For the month of October, First Fridays Artswalk will encompass a variety of outdoor locations perfect for a social distanced walk around the downtown, as well as 4 indoor locations.
Enjoy indoor and storefront art shows, outdoor sculpture, and 19 of Artscape’s Pittsfield Paintboxes during the First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, October 2, 5 to 8 pm, and all month long. When participating in the October Artswalk, be sure to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from other individuals and wear your mask. A map of all indoor and outdoor locations, including hours for the indoor shows, can be viewed at www.FirstFridaysArtswalk.com.
At 5 pm on October 2, Pittsfield’s Artscape will unveil the mural “THE SUN WILL RISE” at 443 North Street. “THE SUN WILL RISE” is a 20’x 16’ mural created by Jesse Tobin McCauley along with Jay Tobin and Stephanie Quetti. The mural is supported with funding from Mill Town and the Pittsfield Cultural Council. After the unveiling stick around for the October First Fridays Artswalk!
Hotel on North, 297 North Street, will feature Horizon by Andrew DeVries, October 1 through November 30. There will be a reception with the artist on Friday, October 2, 5 to 8 pm, as part of First Fridays Artswalk.
This exhibit shows the wide scope of the artist’s oeuvre. In the bronze sculptures you will view examples that range from his more well-known dance pieces to works of abstract symbolism. The paintings are pastels done in his studio using live models, or creations that arise from his sketches drawn in dance studios such as The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Julliard, Alvin Ailey and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. You will also find an ink and watercolor series that illustrates Andrew’s continued interest in bold color and outline.
The Marketplace Café, 53 North Street, will feature works by Kaela Nommay. In her work, Kaela recreates observations from everyday life and the relationship between human space and nature. The bright colors that are found in her work are inspired by fashion and interior home trends. There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 2 from 5 to 8 pm.
Beginning October 2, and continuing all month long, NUarts Studios and Gallery will display the artwork of 7 artists in the storefront windows along Union Street just across the street from Barrington Stage Company’s Mainstage. Participating artists are Ilene Richards, Karen S Jacobs, Caroline Kelley, Peggy Morse, Linda Petrocine, Sally Tiska Rice, and Marney Schorr.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, will feature NEXT, the Berkshire Art Association’s Juried Biennial Show, October 2 through November 20. NEXT will feature 37 works from 30 artists who are from New England and New York. These artists were asked to broaden and explore the questions: Where do we go next? What do we do next? What comes next?, and respond with unique artistic expression. To view this show in person, you must call 413-499-9348 to make an appointment (including Artswalk evening, 10/2, 5 to 8 pm).
The Brothership Building Window, 141 North Street, curated by IS183 Art School of the Berkshires will feature a photography exhibit, The Beauty of Classic Cars by Dylan W. Kubis, for the month of October.
The October Artswalk will also highlight Artscape’s 3 Outdoor Sculptures throughout downtown which have been extended through April of next year: Paul Angiolillo’s “Flame of Hope”, Joe Gitterman’s “Couple 3”, and Joe Chirchirillo’s “Joshua Tree #2”.
All art exhibits are on display in participating venues throughout the month. For more information on First Fridays Artswalk and to view a listing and map of all participating artists and locations, visit www.FirstFridaysArtswalk.com.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Featured images in header (left to right): Ali Herrmann “Moon Garden”, Andrew DeVries “Horizon”