BlogOctober 7 First Fridays Artswalk, 5 to 8 pm, Downtown Pittsfield MA

Enjoy a dozen art shows and exhibits during the First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, October 7, 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 Berkshire Art Association will present RE*Fresh, a Juried Biennial Show, for the month of October. The exhibit will be on view October 7 through November 26, and there will be an opening reception for the public during the First Fridays Artswalk on October 7 from 5 to 8 pm.

 

RE*Fresh speaks of the challenges, inspirations, and new possibilities presented to all of us over the past two years. These dynamic issues are expressed and explored by 33 artists from the Northeast United States. In this juried show, 44 works, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and graphic design are represented, offering wide ranging 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 Northeast region include Evelyn Addante, Carrie Crane, Lydia Kinney, Julie Eisen-Lester, Joan Lengel, Kristina McComb, Janell O’Rourke, and Meg Rogers Eldredge.

 

The Married Couple by Julia Eisen-Lester

The Married Couple by Julia Eisen-Lester

 

RE*Fresh opens on Friday, October 7, and there will be an awards reception on Saturday, October 8 from 3 to 5 pm. Gallery hours during the 6 weeks of the show are by appointment. Admission is free. To view this show virtually or in person after October 8, call 413-499-9348 to schedule an appointment.

 

Hotel on North, 297 North Street, will feature Puzzle Pieces by J J Tobin for the October Artswalk. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday, October 7, 5 to 8 pm, and the show will be on view through November 30.

 

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

 

J J Tobin

J J Tobin

 

Join Berkshire Art Center (BAC) at their new Pittsfield location at 141 North Street for creative family fun! Each month, BAC will offer Free Family Drop-Ins on the First Friday (5:30 to 7:30 pm) and Third Saturday (10 am to 12 pm) of every month. There will be a rotating set of projects for families to participate in at their own pace, with the guidance and support of a Faculty Artist, during this ART-tastic drop-in event. Free Family Drop-Ins are open to the public and all children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

 

BAC Free Family Drop-Ins

 

 

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

 

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, 5 to 8 pm. The work will be up during the month of October and can be viewed when TKG Real Estate is open.

 

Joan Stark

Joan Stark

 

The Marketplace Cafe, 53 North Street, will present 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 pm, 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 shooting pictures, often nature-related on a macro level, emphasizing fine details easily overlooked,” says March. “I then digitally adjust components of the image including hues and layers… and the unconventional result is paired with an equally unique medium, metallic printing.”

 

Nicole March

Nicole March

 

The Artists at the historic Clock Tower will host an open studios event on Friday, October 7, 5 to 8 pm, on the third floor of the Clock Tower at 75 South Church Street. Five established, visual artists are settling into their new studio spaces and have been joyfully working on new projects. Stop in to share their art and provide insight into their creative processes.

 

The artists hosting open studios at the Clock Tower during the First Fridays Artswalk are 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 present PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWS by W Katherine Hoak for the month of October. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Friday, October 7, 5 to 8 pm, as part of First Fridays Artswalk, and the art will be on display through October 23.

 

“The photographs being presented in this show indicate what I have always been drawn to, a love of animals, wildlife, and the beauty of nature,” says Katherine. “My longing to see wild-life spurred my husband and I to go where we could see it. Wanting to hold on to those experiences led me to a deep involvement with photography.”

 

Lee Bank, 75 North Street, will present paintings by Sally Tiska Rice for the month of October. 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.

 

Sally uses spontaneity to compose artwork. 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 enjoyed. Sally employs many different techniques into her paintings, using acrylic, watercolor, pastels, and oils. She also creates many beautiful commission pieces for customers internationally.

 

There will be drop-in art activities at ReDefine, 5 Melville Street, during the First Fridays Artswalk on October 7 from 5 to 8 pm. Their Endless Possibilities Pop Up Market will have a variety of artists and vendors, and there will be free community paint and creativity activities available.

 

Other participating venues are the Brothership Building Window (141 North Street) curated by Berkshire Art Center, The Funky Phoenix (441 North Street), Mission Gastropub (438 North Street), The Beacon Cinema (57 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

PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWS by W Katherine Hoak

Opening Reception: October 7, 5 to 8 pm

 

Artists at the Clock Tower

75 South Church Street, Third Floor

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

Open Studios: October 7, 5 to 8 pm

 

Soma’s Aromas

81 East Street

Art and Photography

Store Hours: October 7, 12 to 8 pm

 

The Marketplace Cafe

53 North Street

Nicole March

Fine Art Photography and Digital Art

Opening Reception: October 7, 5 to 7 pm

 

The Beacon Cinema

57 North Street

Richard Britell

On View: October 7, 5 to 8 pm

 

Lee Bank

75 North Street

Paintings by Sally Tiska Rice

Window Display

 

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

28 Renne Avenue

RE*Fresh, a Juried Biennial Show presented by the Berkshire Art Association

Opening Reception: October 7, 5 to 8 pm

 

TKG Real Estate

137 North Street

Looking at Favorite Places Through Different Eyes

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

Opening Reception: October 7, 5 to 8 pm

 

Berkshire Art Center/Brothership Building Window

141 North Street

Free Family Drop-in: October 7, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Window Display

 

Hotel on North

297 North Street

Puzzle Pieces by J J Tobin

Opening Reception: October 7, 5 to 8 pm

 

ReDefine

5 Melville Street

Drop-in community art activities and pop-up vendors/artists

October 7, 5 to 8 pm

 

The Funky Phoenix

441 North Street

Live Music

October 7, 6 to 8 pm

 

Mission Gastropub

438 North Street

Dennis Fougere

On View: October 7, 5 to 8 pm

 

Thrive Diner

145 Wahconah Street

Mural “Thrive Blooms”

Diane Firtell

 

Featured images in header (left to right): Caroline Medina and Nicole March