(Pittsfield, Mass.) — Hancock Shaker Village, in conjunction with Pittsfield 250, presents Painting the Town: A Downtown Pittsfield Retrospective, an exhibition of paintings by Scott Taylor.”]The show will run from Saturday, May 28 through Sunday, July 31 from noon to 4 daily in the Poultry House. The acrylic-on-canvas paintings depict 44 historic Pittsfield buildings, including the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield High School, and the Eagle Flatiron Building. The works will be displayed alongside historic photos and brief descriptions of the buildings. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these paintings will help to support programming at Hancock Shaker Village.
Taylor is known for his signature use of vibrant color and his energetic brushwork. He has exhibited his paintings at galleries in Lenox, Pittsfield, and Torrington (Conn.), as well as in non-traditional spaces, such as”]restaurants, bookstores and medical clinics. He is interested in the architects who designed the buildings that played a large part of his 1960s Pittsfield childhood. ”When I was growing up, North Street was the place to be,” he says. “There was an amazing amount of things happening downtown, from shopping to movies to the boys club dance.”
“Scott Taylor’s Pittsfield paintings demonstrate the importance of historic preservation,” said Hancock Shaker Village interim director Peter Hansen. “The Village is both a historic landmark itself and a center for the study of historic preservation through the new UMass graduate program.”
The “Painting the Town” works vary in size from 8 x 10 inches to 24 x 36 inches; prices range from $250 to $1,750. To preview the exhibition, see Hancock Shaker Village.
About Hancock Shaker Village
”]Situated on a picturesque expanse of farm, field, and woodland in Pittsfield, Mass., Hancock Shaker Village is an outdoor living history museum and center for the study of principled living in the 21st century. The fully restored Village includes 18 historic buildings, heirloom medicinal and vegetable gardens, 22,000 examples of Shaker furniture, crafts, tools, and clothes that depict daily life at the Shakers’ City of Peace through its 220 years, as well as heritage breed farm animals and spectacular hiking trails. There are daily tours, craft and cooking demonstrations, lectures and workshops, and a variety of activities for children and families, as well as a Museum Store and Shaker-inspired cuisine at the Village Harvest Café. The Discovery Room offers hands-on opportunities for kids of all ages to try their hand at chair seat weaving, working at a loom, trying on Shaker-style clothing, or milking a life-sized replica of a cow. An interactive audio tour (free with admission) is available in English, French, Italian, and German. For more information, call 800.817.1137 or go to Hancock Shaker Village.