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Local Artistic Directors Look Forward to Summer 2021
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:52AM / Sunday, May 02, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local performing arts leaders are navigating the new post-pandemic world of theater and embracing one another as allies.   Artistic Directors Mandy Greenfield of Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kate Maguire of Berkshire Theatre Group Kate and Julianne Boyd of Barrington Stage Company; Alexandra Fuchs, chief operating officer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and Pamela Tatge, director of Jacob's Pillow Dance, joined 1Berkshire CEO Jonathan Butler for a virtual town hall on Friday.   Greenfield thinks the Berkshires are uniquely positioned to bring back live performances safely.   "I think that we as arts organizations are back with this kind

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Clark Art Summer 2021 Exhibitions
12:07PM / Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute announced its summer 2021 exhibition schedule featuring exhibitions ranging from the work of one of Norway's most revered artists to  contemporary projects.    "This will be an exciting summer at the Clark, full of new discoveries and wonderful opportunities to enjoy art both in our galleries and on our grounds," said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark. "From the fantastical objects created by sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne to the lively paintings and prints of Nikolai Astrup, we will be introducing audiences to artists who may not be familiar, but whose work is sure to

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Clark Art Presents Virtial Talk On Barbizon Artists
08:03AM / Monday, April 26, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute presents a free hour-long virtual brown bag lunch talk, Field and Stream, Forest and Studio: Barbizon Artists in the Outdoors, at noon on Thursday, April 29.    The talk explores a number of works from the Clark's collection that showcase the independent spirit and off-the-grid leanings of some of France's most beloved landscape artists.   According to a press release, the so-called "Barbizon School" artists were known for their love of nature and their pursuit of outdoor inspiration. When they worked outdoors, they used the most portable traditional media, generally rejecting photography because of the

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MCLA Arts Management Class Presents Theatre Festival
12:04PM / Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — MCLA's Advanced Performing Arts Management (APAM) class will present a 24-HR Theatre Festival from 7 p.m. on April 30 to 7 p.m. on May 1, with a final showcase at 7 p.m. on May 1.    Coordinated by students with faculty mentorship, the final performance of this virtual festival is open to the public with advance registration.     To register for the festival, visit https://www.facebook.com/24hrtheatremcla or email 24hourtheatre@mcla.edu.    The 13 students participants, including 11 members of the APAM class, will come together at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 30, then create works from scratch to be performed at 7 p.m. on

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Clark Art Celebrates Earth Day
08:02AM / Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Clark Art Institute celebrates Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, with two guided programs that invite visitors to connect with nature and art on the Clark's campus.    Clark educators lead ninety-minute outdoor experiences that inspire participants to write, draw, move, and more as they explore the unique natural settings of the "Ground/work" exhibition. All participants will be provided with a blank "field journal" and pencil to record their thoughts and creations.   A 10:30 am walk starts at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill and features Nairy Baghramian's "Knee and Elbow," Eva LeWitt's "Resin Towers,"

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Clark Art First Sundays Free Returns In May
08:06AM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's First Sundays Free program continues on Sunday, May 2.    Admission to the galleries is free to all visitors for the entire day, but advance registration is necessary.    Visitors are invited to explore the Clark, indoors and outdoors. See the Clark's first outdoor exhibition, "Ground/work," consisting of site-responsive installations by six international artists: Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang. Enjoy an outdoor, socially distanced talk about three installations—Nairy Baghramian's "Knee and Elbow," Eva Lewitt's

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MCLA Annual Senior Art Exhibition Opens Virtually April 22
04:02PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA's annual senior art exhibition, #Blindsight2021, will open virtually at MCLA Gallery 51 on April 22 featuring the work of Alex Gaspar '21, Ian Mosher '21, Tala Rousseau '21, Drew Thomas '21, and Ashanti Thomas '21.     "#Blindsight2021" will be open online at https://www.mclaseniorartmajors.com/ and in the Design Lab at Gallery 51 beginning Thursday, April 22, 2021.    Earlier in the day, each senior will present their work via a formal artist talk as part of the annual MCLA Undergraduate Research Conference. Follow the Senior Art Majors online @mclaART on both Instagram and Facebook for links to

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Berkshire Organizations Receive Cultural Council Funding
11:53AM / Friday, April 09, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Humanities awarded over $25,000 to non-profit organizations in the Berkshires from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.   A new round of grants from Mass Humanities will give museums, historical societies and other cultural organizations the opportunity to reach their audiences digitally as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. From laptops to website upgrades, mobile walking tours to virtual exhibits, the Digital Capacity Grants announced provide residents with access to their heritage despite social distancing.   “These grants are part of our ongoing response to the pandemic, but they also provide a preview of the future of public humanities

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Aims for Safe, Outdoor Season
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:55PM / Thursday, April 08, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mandy Greenfield's innate pessimism paid off for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the theater going public and the town.   On Thursday, the WTF's artistic director met with the town's Board of Health to discuss the summer season that the festival officially unveiled on Wednesday night.   Greenfield, who told the board that she always presumes "we're on the brink of disaster," said she committed to the idea of an outdoor 2021 season way back in August.   "At that time, I got some pushback from people saying, 'By next summer, we'll be ready to be back indoors,' " Greenfield said. "I

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BAAMS Holding Fundraiser
12:07PM / Monday, April 05, 2021
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshires' Academy For Advanced Musical Studies is holding a spring fundraising drive.   Berkshires' Academy For Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS) is holding an online fundraising drive with a goal of $50,000.   Currently, the academy has raised a little over $3,389.13 to provide free online music programming for Berkshire County youth.    The music academy has been largely pushed online through the pandemic. Instead of offering in-person education, the BAAMS team has created eBAAMS.   The online version of the academy offers live-streamed music lessons for ages 12-18 as well as a library of original play-along tracks and musical

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