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The BAA Real Art Party: A Raffle Where Everyone Wins

Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. Normally, whenever there’s a raffle, there’s a winner and, therefore, many losers. That’s simply not the case at Berkshire Art Association’s (BAA) annual Real Art Party (RAP). Launched in 2013 as part of the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, the RAP relies on 10” by 10” donated artworks from local creatives, be they photographs, paintings, drawings, collages or 3D creations. The party, held at the Berkshire Museum, is free, but supporters who purchase a $25 ARTix are guaranteed to go home with a piece of original art. But in what order your ticket number is called is up to fate, so attendees compiled a list of possible choices from the more than 160 pieces hung around the museum’s Crane Room. Proceeds from the sold-out event benefit the BAA college fellowships, art field trip grants for Berkshire high schools, and free admission for art students to the Berkshire Museum. Above, participating artists Autumn Doyle, BAA board member Jayme Kurland and BAA vice president Michael Vincent Bushy pose with BAA president Danielle Steinmann.


Jen Hines and Bill Hines flank Jen Glockner; Nathan Hanford with participating artist, leatherworker Mike King.


Contributing artists Colleen Surprise Jones and Sara Clement with Monica Bliss, president of Town Players of Pittsfield; city councilor at-large Pete White, Melanie Moran, Adam Hinds, a Democratic candidate for State Senate, and Marilyn Moran.


Heather Lane, John McLean and Barbara Patton, a participating artist and BAA board member; Dave O’Neil and Laurieann Quiry both contributed photographs to the show.


Miriam Ross, a participating artist, with Tim Pare of Barrington Stage; a very small fraction of the art in the show, including leatherwork by Mike King.

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