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Collectors Convene At The Berkshire Museum
Lisa Green reports from Pittsfield. How often do museums display the collections of people you know? That, in part, is what makes the Berkshire Museum’s Berkshire Collects exhibit so noteworthy, and why the energy was so high at the opening on Saturday, January 25. The third and final exhibition in celebration of the Museum’s 110th year, it was designed to involve the community, and involve it it does, with more than 40 Berkshires residents sharing their collections of popular culture (Pez dispensers, Star Wars toys), unfamiliar items (brass shell casings from World War I, water lily specimens), and the quirky (meat grinders, paper bag bottoms and condom tins). Many of the collectors seemed thrilled at being able to share their treasures and tell stories about how and why they began collecting. Above left, Van Shields, the Museum’s executive director, talks with Lawrence Klein, director of leadership development and general counsel at Darrow School (and founder of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City). The community-sourced exhibition runs through May 11.
John Bissell , executive vice president of Greylock Federal Credit Union, sponsor of the exhibit, and Melissa Bissell; Bill Hines, president of Berkshire Museum’s Board of Trustees, stands in front of the guitar collection.
Gerry Barnett and Ann Spadafora, a real estate agent, admire an astonishingly beautiful collection of vintage oil cans; June Wink, a potter and creative movement leader from Sandisfield, and Stephan Bierce.
Deborah Balmuth, publisher at Storey Publishing, is flanked by Shaun and Claude Harrington.
Janet Kaplan of New Marlborough proudly shows off her handbag collection.
Averie Prenguber, of the museum’s guest services department, with her parents, David and Heather Prenguber; Abraham Castillo, collector of Dunnys and Munnys, with Lisa Curley.
Momo Chang, who hails from Taiwan, with Rebecca Amuso of Dalton.