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ArtWeek Berkshires: Get a Glimpse into Artistic Spaces & Processes

Posted on September 07, 2023Written by Elizabeth Nelson, 1Berkshire
Updated on September 08, 2023

A group enjoys a collection of art at First Friday's Artswalk while the artist gives a discussion about the piecesIlene Richard Studio, credit Zach Morris

ArtWeek Berkshires returns for another stellar season of county-wide creativity

ArtWeek Berkshires is back! This annual celebration of local creativity is sure to delight art lovers of all kinds. Showcasing the creative skills and wares of residents across the Berkshires from October 14th through the 22nd, the event aims to invite the public behind-the-scenes for a glimpse into the artistic space and process.

Visit an Open Studio during ArtWeek Berkshires

The Open Studio series provides an intimate view of artists and their works, and sometimes, the artist at work. Come watch painter Richard Haskins – whose bright and cheerful paintings center around “memories and imagination.” He’s opened his North Adams studio to the public every day of the celebration while he paints. Check out many artists with one stop at the Eclipse Mill Artists’ Lofts, which will feature exhibitions, performances, and workshops. See collage art at Lynn Gall’s Studio, still life paintings in oil by A.F. Cook, and handmade jewelry featuring recycled precious metals at The Jaded Palette, among an array of others who create at the artist-run gallery.

A beautiful fall colored mural painting named October West Basin by AF Cook

October West Basin, by A.F. Cook

Participate in An ArtWeek Berkshires Experience

In Pittsfield, Laura Thompson, artist, Kripalu meditation teacher, and founder of, invites you to partake in a free workshop blending meditation and chanting with art-making, followed by an exhibition. Connect with your body by exploring Viewpoints, a physical improvisation process open to all abilities during the Participatory Movement Installation: Composition of Every Day Life. Try Chinese Paper Cutting at the North Adams Public Library, or help compose a song or write a poem with JoAnne Spies on the Kindness Bench at the Vault Gallery in Great Barrington. After, be sure to pop into Robin’s Candy – just tell them your fave artist and they’ll reward you with a sweet treat (and a toothbrush!).

These are only a sampling of the ArtWeek events scheduled during the celebration. Find more here. If you’re a Berkshire resident and would like to participate, there’s still time to sign up.

About ArtWeek Berkshires

ArtWeek Berkshires is coordinated and supported by Berkshire County’s five Cultural Districts:  Downtown Great Barrington Cultural District, Lenox Cultural District, North Adams Cultural District, Upstreet Cultural District in Pittsfield, and Williamstown Cultural District. Marketing assistance is provided by 1Berkshire, the official regional tourism promotion and economic development organization of the Berkshires. Learn more about ArtWeek Berkshires here.

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