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2nd Annual Berkshire Magazine Photo Contest

The theme of this year’s contest, “Wild Places in the Berkshires,” is inspired by the December 3 release of the book Rewilding, by Micah Mortali: “Rewilding is a return to our essential nature. It is an attempt to reclaim something of what we were before we used words like ‘civilized’ to define ourselves.” Submission… Read More

Woodland Sculptures – An artist couple gives life to dead trees

Three days before the opening of “One Impulse From a Vernal Wood,” this year’s contemporary sculpture exhibit at Chesterwood, I stepped into the woods and followed the sounds of machines to find artists Rick and Laura Brown. They were in a lift about 20 feet up a dying hemlock, attaching slats one by one to… Read More

Being Arty- 75 Years of Showcasing Wilton Artists

It’s the 75th Anniversary of The Wilton Library Summer Art Show, so we thought it an opportune time to take a look at the local artists who have brought color and creativity to walls of library through the years. The premise is simple: If you’re a Wilton artist, you’re good to submit two pieces of… Read More

Comic Book Madness – Tales of The Goon and Tank Girl keep coming

Brett Parson considers himself a comic-book artist, even though he tossed that term out when he noticed the odd looks it elicited. “Like it was a joke,” he says as he rests both his forearms on a work in progress. In the village of Southfield where his studio is found in The Whip Shop (once… Read More

Ten Minutes With Julianne Boyd – The Barrington Stage Artistic Director

Julianne Boyd is following people out of a fairytale as the fairytale changes around them. They are refugees, hiding in the trees on the edge of battle, telling stories at night, questioning the story they are living in. Witches can be right. Giants can be good. Barrington Stage’s 25th season centers around Stephen Sondheim’s Into… Read More

Yo-Yo Ma: Crossing community and cultural boundaries

He is a part of this community’s fabric: He has a second home in the Berkshires and performs every summer at Tanglewood. For those who have connected with him at the village post office, or in a coffee shop in West Stockbridge, a market in Great Barrington, a gala in Lenox, and for those who… Read More

On the Bowl – A photographer finds serenity and beauty on this Berkshire body of water

It’s 5 a.m. Cup of coffee in hand, I look out the kitchen window to check the sky and see a faint, rose-colored glow. It’s a good sign. At the end of my road, I pause. Left or right? I turn right. Stockbridge Bowl has won the coin toss again. On mornings like this when… Read More

Connecting a Community Through Art

Located on the eastern side of town and anchored by the 125-year-old Brooklawn Country Club, Brooklawn Park counts among its early residents businessman (and accidental inventor) William Russell Frisbie (1848-1903) and local titans of finance and industry Horace Merwin (1888-1948) and Webster Walker (1895-1966). In addition to its “Who’s Who” of turn-of-the-century personalities, one of… Read More

Fields of Steel – A sculpture garden blooms in Katonah

Two birds about to take flight. An Asian-inspired gate. Snoopy on a rocket ship. Those are just a few of nearly 150 sculptures found on the property of Donald and Susan Bittker’s Katonah home. The couple has lived there since 1980, but the collecting started in 1996 on a trip out west. At a pit… Read More

Offerings by Art and Cultural Venues Just Keep Getting Better

ART This year, museums are seeing a flowering of art by women and of women—and sometimes both. As MASS MoCA celebrates its 20th with a tribute to musician Annie Lennox, the museum will devote an expanse of its first floor to Cauleen Smith in “We Already Have What We Need.” Connecting with her exhibits at… Read More

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