Enjoy a festive evening out on Friday, December 6th at the Holiday Artswalk in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District! Plus most art shows are open all month long for your viewing pleasure (call locations for specific hours.)
And everyone’s invited to enjoy a free guided tour of Artswalk highlights with Mary McGinnis, kicking off at 530pm from Gallery 25, as well as a festive afterparty at the Whitney Center for the Arts from 8pm to 10pm. Happy holidays!
Here’s your guide to art shows and openings from north to south upstreet!
Berkshire Medical Center | 725 North Street | 413-447-2776
Nature photographs with a winter theme are on display by Rick Popham in the BMC main lobby.
Wild Sage | 333 North Street | 413-447-7000
Holiday Spectacular. Eight local artists display works in a variety of media priced between $35 and $75 in Le Petit Musee Ernie Chase, Marney Schorr, Richard Packer, Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Hill Humphreys, Gail Heath, Linda Leskovitz & Lorraine Lauzon.
Gallery 25 | 25 Union Street | 413-464-2127
New regional winter watercolors by Marguerite Bride are on view in Winter. An artist reception will be held during Artswalk. Fine art reproductions will be for sale. Plus enjoy a free guided tour of Artswalk highlights with Mary McGinnis, kicking off at 530pm from Gallery 25.
NU Arts Studios and Gallery | 311 North Street
The Holiday Small Works Show features artworks sized 200 square inches or less and for sale for $200 or less by over a dozen resident artists.
305 North Street | 413-344-4435
IS183 presents Tablescapes A New Look at Everyday Objects, featuring functional objects in clay, metal, wood and mixed media by Daniel Bellow, Undine Brod, Lorimer Burns, Jordan Colon, Ben C. Evans, Jess Fitzgerald, Liz Daly Fougere, Joshua & Kristen Kanter, JK Custom Furniture, Brian McElhiney, Nancy Magnusson, Paula Shalan, Evan Stoller, & Keith Wilson. Meet the artists during Artswalk. On view through January 20th.
Spice Dragon | 297 North Street | 413-443-1234
Photography by David Ricci.
Berkshire Community College Intermodal Gallery | 1 Columbus Avenue | 413-236-2116
Judy Artioli presents colorful and unconventional paintings in From Past to Present.
Bagels Too | 166 North Street | 413-499-0119
Group show of paintings, drawings, photographs and crafts by Rodelinde Albrecht, Karen Carmean, Cindy Duryea, Mitch Greenwald, Susan Merrill, Margaret O’Keefe, Anne Pasko, Doane Perry, Susan Smith, Thom Smith and Diana Felber.
Brothership Building Window | 141 North Street
People Eating Dinner, a performance collaboration between Jennifer Jordan and Ellie Kreischer highlights the art of sharing of a meal together.
Bisque, Beads & Beyond | 141 North Street | 413-442-9300
Collage and oil on wood by Teri Davis in Berkshire Scenery.
The Shops at Crawford Square | 137 North Street:
Kinderhook Real Estate | 413-499-7490
Group show by the Women’s Weaving World Collective features over 6 multimedia artists from Manos Unidas.
Brenda & Company Caterers | 413-997-4500
Layered pastel drawings of rusted, abandoned trucks are on display by Michelle Sylvester.
Unusual Wedding Rings and More | 413-236-9300
Deborah Schneer’s photographs of everyday moments will be on display in A Touch of Magic. Opening reception held during Artswalk.
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Avenue | 413-499-9348
They Dance for Rain features photos of a Kenyan tap-dancing project that works with organizations focusing on the arts and social change. Presented by Stefanie Weber and Monika Pizzichemi.
Onota Building Storefront | 74 North Street
A holiday storefront installation by the Allegrone family!
The Marketplace Cafe | 53 North Street | 413-358-4777
Berkshire artist Nancy Meissner displays oil paintings of favorite subjects such as old barns and antique automobiles. An artist’s reception, free and open to the public, will be held Friday, December 6th, 5 to 8 pm.
Crowne Plaza | 1 West Street | 413-499-2000
New watercolors by Marguerite Bride on exhibit in the lobby and second floor until early spring, 2014.
Museum Facsimiles | Bank Row & South Street | 413-499-0020
Original photography by Ken Green and vintage prints.
Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171
Open late with half-price admission and refreshments until 8pm, featuring the Festival of Trees
Whitney Center for the Arts | 42 Wendell Avenue | 917-674-4963
Whimsy showcases 17 illustrators, sculptors, painters and cartoonists from around the world working in a whimsical vein. Limited edition giclee prints by selected artists will also be for sale. Reception held during Artswalk, 5-8 pm, followed by the Artswalk after party, open to all, from 8pm to 10pm.
Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men | 157 North Street | 413-443-2569
Let It Snow showcases paintings and photography with a winter theme by artists Denise B. Chandler, Gerard Natale and Marion Grant. All works are for sale.
LIVE MUSIC & MORE DURING & AFTERWARDS ON DECEMBER 6th!
530pm-630pm City of Pittsfield Christmas Tree Lighting at Park Square with live music by the Berkshire Hills Chorus & the Taconic High School Chorus and a visit from Santa. Free.
7-10pm Blue Light Trio at Spice Dragon, 297 North Street. No cover.
8pm Jazz at Baba Louie’s Backroom with the Jay Messer Quintet, 34 Depot Street. Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door.
8pm Artswalk After Party at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Avenue.
ABOUT FIRST FRIDAYS ARTSWALK
Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk is held on the first Friday of the month all year round, featuring art openings and receptions for local and regional artists in galleries, shops and restaurants throughout downtown Pittsfield’s vibrant Upstreet Cultural District. Held from 5pm to 8pm and free and open to all, the First Fridays Artswalk is a favorite of visitors and residents alike. And most of the featured art shows can be enjoyed throughout the month.
The next First Fridays Artswalk will be held Friday, February 7th, 2014.
First Fridays Artswalk is the largest year round monthly visual arts event in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. The lead sponsors are Berkshire Money Management, Gallery 25, the Berkshire Art Association, The Berkshire Eagle and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Other sponsors include Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Medical Center, Downtown Pittsfield Inc, WJ Blueprint, and the City of Pittsfield. For more details about First Fridays Artswalk call 413-443-6501 or email email@example.com.
Photo by Monika Pizzichemi from They Dance for Rain at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.