March 7th First Friday Artwalk Preview


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Friday, March 7th, 5 to 8 pm



Enjoy over fifteen different art shows featuring work by over 35 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!

(In most venues, artists will be present from 5 to 8 pm on March 7th!)

Join Artswalk Chair Mary McGinnis on a free guided tour beginning at 5pm on March 7th at Berkshire Community College's Intermodal Gallery @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave!

The fun doesn't stop at 8! Join us for the Artswalk After Party from 8-10 pm at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue. Free and open to the public!
Artswalk Highlights:

Group "Food" Show
at The Marketplace Café
53 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.


Painters and photographers Nick DeCandia, Susan Geller, Grier Horner, Judith Lerner and Leo Mazzeo will show food-related works personally meaningful to each of them for the month of March. There will be a reception for the artists, free and open to the public on Friday, March 7th, 5 to 8 pm.
  
Inspired by their subject, the artists are sponsoring a collection of non-perishable food during First Fridays Artswalk, on the evening of the reception and throughout the month. The Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, has kindly agreed to host and gather the collection. The food collected will be donated to the food pantry at the South Congregational Church in Pittsfield.


"Pineapple Heaven"at Bagels Too
166 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.


"Pineapple Heaven" features a series of vivid, colorful oil paintings of pineapples by Karen Carmean as well as other artists. A reception will be held from 5-8 pm during Artswalk.

 
2 Galleries and 2 Exhibits at The Whitney Center for the Arts
42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.


Gallery W @the Whit presents “PhotoReel”, an exhibition of photography by 14 artists for the month of March. The Colt Gallery @the Whit will host Michael Boroniec’s “Berkshire Thrown” ceramics exhibition. Preview receptions will be held Friday, March 7th, from 5-8 pm, followed by the the Artswalk After Party from 8-10. Opening receptions with the artists will take place on Saturday, March 15th, 4-7 pm. For more information, visit http://www.galleryw.org/.

Karen Jacobs at the Berkshire Community College Intermodal Gallery
1 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.


Karen Jacobs presents “Passages West”, an exhibition of original oils on canvas for the month of March. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 pm during Artswalk. For more information on Karen, visit www.KarenSJacobs.com

Joshua McHugh at Unusual Wedding Rings & More
Crawford Square, 137 North Street
, Pittsfield, MA.

A solo show by Joshua McHugh will be on display for the month of March. Joshua is a contemporary artist who is an alumni of Jacobs Pillow and has studied visual arts at Berkshire Community College. The works for this show will be focused on classical styles such as pencil drawing, nature studies and some surrealism. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 pm during Artswalk.


Ceramics in the Brothership Building Window
141 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.


A collection of ceramics by Ben C. Evans entitled “Primary” will be on display for the month of March.

Ben’s recent work focuses on geometry and structure in architectural themes reduced to a handheld scale. The subtle geometric lines of each piece can be appreciated by sight as well as touch. Ben formulates his glazes to highlight the clean lines of his porcelain work. By using a palette of rich colors paired with neutrals users are able to mix and match pieces to compliment their unique style. Ben focuses on the comfort and functionality of each piece to insure people will never want to stop using it. For more information on Ben, visit http://bencevans.com/


Forty Shades of Green: Celebrating Ireland at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Avenue, 
Pittsfield, MA.


There will be a preview reception during the March First Fridays Artswalk for Forty Shades of Green: Celebrating Ireland. In partnership with the Irish Sister City Committee, the Lichtenstein hosts a triennial art show open to all. Artists from all walks of life are invited to submit work about Ireland or the color green, and, space-allowing, all work will be displayed. Come back Sunday, March 16th for an afternoon reception with live Irish music and a delegation from Pittsfield's sister city, Ballina. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/LichtensteinCenterfortheArts.

Dave Gafney Photography at The Kinderhook Group Real Estate
Crawford Square, 137 North Street
, Pittsfield, MA.

Dave Gafney will show his Landscape and Wildlife Photography at The Kinderhook Group for the month of March. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 pm during Artswalk.

Dave Gafney spent fifteen years working as an interpretive naturalist for the National Park Service. He had the privilege to live and work in some of our most beautiful national parks including Yellowstone, Zion, Isle Royale, Great Smoky Mountains and Death Valley. It was only “natural" that this experience would lead him to a passion for landscape and wildlife photography. Originally from the Berkshires, Dave currently resides in Lee.


More Participants:

Berkshire Medical Center / 725 North Street

Marcia Sowycz will display acrylic paintings of animals & nature in the BMC main lobby. A reception will be held from 3-5 pm on March 7th.

NU Arts Studios and Gallery / 311 North Street

NUarts Studios and Galleries will have open studios during the March Artswalk; also a group exhibit of the member artists will be hanging in the NUarts gallery area.

Crown Plaza / 1 West Street
Watercolors by Marguerite Bride on exhibit in the lobby and second floor until early spring, 2014.

Relish / 117 Fenn Street
New watercolors and acrylics on view by Chip Schnackenberg.


Pateez Boutique / 137 North Street
A group exhibition of mixed media will be on display in the hallway from 5 to 8 pm during First Fridays Artswalk. Music by Nico Wo.

Museum Facsimiles Outlet/ 31 South Street
Ken Green will display his black & white photos and abstracts.
 
Baba Louie’s Pizza/ 34 Depot Street
Dr. Leon Nesis will display a collection of his paintings.


City Hall / 70 Allen Street
A group Exhibition of Middle & High School Drawings & Prints.