June 6th First Fridays Artswalk Preview

Mayor Bianchi is pleased to release the June 6th First Fridays Artswalk Preview
June First Fridays Artswalk
Friday, June 6th, 5 to 8 pm

Enjoy over eighteen different art shows featuring work by over 40 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 June 6th

Join Artswalk Chair Mary McGinnis on a free guided tour beginning at 5pm on June 6
th at Berkshire Community College's Intermodal Gallery @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave!

Join us at Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. for our 2nd Anniversary Party featuring live music provided by The Podunk Throwbacks and light refreshments!

5 to 8 pm. 33 Dunham Mall (across from City Hall)

Free and open to the public.

Special thanks to those who made donations to the party!
Podunk Throwbacks
Mary's Carrot Cake
Studious Baker
The Artswalk Committee
Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.

 For more information on The Podunk Throwbacks, visit
Artswalk Highlights:

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

Gallery W @the Whit will feature a group exhibition in a variety of mediums as part of a larger city wide initiative called “Art + Industry.” Co-curated by Gallery W @the Whit chief curator Nayana Glazier and guest curator Leo Mazzeo, the show will feature regional and national artists brought together in an exhibit that will calendar wise span the transition from spring to summer and visually tie the worlds of fine art and industry in a harmonic blend that will surely engage and build delight in the viewer. Artists showing work include Sara Farrell Okamura, Hans Heuberger, David Ricci, Michael Holhut, Christopher Woodman, Jeff Gettis, Jaye Fox, and Nikki Smith.

The Colt Gallery @the Whit will feature Monterey, MA pastelist/oil painter/watercolorist Joe Baker for the month of June. "In Our World" will feature new works in both oils and pastels which are inspired by colors in our world - how they work together to set a mood, make a statement, and affect us the viewer.  “The subject matter is sometimes important, but always is secondary to the color interactions.” To see more of Joe Baker’s work, please visit

Opening receptions for both shows will be held Friday June 6th, from 5-8 pm. For more information on The Whitney Center for the Arts, visit
. The Whitney Center for the Arts hours: Wed to Fri 4-7 PM, Sat. 12-5PM & by appointments.

Angela Dimock at The Marketplace Café
53 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.

Angela Dimock will present a photography exhibit entitled "Hidden wonders of the Berkshires" for the month of June. "Hidden wonders of the Berkshires" features photos of insects and animals that you rarely see or take the time to notice their beauty. For more information on Angela, visit
An opening reception will be held from 5-8 pm during Artswalk.

Linda Novick at Unusual Wedding Rings & More
Crawford Square, 137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
Linda Novick will display her watercolor, oil and pastel paintings at Unusual Wedding Rings & More for the month of June. Linda loves traveling and painting on location. She will display a variety of paintings ranging from local landscapes to scenes from other states and countries. Linda Novick's book, "The Painting Path: Embodying Spiritual Discovery through Yoga Brush and Color", will be available for purchase. For more information about Linda Novick, please visit

Group Show at Bagels Too
166 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
For the month of June, The Art Gallery at Bagels Too will be celebrating this lovely spring-into-summer season with appropriate work by Middlefield painter Judy Artioli, painter Karen Carmean of West Stockbridge and Cambridge, watercolorist Patrice Farrell of Stockbridge, West Stockbridge painter Diana Felber, Berkshire photographer Susan Geller, Sandisfield artist Isabeth Hardy, and West Stockbridge and Cambridge photographer Doane Perry.
Susan Gordon, owner of Bagels Too, will present a classic wine and cheese reception with extras and, of course, bagels.
The Art Gallery at Bagels Too has been showing terrific local art since the decorated sheep filled Pittsfield's streets in 2004. They’ve presented over 65 solo and group painting, drawing, print, photograph, fiber and fabric art, collage, mixed media and sculpture exhibits of Berkshire artists, from representational to surreal to mystical to abstract.

Photography at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.

Scott Barrow's show at the Lichtenstein Gallery explores the unexpected beauty and drama of Pittsfield and the Berkshires’ industrial heritage.  His photographs celebrate the companies and the workers that make "Made in the Berkshires" a label to be proud of. The Lichtenstein gallery is free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 5pm, and until 8 pm on June 6th. For more information on Scott, visit

Artswalk Second Anniversary Party at Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.
33 Dunham Mall, Pittsfield, MA.

In addition to hosting the Second Anniversary Party for First Fridays Artswalk from 5 to 8 pm, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will feature two artists. Michelle Sylvester will display her pastels on paper- landscapes and everyday objects captured in colorful layers of pastel. Deirdre McKenna will display her Fabric Monoprints. Monoprinting and sewing create layers of color, texture and rhythm on fabric.

Live music provided by The Podunk Throwbacks and light refreshments from 5 to 8 pm!

Anne Pasko at Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men
 157 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.

Anne Pasko’s “Mixed Media Musings” will be on display at Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men from June 2nd to June 30th; with a reception held during Artswalk from 5 to 8 pm. Anne will be showing a diverse collection of her recent works, including collage, mixed media, and acrylic paintings. For more of the artist’s work visit her website at

Hildy Pincus Kronen at The Kinderhook Group Real Estate
Crawford Square, 137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.

“Hand Colored Photographs” presented by Hildy Pincus Kronen will be on display for the month of June. Her one of a kind silver gelatin prints have been meticulously colored (& printed) by the artist. “By having the control of choice of color, its intensity, and what will be colored, I feel that a unique photographic reality can be created.” Several of her photographs have been published in national magazines and photography publications. For more information on Hildy, visit
www.hildypincuskronen.com. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 pm during Artswalk.

Sally Tiska Rice in the Brothership Building Window
141 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
For the month of June, the Brothership Building will display watercolors depicting scenes in the Berkshires by Sally Tiska Rice. Sally uses spontaneity to compose artwork as well as many beautiful commission art pieces for customers throughout the country. Her commission pieces are usually created from one or more images that the customer has chosen to blend together to form a one of a kind piece of art. For more information about Sally, visit
NU Arts Studios and Gallery
311 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

NUarts Studios and Galleries will have open studios during the June Artswalk.
NUarts Studios is the largest gathering of artists working under the same roof in the Berkshires. Visit the studios at 311 North Street, and wander the art-filled halls; you will be able to visit with up to 18 different artists, each holding their own unique open studio event. Visit with painters of all mediums and styles, sculptors, jewelry makers, videographers, and photographers. The exhibiting artists of NUarts include: Harrison Searles, Eric Shuman, Claudia Shuster, Sam Ponder, Daniel Brody, Marguerite Bride, Susan Himmel, Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Marion Grant, Scott Taylor, Diane Firtell, Sophia Lee, Debbie Carter, Lisa Merullo, Sally Tiska-Rice, Kathy Gideon, Dawn Meltzer, Jesse Tobin, and Joanie Ciolfi. For more information, visit

Michael Vincent Bushy at Madeleine's Patisserie & Café
48 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

We are pleased to welcome Madeleine's Patisserie & Café to First Fridays Artswalk! Madeleine's will feature Selected Minarets by Michael Vincent Bushy- "Original architectural etchings on copper, zinc & brass." Madeleine's will host a reception during Artswalk; and will offer samples of their homemade pastries!!

Photography at Brenda & Co.
Crawford Square, 137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

Brenda & Co. will display photography from around the world by Nicolette Enhorning-Picton for the month of June. They will host an opening reception with complimentary refreshments from 5 to 8 pm during Artswalk.

Debra Deres at Baba Louie’s Pizza
34 Depot Street, Pittsfield, MA

Baba Louie's will display watercolors by Debra Deres for the month of June. Baba Louie's will host an opening reception starting at 4pm during Artswalk. Deb’s love of nature is demonstrated in her work through the grand vistas of her landscapes to the delicate features of her floral presentations in both her watercolors and oils.  Her sense of humor is exhibited through her animal portraits.  New and recent explorations into other water media and collage techniques have added a new dimension to the artist’s work and are what she calls her “experimental excursions in techniques and media to make me grow as an artist”.
Sean McCusker at DEIDRE’S Special Day
2 South Street, Pittsfield, MA

We are pleased to welcome DEIDRE’S Special Day to First Fridays Artswalk!
Sean McCusker will be showing his colorful surreal landscape pastels in an exhibit entitled “Pastel Stories” at DEIDRE’S, 2 South Street across from Park Square. “Pastel Stories” will be on display from June 6th to June 28th; with a reception held during Artswalk from 5 to 8 pm.
Sean McCusker has been creating surreal landscapes inspired by the hilly Berkshires for the past 10 years.  His work has been shown at galleries and storefronts across Berkshire County and he has been an active member of the arts community in Pittsfield offering his experience to the Artscape Committee, First Fridays Artswalk and other cultural organizations.  This show will be focusing on pastel drawings from his long running Journey series involving the journey of a lone figure searching for the adventures that lie beyond the next hill.
Sean's abstract compositions glow with an intense color and contrast that is built up from many layers of pastel. They center around an abstract figure, sometimes in a group but most often alone, set against a vast empty space. These figures brim over with warmth, along with a deep yearning for that which is just over the horizon in their richly colorful world. Examples of his work can be found at

Acrylic Paintings at Berkshire Medical Center
725 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.

Mike Mongue will display his acrylic paintings for the month of June. Berkshire Medical Center will host a reception for the artist from 3pm to 5pm on June 6th in the Main Lobby of BMC.

Student Works at the Berkshire Community College Intermodal Gallery
1 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.

BCC’s Intermodal Gallery will feature current students’ art work for the month of June. The Show will focus on the works created in the Drawing Two Course offered spring semester of 2014. Each student developed their individual series of drawing based on their own themes and mediums. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 pm during Artswalk.

Marguerite Bride at the Crowne Plaza
 1 West Street, Pittsfield, MA
The Crowne Plaza will display 13 new seasonal scenes by Marguerite Bride in the public areas on the first and second floors.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
 67 East Street, Pittsfield, MA

St. Steven's shows off their gorgeous stained glass and other key features of the church. Click here for a look at their self-guided tour.
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