Pittsfield First Fridays Artswalk features exhibits, studios / iBerkshires.com

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A dozen exhibits and art exhibits will be featured during the First Fridays Art Walk on Friday, October 7 from 5-8, with most artworks open throughout the month.

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, and the Berkshire Art Association will present RE*Fresh, a juried biennial, for the month of October. The exhibition will be on view from October 7 to November 26, and there will be an opening reception for the public during the First Fridays Art Walk on October 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.

RE*Fresh talks about the challenges, inspirations and new possibilities that have presented themselves to all of us over the past two years. These questions are expressed and explored by 33 artists from the northeastern United States. In this competition exhibition, 44 works, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and graphics are represented, offering a wide range of interpretations of the theme.

Berkshire County artists included in RE*Fresh are Carolyn Abrams, Karen Bognar-Khan, Marguerite Bride, Joan Burkhard, Kasha Cooper, Kit Curry, Margaret Dotchin, Patricia Frik, Adrian Holmes, Marion Grant, Sarah Horne, Karen Kane, Ronald Maitland, John Mancia, Mark Mellinger, Alan Papscun, Ivor Parry, Barbara Patton, Janet Pumphrey, Ilene Richards, William Riley, Stacey Silkey Schultze, Ilene Spiewak, Kyle Strack, Scott Taylor, Jay Tobin, Jesse Tobin McCauley, Diane Wespiser and Terri Wise.

Artists from the greater North East region include Evelyn Addante, Carrie Crane, Lydia Kinney, Julie Eisen-Lester, Joan Lengel, Kristina McComb, Janell O’Rourke and Meg Rogers Eldredge.

RE*Fresh opens Friday, October 7 and there will be an awards reception on Saturday, October 8 from 3-5 p.m. The opening hours of the gallery during the 6 weeks of the fair are by appointment. Free entry. To see this show virtually or in person after October 8, call 413-499-9348 to schedule an appointment.

Hotel on North, 297 North Street, will offer puzzle pieces from JJ Tobin for the October Art Walk. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday, October 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., and the show will run until November 30.

Tobin’s paintings were influenced by Asian art, particularly calligraphy and screen painting. Puzzle pieces are used as an abstract design element or as a kind of calligraphy. The work on display dates from 2018 to 2022 and includes acrylic, collage and polyurethane on canvas or wood.

Join the Berkshire Art Center (BAC) at their new Pittsfield location at 141 North Street for creative family fun! Each month, LAC will offer free family visits on the first Friday (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) and third Saturday (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) of each month. There will be a series of rotating projects that families can participate in at their own pace, with guidance and support from a faculty artist, during this ART-tastic walk-in event. The free family stops are open to the public and all children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

For the month of October, TKG Real Estate, 137 North Street, will present Looking at Favorite Places Through Different Eyes. In this show, outdoor artists from the Berkshire Artists Guild painted Berkshire landmarks in new and different ways. These artists see different perspectives, colors and images: a new vision of familiar sites.

Presenting artists are Emily Bunnell, Kinney Freylinghuysen, Joan Gluck, Jenny Hensell, Caroline Medina, Walt Pasko, Susan Sabino, Sharon Stanfield and Joan Stark.

There will be a reception as part of First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, October 7, from 5-8 p.m. The work will be in place during October and can be viewed when TKG Real Estate is open.

The Marketplace Cafe, 53 North Street, will feature fine art photographer and digital artist, Nicole March, for the month of October. There will be a reception with the artist on Friday, October 7 from 5 to 7 p.m., and the work will be on view throughout the month.

Nicole March is an emerging artist born and raised in the Berkshires. “Creation begins with taking photos, often relating to nature at a macro level, emphasizing fine details that are easily overlooked,” says March. “I then digitally adjust image components, including tints and killers…and the unconventional result is paired with an equally unique medium, metallic print.”

Historic Clock Tower Artists will host an open studio event on Friday, October 7, 5-8 p.m., on the Third Floor of the Clock Tower at 75 South Church Street. Five established visual artists settle into their new studio spaces and happily work on new projects. Stop by to share their art and provide insight into their creative processes.

Artists holding open studios at the Clock Tower during the First Fridays Art Walk include Marion Grant, Caroline Kelley, Mark Mellinger, Ilene Richard and Sally Tiska-Rice. For more information, visit https://clocktowerartists.gator.site.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Avenue, will be presenting PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWS of W Katherine Hoak for the month of October. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday, October 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., as part of First Fridays Artswalk, and the art will be on display until October 23.

“The photographs featured in this exhibit indicate what has always appealed to me, the love of animals, wildlife and the beauty of nature,” says Katherine. “My desire to see wildlife drove my husband and I to go where we could see it. Wanting to retain those experiences led me to a deep involvement in photography.”

Lee Bank, 75 North Street, will feature paintings by Sally Tiska Rice for the month of October. It will be a showcase on display throughout the month. Some paintings will also be on display inside the bank during normal bank hours.

Sally uses spontaneity to compose works of art. She focuses on blending and layering to achieve depth and dimension. She also experiments with light and color to create a piece that will be appreciated. Sally uses many different techniques in her paintings, using acrylics, watercolours, pastels and oils. She also creates many beautiful commission pieces for international clients.

There will be drop-in arts activities at ReDefine, 5 Melville Street, during the First Fridays Art Walk on October 7 from 5-8 p.m. painting and creative activities available.

Other participating locations are The Funky Phoenix (441 North Street), Mission Gastropub (438 North Street), The Beacon Cinema (57 North Street) and Soma’s Aromas (81 East Street).

Download the Downtown Pittsfield app from the App Store or Google Play to take a virtual art walking tour on your cell phone.

For more information on First Fridays Artswalk, visit firstfridaysartswalk.com or call 413-443-6501.

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Julia P. Cluff