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Parties & Openings

Feb. 10 – Hudson
BlkQueer Romantics Reception

Feb. 3 – Hudson
Winter Blast

Jan. 25 – North Adams
The 50 Card Project Reception

With ‘BlkQueer Romantics,’ The Tenth Magazine Makes Its Hudson Debut

Amy Krzanik reports from Hudson. Hudson Hall’s first exhibition of its 2018 season, The BlkQueer Romantics, is a collaboration with the creative team behind the magazine The Tenth, which recently relocated to Hudson. The biannual publication, which takes its name from the W.E.B DuBois essay “The Talented Tenth,” documents the history, culture, ideas and aesthetics of the black LGBTQ community.” The exhibition, The BlkQueer Romantics, takes its name from the most recent edition of the magazine (its fifth since launching in 2015) and both celebrate the landscape and architecture of the Hudson River Valley, featuring photo spreads taken at Hudson’s Dr. Oliver Bronson House and The Vanderbilt Mansion at Hyde Park, “places where many African American artists and entertainers escaped to at the turn of the 19th century.” The exhibit’s opening reception, on Saturday, Feb. 10, was attended by many of the issue’s featured writers and models. The BlkQueer Romantics is on view until March 18.  [Pictured above: Steven Lowe, Bruce Robinson, a model featured in The Tenth’s most recent issue, and the magazine’s co-founder Khary Septh]

Aaliyah Barnes, Jaleel Green and Salim Chagui-Sanchez; musician Katie Harkin with The Tenth’s managing editor, Kyle Banks, and Basil the puppy.

Writer Jonathan Lerner and Tambra Dillon, Hudson Hall’s executive director; DeWayne Powell and artist Reggie Madison.

Jamie Hollins and artist Simeon Amstutz; Nathan Ha Levy with Gary Linnen.

Clarence Klugh, Cameron Leel and Khary Septh; Shanae Johnson and Marcus Brock.

Kate Hewett with Ricardo Johnson; Anthony Wash Rosado and Oscar Diaz.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 02/11/18 at 06:37 PM • Permalink

It Was An Honor At Winter Blast 2018

Jamie Larson reports from Hudson. The Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation of Columbia Memorial Health held its annual Winter Blast Saturday, Feb. 3 at Club Helsinki. And a blast it was. Always a crowded “who’s who” of the region’s leaders in business and philanthropy, the event routinely raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the foundation. Last year the event also included presenting the Clara Kellner Award for Public Service. This year’s award went to two well-deserving familiar faces, Sheldon Evans and Martha McMaster. Their decades of philanthropy and ongoing commitment to local organizations is almost legendary. Supporting and sitting on the boards of many arts and civic organizations over the years, their names have become synonymous with selfless community investment and care. Happy to present them their honor were President and CEO of Columbia Memorial Health Jay P. Cahalan and Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation Chairwoman Patti Matheney (shown above).

NY 19th District Congressional Candidate Gareth Rhodes, Shaker Museum Board Chairman Paul Cassidy and Hudson Mayor Rick Rector; Optimus Architecture’s architect Dan Gallagher and Courtney Gallagher with Linda Souers and Optimus Principal David Souers.

Event honorees Sheldon Evans and Martha McMaster, John and Denise Dunne, and Aven Kerr.

From the event’s presenting sponsor, Clark Patterson Lee, Scott Cottingham and Bill Vanslike, flanking CMH’s John Hall; Perfect Ten Hudson Founder and Chairwoman Paula Forman, Ed Beaty and Tommy Ngo.

Anne Brusie, Ginsberg’s Foods VP of Operations John Brusie, Hudson Area Library Director Emily Chameides, Hudson 3rd Ward Supervisor Michael Chameides, MetzWood Insurance Manager Derick LaTorre and Heather LaTorre.

Dan and Bryanne Scali, Rhonda Makoske and John Roberts; First Fuel and Propane’s Rich Coon, Pine Haven’s Elizabeth Groat and Bowers & Del Peral’s Morgan Bowers.

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Posted by Jamie Larson on 02/06/18 at 09:17 AM • Permalink

Mail With A Message: ‘The 50 Card Project’

Amy Krzanik reports from North Adams. “While sometimes I want to separate my art from my politics, the impossibility of that grows every day,” states MCLA visual arts professor Melanie Mowinski. Her 50 Card Project, which opened with a reception at MCLA’s Gallery 51 on Thursday, Jan. 25, began on inauguration day of last year. Every week for 50 weeks, Mowinski has printed a new postcard in a limited edition of 100, using vintage letterpress type, linoleum blocks and other printing forms. She’s sent each new card to 15–20 Washington D.C. officials, including the president and vice president, the attorney general, the Senate and House majority and minority leaders, and others. Each week’s quotation was inspired by events happening at the time, as well as by Mowinski’s goal of keeping herself and others energized for the long road ahead. During week five, Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the head of the EPA and she printed a card with the Native American proverb “When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.” Mowinski says the project is “about being positive, yet at the same time a little subversive.”

Melanie Mowinski and Gallery 51 curator Arthur De Bow; Mowinski’s husband, Doug Molin, with one of her former students, Isaac Wood.

Adazae Shepherd-Edwards, Erica Barreto and Chris Handschuh; Michelle Daly, director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, with MCLA music professor Christine Condaris.

Amanda Romanelli, an intern who helped print pieces for the show, with MCLA student Zach Benjamin; writer Seth Brown with artists Sara Farrell Okamura and Hideyo Okamura.

William Archer, Alvin Ouellet and Jose Duran; Kristen Parker and the reception’s youngest (and sleepiest) attendee.

MCLA professors Anne Goodwin and Anna Jaysane-Darr; The complete set of cards is available for purchase.

Quote from basketball coach John Wooden and actress and activist Laverne Cox.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 01/28/18 at 08:08 PM • Permalink

New Art, Old Building At Berkshire Money Management

Amy Krzanik reports from Dalton. With more than 80 arresting works of art displayed throughout a stunning c.1898 mansion, it’s no wonder hundreds of people attended Berkshire Money Management’s one-night-only exhibition, “New Art in an Old Building,” on Friday, Jan. 19. To celebrate its new home at the former Crane & Co. Model Farm, BMM had chosen works by 22 local, living artists, many of whom attended the reception, to be featured in an exhibit that doubled as a housewarming party. The company’s new offices (former bedrooms), meeting room and wood-paneled music room played host to paintings, photographs and sculpture, as well as living art, acrobats and string music from The Rosamund Trio. Above, BMM founder and owner Allen Harris poses with artist Joe Goodwin in front of one of his paintings.

Artist Scott Taylor with BMM Vice President Scott Little and his wife Julie Little; sculptor William Casper and Cheryl Casper.

Noah Kimball, artist Edward Pelkey, Mia Pelkey (in front), Jennifer Kimball and Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer.

Ken Singer, president and CEO of Berkshire County Arc, with sculptor Andrew DeVries in front of his sculpture, The Juggler; artist Grier Horner and Susan Phillips pose with one of his paintings.

Artists Sandra Houseman and John Houseman; Zack Marcotte, a financial advisor at BMM, with Donna Quallen.

BMM founder and owner Allen Harris with Kate Teutsch, John Krol and Hans Teutsch.

Stan Spencer and Jan Charbonneau; an interesting creature silently greeted guests upon their arrival.

Living artworks mingled with guests throughout the evening.

William Casper’s Here I Come; Edward Pelkey’s Science 8/11.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 01/21/18 at 04:11 PM • Permalink

Into The Woods With The Ghostlit Repertory Theatre Company

Rachel Louchen reports from Egremont. The GhostLit Repertory Theatre Company is new in name but not experience, returning to the Barn at the Egremont Village Inn for its second production after a roaring success last summer. On Saturday, Jan. 13, the theater company hosted a winter gala with drinks followed by a production of the Sondheim favorite “Into the Woods.” It was produced by [above left] Caitlin Teeley, Harrison Lang (both of whom directed) and Gigi Teeley, who also starred as Jack’s Mother, Cinderella’s Mother and Granny. This was the original team behind last summer’s production of “Spring Awakening,” the company’s first. “Spring Awakening” sold out nine times, as did “Into the Woods.” A production of “Cabaret” is being planned for this spring, also at the Egremont Village Inn.

Kelsea Beck stars as the Baker’s Wife, Mary Ellen Devanny and Mandy Harrington; Leslie Shatz, Steve Shatz and Rich Petrino.

Elizabeth Cadorette and Samantha Burdick; Jordan Cahill, Rachel Cahill and Zoe Cahill.

House manager Matthieu Boudreau, lighting designer Izzy Philkins and Jackson Teeley, who has three parts in the production including Cinderella’s Prince; house manager Elinor Cherin, Brianna Nicola as Little Red Riding Hood and Julia Murphy.

John Monteverde and Krysten St. John are both drama teachers with students in the production; Julia Ray and Maya Falconi.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 01/14/18 at 02:43 PM • Permalink

Martini Tasting Party Boosts Torrington FISH And Five Points Gallery

CB Wismar reports from Torrington. Billed as “festive and very merry,” the Dec. 6 “Deck The Halls” Martini Tasting Party hosted by Five Points Gallery certainly lived up to its promotion. Revelers bought tickets for the opportunity to sample, mix and mingle with fellow partygoers amid the stunning artwork at the gallery. Five Points’ mission, beyond being an active gallery presenting professional artists, is to nurture artists and empower a diverse community. FISH NWCT (Friends in Service to Humanity of Northwestern Connecticut, Inc.), the other gala beneficiary, provides the most basic human needs — food, shelter and hope — by supplying a safe and secure haven for families, individuals and veterans. A silent auction table enticed guests to add to the evening’s festivities, and an exhaustive display of cocktail shakers collected by Tim Bouthillier inspired many nostalgic and appreciative comments. The big draw, however, was the amply stocked martini bar where guests could sample from a wide range of styles and flavors, all the while benefiting the local community. [Above: Judith McElhone, founding executive director of Five Points Gallery; Deirdre Houlihan DiCara, executive director of FISH NWCT, and Cara Houlihan Blazier, a volunteer with FISH.]

Rit O’Donald, owner of the Ritz Crystal Room in Torrington, Carol O’Donald and George Craig; Sharyn Nickelson, Aaron Kovalchik, Tim Bouthillier, cocktail shaker collector, and Mike Kovalchik.

“Let’s Talk Torrington” editor Ed Cannata, Pennie Steinberg and Stacey Caren.

Kathy Corsetti, Anne Marchand, Jeff Geddes and Sheila L’Vain; Guests enjoy a well-stocked martini bar.

Just part of the collection from Tim Bouthillier’s “The Art of the Cocktail” display of martini shakers.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 01/01/18 at 10:58 AM • Permalink

The Most Memorable Parties of 2017

There’s nothing we at RI love more than covering the region’s galas; it’s the perfect opportunity to visit with wonderful old friends, meet interesting new ones, and taste the delicious food and drink produced right here at home. That’s why picking only a handful of parties for our year-end wrap-up is always so difficult. We’d like to thank the residents of this region for being so generous with their time, talent and funding of organizations that improve the quality of life in our area and make residing here a joy. Below is a sampling of the galas, gallery openings, fetes and festivals that make our jobs so fun. (Click here to relive all of 2017’s parties.)

Studio 54 Disco Redux
The Norman Rockwell Museum’s “Legends” gala attracted one of the best-dressed crowds of the season. Dressed to the nines in ‘60s and ‘70s glam, attendees celebrated NRM’s summer exhibit, “Inventing America: Rockwell & Warhol” with family members of both artists and a Studio 54 dance party.

A Fete To Honor Farmers
Hopkins Vineyards in Warren hosted this year’s Farmer’s Table event, where the tables are turned and it’s the farmers who are the guests. Ingredients from many of the 200-plus farms in Litchfield County are used by local chefs who donate their time to prepare a dinner that allows residents and farmers to get to know one another. 

Horses Lend A Helping Hoof
This year, RI covered a handful of people and organizations who are using their love and knowledge of horses to help others. One of them was The Equus Effect, a Sharon, Conn. nonprofit that empowers veterans to rebuild healthy relationships through engagement with horses. The organization got help from actor, playwright and veteran Stephan Wolfert and his one-man tour de force “Cry Havoc” during its fundraiser at Lakeville’s Quarry Hill Farm. 

All That Glitters Is Glass
Did you know that work by some of the best glass artists in the world can be seen right here in Stockbridge at Schantz Galleries? An October opening reception with collectors and artists was followed by dinner at the Red Lion Inn, right around the corner from this top-tier gallery. 

Rooms With A View
The Alliance for Positive Health’s annual Columbia–Greene Garden Party is always well-attended and the cause is one that many hold close to their hearts. An added draw is the venue — each year, the fundraiser is held at a different magical private property. This summer, more than 400 guests were able to tour the historic Claverack home and grounds of famed film director James Ivory. 

Fancy Feasting
Who would turn down the opportunity to enjoy lunch (and a Bloody Mary bar) on the lawn at Tanglewood? Not the crowd who attended Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC)s 4th annual Posh Picnic. This year’s honoree was Carl Sprague, a local whose work can been seen in the films “Twelve Years a Slave,” “The Royal Tenenbaums” and” La La Land.” The designer and art director is used to working behind the scenes, but was the center of attention at this year’s fundraiser. 

Haute On The Hudson
Twinkling lights, lush foliage, green lawns that seemingly go on forever, magical Hudson River views, a mansion in the background: it’s easy to see why Bard College held its SummerScape Gala on the fairy tale-esque grounds of Montgomery Place for the second year in a row. This year’s fundraiser for The Fisher Center featured a one-night-only set by Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor and singer Billy Porter and an after-party at the Spiegeltent hosted by Susanne Bartsch. 

Here We Grow
Hancock Shaker Village’s 2017 gala, the most well-attended in the non-profit’s history, began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the gardens, followed by a three-course dinner in the 1910 Barn. An after-party transformed the Round Stone Barn and surrounding lawn into a tropical paradise, complete with tiki torches, colorful cocktails, and food from Lucia’s Latin Kitchen.

The Pillow Is The Place
A sold out crowed helped Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival celebrate its 85th season with choreographer Liz Lerman, Miami City Ballet, dancer Sara Mearns, Company Wang Ramirez, dinner, a dance party and more surprises.

Building 6 Is A Big Deal
You’ve read about it in the NY Times,  Boston Globe, WSJ and in RI. It’s Building 6 at MASS MoCA and we were there, among thousands of others, at its grand opening. Here’ a look at new exhibits by Laurie Anderson, Jenny Holzer, James Turrell, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg and others, plus pop-up performances and a concert by the band CAKE.

The Sylvia Center Turns 10
You’ll recognize The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm as one of RI’s recipe contributors, so you won’t be surprised to find out that its annual farm-to-table dinner in Kinderhook featured wonderfully unique foods such as smoked trout zucchini cups, forest mushroom mousse cornets and fermented grape leaves with goat cheese.

A New Place To “Park” It
This May, Turn Park Art Space, West Stockbridge’s new contemporary sculpture park and community gathering spot, opened to a large and eager crowd who came to walk the paths, take in the sites (both natural and man-made) and enjoy stories, songs and skits from Brooklyn’s Floating Tower.

Top Hat And Tales
April 22nd’s Proprietors Ball at Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House ushered in a new era for the venue and the city. The party, which officially opened the fully restored and renovated hall at the center of the city’s cultural life, included a ribbon cutting, cocktails, and great food and entertainment sourced from Hudson’s diverse and talented arts community.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 12/10/17 at 06:50 PM • Permalink

BBG’s Newly Renovated Center House Makes Its Debut

Amy Krzanik reports from Stockbridge. In advance of its 27th annual Holiday Marketplace and Gallery of Wreaths, the Berkshire Botanical Garden welcomed donors to a very special reception on Friday, Dec. 1. The event, in addition to being a chance to preview this year’s handmade wreaths and swags, doubled as a first look at the completed Center House renovation. The restoration and expansion of the late 18th century building (one of the oldest in Stockbridge) was a year-long process which made room for three art galleries, a teaching kitchen, a botanical library, and classroom and office space. The historic elements of the building were preserved, while state-of-the-art features like a living plant wall and technological upgrades were added. The extra space and functionality will allow the Garden to have more of a year-round presence in the Berkshires.

Mass. State Senator Adam Hinds with BBG Chairman of the Board and Center House designer Matt Larkin in front of the living wall; Diane Saunders with Lauretta Harris, president of the BBG’s volunteer association, and Louis Cohen.

Trustee Ian Hooper and board vice president Madeline Hooper flank Lainie Grant; the project’s builder Greg Schnopp and its Architect of Record Mark Smith.

Trustee Jeannene Booher and volunteer Sally Soluri; BBG’s education coordinator Bridgette Stone with trustee Kip Towl and Margot Towl.

Two examples of handmade wreaths available at this year’s auction.

Liz Murray, Michael Pulitzer and trustees Ramelle Pulitzer and Mary Copeland; William and Mari Binne.

Dorthe Hviid, BBG’s director of horticulture, with John Zutter; donors Marcia Feuer, Matt Larkin and Kate Morris.

Trustee Mark Walker, Tania Walker and the Garden’s director, Michael Beck; Jock and Jytte Brooks with trustee KK Zutter.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 12/03/17 at 08:27 PM • Permalink