“Color Play” opens at Bernay Fine Art

GREAT BARRINGTON— A new exhibition at Bernay Fine Art, “Color Play”, is a two-person exhibition featuring the new work of Audrey Stone and Dana Piazza. The exhibition opens on friday august 19 with a reception for artists on Saturday August 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Dana Piazza, lines 67, ink on yupo heavy. Photo courtesy of Bernay Fine Art.

Both Stone and Piazza construct color through unique linear processes. Stone uses subtle color gradients in geometric bands to accentuate serenity. Sometimes these gradients are interrupted by other jagged boundaries creating a clean transition. Stone describes his new job as follows. “Beyond color and composition, underlying themes connect the paintings in series: the transmission and reception of information; infinity and confinement concepts.

Piazza’s meticulous drawings on paper and canvas are composed according to algorithms devised by the artist. Using semi-monochromatic color palettes, the artist’s work allows a predetermined set of instructions to facilitate an unknown outcome. The fallibility of the hand is integral to the development of every composition: one mark leads to the next and the next, resulting in a dense yet unified balance of chaos and control. These unintended changes in branding are unavoidable and create distorted images that look like three-dimensional renderings that visually appear to be moving.

Color Play will be on display from August 19 to September 18 at Bernay Fine Art in Great Barrington. Bernay Fine Art is open Monday and Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Barrington Stage Company Waiting for Godot opens

PITTSFIELD– Barrington Stage Company production Waiting for Godot will open on Friday August 19. The production of one of the great absurdist plays of the 20th century will be led by BSC associate artist Joe Calarco and will run from August 19 to September 4 on the St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center ( 36 Linden Street).

In the play, Vladimir (Mark H. Dold) and Estragon (Kevin Isola) wait on a deserted country road to meet someone named Godot. Killing time with hat tricks and half-forgotten stories, they wander through one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. In Beckett’s absurd and anarchic world, life is vaudeville and tragedy, philosophy and confusion, all harmoniously woven with the playwright’s masterful blend of poetry and humor.

Tickets cost between $25 and $59 and can be purchased by calling 413-236-8888 or visiting www.BarringtonStageCo.org/Tickets. Customers can also reserve their seats by purchasing season passes. Passes are for 3 or more shows from BSC’s 2022 season – season pass holders can choose any show, any theater, anytime, and save up to 29% on the price of a single ticket. For more information on season passes, call the box office.

Studio Tours in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON— The Berkshire Arts Guild will be hosting studio tours in and around Great Barrington on August 20 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Guild of Berkshire Artists is a non-profit visual arts organization that supports and promotes its member artists, who work in a wide range of media. Studio Tours are an opportunity to learn and observe local artists at work. Participants will be able to observe the process, tools and materials of the artists, as well as ask questions.

Art at a range of prices and mediums will be available for purchase, and a portion of each sale will go to the Berkshire Artists Guild. To learn more about the Guild, visit www.BerkshireArtists.org.

The following artists will participate in the Studio Tours:
Karen Andrews—Watercolour, Photography, Mixed media, Clothing
2 Furnace Road (corner of Cone Hill Rd), West Stockbridge

Amy Pressman— Encaustic, Painter
99 Great Barrington Road W. Stockbridge

ML Kammel— Ceramic
99 Great Barrington Road W. Stockbridge
Instagram: @mlkammelceramics

Janet Pumphrey – Photography
17 Housatonic St. Lenox

mark olshansky — Fiber arts
14 Squaw Peak Road, Great Barrington

Janet McKinstry — Fiber arts
32B Dresser Avenue Great Barrington

Sally Lebwohl — Pastels
32B Dresser Avenue Great Barrington

Katie Rubright – Drawing painting
188 Egremont Plain Road, Great Barrington

Sharon Stanfield – Drawing, Textile arts, Painting
250 Maple Avenue, Great Barrington

Karen Carmen – Oil painting
250 Maple Avenue, Great Barrington

Serena Weld Granbery — Ceramics, mixed media, painting, sculpture
250 Maple Avenue, Great Barrington

Sonya Horowitz — Digital photography on metal
250 Maple Avenue, Great Barrington


Hidden Woman Stage Company Presents Elizabeth Freeman

MONTEREY— The Bidwell House Museum will present Elizabeth Freeman’s performance Hidden Woman Stage Company on Sunday August 21 at 3 p.m. within the grounds of the Museum.

Freeman was born a slave but did not die in slavery. After 30 years of servitude, she successfully sued and won her freedom. Once she became a free woman, she chose the name Elizabeth Freeman, although she continued to answer to the name MumBet, as she was affectionately known. MumBet was credited for having the courage to speak out what was in their hearts and stand up for those who couldn’t stand up for themselves.

Director of Hidden Woman Stage Company, Tammy Denease, was born in Columbus, Mississippi, and comes from a long line of storytellers. Tammy is a history buff, and in her position as a museum educator, she teaches children stories about colonial history, health, medicine, slavery, and Native American history. In addition, she is a Certified Interpretive Guide for American Colonial Homes. When Tammy is not teaching, she is a playwright, director, producer and DEI trainer for an international organization.

This performance will last approximately 60 minutes and will take place outdoors. In the event of a change of venue due to adverse weather conditions, participants will be notified in advance. Due to limited seating, tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tickets are “pay what you want,” although the Museum suggests a donation of $15 for members and $20 for non-members for all attendees over 16.


Great Barrington Parks Commission seeks public input on city parks

GREAT BARRINGTON— The Great Barrington Parks Commission has created a brief survey to gather feedback from local households on city parks.

The Commission asks that each household submit only one survey and asks that the contribution of all children in the household be included. The Commission hopes to be aware of the needs of everyone in the community.

The Commission urges city residents and park users to share this survey with friends and neighbors who use city parks, and asks that responses be submitted by August 31.

Park commissioners will share the survey results in September. For more information, please email town planner Chris Rembold, [email protected]


The art of brewing Festival at the Norman Rockwell Museum

STOCKBRIDGE— Norman Rockwell Museum will host its fourth annual The art of brewing party on Saturday August 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can spend an afternoon sampling some of the best beer and food in the Berkshires and surrounding regions. Attendees will enjoy music, lawn games and receive ten samples with a souvenir pint; additional full castings will be available.

The Art of Brewing festival celebrates the artwork that has become an integral part of cans and bottles in the craft brewing industry. More than a dozen breweries, cider houses and seltzer makers will be on hand at the event to provide samples of their beverages and offer products for purchase.

Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase food from some of the best local food truck vendors, view current and past brewer labels, and view summer’s featured exhibits in the galleries during the event.

Tickets are $20 for members and $35 for non-members. (Valid ID with proof of age required to participate in the beer tasting).

The following breweries will be present:

  • Sena Farm Brewery
  • Berkshire Mountain Distillers (sponsors)
  • Hot plate brewing
  • Shire Breu-Hous
  • Vanished Valley Brewing Berkshire Brewery
  • Ommegang Brewery
  • Keever’s art

For more information, visit the museum’s website.