|'RUNWAY' Painting Exhibition to Open at BCC|
|04:31PM / Tuesday, January 25, 2022|
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) presents "RUNWAY," an exhibition of original paintings by local artist Grier Horner, on view in Koussevitzky Gallery Monday, Jan. 24 through Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.
The gallery is open Monday–Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.
Horner was born in New York City in 1935 and lived in and around New York until enrolling at Brown University in 1953. After graduating, he worked a short stint in the mailroom of a Manhattan ad agency, followed by reporting jobs at The St. Albans Messenger in Vermont and at The North Adams Transcript, until landing at the Berkshire Eagle. There, he spent 32 years, first as the City Hall reporter and then as the associate editor, earning a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a series of stories on child abuse. He retired in 1997 and took up painting and photography, honing his skills by taking classes at BCC.
"To me painting is magic, performed not with a wand but with a brush. It has elements of sorcery," Horner says.
The artist's many solo shows include "Dresden Firebombing," the 2009 exhibit that opened BCC's former downtown art gallery. His last exhibit, "You Only Live Twice," was on view at Installation Space in North Adams in 2020. The show was a collaboration with his granddaughter, Riley Nichols, then a senior at Hamilton College. "That was a big thrill for me," Horner says.