Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
RI's Memorable Parties of 2012
Above: Musicians David Byrne and Renée Albulario; Robert Montgomery, Jane Iredale, founder of Jane Iredale cosmetics, and MA State Representative Smitty Pignatelli; Sarah Patrick Morgese and her father, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; realtor Nancy Kalodner and dancer Marge Champion; actor David Hyde Pierce and Karen Gold; jewelry designers Janis Kerman and Erin Wahed; farmers Dan Paluzka and Severine von Tscharner Fleming; Gene Wrabel and musician Christine Ohlman; artists Ahmed el Shaer and Kakyoung Lee; Linda Allard and actress Christine Baranski; Jacob’s Pillow director Ella Baff, Lift Ev’ry Voice festival co-chair Don Quinn Kelley, and Williams College’s Sandra Burton; poets Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and Taylor Mali.
Since we resumed publication in May, one of our greatest pleasures has been to go out on the town and spend the after hours with you, documenting the festivities of regional organizations and the generous people who came out to support them. As we roll into the start of a new year, we’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on RI’s party highlights from 2012. We saw everything from Tanglewood’s epic 75th anniversary to sensational museum unveilings, film festivals to poetry slams, big names to local heroes. We look forward to more good times for good causes in 2013.
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Celebrates Decades and Millions — December 14, 2012
Berkshire Taconic turned 25 years old and reached record numbers in grants to support our region.
Big Names at Housantic Valley Association Benefit — November 18, 2012
Local artisanal crafts and high-end auction items at the 22nd annual benefit auction for the Housatonic Valley Association.
MASS MoCA Gala Enchants at The Loeb Central Park Boathouse — November 12, 2012
Musician David Bryne was among the many fans of Mass MoCA to attend the museum’s annual New York City benefit.
Williamstown Film Festival Is a Local Affair — October 18, 2012
The 14th Williamstown Film Festival opened with an introspective bang at Images Cinema.
Rocking the Boat at Marge Champion’s Sunset Birthday Cruise — Sep 14, 2012
Friends of legendary dancer Marge Champion celebrated her 93rd birthday on a party cruise to benefit the Dance Films Association.
COVET Culminates in DISH + DINE at Ferrin Gallery — August 18, 2012
COVET DISH + DINE at Ferrin Gallery melded local food and art at the final event of ArtBerkshires’ COVET program.
Up on the Roof: Kick-Off Party for WordXWord Festival 2012 — August 12, 2012
The week-long WordXWord Festival kicked off with the traditional rooftop party in Pittsfield. Poet/performers Taylor Mali, Derrick Brown, and Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz were among those who attended.
VIM’s 2012 Summer Gala at Gedney Farm — August 10, 2012
State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli helped honor Dr. Matt Mandel at Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires’ annual dinner at Gedney Farm.
Farm-to-Table Grazing at Taste of Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner — August 6, 2012
Regional farms and chefs showcased local ingredients at the Taste of Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner.
Wassaic Project Hits the Five-Year Mark — August 05, 2012
Hundreds gathered to celebrate the Wassaic Project’s 5th annual summer festival of contemporary art.
A Historic Affair: Tanglewood’s 75th Anniversary — July 17, 2012
Tanglewood’s anniversary concert and gala was a historic event with James Taylor, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra there to help celebrate.
Artists and Curators and Guests, Omi! — July 14, 2012
Artists from around the world gathered at the 21st Art Omi Open Studio Weekend.
French-Themed Fête for Bard’s Bastille Day SummerScape Gala — July 14, 2012
Bard’s SummerScape concluded with a fantastical evening at the Spiegeltent.
Leisurely Lenox Gallery Crawl — July 7, 2012
A trifecta of openings brought art enthusiasts to Lenox.
David Hyde Pierce Gets in on the Act at Alzheimer’s Benefit — July 1, 2012
Actor David Hyde Pierce helped advocate for Alzheimer’s awareness and research at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter benefit.
Tom Patti Commission Unveiled at Berkshire Museum Gala — June 30, 2012
Berkshire Museum unveiled its new installation by internationally acclaimed glass artist Tom Patti, the museum’s first major commission since Alexander Calder.
Litchfield County Antiques & Mid-Century Show Preview Party — June 22, 2012
Esteemed dealers, antiques, and guests at the 15th annual Litchfield County Antiques & Mid-Century Show.
Jacob’s Pillow Joyfully Dances into its 80th Season — June 20, 2012
Hundreds gathered to celebrate the opening of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s 80th season. The evening included performances by students from The School at Jacob’s Pillow, ballet rockstar David Hallberg, and more.
The Clark Art Institute Unveils “Unearthed” — June 16, 2012
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute unveiled its groundbreaking summer exhibition Unearthed, featuring never before seen Chinese artifacts.
Gunn Memorial’s Library Luminaries a High-Wattage Affair — June 9, 2012
Saturday Night Live’s Christine Ohlman, known as the Beehive Queen, took the stage at the 17th Annual Library Luminaries fundraiser.
Local Artists in the Spotlight During 7th Annual BIFF — June 1, 2012
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (with the artist present and taking questions) and Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounter were among the all-star lineup of films at this year’s Berkshire International Film Festival.
At CATA Gala, Vibrant Vital Signs — May 12, 2012
Vital Signs at this year’s annual fundraising performance for Community Access to the Arts, known as CATA.
And one for good measure! Gimme Shelter at Berkshire Botanical Garden — April 28, 2012
Berkshire Botanical Garden held its 2012 season-opening party, Gimme Shelter: Architects Design for Shade. The exhibit featured structures designed by local architects including Jimmy Crisp, Jamie Odegaard and Peter Murkett, and more.