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Q&A: Williams Museum Exhibit to Explore Olympic Art as Propaganda
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Thursday, July 22, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Marketing is integral to the modern Olympic Games, and the products are not limited to sneakers and sports drinks.   A major product is the host country.   Perhaps the best known example came in 1936, when Hitler's Germany planned to use the games to promote the notion of the "master race" … only to have America's Jesse Owens make the Fuhrer look foolish.   Thirty-six years later, the Olympics were back in Germany, and the hosts' national identity again was center stage.   This time around, West German officials hoped to use the international athletic festival to promote the nation's post-war identity,

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Williamstown's Summer Sundays Return with Focus on Arts
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:25AM / Friday, July 16, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Artist Bob Lafond does not mind people bothering him when he works.   "Earlier this year, I was painting for a while on the streets of North Adams," Lafond said this week. "People became familiar with me, and they would wave or say, 'I love your stuff' and things like that. Eventually they would have the courage to come up and ask a question.   "I just keep painting away."   And on Sunday, Lafond will be painting on Spring Street as part of the Williamstown Cultural District's first Summer Sundays event of 2021.   He is one of three artists who will be creating work on the street -- and welcoming questions

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Images Fundraiser To Preview New Show
12:31PM / Wednesday, July 14, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass — Images Cinema will host a "sneak preview" of the first episode of "Hudson Falls," a new comedy/drama/mystery series, on Wednesday, July 21 at 7:30 PM.    This special event will be a fundraiser for the nonprofit theater and will include an onstage conversation with the cast and the creator/producer of the show, independent TV/movie producer Elias Plagianos of Clarkstown, NY.   "Hudson Falls" boasts a cast of stage and screen actors, who are planning to celebrate the development of this series at the Images Theatre special event, which will begin with a wine and cheese reception. They include: JESSICA HECHT —

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Playwright Explores Theme of Loss
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:12AM / Saturday, July 10, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ngozi Anyanwu has been part of Berkshire County theater history before, and she returns this month to make some more.   In 2005, Anyanwu helped Barrington Stage Company make the transition from South County to the former Berkshire Music Hall in Pittsfield.   Sixteen years later, she is helping break in a new stage for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which this week kicked off its all outdoor 2021 season with a collection called "Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo Plays."   It is the first time Anyanwu has worked in the region since '05, but she has fond memories of the experience.   "My first

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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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Williamstown Cultural District Opens Outdoor Art Exhibit
03:24PM / Wednesday, June 09, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Cultural District has announced the opening of a downtown juried exhibit titled "Coming Into The Light."   This show, composed of 19 pieces, is on display in storefront windows on Spring and Water Streets in through Labor Day. In order to maximize display hours, limit indoor traffic, and encourage social distancing, all artwork and accompanying labels have been reproduced on decals and placed directly on the window panes.   Local artists who either reside in Williamstown or have a studio space in Williamstown were invited to submit artwork for consideration. Eighty-six works were submitted, and an initial round of voting by

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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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