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Over 50 Artists at the Dec. 7 First Fridays Artswalk!

Enjoy the work of over fifty artists in upstreet Pittsfield this Friday evening!
Don’t miss the biggest First Fridays Artswalk of the year, filled with art shows, openings and events on Friday, December 7, from 5pm to 8pm. Over 50 local artists will be on display throughout Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, including—for the first time—Pittsfield City Hall. Free maps are available throughout downtown as well as online here.
First Fridays Artswalk | Friday, December 7 | 5-8pm | Free

Pittsfield’s City Hall Joins Artswalk!
Pittsfield City Hall hosts an opening reception for the First Annual Mayor & First Lady’s Invitational Art Show, featuring work by eight talented Pittsfield artists: Morris Bennett, Marge Bride, Joan Ciolfi, Diane Firtell, Susan Geller, Grier Horner, Anne Roland, and Scott Taylor (that’s his piece pictured left.)
Pittsfield City Hall | 70 Allen Street
Below is a list of many other Artswalk shows and opening receptions from north to south in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District.

Animal Dreams: Stephanie Lawton
Visit the newest First Fridays Artswalk venue, Berkshire Animal D.R.E.A.M.S., a feline rescue shelter and host of a new photography exhibit. Photographer Stephanie Lawton is a Berkshire County native with an excellent eye for photographing songbirds during their spring migration through the Berkshires.
Animal D.R.E.A.M.S. | 441 North Street

Ferrin Gallery: Rebecca Weinman,
Jeffrey Lipton & Michael McCarthy
Stop byFerrin Gallery and meet three featured artists, all with local ties, as well as enjoy their work. Painter Rebecca Weinman and studio potters and firing partners, Jeffrey Lipton and Michael McCarthy will be on hand at the gallery. (At left, vase by Michael McCarthy, mugs by Jeffrey Lipton.)
Ferrin Gallery | 437 North Street

Circa: Tom Fahey
Upstreet’s popular new modern vintage shop Circa features work by local artist Tom Fahey (image left) as well as collectible furniture, clothing, artwork and more.
Circa | 436 North Street

Gallery 25: Marguerite Bride
Enjoy the opening reception for a solo show of  Marguerite Bride’s winter watercolors at Gallery 25. “It’s hard not to find a beautiful scene to paint living in the Berkshires and winter is particularly special,” Bride says. “Nothing is worse than a winter without snow. I say ‘bring it on!’”
Gallery 25 | 25 Union Street

311 North Street: RED Group Show
The artists at 311 North Street are opening their studios and hosting an opening reception for the RED show, featuring oils, acrylics, mixed media, watercolors and silver and gemstone jewelry. (Portrait of Leonard Bernstein by Claudia Schuster at left.)
311 North Street Gallery | Second Floor

Treehouse Gallery: Lisa Merullo & Tom Goodrich
Local artists Lisa Merullo and Thomas Goodrich show new contemporary work in the exhibit New Dimensions at Treehouse, a beautiful children’s boutique and family clubhouse! 
Treehouse | 305 North Street | 413-344-4435

Shire City Sanctuary: Housatonic Valley Art League HOLIDAY Show + Holiday Shindy
Artists from the Housatonic Valley Art League host an opening reception for a group show of winter and holiday-inspired works inside the Shire City Sanctuary (formerly the Notre Dame Church.Also on view upstairs are forty artisans participating in the Holiday Shindyartisan festival which continues Saturday and Sunday.
Shire City Sanctuary | 40 Melville Street

Bagels Too: Mitch Greenwald,
Margaret O’Keefe & more
Bagels Too features a changing wide array of regional artists every month. For December and January they are showing high-stepping horses drawing fanciful sleighs in photographs taken at the Old Sturbridge Sleigh Rally and other sleigh rallies in 2011 by West Stockbridge photographer Mitch Greenwald, along with new abstract acrylic gouache paintings by longtime Pittsfield artist Margaret O’Keefe, and works by Karen Carmean (at left), Cindy Duryea, John Gampert and more.
Bagels Too | 166 North Street

Steve Valenti Clothing For Men: Group Show
Five selected artists exhibit paintings and photography at Steve Valenti’s Clothing for Men. The show, entitled First Fridays, First Year, Five Artists, features work from five of the artists that have helped to make this an exciting year for arts in Pittsfield including paintings, drawings, and photography from Franco Pellegrino, Morris Bennett, Allan Seppa, Barbara Schmick, and Sean McCusker.
Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men | 157 North Street

BCC Gallery: Joseph Katz
Enjoy an opening reception for a solo show of sculptural work by Joseph Katz. His work has been displayed at the Storefront Artist Project, Berkshire Community College and Westfield State University galleries, as well as at the Good Purpose Gallery in Lee, Mass.
Berkshire Community College Gallery | North St. & Columbus Ave.

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.: Terry Wise
Stop by the new offices of Downtown Pittsfield Inc for the opening reception of a solo show of work by  Terry WiseShe is particularly drawn toward still life subject matter and enjoys bringing rich colors and textile surfaces into her paintings. Terry maintains a painting studio in Stockbridge and exhibits throughout the northeastern states and in Europe.
Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. | 33 Dunham Mall

Marketplace Cafe: Dominick Avellino
An opening reception for a solo show of black and white photographs by Dominick Avellino entitled Contemporary Berkshire Portraits. As a fashion designer for many years, Avellino was often part of the photo shoots of his designs. During that time, he saw that the relationship between the model and the photographer can be electrifying. His aim is to recreate that same spirit in his portrait sessions. This exhibit will up through December 31.
The Marketplace Café |  53 North Street

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts:
Out of the Studio
You’re invited to the opening reception for Out of the Studio, a group show of works by the artists who create in the studios of the Lichtenstein. They include Peg Dotchin (art pictured left), Lorraine Abruzzo, Julio Granda, Mario Caluori, Sean McCusker, Marion Grant, Jim Horsford, and Michael Rousseau. Plus studio tenant Nicole Rizzo will perform during the opening at 6:30pm!
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts | 28 Renne Ave.

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