Thursday, July 3rd First Fridays Artswalk Preview

July First Fridays Artswalk
Thursday*, July 3rd, 5 to 8 pm

Enjoy over sixteen different art shows featuring work by over 30 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays* Artswalk and all month long!

*Artswalk will be on Thursday, July 3rd due to the July 4th holiday.

(In most venues, artists will be present from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, July 3rd

Join Artswalk Chair Mary McGinnis on a free guided tour beginning at 5pm on July 3
rd at Berkshire Community College's Intermodal Gallery @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave!

FREE, Live Music at Crawford Square
Featuring Deena Chappell
137 North Street, 5 to 8 pm

Born on Long Island to a pair of silly- in- love young musicians, Deena Chappell started performing with her mom in the local watering holes when she was fourteen. Classic Country was the order of the day and she mastered the styles of Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and the rest of the outlaws. When she was sixteen, she started performing with her dad. That’s when she learned the ins and outs of rock and roll and rhythm and blues…Since then, she’s performed with some of the best musicians in the Northeast playing bluegrass, rock and roll, swing, folk and blues. Deena has recorded two solo albums and has received great reviews for both. With her captivating voice and undeniable charm; a solo performance of Deena Chappell’s original music is absolutely worth coming out for.

For more information on Deena, visit
Artswalk Highlights:

F.X. TOBIN - A Retrospective 1942-2014
at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.

On June 6, 2014, we lost a surrealist master, a true original and a true friend. Art was a work of passion for F.X. Tobin and working on art was a lifelong labor.

Let's celebrate the man, the work, the talent - "Submerge the Conscious into the Subterranean Subconscious"

A Pittsfield native, F.X. Tobin resided in Tempe Arizona until his passing. He painted commercially for over 30 years. His abilities ranged from classical, surrealist, to large murals and sculpture design. His client list included high profile clients such as Billy Idol and Sam Kinison - he worked on projects for The Arizona Museum of Natural History and Las Vegas Attractions. Throughout his career, F.X. studied painting and drawing at the Boy's Club in his home town of Pittsfield, MA. He studied portraiture with William Schultz who led F.X. to the Vesper- George School of Art, Boston, MA where he was trained in the basic tools of the artist craft. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he obtained his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Drawing at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

F.X.'s vast portfolio of work can be viewed at

There will be an opening reception with the artist’s family on Thursday, July 3rd from 5 to 8 pm during Artswalk.
Ali Herrmann at DEIDRE’S Special Day
2 South Street, Pittsfield, MA

Ali Herrmann will be showing a series of paintings at DEIDRE’S, 2 South Street across from Park Square, Pittsfield, MA. The show entitled “Garden Fresh” will be on display from July 7th to July 28th; with a reception held during Artswalk from 5 to 8 pm.
Ali works in several painting mediums such as oil, acrylic and encaustic.  Her works are inspired by the repetition of forms found in nature.  The show titled “Garden Fresh” was inspired by the seemingly simple beauty in a variety of fruit and vegetables. All work will be for sale. For more of Ali Herrmann’s work visit her website: 
Stained Glass at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
 67 East Street, Pittsfield, MA

We are pleased to welcome St. Stephen's Episcopal Church to First Fridays Artswalk! St. Steven's shows off The Stained Glass Art of Mary Tillinghast and Louis Comfort Tiffany and other key features of the church. The west side windows will be particularly brilliant in the late afternoon light during the Artswalk!
There will be an opening reception and tours of the windows by members of St. Stephen’s. Booklets with information on the windows are available.

Click here for a look at their self-guided tour.
Cecilia Stevens at Studious Baker
123 North St, Pittsfield, MA.
We are pleased to welcome Studious Baker to First Fridays Artswalk! Studious Baker will feature the artworks of Cecilia Stevens for the month of July. Cecilia paints and draws on paper, canvas, and slate in different mediums, including graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, oil, acrylics and water color. Using her digital camera to capture landscapes, seascapes, sunsets, horses, birds, flowers and butterflies, she is able to create her own unique compositions. For more information on Cecilia, visit
Allison Pierce at Madeleine's Patisserie & Café
48 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

Madeleine's will feature BCC student Allison Pierce’s illustrations for the month of July. The show is composed of illustrations of flowers and other wildlife, made with a black gel pen on bristol board, with a focus on drawing the organic patterns that are present in nature.  Madeleine's will host a reception during Artswalk; and will offer samples of their homemade pastries!!

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

Michael Belanger, an employee at Berkshire Medical Center, will display his large acrylic paintings of nature for the month of July. Berkshire Medical Center will host a reception for the artist from 3pm to 5pm on Thursday, July 3rd in the Main Lobby of BMC.

Leo Mazzeo at the Berkshire Community College Intermodal Gallery
1 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.

Leo Mazzeo will exhibit "3 Oceans" at the BCC Intermodal Gallery for the month of July. An opening reception with the artist will be held from 5 to 8 pm during Artswalk. 

"3 Oceans” will feature selections from three separate bodies of work by regional arts advocate Leo Mazzeo.  "3 Oceans" will include figurative oils, larger than life still life work, and a selection of black and white iPhone photos as yet unseen from a series that documents a dark and melancholic personal time. More of Leo's artwork may be found at  

In addition to his work as an oil painter and fine art photographer, Mazzeo is an arts journalist and websites and graphics designer.  He is the driving presence behind the arts advocacy project called arts indie. More information on arts indie may be found at Leo Mazzeo is also a co-founder of First Fridays Artswalk.
John Townes at Bisque, Beads & Beyond
141 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
John Townes will display his Lightscapes at Bisque, Beads & Beyond for the month of July. John’s Berkshire landscape art focuses on the interplay of land, light and color. He creates hand-drawn digital landscape paintings in an evocative mix of realism and imaginative style using a combination of digital and traditional tools and techniques.
In addition, Norm Schaffer will be supplying music for the evening, and Bisque, Beads & Beyond will be hosting a live canvas painting class for patrons to observe.
The Colt Gallery at The Whitney Center for the Arts
42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.

The Colt Gallery @the Whit will feature a new show of paintings by Great Barrington artist Tina Sotis for the month of July: "Skies and Other Portents". Tina is a former cityscape artist turned landscape painter.  After overcoming personal struggles and breaking away from painting for several years, she returned to her work in 2009, slowly incorporating a new vision, with a new perspective. Her paintings now encompass dreamscapes that can include fields, deserts, migrating birds, imaginary far-away lands and the portentous drama of a cloud-blackened sky just before a storm. Imagery of a hovering moon at dusk also features prominently in this latest series of paintings.  "There is a wilderness and a risk-taking in my work that is coming more and more into play," she says.  "After a decade and a half of painting boxy, thick-walled structures, I've broken
out.  I can't even color in the lines anymore." To see more of Tina’s artwork, please visit

An opening reception will be held Thursday, July 3rd, 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.

Gallery W at The Whitney Center for the Arts
42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.

Gallery W @the Whit will feature the "Private Collection of Lillian Sturm": all hand-picked treasures from the collection of world-renowned business owner and fabric designer Lillian Sturm, inventor of American wired ribbon. Sturm's impeccable talent for design has been celebrated in pictures of her former North Shore Long Island residence which was featured in House Beautiful. She has been feted by industry peers and was selected to decorate the White House for Christmas. Her private collection has never before been seen by the public.
There will be a soft opening on Thursday, July 3rd, in conjunction with First Fridays Artswalk. An opening reception will take place on July 12th from 4 to 7 PM at Gallery W.

Naomi Schwartz at The Marketplace Café
53 North Street, Pittsfield, MA. 

A selection of landscape paintings by Naomi A Schwartz will be shown at the Marketplace Café for the month of July with an opening reception during Artswalk from 5-8 pm on Thursday, July 3rd.
The paintings will include both local and distant scenes. The constant changing light and shadows that we find in nature provide constant inspiration for new paintings. Several of Naomi’s new paintings are more impressionistic in style and allow the viewer to enter into the mood created in the scene. All of the paintings are in acrylic but a variety of techniques give them appearances of watercolor, pastel, oil and acrylic.
Marcia Anderson at Unusual Wedding Rings & More
Crawford Square, 137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
Marcia Anderson will display her recent original oil paintings including floral bouquets and landscapes for the month of July. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 3rd from 5 to 8 pm. For more information on Marcia, visit

Lisa Griffith at Bagels Too
166 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
For the month of July, The Art Gallery at Bagels Too will display botanical drawings, oil paintings, and summer clothing hand printed with collotypes of gowns by BCC studio art department head Lisa Griffith.

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.

David Stein at Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men
 157 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.

David Stein’s photographic series “Deconstructed Flowers” will be on display at Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men from July 3rd to July 28th. A reception with the artist will be held during “First Fridays Artswalk” on Thursday, July 3rd from 5 to 8 pm. 
Each print consists of multiple photographs of the same flower taken from different angles, stages, and views and then montaged together to allow the viewer to see different aspects of the flower at the same time. Thus in some you can see both the inside and outside of the flower in the same view. In others, different stages or parts of the flower are on display in one picture. They are then mounted in frames and then hand cut to allow the flowers to grow over the constraint of their mats in a more natural fashion. For more of the artist’s work visit his website at

Irina Borisova at The Kinderhook Group Real Estate
Crawford Square, 137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.

Selected works by artist Irina Borisova will be on display for the month of July at The Kinderhook Group Real Estate.
Artist Irina Borisova was born in Kharkov, Ukraine. For many years she worked as Art Director - at first at a Kharkov movie studio and later at the Kharkov State Puppet Theatre. Irina established herself in various genres of art - ceramics, puppets, book illustration, theatre stage set and costume design, theatre posters, etc.

Irina's animated shorts (like Bus) were shown at the national TV and won numerous awards. Her puppets, posters, and stage sets for five theatre productions became immediate success.
In 1993, during a visit to her friends in the USA, she met Eugene Mamut, an old colleague of hers, who had established himself as a movie's special effects creator. Irina and Eugene got married and later moved to Lee, MA where in 2002, they founded Animagic, Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art.

She illustrated a funny book called "Cats Who Quilt" and created characters for several commercials. As a member of the Suspended Animation team, she worked on Crab Delights, Hallmark, Burger King commercials and other projects.
Amazingly, Irina still finds time in her busy schedule for ceramics, puppets, graphics, jewelry, and other arts. Her works are in private collections and galleries in Ukraine, Israel, Europe, and North America. Some are also on display in Animagic.

An opening reception with the artist will be held from 5 to 8 pm during Artswalk.

Sally Tiska Rice in the Brothership Building Window
141 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
For the month of July, 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 July 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

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 July. 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”.

Marguerite Bride at the Crowne Plaza
 1 West Street, Pittsfield, MA

The Crowne Plaza will display seasonal scenes by Marguerite Bride in the public areas on the first and second floors.
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