The Red Lion Inn announces its second annual summer artist residency.
In the summer of 2017, The Red Lion Inn created an artist-in-residence program to celebrate the artistic and creative energy of the Berkshires, and invited artists to interpret and express The Inn’s spirit through their work. This year, the Red Lion is excited to partner with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires to further develop the Residency program.
The 2018 artist in residence is Bill Wright of Pittsfield, an accomplished photographer and active local citizen.
Main Street Hospitality CEO Sarah Eustis, says, “The program enables us to invite new perspectives and ways of connecting with our beloved Inn and historic landmark. I am excited to welcome Bill as The Red Lion Inn’s second annual summer artist in residency, Bill is a talented artist whose work is able to encompass and express The Red Lion Inn’s character in a modern way.”
For the entirety of the residency, from Memorial Day (May 28) to Labor Day (September 3), Wright will be creating work, using the Red Lion Inn spaces as his studio and inspiration.
“Increasing access to the visual arts is what IS183 Art School is all about—we are thrilled to be partnering with the Red Lion Inn to create an experience for residents and visitors to engage with an artist’s studio experience”, says Lucie Castaldo, IS183 Art School’s Executive Director.
Events surrounding the residency will consist of artist talks, a closing reception over Labor Day weekend, and an exhibition following his residency.
“I love the idea of playing with light and long exposure to show the ghostly past and present, while having the opportunity to gain access to the beautiful history and explore what the walls will say,” said Bill Wright.
Bill Wright was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and graduated from the Colorado Art Institute in 2000. He is currently a resident of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. After working in the commercial photography industry for a decade, he embarked on a monumental artistic project on American Veterans that became VETS. Other projects include Papermakers, a portrait series of the employees of Crane Paper Company, and ongoing projects such as The Answer is Never the Answer, and Chefs & Farmers. He shares his time between personal art projects and other commissioned work. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the U.S. Bill Wright, is also a member of IS183 Art School’s esteemed faculty. He is actively involved in the improving the quality of life in the Berkshires through cultural, political, and social engagement BillWrightPhoto.com
The Red Lion Inn (c. 1773), a charter member of Historic Hotels of America, has been providing food and lodging to guests for more than two centuries. The Inn offers 125 antique-filled rooms and suites, four restaurants with formal and casual dining with locally sourced food, a gift shop featuring locally made items, a pub with nightly entertainment and a full range of amenities including WiFi, a year-round heated outdoor pool, and in-room massage therapy and weekly yoga classes. Situated in the heart of Stockbridge, MA, the Inn is centrally located near major cultural events and venues and is a patron of the Berkshires’ visual and performing arts. www.redlioninn.com
IS183 Art School of the Berkshires is a non-profit community art school encouraging people of all ages, means and skill levels to enrich their lives through hands-on experience in the visual arts. The art school’s reach extends throughout Berkshire County and neighboring states to attract more than 2,500 people per year to classes, workshops, in-school programs, events and camps.
To learn more, call IS183 Art School 413-298-5252 x100 or check out IS183.org for a complete list of programs. Enjoy classes taught by professional artists in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fiber, collage, jewelry, writing, and more for upcoming classes, workshops, events, intensives, even camps that fit all sorts of schedules, from weekends to daytime slots.