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BCC Spring Workshops Kick Off in North and South County

BCC Spring Workshops Kick Off in North and South County 

North Adams & Great Barrington, Mass. – Berkshire Community College (BCC) is offering a wide variety of noncredit workshops this spring in both North Adams at McCann Technical High School and at BCC’s South County Center on Main Street in Great Barrington.

Northern Berkshire County

Software consultant Amy Chin will offer a solid slate of workshops in North County. All workshops run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays:

  • Make the Most of your iPhone – Jan. 30 & Feb 1.
  • Facebook Basics – Feb. 20 & 22.
  • iPad Tablet – May 1 & 3.

Southern Berkshire County

Chin will also offer a series of similar popular workshops in Great Barrington at BCC’s South County Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.:

  • Make the Most of Your iPhone – Feb. 6 & 8
  • Facebook Basics – Feb. 27 & Mar. 1
  • Facebook for Business – March 6 & 8
  • Linked In – May 8 & 10

Jane McWhorter, award winning photographer and graphic designer, is offering Beginning Digital Photography on Wednesday, Jan. 17 – Feb. 7 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Beginning Adobe Photoshop is slated for Tuesdays, Feb. 6 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Feb. 10-27 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.   Intermediate Adobe Photoshop is offered on Tuesdays, Mar. 6 – 20 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and Mar. 27 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Expert French instructor, Rita Kobran, is offering three levels of Conversational French this spring at BCC’s South County Center, each scheduled for 10-week sessions:

  • Conversational French 201 – Tuesdays, Jan. 30 to Apr. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Conversational French 308 – Mondays from Jan. 29 to Apr. 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Conversational French 408 – Wednesdays from Jan. 31 to Apr. 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

David Hodge, locally recognized musician and instructor, is offering a full range of guitar and ukulele classes at the Great Barrington Center. Tuesday classes include:

  • Continuing Guitar – Jan. 23 – May 15 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Beginners’ 5-String Banjo – Jan. 23 – March 3 from 6:00-7:00 p.m
  • Strumming for Fretted Instruments – March 20 – May 22 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Songwriting – Jan. 23 – May 15 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday classes offered by Hodge include:

  • Absolute Beginners’ Guitar – Jan. 25 – May 17 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Discovering the Ukulele – Jan. 25 – May 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Mastering the Ukulele – Jan 25 – May 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Spring Jam – Jan. 25 – May 17 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Hodge will also offer several of these workshops as well as Beginning Classical & Spanish Guitar, Beginning Ukulele and a monthly Jam in Pittsfield.

For more information about BCC’s full schedule of offerings and online registration, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/workshops or call 413-528-4521.

 

Lee Bank Announces Community Impact Dividend

Lee Bank recently announced the formalization of its Community Impact Dividend, which totaled $93,617 in 2017.  That amount is approximately 5% of the bank’s net income. The dividend represents a commitment by the bank to strengthen the community by contributing financially to local non-profit organizations. The bank will continue to set aside 5% of its net income each year as a community impact dividend.

Bank President and CEO Chuck Leach commented: “I’d like to stress that Lee Bank has always given back to the community, and always will.  This is simply a formalization of that practice.  Because we are not beholden to shareholders with varying agendas in far-flung geographies, we are free to return capital to our communities. In addition, our headquarters is in Berkshire County so decisions are made here and with a heavy focus on and understanding of what is good for our fellow stakeholders in this area code. Underpinning all of our decisions is our long-term commitment to Berkshire County, so it only makes sense that we pay a share of our earnings back to the community. This concept is in complete alignment with our mission and our strategic objectives. Our success is inextricably tied to the strength of Berkshire County and the Community Impact Dividend signifies Lee Bank’s 100% commitment to galvanizing and strengthening our ecosystem.”

While Lee Bank contributes to a wide spectrum of groups, events and organizations, it gives priority to organizations that provide social services to low and moderate-income residents, and those involved in economic development activities.  Secondary consideration is given to organizations that provide cultural and recreational opportunities to residents of Berkshire County and do not have the ability to raise significant funds outside of Berkshire County.

In addition, Lee Bank supports the Berkshire United Way’s annual campaign by matching employee contributions. In 2017, 100% of the bank’s employees donated to the United Way.

BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY ANNOUNCES 2018 SEASON FEATURING THREE WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTIONS

 

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires (Pittsfield, MA) under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, announced today its 2018 season, which will feature three world premieres, including a major new musical from Tony Awards winners William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, a new play from Off Broadway Alliance Award winner Lloyd Suh, and the first major production of a work from an exciting young playwright, Rachel Lynett.

“This is the year of women’s stories at BSC,” said Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. “Whether it’s three generations of women whose entire lives are defined by that fabulous invalid, the theatre (The Royal Family of Broadway)​; or a woman who walked out on her family 15 years earlier and makes an unexpected visit home (A Doll’s House, Part 2); or a baker who struggles to find her voice in a changing world (The Cake); or the first female Chinese immigrant to enter the United States (The Chinese Lady); or an African American woman who is called upon to be the face of her race by her well-meaning friends​ (Well-Intentioned White People) – these are stories we want to share with our audiences now.”

The 2018 season at BSC will begin with Typhoid Mary by Mark St. Germain (Freud’s Last Session), directed by Matthew Penn (“Law & Order”); the World Premiere of The Royal Family of Broadway, with a book by Tony Award winner Rachel Sheinkin (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), music and lyrics by Tony Award winner William Finn (The 25th Annual

Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos, Artistic Producer of BSC’s Musical Theatre Lab), based on the original play by George S. Kaufman & Edna Ferber and an original adaptation by Richard Greenberg, choreographed by Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse (On The Town, “So You Think You Can Dance”) and directed by Tony Award winner John Rando (On The Town, Urinetown); a production of The Cake, by Bekah Brunstetter (writer/producer of NBC’s “This Is Us”) and directed by Jennifer Chambers (Better); a production of A Doll’s House, Part 2, by Obie Award winner Lucas Hnath (The Christians, Red Speedo) directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Joe Calarco (BSC’s Ragtime, The Burnt Part Boys).

The 2018 season will continue with the World Premiere of The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh (Charles Francis Chan Jr’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery) and directed by Ralph Peña (Microcrisis), presented in a co-production with the Ma-Yi Theater Company; and will include a previously announced production of West Side Story, based on conception by Jerome Robbins, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Choreographed by Robert La Fosse, and directed by Julianne Boyd (BSC’s Company, BSC’s American Son), West Side Story will be presented in celebration of the 100th birthdays of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins. West Side Story was originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince by Arrangement with Roger L. Stevens.

The season will conclude with the World Premiere of Well-Intentioned White People, by Rachel Lynett (Breathe Me In); and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, directed by Julianne Boyd.

The 2018 Youth Theatre Production, presented at the Berkshire Museum (39 South Street) in Pittsfield, MA, will be Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, featuring words and music by Oscar and Tony Award winners Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) and a book by Timothy Allen McDonald (The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley). Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach is based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, and will be directed and choreographed by Julianne Katz (BSC’s Bye Bye Birdie).​

THE 2018 BSC SEASON INCLUDES:

TYPHOID MARY

By Mark St. Germain

Directed by Matthew Penn

Previews begin May 23, 2018

Opens May 27, 2018

Runs through June 16, 2018

On the St. Germain Stage

This is the story of Mary Mallon, known better as Typhoid Mary, in her personal battle between religion and science. This searing drama captures the polarity Mary created and her steadfast conviction in her beliefs vs. the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

The World Premiere of THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Music and Lyrics by William Finn

Based on the original play by George S. Kaufman & Edna Ferber

and an original adaptation by Richard Greenberg

Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse

Directed by John Rando

Previews being June 7, 2018

Opens June 13, 2018

Runs through July 7, 2018

On the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage

Set in the 1920’s and loosely based on the Barrymores, The Royal Family of Broadway is a masterful love letter to the Great White Way. Written by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, the creators of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Royal Family of Broadway is choreographed by Joshua Bergasse and directed by John Rando, the team behind BSC’s recent production of The Pirates of Penzance and the Tony nominated revival of On The Town.

THE CAKE

By Bekah Brunstetter

Directed by Jennifer Chambers

Previews begin June 21, 2018

Opens June 24, 2018

Runs through July 14, 2018

On the St. Germain Stage

Faith, family and frosting collide in this touching and timely new comic drama written by Bekah Brunstetter, writer/producer for NBC’s “This Is Us.” “A Christian conservative baker, a gay wedding and a smart, funny play.”  (Los Angeles Times)

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2

By Lucas Hnath

Directed by Joe Calarco

Previews begin July 12, 2018

Opens July 15, 2018

Runs through July 28, 2018

On the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage

A Doll’s House, Part 2 explores, in uproarious fashion, the emotional chaos that results when a wife (Nora) returns to the home she left 15 years earlier. The New York Times raves, “The best play of the year. This is a great comedy.”

The World Premiere of THE CHINESE LADY

By Lloyd Suh

Directed by Ralph Peña

Presented in a Co-Production with the Ma-Yi Theater Company

Previews begin July 19, 2018

Opens July 25, 2018

Runs through August 11, 2018

On the St. Germain Stage

In 1834, Afong Moy was brought from Beijing to America and put on display as the “Chinese Lady.” Over the next 45 years, she performed in a side show for the American public that both defined and challenged her own view of herself, while witnessing stunning changes surrounding what it means to be American.

WEST SIDE STORY

Book by Arthur Laurents

Music by Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Choreographed by Robert La Fosse

Directed by Julianne Boyd

Entire original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince by Arrangement with Roger L. Stevens

Previews begin August 3, 2018

Opens August 8, 2018

Runs through September 1, 2018

On the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage

The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern day New York City as two young lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, relevant and deeply moving musicals of our time.

The World Premiere of WELL-INTENTIONED WHITE PEOPLE

By Rachel Lynett

Previews begin August 16, 2018

Opens August 22, 2018

Runs through September 8, 2018

On the St. Germain Stage

After a racial attack she wants to forget, Cass is pushed into “making an example of it” by her well-intentioned (white) friends and classmates. Well-Intentioned White People explores race and friendship and how “good intentions” are not always the best intentions.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Julianne Boyd

Previews begin October 3, 2018

Opens October 7, 2018

Runs through October 21, 2018

On the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage

A drama of exquisite beauty, The Glass Menagerie is one of the greatest American plays of the 20th century.  Reality and illusion collide in this emotional family drama.

2018 Youth Theatre production

ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

Words and Music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald

Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Directed and Choreographed by Julianne Katz

Opens July 25, 2018

Runs through August 12, 2018

At the Berkshire Museum

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach is a brand-new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this is an adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery.

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Single tickets for the 2018 season will be on sale March 6, 2018.

 

 

 

 

Cain Hibbard & Myers

Cain Hibbard & Myers P.C. has promoted Jennifer Galvagni Carpenter to partner.   Cain Hibbard & Myers P.C. is Berkshire County’s oldest law firm, with offices in Pittsfield, Great Barrington, and Williamstown.  Jennifer, 37, a native of the Berkshires born and raised in Pittsfield, joined Cain Hibbard as a senior associate in its litigation department in 2015.

Jennifer graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Political Science.  She was awarded her law degree in 2005 from the University of Maine School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL) Fellowship.  Upon graduation, Jennifer returned to Pittsfield where she began her career as a litigator, working primarily in the areas of insurance and medical malpractice defense, domestic relations, and complex business litigation.

Since joining Cain Hibbard, Jennifer has concentrated her practice in healthcare litigation, guardianships and employment matters.  She is an experienced litigator, responsible for cases in both state and federal courts.

“Jennifer is a talented and well- respected lawyer, and we are thrilled that she will now be our partner,” stated Diane DeGiacomo, Chair of the firm’s litigation department.  “She brings expertise, experience and compassion to all of her work, and has become a leading expert in guardianship law, an area of special importance in our community.”

Jennifer serves on the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center Board of Directors.  She and her husband, Rick Carpenter, live in Lenox with their children, Lexi (10) and Miles (7).

Mahaiwe Announces Movies and London’s National Theatre HD Broadcasts

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center announces its slate of upcoming films, plus broadcasts of four London’s National Theatre in HD productions.

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 12 at 12 noon.

“We’re excited to develop more memorable experiences around our movie series,” says Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “We’re partnering with Only in My Dreams Events to create movie-themed giveaways and other special touches to enrich each night.”

The classic movie schedule includes:

The Hustler (1961) on Thursday, January 25 at 7:00pm starring Paul Newman as up-and-coming pool player “Fast” Eddie Felson, who challenges long-time champion Minnesota Fats (played by Jackie Gleason) in a high-stakes match.

Groundhog Day (1993) on Thursday, February 1 at 7:00pm is a cult classic comedy starring Bill Murray as a weatherman who finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Casablanca (1942) on Saturday, February 10 at 7:00pm is a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with one of the greatest romantic films of all time, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Selma (2014) on Thursday, February 15 at 7:00pm will be presented in honor of African American History Month. It chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film was nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award.

Alien (1979) on Thursday, March 1 at 7:00pm starring Sigourney Weaver in a close encounter of the third kind that becomes a Jaws-style nightmare when an alien invades a spacecraft in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic.

A Night at the Opera (1935) on Thursday, March 15 at 7:00pm is the Marx Brothers’ slapstick musical about high society. A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.

Sponsored by Don Buchwald & Associates, tickets to Mahaiwe classic movies are $8 (general admission) or $10 for special movie-and-a-drink tickets, which include a drink at Castle Street Cafe the night of each screening. The theater is also now offering a Mahaiwe Movie Club package for $55, which includes ten tickets. “The new club will allow people to buy ten tickets at a discounted price; they can plan on joining us for movies every month or bring a group of friends and make a party out of one screening,” says Jolly.

In addition, the Mahaiwe will host a special ski season screening of Volkswagen presents: Warren Miller’s Line of Descent (2017) on Saturday, February 17 at 7:30pm. In its 68th full-length feature film, Warren Miller Entertainment travels the globe by land, air, and sea, exploring the ties that bind ski culture. Tickets are $15/$10 for Mahaiwe Members.

The Mahaiwe schedule of London’s National Theatre in HD broadcasts includes:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Sunday, February 25 at 2:00pm starring Sienna Miller, Jack O’Connell, and Colm Meaney, directed by Benedict Andrews, in an acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

Hamlet on Sunday, March 11 at 2:00pm starring Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock) who takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. The production is directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

Julius Caesar on Saturday, March 24 at 2:00pm starring Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl) and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones) as Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z) as Caesar, and David Morrissey (The Missing) as Mark Antony. Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

Macbeth on Sunday, May 20 at 2:00pm starring Rory Kinnear (Young Marx) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil) as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris.

Tickets to London’s National Theatre in HD broadcasts are $17/$10 everyone 21 and under (box office only). Intermission teas are sponsored by Harney & Sons Fine Teas.

The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6:00pm and three hours before show times. For tickets and information, see www.mahaiwe.org or call 413.528.0100.

Steiner School Offers Free Puppet Plays for Children Starting January 20

Teachers from the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School will perform the first of three free puppet plays for children Saturday, January 20, 11:15am, at Mason Library, 231 Main Street in Great Barrington. More puppet plays in this spring series of free community events are planned for March and April. To learn more, visit gbrss.org or call 413-528-4015.

Especially magical and healing for children, puppet plays are part of the curriculum in the Early Childhood program at The Steiner School. The storyteller’s calm, rhythmic voice accompanies Steiner early childhood teachers, who enact the story “A Visit to Snow Mother” using their own handmade marionette and needle-felted puppets. The effect is breathtaking to watch and especially powerful for young children, helping to grow their capacities for imagination, creative play, movement and language.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to learning starts with a warm welcome in parent-child classes for babies and toddlers, and mixed-age pre-K and kindergartens. Early childhood classrooms are equipped with natural playthings and surrounded by gardens, fields and woods. Tuition for nursery and kindergarten programs is based on a sliding scale, and the school is now accepting applications for fall 2018. For more information, call Admissions Director Robyn Coe at 413-528-4015, ext. 106, or visit gbrss.org

HIP: Making Local Food More Affordable reaches out for Community Support

The Healthy Incentives Program provides a dollar-for-dollar match for SNAP dollars spent on fruits and vegetables purchased at participating farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs statewide. To date, the program has provided more than $2.9 million in fresh, healthy, local foods for low-income families, with that money going to support local farms in Massachusetts.

“HIP has been so successful that we need to urge our legislators to include funding in their next budget to support the program so that it can continue,” says Zheutlin.

She urges Massachusetts residents to call or email their state representative today to ask them to support Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). When reaching out, ask the representative to:

  • Sign on to a letter urging that the House Committee on Ways and Means include $6.2 million in their Fiscal Year 2019 budget request by contacting Carolyn Cismondi in Representative Donahue’s office at Cismondi@mahouse.gov.
  • Include HIP as a priority in their top three priorities when they meet with the Committee to discuss the upcoming budget.

Visit www.malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator to enter your address and find the legislator’s contact information.

Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape; its mission is to “Keep farmers farming!” Through events, workshops, promotions, advocacy, and education highlighting locally grown and produced food, Berkshire Grown helps to create a thriving local food economy. For more information, go to berkshiregrown.org or call 413.528.0041.

Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Gloria Stoll Karn: Pulp Romance 93-year-old artist of pulp fiction to be honored during exhibition opening on February 10

Norman Rockwell Museum presents Gloria Stoll Karn: Pulp Romance, an exhibition of works by Ms. Stoll Karn, one of just a few female illustrators working during the heyday of popular romance and dime store magazines of the 1940s. On view at the Museum from February 10 through June 10, 2018, the exhibition will look at the artistic contributions that Stoll Karn made to the pulp fiction industry, and her unexpected journey in a world previously assigned to male artists.

Born in 1923 to an artistic family in New York City, Gloria Stoll Karn graduated from the High School of Music and Art in 1940. After graduation, she took a position as an insurance agency clerk to help support the family following the death of her father. Discouraged that her efforts to find employment as an artist did not come to fruition, Stoll Karn attempted to burn and throw out her portfolio, leaving it by the trash chute in her apartment building. Instead of discarding it, the janitor shared it with Rafael DeSoto, a famous pulp artist who was also a resident there. Impressed by what he saw, DeSoto referred Stoll Karn to Popular Publications, one of the largest publishers of pulp magazines, who gave the young artist her start—a steady stream of assignments followed, allowing her to establish her professional career.

During the first half of the twentieth century, inexpensive fiction magazines were described as ‘the pulps’ for the wood pulp paper that they were printed on, in contrast to the glossies, which were published on high quality stock. Sensational subjects—from romance and western to crime and detective stories—were popular fare for the genre.

“During the 1940s, when Gloria Stoll Karn’s dynamic and sometimes provocative artworks were featured on the covers and pages of America’s most popular pulp magazines, female illustrators more frequently worked in educational publishing or created published work focused on domesticity and themes relating to childhood or motherhood,” notes exhibition curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett. “We are honored to share and celebrate her inspiring story, and the exceptional artworks that connect us to another era in society and the history of popular art.”

“As a freelance artist, I often traveled New York subways carrying wet canvases,” notes Ms. Stoll Karn. “Starting in my teens, ideas for romantic scenes came easily as the influence of Hollywood’s ‘boy meets girl’ movies was significant… Moving on to painting covers for mystery and detective magazines involved a radical conceptual switch. It was a surprise when I came up with gruesome ideas and concluded that within the human psyche, there is a shadow side of which we are often unaware. I am grateful that my work struck a balance which uncovered the dark side within along with the light side depicting the joys of romance.”

Gloria Stoll Karn: Pulp Romance will feature more than 50 original artworks and vintage publications. Including student work, pencil on paper sketches, and final paintings, the exhibition will explore Stoll Karn’s many images for romance, western, and detective stories, that appeared regularly in such titles as Black Mask, Dime Mystery, Detective Tales, All-Story Love, Romance, and Argosy. In addition, the artist’s commentary will be featured on video in the exhibition galleries, and a catalogue featuring essays by Norman Rockwell Museum curators Jesse Kowalski and Stephanie Haboush Plunkett will be available.

Now in her nineties, Ms. Stoll Karn is scheduled to appear at a special exhibition opening reception to be held at Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, February 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with opening commentary by Jeanne Torlidas Willow, an attorney and an avid admirer of Gloria Stoll Karn’s work who first connected the artist with the Norman Rockwell Museum. Stoll Karn will then join exhibition curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett for a conversation about her creative live and career, and continued involvement with visual art. A reception will precede and follow the commentary. Guests interested in attending are asked to RSVP by February 3, by contacting rsvp@nrm.org or 413.931.2265.

Exhibition-Related Programs

VALENTINES DAY PROGRAM

Happily-Ever-After Love Stories…More of Less

Wednesday, February 14

5:30 p.m.

Join storyteller Carol Birch, as she tells of the distant paths by which love travels, the wonder love may work beneath disharmony, and love’s transforming power.  Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. Free for children 18 and under.

Tea Talk: Curatorial Conversations

Friday, February 16, 1:30 p.m.

Enjoy this illustrated talk about Gloria Stoll Karn’s work with exhibition curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission.

High Drama: Pulp Magazines and the Artists Who Worked for Them

Saturday, March 10, 2 p.m.

Join illustration historian Terry Brown for a look at the popular mid-century fiction magazines described as “the pulps,” the high-drama artworks that appeared on their covers and pages, and the talented artists who satisfied public demand. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission.

About Gloria Stoll Karn

Gloria Stoll Karn graduated from New York’s High School of Music and Art in 1940. At age seventeen she began her career doing black and white interior illustrations for pulp magazines. This evolved into painting covers along with interior illustrations. Many of her covers were for Rangeland Romances magazine; she also did covers for All-Story Love, New Love, Love Book, Love Short Stories, Love Novels, Romance, and Thrilling Love magazines. Her work also included covers for Black Mask, Dime Mystery, Detective Tales, and New Detective. In addition, she did interior illustrations for Argosy magazine. She continued working in the hey-day of the pulps until 1949.

As a freelance artist Stoll Karn was able to finance further art education at New York’s Art Students League. Classes in anatomy printmaking, and watercolor enabled her to balance commercial work with fine art in lithography, etching, and watercolor.

Stoll Karn’s marriage to Fred Karn in 1948 introduced her to country life. They had three children and seven grandchildren. She continued with etching, teaching art classes, and painting in oils, which evolved into an abstract mode. A one-artist show at the Carnegie Museum of Art was a highlight. An etching received a purchase award in Brooklyn Museum’s National Print Annual. A consistent prizewinner, she won third place in the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society’s Aqueous Open International Exhibition in 1998. Her work is in the permanent collections of Yale University, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Westinghouse Corporation, Speed Art Museum Brooklyn Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Public Schools, and many private collections. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art.

Learn more about the artist’s work at: gloriastollkarn.com

BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY ANNOUNCES PLAYS AND CASTING FOR 2018 10X10 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY

ANNOUNCES PLAYS AND CASTING

FOR 2018 10X10 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

February 15 – March 4 

Performances at St. Germain Stage

 

7th Annual New Play Festival part of

Pittsfield’s 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival

 

(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, announces the 10-minute plays and casting for the 7th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival, part of the 2018 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

Performances of BSC’s New Play Festival are February 15 – March 4, 2018 at BSC’s St. Germain Stage, located at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street. Tickets ($35-$25) on sale now. The Press Opening will be Sunday, February 18 at 3pm.

“​We look forward all year to our 10X10 New Play Festival,” said Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. “It brings warmth and laughter to a very cold winter – and allows our Berkshire audience to come together and cheer on ten very talented playwrights.​”​

The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to downtown Pittsfield for the seventh year from February 15-25, 2018, and features music, theatre, dance, film, visual art, spoken word, comedy and more, including BSC’s 10X10 New Play Festival.

Directors for the 10X10 New Play Festival are BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Matthew Penn, returning for his second year.  An Emmy nominated director (Law & Order), Penn is the co-Artistic director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab in Great Barrington.

BSC’s 2018 10X10 New Play Festival:

BEATRIX POTTER MUST DIE by Patrick Gabridge, directed by Julianne Boyd. A desperate American farmer travels back in time for an unusual solution to his plague of rabbits.

FARGO 3D by Eric Wade Fritzius, directed by Matthew Penn. Security is at an all time high these days and the movie theater is no exception. For the would-be patrons of Fargo 3D, sneaking in food is a serious business requiring serious counter-measures.

THE FLY by Brad Systma, directed by Julianne Boyd. Everyone has had one of “those” days. Days where you just want to relax in the park and enjoy a sandwich, but with the buzz of one tiny fly, your dreams of a peaceful lunch are put into jeopardy.

JOY RIDE by Christine Foster, directed by Julianne Boyd. An estranged daughter brings her father’s ashes home for a dignified send off only to find her free-spirited mother has loftier plans.

KAMASUTRA by Tom Coash, directed by Matthew Penn. When Doris and Harold of Hackensack visit the Chandela Temples in India, they reexamine their love and marriage amidst famous erotic carvings.

OLD AQUATICS by Steven Korbar, directed by Matthew Penn. A volunteer driver must summon all his patience as he tries to shepherd home a very unruly reveler on New Year’s Eve.

PERSPECTIVE by James McLindon, directed by Julianne Boyd. When their painting moved to a new room at the Louvre, Mary and the Archangel Gabriel find their relationship threatened by a certain woman with an inscrutable smile.

RUN-ON SENTENCE by Cathy Tempelsman, directed by Julianne Boyd. A woman visits her aging father in prison and finds that, despite his penchant for telling jokes, coming home is no laughing matter.

SECRET TO A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP by Jamie Roach, directed by Matthew Penn. Couples therapy can lead to some revealing truths…and as one couple learns, to a difficult date night.

SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN by Eugenie Carabatsos, directed by Matthew Penn. Young teens Fredi and Martin have been thrown into a closet for a game of “seven minutes in heaven.” Intimacy, nerves, and hormones lead to some bizarre truth telling.

The cast of the 2018 10X10 New Play Festival features returnees Lucky Gretzinger, Matt Neely, Dina Thomas, Peggy Pharr Wilson, and Robert Zukerman. An additional cast member to be announced at later date.

The creative team includes set design/technical direction by Wil Deleguardia, lighting design by Eric Andrew Mitchell, costume coordination by Molly Walz, and sound design by Alexander Sovronsky.  Leslie Sears is the production stage manager. Rebecca Weiss is the 10X10 New Play Festival Producer.

Tickets to the 10X10 New Play Festival are on sale now. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $30 Thursday evening and Saturday/Sunday matinees, $35 Friday and Saturday evenings.  Low-priced preview tickets are $25 on February 16 and 17 at 7:30pm. Reserved seating. For more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.

About 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival

The festival is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield, and coordinated through a steering committee that includes the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), Berkshire Museum, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and the City of Pittsfield.

Berkshire Gas is the lead sponsor of the 2017 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

For more information, visit discoverpittsfield.com/10X10, find 10X10 Upstreet on Facebook, or contact the City of Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development at 413-499-9348.

 

Berkshire Grown Produces Winter Farmers Markets

Berkshire Grown announces a record-breaking weekend of pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Farmers Markets. Generating more than $78,000 in sales for the vendors and hosting more than 3,000 visitors, the first markets of the season were an outstanding success.

With four more markets this season – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, December 16, January 13, and February 17 at Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington and on Sunday, December 17 at Williams College Towne Field House – these festive events feature the freshest locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, preserved foods, and grilled sausages. Admission is free and SNAP/EBT and HIP accepted at all markets. Thanks to our supporters at the Berkshire Co-op Market, SNAP dollars will doubled at all Great Barrington markets!

“What’s wonderful is that every dollar we spend at a farmers market grows the local food economy, puts money directly into a farmer’s pocket, and keeps the Berkshires the pastoral place we love.” said Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown.

The markets will feature fun activities for kids, food for lunch, and music. New this year is the availability of the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). Berkshire Grown is one of the 40 nonprofits in the Commonwealth participating in HIP – an important initiative increasing access to healthy locally grown food. HIP matches SNAP purchases of fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and CSAs – providing SNAP customers with extra dollars to spend every month. This means additional customers and sales for local farmers and more fresh, healthy, local food for families receiving SNAP benefits.

Berkshire Grown’s Holiday Farmers Markets showcase the Berkshire bounty of apples, potatoes, carrots, beets, winter squash, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and a variety of greens including kale, brussels sprouts, and micro greens. Plus there will be the freshest eggs, chicken, lamb, grass fed pork and beef, over a dozen different kinds of locally produced cheeses, jams, pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, honey, and delicious baked goods.

Major sponsors of the Winter Farmers Markets include Iredale Mineral Cosmetics and Williams College. For more information on the college’s ongoing commitment to sustainable food, visit sustainability.williams.edu.

In addition, Berkshire Grown is grateful for generous support from the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, Ed Herrington Inc., Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and the Berkshire Co-op Market, Berkshire Property Agents, CMC Berkshires, Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, Lee Bank, Rolling Rock Salt, Storey Publishing, Sweet Brook Farm, and the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College.

Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape; its mission is to “Keep farmers farming!” Through events, workshops, promotions, advocacy, and education highlighting locally grown and produced food, Berkshire Grown helps to create a thriving local food economy. For more information, go to berkshiregrown.org or call 413.528.0041.

Calendar Listings

Saturday, December 16, 2017: Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers Market featuring locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more, plus live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington. Admission is free. berkshiregrown.org

Sunday, December 17, 2017: Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers Market featuring locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more, plus live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Williams College Towne Field House, 82 Latham Street, Williamstown. Admission is free. berkshiregrown.org

Saturday, January 13, 2018: Berkshire Grown MLK, Jr. Day Weekend Winter Farmers Market featuring locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more, plus live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington. Admission is free. berkshiregrown.org

Saturday, February 17, 2018: Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers Market featuring locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more, plus live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington. Admission is free. berkshiregrown.org