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Parties & Openings

May 19 - Great Barrington
IS183 Camp KitchyKinky

May 18 - Sharon
Trade Secrets

May 17 - North Adams
NBUW Spirit Of Caring Awards

Summer Campy: IS183 Art School’s KitchyKinky Gala

Amy Krzanik reports from Great Barrington. When you attend a gala for a nonprofit organization built around the visual arts, you expect an aesthetically rich experience. Yet somehow IS183 Art School of the Berkshires manages to surprise and dazzle us every year with both the amount and the variety of decorations. From a larger-than-life fuzzy aquamarine moose/fish and a hot pink feathery flamingo, to details such as the picnic-appropriate checkered tablecloths and the naming of cocktails (“Bug Juice” anyone?), Camp Kitchykinky, held on Saturday, May 19 at Camp Eisner, delivered the goods. With help from chef Brian Alberg of Main Street Hospitality Group, IS183 served up all the food you remember from summer camp, except better: grilled kebabs, mashed potatoes and gravy, vanilla milkshakes, s’mores and more. A silent auction and dance party with light projections by artist Joe Wheaton followed. It was truly something to write home to your folks about. [Above, IS183’s Executive Director Lucie Castaldo is flanked by Jess Fitzgerald Evans and ceramics instructor Ben Evans.]

Mike Zippel, Kitchykinky gala co-chair Oskar Hallig, Vicki Bonnington and Boxxa Vine; Kimberly Donoughe and James Campagna.

Kate Merrigan, Marissa Carlson and Karin Stack; Peggy Rivers, IS183 board president Andy Foster, Van Shields, and Caitlin and Seth Nash.

Flavio Lichtenthal and Lisa Landry of Six Depot Roastery & Cafe with photographer Edward Acker and Denise Ulick; Daniel “Danielle” Underhill and Veronica Martin.

Joe McCauley, Jesse Tobin McCauley, Michael Dowling, Noel Henebury and Shaun Muldowney.

Board member Tracy Foster, board member Rob Grien, Kim Widener and Jonathan Swartz; Jed Thompson, Kristen van Ginhoven and Nathan Hanford.

Photographers Ogden Gigli and Bill Wright with Julia Kaplan; Joe Wheaton and IS183’s marketing manager Carrie Wright.

Katya Brezgunova, IS183’s ceramics studio manager Jared Gelormino and Rachel Peterson; board member Maurice Peterson and Mark Alan Johnson.

Lo Sottile and Kimberly Donoughe try out the skis; a very campy flamingo heel.

Wait…shouldn’t the water-skier (Rebecca Weinman) be afraid of the shark (Cathy Deely)?

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 05/21/18 at 02:15 PM • Permalink

A Fabulous First For The Northern Berkshire United Way

Amy Krzanik reports from North Adams. The Northern Berkshire United Way (NBUW) held its first annual Spirit of Caring Awards and Celebration on Thursday, May 17 at MCLA’s Church Street Center. Three community members were honored for their length and breadth of service to NBUW, its network partners and the overall Northern Berkshires. Al Nelson [shown left with his wife, Anne] was presented with the Spirit of Caring award which will now carry his name. NBUW’s executive director for 15 years, Nelson has served on many local boards of directors and currently serves as vice president of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative. Former four-term North Adams Mayor Dick Alcombright, who now works with the event’s lead sponsor, MountainOne Bank, was honored with the Spirit of Community award. The Spirit of the Future award was presented to Christine Hoyt, a member of the Town of Adams Selectboard and a board member for Youth Center, Inc. and others. Mary-Kay Senecal and Cindy Brightly of Crane Stationery were presented with the 2018 Outstanding Campaign Coordinators award for their fundraising work on behalf of the NBUW.

North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard with Dick Alcombright; Pete Hoyt and Christine Hoyt.

Greg Marchion, Sarah Gaffey and Thomas McKeon, all of MountainOne; Liana Toscanini and NBUW Executive Director Christa Collier.

Mary-Kay Senecal and Cindy Brightly show off their awards; from Williams College: Danielle Gonzalez, Jillian St. John and NBUW board member Aaron Gordon.

Mike Monti of The Brien Center, Anne Nemetz-Carlson, executive director of Child Care of the Berkshires, Jim and Joan Hunter, and The Brien Center’s Christine Macbeth.

Celebration committee member Buffy Lord, Andrea Harrington and 2017/18 NBUW campaign co-chair Bernie Pinsonnault; Lisa Mineau and Beth Petropulos of MountainOne flank Father Matt Alcombright.

Berkshire County Kids’ Place Director Heather Williamson, Erin Sullivan and Lisa Blackmer; board and celebration committee member Leah Thompson and board president Jason Dohaney.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 05/20/18 at 09:26 PM • Permalink

Raindrops Kept Falling On Trade Secrets, And Nobody Cared

Lisa Green reports from Sharon. Trade Secrets always attracts some of the best-looking people we see at any event, but even the most beautiful can be forgiven for looking a bit waterlogged on Saturday, May 19. Still, the rain was good for the plants, and that’s what they came to see, along with the statuary, garden furnishings and, of course, Martha Stewart, who was not only shopping but signing her newest book, Martha’s Flowers. Now in its 18th year, the volunteer-driven rare plants and antiques show brings interior and exterior decorators, landscape designers, gardeners and those with a “good eye” from all over the East Coast. More than 60 vendors spread out at generous host Elaine LaRoche’s Lion Rock Farm for the two-day event that raises money for Women’s Support Services (WSS) of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut, which provides free aid to women who have been on the receiving end of violence from someone they know. [Above, Privet House co-owner Richard Lambertson and Matthew Smyth, interior designer.]

Martha Stewart is surrounded by members of her current and former staff: senior industrial designer Ben Broerman, Rosma Gutierrez, now design director at her own company, Studiology; and Akira Yoshimura, a product designer.

Joanie Jones from New York and Vivian Pohl from California; from Campo de’ Fiori, Amy Wong, the director of retail, and owner Barbara Bockbrader.

The poolhouse was used as a location for book signings; from Alabama, architect Jeffrey Dungan and Lindsey Trammell were in NYC and took a side trip to Trade Secrets.

Looking dapper when everyone else did not: designer Norman Ambrose and Stephan Krucker, who have a home in Litchfield.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 05/20/18 at 07:04 PM • Permalink

A Silver Anniversary: CATA Celebrates 25 Years

Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Twenty-five years is considered to be the “silver anniversary,” and that fact was not lost on the the organizers of Community Access to the Arts (CATA)’s annual gala and performances. Huge silver paper chandeliers, created with help from Crispina ffrench, shone from the ceiling at the cocktail reception at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse on Saturday, May 12. An even larger chandelier took center stage during the evening’s performances. All of the groups CATA supporters have grown to love were represented: dancers from The Moving Company and The People’s Tap Dance Theater, actors from Shakespeare’s Players, jugglers from The Juggling Connection, along with drummers from The CATA Beat, and fan favorite Scott Thomas, whose jokes left the crowd in stitches. A dinner followed, catered by Mezze, and dancing to DJ BFG ended the evening on a high note. Each year, CATA raises one-third of its annual budget at the gala event, allowing it to continue providing arts workshops for 700 people with disabilities in Berkshire and Columbia counties. [Above, Bruce and Amy Humes pose with gala co-chairs Tyler Weld and Janet Elsbach.]

CATA’s Executive Director Margaret Keller with board members Deborah Caiola and Neal Maxymillian; Deb Buccino, Eric Plakun and CATA founder Sandra Newman.

Volunteer Leslie Shatz, board member Sandra Baron, and gala committee members Janet and John Egelhofer; Ward Belcher and Jill Cancellieri of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Alicia Christoff and Mass. State Senator Adam Hinds; Laurence Cohen, board member Ira Grossman, gala committee member Jami Grossman and Linda Mitchell.

Van Shields, Bill Wright, Carrie Wright and Peggy Rivers; Toni Buckley and CATA instructor Wes Buckley.

WAM Theatre’s Kristen van Ginhoven, Vicki Bonnington and gala committee member Yuki Cohen; board members Elaine Radiss and Linda Russell with Louise Cadigan.

Candlelight and colorful projections from Joe Wheaton set the scene for dinner and dancing.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 05/14/18 at 03:24 PM • Permalink

Art New England Pages The Berkshires

Lisa Green reports from North Adams. On Thursday, May 10, the Cynthia-Reeves and Ferrin Contemporary galleries hosted Art New England to celebrate the publication’s May/June museums issue featuring Destination: Berkshires, MA & Beyond. The two galleries, located next door to each other in Building 13 on the MASS MoCA campus, welcomed Art New England staffers and members of the New England art community. The issue, which features a profile of Jarvis Rockwell (who attended the event), includes a timely article, “The Deaccessioning Dilemma,” and highlights many of our favorite local galleries and museums. [Above, Kristen Jussila, director of Cynthia-Reeves, with Susan Baker, editor of the publication.]

Tim O’Connor, Leslie van Breen and Julia Daly, all from The Artist Book Foundation; Jill Whitney Armstrong, who co-owns iartcolony in Rockport with her husband, and Samantha Wilhelm, account representative for Art New England.

MASS MoCA’s Jodi Joseph chats with Rita Fucillo, publisher of Art New England.

Sisters Kristen van Breen and Annelies van Breen; Greg Van Houten of GVH Studio, which supplies graphics to galleries and museums, with Jarvis Rockwell.

Artist Doug Trump with gallery owner Cynthia Reeves.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 05/10/18 at 09:54 PM • Permalink

Hudson Hall’s Great Gary Gala

Jamie Larson reports from Hudson. This year, Hudson Hall’s annual Proprietors Ball on Saturday, May 5, was whimsically and lovingly dubbed the Great Gary Gala, in honor of the venerable venue’s founding executive director Gary Schiro. Schiro retired at the end of last year after being involved in the restoration of the old Hudson Opera House since the beginning of the project in 1992. Ever the showman, he left on a high note, handing the reins over to Tambra Dillon just after the total completion of those restorations. Last year’s ball was special, as it marked the grand reopening and renaming of the Hall, but this evening, with the drama of the unveiling having subsided, there was a unique joy in the air at Hudson Hall. It was an atmosphere of frivolity and appreciation for all Schiro has done for the building, Hudson, and the future of the local arts community moving forward. [Above, Gary Schiro and Tambra Dillon.]

Georgia Dent, Mattatuck Museum directer and Schiro’s husband Robert Burns, Jane Glucksman and Jack Perry; theater artist Andrew Loren Resto and Hudson gallery owner Tom Swope.

Founder of the Second Ward Foundation Walter Sudol, artist J.D. Ervin, whose “Every Day People” project will soon be exhibited at Hudson Hall, and Lumberyard audience educator and dramaturg Melanie George.

The packed cocktail hour that kicked off the gala; award-wining local philanthropists Sheldon Evans and Martha McMaster with Hudson Area Library Director Emily Chameides and Hudson 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael Chameides.

George Lythe, Steve Corsun, Joe Ackiewicz, Dianne Hortmann and Kathleen Dooley; artist Judah Catalan, Dianne Townsend and Tony Albino.

Mary Ann Mailman with Judith and Walter Flamendaum.

Chuck Currie, Carol and David Nahon and Vern Bergelin; Stephen and Maureen Hanse, Mary Ellen and Jack Higbee, and Jon and Deidre Meier.

Mary Ann Mailman, Alison Lankenau and Gun Nowak, founder of Face Stockholm; Ellen, Megan and Mathew Phelan.

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Posted by Jamie Larson on 05/06/18 at 10:16 PM • Permalink

Sandisfield Arts Center Patrons Keyed Up To Prep New Piano

Lisa Green reports from Sandisfield. On Saturday, May 5, guests at the Sandisfield Arts Center’s annual gala in Sandisfield, Mass. were encouraged to dress in black and white. After all, the evening’s theme was “The Piano and the Building That Houses It and All 88 Keys.” The vibrant arts center “in the middle of nowhere” (their words, not ours) has been the heart of the town for 175 years, formerly as various houses of worship. Now it hosts a full lineup of cultural events and is eagerly awaiting a Steinway baby grand soon to be donated. But first, the piano needs some major restoration work, and a special climate-controlled room must be built to house it. Patrons bought piano keys, bid on auction items to raise funds for the piano’s homecoming, and enjoyed a dinner prepared by chef Adam Manacher. [Above, Susan Van Sickle, Linda Mironte and Susie Crofut.]

George Wheeler, Michele Marincola and Melissa Bye; Jean Atwater-Williams, owner of BizTech Associates, with Allen and Sheila Liberman.

The smiling welcome committee: June Wink, Dassy Herman, Jane Hason and Rita Kasky.

Ron Aaron and Roberta Weiner of New York City; jewelry designer Margo Morrison and Natalie Mimes, who just bought a house in Sandisfield.

The Arts Center has five co-presidents this year: Hilde Weisert, Barbara Penn, Rosanne Skrip, Ed Brozman and Sheila Liberman.

Tom Christopher and Ron Bernard, the town’s historian; Susan Van Sickle and Laura Paskell-Brown, a soul doula.

Guests bought keys to help fund the incoming piano’s restoration.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 05/06/18 at 03:07 PM • Permalink

Portrait Of An Artist: Linda Lavin And Steve Bakunas

Amy Krzanik reports from Spencertown. “We don’t do this at home,” actress Linda Lavin and husband Steve Bakunas assured the crowd at the Spencertown Academy Arts Center on Saturday, April 28. They only perform “Portrait of an Artist” in public, on stage, as a fundraiser for non-profit organizations around the country. Partly planned and partly off-the-cuff (they’ve only performed the show a handful of times), Bakunas asks Lavin, his wife of 13 years, about her life and career while he paints her portrait. Their dog, Mickey, sits or snoozes nearby. The painting is then raffled off to support the cause, in this case the continued restoration of the Academy’s historic building. The restoration campaign is halfway to its $600,000 goal and work to shore up the landmark structure has already begun. Bakunas’ first question of the evening pertained to Lavin’s childhood, “What did you want to be when you grew up?” The six-time Tony Award nominee, who described herself as a poor student, couldn’t wait to become an adult, “wear high heels, and then die.” That was the extent of her plans until she enrolled at The College of William & Mary, where her talents as a singer, actress, comedian and pianist were fully appreciated. The 90-minute performance also included tales of Lavin’s post-college life in New York City in the 1960s and her foray into film and television in Los Angeles. Lavin considers these performances her way of writing a memoir without actually having to write a memoir. The couple, who moved to Columbia County five years ago, are putting the finishing touches on a Spencertown bed and breakfast.

Spencertown Academy supporters and Tannery Pond board members Cindy Atkins and Cindy Puccio; Barbara Lax, a member of Academy’s curatorial committee, with photographer Gerald Seligman and Lynn Rothenberg. The three are part of Creative Columbia, a salon which meets at the Academy on the first Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m.

Board member David Highfill with Venetia Reece and Mary Neufeld; board member Jill Kalotay and volunteer Susan Grybas.

Chad and Jennifer Lindberg; Telisport Putsavage with volunteers Rochelle and Charles Bartolo.

Barbara Lax, Ellen and Alan Goldner and Ken Kranz; Mickey was so relaxed that he fell asleep.

Bakunas and Lavin hold hands in a touching on-stage moment. (Photo copyright by Gerald Seligman)

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 04/30/18 at 03:30 PM • Permalink