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A New Face For An Inspiring Space At Chesterwood
Amy Krzanik reports from Stockbridge. It doesn’t take much convincing when you’re invited to enjoy a cocktail on the piazza of Daniel Chester French’s studio, overlooking the lush gardens of his former summer estate. As Chesterwood celebrated the reopening of French’s refurbished studio at a gala on Friday, May 23, guests jovially enjoyed the views while bidding on silent auction items that included three framed photographs shot at Chesterwood by Annie Leibovitz for her book Pilgrimage. The studio, closed since 2012, has undergone a painstakingly historically accurate renovation, with special detail paid to its facade. Berkshire Pulse dancers, dressed in all white, performed a piece inspired by their research on Daniel Chester French’s only child, Margaret French Cresson, also a sculptor, who ceded Chesterwood and its collections to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Dinner was held in French’s studio and Michael Ballon of Castle Street Café prepared the evening’s menu using dinner notes from Mrs. Mary French as a guide. The menu included Taft Farms asparagus aspic, tournedos of beef with Madeira sauce, and mixed berry trifle with crème anglaise and raspberry sauce. Read the related RI article about the restoration project: The Rock Star of Stockbridge: Daniel Chester French. Above, sculptors Laura and Rick Brown with the Executive Director at Massachusetts Cultural Council, Anita Walker, and Chesterwood Director Donna Hassler.
The refurbished studio, meticulously set for dinner.
Dr. Jay Wise and Terry Wise; Hans and Kate Morris with Terry and Jane Shea.
Berkshire Pulse dancers perform on the Chesterwood lawn before dancing around the fountain.