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An Art Lovers Paradise

Posted on August 04, 2022Written by Elizabeth Nelson

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ArtWeek Berkshires showcases ten days of creativity across the region

The history of the Berkshires is rich in artistry. Writers such as Edith Wharton and Herman Melville penned classics while gazing across our flowered fields and green mountains. Norman Rockwell, the official state artist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, chose picturesque Stockbridge as his final home where art lovers can peruse works from his entire illustrious painting career. Our performing arts organizations attract top talent in all disciplines from across the globe, and our museums are some of the finest in the country, with impressive permanent collections and world class visiting exhibitions. So it’s no wonder that so many artists – both homegrown and transplanted – choose to call the Berkshires home.

ArtWeek Berkshires is a county-wide celebration of this creative legacy and wealth of talent. Encompassing all artistic disciplines from painting and photography, to ceramics and culinary creations, to dance festivals and theatrical performances, the event aims to connect artists with the community. From September 15-25, 2022, art lovers are invited to engage with creators and experience their creations –  and in some cases step into their studios to witness their process.

Patrons can meet composer Bill Taylor at Jaye’s Place Gallery to hear musical works while shopping for original art and prints by his wife, artist Jaye Alison Moscariello. Visit the famed Shakespeare & Company for a showing of the Bard’s Measure of Measure at the Tina Packer Playhouse. Catch a paper marbling demonstration with artist Lauren Clark or visit Ghetta Hirsch’s open studio to see oil painted landscapes. HAUS PARTY at the Installation Space showcases “a multidisciplinary mélange of outside-the-box creatives—sculptors, painters, video artists, electronic musicians, and installation artists—awash in vivid colors, optical illusions, repurposed materials… and cats” with glitch artist Allison Tanenhaus and friends. The opportunities for creative expression go on and on…find the full (and growing) list of events here.

As you plan your next getaway, consider visiting the Berkshires this September for some early fall fun and a host of artsy events during ArtWeek Berkshires. Sip a cider, peep at leaves, and experience the vibrant creativity woven throughout the fabric of Berkshire culture. Learn more about ArtWeek Berkshires.

Photos: Flower Dress, Deb Carter; Brandi Dahari

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