Press Releases from Our Members


In celebration of the special exhibition, The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy, the Clark Art Institute has scheduled free art-making activities on Wednesdays in July and August from 1–4 pm. Beginning Wednesday, July 11, the family-friendly “Form/Function” sessions include a metalworking demonstration by a local blacksmith. Participants create a unique piece of wire sculpture inspired by the intricate forms on view in the exhibition.

The blacksmith in residence from July 11–August 1 is Art Evans of A&E Forge in Williamstown, Massachusetts, followed by Del Martin of Knox Trail Forge in Monterey, Massachusetts from August 8–29. Evans and Martin demonstrate how craftspeople in the Berkshires carry on the ancient tradition of ironworking and encourage visitors to get creative in the outdoor studio. Located outside under the Visitors’ Picnic Tent, these free activities are designed give creative context to gallery experiences. Clark educators provide instruction and all materials.

Art-making activities and demonstrations are free; admission to the galleries is not included. Admission for children and students is always free.

Berkshire South Regional Community Center Announces Annual Summer Appeal with Matching Contributions of Up to $20,000 by the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank

Berkshire South Regional Community Center announces its Annual Summer Appeal with matching contributions of up to $20,000 by the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank now through July 30.

Berkshire South Regional Community Center serves a pivotal role as the recreational, educational, cultural, and health & wellness backbone to the Southern Berkshire community.

Berkshire South, a nonprofit, relies heavily on the generosity of its donors to survive. The Center’s membership and program fees cover only 60% of its operating costs annually, leaving 40%, an annual need of $1,000,000, to come from supportive individuals, foundations and businesses to break even.

Because of donations in the last year alone, the Center was able to serve over 4,500 free meals at their Monday night Community Suppers; staff taught 330 hours of adaptive needs swim instruction for individuals with disabilities; and the Center awarded financial assistance to more than 250 people toward their membership, pre-school and after-school care.

“Since opening in 2002, the Center’s mission has been to create a sense of community and common purpose. People connected to each other enhance a community’s resilience. The Center embraces the idea that as we make such connections the individual becomes visible, and develops a broadened sense of belonging. With that visibility we become more accountable and invested in the community we live in,” says Executive Director Jenise Lucey.

The Center serves 17 towns in the Southern Berkshires and averages close to 2000 members. “At Berkshire South, community experiences and benefits become accessible and realized. We are dedicated to building connections within and beyond our facility,” said Lucey, “and into more distant communities similarly dedicated to the spirit of connectedness and personal growth.”

To donate, visit or call 413.528.0397

For more information on Berkshire South Regional Community Center, please call 413.528.2810 or visit

The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank is a mutual cooperative, community oriented Bank serving Berkshire County in Massachusetts with a variety of products and services, designed to meet the needs of individual consumers and small to mid-size businesses. For more information call (413) 447-7304 or visit


Jane R. Becker, collections management associate at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, presents the free lecture “Rivalry and Resolve: Marie Bashkirtseff and Louise Breslau in Late Nineteenth-century Paris” at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, July 14 at 11 am. The lecture will be held in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, Paris attracted women artists from around the world, drawn to the city’s academies, museums, studios, and salons. Becker discusses the often-overlooked work of these artists, as well as the obstacles they faced during their careers. She focuses on artists Marie Bashkirtseff (Ukrainian, 1858–1884) and Louise-Catherine Breslau (Swiss, 1856–1927), both featured in the special exhibition Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900, on view at the Clark through September 3, 2018.


Jane R. Becker studied art history at Williams College and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where she completed a PhD with a dissertation on the interaction of painting and sculpture in the work of Auguste Rodin, Medardo Rosso, and Eugène Carrière. She joined the collections department at The Met in early 2015 after many years as a lecturer for the museum, and she conducts research on the nineteenth-century European paintings collection.

In addition to contributing to the Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible exhibition catalogue, she has published several essays in catalogues and journals on painting, sculpture, and photography of the period. Those essays include “Auguste Rodin and Photography: Extending the Sculptural Idiom” and “Medardo Rosso: Photographing Sculpture and Sculpting Photography” in The Artist and the Camera: Degas to Picasso by Dorothy Kosinski (Dallas Museum of Art, 1999) and “Elegance and Opulence: Art of the Gilded Age” in Elegance and Opulence: Art of the Gilded Age (Bruce Museum, 1999). She is also co-editor, with Gabriel P. Weisberg, of Overcoming All Obstacles: The Women of the Académie Julian (Dahesh Museum and Rutgers University Press, 1999).


Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic meals, and dancing shoes for the Clark Art Institute’s free summer concert series, featuring three bands performing on select Tuesday evenings at 6 pm in July. The series kicks off with East Coast Soul on July 10, followed by Kimber Ludiker and Friends on July 17 and Across the Pond on July 24. All concerts are held outdoors on the lawn and are suitable for all ages. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.

East Coast Soul is a Boston-based collective of music ensembles founded in 2009. With soaring vocals and a carefully curated repertoire spanning ’60s soul and Motown all the way up to current hits, East Coast Soul is one of New England’s most popular bands and makes every concert one to remember.

Born of fiddle-playing parents in Spokane, Washington, Kimber Ludiker is a fifth-generation fiddle player who started learning on the lap of her grandfather at age three. With eleven combined family National Fiddle Championships, Kimber holds three herself. In 2009, Kimber founded all-female bluegrass/Americana string band Della Mae. They were IBMA’s Emerging Artists of the Year in 2013, GRAMMY Nominees in 2014 for their debut album on Rounder Records, and named by Rolling Stone as one of ten bands to watch. Ludiker’s new album, Ms. Adventure, is being released this summer.

Across the Pond plays the music of the Beatles, from their early rock-and-roll to romantic ballads and the mature songwriting of the later years. Founded by Marc Clayton in 2006, the group has kept its focus on faithfully rendering the Beatles’ music without trying to impersonate the Fab Four. Based in Hudson Falls, New York, the band plays several shows a year in the Lake George area. Joining Clayton for the Clark’s performance are Tim Wozniuk, Jonathan Newell, and emeritus member Joe Tucker.

Teens Night Out! with IS183 Art School of the Berkshires

Teens spark your imagination and creative thinking this summer with something unique for YOU! Join us on the First Friday of the month from 6pm to 8pm at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield for Teen Night Out.

Watch your inner and outer self blossom when you try your hand at art making with IS183 Art School! You will embrace the studio experience as IS183 Faculty Artists give you tools to lead your own discovery, with inspiring materials and exciting processes.

Teen Night Out: 

July 6 Print with Michael Vincent Bushy

Get Inky! Discover the techniques of monoprinting in this unique one night workshop. Leave with your own print collage of textures, colors, and designs to craft into journals, posters, and more! 

August 3 Paper with Nicole Irene

Venture into the Realm of the surreal while combining unlikely objects in your own unique collage and mixed media! Using magazines, drawn images, and ephemera, you can cut and glue to create your own worlds and illustrated stories.

September 7 Photo with Lucie Castaldo

Explore the alternative photography processes that give name to those awesome Instagram filters. Each student will walk away with a working matchbox pinhole camera and a camera obscura.

Register online today at
or give us a call to learn more at 413-298-5252 x100. We can’t wait to see you in the studio this summer!

IS183 Art School of the Berkshires encourages EVERYONE in the Berkshires and beyond to recharge your creativity with one of IS183 Art School’s many programs such as workshops, classes, camps, and events. IS183 Art School offers dynamic courses in many different media for ALL levels.


Community Access to the Arts (CATA) presents its annual art show, “I Am a Part of Art,” at the Clark Art Institute from Sunday, July 1 to Sunday, August 19, 2018 in the Clark’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill. The exhibition will be open daily from 10 am–5 pm; admission is free.

“I Am a Part of Art” features vibrant paintings and drawings created in CATA’s year-round arts workshops.


Community Access to the Arts (CATA) is a non-profit arts organization that nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts. Through a rich array of arts workshops—in painting, dance, theater, singing, drumming, juggling, yoga, creative writing, and more—CATA artists tap into their potential, explore new talents, and share their unique points of view.

Beginning with one workshop in 1993, CATA has since grown to more than 1,300 workshops annually, actively involving hundreds of individuals and many partner organizations from across Berkshire and Columbia counties.


The Clark Art Institute will hold gallery talks in July and August for two summer exhibitions, Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900 and Jennifer Steinkamp: Blind Eye.

Women Artists in Paris talks occur daily from July 1–August 31 at 3:30 pm in the Clark Center galleries. Learn more about women artists who traveled from locations around the world to work in France during the second half of the nineteenth century—and about the obstacles they overcame to pursue their careers in the arts.

Gallery talks for Jennifer Steinkamp: Blind Eye, the Clark’s inaugural video installation, occur Fridays and Sundays, July 1–August 31 at 12:30 pm in the galleries at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill. Join a member of the Clark’s education team for an in-depth look at the mesmerizing video exhibition and learn more about Steinkamp’s creative process.

In addition, the Clark holds daily talks in the permanent collection galleries, located in the Museum Building, in July and August at 11:15 am and 2 pm. These guided talks explore some of the Clark’s favorite works as well as the history of the Institute.

Talks are free with paid admission and are limited to twenty people each on a first-come, first-served basis. No talks will be held Sunday, July 8.

Listen UP! …join us for Evening Art Talks at IS183 Art School this summer!

Announcing a summer series of Evening Art Talks at IS183 Art School in Stockbridge! Inspiring faculty artists will be presenting and discussing creative practices from their travels and experiences.

Inspiration India: Collage, Chat, and Chai 
with artist Karen Arp-Sandel
Wednesday, July 18

Inspiration come in many forms. For collage artist Karen Arp-Sandel, the patterned textiles, colorful street scenes, and flower laden shrines of Rishikesh India provided great inspiration for her artist eyes. Join us for creative conversation, a visual presentation, and a tasty Chai while learning about how this artist’s travels influence her work. 

Karen Arp-Sandel, visual artist and inspirational art educator is known throughout the Berkshires for her playful approach to mixed media creativity.


Banksy: Completed 
with Carol Diehl
Wednesday, August 8

After Banksy’s self-styled month-long New York “residency” in October 2013, where he produced a work of art in one of the five boroughs each day, Carol Diehl spent several months making a serious investigation into his work. Enjoy a thought provoking evening discussing this elusive artist.

Artist, and art critic, Carol Diehl is a contributing editor for Art in America, where she has written cover stories on several artists.


Recent Work  
with Artist Bill Wright 

Thursday, September 13

As he concludes his summer-long artist residency at the Red Lion Inn, photographer Bill Wright will share work created during this program (work created during this IS183 Art School/ Red Lion Inn residency) as well as other ongoing projects. His images are based on conveying the human experience, through direct portraits as well as more ephemeral reflections.

Bill Wright is an artist and politically engaged resident of the Berkshires. He has run for local office, works with a socially responsible local business, and his work is regularly exhibited or commissioned.

IS183 Art School of the Berkshires encourages EVERYONE in the Berkshires and beyond to recharge their creativity with one of IS183 Art School’s many programs such as workshops, classes, camps, and events. IS183 Art School offers dynamic courses in many different media for ALL levels. To register and for more info check out or call 413-298-5252 x100 today!


CLARK ART INSTITUTE INVITES PUBLIC TO FREE BOOK CLUB Three sessions celebrate summer exhibition

In celebration of the Clark Art Institute’s special exhibition, Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900, the Institute hosts a summer book club featuring three novels set in nineteenth-century France. Each book centers on remarkable female characters and the vibrant and changing society in which they lived.

The group meets once a month in June, July, and August. Kicking off the book club is a discussion of George Sand’s Indiana on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 pm. The free session will be held in the Manton Research Center reading room. Space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve, visit or call 413 458 0524.

Indiana is a novel about love and marriage written by Amantine Aurore Dupin, who published under the pseudonym George Sand. Published in 1832, the novel blends the conventions of romanticism, realism, and idealism. Indiana, the story’s heroine, is a young noblewoman descended from French colonial settlers from Île Bourbon (now La Réunion) and living in France. Confined to a loveless marriage with an older ex-military officer named Colonel Delmare, Indiana searches for passionate love.

The novel explores many typical nineteenth-century themes, including adultery, social constraint, and unfulfilled longing for romantic love. It is an exploration of nineteenth-century female desire complicated by class constraints and by social codes about infidelity.

Additional sessions of the book club include Émile Zola’s L’Assommoir on July 25 at 7 pm and Colette’s Chérie on August 29 at 7 pm. All books are available for sale in the Clark’s Museum Store.

New Tours for the 2018 Season at the Bidwell House Museum

The Bidwell House Museum is excited to announce the creation of two new educational tours that will be offered starting in the 2018 season.  First up is the Family Tour designed for families with children 12 and under.  This new tour will explore the Bidwell House from the perspective of Adonijah Bidwell’s children, who would have been the first youngsters to live in the house.  Using games, conversations and activities, this interactive walk through the house will teach visitors how people lived in the Berkshires hundreds of years ago while also finding connections to life today.  This tour will be offered at 2 p.m. on the following Fridays: 


June 15 and 29, July 13 and 27, August 10 and 24


The fee for this tour is the same as general admission, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 student 13-18, FREE for children 12 and under.


The second new tour being offered this season is the Native American Guided Walk of the Woodlands and Hunting Grounds.  Created in conjunction with an ongoing effort by The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area to create a Native American Heritage Trail in the region, this tour retraces the steps of the Native Americans—specifically the local Stockbridge Band of the Mohican Tribe—who lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years.  Visitors may take this as a self-guided walk using a brochure and map found on the front porch of the Museum.  Once a month, Bidwell House Museum Board of Trustees President Robert Hoogs will lead this new tour as a guided walk.  The guided walk will take place on the following Saturdays at 1pm:


June 16, July 21 and August 25.


The cost for the guided walk will be: adults $15 and seniors $10, children are free.  This fee includes a guided-tour of the house either before or after the guided walk. The self-guided walk is free of charge.


The Museum is open Thursdays to Mondays (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) from 11 am to 4 pm with house tours on the hour, Memorial Day to Columbus Day. The museum grounds—192 acres of gardens, woods, fields, historic stonewalls, trails and picnic sites—are open all year free of charge. The program of events can be found on the museum’s website: