Art events

Wreath ‘N Sip

Hancock Shaker Village

May 10, 2018 7:00 PM - May 10, 2018

Design and create a wreath to take home. Grab a drink and weave a spring wreath using natural greenery and forsythia. No experience necessary. Registration includes materials and wine.

Anything but Simple

Hancock Shaker Village

May 12, 2018 3:00 PM - May 12, 2018

Shaker Gift Drawings and the Women Who Made Them — a rare glimpse of the village’s prized gift or spirit drawings, on view for the first time in decades — opens with a curator talk and reception. 

Wild edibles walk

Hancock Shaker Village

May 20, 2018 2:00 PM - May 20, 2018

Walk, find, harvest, and appreciate edible plants that thrive in springtime on a tour led by Carly Leusner, champion of wild food culture and appreciation in Western Massachusetts.

Maker day: Oval box workshop

Hancock Shaker Village

June 9 10:00 AM - June 10, 2018 10:00 AM

A two-day workshop on making Shaker oval boxes: Learn to carve swallowtails, prepare wood for bending, bend the boxes, and fit wood onto drying forms and more. 

Maker day: Cathead Basket Workshop

Hancock Shaker Village

June 16, 2018 10:00 AM - June 16, 2018

A workshop on. atraditional basketL Woven in reed, this shorter version of a traditional Shaker cathead basket is 4” deep and 9” across with pointed or “cat ear” feet.

Maker Day: Blacksmithing 101

Hancock Shaker Village

June 23 10:00 AM - June 24, 2018 10:00 AM

Learn basic blacksmithing skills by making several projects using traditional blacksmith’s tools and techniques in a coal-fired forge.

New Work Art Show Opens

Hancock Shaker Village

July 7, 2018 5:00 PM - July 7, 2018

Artists opening reception for new work new work inspired by the village and the Shakers who lived here: Abelardo Morrell, Henry Klimowicz’ At Home in the World, and Marko Remec’s Monodic Flow.

Let Off Some S.T.E.A.M.

Hancock Shaker Village

July 14, 2018 10:00 AM - July 14, 2018

Explore the ways the Shakers used the power of S.T.E.A.M. with talk-and-walks, hands-on activities, and programs devoted to water power, solar power, textile technology, medicinal herbs and more.

Age of Iron

Hancock Shaker Village

August 4 - August 5, 2018

Hear the bellows blow, smell the coal smoke, and watch hot iron worked by hammer and anvil as New England blacksmiths converge on the Village. Talk with blacksmiths and see them at work.

Maker Day: Mastering iPhone Photography Workshop

Hancock Shaker Village

August 11, 2018 10:00 AM - August 11, 2018

Learn about iPhone camera modes, focus and focus lock, exposure compensation, photo composition, long exposures, high dynamic range (HDR), editing and post processing.

Anything but Simple Art Workshop

Hancock Shaker Village

August 12, 2018 1:00 PM - August 12, 2018

Explore the the exhibition and experiment with stencils, watercolor and pencil on folded paper books and heart shaped paper to make a gift drawing.

Open Studios at Mass MoCA

Mass MoCA

April 28, 2018 5:00 PM - April 28, 2018

At the first Open Studios of the Spring season expands into a larger Building 13 Open House with artists-in-residence, ongoing and new exhibitions and works-in-progress, and the galleries and archive at The Artist Book Foundation.

Motorcycles and photorealism

The Artist Book Foundation

April 28, 2018 3:17 PM - April 28, 2018

Artist Tom Blackwell, photorealism expert and rider, will present a book signing and conversation on the iconic status of the motorcycle in American culture and art, with Louis Meise, and motorcycle enthusiasts.

Artweek: Open House at Ferrin Gallery

Ferrin Contemporary

April 28, 2018 4:00 PM - April 28, 2018 6:00 PM

Sergei Isupov, a sculptor working in Massachusetts and Estonia,  will demonstrate his figure-ground painting techniques and discuss new directions in his work.

Designing sterling silver bands

Clark Art Institute

April 29, 2018 10:00 AM - April 29, 2018

IS183 Art School of the Berkshires will present a one-day workshop with James Kennedy to create and design silver bands, playing with texture and width as you learn the basics of cutting, hammering, and shaping metal.

ArtWeek: Highlights of the Print Collection

Clark Art Institute

April 29, 2018 11:00 AM - April 29, 2018 3:00 PM

Drop by an open house at the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, where Curatorial Assistant Kristie Couser presents a selection of prints, drawings, and photographs from the permanent collection.

16th-Century Designs

Clark Art Institute

May 1, 2018 5:30 PM - May 1, 2018

In the 16th century,  goldsmiths began urgently to publish their designs for metalwork — jewelry, tableware, knife handles and sheaths. Professor Shira Brisman will speak  on the pattern books these metalworkers created for collectors, in an effort to save their craft.

Free day with honey bees

Clark Art Institute

May 1, 2018

The Clark’s last First Sunday Free program of the season will celebrate Clark Buzz, the honey bee initiative at the Clark. Admission to the galleries is free all day, with bee-themed activities from 1 to 4 p.m.

Free on the 4s

Mass MoCA

May 4, 2018

Mass MoCA is free for North Adams residents on the 4th of the month through June 2018.

ArtWeek: Landscape of the Modern Museum

Clark Art Institute

May 6, 2018 2:00 PM - May 6, 2018

What role does a museum today play in the landscape and community around it? How does leadership navigate between stewardship and evolution? The Clark will lead a conversation about sustainability.

Looking and Lunching: Know Your Onions

Clark Art Institute

May 17, 2018 12:00 PM - May 17, 2018

Lauren Cannady, Assistant Director of the Research and Academic Program and Manton Postdoctoral Fellow, discusses Renoir’s ‘Onions,’ a painting that captivated Sterling Clark in the early days of his collecting.

Artists reception: Taryn Simon and Etel Adnan

Mass MoCA

May 26, 2018 5:30 PM - May 26, 2018

Celebrate two spring shows with the artists: Taryn Simon’s Assembled Audienced and A Cold Hole, and Arab-American artist Etel Adnan’s visual art and poetry in A yellow sun A green sun a yellow sun A red sun a blue sun.

Free on the 4s

Mass MoCA

June 4, 2018

Mass MoCA is free for North Adams residents on the 4th of the month through June 2018.

Opening talk: Women Artists in Paris

Clark Art Institute

June 10, 2018 3:00 PM - June 10, 2018

Curator Esther Bell considers the influential, often-overlooked work of women artists in Paris in the 19th century, as well as the barriers they encountered to their artistic education and expression, in celebration of the Clark’s summer exhibit.

Spotlight on Agnés Varda: Le Bonheur

Clark Art Institute

June 12, 2018 7:00 PM - June 12, 2018

Inspired by Jean Renoir’s Picnic in the Grass and by the pastoral paintings of the French Impressionists, Le Bonheur is a wry social satire that subtly questions the ideal of the modern, happy family.

Spotlight on Agnés Varda: Cléo from 5 to 7

Clark Art Institute

June 19, 2018 7:00 PM - June 19, 2018

Varda’s second film follows young pop singer, Florence “Cléo” Victoire, through two extraordinary hours in which she drifts through 1960s Paris, awaiting the results of a recent biopsy.

Creative Ecologies: Balancing Aesthetics and Stewardship

Clark Art Institute

June 21, 2018 6:30 PM - June 21, 2018

Horticulturist and Clark Grounds Manager Matthew Noyes joins beekeeper Dave Thayer to discuss the delicate balance between aesthetic and sustainable landscape management on the museum’s sprawling 140-acre campus.

Story slam

Clark Art Institute

June 22, 2018 7:00 PM - June 22, 2018

The Clark Art Institute and Pastor Mark Longhurst of the First Congregational Church of Williamstown present a StorySLAM in celebration of the Clark’s exhibition, Women Artists in Paris: 1850–1900.

Opening talk: The Art of Iron

Clark Art Institute

June 24, 2018 3:00 PM - June 24, 2018

Before the advent of modern building materials, iron was used for everything from architectural gates and grills to household implements. Exhibition curator Kathleen Morris discusses some of the extraordinary objects in the exhibition.

Spotlight on Agnés Varda: Faces Places

Clark Art Institute

June 26, 2018 7:00 PM - June 26, 2018

Eighty-nine-year-old Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed thirty-three-year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this documentary/road movie.

Book Club: Women Artists in Paris

Clark Art Institute

June 27, 2018 7:00 PM - June 27, 2018

In celebration of the exhibition Women Artists in Paris 1850–1900, the Clark hosts a summer book club exploring three novels set in 19th-century France, each centering on remarkable women, and beginning with George Sand’s ‘Indiana.’ 

Book Club: Women Artists in Paris

Clark Art Institute

July 25, 2018 7:00 PM - July 25, 2018

In celebration of the exhibition Women Artists in Paris 1850–1900, the Clark hosts a summer book club exploring three novels set in 19th-century France, each centering on remarkable women, and continuing with Émile Zola’s ‘L’Assommoir.’

Book Club: Women Artists in Paris

Clark Art Institute

August 29, 2018 7:00 PM - August 29, 2018

In celebration of the exhibition Women Artists in Paris 1850–1900, the Clark hosts a summer book club exploring three novels set in 19th-century France, each centering on remarkable women, finishing with Colette’s ‘Chérie.’ 

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Museums

The Clark Art Institute

Williamstown Cultural District

With a permanent collection of Impressionist art, 19th-century artists and decorative arts across more than five centuries, the Clark Art Institute has become respected across the world.

Williams College Museum of Art

Williamstown Cultural District

At the heart of the Williams College campus, WCMA works with students, faculty and internationally respected artists, and presents thoughtful exhibits with a probing intelligence.

Mass MoCA

Downtown North Adams

Since its Building 6 opened in the summer of 2017, Mass MoCA has become one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums, with vast galleries and indoor and outdoor stages.

Public Art at Field Farm

Field Farm

At Field Farm, the family of Williams College alum Lawrence Bloedel collected outdoor sculpture and Modernist artwork. Sculpture by Arline Shulman, Elbert Weinberg, Jack Zajac and others overlooks the gardens and high meadows.

Bennington Museum

Downtown Bennington

Just west of downtown, the Bennington Museum houses the world’s largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings and artists as contemporary as 3-D printing.

Hancock Shaker Village

Pittsfield, MA

Known for its round stone barn, this living history museum re-creates one of the last communities founded by a people who believed in equality and a spare beauty of design.

Berkshire Museum

Downtown Pittsfield

Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, with the stegosaurus outside the front door, houses a varied collection assembled a century ago by a local industrialist, Xenas Crane.

Berkshire Artist Museum

Downtown North Adams

Eric Rudd and visiting artists, showcased in historic church re-purposed as an art museum and gallery space.

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Artists

Assets for Artists

Assets for Artists, a project of Mass MoCA, helps artists in many disciplines to find and build financial and business resources and supports artists in moving to the area. Resources can include a matched savings grant program for individual artists,  professional development workshops and one-on-one coaching, a residency program at Mass MoCA and more.

Regional Artists

The artists listed here live and/or work in the Williamstown region. Their presence reveals the rich artistic atmosphere inspired by our community.

Painting en Plein Air

Around Williamstown

My favorite places to paint in and around Williamstown by artist John MacDonald  

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Classes & Workshops

The Maker’s Mill

North Adams Makers' Mill

Figure drawing sessions run every Monday and focus on long poses, and include a warm up consisting of several short poses.

Regional Artists

The artists listed here live and/or work in the Williamstown region. Their presence reveals the rich artistic atmosphere inspired by our community.

Pottery classes and workshops

Jackie Sedlock Pottery

Jackie Sedlock Pottery, a gallery and teaching studio, offers weekly classes, private instruction, workshops and retreats in the studio at the end of a dirt road on the edge of the Green Mountain National Forest.

IS183 Art School

IS183 Art School

Based in the Citizen’s Hall in Stockbridge, IS183 offers classes and workshops across the county, including occasional explorations into painting, drawing and jewelry-making at the Clark Art Institute. IS183 brings art to families and children year-round in school and after school programs, school vacation and and summer camps. At their home base, the school offers […]

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Public Art

DownStreet Art

Downtown North Adams

The MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center hosts a monthly downtown celebration on the last Thursday of each month from May to October with popup galleries and live performers to celebrate art openings across town.

Williams Public Art Program

Williams College Campus

The Williams Public Art Program incorporates unexpected and informal encounters with art into the daily lives of students and visitors, with 25 works of art around campus.

Public Art at Field Farm

Field Farm

At Field Farm, the family of Williams College alum Lawrence Bloedel collected outdoor sculpture and Modernist artwork. Sculpture by Arline Shulman, Elbert Weinberg, Jack Zajac and others overlooks the gardens and high meadows.

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Art exhibits

Impressions in full color

Clark Art Institute

Permanent collection of impressionist art, Renoir, Monet, Degas, and 19th-century artists including John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, George Innes; paintings, furniture and more across five centuries.

Mass MoCA: Lure of the Dark

Mass MoCA

March 3 - May 31, 2018

From Rembrandt and The Night Watch to Georges de La Tour’s candlelit scenes of the 17th century, artists have captured the mood of the night. Now more than a dozen contemporary artists explore the dark.

Three-story Building 6 fronts the Hoosac River

Mass MoCA

October 20, 2017 - September 30, 2018

Building 6 fills vast spaces with James Turrell light installation, Gunnar Schonbeck’s colossal instruments, Louise Bourgeois marble sculpture, Laurie Anderson’s studio, audio archive and art space, Dawn DeDeaux and Lonnie Holley’s Thumbs up for the Mothership …

Anything but Simple

Hancock Shaker Village

May 12 3:00 PM - September 3, 2018

Shaker Gift Drawings and the Women Who Made Them gives a rare glimpse of the village’s prized gift or spirit drawings, on view for the first time in decades. 

Summer Art Show: New Work

Hancock Shaker Village

July 7 - December 23, 2018

Three artists create new work inspired by the village and the Shakers who lived here: Abelardo Morrell, Henry Klimowicz’ At Home in the World, and Marko Remec’s Monodic Flow.

Silo Songs

Hancock Shaker Village

June 9, 2018 - June 30, 2019

The village will open a new permanent site-specific sound art installation in a historic silo, created by Grammy-award winning composer Brad Wells, singer and conductor of the ensemble Roomful of Teeth.

Etel Adnan: Painting and poetry

Mass MoCA

May 26, 2018 5:30 PM - May 26, 2018

Arab-American artist Etel Adnan will focus on the overlapping languages of visual art and poetry in A yellow sun A green sun a yellow sun A red sun a blue sun.

Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi

Norman Rockwell Museum

November 11, 2017 - May 28, 2018

A retrospective exhibit of Tony DiTerlizzi’s fantasty, sci-fi, whimsical illustrations from his bestselling book series The Spiderwick Chronicles and images of fantasy creatures from fairies to trolls to goblins.

Tom Blackwell: Motorcycles & Mannequins

The Artist Book Foundation

February 8 10:00 AM - June 2, 2018 5:00 PM

The Artist Book Foundation (TABF) celebrates Photorealist artist Tom Blackwell with an exhibition of 10 major paintings recently returned from museum exhibitions in Europe and the southern United States.

Women Artists in Paris

Clark Art Institute

June 9 - September 3, 2018

The Clark’s summer show considers the influential, often-overlooked work of women artists in Paris in the 19th century and the barriers they encountered to their artistic education and expression.

The Art of Iron

Clark Art Institute

June 9 - September 16, 2018

Drawn from the celebrated collection of the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles in Rouen, France, devoted to wrought iron, The Art of Iron presents thirty-six unique objects in an installation celebrating the craft and beauty of these creations.

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Art for Kids

Bennington Museum

Downtown Bennington

Just west of downtown, the Bennington Museum houses the world’s largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings and artists as contemporary as 3-D printing.

Mission Aerospace

Berkshire Museum

February 16 - May 13, 2018

Explore flight and space travel with hands-on activities and interactive stations.

IS183 Art School

IS183 Art School

Based in the Citizen’s Hall in Stockbridge, IS183 offers classes and workshops across the county, including occasional explorations into painting, drawing and jewelry-making at the Clark Art Institute. IS183 brings art to families and children year-round in school and after school programs, school vacation and and summer camps. At their home base, the school offers […]

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Galleries

Brill Gallery

Eclipse Mill

Offers an eclectic range of contemporary art and photography for the discerning collector.

DownStreet Art

Downtown North Adams

The MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center hosts a monthly downtown celebration on the last Thursday of each month from May to October with popup galleries and live performers to celebrate art openings across town.

Eclipse Mill

Downtown North Adams

The former Eclipse Mill has been renovated into airy studios, and a gallery exhibits the works of the artists living and working here as well as artists from the wider Northern Berkshires region.

Gravity Gallery

North Adams

A place for contemporary artists to exhibit, come together and exchange ideas.

Art: Greylock Gallery

Williamstown Cultural District

Showcasing a variety of traditional and contemporary art from both emerging and established artists.

Hudson Art Inc.

Williamstown Cultural District

Contemporary art and painting studio of artist, Jeff Hudson.

Independent Art Projects

Building 13 @ MASS MoCA

IAP is a collaborative space for galleries, dealers, and curators to show and sell artworks of mid-career and emerging contemporary artist.

MCLA’s Gallery 51

Downtown North Adams

Presents work from a wide range of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists.

Usdan Gallery

Bennington College

The art gallery of Bennington College

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