Over Fifty Berkshire Artists Featured in Upstreet Pittsfield at Final First Fridays Artswalk of 2012 on December 7
Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk ends a very successful year of art shows, openings and events in downtown galleries, shops and restaurants with a festive holiday night out on Friday, December 7, from 5pm to 8pm. Over 50 local artists will be featured in throughout Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, including—for the first time—Pittsfield City Hall. Free maps and guides will be available throughout downtown as well as online at firstfridaysartswalk.com.
Pittsfield Mayor Daniel M. Bianchi has been a fan of First Fridays Artwalk from its beginning saying, “First Fridays Artwalk has been a tremendous addition to Pittsfield’s lively new Upstreet Cultural District this year. I’m very happy that Pittsfield’s City Hall will be joining in for the December 7 Artwalk, featuring a group show of some of Pittsfield’s many fine artists. Please stop by and see us when you’re making the rounds.”
There will be plenty of opportunities to buy unique, locally-made gifts from local artists during First Fridays Artswalk. Across the street from Pittsfield City Hall, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc., hosts an opening reception for a solo show by Great Barrington artist Terry Wise. Around the corner at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, enjoy the opening reception of Out of the Studio, a show of work by artists who have studios in the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, including Michael Rousseau, Peg Dotchin, Julio Granda, Mario Calouri, Lorraine Abruzzo, Sean McCusker and Jim Horsford. In addition, studio resident Nicole Rizzo, founder of Gypsy Layne Burlesque & Cabaret, presents a special performance at 6:30pm.
The Berkshire Museum currently features its magical holiday show Festival of Trees, open late through 8pm for reduced admission at 25% off during First Fridays Artswalk hours.
In Crawford Square at 137 North Street, explore artwork by Richard Thomas Weber and Walter and Anne Pasko at Pateez Boutique, the affordable quilts of Susan Shepardson at Brenda & Co. and more. Gallery 25 on Union Street features a solo show of Marguerite Bride’s winter watercolors, while artists upstairs at Art.On.No open their studios and feature a group show around the theme of the color red. In addition to Bride, participating artists include Joanie Ciolfi, Diane Firtell, Claudia Shuster, Scott Taylor, Dan Brody, Lisa Merullo, Debbie Carter, Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Dee Randolph, Sophie Lee, Sally Tiska-Rice, Susan Himmel and Dawn Metzer.
The Shire City Sanctuary on Melville Street (formerly the Notre Dame Church) fills with creative life and color on Friday evening. Upstairs, be the first to shop the holiday delights at Crispina ffrench’s annual Holiday Shindy artisan festival, featuring 40 of the finest artists and artisans from throughout the northeast. The Holiday Shindy is open for special hours from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, December 7. Regular hours continue Saturday & Sunday, December 8-9 from 10am to 6pm.
In addition, the BINGO! Gallery in the basement of the Shire City Sanctuary features a group show of work by members of the Housatonic Valley Arts League, including Pat Andrus, Joe Baker, Peggy Braun, Roselle Chartock, Ruth Drysdale, Diana Felber, Alice Gage, Marion Grant, Steve Hamlin, Barbara Heaphy, Pat Hogan, Elsa Karr, Sue MacVeety, Leo Mazzeo, Ellen Murtagh, Penny Pitts, Antonella Preve, Nina Ritson, and Robert Taylor.
Farther Upstreet, Ferrin Gallery features three Berkshire artists who will be present during Artswalk: painter Rebecca Weinman and studio potters Jeffrey Lipton and Michael McCarthy; while next door the Museum Facsimiles Outlet Store will display giclee prints by renowned Berkshire artist Mary Sipp-Green, platinum prints of NYC dancers by Lear Levin and works by Berkshire photographer Ken Green.
Other First Fridays Artswalk locations include Tom Fahey at circa, Lisa Merullo and Thomas Goodrich at TREEHOUSE, prints byMarguerite Bride at the Crowne Plaza, small works by Sherry Steiner at Wild Sage, and contemporary Berkshire portraits by photographer Dominick Avellino at The Marketplace Café.
First Fridays Artswalk is the largest monthly visual arts event in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. The lead sponsors of First Fridays Artwalk 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 information about First Fridays Artswalk, including information for artists who would like to participate, visit our website at firstfridaysartswalk.com or call 413-443-5601.
And mark your calendar for the first First Fridays Artswalk of 2013, on Friday January 4. See you upstreet!