Visual Art in Western MA: September Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Visual Art in Western MA:
September Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Explore Western MA through the lens of visual art! Featured here are September art openings, closings & call for art at galleries, museums and public meeting places across the region, including:  D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield;  Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield;  Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke;  and Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. Read the rest of this entry »

Visual Art in Western MA: August Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Visual Art in Western MA:
August Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Explore Western MA through the lens of visual art! Featured here are August art openings, closings & call for art at galleries, museums and public meeting places across the region, including: Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Mill Arts Project in Easthampton, Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, The Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge, and the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Art in Springfield. Read the rest of this entry »

Visual Art in Western MA: July Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Visual Art in Western MA:
July Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Explore Western MA through the lens of visual art! Featured here are July art openings, closings & call for art at galleries, museums and public meeting places across the region, including: The Clark Museum, Schantz Galleries, Wistariahurst Museum, and Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. Read the rest of this entry »

Visual Art in Western MA: June Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Visual Art in Western MA:
June Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Explore Western MA through the lens of visual art! Featured here are June art openings, closings & call for art at galleries, museums and public meeting places across the region, including: Jones Library in Amherst, Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley, Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, Kidspace at MASS MoCA in North Adams, and other locations across the region. Read the rest of this entry »

Visual Art in Western MA: May Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Visual Art in Western MA:
May Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Explore Western MA through the lens of visual art! Featured here are May art openings, closings & call for art at galleries, museums and public meeting places across the region, including:  Norman Rockwell Museum,  Yiddish Book Center,  Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,  Hancock Shaker Village,  Neil Hammer Gallery at Meekins Library, Easthampton City Hall Gallery,  Smith College Museum of Art,  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, and other locations. Read the rest of this entry »

Visual Art in Western MA: April Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Visual Art in Western MA:
April Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

DRAW THEM IN: A Rock Poster Retrospective
Bingo! Gallery at Shire City Sanctuary
April 1, 2016 through April 30, 2016
For 21 years Dan Blakeslee’s mysterious rock posters have been hanging on record store windows, telephone poles and cafe walls. Every bulletin board becomes a gallery, transporting the viewer into his wondrous, strange landscape. He is also the artist behind “Heady Topper” and “Focal Banger” beer labels for The Alchemist Brewing Company. This groundbreaking exhibit, DRAW THEM IN: A Rock Poster Retrospective at the Shire City Sanctuary, will showcase 100 of Dan Blakeslee’s work spanning two decades. Off kilter and whimsical, his pen becomes an acrobat, bombarding each page with expressive line and type. The artwork can be iconic, conjuring up new, bizarre creatures of the old forms, with a nod to Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Fillmore poster artists. Viewers will delight in the masterful blending of art and music woven throughout the work of a brilliant local artist. The exhibit runs April 1, 2016 through April 30, 2016 in the Bingo! Gallery at Shire City Sanctuary. 413-236-9600. 40 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

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Visual Art in Western MA: March Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Visual Art in Western MA:
March Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

BerkshireNow: Stephen Dietemann
Berkshire Museum
March 5, 2016 through May 22, 2016

This innovative exhibition will feature the art of architect Stephen Dietemann, along with that of three photographers who have documented Dietemann’s architectural work. The artist has been designing award-winning, energy-conscious, sustainable, contemporary residences in the Berkshires since 2002. He places emphasis on creating homes that not only work on, but enhance, challenging sites. As Dietemann notes, the completed work of architects, especially those who design residences, is rarely seen by more than a few individuals; thus architecture is primarily shared through photography. BerkshireNow: Stephen Dietemann at the Berkshire Museum explores the essential symbiotic relationship between the architect and the photographers who capture and interpret his work. Viewers have the rare opportunity to view how photography captures the “soul” of a building, that which lies just beneath the mechanical and physical surfaces of the final structure, which would otherwise remain largely hidden. The exhibit will be on display from March 5, 2016 through May 22, 2016 at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

Magician of the Modern: The Art of Leonard Weisgard
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
March 8, 2016 through June 5, 2016

Leonard Weisgard was the first American illustrator to bring the new visual language of modernism to the picture book. As a young boy, Weisgard found himself disinterested in the sentimental realism found in illustrations of that time. His thought that the world “could not be limited to only one color” sparked his interest in developing a more dynamic and playful approach to visual art. In a career spanning six decades, Leonard Weisgard used his whimsical, semi-abstract style to create illustrations in over 200 children’s books including Cinderella (1939), The Golden Egg Book (1947), and The Funny Bunny Factory (1950), among others. At The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Magician of the Modern: The Art of Leonard Weisgard will feature 90 original illustrations representing every major phase of his career, including the public debut of twenty seminal paintings recently restored by The Carle. The exhibit will also feature the artist’s drawing table, a sampling of his art materials, archival photographs, and examples of Weisgard’s New Yorker and other editorial and commercial art. Using various mediums, including paint, crayon, chalk, gouache, pen, and ink, Leonard Weisgard was able to coax his characters and scenery to life through color and creativity. This visual experience will take viewers on a journey through Weisgard’s vibrant career, and the ways in which he revolutionized illustration in children’s literature. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-658-1100. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA (FREE W/MUSEUM ADMISSION)

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Visual Art in Western MA: February Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Visual Art in Western MA:
February Openings, Closings & Calls for Art

Heath Seniors Painting Exhibit
Heath Free Public Library
Currently on view

The Heath Seniors Painting Exhibit at the Heath Free Public Library will feature more than twenty paintings. These beautiful works of art were created by senior Heath residents this past fall during Open Art Studio sessions in the Heath Senior Center. Both the display and the opening Artists’ Reception offer a unique opportunity to connect across generations. Each senior artist brings rich history and experience to their art, providing a platform for the development of community relationships and learning through storytelling. This creates a mutually beneficial experience, helping children strengthen their sense of place through the building of intergenerational relationships. Heath Free Public Library. 413-337-4934. 1 East Main Street, Heath, MA. (FREE)

Berkshire Now: Peter Gordon
Berkshire Museum
On view through February 21, 2016

This solo show of collages and paintings by Peter Gordon offers a powerful reminder of how our use of natural resources, goods, and services impact the environment. Using a contrast of natural and man-made elements, Berkshire Now: Peter Gordon at the Berkshire Museum emphasizes the fragility of the ecosystem in the context of modern society. In vivid collages, Gordon uses clippings of prices, sales slogans, and real estate offerings as the backdrops for animals, out of place in their now unfamiliar territory. Gordon hopes that his work will encourage viewers to make and promote environmentally conscious decisions in their daily lives. The exhibit is on display now through February 21, 2016 at the Berkshire Museum. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE W/ADMISSION)

Jan Ruby-Crystal
Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery
On view through February 27, 2016

This exhibition of paintings and handmade paper considers themes of life and decomposition as viewed through close visual studies. Jan Ruby-Crystal at Hope & Feathers Gallery displays thoughtful paintings of fruits and vegetables as they decompose, exploring how their patterns and shape changes through the process. The artist offers a transformative perspective as she shows how the decayed pulp can be converted into handmade paper. As the artist notes, “A new beauty arising from their end.” Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery. 413-835-0197. 319 Main Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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