Looking for something to do with your extra day off this weekend? When you’re not attending a parade or a Fourth of July cookout, you might want to take a stroll through some of the new art offerings in and around the Berkshires this weekend. Here are 3 new shows and festivals, most of which open Friday, July 1, for you to check out.
1. BERKSHIRES FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Where: Ski Butternut, Route 23, 380 State Road, Great Barrington
When: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 1 and 2; From 10 am to 5 pm, July 3
Admission: $14, adults; $7 students. $16, weekend pass. Free for 10 and under. No pets except service animals.
More info: berkshireartsfestival.com
The Berkshires Arts Festival returns to Ski Butternut with 150 artists, photographers, woodworkers, metalsmiths and artisans for three days, July 1-3. The festival, in its 21st year, is produced and curated by An American Craftsman Galleries, Lenox. In addition to artists selling their work, the festival features demonstrations and live music. Berkshire artisans in attendance include: Del Martin, of Knox Trail Forge, Monterey; Louis Wallach of Wallach Designs, Fine Woodworking, Stockbridge; Barbara Doncaster, watercolorist, born in Great Barrington; Daniel O’Connor, artist, North Adams; Stephen Donaldson, photographer, Great Barrington, and Dylan W. Kubis, photographer, Sheffield.
2. JANE HUDSON’S PAINTINGS: SPIRIT/NATURE
Where: David & Joyce Milne Public Library, 1095 Main Street, Williamstown
When: July 1-31
Opening Reception: From 3 to 5 p.m., July 8
Library opening hours: 10:00 – 17:30, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10am to 7.50pm, Wednesday.
More info: 413-458-5369; janehudsonpaintings.com
Jane Hudson is showing works from a series that began in the dead of winter. These ‘orb’ images speak of various states of mind, cosmic influence and radiant energy. As winter takes beyond the darkness of space, the source of all our inspiration, and turns to another ratio of light to dark and the emergence of sunlight, growth and the fruitful hope of spring on Earth.
Hudson’s materials range from gouache and flash on Arches paper to acrylic on canvas. She explores the ways in which gestures of abstraction and the illusion of physicality can coexist within the same framework. How the power of the natural world acts as a foundation upon which we develop a sense of a world beyond the touch of our senses.
What: Cummington Cultural District public art project featuring 10 works installed along Main Street.
Where: Main Street, Cummington
Opening Reception: 5 – 7 p.m., July 2, Pettingill Memorial Field, 14 Main St., Cummington
More info: cummingtonculture.art
“When we began the process of creating a cultural district in our rural community, our goal was to use this opportunity to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together through arts and music. The nine public art installations on Cummington’s pedestrianized Main Street featured in REFLECTIONS allow us to share what we love about Cummington and why we live here,” Cummington Cultural District Committee member Katie Eiseman said in a release.
Public installations include: