First Fridays in September Artswalk will feature a dozen exhibits / iBerkshires.com

PITTSFIELD, Mass. A dozen exhibits and art exhibits will be featured during the First Fridays Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. on September 2.

Explore art and meet artists at opening receptions, with most artwork on display throughout the month.

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will present an exhibition of Nayana LaFond’s painting, “Missing and Murdered Indigenous People”, for the month of September. The exhibit will be on view September 2-30, and there will be an opening reception and artist talk during the First Fridays Art Walk on September 2 from 5-8 p.m. The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is open Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment.

The Brothership Building Window at 141 North Street, organized by the Berkshire Art Center (formerly IS183 Art School of the Berkshires), will feature Arte/Art, September 2-30. The works on display will come from local artists from two Pittsfield-based organizations: Manos Unidas and Roots and Dreams & Mustard Seeds.

Lee Bank, 75 North Street, will present Custom House Portraits of Marguerite Bride for the month of September. It will be a showcase visible throughout the month. Some paintings will also be on display inside the bank during normal bank hours.

Marguerite Bride has been painting in the Berkshires for about 27 years. In addition to local scenes, one of his specialties is custom portrait painting. This exhibit features selections from some of the more than 200 house watercolors she has produced over the years.

For the month of September, TKG Real Estate, 137 North Street, will present Finding Gold in West Stockbridge: An Unexpected Glimpse into Berkshire’s quintessential bucolic heartland. In this show, the resident artists capture the quiet magic of hidden places: a look, a moment of light, a glimpse of another time.

Featured artists are Doane Perry, photographer; Adrian Holmes, painter; Susan Sabino, photographer; Walt Pasko, painter; Sharon Stanfield, painter; Jamie Levine, painter and Sally Lebwohl, pastels. There will be a reception as part of First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, September 2 from 5-8 p.m. The work will be completed during the month of September and will be available for viewing when TKG Real Estate opens.

Historic Clock Tower Artists will host an open studio event on Friday, September 2, from 5-8 p.m., on the Third Floor of the Clock Tower at 75 South Church Street. Six established visual artists will open their new studios to share their art and provide insight into their creative processes.

The clock tower artists are Marion Grant, Caroline Kelley, Mark Mellinger, Shany Porras, Ilene Richard and Sally Tiska-Rice. For more information, visit https://clocktowerartists.gator.site.

The Marketplace Cafe, 53 North Street, will feature framed artwork from the children’s book, The Universe Is Rooting for You by Dan Sadlowski, for the month of September. There will be a reception with the author as part of First Fridays Artswalk from 5-7pm on September 2.

Dan Sadlowski is a children’s book author dedicated to creating uplifting and inspiring stories. Sadlowski’s latest book, The Universe Is Rooting for You is about a little boy who surprisingly discovers that everything in the universe and in nature is rooting for him. His first book, Finding Brooklyn – And The Next Great Superhero is adored by fans around the world. Sadlowski’s Children’s Books feature illustrator Allison Pierce, graphic designer Emily Gabriel and artist Samantha Sadlowski.

The Beacon Cinema, 57 North Street, will feature works by Richard Britell for September’s Artswalk. Richard Britell, career painter, studied at the Pratt Institute with Philip Pearlstein and Walter Erlebacher. His first exhibition in New York at the Staempfli Gallery sold out and was reviewed in the New York Times. Britell’s new works revolve around large dreamlike urban landscapes tending towards abstraction.

Hotel on North, 297 North Street, will feature “What Keeps My Heart Awake”, paintings by Marita O’Dea Glodt, for September’s Artswalk.

“My journey each season through the Berkshires takes me through farms and orchards, through forests and preserves, inside waterfalls, under trees, over lakes and nearby swamps and streams. , beyond the storms, the morning light and the sunset and to the edge of the banks.” Marita said. “It got me through those tough times and helped me navigate through the creative process and find joy in the simplest, yet most exquisite things.”

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Avenue, will perform Amarie’s “No Rhyme Or Reason, Back Again” for the month of September. There will be an opening reception on Friday, September 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., as part of the First Fridays Art Walk, and the art will be on display until September 25.

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will present Indoors Out! Free paint and sip for kids Friday, September 2, 5-7 p.m., at the parklet and outside Marketplace Café, 53 North Street. This free event is best suited for children ages 5-12, although older children are welcome. All materials, snacks and juice will be provided. For September’s Paint & Sip, kids can paint whatever they want! Children must be accompanied by an adult and masks are recommended. The alternate rain location will be at Hot Harry’s covered outdoor patio at 37 North Street.

On the inside ! Free Kids’ Paint & Sip is presented by Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. and funding was provided by the Commonwealth Places Program created by MassDevelopment. This event is presented in partnership with First Fridays Artswalk.

Other participating locations are ReDefine (5 Melville Street), The Funky Phoenix (441 North Street), Mission Gastropub (438 North Street) and Soma’s Aromas (81 East Street).

For more information on First Fridays Artswalk, visit firstfridaysartswalk.com or 413-443-6501. Download the Downtown Pittsfield app in the App store Or on google play to follow a virtual art walking tour on your mobile phone.

Key words: Pittsfield Art Walk,

Julia P. Cluff