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First Fridays Artswalk in Upstreet Pittsfield

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April 4th First Fridays Artswalk
Friday, April 4th, 5 to 8 pm

Enjoy over fifteen 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 April 4th!)

Join Artswalk Chair Mary McGinnis on a free guided tour beginning at 5pm on April 4th 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:

2 Galleries and 2 Exhibits at The Whitney Center for the Arts
42 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.
Gallery W @the Whit presents “Theoretics”, an exhibition of artists working within diverse realms of conceptualism for the month of April. The Colt Gallery @the Whit will welcome back spring with a wonderfully whimsical array of work by composite artist, sculptor, and painter, Kim Engel, entitled “Spring Fervor”. For more information on Kim Engel, please visit mousedroppings.com/KIM/. Opening receptions will be held Friday, April 4th, from 5-8 pm, followed by the the Artswalk After Party from 8-10. For more information, visithttp://www.galleryw.org/. The Whitney Center for the Arts hours: Wed to Fri 4-7 PM, Sat. 12-5PM & by appointments.

Jonathan Magnotti at the Berkshire Community College Intermodal Gallery
1 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.
Jonathan Magnotti presents “Still Life in Mixed Media” for the month of April. This exhibit of still life work brings attention to everyday objects, which may normally go unnoticed. The creation of these works came by way of direct observation and from Jonathan’s photography and was achieved using a combination of charcoal, gouache, watercolor, ink, coffee and oil paint. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 pm during Artswalk. For more information on Jonathan, visit www.jackmagnotti.com.

Julie Street Photography at Unusual Wedding Rings & More
Crawford Square, 137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
A solo show of photography by Julie Street will be on display for the month of April. An opening reception featuring Julie’s black and white photographs of the Berkshires will be held from 5-8 pm during Artswalk.

Group Show at Bagels Too
166 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
The Art Gallery at Bagels Too will feature two local artists for the month of April. West Stockbridge photographer Mitch Greenwald will show large photos of sleighing events from this January. Patrice Farrell will show watercolors of winter trees. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 pm during Artswalk.

City Hall
70 Allen Street, Pittsfield, MA.
Up to 30 artists from the Community Access to the Arts (CATA) will be on display for the month of April. This exhibit will recognize artists with disabilities living in the city Pittsfield and surrounding area. CATA’s Pittsfield settings include BCARC, Berkshire Service Group, Pittsfield Public Schools and Blue Q.

Community Access to the Arts nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts. CATA seeks to lessen the stigma of disability, noticing and honoring people for their abilities. CATA use the arts a vehicle to build relationships and facilitate interactions among artists, individuals with disabilities, and the community at large. For more information visit www.communityaccesstothearts.org

BAA Fellowship Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.
On April 4th, 2014, for Pittsfield’s First Friday Artswalk, the Berkshire Art Association will open the doors to the BAA Fellowship Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

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. Berkshire residents include Janet Richardson and Stephanie Van Bramer of Pittsfield, Davinica Nemtzow of Lanesboro, and Nicole Clark and Ben Warren of Lee. The show was juried by a panel of artists and art professors representing several disciplines.

The BAA will honor the students and present $5,000 in prizes at the Awards Reception on April 12th, Saturday, from 4-6 pm. Two Berkshire students will receive awards given in honor of Marilyn McAlister, longtime BAA Treasurer. The public is invited.

A gallery of Fellowship winners will be posted on the “Berkshire Art” Facebook page and BAA’s website – www.berkshireartassociation.org. The show will run through April 26th, 2014. The BAA Fellowship is funded by an endowment, donations, and proceeds from special events, including the recent 10×10 RAP at the Berkshire Museum and the John Stritch Off the Wall Poster Show at the Lichtentstein Center.

Jackie Kearns Berkshire Medical Center
725 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
Berkshire Medical Center will host a reception for artist Jackie Kearns from 3pm to 5pm on April 4th in the Main Lobby of BMC. Jackie Kearns is a 26 year old Berkshire County artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work captures the local landscape and architecture with thin layers of oil paint and expressive brush strokes. Kearns has shown her artwork throughout the county in galleries, hospitals and restaurants.

Photography at Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.
33 Dunham Mall, Pittsfield, MA.
Deborah Schneer’s photography exhibit, entitled “Moon Blossoms”, will be on view at Downtown Pittsfield Inc. for the month of April. “Moon Blossoms” will feature photographs of landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, and flora. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 pm during Artswalk. For more information on Deborah, visit www.deborahschneerphotos.com

“Ivor Parry: Real and Imagined” at Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men
157 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
“Ivor Parry: Real and Imagined” will be on view from March 31st to April 26th; with a reception held during the Artswalk from 5-8PM.
Ivor Parry’s vibrant and surreal oil paintings kick off this season of the First Fridays Artswalk at Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men store. The exhibit features work, new and old, from throughout Parry’s creative career. Focusing on his surreal paintings, the exhibit is filled with sublime colors and real world objects fused into imaginative vignettes of Ivor Parry’s imagination. Whether thought provoking, meditative, or just plain enjoyable, these paintings are always expressive and will be on display, and for purchase, during the month of April. For more examples of Ivor Parry’s work visit his website: www.ivorparryart.com

Deidre Flynn Sullivan at The Kinderhook Group Real Estate
Crawford Square, 137 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
Deidre Flynn Sullivan’s drawings, paintings, collages, and photographs are influenced and inspired by the world she grew up in from the 1960′s to the 1980′s, and beyond into the present 21st century. She uses iconic views of men and women as glamorous avatars, and as classical embodiments of myth, story, and art from the Renaissance to the contemporary. These works on paper reflect her dreams and feelings. She calls it “Americana Expressionism”, and if no such distinction exists officially it is the best way for her to describe what she does. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 pm during Artswalk.

Cecilia Stevens at Bisque, Beads & Beyond
141 North Street, Pittsfield, MA.
Cecilia Stevens will display a collection of works at Bisque, Beads & Beyond for the month of April. 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 www.galleriacecilia.com.

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 April. For more information on Ben, visit http://bencevans.com/

NU Arts Studios and Gallery
311 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
NUarts Studios and Galleries will have open studios during the April 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 http://nuartspittsfield.com/

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 from 5:30 to 8pm.

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.