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Mass MoCA visitors will experience pop-up gallery performances, art-making, and live music in our freight elevator, in addition to immersive installations by Turrell, Anderson’s two virtual reality experiences, and Schonbeck’s world of instruments (no experience required to play), during the museum's Free Day. Capping off the night with a ticketed performance in the Hunter Center at 8 p.m., Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen brings his collaborator, James Merle Thomas, performing as Quindar, to enliven the museum with solar landscapes and danceable songs. During Free Day, community partners will be stationed in the lobby from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering information to visitors on upcoming events in the area. Stop by the Berkshire Health Systems information table to learn more about the growing range of health services available in the northern Berkshires. The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition will be offering information about upcoming events for the Northern Berkshire Neighbors program and The Family Place.

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Stockbridge, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Combine + Build = CREATE After-school, ages 5-12 Tuition: $245 Codes: YA01W18 / NCYA02W18   Want to spend some serious time sculpting, sketching, painting, printing and molding with art materials' Together we will explore the ways materials can be combined and used, from the typical to the unique. Activities will include drawing and sketching games, designing and printing out own stamps, mixing materials to make art tools, making constructions out of clay (with out visiting artist!), and building with unexpected materials. All of our activity will encourage you to try new things, assemble in different ways, and test the boundaries of your art adventure!    February 2 to April 13 (no class February 23 or March 30), 9 Meetings Fridays, 3:30-5:00PM Location: Citizen's Hall, Stockbridge Instructor: Brielle Rizzotti Visiting Artist: Jared Gelormino   February 5 to April 9 (no class February 19), 9 Meetings Mondays, 3:30-5:00PM Location: MCLA's Design Lab, North Adams Instructor: Zoey Hart Visiting Artist: Jared Gelormino
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North Adams
In Alisa Dworsky’s work, the visual follows from the tactile. With a cross-disciplinary practice that includes drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installations, her work in one medium influences her approach to another. The ease with which she moves among diverse media is counter to the over-arching sense of flux and movement in the world of contemporary art-making. Dworsky has found a clear voice and well-defined area of inquiry for her forms, regardless of whether they manifest in two dimensions or three.  This clarity of vision is rare, and the artist’s ability to preserve a sense of spontaneity and vibrancy within the realms of both works on paper and site-based volumetric works even rarer. In the current exhibition, the primary installation is made from a series of tetrahedrons-–regular polyhedrons made of four connected triangular planes. Inspired by tent and kite construction, Dworsky makes the tetrahedrons of tensile fabric panels assembled with lightweight connectors. The triangle and the tetrahedron, forms that are the basis of the visionary work of the engineer and designer, Buckminster Fuller, are remarkably efficient and strong. The free interplay among the geometric forms in Dworsky’s large scale installation suggest shelter and vessel, sail and tent, wing and kite, origami and architecture. For her works on paper, Dworsky employs a graphite frottage method, e.g., applying pressure to transfer the qualities of an object to the surface of the page. Embedded in the two-dimensional drawings are qualities of three-dimensional volume: they are representational and abstract, static and dynamic. In the Entangle and Fold series, she shifts lengths of ribbon beneath the page, recording each impression, and thus allowing the composition to unfold organically. With a nod to John Cage, rules define the parameters of the series, Follow the Nut: a steel nut is placed in the center of the paper and hammered successively until it jumps off the page. Graphite powder describes the path of the nut on a thin layer of transfer paper. Dworsky’s intuitive process is evidence of her respect for serendipity – relying on the moment of surprise to open up the next moment of inquiry.  Dworsky’s architectural training, however, is her anchor, providing a strong framework and rigor for her inquiries in both her two and three dimensional work. Her intense respect for materials is able to shine through all the more as a result. Dworsky exhibits nationally and has created site specific art installations for the Brattleboro Museum, Burlington City Arts, the Bennington Museum, the Fleming Museum, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, 516 Arts (Albuquerque, NM), Artspace (New Haven CT), and the Lexington Art League (Lexington, KY). Dworsky was awarded a Yaddo residency fellowship in 2015 and a Ragdale residency on 2016.  She has received six grants from the Vermont Arts Council, four grants from the Vermont Community Foundation, and grants from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She earned a Masters in Architecture from Yale and a BA from Stanford, in both Studio Art and International Relations. She is cofounder of the architectural design firm, DS Architects (formerly Terra Firma Inc.), with her husband Danny Sagan. Dworsky currently teaches an architectural design studio at Norwich University and has taught architecture and art at Norwich University, Stanford University, The Yale Graduate School of Architecture, Ball State University and the Yestermorrow Design-Build School over the last twenty years. She lives and works in Montpelier Vermont.
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Stockbridge, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Make it Move! February Vacation Camp: Feb 19-23, 2017 Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm Location: Citizen's Hall, Stockbridge Tuition: $165 Instructor: Angel Heffernan  This week, join our creative journey into movement in art. We'll look at the masters who developed flying objects and basic machines back in time (think Italian Renaissance or Japanese Edo period inventors!) and imagine the ways we can make our own moving objects. We'll explore how materials are assembled to move & float or carry & guide. Air, wind and water will be big partners in our art-making, as we play with everything from clay to wire and feathers in or constructions and creations.   Code: YA03W18
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Great Barrington, 6 - 9 p.m.
What: Dry wool needle felting workshop-you will learn how to make a large owl (choose one of the three styles shown) and take your creation home with you! When: Monday & Tuesday nights, February 26 & 27th from 6-9pm (Both nights needed to complete) Where: One Mercantile, 8 Castle Street, downtown Great Barrington Who: Beginner class, age young adults and up! First timers to advanced felters welcome How Much: $99 per seat, includes 2 nights of materials, class and refreshments. Price includes a 3-needle tool upgrade and large foam pad, both yours to take home as well for future projects. tickets available at (workshops in menu)  
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Pittsfield, 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Mixing, Drawing, Painting and Collage Teen Tuesdays: March 13 to April 3, 2018 3:00-5:30PM Location: Lichtenstein Centre for the Arts, Pittsfield Instructor: Zoey Hart Tuition: $190  This class will introduce mixing different art media as a creative base for expression through color and form. We will work on projects that build  new skills and show us ways to use art as self-exploration. Come ready to learn new approaches, combine materials in unexpected ways, and above all to make each piece really mean something to YOU, the artist.   Code: PTYA05W18
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Stockbridge, 1 - 4 p.m.
Let's Gogh! Family Sunday Studio: March 18, 2018 1:00-4:00PM  Location: Citizen's Hall, Stockbridge Instructor: Kim Waterman Tuition: $65 for an adult and child, $10 each for any additional family member  Vincent Van Gogh will be our inspiration today as we swirl paint and create collages that celebrate color, shapes and textures. After looking at some examples of his work, we will be touching, dripping, layering and playing with materials all afternoon!   Code: YA03SP18
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