BITS & BYTES: SculptureNow 2022 seeks art; Launch of Bernard Drew’s book; Shindy Holidays; Stockbridge Festival Choir concert; “Christmas in Pemberley”


SculptureNow 2022 exhibition looking for candidates

LENOX – SculptureNow is accepting applications from established and emerging sculptors for its 23rd consecutive annual large-scale outdoor sculpture jury exhibition. The show will be presented for the 10th year at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, a historical museum in Lenox, Massachusetts.

The SculptureNow exhibits at The Mount are a destination for collectors and visitors alike, and have been favorably featured by Sculpture Magazine, National Public Radio, the Boston Globe, Art New England, and many other websites and publications.

Natalie Tyler’s “WildFire” at SculptureNow 2021 at The Mount. Photo courtesy of SculptureNow

Existing and / or new sculptures may be proposed for examination. Innovative and interactive works are encouraged. There is no exhibition theme and no registration fee. Up to 30 sculptures can be selected. The exhibition will include both guest sculptors and juries. Honoraria of $ 1,000 will be paid to each artist accepted for the exhibition.

Artists interested in seeing the sculpture sites can visit The Mount on their own or call 413-358-3884 for more information. The Parc du Mont is open all year round from dawn to dusk. The map of last year’s sculpture sites can be found at this link.

The work must be of an appropriate exterior scale; suitable for long-term outdoor exposure; and manufactured and installed in a manner safe for the viewer. Sculptures that have been exhibited within a 50 mile radius of the mount in the past three years and sculptures that need to be repainted will not be accepted. Sculptures that differ significantly from the application images will need to be approved by SculptureNow prior to installation.

Artists who require installation assistance should detail their needs when filling out the request. All sites are grassy areas. SculptureNow and The Mount will provide installation / uninstallation support, liability insurance, sculpture insurance and a major opening event.

An audio tour, self-guided maps and exhibit brochure will be available on The Mount and on the SculptureNow and Mount websites; 20,000 brochures will be distributed to visitors in the Berkshires and beyond; and monthly artist-guided tours will be scheduled. Promotion of the show and sales will be actively pursued.

For more information and application forms, please visit this site, email annjon@sculpture-now.org or call 413-358-3884.

SculptureNow is a non-profit arts and education organization whose mission is to expand the experience and knowledge of sculpture through exhibitions, presentations and educational programs. The Mount is a historic place and a cultural center which annually welcomes more than 55,000 visitors.

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Historical Commission to Host Launch of “Great Barrington Here & Gone”

GREATER BARRINGTON – The Great Barrington Historical Commission will host a book launch and dedication evening for “Great Barrington Here & Gone” by local historian Bernard A. Drew. Friday December 10 at 7 p.m. at the Place Saint-Jacques.

The Historical Commission commissioned and published the book, which “is filled with history and memories for longtime residents, new residents and visitors interested in the city’s historic assets and its historic preservation,” the president said. of the Malcolm Fick Commission. At the December 10 event, Drew and historians Paul Ivory, Gary Leveille and David Rutstein will speak about the book, the city’s historical heritage, and the importance of preservation for future generations.

The $ 30 book can be purchased at the launch party or through local nonprofits including the Great Barrington Historical Society, Fairview Hospital Gift Shop, Friends of Libraries of Great Barrington and others. The Bookloft also offers the book.

Drew, who was born in New Hampshire and has lived in Berkshire County since the age of 2, has resided in Great Barrington since 1978. He has worked as a weekly reporter, editor and page designer. His column “Our Berkshires” has appeared every two weeks in The Berkshire Eagle since 1996, he is a contributor to The Berkshire Edge and has written reference books specializing in the history and biography of popular literature.

Drew has been active with the Great Barrington Historical Society, Friends of the Du Bois WEB site, and the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail. He was a founding member of the Great Barrington Historic District Commission, and is past president of the GB Historical Society and the Berkshire Historical Society. His book “The Past Unmasked,” published earlier in 2021, examines, among other topics, William Cullen Bryant’s decade in Great Barrington and the dozens of comic and comic book artists and writers who have connections with Berkshire.

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Pittsfield’s Holiday Shindy returns December 11 to Zion Lutheran Church

PITTSFIELD – For 13 years, the Holiday Shindy has been a Berkshire County shopping tradition, featuring artisan vendors from across the region. At Saturday December 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Craft Fair returns to downtown Pittsfield in the Zion Lutheran Church Common Room, located at 74 First Street.

The Shindy offers the opportunity to meet and watch local farms and manufacturers weaving, sewing, preserving and trimming. Long-standing suppliers will return, along with emerging talent. For a full list of selected vendors that will appear at Shindy, click here.

Admission is $ 3 for the general public; children under 12 are free. Masks are required for admission, and additional restrictions may apply depending on city mandates.

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Stockbridge Festival Chorus to present annual Christmas concert

STOCK BRIDGE – Stockbridge Festival Chorus will resume offering live indoor concerts with its Christmas concert on Saturday December 11 at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge, located at 4 Main Street.

The performance will include works by John Rutter, Philip Stopford, John Gardner, Bob Chilcott and Peter Warlock. Tracy Wilson is the conductor of the Festival Chorus, Bob Logan is the rehearsal pianist, and the concert will be accompanied by Mr. Logan and Ed Lawrence on the organ. This concert lasts an hour.

Recommended admission is $ 20 for adults, $ 10 for members of local community choirs, and free for children 18 and under. Tickets can only be purchased at the door. Hearings will be limited to 150; early arrival is recommended for far-away first-come seating. All spectators must wear masks at all times, regardless of their immunization status. All choir members are fully vaccinated and will wear masks suitable for singers. The church sanctuary is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information, call 413-298-3137.

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Shakespeare & Company presents “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley”

Shakespeare & Company costume director Govane Lohbauer, right, during a fitting with actor Kristen Moriarty and Cal Murphy, costume design assistant and firsthand. Photo courtesy of S & Co.

LENOX – This holiday season, Shakespeare & Company will present a costumed and directed reading of “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley” by From Thursday December 16 to Sunday December 19.

In addition, the company invites all frontline workers to take advantage of half-price tickets to any performance of “The Wickhams”, using the code “give” upon departure.

Performances will take place on December 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and December 18 and 19 at 2 p.m., in person at the Tina Packer Playhouse. Bonnie Stevens, director of development for Shakespeare & Company, noted that half-price tickets for frontline workers were made possible by donations to the Give a Seat fund launched on Tuesday Giving.

“Frontline workers are all around us doing essential jobs that keep our communities operational,” said Stevens, noting that frontline workers are defined as anyone who provides essential services, including , but not limited to, health personnel; first responders; educators; those working in food service, grocery, manufacturing and transportation; construction workers; IT professionals; and public works. “The Give a Seat fund is just one way to give them back their tireless work: to offer a well-deserved evening at the theater. We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to this important cause.

Written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon and directed by Ariel Bock, “The Wickhams” features many familiar characters from Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”, as well as new faces: a pragmatic housekeeper, a full new maid. lively and an enterprising footman who is sick with love.

The Wickhams features David Bertoldi, Luke Haskell, Sara Linares, Madeleine Rose Maggio, Kristen Moriarty, Devante Owens and Naire Lynn Poole. The reading lasts two hours, including a 15-minute intermission. Tickets at regular price are general admission: adults $ 27, students $ 17.

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