ArtBerkshires Concludes Season with Three Art Events including Maggie Mailer Conversation

Maggie Mailer, Garden Party for the Rapture: Site 2, 2012; 20 x 16.5 in; Oil Painting on Canvas; Photo Credit: John Polak

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – ArtBerkshires concludes its summer 2012 programming this week with three events: a conversation with artist Maggie Mailer at Ferrin Gallery on Wednesday, August 15, 2012; a gallery tour of RETHINK!, the contemporary American Indian artists exhibition at Berkshire Museum by curator Maria Mingalone on Friday, August 17, 2012; and a Dish and Dine talk and dinner at Ferrin Gallery on Friday, August 17, featuring tableware by Molly Hatch, dinner by Red Lion Inn chef Brian Alberg, and discussion of the Covet project by participating artists and authors.

Wednesday, August 15
7 – 8 P.M. iCOVET, Ferrin Gallery

Join ArtBerkshires for conversation with painter Maggie Mailer and Maria Mingalone, director of interpretation at the Berkshire Museum, about how history informs contemporary art practice and Mailer’s use of museum painting collections in her recent artwork produced for COVET. Mailer’s solo exhibition, The Starry Outpost, features paintings based on observations of 18th century landscape and portraiture in collections of The Clark, Williamstown and the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Seth Rogovoy, editor and publisher of The Rogovoy Report and author of Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet and The Essential Klezmer, will moderate the discussion.  RSVP Ferrin Gallery 413.442.1622

Friday, August 17
5 – 6 P.M.  MEET ME AT … the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield

Join ArtBerkshires at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield for a behind-the-scenes visit with co-curator and director of interpretation, Maria Mingalone, to explore how the voice of contemporary artists has influenced the curatorial approach for the exhibition Rethink! American Indian Art. In organizing Rethink! six contemporary American Indian artists were brought to the museum to respond to the museum’s historic Indian Art collection Their responses are incorporated throughout the exhibit — in the graphic panels, on the label text, and as part of the selection of objects — bringing a living Indian ‘voice’ to the historic collection. Free to Museum members, or with Museum admission. RSVP Ferrin Gallery 413.442.1622


6:30 – 9 P.M  DISH+DINE at Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield

DISH: COVET artist Molly Hatch
DINE: Red Lion Inn – Chef Brian Alberg

$100 per person | Portion of proceeds from dinners benefit ArtBerkshires programming.

Join ArtBerkshires at Ferrin Gallery for dinner in the gallery catered by Red Lion Inn and served on tableware by Molly Hatch. Enjoy a discussion of the COVET project with artists Nicholas Kahn, Maggie Mailer, Bill Wright and the authors and curators involved with the project: Kathleen Morris, The Clark; Aprile Gallant, Smith College Museum of Art; Emily Zilber, Museum of Fine Arts Boston. RSVP Ferrin Gallery 413.442.1622


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