Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Artists Abound At OMI Cocktail Party And Preview
Lisa Green reports from Ghent. “Is this not a gorgeous room?” Omi International Arts Center Director Ruth Adams asked the sizable crowd standing amid the larger-than-life geometric wall paintings by artist Stephen Westfall. Applauding in agreement, the locals and weekenders who came to the Center for the Fields Sculpture Park & Architecture OMI season opening cocktail party and preview on Friday, June 13 admired the artist’s work and raved about the “local bites” prepared by Chefs Rita Soares-Kern and Robin McKay. It was an evening when creatives of all kinds came out of their studios, galleries and workshops to reconnect (“the person standing next to you is probably an artist,” Westfall said in a brief talk), and for the center to introduce this year’s group of resident artists. [Above, Stephen Westfall and Ruth Adams.]
Alan Pruzniak and Erika Hickle, who live in Brooklyn, worked with Westfall on painting the walls; Wolfgang Stockmeier, Sheridan Booker, the center’s development director, and Kathy Cooke, an OMI member.
Lisa Sanditz and Kim Beck, creator of NOTICE: A Field of Signs sculptures in the Clover Meadow; Dan Franck and Mary Anne Davis, a ceramic artist.
Elena Sisto, a painter from Milan, and Bill Maynes, director of the Fields Sculpture Park.
New Jersey-ites Steve and Diane Eizman, who have a home in North Chatham; Mike and Kathy Zdeb, members from Albany.
Painter Isabel Bigelow and Robert Ayers, arts writer who recently moved to the region; Dyte and Bruce Garrison, collectors of Stephen Westfall’s work, flank Mary Benyo from Lennon, Weinber, Inc. in Chelsea, the gallery that represents Westfall.
Dalia Eilat, Merrill Greene and Veronica Fuentes gather under the tent.
Nancy Kohler, a multimedia artist and Dominique DeVito, co-owner of the Hudson-Chatham Winery; Linda Cross and John Cross, a trustee, with the exhibiting artist, Stephen Westfall.
Weekenders Greg Deligdisch and Tom Cohn celebrate OMI’s season opener.