie Zunino, thanks to its theme depicting the artist’s relationship to their current location in time and space, and how it relates to the past and present. In addition to previewing the exhibition, on view until Sept. 24, the party served as a fundraiser to help keep the project’s upcoming July and Aug. one-day festivals free to the public. That’s just another testament to the project’s community spirit. Above, founders and co-executive directors Eve Biddle, Bowie Zunino and Jeff Barnett-Winsby.


Volunteer Kendra LaCroix and programs and exhibitions manager Jenny Morse; Chris Offensend  and Jill Duncan.


Benefit committee members James Snyder and Krista Fragos; Mike Welt, board member Jillian Dunham and Deb Murnin.


John Hoffman and Mike McCalman who have a house in Millerton; Liza Stark and Alex Goldmark are friends of an artist featured in the exhibit.


Guests previewed the first of seven floors in the summer exhibition, Vagabond Time Killers.


Artist Ghost of a Dream, whose work is featured in the exhibit, with Wassaic resident Jean Gutierrez; annual summer benefit attendee John Willey and Rich Aronstein of Millerton.


Past resident Ryan Vahey, who donated work to the event’s auction, with Nicole Issembert;  programs and exhibitions coordinator Julie Le and board member Genevieve Christy.


Board members Karen Zukowski and Lucy Commoner in front of work by artist Kirstin Lamb; Barry Zucker-Pinchoff and Barbara Zucker-Pinchoff.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 06/11/17 at 03:13 PM • Permalink

Norman Rockwell Museum’s Annual Gala Honors The Legends

Lisa Green reports from Stockbridge. The Norman Rockwell Museum’s annual gala, “Legends,” on Saturday, June 10, just may have attracted the best-dressed crowd of the season — at least so far. Many of the guests were inspired to take a page out of ‘60s and ‘70s fashion, and here’s why: The summer exhibit, “Inventing America: Rockwell & Warhol” examines each of those artist’s roots in the world of commercial illustration. To discover what these two American icons of the art world shared, we encourage you to visit the exhibit, but there was another common element: family members of both artists were at the gala — and, in fact, James Warhola (an artist whose work is included in the exhibit) and Rockwell grandson Geoffrey Rockwell were honorary co-chairs of the evening. The traditional cocktails-and-dinner format was followed by a dance party in the Studio 54 disco that was recreated on the museum’s grounds in homage to Warhol. The after-party was open to the community and the invitation to dress up was enthusiastically accepted. [Above, Trustee John Hyson, museum director and CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt and former trustee Hans Morris.]


Susan Consigli and Christina Consigli; Bonnie Burman and Terry Burman, a trustee.


Three generations of Rockwells: Margaret and Geoffrey Rockwell (grandson of Norman Rockwell) flank the seated Jarvis Rockwell (Norman Rockwell’s son), Jarvis’s wife, Nova, and Geoffrey’s daughter, Alethea Rockwell.


Dr. Justin Wernick and Nancy Kalodner, now at Cohen + White Associates; At the exhibition preview, James Warhola talks about his uncle, Andy Warhol, while the museum’s chief curator, Stephanie Plunkett, looks on.


How might Norman Rockwell have depicted this millennial tableau? Matt Arnold, Nicole Arnold, Spencer Rice, Lili Weiss Voskidis, Molly Hubbard and Nick Cushing.


Pat Chory and John Chory; Christy Williams, vice president of museum and corporate art services at Sotheby’s, who conducted the auction during dinner, with Robert Coombs.


Veronica Martin and Daniel Underhill, ready for the Studio 54 after-party; Isanne Fisher and Susie Hirshfield.


Arriving to dance the night away: Mark Amero, director of admissions at Craneville Place of Dalton, Adrian Sexton, a comedian in New York, and Brian Amero, director of development at United Way of Greater Waterbury.


The reincarnated Studio 54; Shawn Ahern, photographer Ogden Gigli, Kat Whitney, co-founder of the Yoga Institute of the Berkshires, and Sayer Mansfield.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 06/11/17 at 10:58 AM • Permalink

The Missing Piece: Building 6 Opens At MASS MoCA

Amy Krzanik reports from North Adams. You’ve read about it in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal and here, on our site. It’s Building 6, the 3-story refurbished factory building that’s adding 130,000 square feet of space to MASS MoCA, nearly doubling its total gallery size and allowing for artist workshops, performing artists’ support facilities, festival amenities and more. Thousands of people visited the museum’s campus on Sunday, May 28 for a first look at the building and exhibits by Laurie Anderson, Jenny Holzer, James Turrell,  Joe Wardwell, the Louise Bourgeois Trust, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the estate of Gunnar Schonbeck and others. Pop-up performances throughout the day featured music by The Amherst String Quartet and Brooklyn United Marching Band, DJ Herbert Holler, and a Soundsuit celebration of dancing and drumming, choreographed by Williams College professor Sandra Burton, which culminated in Nick Cave’s Until exhibit. An evening performance by the band CAKE in Joe’s Field capped off the festivities.


Danielle Krcmar and Dana, Barron and JB Clancy pose in front of their friend Joe Wardwell’s Hello America: 40 Hits from the 50 States; Maggie Mitts, who works at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, and her mother, Marybeth Mitts, who works at Williams College.


Bob Faust, artist Nick Cave, Sandra Burton and the museum’s director, Joe Thompson.


Part of an exhibit by Jenny Holzer; one of the rooms in the James Turrell exhibit.


John, Jen and Cailyn Soltanas; Dan Mitchell, Maxime Leroy-Tullie, Nicolas Cogrel and Colin Martin.


The dark room, created by Laurie Anderson; a closeup of Anderson’s work featured in an adjacent gallery.


Mark Anders, Zirwat Chowdhury, Paige Johnston, Karthik Pandian and Aaru.


One view of Robert Rauschenberg’s A Quake in Paradise (Labyrinth); guests play a large xylophone in Gunnar Schonbeck’s No Experience Required.


The courtyard was packed with visitors enjoying the sunny weather.

The Brooklyn United Marching Band performs for an enthusiastic crowd.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 05/30/17 at 11:26 AM • Permalink

At The Factory, After Hours, With IS183

The creative community turned out in force for IS183 Art School of the Berkshires’ Factory Gala on Saturday, May 20. This year’s fundraising event to celebrate and support art-making in the Berkshires was held at, fittingly, a former stationery factory in Dalton, Mass. Known for being one of the most imaginative parties of the season, the gala saw guests donning personas ranging from punk rock provocateur to Andy Warhol lookalike. Dinner was served by Chef Peter Platt of The Old Inn on the Green, and dancing was encouraged by DJ J-Wolf and the swirling projections of Joe Wheaton. The party raised a total of $65,000 that will go directly to support all that IS183 does to “inspire, educate and engage,” including Learning Through Arts, its after school, summer and residency program that uses art-making to engage children in some of the region’s lowest performing K-12 public schools to experiment, collaborate and create while helping foster conflict resolution and social-emotional skills, and reinforce academic goals. [All photos by Bill Wright and Edward Acker. Shown above, honorary committee member and Patron Star Paul Kopperl, IS183 Executive Director Hope Sullivan, and Patron Stars Marilyn and Nathan Hayward.]

Former board member and Hancock Shaker Village Executive Director Jennifer Trainer Thompson with IS183 Board Chair and Patron Star Andy Foster; Dr. Jon Gotterer, Dr. Nina Molin, Patron Star Tom Werman, and board member and Patron Star Suky Werman.


Event committee member Noel T. Henebury, Janine Strong, Reba Evenchik, and Berkshire Athenaeum Executive Director Alex Reczkowski.


Honorary committee member and Patron Star Marcia Feuer with Wendy Gordon; Shirley and Ira Yohalem.


Nancy Nogood, Oskar Hallig of Only in My Dreams Events, Boxxa Vine and Noelle Diamond; artist and Patron Star Henry Richardson and Patron Star Barrie Roman.


Honorary committee members, Patron Stars and Blue Q owners The Nash Family: Mitch, Mary, Seth, Suzanne, Caitlin, Grace Clark and Jasper.


Honorary Committee Member and Patron Star Natalie Johnsonius Neubert with honorary committee member and Patron Star Bruno Quinson; Tony Guthrie of Factory sponsor the 37 Interlaken Road Project with honorary committee member, former board member and Patron Star Vicki Bonnington.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 05/30/17 at 08:44 AM • Permalink

Pine Plains Memorial Hall Groundbreaking Community Day

Jamie Larson reports from Pine Plains. The Pine Plains Memorial Hall was once a huge part of the town’s history. On Saturday, May 20, a day full of activities brought the community out to celebrate the groundbreaking of the long awaited restoration of the vacant town icon. The original Memorial Hall was constructed in 1915, but today the big brick building, its tall windows, crown of dormers and the grand theater inside are, admittedly, in rough shape. The mission of the renewal effort is to bring together the community and foster economic development in Northern Dutchess County and surrounding areas. With this restoration, the hall will be a vital part of the town’s future; plans are to make it a regional center for community-based civic and social programs, agriculture and arts education, cultural performances and a starting point for local charitable organizations. Now in its second year of a five-year planning, capital fundraising and construction cycle, there’s enough money to begin the first phase of the project. The man who got the ball rolling, PPMH President Jack Banning, said they’re excited for the innumerable possibilities for the venue. “The trick is that this can be done without taking ourselves too seriously,” Banning said, pictured at left with board secretary Hollis Bart.


The large assembled crowd cheered, “We dig Pine Plains!” as they ceremoniously shoveled out chunks of the Memorial Hall’s front lawn.


PPMH renovation architect Doug Larson and PPMH Executive Director Brian Keeler; Donn Potter, PPMH board member Claire Copley and advisory committee member Alan Eisenberg.


Head event coordinators for the Community Day, Chris Hedges and Jennifer Updike (fresh out of the dunk tank); Joan and Dick Dunham with PPMH volunteer communications representative and principal at VKLarson Communications Victoria Larson.


The atmosphere during the groundbreaking was decidedly jubilant, even after a full day of festivities.


Retired local farmer Barney Chase, attorney Charles M. Napoli with Judy and Tom Allen; Gallatin, New York Town Supervisor John Reilly emerges from the dunk tank.


Andres Vialpando and Anthony Silvia of Anthony Silvia Signs; Ann Simmons of the Little Nine Partners Historical Society with Brett McCormack and Josh Nathanson of Gathering Greens, which opened at the Grange Hall Monday.


The present condition and future vision for theater space in the PPMH.


Volunteer Gully Stanford and Louis Loeb; Ken and Ruth Noskin with their dog Rasa.


The current condition of the side of the hall, surrounded by partygoers; the future of the same view represented in model form.


Debra Bartlett and Gabriela Montenegro behind their booth for doTerra Wellness Advocate; Peter and Brittany Destler representing their family’s shop, A New Leaf Used Books.

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Posted by Jamie Larson on 05/22/17 at 07:20 AM • Permalink