See “Soil; Exhibition of sculptures “Matter as form”
Great Barrington — Lauren Clark Fine Art presents “Ground; Matter as Form,” a two-person exhibition featuring works by sculptors Joe Wheaton and Michael Boroniec. A reception for the artists will take place Saturday October 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m..
Ground; Matter as Form is a debate that dates back to the great philosophers Aristotle and Plato. Joe and Michael come together in the context that their work explores these concepts in the form of objects. To define ‘Ground’ in Joe’s work, one sees the combined elements, or the compound of bent, twisted, heated and ground steel – sometimes to a fine point, the verb. Michael’s works take on a more literal twist by being constructed from earth or ground, terra, dirt or clay; As a name. Matter exists as periodic elements in which they both create form. Both bend and twist all these atomic compounds, resulting in hand-sculpted objects born from the same ground; Earth.
The show runs from October 8 to November 7, 2022. Lauren Clark fine art is located at 684 Main Street, GT. Barrington, MA. For more information, call the gallery at 413-528-0432.
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The Indigenous Peoples Day workshop will be led by JoAnn Schedler
Williamstown – To honor Indigenous Peoples Day, the Clark Art Institute is sponsoring a workshop led by Stockbridge-Munsee Community Tribal Council Member JoAnn Schedler, titled “A Tribute to Survival: Honoring and Remembering our Ancestors during their Many Trails” . The workshop is offered on Sunday, October 9 and Monday, October 10 at 11 a.m. at the Mission House Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Indigenous Peoples Day recognizes the legacy and resilience of the Indigenous peoples of America. In his presentation, Schedler shares the stories of his Mohican ancestors, detailing their sacrifices, determination and strength. Schedler is a Mohican veteran and retired army major; she served in the US Army Reserve for over twenty years. She also contributed to a National Park Service book, American Indians and the Civil Warwriting the chapter “American Indians of Wisconsin in the Civil War.”
Free but prior registration required. To register, visit thetrustees.org/event/80682. See clarkart.edu/events for more information. The use of face masks is optional for all visitors.
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Visits to Hillside and Stockbridge cemeteries
Pittfield – The Berkshire County Historical Society will offer tours of Hillside Cemetery on October 8 (rain date October 9) and Stockbridge Cemetery on October 15 (rainy date October 16).
Sturdy shoes are recommended as the tours traverse a variety of rough terrain. Reservations are required and can be made at berkshirehistory.org ; $10 for BCHS members, $15 for non-members.
Hillside Cemetery, North Adams Cemetery Tour is Saturday, October 8 at 2 p.m. Where can you find a personal friend of two US presidents, a lawyer who invented a railroad brake, the father of archaeological photography, two doctors who founded a school, and an eyewitness to President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address ? Join veteran historian and guide Paul W. Marino for a walk through one of North Berkshire’s historic cemeteries. Children are welcome as a treasure hunt will accompany the visit. Meet at the top of the hill at Brown Street.
The Stockbridge Cemetery tour will take place on Saturday, October 15 at 2 p.m. Join historian Elizabeth Dillman for a fascinating walk through one of Berkshire County’s oldest cemeteries and the final resting place of Elizabeth Freeman, the Sedgwick family and Norman Rockwell.
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Berkshire Botanic Garden’s 87th Annual Harvest Festival this weekend!
Stockbridge – The 87th Annual Berkshire Botanic Garden Harvest Festival, an iconic Berkshire event dating back to our founding, will take place Oct. 8-9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, at the Garden located at 5 West Stockbridge Road (intersection of roads 102 and 183), Stockbridge, Mass. No prior registration is required.
The Harvest Festival will include ongoing family entertainment; a giant tag sale featuring repurposed and gently used household items, clothing and jewelry; and an expanded plant and grower sales market. Children’s activities include wagon rides; pony rides; a haunted house; an obstacle course; interactive music with Robie Bones; giant bubbles; pumpkin painting; pumpkin throwing; a hay maze; a vintage fire engine; Ben’s face paint and balloon; the Berkshire Waldorf School Puppet Carriage; a hay break; aerial jump demonstrations by Berkcirque; cider press and photoshoot; petting zoo; interactive music; traveling entertainers and, by popular demand, “The Pocket Lady”.
Live entertainment begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, with Andy Kelly’s Jazz Ambassadors and New Orleans jazz. The entertainment continues throughout the weekend with the Great Barrington School Rudolf Steiner puppet show; Caribbean Music by Zikinah; Tom Ricardi’s show on birds of prey; acrobats for Berk Cirque; At Bryson Lang’s family comedy and juggling, and concerts of The Misty Blues and Robin Gerson Wong. On Sunday, entertainment includes scream in the moonlight, The lucky five, Union Jack, The O-Tons, soul magnetsand Pierre Poirier.
The Barrington Brewery will pour the froth near the food court. There will also be apple pressing.
Admission to the Harvest Festival is $10 cash for adults; children under 12 are admitted free. There are no parking fees in the garden lots. Harvest Festival Wristbands can be purchased in advance at the Garden Visitor Center through October 7. Dogs (except registered assistance dogs) are not permitted at the Harvest Festival. All proceeds from this event benefit the Garden’s education and horticulture programs.
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Chamber concert to support the restoration campaign of the old town hall
West Stockbridge — Sunday, October 9 at 4 p.m., the West Stockbridge Chamber Players will perform a benefit concert in support of the campaign to restore West Stockbridge’s Old Town Hall. Featuring Chambers Players Artistic Director Catherine Hudgins on clarinet, Linda Toote on flute, Sheila Fiekowsky on violin, Daniel Getz on viola and Alexandre Lecarme on cello, the program will include Intermezzo for String Trio by Zoltán Kodály , the Flute Quartet by WA Mozart and Strings in D major, K. 285, Quartet for clarinet, violin, viola and cello by Natalie Hunt and Quartettino for clarinet, violin, viola and cello by Rezsö Kókai.
Tickets ($35) can be reserved at weststockbridgehistory.org. Limited participation – first come, first served. Optional masks