Art events

Wreath ‘N Sip

Pittsfield, MA

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

Pittsfield, MA

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

Pittsfield, MA

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

Pittsfield, MA

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

Pittsfield, MA

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

Pittsfield, MA

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

Pittsfield, MA

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.

Pittsfield, MA

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

Pittsfield, MA

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

Pittsfield, MA

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

Pittsfield, MA

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.

Exhibits on Film: Matisse

Clark Art Institute

April 21, 2018 3:00 PM - April 21, 2018

From the Tate Modern, London and Museum of Modern Art, New York, explore the exhibit hailed as the most successful exhibition in Tate Modern’s history, with exclusive footage from the MoMA.

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.

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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