(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Works by five abstract artists, including Karin Schaefer, Hideyo Okamura, Dana Piazza, Lynda Schlosberg, and Barbara Takenaga, go on view at Bernay Fine Art in Lines and Colors, on view starting Thursday, September 3 through Monday, October 5, 2020.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell will perform a rare, intimate cabaret concert outside under a tent at the Colonial Theatre on Saturday, September 5 at 8pm. The concert is a benefit for Berkshire Theatre Group, with a portion of proceeds going to The Actors Fund and Black Theatre United.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Singer and songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway performs Diva Power, a tribute to great female vocalists and singer-songwriters including Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Edith Piaf, Etta James, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell, in an online cabaret for Barrington Stage Company on Monday, August 31, and Tuesday, September 1, at 7:30pm.
(WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Singer-songwriter Sean Rowe will bring his gritty folk-rock poetry to The Foundry on Saturday, September 5 at 7:30pm. A throwback to 1970s-era soulful rock poets like Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison, Rowe boasts an impossibly deep and rich baritone, a gift for melody, and a knack for the perfectly hewn image to get across his haunting, brooding folk-rock anthems.
Rowe’s spare, organic approach and poetic simplicity at times recalls Greg Brown, another folk-rock poet with a deep growl. Other influences include Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles, all of whom can be heard in Rowe’s vocals, rhythms, and percussive guitar playing.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Reed Foehl brings his rootsy brand of original folk-rock to Courtyard D outdoors at MASS MoCA on Saturday, September 5, at 7:30pm and 9:30pm.
Best known locally as the founder and singer-guitarist of the folk-rock group Acoustic Junction, Reed Foehl has an innate gift for hook-laden tunes. From traditional folk ballads to barroom sing-alongs, this tunesmith’s “emotional, deeply personal lyrics and indelibly infectious choruses…leave the listener with an overriding sense of optimism,” according to Glide Magazine. Foehl will be accompanied by Putnam Murdock on electric guitar.
(LENOX, Mass.) – Dancer and poet Ian Spencer Bell performs Banderole, a new solo, at The Mount, from Wednesday, August 26, through Monday, August 31, at 5pm. Audience members are invited to view the live performance at a safe, social distance from the lawn and in the forecourt, where chairs are provided. The event is free, and a conversation with the artist follows.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Works by Don Voisine, Robert Palumbo, and Lisa Ivory go on view at Pamela Salisbury Gallery on Friday, September 4, with an opening reception at 5-7pm. The artworks will remain on view through Sunday, October 4, 2020.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) — The Hudson Eye – Edition #2, an artist-driven, 10-day annual public program with a focus on dance, music, performance, film, visual art, and “Hot Topic” panel discussions covering topics of concern to the creative community of Hudson and beyond, runs from Friday, August 28, through Monday, September 7, online and at physical locations throughout the city of Hudson.
The 20-odd artists and performers taking part in this year’s festival, presented by the Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation and arranged by curator Aaron Levi Garvey, include photographer and filmmaker Bibbe Hansen, interdisciplinary artist Laetitia Hussain, visual artist Tschabalala Self, choreographer and performer Nathalie Jonas, visual artist and filmmaker Shikeith, musicians Vitaly Vatulya and Maria Nemtsova, and interdisciplinary artist Filiz Soyak, visual artist Myron Polenberg, among many others.
Working to challenge visual and cognitive processes by deconstructing mundane objects and meticulously reassembling them in pictorial space, Zelehoski uses a unique wooden inlay technique to create his work. “I am trying to reconcile the dichotomy between pictorial and physical space, art and object, sculpture, and painting,” he says. The artist’s intention is to challenge the viewer to see the physicality of the work in a different form.
Zelehoski, who grew up in the Berkshires, is an internationally renowned mixed media artist. He has exhibited around the globe and his works are represented in major collections throughout the United States and abroad, most notably at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which acquired his monumental, 35 ft. piece Open House in the spring of 2015.
Gallery hours are Monday, Thursday – Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 12-4. Private appointments are also available. All COVID-19 guidelines are being strictly followed.
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – New works by Peter Pincus inspired by three of Sol LeWitts wall drawings–#340, #422 and #289, as seen first-hand in Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective at MASS MoCA, is on view at Ferrin Contemporary on the MASS MoCA campus now through Sunday, October 11, as part of the gallery’s Art in the Age of Influence series.
Using color theory and formulaic design patterns as points of departure, Pincus creates brightly colored vessels and expansive tile murals. Inspired by Sol LeWitt’s distinctive style, this body of work takes on his influence in their vibrant patterns and forms. LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #422 specifically relates to Pincus’s exhibition centerpiece, a series of 15 large-scale columns that carry colors across the surface of each form which create a large-scale painting when aligned together.
Gallery director Leslie Ferrin notes “Pincus’s work in this exhibition began during his first visit to our gallery located on the MASS MoCA campus for the opening of a group show, Glazed and Diffused. After a full day exploring Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, we had an animated discussion of how the LeWitt works related to his creative practice. Like LeWitt, Pincus often begins a new series using a premise to explore various possibilities of form and color within a shared framework.”
“There is a big difference between being influenced by and being in conversation with,” says Pincus. “As an artist and educator, I am eager to acknowledge those who have elevated my thinking through their work and to consciously engage with influence as a productive and insightful element of studio practice. This exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate LeWitt’s approach to making as a foundation, from which I can challenge myself to see new things and grow.”
(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) – Author and journalist Seth Rogovoy will moderate a conversation with author and journalist Robert Kolker as part of the virtual Spencertown Academy Festival of Books on Wednesday, September 9, at 7:30pm.
The discussion will focus on Kolker’s narrative nonfiction book, Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, a heartrending story of a midcentury American family: six of Don and Mimi Galvin’s 12 children were diagnosed with schizophrenia. This medical mystery was so extraordinary that they were one of the first families studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. With clarity and compassion, Kolker weaves the science of schizophrenia, the era of institutionalization and lobotomy, and the search for genetic markers with one family’s legacy of suffering, love, and hope.
This year’s Spencertown Academy Festival of Books runs from Friday, September 4, through Monday, October 12, and features a wide range of Zoom events with distinguished authors and documentary filmmakers, children’s programs, and an online book sale.