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We Give Three Cheers To Five Years Of ‘Made In The Berkshires’
Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. Five years ago, two creative minds, Barbara Sims and Hilary Somers Deely, hatched the Made in the Berkshires festival as a way to showcase the outstanding talent our region has to offer in the fields of dance, music, theater, filmmaking, visual art, and the written and spoken word. The three-day extravaganza has a home at the Colonial Theatre, where this year’s opening event was held on Friday, Oct. 23. DRAWN, the 2015 visual art exhibit, was co-curated by Carrie Wright and Rebecca Weinman and featured a small sample of the world-class work being created in the county, including Lucie Castaldo, Nathan Hanford and Catherine Delphia. Highlights of the evening’s stage performances included a rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” by Andy Wrba, Nico Wohl and seven Darrow School students; “The Rockwell Suites,” two pieces based on Norman Rockwell paintings and performed expertly by the Albany Berkshire Ballet; and the finale – an energetic breakdance routine by area children of all ages led by The Funk Box Dance Studio creator Andres Ramirez, who seemed as if he were floating on air during the performance. As has become customary, some of the best Berkshire County food and beverages are offered to guests as they leave the theater and head into the Garage for an after-party with the artists. Snacks included offerings from Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Layers of Cakes, SoMa Catering, Chocolate Springs, Wandering Star and others. Cheers to five years! Above, Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims post performance.
Members of the Berkshire Art Association came out to show their support, including Michael Vincent Bushy, a printmaker and bookbinder featured in the art exhibit, new BAA president Danielle Steinmann, Mark Tomasi and art show co-curator Carrie Wright; Ben Evans, a ceramicist featured in the art show, and Jess Fitzgerald Evans.
The Funk Box Dance Studio dancer Joshua McHugh and creator Andres Ramirez; Trustees of Reservations members at the event included Lauren LeBlanc, Danielle Steinmann, Michael Rodriguez and RI’s garden columnist Brian Cruey.
Brendan Leadbeater and David Ennis of EPoc Design + Architecture; Regina Burgio, Mark Tomasi and Julianne Maxwell.
Ivan Trabka dedicated his solo cello performance to the memory of Steve Meyerowitz; Rural Intelligence co-founder Marilyn Bethany and husband Edward Tivnan looked sharp at the event.