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North Adams, MA - MASS MoCA hosts an opening reception for its new exhibition, These Days: Elegies for Modern Times, on Saturday, April 4 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The exhibition brings together 6 artists whose work is infused with the poetic and musical tradition of the elegy. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Free for MoCA members. RSVP to 413.664.4481 x 8112 or e-mail email@example.com
North Adams, MA - The Spring Exhibit at Western Gateway Heritage State Park “Railroads at War,” begins with a free tour on Saturday, April 4 at 2 pm. The display traces the role of the railroad during wartime from the Civil War through WWII and will be open every day from 10-5 pm. Call 413.663.6312.
North Adams, MA - On Saturday, April 4, beginning at 11 am, the Hot Dog Ranch at 310 State Street will donate 10 percent of proceeds to Miles for Miracles Marathon. The day will include a Red Sox ticket raffle and other prizes.
North Adams, MA - The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition will be collaborating with MCLA's Gallery 51 this year on DownStreet Art 2009, taking on the volunteer coordination efforts. The Coalition is very excited to work with a wide variety of community members to make this year's DownStreet Art another success. Last year the combination of galleries, opening events and entertainment brought more than 14,000 visitors to downtown North Adams. In 2009, the DownStreet Art committee hopes to see even more traffic. Attracting more visitors to downtown is of course an economic stimulus for businesses already in practice. This project also brings tremendous amounts of vibrancy to North Adam's downtown streets, by filling what would otherwise be empty store fronts with art.
For 2009, the Coalition seeks volunteers to help attend the various galleries between June 25 and the North Adams Open Studios weekend in mid-October. Volunteer commitment can vary and be as frequent as every day, all day long to once a week for a two hour shift. An orientation session will take place in mid-June, as well as optional workforce development workshops for volunteers to take advantage of throughout the summer and early fall.
If you or those you work with are interested in volunteering for DownStreet Art 2009, please email or call Alison Basdekis at 413.663.7588 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your availability.
Williamstown, MA - The spectacle of Paris at the end of the nineteenth century is the subject of the "Ooh La La! Montmartre on Film" series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. In connection with the exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and Paris, this series of three films on Saturday afternoons at 2 pm will explore Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's bohemian environs including the cafés, cabarets, dancers, and denizens. Admission is free.
In Moulin Rouge (1952, 119 min., not rated) on April 4, Jose Ferrer stars as Toulouse-Lautrec in John Huston's colorful, swirling tale of the painter's life around the Montmartre dancehall. This feast for the eyes was nominated for seven Oscars and won for costumes and set design.
On April 11 catch French Cancan (1955, 93 min., in French with subtitles, not rated). Jean Renoir's great backstage musical stars Jean Gabin as the impresario of the Moulin Rouge, and the director emulates his painter father in love of color, movement, and female flesh.
Baz Luhrmann's furiously updated musical starts over the top and then keeps going in Moulin Rouge! (2001, 128 minutes, PG-13) on April 18. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor sing and dance and try to keep up with the film's kinetic, windmill whirl.
North Adams, MA - The Eclipse Mill Gallery, at 243 Union Street, in North Adams, Ma. launches a season of exhibitions with the “Second Annual Berkshire Salon.” This special exhibition, open to all artists in the Berkshire community, will run May 22 through June 21. After opening with the “Berkshire Salon”, the Eclipse Mill Gallery season will extend through the Winter Holidays, ending with a show of affordable “Small Works.”
The “Berkshire Salon” was initiated last year with great success as a means of reaching out to and including the entire Berkshire community. The Eclipse Mill Gallery is owned and maintained by residents of the Eclipse Mill artists lofts building. Much of the focus of the exhibition program is based on works created by Eclipse artists and their invited colleagues. The notion of the “Salon” has been to cast the widest possible net with a non juried exhibition.
The notion of a “Salon,” based on those in 19th Century France, is to provide a dense and diverse display of work clustered onto the walls of the gallery. Following the tradition of the famous “Salon des Refuses” this non-juried exhibition allows for visitors to draw their own conclusions about the work. Despite this selection process, open to anyone who opted to submit their work, in 2008 the quality of the work on view and its critical reception was truly remarkable. A number of those participating were showing their work for the first time. They came to the Salon with their families, friends and neighbors. Eclipse residents and many established artists enjoyed joining in on the spirit and enthusiasm of the occasion.
Last year’s “Berkshire Salon” also introduced individual artists who went on to be included in later Eclipse Mill Gallery Exhibitions as well as North Adams Open Studios and other exhibitions. One example of this was Andrew Klass, a student at Mass College of Liberal Arts, who went on from initial exposure to participate in Open Studios and a one man show at Cup and Saucer in North Adams. He was also later shown in the “Small Works Show” at the Eclipse and even made sales. We were pleased to play a role in launching his career as well as discovering many interesting Berkshire artists.
This annual non-juried exhibition is open to all Berkshire-based artists 21 and over. Those under 21 may exhibit with the consent of the curator. The work will be hung in traditional "salon" style.
Due to space limitations, artists interested in participating in the Salon are asked to complete an application available online at the Eclipse Mill website. The completed application may be mailed, along with an entry donation of $15 per applicant, to Berkshire Salon, c/o River Hill Pottery, 243 Union Street, #104, North Adams, MA 01247. Inclusion in the exhibition will be based on the order in which completed applications are received. One works per artist, of suitable size and content, will be exhibited as space permits. Sculptures and objects are also accepted but must be submitted with an appropriate stand or support. Artists may drop off their work, ready to be installed (for example framed with a wire) from 12 noon to 5 pm on Sunday, May 17, and Monday, May 18, 2009. Hanging will begin as soon as works are delivered. Walk-ins will be accepted but priority will be given to artists who pre-register. Because the gallery does not have space to store works artists are asked to remove all packing material after delivery and to pick up their work promptly.
The Eclipse Mill Gallery season will extend from Memorial Day through the holidays and includes the following shows: "Berkshire Salon", "Two Actors, Ten Painters", Illuminati: Working with Light", "Imaged Words", "Eclipse Annual" and “Small Works.” Additional information regarding the Eclipse Mill Gallery can be found at http://eclipsemill.com.