BlogSeptember 2 First Fridays Artswalk, 5 to 8 pm, Downtown Pittsfield MA

Enjoy a dozen art shows and exhibits during the First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, September 2, 5 to 8 pm. Explore art and meet artists during opening receptions on the first Friday of the month from 5 to 8 pm, with most art on display all month long. Download the Downtown Pittsfield app in the App Store or on Google Play to follow a virtual walking tour of art on your cell phone.

 

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will present a painting exhibition by Nayana LaFond, “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 Artswalk on September 2 from 5 to 8 pm. The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is open Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 am to 3 pm, or by appointment.

 

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

 

Lee Bank, 75 North Street, will present Custom House Portraits by Marguerite Bride for the month of September. This will be a window display on view throughout the month. Select paintings will also be on view 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 her specialties is painting custom house portraits. This exhibit features selections of some of the 200 plus watercolors of homes she has completed over the years.

 

For the month of September, TKG Real Estate, 137 North Street, will present Finding Gold in West Stockbridge: Unexpected insights into the bucolic heart of quintessential Berkshire County. In this show, artist residents 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, 5 to 8 pm. The work will be up during the month of September and can be viewed when TKG Real Estate is open.

 

The Artists at the historic Clock Tower will host an open studios event on Friday, September 2, 5 to 8 pm, 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 artists at the Clock Tower are Marion Grant, Caroline Kelley, Mark Mellinger, Shany Porras, Ilene Richard, and Sally Tiska-Rice. For more information, visit https://clocktowerartists.gator.site.

 

Hotel on North, 297 North Street, will feature “What Keeps My Heart Awake”, paintings by Marita O’Dea Glodt, for the September Artswalk. The show will be on view to the public during the First Fridays Artswalk.

 

“My journey each season through the Berkshires takes me through farms and orchards, across forests and preserves, inside waterfalls, under trees, on lakes and nearby swamps and streams, past rainstorms, morning light, and sunset and to the edge of riverbanks,” says Marita. “It has lifted me through these difficult times and has helped me navigate through the creative process and find joy in the simplest and yet most exquisite things.”

 

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Avenue, will present “A Forgiving Medium” by John Houseman for the month of September. There will be an opening reception on Friday, September 2, 5 to 8 pm, as part of First Fridays Artswalk, and the art will be on display through September 23.

 

The show title, “A Forgiving Medium” describes one’s ability to make corrections and repairs with gouache by simply painting over the area in need. John will display work in two areas: realism and surrealism.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Event Highlights (South to North):

 

Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield

175 Wendell Avenue

“A Forgiving Medium” by John Houseman

Opening Reception: September 2, 5 to 8 pm

 

Artists at the Clock Tower

75 South Church Street, Third Floor

Marion Grant, Caroline Kelley, Mark Mellinger, Shany Porras, Ilene Richard, and Sally Tiska-Rice

Open Studios: September 2, 5 to 8 pm

 

Soma’s Aromas

81 East Street

Art and Photography

Store Hours: September 2, 12 to 8 pm

 

The Marketplace Cafe

53 North Street

Dan Sadlowski

Reception: September 2, 5 to 7 pm

 

Indoors Out! Free Kids’ Paint & Sip

Outdoor Seating at 53 North Street

Rain location: Hot Harry’s (37 North Street)

Friday, September 2, 5 to 7 pm

 

Lee Bank

75 North Street

Custom House Portraits by Marguerite Bride

Window Display

 

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

28 Renne Avenue

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents

Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

Painting exhibition by Nayana LaFond

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: September 2, 5 to 8 pm

 

TKG Real Estate

137 North Street

Finding Gold in West Stockbridge

Doane Perry, Adrian Holmes, Susan Sabino, Walt Pasko,

Sharon Stanfield, Jamie Levine and Sally Lebwohl

Opening Reception: September 2, 5 to 8 pm

 

Brothership Building Window

141 North Street, curated by Berkshire Art Center

Arte / Art

Local artists from Manos Unidas

and Roots and Dreams & Mustard Seeds

Window Display

 

Hotel on North

297 North Street

“What Keeps My Heart Awake”

Paintings by Marita O’Dea Glodt

On View: September 2, 5 to 8 pm

 

ReDefine

5 Melville Street

 

Methuselah Bar and Lounge

391 North Street

Dramatic Themes/ Cosmic Dust

The Paintings of Edward Pelkey

On View: September 2, 5 to 8 pm

 

The Funky Phoenix

441 North Street

 

Thrive Diner

145 Wahconah Street

Mural “Thrive Blooms”

Diane Firtell

 

Featured image: Marguerite Bride