Over 40 Accomplished Regional Artists Show at April First Fridays Artswalk Event

Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District will once again be host to over 40 regional artists as spring rolls in on Friday, April 4th for the kick-off of First Fridays Artswalk. An opportunity to meet the artists from 5pm to 8pm that evening , while viewing at 15 separate locations will make for an enjoyable experience for all ages. The art shows stay up the whole month of April and can be found in various venues such as coffee houses, bus stations, jewelry stores and galleries. A free guided walking tour begins at 5pm at the Intermodal Station at 1 Columbus Avenue. The Berkshire Community College Gallery at this location will feature artist Jonathan Magnotti with his exhibit “Still Life in Mixed Media” His work brings attention to everyday objects which may normally go unnoticed. The creation of these works came by way of direct observation and from his photography and was achieved using a combination of charcoal, gouache, watercolor, ink, coffee and oil paint.

Strolling South, at the Crawford Square at 137 North Street, is a unique jewelry store named Unusual Wedding Rings and more. A solo photography show by Julie Street will feature black and white scenes of the Berkshires. Directly across the Street at 166 North St. is “Bagels Too” whose aroma of fresh baked bagels mixed with 2 popular artists work remains a memory in one’s mind. Photos by West Stockbridge photographer Mitch Greenwald and winter trees painted in watercolor by Patrice Farrell grace the walls in this quaint bakery.

A large art show of 30 artists will be on display at City Hall, at 70 Allen Street. The Community Access to the Arts, better known as CATA, will exhibit a show in recognition of artists with disabilities living in the city of Pittsfield and the surrounding area.

CATA’s Pittsfield settings include BCARC, Berkshire Service Group, Pittsfield Public Schools and Blue Q. Community Access for the Arts nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts. The organization seeks to lessen the stigma of disability, noticing and honoring people for their abilities. It uses the arts as a vehicle to build relationships and facilitate interactions among artists, individuals with disabilities, and the community at large.

The Berkshire Artists Association will have a Fellowship show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Avenue. Featured in the show are twelve Berkshire college art students representing Berkshire Community College, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Williams College, the Moore College of Art and design, and the Savannah College of Art and design. This is a juried show.

Artist Jackie Kearns will be featured at the Berkshire Medical Center Gallery in the main lobby at a reception from 3pm to 5pm. She specializes with an oil and charcoal mix and features streetscapes, as well as painting on furniture and accessories.

Deborah Schneer’s photography exhibit will be at Downtown Pittsfield Inc. at 33 Dunham Mall. Entitled “Moon Blossoms” Landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, and flora will illuminated this gallery.

Steven Valenti Clothing for men at 157 North Street hosts Ivor Parry’s vibrant and surreal oil paintings. His work is filled with sublime colors and real world objects fused into imaginative vignettes of Ivor’s imagination.

Deirdre Flynn Sullivan at the Kinderhook Group Real Estate at 137 North Street in the Crawford Square will have drawings, paintings, collages and photographs were influenced by the world she grew up in from the 1960’s to 1980’s and beyond. The name of her show is “Americana Expressionism”.

At Bisque Beads and Beyond at 141 North St. features artist Cecelia Stevens will display a collection of works using her digital camera to capture landscapes, sunsets, birds and flowers. She is able to create her own unique compositions.

Ceramics by Ben C. Evans will be at the “Brothership Building” window, also at 141 North St.

Further up North Street, at 311 North, there will be 18 artists participating in a group show upstairs at NU ARTS Studios and Gallery. Photography, watercolors, jewelry, sculptures and more make for a  social evening of enjoyment.

The Whitney Center for the Arts at 42 Wendell Avenue has upscale art collections every month and will show from 5pm to 8pm, with an after Artswalk party from 8pm to 10pm that night.

Local Musicians in many of the downtown restaurants will also be featured at Patrick’s Pub 26 Bank Row, J Allen’s Clubhouse at 41 North St., Flavours of Malaysia at 75 North St. Spice Dragon at 297 North St. and Mission Bar and Tapas at 438 North St.

For more information call Downtown Pittsfield Incorporated at: 413-443-6501

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