Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
A Utopian Evening At Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon
Lisa Green reports from New Lebanon. “It’s a flowering season for all things Shaker,” declared David Stocks, president of the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon at the opening of Francis Cape’s Utopian Benches exhibition on Saturday, June 21. Due to a death in his family, the artist was unable to be present, but Jeff Bailey, trustee and gallerist, spoke about the exhibition as guests sat on the 20 poplar benches, meticulous copies of Shaker benches and symbols of sharing and community in both an historic and contemporary context. Guests learned that the museum has recently closed on the purchase of 61 adjacent acres of historic Shaker property, and that an “Adopt A Lintel” fundraising campaign is in place to reconstruct and repair the Great Stone Barn — the largest stone barn in America — which was ravaged in a fire in 1972. After aperitifs outdoors on what may have been the most glorious summer solstice ever, guests dispersed to dinners in the homes of museum trustees. Shown left: Jeff Daly, board chairman and museum design consultant, David Stocks, museum president, and Mark Schaming, director of the New York State Museum.
Guests get the communal experience as Jeff Bailey talks about Utopian Benches; Toby Bilanow, a science editor at The New York Times, and Tim McHenry, programming director at the Rubin Museum of Art.
Board member Lauree Hickok and Corinna Ripps Schaming, curator at the University at Albany Art Museum.
Stephanie Aeder and Paul Cassidy, a trustee, walk back from a closer look at the Great Stone Barn; Robert Kent and Greg Hickok enjoy the perfect solstice evening.
Nick Van Alstine, Vernon Evenson and Steve McCarthy stroll the pristine grounds; Rae Gilson, Pamela Paul and Doug Paul, a trustee.