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3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
(413) 298-3579 http://chesterwood.org/

October 2018

In Depth: Daniel Chester French and His Sculpture

October 27, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Join us for a special tour “In Depth: Daniel Chester French and His Sculpture” by Donna Hassler, Executive Director of Chesterwood. Free with admission.

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March 2019

Margaret French Cresson: Her Artistic Life and Legacy in Preserving Chesterwood

March 1, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Opening reception for an exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Margaret French Cresson's gift of Chesterwood to the National Trust for Historic Preservation - a celebration of Margaret and her life at Chesterwood until her death in 1973 shown through photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, and writings from the Chesterwood archives. At The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives, 46 Main St., Stockbridge.

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Book Launch: Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French

March 5, 2019 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$20 – $25

Official book launch of Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French by acclaimed Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, lecture. Reception & book signing to follow. At Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. Reserve your ticket at 413-298-2034.

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May 2019

Bird & Nature Walk

May 18, 2019 @ 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$5 – $10

Chip Blake, long-time bird watcher and editor-in-chief of Orion magazine. Chesterwood’s 122 acres of woods, fields, gardens and designed landscape are filled with history and birds. Join us in the heart of spring migration for a walk through the grounds in search of warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and thrushes. 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Meet at the Admissions desk in the Barn Gallery, Members $5, Non-Members $10

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June 2019

Benefit Celebration for the 50th Anniversary of Chesterwood

June 1, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Benefit Celebration for the 50th Anniversary of Chesterwood as a National Trust Historic Site. 4 to 7 p.m. The Studio Garden at Chesterwood. Delicious food, music and performance. Chesterwood, 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, Mass.

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Studio Garden Party at Chesterwood

June 1, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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You are cordially invited to Chesterwood’s 50th Anniversary Celebration! Enjoy Signature Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres, live music and more.

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Free Community Day

June 9, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Free Community Day to celebrate the day Chesterwood opened to the public as a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1969. Tours, art activities and live performances. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chesterwood, 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, Mass.

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41st Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture Show

June 28, 2019
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Opening Preview of the 41st Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture Show featuring the work of Rick and Laura Brown. On view all season.

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July 2019

Woodland Light: Photographs of Chesterwood by Margaret Moulton

July 25, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Free

For 12 months Margaret Moulton explored the woods at Chesterwood as an Artist-in-Residence. “Much like Daniel Chester French depended on natural light to highlight the subtleties of his sculpture, my photographic exploration of Chesterwood became a search for light and its balance with shadow,” states Moulton, “I saw in black and white – aware of how the woodlands looked like an abstract drawing or a collage of leaves and twigs.” The photographs for Woodland Light were made with a medium…

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August 2019

Sculpting the Portrait and Features with Michael Alfano

August 10, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$275.00

During this exciting class, award-winning sculptor Michael Alfano will work one-on-one with students to develop a portrait sculpture. Class members will sculpt each facial feature by breaking their anatomical structures into simple forms and shapes. This knowledge will be applied as students create a full portrait bust using Daniel Chester French’s exquisite sculpture work as a model. This class would be beneficial to both beginner and experienced sculptors due to the individual nature of the instruction. Tools and clay are…

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The Seated Pose with Arlene Fins

August 17, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$275.00

In this workshop we will sculpt the figure in a seated pose. Using oil based clay, we will explore some specific considerations that are inherent in building a seated person vs. a standing or leaning figure. We’ll have short group critiques for the purpose of learning from each other. Beginners to experienced welcome! Teacher, Arlene Fins, will provide information on foundries and people who can cast your pieces for you. This oil based clay cannot be fired in a kiln…

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Toadstool Walks

August 25, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Free

A guided forest walk led by certified forest therapy guide, Tam Willey, 10am to 12pm. This program is supported by Handshouse Studio, founded by Rick and Laura Brown, to engage visitors with their current outdoor sculpture exhibition at Chesterwood “One Impulse from a Vernal Wood”. Space is limited to 15 participants, registration required at toadstoolwalks.com/voice-of-the-wood-forest-bathing-with-one-impulse. Free.

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September 2019

Nejaime’s wine seminar

September 5, 2019 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Nejaime’s wine seminar, Studio Piazza at Chesterwood. 4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge. Seating is limited. Preregistration is required through Nejaime’s Wine Cellar, located in Stockbridge and Lenox. 413.298.3454 and 413.637.2221. nejaimeswine.com. 5:30pm to 7pm.

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Housatonic Heritage Walk Chesterwood: An Artists’ Landscape

September 7, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Free

Housatonic Heritage Walk “Chesterwood: An Artists’ Landscape” by Gerry Blache, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. Explore the landscape, gardens and paths and learn about the mechanics that went into building French’s “Italianate-Georgian” Berkshire retreat. 1-2pm. Wear walking shoes. Free.

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One Impulse/One Wood

September 8, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Free

One Impulse/One Wood: a living sculpture walk with hands-on collaboration, led by Marie Brown with artists Rick and Laura Brown. 1pm to 3pm. This program is supported by Handshouse Studio, founded by Rick and Laura Brown, to engage visitors with their current outdoor sculpture exhibition at Chesterwood “One Impulse from a Vernal Wood”. Registration at www.rickandlaurabrownsculpture.com/events. Free.

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Housatonic Heritage Walk “Sculpting the Land: Daniel Chester French’s Artist-Designed Landscape at Chesterwood”

September 15, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Free

Housatonic Heritage Walk “Sculpting the Land: Daniel Chester French’s Artist-Designed Landscape at Chesterwood” with Valerie Balint, Program Manager of Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios. This easy walk will lead through the various designed landscape at Chesterwood including the house environs, formal gardens and woodland walks. Ms. Balint will point out design features created by French while living at Chesterwood and place his efforts in the greater context of artists-designed landscapes throughout the country. Each participant will leave with a list…

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October 2019

Studio Sculpting Demonstration

October 19, 2019
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Sculpting Demonstration with artist Carolyn Wirth. Carolyn Wirth is an artist and educator based in Maynard, Mass. She is Adjunct Professor of Fine Art at Pine Manor College, where she also curates and directs the College’s Hess Gallery. Free with admission.

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Woven Word in the Woods

October 20, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Woven Word in the Woods: a creative writing workshop led by poet Lynn Bowmaster. Come enjoy yourself writing a love letter to nature! Choose either Session One: 11am to 1pm or Session Two: 2:30pm to 4:30pm. This program is supported by Handshouse Studio, founded by Rick and Laura Brown, to engage visitors with their current outdoor sculpture exhibition at Chesterwood “One Impulse from a Vernal Wood”. Limited to 10 participants per session, registration required by email to [email protected] or 413-584-3373.…

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Studio Sculpting Demonstration

October 26, 2019
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Studio Sculpting Demonstration with artist Arlene Fins. Arlene is a national award winning sculptor, and has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. She teaches sculpture in her studio in Maynard, MA. Free with admission.

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July 2020

A poetry reading by Owen Lewis

July 25, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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In his newly published book "Field Light," Lewis finds inspiration in the artistic legacy of the Berkshires, including his own home that was once part of the Chesterwood estate, and takes us on a personal and historical excavation of the region's rich cultural importance and the author's own place now in it. July 25th at 4:00pm in the Studio Garden free event * limited spots * socially distanced * book signing purchase parking pass * pre-purchase book for pickup at…

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August 2020

Summer Musings with Amber Chand

August 7, 2020 @ 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 AM on Friday, repeating until August 21, 2020

Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$90

3 Fridays - August 7, 14 & 21 from 9:00am - 10:30am All three sessions $90 More information: Amber Chand [email protected] There is contemplative beauty in the landscape at Chesterwood with its pavilions and portals, flowering pathways and wooded glades, shaded sanctuaries and sweeping vistas of the Berkshire hills. It is here in this sylvan setting, home to sculptor Daniel Chester French, one that has inspired writers, artists and poets in the past,  that we come to meet our creative…

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September 2020

BodySonnet Pop-Up

September 4, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$5 – $20

In collaboration with Berkshire Pulse, the dance collective BodySonnet will present a Pop-Up dance performance in the studio garden inspired by the landscape and art at Chesterwood.

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Richard Stanmeyer Quintet

September 6, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$5 – $20

Bring a blanket and a bottle of wine and find your spot on the lawn in the Studio Garden - kick back and listen to a jazz quartet that plays homage to the Great American Songbook while pushing boundaries with original arrangements and compositions.

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October 2020

Voices of Poetry

October 10, 2020 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Join us on the Studio Garden lawn for an afternoon of poetry.

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A Berkshire Pulse Halloween: “Spirits of the Forest”

October 30, 2020 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$10

An artistically engaging, family-friendly, and interactive Halloween walk through the woods and gardens of Chesterwood. Our “spirits of the forest” will dance and guide you through the forest to mysterious spaces where we will feature dance pieces from the Berkshire Pulse community. The 45-minute event will end with safely packaged candy and a socially distanced Monster Mash dance party for everyone. Costumes and lanterns for candy are encouraged!

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A Berkshire Pulse Halloween: “Spirits of the Forest”

October 30, 2020 @ 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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One event on October 30, 2020 at 4:30 PM

One event on October 31, 2020 at 4:30 PM

One event on October 31, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$10

An artistically engaging, family-friendly, and interactive Halloween walk through the woods and gardens of Chesterwood. Our “spirits of the forest” will dance and guide you through the forest to mysterious spaces where we will feature dance pieces from the Berkshire Pulse community. The 45-minute event will end with safely packaged candy and a socially distanced Monster Mash dance party for everyone. Costumes and lanterns for candy are encouraged!

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A Berkshire Pulse Halloween: “Spirits of the Forest”

October 31, 2020 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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One event on October 30, 2020 at 4:30 PM

One event on October 31, 2020 at 2:30 PM

One event on October 31, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$10

An artistically engaging, family-friendly, and interactive Halloween walk through the woods and gardens of Chesterwood. Our “spirits of the forest” will dance and guide you through the forest to mysterious spaces where we will feature dance pieces from the Berkshire Pulse community. The 45-minute event will end with safely packaged candy and a socially distanced Monster Mash dance party for everyone. Costumes and lanterns for candy are encouraged!

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A Berkshire Pulse Halloween: “Spirits of the Forest”

October 31, 2020 @ 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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One event on October 30, 2020 at 4:30 PM

One event on October 31, 2020 at 4:30 PM

One event on October 31, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$10

An artistically engaging, family-friendly, and interactive Halloween walk through the woods and gardens of Chesterwood. Our “spirits of the forest” will dance and guide you through the forest to mysterious spaces where we will feature dance pieces from the Berkshire Pulse community. The 45-minute event will end with safely packaged candy and a socially distanced Monster Mash dance party for everyone. Costumes and lanterns for candy are encouraged!

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November 2020

Virtual: Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios

November 12, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Join the author, Valerie Balint, for a live virtual tour through her newly published guidebook which highlights 44 historic artists' homes and studios throughout the country.

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May 2021

Arts Alive! Kick-Off

May 30 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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A magical late afternoon gathering in the garden to celebrate the arts with original dance; Haydn’s String Duo in D major; and readings from a new collection of poetry inspired by Chesterwood and the cultural legacy of the Berkshires.

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June 2021

Arts Alive! Music

June 5 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$20 – $25

The Arts Alive! series presents a Saturday afternoon in the garden with an intimate musical performance by two up and coming professional musicians, American/German cellist, Julian Müller and Paraguayan/American oboist, Tamara Winston.

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Arts Alive! Poetry

June 26 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Arts Alive! Poetry with Peter Gizzi & Abigail Wender.

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July 2021

Contemporary Sculpture by John Van Alstine: Artist’s Talk & Opening Reception

July 9 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Join us at the opening reception for Tipping the Balance: Contemporary Sculpture by John Van Alstine. Music by Lucy and Jeff Pyle. Pre-registration is requested for this free event.

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Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company with Cellist Ashley Bathgate

July 10 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$25 – $35

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, based in the New York State capitol region, serves as a conduit to bring together artists from varied genres that include visual artists, sculptors, architects, composers, musicians and poets. At Chesterwood, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company has created a work that is inspired by the sculpture of the 2021 Contemporary Sculpture Show artist, John Van Alstine.    

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Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company with Cellist Ashley Bathgate

July 10 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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One event on July 10, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$25 – $35

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, based in the New York State capitol region, serves as a conduit to bring together artists from varied genres that include visual artists, sculptors, architects, composers, musicians and poets. At Chesterwood, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company has created a work that is inspired by the sculpture of the 2021 Contemporary Sculpture Show artist, John Van Alstine.    

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BSO Cellist Ronald Feldman

July 31 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Join us in the Studio Garden for a concert with BSO cellist Ronald Feldman with violinists Victoria Wolf Lewis and Noah Krauss to perform Josef Haydn, String Duo in D major and works by Zoltan Kodaly and Reinhold Glière.

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August 2021

Arts Alive! Spoken Word: The President and the Playwright: Abraham Lincoln and William Shakespeare

August 4 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$25 – $35

In this special Chesterwood performance, actor Rufus Collins performs Lincoln’s favorite Shakespearian soliloquys, and historian Harold Holzer serves as narrator to describe Lincoln’s habits and preferences as a reader and theater-goer. The result is a fresh image of the pensive leader Daniel Chester French so beautifully portrayed for the Lincoln Memorial.

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Arts Alive! Music: Gina Coleman & the Misty Blues Duo

August 7 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Join us in the garden for the sounds of The Misty Blues Duo with Gina Coleman and Benny Kohn!

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Arts Alive! Dance

August 18 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$10

Inspired by the art and landscape of Chesterwood, BodySonnet Dance will workshop a new piece to share with us in the garden. Questions and Feedback requested! This special performance will showcase music created by South African DJ Tushrik Fredericks with dancers Mio Ishikawa, Moscelyne ParkeHarrison, and Chase Buntrock.

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Artist’s Tour with Sculptor John Van Alstine

August 27 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Join sculptor John Van Alstine for a walking tour of his outdoor sculpture exhibition followed by a reception on the Studio piazza. This is a special free event.

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September 2021

Arts Alive! Music – Joe Rose Jazz Ensemble

September 4 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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$20 – $25

Bring a picnic and relax to the jazz stylings of songs from the Great American Songbook and classic jazz standards. With the addition of African hand percussion instruments to the conventional jazz quartet, expect fresh and rhythmically propelled treatments of the traditional jazz repertoire

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Outdoor Exhibition: Tipping the Balance: Contemporary Sculpture

September 16 - September 26
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Tipping the Balance: Contemporary Sculpture by John Van Alstine is an exhibit of the artist’s large outdoor sculpture. His abstract sculptures forged out of steel and stone are a complex synergy between natural forces and man-made materials.

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Arts Alive! Spoken Word – Readings by authors Brendan Mathews & Nathan McClain

September 25 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Chesterwood, 3 Williamsville Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 United States
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Brendan Mathews is the author of This Is Not a Love Song and The World of Tomorrow. Nathan McClain is a poet, editor, and educator living in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is the author of Scale and Previously Owned.

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