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    View from Mt. Greylock, Brilliant Sky 20 x 30 oil

    MICHAEL FILMUS413-528-5471



    "Study in Greens" a selection from the "Urban Scenes" series.

    NEW DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHYOnline Galleries at

    www.myronschiffer.comCome browse the over 250 photographs

    currently for sale online.


    SCHANTZ GALLERIESc o n t e m p o r a r y g l a s s

    3 Elm Street Stockgridge,MA



    Koi Shallows 6 x 22 x 6




    Joan Ciolfi, Susan Dibble, Abby DuBow, Lorraine KlagsbrunMay 29 through July 4

    Reception for the Artists: Saturday, May 29, 5-8 pmLauren Clark Fine Art

    402 Park Street, Housatonic, MA



    SATURDAY, MAY 29 2 to 5 PM

    FRONT ST. GALLERYHousatonic, MA 413-274-6607

    Gallery Hours: Friday 1-5 pm, Saturday, Sunday 12-5 pmor by appointment 413-229-0380

    Reggie Oil on Canvas 56 x 50

    ROBERT CAPUTOLandscape Oil-Painting Workshop

    Saturday & Sunday, June 5-6Sheffield, Massachusetts

    All levels welcome. Robert will focus on drawing, color, and valuewith an emphasis on capturing a sense of light and atmosphere.

    Offered by the Housatonic Valley Art League, 9-12 am, 1-4pm each day.Members $200, non-members $225. Limit 15 students.

    For more info visit or contact Leslie Watkins at860 542 3920 or

    You can see examples of Robert's paintings


    ALBANY INTERNATIONALAIRPORTAlbany International Gallery, 3rd fl, 7am-11pm daily Material Witness, thru June20.

    BERKSHIREART GALLERY80 Railroad St, Gt Barrington, MA 528-2690www.berkshireartgallery.com19th and early 20th Century American &European art and sculpture, contemporaryartists

    BERKSHIREART KITCHENCREATIVITY / CONNECTION / CHANGE400 Main St, Gt Barrington, MA 413-717-0031www.berkshireartkitchen.comMon - Fri, 3:30-5:30, Sat 12-5, & by appt.Exhibition of mail art by Karen ArpSandel and Suzi Banks Baum, Mar -April.

    BERKSHIRE GOLDANDSILVERSMITHTHE GALLERY152 Main St, Gt Barrington, MA 528-5227May artist to be announced

    CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY622 Warren St, Hudson, NY 518-828-1915Carrie Haddad Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibit featuringthe works of James OShea, Russell Smith and Sarah Berney, onview fromApril 15th through May 23rd, 2010. A reception will beheld on Saturday,April 17th from 6 to 8 pm. Members of the publicare welcome.CARRIE HADDAD PHOTOGRAPHS318 Warren St, Hudson, NY 518-828-7655IdaWeygandt & Eliot Kaufman, Mar 1April 18. Polaroids: Worksby William Wegman, Mark Beard, John Dugdale, Melinda Mc-Daniel and Tanya Marcuse. April 22 - May 30.

    DAVID DEW BRUNER DESIGN610 Warren street, Hudson, NY 914-466-4857Japanese textiles, mainly focusing on the abstract patterns. Therewill be several fireman's jacket as well as a fireman's hat. Therewill a early 19th century vermillion samurai's vest as well as a1860's cotton footman's jacket. The textiles range from a 1780'sjacket to a 1950's summer kimono in a wild blue and white wavepattern. The show will run through May14th. The gallery is openFriday through Monday 11-5 or appointment.

    FERRIN GALLERY437 North St, Pittsfield, MA 413-442-1622Paul Graubard: Stories from the Bible and Other Places a solo ex-hibition of constructed paintings through May 8th. Closing Con-versation with the artist and Ute Stebich, expert in Haitian andoutsider art, and director of the Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, 1990 2004. , 2010. Saturday, May 8th, 5:00 pm

    OLD CHATHAM COUNTRY STORE CAF GALLERYVillage Square, Old Chatham New YorkPatrick Casey, Oil Paintings.April 30 through June 2 with an open-ing reception Sunday, May 2nd from 3 p.m. 5 p.m

    CHURCH STREET ART GALLERY34 Church St, Lenox, MA 637-9600Significant folk art pieces. Also works by David Eddy,Paul Graubard, Paul Jarvis and Larry Zingale.(Fri-Mon, 11am-4:30pm or by appointment)

    CRIMI STUDIOLocated 2 miles from theAncram/Hudson exit of the Taconic StateParkway. Viewing by appointment518-851-7904Paintings of rich color and form. Crimi studio in idyllic setting.

    DONMULLER GALLERY40 Main St, Northampton, MA 586-1119Beautiful American crafts, jewelry and glass, more

    FRONT STREET GALLERYFront St, Housatonic, MA

    THE ECLIPSE MILLGALLERY243 Union StreetNorth Adams, MA When My Soul Dances, Curated by Julie Seitel. April 16-May 16. Opening Reception: Friday, April 16, from 6 to 8 PMGallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 PM

    GALLERY AT ART ON NO.311 North Street, PittsfieldMay 15, 5-8 pm - Grand Re-Opening celebration of the UpstairsGallery at Art on No. See new art and meet the 17 artists and tourtheir studios. Music, refreshments. . Check us out at and become our fan onfacebook

    GLORIA MALCOLM ARNOLD FINE ARTUpstairs at 69 Church St, Lenox, MA 637-2400Realistic art that never goes out of style, artwork that evokes themood and memories of yesterday. Rotating exhibitions of scratch-board by Lois I. Ryder and oils and watercolors by Gloria MalcolmArnold. Open year round.

    HUDSON VALLEY ARTS CENTER337 Warren St, Hudson, NY 800-456-0507 Regional and nationally-known artisans

    JACOBS PILLOW DANCE FESTIVALGALLERY EXHIBITBecket, MA 413-243-0745 Lois Greenfield: Imagined Moments Blake's Barn(open Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm)

    JOHN DAVIS GALLERY362 1/2 Warren St., Hudson, New York McWillie Chambers will open a solo exhibition of new paintings atthe John Davis Gallery. The work will be on display through May23rd with a reception for the artist on Saturday, May 1st from 6:00until 8:00 p.m.

    LAUREN CLARK FINE ART GALLERY402 Park St, Housatonic, MA 274-1432www.LaurenClarkFineArt.comUNWILTED, UNPROCESSED, UNCONVENTIONALFOUR NEWLY PICKED GARDEN-FRESH ARTISTSAbby DuBow, Joan Ciolfi, Lorraine Klagsbrun, Susan DibbleMay 29 through July 4. Reception for the ArtistsSaturday, May 29 5-8pmFine art and contemporary crafts and framing service.(Open Wed-Mon 11-5:30, Sun Noon-4, year-round)

    MARGUERITE BRIDE STUDIOwww.margebride.comCustom House and Business Portraits, Local Color, watercolorscenes of the Berkshires, New Eng-

    land and Tuscany. Original watercolors andFine Art Reproductions. Visit website for exhibitschedule

    PARK ROW GALLERY2 Park Row, Chatham, NY 518-392-4800John Sideli, Altered States. April 1 - May 31. Re-ception for artist April 10, 4 -6pm

    RUTH KOLBERTFRONT SREET GALLERYFront Street, Housatonic, MA. 413-229-0380Friends, Artists & Special Places will be onexhibit at Front Street Gallery May 19 throughJune 12.Gallery open Fridays 1 5 pm, Saturdayand Sunday 12 5pm, and / or by appointment.

    SCHANTZ GALLERIES3 Elm St, Stockbridge, MA 413-298-3044Inspirations and Illuminations: Survey orWorks by Dan Dailey. This exhibit runs May20 June 30.Over 30 years of providing repre-sentation to internationally recognized artists toexhibit their work and share it with the world.(Open 11-5 daily.)

    THE LENOX GALLERY OF FINE ART69 Church St, Lenox, MA 413-637-2276 Featuring artists such as Stephen Filmus alongwith many others including Paula Stern, Sculp-ture

    WILLIAM BACZEK FINE ARTS36 Main St, Northampton, MAwmbacsek@wbfinearts.comWilliam Baczek Fine Arts, in Northampton,

    Mass. is pleased to announce the opening of the 2010 Annual Land-scape Exhibition. The show will be on display from Wednesday,April 21 through Saturday, June 5. The public is invited to an open-ing reception with the artists on Saturday, April 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.

    MUSIC, THEATRE AND DANCEBOSSA TRIBA and the BERKSHIRE BATERIACrissey farm in Great Barrington, MA Playing bazilian Music-will be performing at a benefit for KON-BIT FOOTBALL AYITI a 501 c3 nonprofit organization - hasworked in Haiti for the past 4 years bringing Soccer, education,and food to small communities in Port au Prince. Now more thenever the need is great Together we can help feed, educate, andprovide recreation for children. Donation $25.00 Sat. May 8th atHAITI BENEFIT CONCERT 2nd Annual, from 8pm -12:00 pm

    Berkshire Bach SocietyFirst Congregational Church, Stockbridge, MA 413-528-9277Choral and Instrumental Works by Purcell and HaydnSat, May 22, 8pm

    CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSICThe Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center 413-528-0100 / 800-843-0778 / Chopin and His Circle, Sat, Apr 24, 6pm;Prague Spring - Czech Idyll, Sat, June 5, 6 @ 6pm

    GHENT PLAYHOUSETown Hall Road, just off Route 66 in Ghent, adjacent to the GhentFirehouse. 518-392-6264For the final production of the 2009-2010 season, the Ghent Play-house will present Neil Simons wry comedy The Prisoner of Sec-ond Avenue directed by Flo Hayle. The play opens on Fridayevening, May 14 and runs through Sunday, May 30.Performancesare Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.TheGhent Playhouse is located on Performances are Fridays and Sat-urdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15each. Members price is $12.

    MICRO THEATRE413-442-2223 / 413-212-7180 microtheatre@hotmail.comLost and Found, a theatrical event of satire, farce and absurdity.Featuring Bob Balogh, Michael Hitchcock and Becky Sterpka. SunMay 9, 3pm, Dewey Hall, 91 Main st, Sheffield, MA; Thurs May13, 7pm, Mason Library, 231 Main St, Fri, May 14, 7:30pm, Rams-daell Library, 1087 Main St, Housatonic, MA

    THE MUSEUM AT BETHEL WOODSBethel, Rte 17, Exit 104, NY bethelwoodscenter.orgThe Story of the 60s and Woodstock. Museum located at the siteof the 1969 Woodstock Festival. CONTINUED...



    Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor - second major endeavor since revamping Commonwealth Opera into a professional opera company last fall. This fully staged opera will be directed by our Artistic Director Eve Summer and conducted by our Music Director Ian Watson. With brand new sets and costumes, this period opera - known as Donizetti's most compelling

    work - will be presented at the Academy of Music Theater in Northampton, Massachusetts on Friday May7th at 7:00 pm and Sunday May 9th at 2:00 pm. The opera will be sung in Italian with projected English su-pertitles.Tickets are now on sale and I encourage you to attend -- and to forward this message to your col-leagues, friends & family. Ticket prices range from $10 up to $50 and we'll be offering an$8 student rush

    prior to each performance.


    IS183Cermamist, MaryBarringerKimberly Rawson 9

    Terry Wise, Visual ArtistNanci Race 14

    Planet Waves AstrologyEric Francis 18

    Melissa Stafford, GalleristHarryet Candee


    Greater Backfish RoundupBob Balogh 24

    Architecture & ArcadiaStephen Dietemann 25

    PUBLISHER Harryet Candee COPY EDITOR Marguerite Bride

    PROOFREADER: Rae A. Eastman & Deborah Davis


    CONTRIBUTING WRITERS AND MONTHLY COLUMNISTSBob Balogh, Harryet Candee, Stephen Gerard Dietemann, Rae Eastman, Eric Francis, Nanci Race, Kimberly Rawson


    Sabine Vollmer von Falken

    DISTRIBUTIONR. Dadook, John Cardillo



    413-528-5628 Deadline for the JUNE issue is MAY 15, 2010

    FYI: Copyright laws in effect throughout The Artful Mind for logo & all graphics including text material. Copyright laws for photographers and writersthroughout The Artful Mind. Permission to reprint is required in all instances

    The Artful Mind MAY 2010


    Terry Wise, Visual Artistphotograph by Sabine Vollmer von Falken

    Our Art....Our way

    THE SPENCERTOWN ACADEMYNY Route 203 halfway between the Taconic Parkway and Route 22(5 miles east of the village of Chatham). 518-392-5743.A BENEFIT FOR THE ACTORS ENSEMBLE: A performance ofMrs. Ripley's Trip and screening of Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn. When: Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m.A reception with the actors willfollow the performance and screening. Tickets: $20 / $15 studentsDonations to support the production of Eugenes Ghosts will be ac-cepted at the event.

    WORKSHOPS & LECTURESINKBERRY AND PAPYRI BOOKS45 Eagle St, North Adams, MA 413-664-0775Wordplay, a monthly reading series

    is183 ART SCHOOL OF THE BERKSHIRESStockbridge MA 413-298-5252 /

    A weekend workshop Venetian Lampwork Beads, with in-structor Stephanie Maddalena, will be held on Saturday and Sunday,May 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of many fine workshopsthis upcoming season.

    KATE KNAPP FRONT STREET GALLERYHousatonic, MA (next to the Corner Market) 274-6607 www.kateknappartist.comalso ongoing painting classes Mon, Wed & Thurs 9:30am (galleryhrs: Sat & Sun 12-5, and by appt.)

    ROBERT CAPUTOLANDSCAPE OIL-PAINTING or contact Leslie Watkins at 860-542-3920lesliewatkins@lesliewatkins.comSaturday & Sunday, June 5-6 Sheffield, MassachusettsAll levels welcome. Robert will focus on drawing, color, and valuewith an emphasis on capturing a sense of light and atmosphere.Offered by the Housatonic Valley Art League, 9-12 am, 1-4pm eachday. Members $200, non-members $225. Limit 15 students.

    SABINE VOLLMER VON FALKEN PHOTOGRAPHYWORKSHOPS413-298-4933Sabine offers outdoor workshops for the advanced amateur photog-raphers in June. Dates are: June 6,13,20 and 27, 2010.


    LENOX ART WALKHISTORIC VILLAGE OF LENOX, MASaturday and Sunday, May 29 and 30, 11 - 5pm. 15 Art Galleriesand many artist demonstrations and gallery receptions

    FILMIMAGES CINEMAWilliamstown, MA 413-458-1039 www.imagescinema.orgAlways a good flick, please call for film listings and times.

    THE BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALwill showcase the best in independent feature, documentary,short, and family films, with panel discussions, and special eventswith filmmakers, producers, and actors 6/3-6/6 in Great Barring-ton at the Triplex and Mahaiwe and 6/4-6/6 in Pittsfield at theBeacon and Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum. The openingnight film Thursday, June 3rd Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work willshow at the Mahaiwe at 7:30pm followed by a Disco InfernoDance Party in the Old Fire House on Castle Street in Great Bar-rington at 9pm with DJ BFG. Pittsfield will open on Friday, June4th at 7:30 pm with Atletu (The Althlete) at the Beacon Cinemaon North Street with an introduction from actor/co-director Ras-selas Lakew. BIFF will honor actress Patricia Clarkson this year.The tribute evening begins at 7:30pm on Friday June 4th and willinclude the New England premiere of her new film Cairo Time.

    Deadline for calendar listings: May 15 for


    69 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01201 (413) 637-2276over twenty-five artists on two levels open year round - call for hours

    O F F I N E A R T

    paint ings drawings watercolor sculpture mixed media works pastels portrai t commissions of the finest and most charmingprivate galleries in New England.








    413-442-2223 / 413-212-7180 MICROTHEATRE@HOTMAIL.COM

    Waking up begins with fresh ideas and smelling the coffee.


    BERKSHIRE DIGITALAs Berkshire Digital begins its fourth year of operation, it is

    celebrating the gallery openings of three local artists, twopainters and one photographer, for whom it made all of the Gi-cle prints hanging in the shows. Capable of producing archival,museum quality prints on a variety of surfaces up to 42x96inches, BD also offers complete photography services to captureartwork of any medium.To further help artists, BD offers graphic design capabilities,

    to create show announcements, posters and collateral materials.In addition to its printing services, Berkshire Digital also

    provides Photoshop tutoring and consulting for people whowant to get a better understanding of the digital workflow fromcamera to computer to printer in their workspace as well as man-age and manipulate their own images.

    The owner, Fred Collins, has been a photographer for 30years with studios in Boston and the metro New York area. Fif-teen years ago, he began working with Photoshop and grad-ually added extensive retouching capabilities to help with hisclients needs. His commercial work for corporations has takenhim around the world. His wife Alison owns The Iris Gallery,above Pearls, in Great Barrington. Berkshire Digital: 413-644-9663,

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    Spring 2010MAY 29 - 30 11am-5pm

    15 Art Galleries in Historic Lenox Village

    Many ArtistDemonstrationsand Gallery Receptions

    BOB CRIMIWhen Bob Crimi entered the vibratory world of oil paints as

    a teenager, he was soon playing for keepspainting became alifetime of personal truth. After a period of wood-shedding* with his colors, at his stu-

    dio/home in the Taghkanic Hills, a hand-picked selection of hispaintings will be presented for public viewing in July.Crimis paintings have a biorhythm of their own; sometimes

    similar, familiar, and often as variegated as the chaos that comesfrom our inner lives.The eye wanders over surfaces that change constantly as they

    remain the same. Its so human to retrace the colors to see iftheyll again do for us what they did the first time. Is that a cad-mium red slithering into a pale pthalo blue? Its oklet them dotheir thing. The ancient art of oil painting still touts its powers.

    *Theres a legend that the Bird, Charlie Parker, the Americanmusical genius, in search of privacy, practice, and meditation,would often retreat to a woodshed to conjure up the musestheverb to woodshed then came into usage.An exhibition of Bob Crimis paintings will take place through

    July at the Gallery at B&G Wines and Gourmet, Route 23, MainStreet, Hillsdale, NY. A reception will be held on July 9th from5-7pm.



    Spring Landscape, O/C, 20 x 24. Alice Judson, 1876-1948, American.

    80 Railroad StreetGreat Barrington, MA


    Open Saturday and SundayNoon to 5 pm and/or by appointment



    CARRIE HADDAD GALLERYCarrie Haddad Gallery is featuring the works of James

    OShea, Russell Smith and Sarah Berney, April 15 through May23

    James OShea works with wax alongside oils and acrylics,imparting depth and complexity to his paintings. Deft, opaquemarks sit atop translucent backgrounds; these surface veils, as-sertive in their thickness, obscure the atmospheric world behind.OSheas works both indulge and challenge the eye, revealingbits of deep space only to mask them, thwart them with auda-cious surface.Russell Smith, like OShea, endows surface with unexpected

    voluptuousness. This exhibit, bringing together two very differ-ent artists, acquires coherence through the uncanny life-likequality that both Smith and OShea invest in inanimate or typ-ically lifeless forms. Smiths palette comprises desolate graysand browns that, when working in relation with one another, ac-quire an unparalleled luminosity. Smiths Receptacle, likemany of OSheas works, is a record of a process: its mostprominent property is the sheet of warm gray paint wiped acrossthe papers surface. Smith lets us see the relative regularity withwhich he applies this hue by preserving the bristly trace of hiswide brushs mark. Barely perceivable gradations in the paintsconsistency break the opacity of this plane of color which, al-though functioning within the work as a wall, is described assomething organic, like skin or thick atmosphere. The meetingof the wall and the doors contourrendered as sharp, withjuicy, rich black paintreads like a puncture. Smith amps uphis works with a lushness alien to the banal objects and eventshe depicts.

    Sarah Berney has been exhibiting with Carrie Haddad sinceshe first opened her galleries in Hudson, NY. Her work for thisexhibit is lyrically mystical. The works on large canvases arecreated with a process of layered paint that is then peeled offin gestural patterns revealing a spattered canvas beneath.Blue and gold are the predominant colors remaining andswirl through the painted plane like a joyous roadmap. Thefeeling of the work is uplifting and optimistic.Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren Street, Hudson, NY.

    Hours: open daily 11 a.m. - 5p.m. Thursday through Mon-day. For more information call the gallery at 518-828-7655;see show online at

    MYRON SCHIFFEREstablished as a pianist and teacher in the Berkshires since

    the late 60s, Myron Mike Schiffer has an established historyof exploring the avant garde. Prior to living in the area, Schifferlived and worked in New York City, studying with John Mehe-gan and Hall Overton as well as playing, teaching and hangingaround the fringes of jazz.

    Fascinated with music and the visual arts since childhood,Schiffer enrolled in photography at The Fashion Institute ofTechnology in New York. Working in black and white at thetime, he was most notably inspired by Richard Avedons fash-ion photography. Once introduced to color, he was deeplymoved by the mystical color fields of Georgia OKeefe andMark Rothko and considers this work his strongest influence.

    Now that hes entered his ninth decade, hes fulfilling hisdream of indulging his interest in photography, an interest hestarted to explore in the 1970s. For the last year hes been busyexhibiting his work at galleries, frame shops, Kimball Farms re-tirement community, Castle Street Caf and in the North AdamsOpen Studio show.

    His current work is a minimalist expression of color, lightand space, also revealing a strong influence of contemporaryjazz and classical music, e.g. Intuition by Lennie Tristano,the first recorded example of spontaneous collective improvi-sation. Schiffers graffiti and urban Street Art follow alongthe same lines, capturing aleatory and found images.After a five month run, his Castle Street Caf exhibit is tak-

    ing a break until it reopens with new work in the fall. This showwill feature more canvases from his Motion Capture series.His website at showcases an ever-ex-panding gallery of this series and others such as Urban Scenes,Found Textures, Street Art, Graffiti, and Jazz Musicians.A small selection of Myrons miniatures can also be seen at

    the Red Lion Inn Gift Shop in Stockbridge, MA. See over 250 photographs at his online galleries at and come back to see more. The collection isalways expanding. All photographs are available for sale ascanvases or archival quality photo prints. Prints are also avail-able from Fine Art America, and Zazzle, Myron Schiffer, 413-637-2659,


    Twenty years ago, Tannery Pond Concerts had its inauguralseason in the beautiful wooden post and beam Shaker build-ing, once a tannery, where we have been ever since. That sea-son was emblematic of the aim of our artistic director,Christian Steiner, to present young talent working to establisha performing career as well as to bring established world-classperformers to our community. The very first Tannery concert featured the 21-year-old vi-

    olinist Chee-Yun and pianist and famed chamber music pro-moter Charles Wadsworth. Chee-Yun had just won acompetition sponsored by the Young Concert Artists; over theyears since, she has become a sought-after violinist who hasperformed with the worlds major orchestras. Many of theyoung performers who have appeared at the Tannery havegone on to similar success, helped early in their career by thechance to perform at respected venues like Tannery that recog-nize and encourage burgeoning great talent. And though thatconcert did not sell out, others that season did, including theperformances of the already famous Jessye Norman and theEmerson String Quartet.The performers who have filled the Tannery these last 20

    years are exceptional and read like a whos who in the classi-cal music hall of fame: Midori, Gil Shaham, Jaime Laredo,Jeremy Denk, Maria Joao Pires, Stephen Hough, RichardGoode, Roberto Diaz, Carter Brey, Christopher ORiley,David Finckel, Christine Brewer, Ben Heppner, Susan Gra-ham, Maureen OFlynn, Todd Palmer, Paula Robison, the Bor-romeao, Emerson, Lark and St. Lawrence String Quartets toname but a very few.This summer, we also a program of wonderful musicians;

    Brentano String Quartet, Paula Robison, Romero Lubambo &Cyro Baptista Trio, Jeremy Denk, Kirill Gerstein, VivicaGenaux & Craig Rutenberg, Jennifer Frautschi, Eric Rusk, &Pedja Muzijevic, and to end our season on September 25th,Alon Goldstein with actors, Robert Mackenzie, MarkusHirnigel & Stephanie Schmiederer.Located on the grounds of Darrow School, New Lebanon,

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    May in the Berkshires brings all types of beauty and theartwork at Schantz Galleries is no exception. Beginning thismonth, Inspirations and Illuminations: Survey or Works byDan Dailey. This exhibit runs May 20 June 30.Dan Daileys career in glass has spanned more than 40

    years. Emerging from the Studio Glass movement initiated byHarvey Littleton, Daileys work has branched out from themainstream by the incorporation of metal into many of thesculptures. He has taught at many glass programs and is a pro-fessor at the Massachusetts College of Art where he foundedthe glass program. Since 1971, Daileys work has been fea-tured in more than 90 solo exhibitions and included in over300 juried or invitational group shows.His work is included in over 50 public collections includ-

    ing the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, the MetropolitanMuseum of Art, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art,and the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Mu-seum, Washington, DC.Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge is committed to the con-

    tinuation of over 30 years of providing representation interna-tionally recognized glass artists to exhibit their work andshare their art with the world. Representing over 40 of the worlds foremost living artists

    exhibited on two floors, visitors are privy to experience thevery pinnacle of contemporary art glass right here in NewEngland. Schantz Galleries, 3 Elm Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262;winter hours are 11am 5pm.413-298-3044,

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    The Berkshire International Film Festivals director KelleyVickery announced that Patricia Clarkson will receive the an-nual BIFF Achievement in Film Award at the Festivals 5th An-niversary held June 3 6, 2010 in Great Barrington andPittsfield, MA. Ms. Clarkson will be honored on Fridayevening, June 4 at the historic Mahaiwe Theatre. BIFF willscreen her latest film CAIRO TIME, a romantic drama about abrief, unexpected love affair that catches two people completelyoff-guard against the romantic backdrop of Egypt. CAIROTIME will be released by IFC in August.

    Ms. Clarksons film career spans some 25 years beginningwith her breakout role in The Untouchables. Her incredibleand diverse career has garnered twenty-two awards and sixteennominations including a Golden Globe and Oscar nominationfor her role in Pieces of April. Her roles include such filmsas The Green Mile, Station Agent, High Art, Good Nightand Good Luck, Lars and the Real Girl, Whatever Works,All the Real Girls, and the recently released Scorcese filmShutter Island.

    We are thrilled to be honoring such a talented actress suchas Patricia Clarkson at this special 5th year anniversary of theBIFF, said executive director Kelley Vickery. She not onlyhas an incredible career as an actor in film, but also on stageand television. The Berkshire community is pleased to honorMs. Clarkson as one of the most talented, accomplished, beau-tiful and in-demand actors in the business today.

    The evening will begin with a cocktail party at AlliumRestaurant followed by the tribute. A selection of Ms. Clark-sons films will be screened all day Friday at the Mahaiwe.For passes, tickets, sponsor and volunteer opportunities and

    further information on the Berkshire International Film Festi-val, visit our website at or call 413-528-8030.


    After enjoying a long, successful multi-field musical careerin New York City, Barbara and Joseph-Fiddlers Two recentlymoved to Williamstown, MA in the beautiful Berkshires, wherethey now continue to perform as a strolling violin duo. FiddlersTwo will perform for a personal party of two people enjoying acandle-lit dinner at home or in a hotel suite; stroll through a hos-pitality suite or cocktail party for hundreds of guests; bring themusic to guests tables during dinner and also play guests re-quests.The unique violin duo of Barbara and Joseph provides an el-

    egant presentation of show tunes, the great American standardsand romantic continental songs that creates the perfect moodfor gracious dining and intimate conversation. Their repertoireof more than a thousand songs from Broadway to Vienna in-cludes some of the worlds most requested music. Visitors fromaround the world say: I havent heard anything like FiddlersTwo, anywhere. Such imaginative musical arrangements.Sheer magic! At times, sounds rich as a string quartet. Vel-vet to the ears. Amazing how you know what to play, whento play it and how to play it!Barbara and Joseph have entertained at some of the finest ho-

    tels, restaurants and country clubs. They have appeared onradio, film, recordings, TV commercials, and were featured na-tionally on The Regis Philbin Show. They were staff membersof The Radio City Music Hall Symphony Orchestra and TheAmerican Symphony Orchestra, and have played under the ba-tons of Leonard Bernstein and Leopold Stokowski at CarnegieHall and at Lincoln Center. Barbara and Joseph have also sharedstages with Tony Bennett, Victor Borge, John Denver and haverecorded with Frank Sinatra.Barbara and Joseph are also founders of The Black Tie String

    Quartet, with typical engagements at: The Four Seasons, TheRainbow Room, Tavern-on-the-Green, The Palace Hotel, ParkLane Hotel, St. Moritz Hotel, St. Regis Hotel, Stanhope Hotel,The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, The Museum of Modern Art, TheLyndhurst Estate and on board the Cunard Princess. They havealso recorded the worlds first Christmas album in string quartetform.

    Fiddlers Two has been heard in a wide variety of settings:from the top of Windows On The World, to a yacht downbelow passing by the Statue of Liberty - to The Museum ofNatural History under the whale! Some typical engagements:The Boardroom of The American Stock Exchange, Le PerigordPark, Maxims, The Metropolitan Museum, 21 Club, TheQuilted Giraffe, Union League Club, Westchester Country Club.They were also featured entertainment at the Garden City Hotel(for six months) and at the Sheraton Centre Hotel (held over forone year).Barbara and Joseph have performed at many prominent spe-

    cial events, including: the wedding reception for Mr. & Mrs.Rodman Rockefeller, Brenda Vaccaros wedding, parties forMadeline Kahn and Lili Tomlin, receptions for Princess Dianaand Princess Grace of Monaco, and Frank Sinatras 75th birth-day dinner. Also at events for Presidents Johnson, Ford, Carter,Reagan, Bush and Clinton. Fiddlers Two sets the tone formany types of special events, from a corporate Awards Dinner,elegant dinner party or after-theatre supper, to a family birthdayor anniversary celebration. For booking information, pleasecall: (413) 458-1984.




    Barbara and Joseph Fiddlers Two performers for many years attheWaldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC. Seen above at a Waldorf

    NYs Eve celebration.


    More than one hundred sixty-five exceptionally talented,jury selected artists and artisans from all over the country willpresent their artwork at the 9th annual Berkshires Arts Festival,held July 2-4 at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, Massachu-setts. Over the last 8 years, the Berkshires Arts Festival has become

    one of the most anticipated summer events in theBerkshires. Each year, the show brings together a selection ofsome of the finest artists in the America, offering outstandingworks in the following categories ceramics, painting, jewelry,glass, wood, mixed media, sculpture, fashion and photographyfor display and sale. The work for sale at this show ranges from the most afford-

    able hand-crafted items to once in a lifetime opportunities forcollectors, said Director Richard Rothbard, himself a veteranartisan and the creator of Boxology.This year, BAF has increased its commitment to offering en-

    gaging and educational experiences for festival goers with evenmore demonstrations, talks, and performance artists added tothe schedule. New educational content includes instruction insustainable historic New England timber homebuilding tech-niques by the Heartwood School, based in Washington, Mass. This year will also see the return of the Art of Clay tent, spon-sored by Sheffield Pottery, which will bring festival-goers be-hind the scenes of ceramic art creation, with features anddemonstrations from a wide variety of pottery styles.The show will be held Friday, July 2nd through Sunday, July

    4th rain or shine at Ski Butternut under tents, outdoors and in theair-conditioned lodge, with musical performances, workshops,and activities for kids, magicians, fire-dancers and much morehappening throughout the entire weekend.Berkshire Art Festival, Ski Butternut, Route 23, Great Bar-

    rington, MA; July 2, Friday 10am - 6pm, July 3, Saturday 10am- 6pm, July 4, Sunday 10am - 5pm. Admission: Adults- $11, Sen-iors - $9, Students - $5. Weekend pass - $13, Children under 10admitted free. Plenty of Free parking available. For more in-formation visit www.

    RUTH KOLBERTFriends, Artists & Special Places will be on exhibit at

    Front Street Gallery May 19 through June 12.Ruth Kolbert has been painting since early in her life. She

    studied Fine Arts in college, concentrating her study with JohnFerren, and went on to study at The Art Students League inNew York. Ruth also studied with Oscar Kokoschka inSalzburg, Austria and Charles Cajori and Nicholas Carone inNew York.

    Ruth has lived and painted in the Berkshires for 21 years,with a studio in Sheffield. She has exhibited in New York andthe Berkshires, and last showed a series of barn paintings atCastle Street Caf. Her work is in private collections.The main focus of Ruths work is people in the creative arts

    and in her life. These paintings are often life-size or larger, andseem to be barely contained within the canvas, revealing thevitality of her subjects in relation to their environment. Theportraits are infused with luminous color, emphasizing her sub-jects inner life.Front Street Gallery, Front Street, Housatonic, MA. Gallery

    open Fridays 1 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 5pm, and /or by appointment. To reach Ruth in her studio, please call413-229-0380


    MAY 29-31, NORTHAMPTON The Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton won the

    Number 3 spot this year among hundreds of arts festivals acrossAmerica. Start with 258 juried artists traveling from 30 statesto show off their best and newest work, add in Paradise Cityssignature live music and gourmet food, enchanting theater offer-ings for all ages, a flowering sculpture garden filled with artfuldelights, a benefit silent art auction for WGBY all excellentreasons to come on down to Paradise City. And you dont wantto miss the third installment of our series of themed exhibitionscelebrating the art of love!

    Love is in the air and Paradise City artists delve into thegreat icons of romance for a special exhibit, The Art of Love.Often playful, sometimes sentimental, celebrating the power oftwo, the work on display shows us how central love is to ourvisual vocabulary. Actually, love is expressed in many ways atthe show this spring - infusing the food, the music and the the-ater, too.

    Comedy! Drama! Let us entertain you with New CenturyTheaters The Artifice of Love, lampooning matters of theheart. PaintBox Theatre keeps the kids enthralled with their in-teractive Cinderella, a most romantic play with a unique spin.

    Grammy-winner Charles Neville joins Paradise City underthe Festival Dining Tent - first on Saturday, as part of local heroRoger Sallooms back-up band. Sunday the sax legend returnswith his own band, and Monday jazz diva Barbara Ween bright-ens Memorial Day with her high-energy vocals. Relax to sets oflove songs, while dining on romantic offerings like oysters onthe half shell and Bavarian cream hearts, presented byNorthamptons favorite chefs! At the 3 County Fairgrounds, Route 9 at I-91 Exit 19. From

    the Mass Pike, take exit 4 to I-91 North. For complete show andtravel information, and discount admission coupons, or call 800-511-9725.




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    Mary Barringer is a ceramist with a mission. In June, shellbe teaching an intensive weeklong workshop for adults at IS183Art School of the Berkshires called Skin and Bones that willfocus on the often complicated relationship ceramic artists havebetween the forms and surfaces of their pots.

    Students in the workshop will explore what part of theiridea of the pot involves the surface. Its a charged subject for alot of people who say they love making things but they hateglazing them. Im interested in carrying some of that excitementof engagement in the piece farther out, into the way we thinkabout surface. Thats the core of the class, said Barringer. Theworkshop is not a temperature or technique specific course; bothhandbuilders and those who work on the wheel are welcomeand Barringer hopes to challenge ceramists of both disciplinesto expand their thinking about their artistic process in the studio.

    Its a chance for me to explore with a group of people theinterplay between how we think about making things and thesurface of the work, she said. My experience is that many peo-ple focus on the clay, the feel, the techniquethats where allthe juice isbut that as it goes through one firing and is thensubjected to glazes and other firings our involvement with thepiece often gets more indirect as the process goes on.

    For many of us there is a linear process to making a piece.In this class students will have the opportunity to test a varietyof finishes and have a chance to fire a piece early in the week,creating a feedback loop, so that thinking can go in both direc-tions. As youre making something youll also be thinking aboutfinishes. In the Skin and Bones workshop students will trythings they havent ever done and will learn, through experi-mentation and technical intermediary methods, the ways theycan bring together the two parts of the process. Its a good

    chance for people to get more engaged with the surface.

    Barringer, who lives in Shelburne Falls, Mass., has been astudio artist since 1973, making both sculpture and functionalpottery. Her work has been exhibited internationally, most re-cently at AKAR (Iowa City), the Signature Shop (Atlanta), andat the World Ceramics Expo in Korea. She has taught at numer-ous art centers and universities including Ohio University, theBoston Museum School, and Penland School of Crafts. She re-ceived a BA in art from Bennington College, studied sculptureat the Pratt Institute and apprenticed with Michael Frimkess.

    In addition to her studio work she has written and lecturedon ceramic history, and was named editor of Studio Potter( in 2003. Since its inception in 1972,Studio Potter has been a magazine for the community of pot-ters everywhere. It is written by potters and directed toward fel-low-potters who earn their living by making pots. Theadvertising-free, non-profit independent ceramics journal fo-cuses on aesthetic philosophy and is published twice-yearly inJanuary and July.

    As of this writing, Barringer was busily at work on the sum-mer issue. Its kind of a labor of love and its immensely enjoy-able to do, she said. I like to think of it as The New Yorker ofceramic publications. Theres a different theme for each issueand for each I look for a wide range of opinions. A few issuesago the theme was change. It encompassed articles about thechanges in your work in the studio over time: there was an ar-ticle about parenthood by someone who had adopted a baby andchange came quicklyand how it affected his studio work; weaddressed social change in a historical article; and wrote abouta woman who does installations of raw clay and then videotapesthe process of what happens to the clay as it alters over time.

    IS183 Art School ceramics intensive Skin and Bones with in-structor Mary Barringer will be held Monday through Friday,June 21 through 25, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition is $600, plus$50 materials fee. IS183 is located at 13 Willard Hill Road in In-terlaken. For more information and to register, please call413.298.5252, e-mail or visit

    This intensive will focus on the chicken-and-egg question ofhow the forms and surfaces of pots relate to each other. Form-ing processes, surface texture, drawing under or on glaze, glazechoices, and firing methods can all be deployed to underscoreor counter the form. We will come at the possibilities from mul-tiple directions, with the aim of discovering new strategies forintegrating these two elements in our work. During the weekwe will focus on mid-range oxidation firing, but the workshopis suitable for all temperatures, and for either handbuilding orwheel work.

    Kimberly Rawson is a writer, editor and communicationsstrategist who lives in Pittsfield.

    CERAMISTMaryBarringerby Kimberly Rawson

    One of the often-mentioned pleasures of functional art such as pottery is its ability to bring heightenedawareness to ordinary acts to intensify and make special the fundamental human activities of eating, drinking, andcooking. But it is equally wonderful that functional art has the power to disappear. Thus a handmade cup can tamp downthe art experience, push it below the threshold of attention, where it enters the user through the portal of the senses, ratherthan through the focused eye and conscious mind. It sneaks into your day and becomes part of the texture of your bodily life.

    What is studio pottery?According to Wikipedia, studio pottery is made by mod-ern artists working alone or in small groups, producingunique items or pottery in small quantities, typicallywith all stages of manufacturing carried out by one in-dividual. Much studio pottery is tableware or cookwarebut an increasing number of studio potters producenon-functional or sculptural items.


    Mary Barringer



    FRONT STREET GALLERYRemember during difficult times the best investment is

    something that uplifts the spirit. There is no greater gift than awonderful painting. Please come pick one out and make everyday of your life richer. Ongoing large selection of still life andBerkshire landscapes. All work sold at recession concessionprices. Time payments accepted by appointment or chance.

    The Front St. Gallery was established fifteen years ago byseven local artists; Kate Knapp was one of the original founders.Designed as a cooperative showing many Berkshire artistswork, today it is not only a gallery but primarily Kate Knappsstudio. The space is obviously a working studio with many racksfilled with canvases new and old, offering a great choice to any-one interested in looking. Kate has been studying art for 40years. Her paintings are found in collections all over the country. Front St. Gallery is a beautiful and intriguing space located

    next to the Corner Market looking out at the mountains andpassing trains. The paintings hanging on the walls are filled withcolor and light reflecting Kates training in the impressionistschool. There are portraits, still lifes and landscapes done in oiland watercolor. Wonderful paintings of the rivers, farms andflowers found in the Berkshires are inspiring. There are also vi-brant seascapes painted on Block Island, RI., where Kate has ahome and loves to paint. The key word here is loves. Thesepaintings are filled with an intense joy and passion for life. Thewild rapids of the river, old farm trucks parked in a field withcows and waves breaking on rocks and shore are painted withgreat feeling. Prices are negotiable. Spring and Summer Classes at Front Street studio now open

    for registration...Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. PaintingClasses are held Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 to 1 pm atthe gallery/studio. Thursday class is planned, from 9:30 - 1 pmat different locations, and to be announced weekly. The cost is$30 per class and it is for beginners to advanced, all mediumsare welcome.

    Front St. Gallery, Housatonic, MA. 413-274 6607, and 413-528-9546, 413-429-7141.

    ART ON NOTHE UPSTAIRS GALLERYThe excitement has been building for months as the artists

    of Art on No have been refurbishing the upstairs hall, soon to bere-opened as the Upstairs Gallery of Art on No. The publicis invited to attend the grand opening reception on Saturday,May 15 from 5 8 pm. Visit the new gallery, meet the artistsand tour the studios. Artists will be hanging works outside oftheir own studios for all to see. Refreshments and musical en-tertainment will be provided.

    In October 2004, artist Annie Laurie spearheaded a projectto get empty offices on the 2nd floor of 311 North Street readyfor local artists to rent.soon the studios were at 100% capacityand completely transformed. Since then, the building owner Irv-ing Cohen has supported Annies vision of having affordableworking spaces for artists in downtown Pittsfield, and has mademany improvements to the building.

    Our studios are filled with 17 artists in a diverse range ofmedia consisting of painters of all mediums, printmakers, silkscreen artists, musicians, videographers, sound recorders, jew-elry designers, photographers and more. We are one of thelargest concentrations of artists under one roof working indowntown Pittsfield. Our goal is to increase support for the artsin downtown Pittsfield and to keep the town lively and creative.In addition, Art on No will be open to the public during each

    of Pittsfields Third Thursday Festivities, 5:30 8pm from Maythrough October.Art on No, 311 North Street, Pittsfield, MA. Grand Re-Open-

    ing of Upstairs Gallery, May 15, 5-8 pm. Open during Pitts-fields Third Thursday Festivities and by appointment.


    Carrie Haddad Photographs is pleased to announce Po-laroids: Works by William Wegman, Mark Beard, John Dug-dale, Melinda McDaniel and Tanya Marcuse through May 30,2010. No other artist has conveyed the color, beauty and elegance

    of the 20 x 24 large format Polaroid process quite like WilliamWegman. The fact that Wegman has also managed to use thisform of photography to bring humor, wit, intelligence and a hu-mane view of the world, most often via the eyes or visage ofone his beloved Weimaraners, is a great bonus for people every-where, both in the art world and beyond.Also on exhibit are Mark Beards Polaroid transfers of per-

    sonal and compelling landscapes and portraits of downtownNew York performers, celebrities and friends. Tanya Marcusealso uses this method. In her jewel-like series Torso, the trans-ferred emulsion onto a sandwiched mylar material creates a lu-minous, transparent effect. John Dugdales use of 8 x10Polaroid film to capture his 19th century aesthetic results in im-ages that are remarkable in their other worldly beauty. MelindaMcDaniel uses the difficult to find SX 70 film to create abstractimages of rich color, shape and dimension in a continuation ofher distinctive body of contemporary work.

    For more information, please visit our website or visit us at the gallery 318 WarrenStreet, Hudson, NY, 12534.



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    Transilluminations, an exhibit at M Gallery in Catskill, N.Y. is a show of images printed onvarious media including backlit transparencies, metal, and traditional paper. The show runsthrough May 15.Woodstock photographer, Jonas Caufield, will display his photographs of trans-vestites, drag queens, and androgynous alternative fashionistas in an intimate setting along MainStreet, Catskill. The show focuses on the concept of gender identity and sexuality in dress. M Gallery owners, Patrick

    and Alyson Milbourn, welcomed the exhibition as an opportunity to view a lifestyle that so many of usknow nothing about. The photos bring forth a richness of emotions, an expression of vanity and overthumor which seemed prevalent to the collection. For Jonas subjects, it is life as usual a romp in thepark, a day at the mall, or a night at the clubs being true to themselves and their sense of pride.Caufields style developed early on a childhood spent in his mothers magical dark room. Studies

    included landscapes and still life, and his portrait work brought him commercial assignments, modelshoots and live events. My introduction to drag was Kingstons night life scene and I was fascinatedwith the many applications of cross dressing. Some are comedians, some impersonators, some use trans-fashion to define themselves or their alter egos. The ephemeral nature of each evenings artistic self-ex-pression drew me in I was driven to document and preserve it.Photographing under his pseudonym, Jack Flack captured images from underground clubs, nightlife

    events, and nightlife personalities from New York, London, and the Hudson Valley. His subjects and theilluminated images themselves will shine light on the observer and our concept of non traditional self ex-pression in relation to gender roles.

    M Gallery is located at 350 Main Street in Catskill, New York. More information at 518-943-0380. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm, by appointment or by chance.

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    BERKSHIRE ART KITCHENThe BAK Directory of Creativity - BAK is building a

    Blogroll Featuring links to Berkshire-based artists, graphic de-signers, musicians, writers, as well as galleries, museums andother venues for creativity.If you want to get the word out about the creative work you

    are doing here in the Berkshires - send us the link and welladd it to the Berkshire Art Kitchen Blogroll as we update.Social Media for Artists, Musicians & Entrepreneurs -

    BAK is helping artists, musicians, writers and small businessowners get started with social media. Join us in May for ournew series of low-cost hands-on seminars: MySpace Mon-days, Twitter Tuesdays, Wordpress Wednesdays and FacebookFridays Short and sweet, youll quickly learn how to ex-pand your presence online, while increasing your fan base.Stay tuned for more info.If youre anxious to get started, callor write to schedule a one-on-one tutorial.Volunteers & Interns - theres a lot going on at BAK and

    we would love your help! Were looking for dynamic, self-motivated, efficient and well-organized folks who are excitedabout being involved in the arts. Is music your thing? How

    about curating exhibitions? Grant writ-ing? Programming? Fundraising? Mar-keting? Social Media? Officemanagement? Bookkeeping? The listgoes on and on. Were building teamsnow. Please feel free to contact us to findout more. Let us know your interests andtime availability.The Berkshire Art Kitchen is an artist-

    run social experiment. Part gallery, partartists salon, part studio - BAK is com-mitted to providing unique opportunitiesfor creativity, connection & change.BAK needs your support in order to

    continue fostering creativity, connectionand change! We love supporting artists,musicians, writers and enthusiasts -Please help us keep them inspired!!!TheBerkshire Art Kitchen is a fund of theStorefront Artist Project, a 501(c)3 PublicCharity.Berkshire Art Kitchen, 400 Main Street,Suite A, Great Barrington, MA 01230.BAK is open most days 11-3, by appoint-ment or good fortune, and regularly onFridays and Saturdays 12-5pm . 413-717-0031,


    BERKSHIRE ART GALLERYThe Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY, recently concluded

    the exhibit An Enduring Legacy: American ImpressionistLandscape Paintings from the Thomas Clark Collection, a sig-nificant grouping of pre-1940 paintings from the last greatgeneration of impressionists who emerged during and in theaftermath of the American Impressionist movement (1880-1928). These artists, the students and sketching partners ofseminal figures such as Twachtman, Hassam, Chase andHenri, were successful in their own right, though obviouslynot as prominent as their predecessors. This second genera-tion flourished in places like Old Lyme, CT, Cape Ann, MA,New Hope, PA and Woodstock, NY, as well as areas of Ver-mont and California. Paintings by artists who were in An En-during Legacy, including Alice Judson (1876-1948), ArthurJames E. Powell (1864-1956) and Cecil Chichester (1891-1963), also are on exhibit at the Berkshire Art Gallery. Alice Judson, a student of John Twachtman, was one of the

    foremost artists of her era, with numerous successful museumand prominent gallery (Milch, Babcock, Anderson, etc.) ex-hibits. She lived in Beacon, NY, and wove tender violets, puregreens and subtle browns in Spring Landscape into a charm-ing fabric of tone, light and shadow. The Gallery also has fourpaintings by Arthur Powell, a National Academy member whopainted near his Dover Plains home, such as Spring Brook(Ten Mile River). Cecil Chichester, a landscape artist, illustra-tor, and instructor at the Art Students League of New Yorkand the Woodstock School of Painting, experimented withboth impressionist and realistic painting styles. His AutumnGaiety offers beautifully painted trees with vivid foliage re-flected in a nearby stream. Chichesters work is in the WhiteHouse.The Berkshire Art Gallery has a number of works by many

    other artists from this significant era in American art.Berkshire Art Gallery, 80 Railroad Street, Great Barring-

    ton, MA. Gallery hours are noon to 5PM, Saturday and Sun-day, or by appointment or chance. Parking for patrons isavailable in front of the Gallery. For information, contactJack Wood @ 413-528-2690 or

    MICHAEL FILMUSIn Michael Filmus painting View from Mt. Greylock, Bril-

    liant Sky a stand of majestic pines is silhouetted against agolden cloud. In the distance we see green fields stretching tothe horizon. From the summit the artist records a panorama,sometimes real, sometimes imagined.Michael Filmus has painted the Berkshire landscape for many

    years. He has exhibited his work in one-man shows at the Berk-shire Museum in Pittsfield and at the Welles Gallery in Lenox.In New York he has been represented by Hirschl & Adler Gal-leries and David Findlay Jr., Fine Art. Filmus works are in nu-merous private and public collections including the Art Instituteof Chicago and the Butler Institute of American Art. Michael Filmus may be contacted in the Berkshires at 413-

    528-5471 or through his website


    152 Main St, Great Barrington (next to Eagle Shoe and Boot)413 528 0013 (Tues - Sat 10:30-6 pm)

    The Gallery atThe Berkshire Gold and Silversmith

    Party MusicExtraordinaire!

    Formerly at New Yorks*Rainbow Room

    *Waldorf-Astoria Hotel*Windows On The World

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    BARBARA & JOSEPHFIDDLERS TWO residing in the beautiful Berkshires,will bring the melodies you lovefrom Broadway to Vienna

    to your special event.

    Enjoy magical renditions of show tunes,Gershwin, Porter, Italian, French, Viennese favorites...

    and your guests requests!

    Perfect for your ...*Home Entertaining

    *Formal Dinner *Gala Event*Civic/Business Function *Wedding!

    For information & brochure, please call(413)458-1984

    Fiddlers Two is a unit of The Black Tie Orchestra

    Barbara and Joseph Fiddlers Two performers for many years at the

    Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC. Seenabove at a Waldorf NYs Eve celebration.



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    Gallery Space available for Artists to exhibit their art work.Great Lighting with intimate, natural wood environment.

    Past art exhibits have been considered well attended and enjoyed.

    If this interests you, please stop by or call the Gallery. We are always interested in seeing what you create.

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  • DON MULLER GALLERYFor the third year in a row, the Don Muller Gallery has been

    named one of the Top Ten Retailers of American Craft in NorthAmerica by Niche Magazine, one of the highest marks of dis-tinction in the American craft industry.

    More than 18,000 craft artists from the United States andCanada are polled each year and nominate over 700 galleries,retail stores, and museum shops. Criteria for selection include: treating artists with courtesy and respect; paying ontime; promoting and marketing American crafts; giving backtime and energy to the craft community; mentoring emergingartists; and maintaining an inventory that is at least 85% Amer-ican craft.Don Muller Gallery was honored to be named among the top

    galleries in the United States, and is particularly proud toachieve such an award for owning and operating a business indowntown, Northampton, Massachusetts, for over 25 years.Being one of the top 10 galleries in the nation is a real tributeto past and present employees and all of the artists that havebeen represented through the years. The gallery has also announced the launch of their new

    website. The site features the work of many artists in jewelry,glass, wood, fiber, and more; it includes a tour of the gallery, adescription of their services, and an introduction to the gallerystaff. The site was produced by Positronic, a web development company based in Northampton.Don Muller Gallery, 40 Main St, Northampton, MA,

    413-586-1119, Open MonWed, 10-5:30, ThursSat, 109, Sunday 12-5pm.

    THE MUSIC STOREAs we revel in Berkshires Spring Symphony, we at the

    Music Store begin to anticipate our second in our new loca-tion, at the end of the Railroad Street extension in Great Bar-rington. Acclaimed as one of the areas best music stores, TheMusic Store specializes in fine, folk and unusual musical in-struments, accessories, supplies and music motif gifts. The Music Store offers music lovers and musicians of all

    ages and abilities a myriad of musical merchandise that willhelp them illuminate the longest winter night and enliven theshortest day. Music lovers and professional and amateur musi-cians alike will find an exciting array of both new and usedname-brand and hand-made instruments, extraordinary folkinstruments and one of the Northeasts finest selections ofstrings and reeds. Music Store customers enjoy fine luthier handmade classi-

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    I met artist Terry Wise at the Lauren Clark Fine Art Gallery in Housatonic, Massachusetts.I wanted to view her finished work the same way other gallery patrons view it rather than in astudio with unfinished pictures and paint supplies in evidence. I think this gave me a differentperspective on Terry as an artist and a professional. Although we talked about her multi-talentedand supportive family we concentrated more on delving into her process of constructing a paint-ing, why she feels the need to paint, and the influences on her work. I discovered that althoughat first glance Terry seems to be a rather quiet, introspective artist, deep down shes somewhatconflicted about painting what she views as safe, and crossing the line into the unknown. Sheadmitted that when she has crossed the line the response from the public has been lukewarm,but although her forte is still lifes shes not averse to trying her hand at the challenge of figuredrawing.

    Nanci Race: Have you been painting for many years?Terry Wise: About 15 years. I studied fine art at Indiana University in the 70s, and I got at BFA de-gree in textile design. I took a painting course and did a lot of basic curriculum so I have some back-ground, but during the time my children were little I experimented in a lot of different things. I didsome printmaking, some textile work, liturgical design for a church and lots of different things. Ieven did a four year stint as a childrens clothing designer. Then ultimately I began to work withJoan Griswold, taking classes from her in her studio. That provided a real steady pace of being inthe studio setting every week and getting a feeling for that situation. She taught me more basics ofpainting than were being taught in the 70s in art school. At that point in art school the training yougot was sort of do whatever you want, and Joan was very good at teaching the basics. Classeswith her also taught me a different way of seeing when painting. The class took a number of paint-

    ing trips to Europe and places in the United States, like Maine and California. I didnt go on all thetrips, but I did take two trips to Italy and one to Ireland with her and the other students. I found thatlandscape painting was not my forte, my first love. I enjoy working in a studio setting better.

    Ive been working in my own studio for about 12 years. Still life has been my main focus, butmore recently Ive been learning to do figures because its a challenge and something I always feltwas beyond my ability. Ive taken some figure drawing classes and have been just playing aroundwith it. I dont know how much that will enter into my work. Im fascinated with it right now. I findthat commercial galleries often veer away from the human figure and I dont want that to totallydefine what I do. The contemporary world is always forging ahead into areas that make people un-comfortable and Im not really up there with the young folks doing crazy political stuff or what-ever, but I do like to keep up on what is happening. I like to see contemporary work. I seek it outwhenever I travel. I find it fascinating. But, then you have the dilemma of doing what sells and whatpeople are comfortable with versus pushing the edges a little bit. Whenever I push and try some-thing a little more experimental the reaction is generally pretty lukewarm.

    NR: At least you have the courage to try youre not just sitting back and deciding that youre goingcontinue doing exactly the same old thing over and over again without ever stepping out of yourcomfort zone correct?TW: One of the real dilemmas of getting a following for your work is the people start expectingyou to turn out the same thing over and over for years. Some people can successfully do that andkeep it alive and fresh. I cant. The reason I didnt pursue textiles professionally or as an artist isthat you have to do a lot of repetitive work; the same techniques over and over again to create a

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    body of work or product. The reason I like painting is that I canalways have a new subject to view, a new technique, or what-ever and its always starting fresh.

    NR: What is your preferred medium?TW: I usually paint in oils but I also combine different materi-als. One technique that Ive developed is where I under paint inacrylic. The acrylic allows me to layer colors very quickly. ThenI experiment with block printing on the under painting with dif-ferent patterns. There is a rubbery material that you can buy inan art store. Its called speedy cut or something like that andits used for block printing. Its a lot easier to cut and is a lotmore flexible than a linoleum block would be. It has sort of thesame effect. Unfortunately they do break down rapidly. Any-way, I fool around with stripes that can become checkerboardpatterns. I also have lots of floral patterns. I layer all of thesewith circles. I play with printing pattern onto the background.Sometimes its where a specific still life will be like a table orsometimes Ill just print it, lean it against a wall and live with itfor a week or maybe three months before what needs to be onthere will come to me. At some point when I go back to it something totally different might happenthan what I originally thought. Then I paint on top of that. I might do something fairly abstract orI might paint a still life. It evolves. When I first started working with the printed surface in thepainting I was working on a specific still life and I would add in the printing of maybe the imageryof a tablecloth and a table or a wallpaper background. I had a specific goal in mind for that partic-ular piece. Slowly its metamorphosed into the process where something will come out of it but Imnot quite sure what when I begin. Its kind of fun to explore that way.

    NR: How difficult is it for you to let go of a painting. By that I mean do you go back and contin-uously edit your painting or do you just finish it, do a quick review, and say thats its done?TW: I would just say its done. When I go back into a painting and try to control details then Iknow Im killing it. I like some artists whose work is very detailed, but when I start getting too de-

    tailed, I feel like Ive pushed too hard, and it gets too controlled for me. Sometimes I do paintingswhere Im really working to capture exactly what it is. Its the same thing with trying to do figures;I think I have to prove to myself that Im capable. But I may not choose to use them on a detail.So I do want it to be a choice. Personally I like to be able to fill in for my own self what might beimplied, but might not actually be there as opposed to a photo realist painting where every detailis there. I try to avoid that.

    NR: How much does the outside world influence your work? I dont mean necessarily otherpainters or their work, but life in general.TW: I know that my mood will affect what Im doing. The painting, The Last Day, that soldthrough the Lauren Clark Fine Art Gallery had a stripe of red down the back, and I think that cameout of being angry about something. I cant remember now, because the issue has gone away, andthat generally happens. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE ....





    Its pretty rare, but there have been times that I have gone in with so much angry energy that I dontwant to spread all over the people in my life that sometimes it will come out of my paintings. I thinkthe love of visual beauty and harmony, and harmony can be anything like close values, it could behigh contrasts, experimenting with colors and things like that, comes out of my interest in life. Ihave a great life. I like having a great life where I have wonderful friends and family. I live in abeautiful house, that I enjoy and I have nice neighbors, and have a great husband. So things are goodand I look for that general sense of wellness to come out in my paintings; to be expressed in gor-geous color combinations or an interesting pattern or something like that. I am also influenced byother artists, although I try not to be a copycat.

    NR: Have you passed on your creativity to your children?TW: I see myself reflected in my children. They are all very creative. Two in particular manage tokeep six or eight balls in the air at the same time. And I realize that thats what Ive always done;doing volunteer work or doing some creative project, and whatever else the family required. Thatsthe way I always did it and I would be going in 1,000 different directions at once. At times it couldget kind of nerve-racking, but on the other hand, when things settle down and start getting very sim-ple I start getting antsy. I think in a way this does affect my studio practice because even though Itry to be very steady about getting into my studio every day and having expansions of time to settlein and do the work, I do get strung out in lots of different directions. I have to struggle to get otherthings done when the studio should always be first. However, life calls.

    NR: How does that make you feel to see your creativity reflected so heavily in your children?TW: Its amazing. I think it really hit home when both of my daughters at different times came outwith this statement, I just like making things. One went to Pratt and studied fashion design. Myother daughter studied other things, but was always making things; always knitting or crocheting,making felt, making paper, always trying something new. My son Pete is co-director of BerkshireFringe, a 21 day summer festival, which brings in theater, dance and music by artists from acrossthe United States, as well as local artists. Its presented by Bazaar Productions Inc., a nonprofitarts organization. Although Pete studied music hes gotten very involved in theater through Berk-shire Fringe. My husband on the other hand is a dentist, but he has a good eye for art. He has joinedin my love of art. Ive gotten him into galleries and museums over the years. Weve actually filledour house with art and many of the artists are local.

    NR: How much of the art on display in your house is your own work?TW: I would say probably 30 or 40% because I do like to fill big spaces. I rotate my work in andout of the house as I need it elsewhere. However, over the years Ive filled my house with other peo-ples work, which to me is really enjoyable and by purchasing other peoples art and displaying itin my home, I find it enhances my own artistic ability.

    NR: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?TW: Im not really sure. My hope would be to have some steady representation in maybe more thanone regional art center. Im not sure where that would be. New York is a little scary and very fickle.But Im not really thinking I want to be a big New York City artist. I would hope to have severalgalleries showing my work, which would push me to keep creating more work on a regular basis.I spent last September in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, VT, where visual

    artists and writers come from all over the United States and the world to experience uninterruptedtime and ample studio space to work. Meals are provided and there are many opportunities for so-cial interaction and learning from each others work and from established visiting artists.

    One result of this residency is a group show by the September residents, which is being organizedby a fellow artist in London. It will open in London on September 9, 2010 with the titleCOPYO9O9. I plan to be there and to reconnect with this vibrant group of fellow artists and writers.I think the best thing about the residency, and in turn the group show, is the huge range of ages, cul-tural viewpoints and artwork found in the group. Everyone was respectful of other artists workthough there were vast differences in subject and style. Other than that Im not really sure of whatelse will happen. Every now and then I toy with other ways of getting my work out there.

    NR: Terry, why do you paint?TW: What a great question. To quote my two daughters, I just like making things. Its a very phys-ical, material process. Dont know what started me on this path other than as a child getting a re-sponse to my drawings. People told me I was a good artist, and I only had a vision of myself as anartist. I made it clear from a very early age that this was what I wanted to do with my life. But ofcourse once you get out into the big wide world you find out that its not always as simple as youthink. In fact now that Ive invested so much time in looking at art, I really get excited about visualthings. I really love living in a beautiful place; it really means a lot to me. When Im in my studio,plugging along, doing rote things in preparation for whatever I plan to do then all of a sudden,something will start unfolding in terms of new work and thats very exciting. I know that at somepoint that will become my old work and it wont be exciting anymore. So I move on to somethingelse, but the process is pretty amazing. When something seismic happens and I look at what Ivejust done I think wow, how did that just happen? But it comes from years of skill and a certainfocus on experimenting in different directions or techniques. Painting sustains me and my studiofeels like a sanctuary even though its very small and very crowded. But its the place where I goto allow myself to settle in and take time to relax. I dont bring general reading material in but Ikeep of tons of art related reading material nearby. My studio is where I read about the art world,I look at the pictures, read about other artists and I fill myself with that as Im doing my own work.Its where I give myself permission to let things unfold as I relax. That doesnt happen as much athome or other places because I feel I have to fulfill certain obligations and do things in a timelyway.

    NR: You mentioned certain obligations you have to fulfill at home. Are any of those art related?TW: Were actually re-doing a room in our house right now and I came up with this notion of usinglarge-scale paintings as the doors. This is a project that is underway, where I will actually developthe imagery that will work in that space, but its a challenge for me. I have to create something thatworks using techniques that Ive used before but it gives me the chance to do something big, whichI wouldnt ordinarily do. Luckily I dont have to please anyone but myself and my husband, andthats a good thing. So well see how that goes.

    NR: If you dont generally do large size works, what is the size that you normally work with?TW: Ive done a number of series of small paintings usually squares. Ive done eight inch squares,12 inch squares, the ones in the gallery here are 11 inches plus frame. Most of my work ranges from


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    the smaller sizes to 24 or 36 inches. I did a large painting that was in four panels. It was donespecifically for an exhibit in Austria. It was intended to stay there but I ended up talking the galleryand returning it to me and I supplied him with another work. That is actually the piece that will bein Sanford Smith Art Gallery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts during May and June.

    NR: Back in the day, so to speak, not a lot of people, especially women went to school and studiedart and became professional artists. What about your parents, what were their thoughts on you be-coming an artist?TW: Ive learned to appreciate the fact that my parents supported me in what I wanted to do. Theydidnt always agree with what I wanted to do. For example in high school, I decided I wanted tobe a foreign exchange student and theyd never traveled out of the country. I think that was a kindof scary process for them but they supported me, and they gave me those wings and made it pos-sible. I also knew I wanted to study art and they never said Oh no you cant do that. I did haveanother relative who said, You must take art education classes so you can teach. But I never did.I feel that I grew up in a particular time in history when women were still expected to get marriedand have a family. That was really strong in my extended family, but also I was in high school andcollege at a time when women could opt out of all that, have a career and do something great inthe world and make a difference. I feel like what I have to give is based on the rich life that I havethrough my many relationships and associations. And as an artist I feel that as long as my eyes stillwork and I can coordinate my eyes and my hands then I can keep doing this. If I can be healthyfor that length of time I see myself painting until I am well into my 80s.

    NR: Would you say that somewhere deep down inside of you there might be a spark of rebellion?TW: I was raised to be a very obedient girl. Sometimes I look at my life and think; its really notthat I even wanted to be an artist because to be an artist you need to put yourself out there. You haveto be the public view and people respond to your work, sometimes they like it sometimes theydont. But I was raised to be a good girl and to care a lot about what people think about me andIve really been battling with that all my life, and its not getting any better in terms of that littledevil on my shoulder that tells me to go for it. Because if Im not able to let that little devil speak,Im never going to make any progress or make any changes or put a red streak in a painting.

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    Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)Leadership is the ability to be creative under unpredictable

    or confusing circumstances. In our time, leadership is aboutideas. You're poised to be a source of approaches or conceptsthat will qualify as one of a kind, and potentially once in a life-time. Your mind is working with a kind of logic all its own, andI suggest you put no energy at all into doubting yourself. Evenif you think something that seems like it's not even vaguely ap-plicable, or have ideas that don't seem to apply to the situation,assume you're working on a good hunch. Trust yourself; trustyour perception; and moreover trust that you can treat any prob-lem as a puzzle that, if solved, can improve life for everyone.

    Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)Nobody tests your faith except for you. If the planets mean

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    Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)In the long discussion of 'reuniting sexuality and spirituality'

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    Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)Are you really that tangled up in the life of another person?

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    Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)A past work partnership may prove to be vital this month.

    Look for who, from the back pages of history, turns up or has re-cently turned up in your life, and make sure you don't bring yourold prejudices about the relationship. What you have with thisperson is an unusual depth of contact on the elusive theme ofvalues. Yet the planets suggest a change of roles; someone whowas once your boss could become your employee; someonewho was once your student could take over a crucial project;someone who was strictly a professional contact could becomea significant personal acquaintance. The overall theme is tomaintain your flexibility and stay firmly in the present, no mat-ter how old the story may be.

    Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)Take advantage of being relieved of some responsibility (or

    your overdeveloped sense of responsibility) and indulge in someself-expression, romance or art: basically, trade in some workfor some play. If I must lure you with the prospect of productiv-ity, I promise you that you will feed the tree of accomplishment.Through most of the year, your pendulum has been swingingfar in the direction of taking the world onto your shoulders, andit's about time you put it down for a while. True, many peoplesucceed at great accomplishments without much balance in theirlives, and some of them are even happy. You, personally, needto work both sides of your brain, in honor of the fabulous chal-lenges that are ahead.

    Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)You're starting to get a taste of what it's like to not be under

    constant pressure to improve yourself. For certain phases of life,it's necessary to define existence in terms of a healing agenda,and that can seem like the 'whole purpose' of existence. Myste-riously, that changes and some new purpose takes up life in yourheart and mind. You're now in a brief spell of experimentingwith that new agenda, a new vision for yourself. This will comewith the revelation of priorities you have not considered, andwhich have often slipped out of your grasp. You may not be ableto put all of them into action; I suggest being grateful for theopportunity to experiment in real life with one new priority.

    Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)For a long time I've been describing your life as the attempt

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    trauma has passed, the problem has been resolved, and per-haps in a small percentage of cases, that may be true. How-ever, in my experience and observation this has not been thecase. When the small bones of the neck, for example areshifted out of their original position, by the forces from anaccident or fall, this creates an unnatural fit between thejoints therein. The body works amazingly hard to protect usfrom pain and so goes immediately into compensation. Thiscompensation works subtly throughout the body, taking a lit-tle from here and a little from there, until it can no longeraccommodate the distortion. In the meantime, inflammationcontinues at the original site. This process can take a coupleof decades for the body to run out of the available slack,and pain may resurface at the original area or at some otherlocation.

    This all may seem like bad news indeed. However, thegood news is, that armed with this information, awareness,and connection to ones body, as well as intelligent interven-tion, a great deal of pain can be understood, relieved and po-tentially avoided. Erin can be reached at 413-528-1623, cell: 201-787-


    KARI AMDAHLEmotionally overwhelmed? Stressed? Feel down on your-

    self? Stuck? These are just a few symptoms of how one mayrespond to lifes challenges. But one doesnt have to get trappedin these uncomfortable places.

    Kari Amdahl utilizes a number of modalities in her psy-chotherapeutic work with clients to address such feelings, so asto allow for smoother transitions and resolutions to the issuespresented.Mindfulness and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) are

    two approaches that can be applied at any given time with veryfavorable results.Though mindfulness originated as a form of Zen Buddhist

    meditation over two and a half thousand years ago, its essenceneed not be experienced in meditation solely. Rather, mind-fulness can be practiced within the therapeutic process, andeventually as a way of experiencing life in general, whether oneis driving on the freeway, working, taking a shower, or talkingto a friend.

    In brief, exercising mindfulness allows for a moregrounded, in-the-moment experience of what is at hand. So,rather than fighting a problem, forcing solutions, or continuingto be gripped by uncomfortable feelings, becoming mindfulnurtures a more neutral state of being, so acceptance of whatis becomes possible. Calmly accepting a circumstance thenfosters new insights, wisdom and compassion for ones self andthe situation. As a result, unexpected resolutions arise, as wellas a more positive and open outlook.CBT is also very helpful in discovering and changing ones

    negative perspectives. Often we are not aware of our pessimisticconscious/unconscious thoughts that create our view of theworld and ourselves. With help one can bring these out into theopen, discovering if they are true or not. Often by catching theseself-defeating thoughts, one can not only prove them untrue but,one can also alter ones whole outlook: more choices becomeavailable and positive life changes occur.

    The thought manifests as the word;The word manifests as the deed;The deed develops into habit;And habit hardens into character.So watch the thought and its ways withcare,

    And let it spring from love,Born out of compassion for all human be-ings.As the shadow follows the body,As we think, so we become

    Das, L.S. 1997.For more information and to make an appointment, contact

    Kari Amdahl at 413-528-6121. Great Barrington area. Slidingscale available.

    THE ART OF PILATESThe art of Pilates? But isnt Pilates a form of exercise? Yes,

    but in Sharon Trues approach to teaching Pilates, this form ofmind-body exercise becomes an artful enterprise, where excesstension is smoothed away and new neuromuscular patterns arecreated that lead to a more balanced use of muscles. When mus-cles are balanced around the joints, the result is less pain, moregrace, functional strength, and a feeling of wholeness and bodyconfidence.Sharon True, owner of WholePerson Movement, has been in-

    spiring clients in her studio in Great Barrington since 1998. Acertified Laban movement analyst and somatic movement ther-apist as well as a certified Pilates instructor, True brings heryears of intensive movement study to every workout sheteaches, looking at the various challenges her clients present asopportunities for creative problem-solving. Working with eachclients individual concerns and interests, she develops workoutsthat are challenging and effective without provoking pain. Shesees each persons body as a kind of clay that can be workedboth from the inside (her clients contribution) and the outside(her discerning eye and movement expertise) witht he goal offinding ease and harmony in movement.

    In addition to providing one-on-one workouts at her fully-equipped Pilates studio in Great Barrington, True offers privateand duet Reformer workouts at Kinesphere Studio, located at66 Main Street in Lee, Mass. Group mat classes are also avail-able in Lee and in Great Barrington.

    For a free phone consultation, contact Sharon True at413.528.2465 Mon-Sun 9 AM 9 PM. Or email her at Gift certificates always available.

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    IS183 Art School announces its 19th year of exceptional sum-mer theme-based art camps for children and adults. Classes aretaught by professional artists in a creative, nurturing and inspi-rational environment at the Berkshires only year-round commu-nity art school. Programs in painting, drawing, ceramics,printmaking, metal working, sculpture, photography, fiber andmixed media are taught in a fun-filled, child-focused atmos-phere at IS183s historic landmark home in the Interlaken vil-lage of Stockbridge.

    One and two-week sessions are available for children agesthree through 14, from June 28 through August 20, and includeWear Your Art, Time Travelers Suitcase, Make Your OwnMuseum: From Mona Lisa to Pop Art, 15 Pharaohs Walk intoa Pyramid and Kites, Flights and Wings. Each young artistscamp session concludes with an art show at IS183 Art School,which family and friends are invited to attend. Adults can renew their creative spirit in a week-long art in-

    tensive, June 21 through 25, from 9:30 to 4:00. Programs in-clude Photography Boot Camp with Jason Houston, Skin andBones a ceramics intensive with Mary Barringer, and ExploreColor with painter Joan Griswold. For a complete listing of IS183s Summer Art Camps please

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    Landscape painter Robert Caputo will be teaching a two-dayoutdoor landscape oil-painting workshop in Sheffield, Massa-chusetts on Saturday June 5 and Sunday June 6. Consisting ofsix hours of hands-on painting instruction each day (9-12 AMand 1-4 PM), the workshop is open to all levels of artistic expert-ise. Caputo will focus on drawing, color, and value with an em-phasis on capturing a sense of light and atmosphere, twoqualities for which his work is known. Hell also offer practicalapproaches to painting such things as water, clouds, and trees.The workshop is being offered through The Housatonic Val-

    ley Art League and in conjunction with the Lenox Gallery ofFine Art, where Caputos show Distant Light: New LandscapePaintings will be on display from May 28 through July 5.Gallery owner Jerome Connoy, who has shown Caputos workfor the past decade, says, Rob has really developed into one ofthe finest landscape painters in New England. Our clientsthroughout the country collect his paintings and eagerly awaitnew work.The fee for the two-day workshop is $225 ($200 for HVAL

    members). It is limited to 15 students. For more information visit or contact Leslie

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    SABINE PHOTO ARTWhether its an amicable groom, an observant guest, a

    family gathering, or a tree house, Sabine Vollmer von Falkenis in rapport with her subject. In the European photographictradition, her true talent and interest lays in photographingreal people and locations. The results are natural and direct,capturing the emotion of the moment or the mood of the envi-ronment.Sabine specializes in young children at play and creating a

    photographic record of their growth. A master of the subtletiesof lighting and the nuance of background, her eye for detailprovides photos to be treasured for a lifetime. It is to no sur-prise that she is a sought-after wedding photographer, as well.Sabines photo studio and gallery is located in Glendale,

    Massachusetts. She captures portraits there or on location.Each photo is tailored to meet her clients needsa black-and-white remembrance for a special occasion or a logoimage to create an authentic online presence.Her photographs have been published in a variety of maga-

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    phers, the International Center of Photography ICP and theWedding Photojournalist Association WPJA, Sabine offersoutdoor workshops for the advanced amateur photographersin June. The dates are: June 6, 13, 20 and 27.Sabine Vollmer von Falken, 20 Glendale Road, Glendale,

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    Harryet Candee: Tell me what goes in to creating a photo exhibit? What qualifies a personsart to be qualified to show their work?

    For me, the process of creating a new show usually begins with some sort of inspiration, be ita particular piece or body of work, or a theme or subject that intrigues me. If it is a group exhibit,I seek out (through recommendations from colleagues, or my own searches) relevant artists whobring their own unique voice or viewpoint along with strong, professional presentation. Whetherit is a solo or a group exhibit, I really enjoy working closely with each artist so that by the time theshow opens, we are both proud of the collaboration. I take a lot of pride in the shows I produce. Inmy opinion, a curator is not just a presenter or an information filter; a good curator is a facilitator,a designer, and an educator, helping viewers understand something outside their own experience.This is why we go to museums, galleries, the movies: to experience something outside our ownlives for a brief moment. Hopefully we leave energized and connected through experiencing astory that is not simply told, but shared.

    Melissa Stafford: What do you like best about being a gallerist? The relationships I have with the artists we represent are by far some of the best parts of this

    job; many of them have become great friends. I feel completely grateful for the opportunity to visitan artists studio, to learn more about them, and their work, more intimately. It is a huge bonus.Some of these people are like rock stars to me. I also love sending them checks for sold work, andknowing that this means they can now afford, or be encouraged to create more.

    What career plan did you have in mind when you first got out of school?I wanted to be some combination of Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg, and Peter Gabriel. I was

    pretty obsessed with information and media from as far back as I can remember - movies, books,music, computers - I couldnt get enough. My mom used to joke that books were permanently at-tached to my hands. All I ever really wanted was to just tell a story. A really great story. I still wantto do this, but I now realize that I can tell a story many different ways, and I dont need a big screenor a published book to do it. It is a wonderful challenge to determine how to engage an audience and ultimately affect them.

    I enjoy the research, the writing, the conceptual elements - all of the parts that, when combined,make an exhibition. And then the moment when that exhibition opens - its magical, in much thesame way film always was, and always will be to me.

    I remember when I was 14 years old. My father brought me to a local stores parking lot becausethere was this crazy ride, set up for just the day. It was called the Mindblender and it was producedby Peter Gabriel. I think it was the very first motion video ride ever made or very close to it. Any-way, this ride - it blew my 14-year-old mind. I walked out of there and my eyes were huge and allI wanted to know was, HOW COULD I LEARN TO MAKE THINGS LIKE THAT? (And, wherewas Peter Gabriel so I could marry him?)

    Were you expecting to be in the art world?I always wanted to do something creative, so to that end, yes. Would I have imagined working

    in a gallery? Probably not. I used to imagine myself more on the producing, and not the presentingside of things, but Ive had a blast so far. I try to not plan too much for things most of the time. Ihave ideas and larger things I hope to accomplish, but I never know how one thing may lead to thenext, so I am always open. Even how I came to be here at the gallery is a bit by chance - about sevenyears ago I decided to take a drive to Hudson (I had been here only once before on a day trip witha friend). It was late summer, and it was one of those perfectly quiet, lazy days. I remember itstarted raining - no, pouring, and it just wouldnt stop - so I ducked into the nearest store to staydry. It happened to be Carries gallery. It felt like I stayed there for hours, taking my time lookingat each and every piece, and I fell in love with the place. I asked Carrie if she needed help and shedid - so I started volunteering, coming down on the weekends (I lived in Albany at the time) andlearning about her artists. The rest, as they say, is history.

    How did the Carrie Haddad Photographs gallery start?Ever since I first started working for Carrie, she had always wished to open a second location

    solely for Photography. We glossed over it many years ago, but nothing too serious. Then, in thesummer of 2008, I had decided that I might leave and go back to school. I picked a University inLondon and was mid-way through the process when Carrie asked me to look at some buildings intown with her. We took a look at the space at 318 Warren Street and she presented her idea to me,which involved my staying here, and running her Photography gallery. It was definitely exciting,and just the challenge I was craving at the time.

    Things happened pretty fast from that day forward - within four months we were officiallyopened. It was kinda crazy to tell you the truth! Everyone thought we were completely out of ourminds. And, we probably were. The economy was at its lowest, everyone was depressed - it wasterrifying. But it was also immensely thrilling and satisfying because of the appreciation we feltfrom the community and our customers. Their support has been immeasurable.

    What have you learned from running a gallery?In running the gallery over the course of the last year I felt like I have been studying for both

    my MBA and my MFA in Photography (with some crash courses in Psychology thrown in alongthe way). I have learned that if you are going to run a business where you want to create awe-in-spiring experiences, that its a lot of work, and it requires passion. And it better be worth losingsleep over, because the idea of the normal 8-hour work day will no longer apply to you. Ive alsolearned not tot be scared of failure, and that it is OK to make mistakes (because you will. trustme.)

    Melissa StaffordGallerist

    photograph by David Halliday

    Interviewed by Harryet Candee


    Melissa, can you read people? I just listen to people. You would be amazed what a stranger will talk about, reveal about them-

    selves, when they know they have an open ear and someone willing to give them five minutes oftheir day. These conversations are probably my second most favorite thing about my job - theyopen my eyes, educate me, surprise and entertain me.

    I dont go to work to sit for eight hours starring at artwork or a computer screen. I want tointeract with people! I want to hear opinions - the stronger the better! You love this piece? Great!Why do you love it? You didnt like the show? OK. How come? Being available to answer ques-tions and talk with visitors is wonderful - its a great place to learn, one interaction at a time.

    What are the resources you tap into that keeps the gallery on a cutting edge?I subscribe to 147 photography or art/design related blogs. I try to read these blogs every week.

    It is very important to me that I keep up with what work is being produced, and what work othergalleries/museums are showing, so I can feel like I can participate in a dialogue, or contribute onsome level. Unfortunately, because of my job, and the necessity for me to be in the gallery mostdays, I dont get the opportunity to get out as much. Books, magazines, blogs and the internet ingeneral provide me with the ability to see as much as I can.

    Have you come lately come across any artists that are original?Curtis Mann, an artist who manipulates and erodes photographic images with bleach, has some

    fascinating work (which you can catch through May 30 at the Whitney Biennial). I also recentlycame across the work of Matt Lipps, an artist who lives out in Los Angeles. I love his series titledHome, and Im dying to see them in person.

    One of my FAVORITE photographers - and, coincidentally, one we happen to represent - isDavid Lebe. He was a professor at the Philadelphia College of Art for 18 years, and I am wildlyjealous of his regular students because I never had the opportunity to formally study under him.However, I can safely say that, whether he knows it or not, David has really taught me how to lookat photography. I value every conversation we have ever had. Davids own work, be it light draw-ings from the 1970s, his singular photograms, or the recent images from his garden continue toinspire me.

    Supposing I am a photography studentfresh out of college. I want to show my work! I needadvice! If you are an artist ready to begin looking for representation, the best advice I could give would

    be this: really do your homework. Spend time researching galleries to find the one that will be thebest fit with you and your work. If you can, actually VISIT the gallery first. Speak with the ownerand ask questions (not about your work, or how you can submit, at least not in this first interaction)- ask him or her about the work they love, about the artists they work with, ask why they started

    the gallery. Pretend you are on a date. Are you impressed? If you are, make sure they do not alreadywork with an artist who does something similar to what you do (This happens a lot unfortunately.Your work could be absolutely wonderful, but I can only show so many photographers who shootflowers/animals/landscapes, etc. Understand that the gallery you are approaching needs to be re-spectful to the artists they already work with). Once you have gone through all this criteria, and you are confident that you and this potential

    gallery should be the best of friends - contact them and ask what their submission policy is. Followtheir instructions. If they request a CD with images, an email, or slides - send them exactly that.Make sure to label everything so that even your grandmother could figure it out if she had to. Most important: Follow Up. Dont be annoying about it, but definitely follow up, whether with

    a phone call or an email. Be gracious no matter what. AND, since you have done your homeworkfinding a great gallery match, youll be less likely to collect a pile of rejection letters.

    Melissa Stafford is at the Carrie Haddad Photographs gallery, located at 318 Warren Street inHudson, New York. 518-828-1915.



  • by Bob Balogh

    I have a letter here from Francine Gilgamesh. She lives in ahouseboat on Lake Mansfield.

    Dear Bob:I guess Im like most women. I dont tell anybody how old

    I am. My age is something I just dont talk about. It aint no-bodys business and thats all there is to it.But you, Bob. Youve been saying on the radio that youre turn-ing 60 this year. I heard you mention that more than once.Sixty!!! Damn, Bob. That kind of makes me feel sick to mystomach, no offense. I mean, I didnt realize you were that old.Whats it like, Bob? Arent you scared? Sorry if Im hurtingyour feelings. But think how I feel. Ive been listening to you onmy radio for years and I just kind of figured you were a decentage.But now youre gonna be 60!!! Oh my god. Its like you violatedme somehow. Why did you pull such a sneaky trick like thatand turn old?

    Francine:Go take a shower. Soak your head and try to wash my image

    out of your hair. And fix your radio so that my voice never leaksinto your that precious space between your ears. Change thespot on your radio dial. Or maybe put on one of your StevieNicks albums.Wait. Forget about Stevie Nicks. Shes older than I am.

    Look, Francine. People get old and right away they buy into abrand of panic relative to their mortality. They get freaked outabout dropping dead.

    Me, I only get scared that I wont die. Or wont die soonenough. I sure as hell have had enough. Much to my misfortune,Ive been part of this farcockteh generation nicknamed babyboomers, who are a spiritually and morally bankrupt mob ofgreedy, whining, namby-pambies.So, right about now, my generation is pretty much wrapped

    up in some phase of the fear of dying, or else they are still en-joying the comfortable insulation of living in denial.I, on the other hand, only fear not dying. It doesnt matter if

    I croak now or lateras long as I croak.And, oh yes. There is something else I dread about joining

    the ranks of the most seasoned of citizens. And that would be thesmell. Eventually, my personal stink will increase, so I must al-ways have easy access to indoor plumbing and such, that is,lavatory services. Soap and water and deodorant and talcumpowder and mouthwash.And those nose hairs. Must check those nostrils up close to

    the bathroom mirror and clip those nasty nose hairs. And shavethe face meticulously. That means get those whiskers I keepmissing way down on my turkey neck.Good hygiene and good grooming goes a long way if youre

    getting to be an old gasbag like me. After age 60, the stink setsin and wild hairs sprout up. And you can ignore it, but no oneelse will be able to. And theyll wish you would just go some-where and die. Which you might as well do because at that pointyour life wont be worth living.Or you can stay strong and upbeat and as relevant as possible

    until your final exhale, and understand that getting old aint forsissies.


    Throughout the universal frame of the astral system, in thegrand design of the visible world, right smack in the gross na-tional scheme of things, here you are all hunkered down on yourbed of roses acting very blas.You are where you want to be, playing out the latest reinven-

    tion of yourself. Youve become the new darling of the tiny townartsy-craftsy circuit, up all night at whats-her-names sippingand sniffing and swapping stories about your latest artistic leap.And here comes a perfectly mysterious Bohemian-type, unques-tionably deserving to be on the neighborhood A-list, a late-nightsophisticate without a morning deadline. Like everyone else inthe room.And you consider making small talk with this alluring char-

    acter and offering an invite back to your place for a diet cola,until you picture how that scene would unfold. This new ac-quaintance, this fashionably jaded dilettante, would not under-stand why your cubbyhole apartment is so organized and clean.And once your bookcase is examined with names like StellaAdler, Jimmy Breslin, Kinky Friedman, Lillian Hellman, El-more James, Jack London, Richard Price, Annie Proulx, 12Steps and 12 Traditions and a King James Bible well, forgetabout it. Youll get dropped from the neighborhood A-list withwicked expediency and exiled to Pittsfield, Massachusetts.So, you remind yourself that your strategy these days is to re-

    main blas. Socialize just enough for self-promotion, but keepyour true identity close to the vest. Hum along to the companyline, while masking the pedigreed schizophrenia that never letsyou stay in one sanctuary for too long. Act bored and theylllike you. But give an unpopular opinion on anything from theweather to whether or not God is a Republican, and you will bedumped.

    Your latest reincarnation fits in well within this small circleof devotees to nonchalance. But between you and me and yourastrological chart, the game wont last long.By next week, this trendy indifference will spur your hiber-

    nating attention deficits, and youll be showing up for appoint-ments unprepared. Youll come across as an uninspired goon,while power pointing your strokes of genius.In desperation, you will try to save face by oversimplifyingyour hipster brilliance with humility, which will dumb youdown even dumber than the knuckleheads you are trying towin over.Is this what you really want? A one-way ticket to isolation,restlessness and no free lunches?I think youve crawled along that level of hell before. Its

    the breeding ground for your shoot-from-the-lip hostility. Andwhen the artsy-craftsy , neo-beatniks of tiny town get a tasteof your short fuse, they will start deportation proceedingsagainst you. Trust me.

    Nevertheless, the lunar crater Aristarchus is in alignmentwith that pockmark on your check, which indicates that youmust stay put and work a little harder at being aloof and dull.Its okay to keep hanging out with your new artist wannabeefriends, but keep your eyes peeled for the time when they start

    copying you. Thats when you wont have to give a damn aboutanybody or anything anymore, because youll know that youveachieved pure, organic blas. And in the world of fine arts, whatcould be better?


    Yolanda Yalta Yeltsin, 54, died after many years of tellinglies. Only last week, both her primary care physician and herFreudian psychotherapist warned her that she was approachingher personal lifetime limit of 93,500 lies.But she continued telling cock-and-bull stories with no regard

    for her health. Yolanda Yalta Yeltsin figured she could fudge herway through another decade or two since she came from goodRussian stock, like her uncle Boris Yeltsin. But, in fact, she wasnot even remotely related to the former Russian president. Herreal ancestors actually came from Panama and went by the nameof Balboa. Yolanda Yalta Yeltsin adopted the surname Yeltsin to honor

    the memory of a burly truck driver, Bubba Yeltsin, who gaveher a ride when she was hitchhiking on the New Jersey Turn-pike. Until that ride, she never knew there was so much legroomin the cab of a tractor-trailer.

    Of all the tens of thousands of lies told by Yolanda YaltaYeltsin over the span of her dubious life, her biggest whopperwas that she played one of the Oompa Loompas in the 1971 filmWilly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

    She earned a sizeable amount of undeclared income pre-tending to be a minor movie star posing for pictures with chil-dren and signing autographs. She marketed herself as an OompaLoompa at carnivals, shopping malls, street fairs, childrensbirthday parties, gambling casinos and truck stops. And peoplewere all too happy to give her money for a quick brush withcelebrity.

    However, Yolanda Yalta Yeltsin was caught in her scam bynone other than Gene Wilder, himself, the star of WillieWonka, who has remained in close contact with his fellow ac-tors. Upon discovering the gross misrepresentation, Wilder de-clared: I know the Oompa Loompas and Yolanda Yalta Yeltsinis no Oompa Loompa.

    The last lie uttered by Yolanda Yalta Yeltsin, the one thatpushed her beyond her 93,500-lifetime lie limit and transformedher from liar to fatality, was her false claim to her landlord thatthe check was in the mail.Yolanda Yalta Yeltsin, dead at 54. She was a Red Sox fan.


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  • Architecture & Arcadia

    Literary Construction :Jorges Luis Borges Library of Babel

    The universe (which others call the Library) is composed ofan indefinite, perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries.In the center of each gallery is a ventilation shaft, bounded bya low railing. From any hexagon one can see the floors aboveand below one after another, endlessly. The arrangement ofthe galleries is always the same: Twenty bookshelves, five toeach side, line four of the hexagons six sides; the height of thebookshelves, floor to ceiling, is hardly greater than the height ofa normal librarian. One of the hexagons free sides opens ontoa narrow sort of vestibule, which in turn opens onto anothergallery, identical to the first identical in fact to all. To the leftand right of the vestibule are two tiny compartments, One isfor sleeping, upright; the other, for satisfying ones physical ne-cessities. Through this space, too, there passes a spiral stair-case, which winds upwards and downwards into the remotestdistance. In the vestibule there is a mirror, which faithfully du-plicates appearances. Men often infer from this mirror that theLibrary is not infinite if it were, what need would there be forthat illusionary replication? I prefer to dream that burnished

    surfaces are a figuration and promise of the infinite. Light isprovided by certain spherical fruits that bear the name bulbs.There are two of these bulbs in each hexagon, set crosswise.The light they give is insufficient, and unceasing.

    Jorges Luis Borges, excerpted from the short story, The Li-brary of Babel (Jorge Luis Borges / Collected Fictions / trans-lated by Andrew Hurley / Viking )

    Architecture is nothing more than the manifestation of ideasand beliefs, conscious and unconscious. Initially, of course, allarchitecture exists solely in the realm of imagination. Some-times it assumes physical form, draping its conceptual under-pinning in concrete, wood, steel, glass, metal and plastic; othertimes it remains a shadow, a thought, a daydream. Such isBorges Library of Babel.

    Each piece of art is a unique world unto itself. Sometimesthat world is quite familiar, sometimes decidedly alien. Still,any work of art a painting, a dance, a piece of architecture,a novel, short story or poem, for instance creates, and mustlive by an internal logic, a set of self-contained rules theviewer buys, much as we daily accept the internal logic of ourlives and notice (often with alarm) when these rules both spo-ken or unspoken are violated. Further, to qualify as art, we

    must also care about the world created, it must somehow rever-berate within us, move us, draw us in (even if reluctantly) andchallenge our previous suppositions about our own world and itsunderlying assumptions. And, in the end, change these suppo-sitions utterly. It is a difficult task, but Borges is more than upto the challenge. His library is perhaps the most elegant reflec-tion of the totality of human existence ever written, encompass-ing both the beginning of human consciousness and its eventualending, incorporating within its precise walls all that is knownor can ever be known (truthful and fabrication), the (possible)presence of the divine, human savagery, compassion and ordi-nariness. We have no options; we are a part of the library, it isthe constant and enduring backdrop of our lives. Paradoxically,we are its sole inhabitants but not essential to its existence.

    Long after mankind is gone, Borges notes, the Library enlightened, solitary, infinite, perfectly unmoving, armed withprecious volumes, incorruptible, and secret will endure.

    -Stephen Gerard Dietemann



    The bright fresh green of spring is upon us. That not-quite-lime, not-quite-kiwi green of the new season, this most antici-pated and colorful time of year. From equinox to solstice, as thecurtain is drawn to summer, redolent of warmth, we are onceagain welcomed out of doors to stimulate all our senses and cel-ebrate the death of winter.It is in this spirit that Lauren Clark has hatched a new show.

    As the lambing season begins, four new artists have joined themore than forty represented at the gallery, with Unwilted, Un-processed, Unconventional highlighting their work, beginningon May 29th. Four different perspectives, mediums, attitudesand angles.Susan Dibble, a choreographer by trade, has had the privi-

    lege and freedom to fill spaces with people who can be colorful,dynamic, passionate, funny. Working with mixed media onpaper, her work, reminiscent of Marc Chagall, abounds withplayfulness and movement. The paintings are representative ofthe most treasured elements of nature and human placement inrooms, houses, and landscapes that live in my head, and in mybody.

    An artist who works in many different mediums, AbbyDuBow has contributed monotype prints to the show, colorfulabstractions that do not replicate what I see, but rather reflectwhat I see and feel. With an influence by artists as varied asHenri Matisse, Bill Traylor, and Franz Kline, her work is an ex-ploration of the unexpected, and not easily described by thewritten word. For me art is not an end but a constant begin-ning, a path that continues to lead to new places with doors thathave to be opened.In addition to the work of Ms. Dibble and Ms. DuBow, there

    will be the vibrant and expressive oil paintings of Joan PalanoCiolfi, the offbeat paper collages of Lorraine Klagsbrun, and afreshly-painted, not-quite-lime, not quite-kiwi green wall.

    Unwilted, Unprocessed, Unconventional Four NewlyPicked Garden-Fresh Artists, May 29-July 4. Reception for theArtists, Saturday, May 29, 5-8pm.Lauren Clark Fine Art Gallery is located at 402 Park Street

    (Route 183) in Housatonic, Massachusetts. Business hours areThursday through Monday from 11:00 until 5:30 and on Sun-day from Noon until 4:00. For more information call413.274.1432, or visit the website at



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    JEFFREY L. NEUMANNOIL AND WATERCOLOR PAINTINGSMy aim is to create deeply personal work that speaks about

    the soul of America. - Jeffrey L. NeumannBoy, it doesnt take long for a Neumann work to get a hold

    of you. Kind of like a big oak taking root for the long haul. --Allen Kovler.

    For me, a major part of the charm and interest in yourwork is the ideas or feelings that you get from looking at a baror restaurant or motel from the outside. They are constructedand decorated in such a way as to welcome or lure you in, buta lot of the appeal of a place is the mystery of what it will belike to be in that place, or the memories of what has happenedthere. Somehow you capture the instant of those feelings orthoughts. -Mark Caldwell What memories! We use to swim at their pool as they sold

    passes during the summer. I love that you got the Wind-horses old gas station in the background too, they didnt havethe package store then but he and his wife use to drive schoolbus for Taconic Hills. -Wendy Hutchins MullinsI really like the sky in your oil panting. When I first looked

    at it, I was reminded of the days when I used to drive down toplaces like Catamount and Brodie for evening pro ski races.The road would always have that wetness from the salt and Idtell Shelly that if we won some big money, wed stay over at amotel instead of driving back up to Berkshire East. Some nightswe stayed and some...we drove back. -William L. Farrell

    Neumanns presentation is straightforward and precisewithout being overly fussy, and at his best he achieves someof the eerie stillness of the great American painter Edward Hop-

    per, though Neumanns vision tendstowards more rendered details. Hisnocturnes succeed because the flat,black night encourages greater ab-straction and acts as ground for thebright boldness of neon and backlitsignage.

    Lota-Burger pushes these virtuesthe furthest and resonates with theweird abandoned energy of 3 a.m.road trippin. The sensation of silenceis thick. Forward motion has stopped.The engine is finally quiet. The blareof the radio ceases abruptly. The placeis all lit up, but nobodys home. Weveall been there, and Jeffery NeumannsLota-Burger grasps the mood per-fectly. I want a green-chile cheese-burger with fries and a vanilla shakeif theyre still open.

    In this new century (and hasnt itbeen fabulous so far) of big box retailand corporate conformity from coastto coast, Neumann performs the valu-able service of recording the funky, el-egant architectural remnants of aworld that is careening madly towardsoblivion, fast going, going, gone. JonCarver, for THE Magazine

    Neumann Fine Art, Studio &Gallery, located on the corner of An-thony & Coldwater Streets in Hills-dale, NY is open Tuesday Saturday10 4 and by appointment. Tel: 413-246-5776




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    BOB BRIMI STUDIOVISIT AN OIL PAINTING TODAYDrawings, prints, water colors lose far less of the original

    meaning and quality in reproduction than do oil paintings. Thecamera, first stage in producing a reproduction, can photographonly what it sees on the surface. The power of a splendid oilpainting is dependent to a large degree on what is known asunder-painting, the pigments applied as initial steps in buildinga final image. This dimension is overlooked entirely by the lens.from How To Start And Build An Art Collection by IrwinSolomon.

    If a pigment, which appears transparent or translucent in athinly applied layer, is piled up or applied to a surface in a thicklayer, it appears more opaque because the light then travelsthrough a greater number of separate particles. Each pigmentparticle impedes the light rays progress by refracting it. Also,it appears opaque because there is more refraction of light fromthe points where the pigment particles and their surroundingmedium meet. The increased absorption of light, due to the thenincreased number of particles, contributes to the illusion ofopacity. Pigments vary in transparency in indirect ratio to their-refractive indices, but all of them are transparent to some extent.from The Artists Handbook by Ralph Meyer. Bob Crimis paintings can be viewed at hisStudio/Gallery by appointment. 518-851-7904.

  • FRONT ST. GALLERYHousatonic Mass.

    413-274-6607 413-429-7141 413-528-9546


    Please visit Lew at his studio / house in Monterey, MA. See his many oils, watercolors and

    drawings done over 40 years

    For appointment 413-528-6785

    Lewis Scheffey

    Lewis Scheffey, Looking North - Early Winter, 1983 (cropped version)


    Spring and Summer Classes at Front Street studio now open forregistration...Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Painting Classes

    are held Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 to 1 pm at the gallery/studio. Thursday class is planned, from 9:30 - 1 pm at different

    locations, and to be announced weekly. The cost is $30 per class and it is for beginners to advanced,

    all mediums are welcome.

    Kate Knapp

    James OShea Russell Smith Sarah Berney April 15 through May 23

    Carrie Haddad Gallery 622 Warren Street, Hudson, NY.

    Hours: open daily 11 a.m. - 5p.m Thursday through Monday 518-828-7655

    Sarah Berney, Luvee, 2010, 54 x 72, oil on canvas