Exhibits to Feature Members’ Work throughout the Year
The newly reorganized band of artists with studios on the second floor of the Greylock Building, at the corner of North and Union Streets in Pittsfield, has revamped and renamed its organization as NU Arts Gallery and Studios. NU Arts, currently consisting of 19 professional artists working in a wide range of mediums and disciplines, includes painters, jewelry designers, sculptors, fabric artists, photographers, videographers and sound recorders. Most artists have individual studios, all varying in size.
The NU Arts Gallery, located at the top of the Union Street entrance, next to Mary’s Carrot Cake and Gallery 25, will have new exhibits each month with openings in conjunction with Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk. Many of these shows are solo exhibits, some duo shows, and a few times a year the entire group will display works to celebrate special occasions: in January there will be a show called “Under Construction” which artists will show pieces still in the process of being developed; in February NU Arts will be participating in the 10×10 Festival, and in May the NU Arts Gallery will have a festive Spring Opening.
The NU Arts artists are Marguerite Bride, Dan Brody, Debbie Carter, Joanie Ciolfi, Diane Firtell, Kathy Gideon, Susan Himmel, Ellen Joffee-Halpern, Sophia D. Lee, Lisa Merullo, Dee Randolph, Dawn Metzer, Sam Ponder, Deborah Rufo Buratto, Harrison Searles, Sally Tiska-Rice, Eric Shuman, Claudia Shuster and Scott Taylor.
In October 2004, artist Annie Laurie spearheaded a project to get empty offices on the second floor of 311 North Street ready for local artists to rent. Soon the studios, then called Art On No –the name fashioned after the SoHo district in lower Manhattan– were at 100% capacity and completely transformed. Art On No became one of the largest concentrations of artists under one roof working in downtown Pittsfield. Laurie’s goal was to increase support for the arts in downtown Pittsfield, and to keep the scene lively and creative. Having recently left the group and moving on to other projects, Laurie leaves NU Arts with an impressive legacy.
With a similar but expanded mission, the NU Arts will continue to provide a safe and affordable environment for artists to achieve their artistic endeavors right in the center of Pittsfield’s newly designated Upstreet Cultural District. NU Arts, which is made up and run by multiple committees rather than one leader, is composed of artists with varied backgrounds and expertise and each is able to contribute to the running of the group in any number of ways. Artists are encouraged to participate in various committees based upon their own interests and skills.
For the latest news on NU Arts events, visit the new website nuartspittsfield.com or their Facebook page for details about the artists and their art, and planned events (NU arts gallery + studios (address: www.facebook.com/NUartsGalleryStudios). NU Arts twitter handle is @NU_arts and their email is firstname.lastname@example.org.