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North Adams Arts Commission Seeking Comment on Master Plan
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04:07PM / Tuesday, July 06, 2021
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'Read to Me,' a bronze statue donated to the library in 2019. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Arts Commission is seeking comment on its public art master plan that will identify and set goals for the location and management of public artworks within the city limits.    The plan has been nearly two years in the making — with some disruption from the pandemic — and the draft plan is now available for review on the city's website.    The draft sets out guidelines for reviewing and selecting public art projects; aspects of commissioning works of art; accepting donated pieces; developing community outreach and input in choosing art

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Gallery 51 to Reopen for North Adams First Friday Event
08:01AM / Tuesday, June 29, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA's Gallery 51 will reopen with a reception for the exhibit "Hostile Terrain" from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 2.    The gallery is joining the city of North Adams' First Friday event, when downtown shops and galleries remain open until 8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.     Originally scheduled for September 2020 and postponed due to the pandemic, "Hostile Terrain" has been a "year-and-a-half in the making," said Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Director Erica Wall.     During that time, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students and faculty were able to participate in

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'Emergence' On Display At The Eclipse Mill
10:46AM / Thursday, June 17, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "Emergence," an exhibition featuring new work by Debi Pendell, Diane Sawyer, Sarah Sutro, and Betty Vera, has opened and is on view June 3–30 at the Eclipse Mill Gallery.   The four artists have created a variety of imagery in acrylic, collage, ink, oil and cold wax, pastel, and woven threads.    According to a press release:   is exhibiting work from two series. In one, she collages rescued throwaway materials from the trash and gives them new life in the context of a grid format. In the other, she alternates layers of collage, sanding, and painting in representational/abstract landscapes that continue her ongoing exploration

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Clark Art Announces Research And Academic Program Fellowships
10:26AM / Thursday, June 17, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program (RAP) announces the appointment of its 2021–2022 class of fellows for the upcoming academic year.   The Clark is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Through RAP, the Clark hosts a residential fellowship program that welcomes top international scholars for periods ranging from two to nine months. To date, the community of Clark Fellows numbers more than 400 individuals hailing from thirty countries, forming a global network of scholars united through the shared

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Steeple City Sound Concert Series
08:04AM / Thursday, June 17, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A three-day series of free concerts, featuring North Adams musicians playing improvised music, will take place at three locations throughout the city starting June 18.    The concerts will be among the first sets of live music to be played in the Northern Berkshires since the lifting of pandemic-related restrictions on public gatherings.   Steeple City Sound, organized by the saxophonist and clarinetist Zachary Hann, will present the Berkshire Jazz Collective (6:30 p.m. June 18 in the parking lot of the North Adams Armory); cellist Paul de Jong (6:30 p.m. June 19 in Bracewell Park); and Hann's own quintet (2 p.m. June 20 at Windsor

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Berkshire Museum Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions Starting May 29
12:06PM / Thursday, May 27, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This Saturday, May 29, the Berkshire Museum will begin to welcome walk-in visitors and shoppers and allow groups of more than six individuals for the first time since it reopened in August 2020. This move follows Governor Charlie Baker's announcement last week ending state COVID-19 restrictions on May 29.   Starting Saturday, vaccinated guests will not be required to wear masks. However, museum staff will continue to wear face coverings and strongly encourage all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to do the same to create the safest possible environment for all patrons; and especially the museum's many visitors under age 12 who are not yet

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Ashland Street Apartment Building Mural to Be Painted in June
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:56AM / Wednesday, May 26, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Housing Authority Director Jennifer Hohn was excited to announce to the board of commissioners on Monday that work on the proposed Ashland Park Apartments mural should begin June 11.   "It will be starting up in a few weeks," she said. "It will be awesome."   It was announced in 2020 that artist Gaia was commissioned for the mural that will be installed on the north side of the high-rise building.     The mural was influenced by the input of more than 200 survey responses by building and community residents.   The mural is also inspired by horticulturalist Lue Gim Gong, a Chinese immigrant who, after moving to

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Images Reopens; Announces Showings
04:33PM / Friday, May 21, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 29.    The theater, which has been closed for over fourteen months, will resume daily film screenings with certain precautions still in place, including masks for staff and guests. Upcoming films include two Academy Award winners, the Sundance award-winning Summer of Soul and the highly anticipated In the Heights.   "We're thrilled to be able to welcome people back to Images Cinema after so much time apart,” said Executive Director Doug Jones. "The past year has been difficult, but thanks largely to the support of our community, we were able to weather the shutdown. Now,

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Arrowhead Announces 2021 Season
12:02PM / Thursday, May 20, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society (BCHS) at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead is now open for guided tours through October.     Throughout the summer special events and exhibitions will be presented in the newly renovated historic barn and on the grounds.    Tours are available Thursday through Monday beginning at 10 am, with the last tour beginning at 3 pm. Rates for guided tours of Melville’s house are: adults $16.00, seniors $14.00, students $10.00, children 12 and under, free. Members of the BCHS receive free admission. BCHS participates in the Card to Culture program extending free admission to EBT, WIC, and Connector Care

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MCLA Receives Grant from National Endowment for the Arts
03:52PM / Thursday, May 13, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the MCLA Institute for the Dismantling of Racism.    This project will educate and support staff members of historically White art institutions in creating and implementing an anti-racist agenda within the arts, one person at a time. BCRC's project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America, totaling nearly $27 million, that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.    "As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic

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